Upcoming Events and Courses

Please scrolll down to read about upcoming events and courses which may be of interest to parents and families.  We do not specifically endorse any of the non-Meadow events, we are just passing on information which may be useful and/or of interest to Meadow families.  Some of the events and courses are at Meadow High School, but some are run by external providers, so please ensure you read the information carefully. 

Summer Funday

for children with disabilities and special educational needs and their siblings.

​​​​​​​Wednesday 22 August 2018 - 10am - 2pm

Oakwood School, Sutton Court Road, Hillingdon, UB10 9HT


2 September 2018

Junior Para Tri

at Chesham Leisure Centre (Bucks)

Free entry to disabled children and their siblings

Have a go at swimming, cycling or running (or all of them !)


Hillingdon Dads Drop-In Event 

Saturday 14 July 2018 - 10am - 2pm

with representatives from Ruislip Rangers attending.

for more information visit the Hillingdon Dads website: http://hillingdondads.org.uk/


Ruislip Rangers

New players wanted for our Disability Teams



Hillingdon Independent Living Roadshow

July 21 & September 20, 2018

Local people in Hillingdon are invited to the Hillingdon Independent Living Roadshow, an exhibition hosted by NHS Hillingdon CCG to showcase a wide range of aids and equipment available to help residents with disabilities living at home to live as independently as possible.

The Hillingdon Independent Living roadshow is a two part event: 

The first event will take place on Saturday 21 July from 11am and 4.30pm at the DASH centre, in the Pavilion shopping centre, in Uxbridge town centre.

The second event will be held at Harlington School on Thursday 20th September from 11am and 4pm in Hayes.

Hillingdon Independent Living Roadshow aims to give residents the opportunity to find out about a wide range of equipment and aids by mocking up common areas of the home such as the bedroom/ Living room and bathroom.

Families, residents with disabilities, carers, and local organisations supporting have been invited to circulate the event as well as send information to the CCG about activities and services available for local residents with disabilities and their carers.

Dr Ian Goodman, Chair of Hillingdon CCG said “We are delighted to be working with Hillingdon Council, DASH and others on this very exciting initiative; we hope that as many local families and carers will come along to both events and discover what support is available for them .”

For more information about the Hillingdon Living Roadshow, contact the communications and engagement team on 01895 203023 or email HILLCCG.HCCGCommunications@nhs.net

Early Support Parent /Carer Workshops

The Early Support parent/carer workshops will provide an opportunity for you to explore how to support your child/young person, with Special Educational Needs and or Disability (SEND) and yourself, learning alongside other parents and in partnership with Early Support Trainers including:

Understanding this unknown world.

Navigating your way through the system

Awareness of resources and the Early Support approach

Making sense of the jargon

The Local Offer- What it is and how it may help


The Child Beyond the Disability

Awareness of support available and recognising how the experience of other parents may support you.

Consider partnership relationships with practitioners and improve confidence when contributing to multi agency meetings/ Team around the Child (TAC)/ young person (TAYP).


Achieving the Best Outcomes, for our families.

An introduction to tools and ways to help you when making decisions, identifying  priorities and planning outcomes such as One page Profile, My Support Plan

Increasing confidence and resilience


Growing up, moving on and next steps.

Changing lives. Ordinary lives…...what does this mean?

Co production and participation -  engaging with local  service development


DATES (please note that all 4 workshops must be attended):


Thursday 1st November 2018

Thursday 8th November 2018

Thursday 15th November 2018

Thursday 22nd November 2018

TIME : 9:30 am - 1 pm

VENUE: Barra Hall Children’s Centre, Wood End Green Road, Hayes UB3 2SA

Link for booking:


EMAIL: earlysupportteam@hilllingdon.gov.uk

TELEPHONE: 01895 277183


Spectacular FREE Outdoor Arts events at High Point Village throughout the summer – perfect for children and their families!

From circus to dance to acrobatics, 6 exciting free performances are taking place this summer at Hayes Outdoor, a new outdoor arts space in the heart of Hayes.

Launching on 20 June 2018, they take place on fortnightly Wednesdays at 2.30pm and 6.30pm right through until the end of August; the perfect free treat on the way home from school or to bring some fun to summer holiday afternoons.

Shows include incredible feats performed on shopping trolleys by C-12 Dance Theatre, acrobatic dance on a giant Jenga-like structure from Motionhouse & No Fit State, and circus in a paddling pool from Cie Barolosolo.



High Point Village, Station Rd, Hayes UB3 4FE. It is beside the Village Café.



Getting there:

By Train: Hayes Outdoor is a 2-minute walk from Hayes and Harlington Station.

