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. 

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.