This section contains news items posted in the last 6 months.
Kingwood and RCA article in World Health Design magazine
Here is an example of the research Kingwood and the Royal College of Art's Helen Hamlyn Centre have been working on for our Designed for Living - for Adults with Autism project. The article is on 66-71 of the magazine.
Kingwood and RCA article here.
Stoke Row Beavers Visit Kingwood College
Following the much appreciated contribution towards The Kingwood College, Stoke Row beavers were invited to visit the site and help lay a brick.
The Beavers enjoyed a tour of the site, learning many interesting facts from site manager Charlie Carter. After being taught how bricks worked, each beaver had the chance to lay a brick inside the building.
Please visit the gallery here to view the pictures.
‘Green spaces’ is the third publication in the series produced by Kingwood and the Helen Hamlyn Centre at the Royal College of Art, which explores outdoor environments for adults with Autism. The publication describes how design can create beneficial green spaces benefitting those that use them.. Please click here to go to the research pages.
Current Action Research Update
Details of three new research projects currently under way have been published within the reserach section of the website. Please click here to read the summary of Personal Safety and Autism, Autism and Faith and Noise Filtration and Sensitivity.
ASDAN - Kingwood Stories
ASDAN - Kingwood Stories is a short film follows four separate individuals working towards their ASDAN qualifications with Kingwood. The idea is to provide a snapshot of their story and summarise some of the tasks they are required to undertake in order to complete the course and reach their goals.
In total 12 individuals undertook an ASDAN course, choosing from ‘Out in the Community’, ‘Independent living’ and ‘Horticulture’. Each individual was successful and was awarded their certificates at the Kingwood AGM in July 2012.
Kingwood will continue to work with ASDAN and new courses will be offered to all people supported to undertake in 2012/13. For more information on ASDAN within Kingwood please contact Bob Horwood on 0118 9310 143.
Watch the film here.
Kingwood AGM 2012
On Thursday 5th July 2012 Kingwood held its Annual General Meeting at the River and Rowing museum in Henley on Thames.
Kingwood would like to thank all those in attendance with a special thank you to our guest speaker, Professor Jeremy Myerson, Director and Chair of the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design. Jeremy provided and inspirational speech on the collaboration projects between Kingwood and the Royal College of Art with specific mention to housing design for adults with autism and exploring sensory preferences for those who experience sensory difficulties. Please visit www.hhc.rac.ac.uk or the Kingwood research pages for more information regarding this research.
The night was a huge success which saw a large number of people we support receive certificates recognising and rewarding the hard work the individuals have put in over the last 12 months on various projects and courses.
A collection of photographs from the event can be viewed here.
Highlights from the People We Support Forum now available to view on video.
The People We Support Forum provides an opportunity for individuals to provide their opinions and feedback on the service we provide. You can now watch video highlights from the meeting held in April 2012 by clicking here.
Kingwood release Aspergers guide
Kingwood is pleased to announce the release of ‘Towards best practice in supporting people with Asperger syndrome’.
The guide was commissioned by Kingwood following the feeling that a dedicated focus on Asperger syndrome was needed. Kingwood felt existing research was weak with many publications mainly concerning themselves with issues facing the whole autism spectrum.
A group of professionals from the world of Asperger’s formed the Expert Group and came together in September 2011 to help write the guide which look into principle sand best practice.
Please view the guide here.
NOVEL RESEARCH PRESS RELEASE
Kingwood is delighted to announce that it will work with researchers from Brunel and Cardiff Universities, exploring the use of noise cancelation technologies with those with autism.
The research has been awarded funding through a Bob and Suzanne Wright Trailblazer Award, from leading US autism research and advocacy charity Autism Speaks.
Please read the full press release here.
Peter Greengross completes the London marathon!
Kingwood would like to congratulate Peter Greengross for completing the London marathon last weekend. To date Peter has amazingly raised over £6,000, which will be donated to the Kingwood College fund.
Peter finished with a time of 3 hours and 56 minutes. This represents a personal best, which Peter achieved despite having a stress factor in his foot, which had prevented him from running before the event.
Everyone at Kingwood would like to thank Peter and everyone that supported him.
Buy a Brick Campaign
As many of you are aware Kingwood is fundraising for the Kingwood College project based at the White Barn service in Reading.
Kingwood College will help a small group of young adults with Autism during the transitional period of life between leaving school and becoming an adult. These young adults will receive full time life skills training and educational programs and will live on the site in purpose built accommodation.
We are still some way off our fundraising target and wish to spread the word about our campaign.
If you or any of your friends are thinking of any fundraising events this year we would like you to consider supporting Kingwood College’s Buy a Brick campaign. Additionally if anyone has any fundraising ideas we could pursue please contact Head Office on 0118 9310 143.
Stoke Row Beavers recently held a fundraising event on behalf of Buy a Brick and raised £212.60p. Please see the news below for further details.
For more information or to donate to Buy a Brick please visit here.
Stoke Row Beavers charity event
As we mentioned earlier, Stoke Row Beavers held a charity event on behalf of Kingwood and the Buy a Brick campaign.
We are delighted to announce that the Colony raised £212.60p on the night. The Beavers produced some entertainment for the audience which they all enjoyed. A vast array of cakes were produced and consumed and a number of prizes were awarded in a raffle.
Please click here to see the Stoke Row Beavers on the night.
Thank you to John Beville and all who were involved.
Kingwood in the British Virgin Islands
Kingwood recently agreed to develop an Autism Program for the British Virgin Islands in partnership with the islands government.
The program aims to introduce an agreed approach to Autism for the islands which will help develop understanding, knowledge and skills for parents and professionals involved in the area.
Kingwood is currently in the process of providing assessments to identify current needs to those diagnosed as being on the Autistic spectrum living in the islands. Once the program is launched, the proposal is for Kingwood to provide the initial delivery of support, including the training and development of local workers who will support these children and adults with Autism.
After two years, Kingwood will hand over the management and delivery of the service to a locally based team.
More details will be provided in due course. Please click here for an article on the program published by local media in the British Virgin Islands.
Stoke Row Beavers fundraising for Kingwood!
Stoke Row Beavers will be holding a charity event on the 7th of March and have chosen Kingwood as the charity they wish to support. Kingwood is delighted with the news and would like to thank John Beville for his help in connecting Kingwood with the group.
John will also kindly say a few words about Kingwood and the current Buy a Brick Campaign.
Please check back here after the event for details on how it went.
Kingwood is pleased to introduce Dr. Verity Lawrence, a new member of our head office team.
Dr Verity Lawrence joined Kingwood in November as a Clinical Psychologist where she will be working alongside Dr Sally Powis. She recently qualified with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Oxford University and will be working at Kingwood on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Verity will be responsible for carrying out psychological assessments and interventions aimed at reducing distress and improving the psychological wellbeing of our clients.
We would like to take this opportunity to welcome Verity to Kingwood and wish her the best in her new role. If you have any questions for Verity please email her here.
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