By Bus: Because Hayes Outdoor is right next to Hayes and Harlington Station, it is served by a huge number of buses: 90, 140, 195, 350, 696, 698, E6, H98, U4, U5.

Events take place on fortnightly Wednesdays at 2.30 and 6.30pm from 20 June 2018 until the end of August.


20 June 2018, 2.30pm & 6.30pm - Sur Mesure: Fillage (Belgium)

Fun circus show from Belgium, including live music, juggling, trampoline and acrobatics and set around a day at the beach. Suitable for all ages. All events are FREE and no ticket is required.


4 July 2018, 2.30pm & 6.30pm - Motionhouse & No Fit State: Block

Spectacular dance and acrobatics all set on, in and around a giant Jenga structure.  The show looks at life in the city.


18 July 2018, 2.30pm & 6.30pm - C-12 Dance Theatre: Trolleys

Fast & furious dance theatre – 5 guys perform amazing feats on shopping trolleys!


1 August 2018, 2.30pm & 6.30pm - Joli Vyann: Lance Moi en l’Air

Engaging & impressive dance performance, about the ups and downs in a couple’s relationship which is ultimately all built on trust.


15 August 2018, 2.30pm & 6.30pm - Cie Barolosolo : Ile 0

Comedy from French circus company, which sees one clown ankle deep in water and the other going to increasing lengths to avoid getting wet. A poetic and musical performance with a strong environmental message set in a giant paddling pool!


29 August 2018. 2.30pm & 6.30pm - Cie Concordance: Bug ‘n’ Buzz


A couple meet on a blind date outside a café.  One is a dancer, one is a musician – who creates a soundtrack from cutlery and beatboxing.  And the audience gets to join in…!


Funding & Support

Hayes Outdoor is funded by Hillingdon Community Trust, Arts Council England and Access Storage, with the generous support of Brunel University, London Borough of Hillingdon and High Point Village. Hayes Outdoor is a satellite venue for Circulate.    


About Watermans

Watermans is West London’s leading arts centre with a thriving and inclusive programme of independent cinema, family theatre, live performance, exhibitions and courses.  Watermans runs a year-round programme of cutting-edge digital arts for which it receives National Portfolio Organisation funding from Arts Council England, and has done so for many years.

Watermans also leads several outreach projects, primary concerned with broadening access to high quality arts in communities where there is little arts provision:

Creative People & Places Hounslow, Arts Council England’s major investment in increasing arts capacity in underserved areas, working in Feltham, Heston and Cranford, and central Hounslow. Watermans leads a consortium of arts organisations with the vision of creating a confident, colourful and creative borough.

Bell Square, the outdoor arts venue in Hounslow Town Centre, programmed and delivered by Watermans

Circulate, a London-wide outdoor arts touring network, led by Watermans


DSC Summer Festival 

Our annual Summer Festival is well underway so we thought we would let you know in advance to save the date. The Summer Festival is an end of year celebration for the Community Club programme and is a day for fun, socialising, taking part in sport and getting those all-important selfies with the Paralympian’s.

This year we will have OVER 20 different sports from Football to Yoga and everything in between, Paralympians and other special guests, Great British athlete performances and a closing ceremony you won’t want to miss. Last year we had over 500 disabled people attend so it’s sure to be even bigger and better this year!

When: Friday 27th July
Time: 10am- 3pm
Where: Westway Sports and Fitness Centre, 1 Crowthorne Road, London W10 6RP
Price: FREE

We have lots of new and exciting additions to this year’s Summer Festival. Keep an eye on our website for more information and our social media for exclusive reveals;

Website article: https://disabilitysportscoach.co.uk/about/news/archive/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DisabilitySportsCoach2013/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DSC_13
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/disability_sports_coach/

Check out last year’s event and video:



To Register

For more information please contact me by email on laurenm@disabilitysportscoach.co.uk or phone 0207 021 0973.  

I hope you can join us!

Lauren Mawdsley

Club Development Officer

Disability Sports Coach


Phone: 0207 021 0973 / 07496 737508

Website: www.disabilitysportscoach.co.uk

Address: Disability Sports Coach, C/o House of Sport, 190 Great Dover Street, London, SE1 4YB

The London Borough of Hillingdon is running its Fiesta Programme again this year.  Booking opens 13 June !  Hurry if you want to sign up as places go fast.

The London Borough of Hillingdon is once again running its Fiesta Programme between 23 July and 31 August.  There are a range of courses for young people up to the age of 19, including arts and fashion, business, study and careers, digital media, film and photo, FIESTA parklife, music and performing arts, skills for life, sports, fitness and wellbeing, summer action. Booking opened on 13 June.  Places usually get booked up quickly so if you are interested please visit

https://www.hillingdon.gov.uk/article/32237/FIESTA to view courses, find out more and book.

