Delivering Social Change Stakeholder Update – April 2016

The Early Intervention Transformation Programme

The Early Intervention Support Service (EISS) aim is to support families when problems first emerge, before they become embedded or before statutory services are required. The EISS is being developed as a locally tailored EISS closely aligned to the Family Support Hub (FSH) network; it is being developed within set parameters to ensure there is a degree of regional consistency. The overarching model has been replicated across the five pilot sites across Northern Ireland (one per Health and Social Care Trust area) to a greater or lesser extent to meet local needs, allowing for the model to be modified and built upon. The EISS is being provided by a range of voluntary organisations including Action for Children, Barnardo’s, Niacro and SPACE….. Read more

Autism Specific Surf Sessions

We are running surf sessions in partnership with Alive Surf School in Portrush on various dates in July. You can book via our secure Sports Booker Website and the sessions cost £50 per week (4 Sessions). Visit Sports Booker

Group sessions are suitable for participants with a diagnosis of Aspergers Syndrome / High Functioning Autism and must be able to swim 25 metres unaided. These classes cost £50 per week (4 sessions) and can be booked using our secure Sports Booker website. Simply follow the link and you will be asked to enter some details and pay via PayPal account or use your debit / credit card. CLICK TO VISIT SPORTS BOOKER

Location: West Strand Beach, Portrush

Week 1 – (8 -11yr old) – 3:30pm – 5:30pm                Week 2 – (12 -17yr old) – 3:30pm – 5:30pm
6th July – 9th July                                                  20th July – 23rd July
Group Sessions – 6 Participants                              Group Sessions – 6 Participants

Week 3 – (12 – 17yr old) – 3:30pm – 5:30pm
27th July – 30th July
Group Sessions – 6 Participants
**Transport is available for Week 3 and will leave from Beechill Business Park, 96 Beechill Road, Newtownbreda, BT8 7QN at approx 1:30pm and returning 7:15pm – This will cost an additional £10 and will be paid on the first day.

One to One Sessions (8 – 17yrs) – These are available on all of the above dates and will take place 10am – 12noon.
These are available for those with higher / additional support needs and can be booked by contacting Pauline Graham on: E:  or Tel: 07423 454127

New Book Reserve Cafe – Now Open (6/10 project)

Hello Everyone

After several months of designing, planning, some tears and a lot of fun we’re ready to go and the time has come to unleash Avril’s world renowned apricot and white chocolate scones (trust me I’ve had a taste and they’re mind-blowing!)

So at 10am on Friday 8th May the doors of the Thinking Cup Cafe will gently swing open onto an unsuspecting public at 407 Lisburn Road, Belfast. So if you fancy some great coffee, those fabled apricot and white chocolate scones and some great chat from Scott our latest recruit then swing by and say Hi.

And here’s a deal you can’t pass on, our lifeblood is your old books, DVD’s and CD’s – so bring ten of each or a mix and we’ll swap it for a free cup of coffee or tea!

Really hope to see you soon for a catch up.


Want to know more about The Book Reserve?

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Born to Move – Autism initiatives are delighted to introduce Born To Move™ classes to our list of innovative Health & Activity programmes.


Born to Move™ is a 45 minute class promoting physical activity, the music is written for the class with lyrics that act as sung instructions leading  children through simple moves that build body awareness and balance. The emphasis is on fun as kids develop awareness of their bodies. Classes are fully structured and instructor Jo will inspire a love of movement in every child!

Children should dress in comfortable clothes they can easily stretch and move in. A parent or caregiver will also be taking part, so comfortable clothes are recommended for you too!

Born to Move | Northern Ireland | Where we are | Autism Initiatives UK

You can book online using our secure Sports Booker Website. You will be asked to complete some details to register as new user if you have not registered previously. Simply complete the form and at the end you will be asked to make payment using a Pay Pal account or using a Credit or Debit Card.

Commencing: Friday 22nd May 2015 (5 weeks)
Time: 3pm (3-5yrs) & 4pm (6-8yrs)
Cost: £30 (5 sessions)
Location: Autism Initiatives, Community Services, Beechill Business Park, 96 Beechill Road,
Newtownbreda, Belfast, BT8 7QN. 



Children experience the joy of moving to a simple beat as their teacher leads them on an imaginative journey through action and song.


Simple choreography allows children to master moves quickly. Their confidence grows as they develop new abilities, and you’ll get a thrill when you see them use those same skills out in the world.


There’s variety built in to every class and instructors are trained to keep children stimulated and engaged.


Captivating lyrics fire children’s imaginations and immerse them in a world of active play through dance and storytelling.


Children are at their best when they feel they belong. BORN TO MOVE™ classes provide a safe, happy environment where your child will enjoy meeting other children and make new friends.

4th CBA/QUART conference: Multidisciplinary collaborations in Autism


Belfast 6th November 2015

This conference will focus on the contribution of professionals within multi-disciplinary teams (health and social care education) who implement evidence-based methods and teaching strategies of particular relevance for those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

The key note speakers are distinguishing researchers who are members of professions allied to medicine and teaching.

Dr Javier Virues-Ortega: Clinical Psychologist and Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland, New Zealand;

Bethan Mair Williams: Speech and Language Therapist who is also an honorary research fellow and occasional lecturer at Bangor University, Wales;

Professor Hanns-Rudiger Rottgers: Psychiatrist and director of Munster Autism Early Intervention project, Germany;

Sarah Devlin: Behaviour Therapist and specialist teacher at Middletown Centre for Autism, Co .Armagh and

Liam McDermott: Nurse Practitioner and senior Behaviour Therapist, Western Health and Social Care Trust.

In addition, a call for papers will be widely circulated to invite contributions from institutions and organisations within Education and health and Social Care sectors as well as autism charities and other voluntary groups.

The Conference will be of interest to professionals from a wide variety of disciplines as well as individuals with autism, their parents and carers.  It will be free to delegates; coffee/tea(x20 and lunch will be provided.

Details on how to register will be available from September onwards at: