Anna Kennedy Online – Autism Awareness Charity
A tribute to our friend – Robin Windsor

A tribute to our friend – Robin Windsor

 

A tribute to our friend – Robin Windsor

The beloved professional Latin and Ballroom dancer, who was best known for his appearances on Strictly between 2010 and 2015, has died aged 44.

 

 

I am totally heartbroken. I was trying to hide my tears driving my son Angelo to college who is autistic .
Robin was a beautiful kind man . I had the best time dancing with him for 3 months on Comic Relief’s People’s Strictly in 2015. He taught me to have ‘Fun’ again through dance. He said ‘Anna just let go. This time is just for you ‘
He was a huge supporter of our charity and attended Autism’s got Talent many times throughout the years . He always said ‘This show of yours blows me away!’
We were planning a dance class for Autism Dance Day at Pineapple Performing Arts in April for Parent Carers and to create ‘Strictly Autism’ for 2025 .
I will miss my dear friend a genuine kind caring human being . He will always be a 10 for me 💜

– Anna Kennedy OBE

 

 

Lisa Robins shares

Robin was a kind hearted man with a lovely smile and from from the moment I went to meet him and Anna rehearsing for the ‘peoples Strictly’ I knew him and Anna would become good friends. He was an amazing supporter of our charity Anna Kennedy Online and would attend our events as he loved them so much . He will be truly missed very much by our Anna Kennedy Online family. RIP Robin xx

 

 

 

We are heartbroken to hear the news of Robin’s passing. He was a true friend to the charity and he will be dearly missed.

 

 

Rest In Peace Robin Windsor 

1979 – 2024

 

Anna’s guest at Women’s Radio Station was Sally Lawrence

Anna’s guest at Women’s Radio Station was Sally Lawrence

Anna’s guest at Women’s Radio Station was Sally Lawrence

 

 

 

I am a mother of three children.  Simon, my middle child, is now 31.  He is severely autistic, non-verbal, has epilepsy, complex needs, and challenging behaviour including PICA. He needs 24 hour 1:1 care. At the age of 8 he went to Prior’s Court School in Berkshire, a specialist school for those with severe autism.  He thankfully got a place in their Young Adult Provision when he was 19, so stayed there until he was 26.  
 
Meanwhile, we were having talks with Surrey County Council about where Simon would go after Prior’s Court as there was nothing appropriate for him back in Surrey, and we were not prepared for him to be sent to live in Yorkshire or any other far-flung county
where there may have been suitable provision.  The council was not interested in setting up anything new in Surrey (even though there were several of his age from Surrey at Prior’s Court) but eventually we persuaded them to do so, and Linden Farm is the result.
 
 
 
In 2015 we set up our charity “The Simon Trust” and agreed to work in partnership with Surrey County Council; they would build the accommodation and we would raise money to provide the “extra essentials” that these young people would need in order to have a meaningful life at Linden Farm.  
 
We worked flat-out for 4 years with fund-raising events until Covid lockdowns stopped us doing so, and so far we have provided about £200,000 worth of facilities at Linden Farm … a 400 metre cycle track, a Sensory Room, a Cookery Room, bikes, trikes including a side-by-side trike, a large Bike Shed, an allotment with poly tunnels and all the necessary gardening tools and plants that go with it, a roundabout, a swing, a wooden Trim Trail, and more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://womensradiostation.com/

Council Ordered to Pay £15,000 After Child Misses Two Years of Schooling Due to Failings

Council Ordered to Pay £15,000 After Child Misses Two Years of Schooling Due to Failings

Council Ordered to Pay £15,000 After Child Misses Two Years of Schooling Due to Failings

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has instructed North Northamptonshire Council to pay nearly £15,000 due to their errors, which resulted in a child missing two years of education.

 

Mr and Mrs B lodged a complaint stating that the council had failed to provide a personal assistant for their daughter, Miss K, as outlined in her Education Health and Care (EHC) plan from Summer 2021 to September 2023. This failure meant Miss K couldn’t attend school properly.

 

Miss K was supposed to have a personal assistant (TA) for one hour each weekday morning to help with learning independent living skills, as stated in her EHC plan. Despite repeated requests from her parents, the council didn’t provide this special educational provision. Even after complaints were made in June 2022, the council failed to act.

 

It wasn’t until May 2023 that the council began searching for a personal assistant, with one finally starting work in September 2023.