NOTE: the DASH weeks are for pupils aged 12-25 years (not years 7-9 as stated in the courses available document).

HACS (Hilllingdon Autistic Care & Support)

We still have places available on our SEN & Eating and SEN & Sleep Workshops by Mark Brown. Book your place before they go! For details of how to book please scroll to the bottom of this email. For future training events please see newsletter attached. 

WORKSHOP:     SEN & Eating. Thursday 28th June 2018, 10am – 12:30pm

WORKSHOP:     SEN & Sleep. Thursday 12th July 2018, 10am – 12:30pm

SPEAKER:          Mark Brown       

VENUE:              HACS Resource Centre, Dudley Place, Off Pinkwell Lane, Hayes UB3 1PB

PRICES:              £20 for members or £30 for non-members.

                           10% off when booking 2 tickets, 20% off when booking 3 or more tickets

WHO CAN ATTEND? Parents, Carers and Professionals

How to book

Please note that booking in advance is required for all workshops. Multiple ticket discount will only apply if bookings are made at the same time. Please complete a booking form to request your place.

If you would like more information on any of the above workshops, please refer to the publicity attached. 

A booking form is attached to this email. When you have completed your booking form please email this to: catherine@hacs.org.uk or post to: HACS, Dudley Place, Hayes, UB3 1PB

Your booking will be confirmed once payment (if required) has been received.

Alternatively, you can complete a booking form over the telephone by calling 0208 606 6780. 

We’re taking bookings for this year’s Mersea Island Festival in August, an inclusive activity break on the coast of Essex.

Here’s what some of our previous Festival goers have said…

“[My daughter] has Rett Syndrome so is unable to verbally communicate and use her hands, co-ordinate and has limited walking. What was great was an all day timetable as at whatever point [she] was 'able' there was something going on.”

“Thank you. This was our first adventure of this kind and the staff were great.”

“Everyone friendly, helpful, cheerful. I’ve been here a few times and each time it gets better.”

“A big thank you to everyone involved in making it such a special place and another memorable experience.”

“So lucky to have had the chance to be here. Big ‘Thank you’ to all. Can’t wait for next year!”


If you’ve got any questions about the Festival or would like us to send you some leaflets or the details in another format for you to distribute, please contact us.

Telephone: 01206 383226
Email: info@merseafestival.org.uk
Website: www.merseafestival.org.uk


On behalf of the
Mersea Island Festival Trust
Registered Charity 1097455




The local Dyspraxia Foundation Group hold coffee mornings on some Thursdays at Meadow High School.  They have  provided the following dates for forthcoming meetings:

10 May 2018
21 June 2018

For more information about Dyspraxia, visit the website: http://dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk

ASD Support Group Coffee Morning at Meadow High School

If you are a parent of a child with Autistic Spectrum Disorder we invite you to join our Parent Support Group, which meets approximately once a month.  The Group is an informal coffee morning to learn about Autistic Spectrum Disorders, discuss and share issues and hopefully support parents.  The Group is run by Mrs T Watson, who is a teacher at Meadow who specialises in Austist Spectrum Disorders.     Refreshments are available.    Please find below the dates for this Group:

10.15am, at Meadow High School:

Friday 11th May, 2018

Friday 8th June, 2018

Friday 13th July, 2018


Hillingdon Autistic Care & Suppport (HACS) Workshops (Various) 





Autism Engagement Evening for Parents & Carers

Tuesday 22 May 


Rowability Afternoon - Saturday 11 August 2018 - at  Hillingdon Outdoor Activity Centre

Do you have a physical or sensory impairment ?

Have you seen rowing and sculling in the Olympics or Paralympics ?

Fancy giving it a go?

An afternoon of pararowing for anyone with a physical or sensory impairment.

Admission is FREE !

We have specialist equipment and can cater for most needs, including a double boat if you want to have a qualified rower with you !

For more information contact Dean at dean@hoac.net or ring 01895 824171.


