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posted 14 Jul 2017, 12:09 by web team   [ updated 14 Jul 2017, 12:11 ]

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Co-production invitation

posted 14 Jul 2017, 11:57 by web team

Dear All,


Earlier this year following an review of the first year of implementing North Yorkshire’s all-age autism strategy, the implementation plan was revised around the following three priorities:


·        Assessment and diagnosis

·        Raising awareness and training

·        Developing a community support offer, including post-diagnostic support


In order to support and facilitate the work for these priorities some enabling objectives were also agreed, and one of these is to develop a structured, joined up approach to engagement and co-production for people with autism, their families and carers. A small task and finish group is being set up to begin this work with representatives from Health and Adult Services, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Children and Young People’s Services and Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust. Following an initial meeting in June to begin scoping this piece of work, the next meeting will be held on Thursday 3rd August from 10:00 – 12:00 at County Hall, Northallerton.


This group will be looking at and developing the best ways for people to stay up to date with the strategy implementation and service developments and how to get involved in different pieces of work moving forward. We would therefore greatly value any input from people with autism across all ages, their families and carers in developing our approach to engagement and co-production, and we would like to invite you to attend the next meeting in August.


If you would be interested in attending this and possibly future meetings, please can you register your interest by email to As we can only accommodate a small number of people at the meeting representatives will be agreed on a ‘first come first served basis’, with membership to be reviewed as work progresses . If you are unable or do not wish to attend the meetings but would like to be kept up to date with the group’s progress, please send your details to and I will add your details to a circulation list.


Please note expenses for travelling to and from meetings will be reimbursed.


Many thanks




Victoria Marshall

Commissioning Officer

Health and Adult Services

North Yorkshire County Council



Family Funday

posted 14 Jul 2017, 11:56 by web team

St Aiden's School 16 Sept see attached flyer

Youth projects Harrogate area

posted 28 Jun 2017, 09:19 by web team

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Family Picnic 8 July 2017

posted 28 Jun 2017, 09:14 by web team

All welcome see attached flyer

10th Anniversary Conference - download our flyer

posted 16 May 2017, 14:01 by web team   [ updated 16 May 2017, 14:03 ]

Book now for our 10 year anniversary autism conference
Harrogate & District NAS  
14 July 2017
Ashville College, Green Lane Harrogate
Headline speakers: Gina Davies & Dean Beadle

Download our flyer below and please circulate to all your contacts

Bigger & better in Leeds for Autism Week

posted 2 Apr 2017, 11:27 by web team

#Bigger and Better In Leeds – Celebrating World Autism Awareness Day in Leeds

03 April 2017, Banqueting Suite of Leeds Civic Hall | 9.30am - 3.00pm

The 2017 edition of #BiggerAndBetterInLeeds will be held in the Banqueting Suite of Leeds Civic Hall on Monday 3rd April. The event runs between 9.30am and 3pm and is free to enter for all visitors.

There will be a variety of different stalls from autism services in and near Leeds. We will have more info about the costs involved in due course. We do, however, have two speakers confirmed.

Janine Booth

Janine Booth is an autistic activist, trade unionist and performance poet. She is the author of Autism Equality in the Workplace, a book featuring many autistic people’s stories about finding and keeping work.

Her talk will be about the book, the difficulties that many workplaces cause for autistic people and how we can overcome them.

Anna Kennedy OBE

A mother of two sons who have been diagnosed with autism, Anna Kennedy OBE is a famous autism campaigner who has helped to set up schools for autistic children. She has also had a book published and founded Autism’s Got Talent, a showcase for autistic people to demonstrate their various skills.

She has just recently won The Humanitarian Award at the International Recognition Achievement Awards in Central London. Here’s Anna in her own words:

“Ever since I started my own journey with my own boys Patrick and Angelo and wanting to help and support those who like them have a diagnosis of an autism spectrum condition I am frustrated and disappointed with the lack of facilities and support across the UK. Groups like Bigger and Better in Leeds are helping to raise further autism awareness and hopefully acceptance.”

Stalls and info

At the 2017 event, we’ll have plenty of stalls for local autism services. On the ground floor of the Leeds Civic Hall’s Banqueting Suite, we’ve got children’s services. On the first floor, just outside the main hall, adult services will be present.

At each stall, there will be lots of information about autism in Leeds. You can find out about things like:

  • Diagnosis
  • Employment support
  • Mental health
  • Healthcare
  • Getting a support worker
  • Social activities
  • Peer support
  • Mentoring
  • Childcare


  • 9.30am: Doors open
  • 10am: Welcome speech
  • 11am: Talk by Janine Booth
  • 12.30pm: Talk by Anna Kennedy OBE
  • 3pm: Event finishes

Free legal event run by NYPACT 26 April

posted 2 Apr 2017, 11:24 by web team

Free Legal event:


Date:      Wednesday 26th April 2017

Timings: Registration from 9.00am. Event runs from 10am-3pm

Venue:   The Pavilions of Harrogate, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, Harrogate, HG2 8NZ


Presenters and workshops confirmed so far:


  • Sarah Woosey from Irwin Mitchell solicitors will be the keynote speaker
  • Irwin Mitchell - complaints workshop (Sarah Woosey & Sarah Coles)
  • IPSEA - workshop (Djamilla Hitchins)
  • SENDIASS & Core Assets (Independent Supporters) - workshop (Melanie Leighton & Jane Devine)
  • Benefits advice workshop - YORK Citizens Advice

20+ Information stands.


Please click on the link below to register for this event.

Harrogate NAS FRINGE EVENT at HIC - 7th MARCH - Exclusive chance to book free place

posted 13 Feb 2017, 13:28 by web team   [ updated 13 Feb 2017, 13:29 ]

The National NAS Professional Conference is coming back to Harrogate in March.

The Harrogate & District Branch of the NAS will be hosting a Fringe Event on the morning of 7 March 2017 with speakers from the main conference volunteering their time to offer free talks to the local autism community.

Venue: Harrogate International Centre, King's Suite (opposite Cartridge World), Kings Rd, Harrogate HG1 5LA

Register 09.30, finishes 12.45, 7th March.

This is a one off opportunity to see world renowned speakers that would cost £300-£400 to see at the main conference:


An exclusive opportunity to hear Peggy Walpole - a former Head Teacher in London. She has spent 38 years in the field of education and the education of children with special needs.

Peggy is an Advanced Consultant with Division TEACCH at the University of North Carolina: USA. 

Peggy holds the part-time post of National Autistic Society Specialist Teacher at the Maudsley Hospital in London. She works for the SCAAND service, a National, multidisciplinary specialist service which assesses and manages children with ASD and complex presentations. 

In June 2015 Peggy was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list for services to children with special educational needs and disabilities.


Your chance to see social entrepreneur Adam Harris who works providing a central online hub for the autism community, which aims to inform and empower people on the autism spectrum, their families and supporters. Adam reflects on his own experiences of living with Asperger syndrome, a condition on the autism spectrum and his experience of education and beyond. Adam is passionate about the need for a greater understanding of autism in schools.

In addition - Mark Lever - Chief Executive of the NAS brings the latest news and takes your questions!


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