 

Following an investigation, the Ombudsman found significant faults on the council’s part. They didn’t follow Miss K’s plan, neglected to inform her parents of their decisions, and were slow in addressing complaints.

 

To rectify the situation, the Ombudsman ordered the council to complete the review of Miss K’s EHC plan promptly and inform her parents of the outcome. Additionally, the council must apologise to Mr and Mrs B and compensate them for the missed support, distress caused, and the time and trouble they faced due to the council’s inadequate response to their complaints.

 

The council has agreed to comply with these instructions.

 

The LGO’s findings can be found here:

https://www.lgo.org.uk/decisions/education/special-educational-needs/23-005-151

Our Young Patrons supporting Children’s Mental Health Week 2024

Our Young Patrons supporting Children’s Mental Health Week 2024

Our Young Patrons supporting Children’s Mental Health Week 2024

This week is Children’s Mental Health Week and the theme is  ”Growing Together“.

Growing Together is about growing emotionally and finding ways to help each other grow. Challenges and setbacks can help us to grow and adapt and trying new things can help us to move beyond our comfort zone into a new realm of possibility and potential.
However, emotional growth is often a gradual process that happens over time, and sometimes we might feel a bit ‘stuck’.

We are fortunate to have a diverse and talented group of Young Patrons who help to raise Autism Awareness and are passionate to change the perceptions on Autism. We cannot do this alone and this is why our incredible Young Patrons are so important and fantastic role models. 
Click here to find out more about our young patrons who are helping us spread the word who are passionate about helping with our mission.

Please see below quotes shared by our young patrons in support of this year’s theme: “Growing Together” for Children’s Mental Health Week 2024

OJ Bridges 

OJ Bridges 

OJ Bridges

“The only superpower you need is to be your most authentic self” 

Logan Richards

Logan Richards

Logan Richards

“I water you, You water me, We water together”

Daisy Hutchinson

Daisy Hutchinson

Daisy Hutchinson

Callum Kirrage

Callum Kirrage

Callum Kirrage

“Be who you want to be and believe in yourself “

Jack Azagury-Slattery

Jack Azagury-Slattery

Jack Azagury-Slattery

Josh Burgess

Josh Burgess

Josh Burgess

“One day you will tell your story of how you overcame what you went through and it will become someone else’s survival guide”

T’mya Fyffe

T'mya Fyffe

T’mya Fyffe

“T’mya has had such a hard couple of months, she has struggled massively with her Mental Health and is now starting to turn a corner. She is starting to get back into things and has started online school and at an equine college. The horse in the photo is her loan horse, she cares for him and rides him every day, he is like a therapy to her!”

Anna’s guests at Women’s Radio Station were Kellie Barker and Corinne Bryan

Anna’s guests at Women’s Radio Station were Kellie Barker and Corinne Bryan

Anna’s guests at Women’s Radio Station were Kellie Barker and Corinne Bryan

 

My name is Kellie Barker, I’m 45, I live in Kent and I have three children 21, 15, and 9.

My youngest son has a complex diagnosis of Autism & SEND, I grew up in a house that fostered with my birth family and many children coming and going throughout my childhood. My Parents are and were great advocates for all children and as a young carer myself, I have taken this engrained belief from my early years into adulthood, I have one birth sibling Daniel, he too is a fierce advocate and works globally advocating for children.

Who would know that our own birth children would develop such skills as young carers years later, they definitely all have advocating in their blood – it is natural to them .

I love a bargain and a good rummage round the shops when I get time. My latest addiction is Vinted, the online recycled clothes app, and have vowed to buy less new things this year and start recycling what we have, to reduce waste, I’ve also started to drive an electric car.

I love mint aero chocolate and ALL puddings.

 

https://www.bornanxious.co.uk/

 

 

I’m Corinne and we are a family who are neurodivergent. My sons are autistic and we often have many food struggles, due to sensory processing. I’ve always found that beige, repetitive foods(like chicken nuggets, chips, smiley faces, toast) are a firm favourite. I spent much of their early years worrying about their diet variety and not eating as much as other children do but in time I’ve come to accept and understand that as long as their eating something it’s better than nothing at all.

This is why I’m really passionate about safe foods being always accessible at all times.

This range with Born anxious is something I’m really excited about- to have clothing designs that represent the safe food our children eat in a fun way is amazing!

Can’t Eat Won’t Eat – Collection

 

 

 

https://womensradiostation.com/

Author: Lauren Russell