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Essex Heritage Guide now available to download

25th October 2019

This is the third in a new series of Autism and Nature heritage guides! written to help parents, carers and teachers to engage children with autism and related disabilities with their local heritage. Where possible we have chosen heritage places located in the countryside, by the sea or in gardens. The guide also includes a case story about a project called ‘Toys Through Time’, describing visits to Chelmsford Museum for pupils from two local special schools. ‘Toys Through Time’ was generously funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Printed copies (free of charge) are being distributed by Essex County Council Short Breaks for Disabled Children and Young People. The book is also available to download on our publications page. The publication of this book was generously sponsored by the Eastern Counties Educational Trust Limited, The Alastair and Patricia Stewart Charitable Fund (c/o Essex Community Foundation), Essex County Council Short Breaks for Disabled Children and Young People, and the Fowler, Smith and Jones Trust.

‘Alex and Rosie’s West Sussex Colouring Book’ now available to download

10th September 2019

Our sixth colouring book has just been published for younger children with autism and related conditions in West Sussex! Printed copies are being distributed by the Short Breaks Team West Sussex County Council. As with all of our other publications, the colouring book is free of charge! The book is also available to download on our ‘publications page’. The publication of this book was generously sponsored by The Cullum Family Trust Fund at Sussex Community Foundation, The Nineveh Charitable Trust, the Short Breaks Team West Sussex County Council and Woodlands.co.uk.

‘Alex and Rosie’s Kent Colouring Book’ now available to download

11th July 2019

Our fifth colouring book has just been published for younger children with autism and related conditions in Kent! Printed copies are being distributed by Kent Autistic Trust and Includes Us 2. As with our other publications, the colouring book is free of charge! The book is also available to download on our ‘publications page’. The publication of this book was generously sponsored by The Pack Family Endowment Fund and The Polebrook Fund (c/o Kent Community Foundation), The Ernest Cook Trust and The Nineveh Charitable Trust.

More fantastic funding news!

11th June 2019

We  have just received National Lottery Funding! Thank you to everyone who plays the National Lottery for supporting us! We are working with Unit Radio, which is based in the Tydeman Centre in the Malling School (for pupils with special needs). We will be helping Unit Radio to produce a Resource Guide and CD, and to stage a Community Event, to help teachers in Kent’s special schools to engage children with autism and related conditions with audio activities. Watch this space for more news about this fantastic project!

Kent Heritage Guide now available to download

1st May 2019

This is the second in a new series of Autism and Nature guides! written to help parents, carers and teachers to engage children with autism and related disabilities with their local heritage. It features fantastic rural heritage museums, castles and exciting archaeological sites!
Printed copies (free of charge) are being distributed by Kent Autistic Trust and Includes Us 2. The book is also available to download on our publications page. The publication of this book was generously sponsored by The Big Lottery Fund.

‘Alex and Rosie’s New Forest Colouring Book’ now available to download

12th April 2019

Our fourth colouring book has just been published for younger children with autism and related disabilities in the New Forest and Hampshire! Printed copies are being distributed by Autism Hampshire. As with our other publications, the colouring book is free of charge! The book is also available to download on our ‘publications page’. The publication of this book was generously sponsored by The Barker-Mill Foundation.

Fantastic New Funding!

16th January 2019

Today, Autism and Nature has received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant for an exciting heritage project entitled ‘Toys Through Time’, that will be carried out in Essex. This has been made possible by money raised by National Lottery players. The project focuses on engaging children in two Essex special schools with vintage toys, during a series of eight visits to Chelmsford Museum. The project will be written up, and included in our guide to visiting heritage sites in Essex, that will be published in summer 2019. Three thousand copies of the guide will be distributed, free of charge, to families and special schools in Essex by Essex County Council Short Breaks for Disabled Children and Young People.

Commenting on the award, David Blakesley said “we are delighted to have received this award, thanks to the players of the National Lottery, and we are confident that it will make a real difference to the lives of the children with autism and related conditions, who will visit Chelmsford Museum to learn about vintage toys”.

New project underway in the New Forest!

5th July 2018

We are pleased to announce, that thanks to the generous support of the Barker-Mill Foundation, we are now working on a new colouring book for children with autism and related disabilities in Southwest Hampshire. Watch this space for more news on ‘Alex and Rosie’s New Forest Colouring Book’!

‘Alex and Rosie’s Essex Colouring Book’ now available to download

25th June 2018

Our third colouring book has just been published for younger children with autism and related disabilities in Essex! Printed copies are being distributed by ‘Essex County Council Short Breaks for Disabled Children and Young People’. As with our other publications, the colouring book is free of charge! The book is also available to download on our ‘publications page’. The publication of this book was generously sponsored by Essex County Council Short Breaks for Disabled Children and Young People, the Bartella Charitable Fund (c/o Essex Community Foundation) and the Fowler Smith & Jones Trust.

‘Alex and Rosie’s Surrey Colouring Book’ now available to download

16th April 2018

Our second colouring book has recently been published for younger children with autism and related disabilities in Surrey! Printed copies are being distributed with the help of The National Autistic Society and Surrey’s special schools. The book is also available to download on our ‘publications page’. The publication of this book was generously sponsored by the Bryn Siriol Fund, the CSH Surrey Community Fund and the Orchid Environmental Trust Fund (donors of the Community Foundation for Surrey) and the Woodland Trust.

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