Autism-friendly Events


The National Autistic Society has a range of events that are designed entirely around the needs and wishes of autistic people – including gigs, plays, conventions and walks. These events are all suitable for people of any age, and any level of support needs.  Some of these events raise money for their charity. Some are just fun days out, put on by other organisations in association with the NAS. Either way, adjustments have been made so people with autism can enjoy the day.   Please check their website for further details:   http://www.autism.org.uk/about/family-life/holidays-trips/autism-friendly-events.aspx

Autism-friendly Theatre Performances

Matilda the Musical

Venue: Cambridge Theatre, Earlham Street, London WC2H 9HU.    Date: Sunday 10 June 2018, 3pm
Tickets: £10 - £25, booked over the RSC phone line (01789 403493)


Peter Pan

Venue: Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, London NW1 4NU.    Date: 30 May 2018, 2.15pm
Tickets: Price bands range from £25 (access rate) to £55     

Video Link:    https://youtu.be/8L80ENWk5xs



The National Theatre hosts a number of relaxed performances each year. Check for upcoming performances on their
website    www.nationaltheatre.org.uk


Cinemas: Autism-friendly screenings    As cinemas are often places that are not easily accessible, autism-friendly screenings (AFS) aim to make families feel welcome, comfortable and relaxed in an environment that can otherwise seem traumatic.   Families are able to enjoy a film in an environment designed for people on the autism spectrum, their friends and carers. During the film, low lights are left on inside the auditorium, the volume of the soundtrack is reduced and there should not be any trailers.   Cinema goers are free to move around, make a noise or take a break during the film if they need to - these are activities not usually encouraged at regular screenings.  

ODEON Cinemas host screenings suitable for those on the autistic spectrum each month at selected cinemas. There are now over 90 ODEON cinemas across the country offering this service. For more information and to book tickets visit www.odeon.co.uk


Picturehouse  runs regular autism-friendly screenings at cinemas across the country. These take place on one Saturday or
Sunday a month when they show a popular family film.  Please click on the following link to find out more information about many autism-friendly viewings: http://www.autism.org.uk/about/family-life/holidays-trips/cinemas.aspx




Hillingdon Dads are running a Saturday Drop In Centre at the Mencap Hillingdon South Centre in
Harlington Road.   10am—2pm.     Entry is free.  “Come along for relaxed chat with us other Carers of
children with disabilities and special educational needs.”  Forthcoming dates are:    14 & 28 April,
19 May, 30 June, 14 & 28 July, 25 August, 8 September, 22 October, 22 November.  For more information go to the Hillingdon Dads website:   www.hillingdondads.org.uk

ANOTHER relaxed performance of Aladdin, this time in London in the Summer Holidays......

Tuesday 28 August 2018 at 1.30pm

At The Prince Edward Theatre

Tickets are from £20.00.

For more information or to book  call 0344 482 5137 or visit the website www.delfontmackintosh.co.uk


Disney’s ALADDIN will present its second dedicated Autism-Friendly performance on Tuesday 28th August 2018 at 1.30pm. 

Back in August 2017, ALADDIN partnered with The National Autistic Society to create a friendly and supportive environment to enjoy Disney’s spectacular new West End musical at its first special Autism-Friendly Performance. This specially adapted performance was suitable for people with autism, with trained staff on hand, and dedicated quiet and activity areas set up should anyone need to leave their seats.

Although specifically created for patrons affected by autism, conditions during this Autism-Friendly Performance are similar to those during a “Relaxed” performance, and as such this performance may be of interest to patrons with learning disabilities. All patrons who feel this performance might suit their specific needs are warmly encouraged to attend. 

Please note that enhanced security measures are in place at the Prince Edward Theatre.



 15-16 June 2018  ExCeL, London

This national event for autism, offers more information, help and advice on autism (including Asperger syndrome) than can be found anywhere else in the UK.  Book your tickets in advance and save 20%! https://www.eventdata.co.uk/Forms/Default.aspx?FormRef=AuL68Consumer

Hillingdon Parent Carers Forum

Respite & Short Breaks Event

Saturday 12 May 2018  10am - 3pm

at Mencap Hillingdon South, Moorcroft Complex, Harlington Road, Uxbridge, UB8 3HD

visit the Hillingdonpcf.com website for more details.


World Wheelchair Awareness Day - 6 May 2018

Relaxed performance of Aladdin - Compass Theatre 4pm Fri 14th Dec '18

NEW The show at 4pm on Friday 14 December 2018, will be a Relaxed Performance where we leave the house lights on slightly, reduce the sound levels, take out any flashing and pyrotechnic effects and accept that audience members will leave the auditorium during the show. We hope this will provide an opportunity to include members of the community such as those with learning or communication difficulties and those with an autism spectrum condition, who may have felt unable to attend more traditional styles of pantomimes in the past.  Click on the link below to find out more details:



Hillingdon Autistic Care and Support (HACS) have provided some leaflets about current youth clubs, playschemes etc they run.  Please visit their website http://www.hacs.org.uk  for more details.