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Our 'Action for Autism' project returned in October 2023 thanks to funding received from Wandsworth Council as part of the Arts for Health and Wellbeing Fund. This funding meant that would could provide this Community Class until the beginning of February 2024.

It was evident from the participants that this project was essential to them, so we were delighted when we were successful in receiving further funding from Wandsworth Grant Fund, which has secured the sessions for a further year, until the end of February 2025.

With a further successful funding application with the Arts Council, we have been able to extend the programme to incorporate our successful 'Artistes for Autism' project to provide performance opportunities to the participants. You can read more about this project on the dedicated webpage.

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We have successfully delivered our Action for Autism projects for over five years and it has made a difference to so many young people.  The current project is aimed at young Autistic people aged 11 - 16 years (with or without diagnosis) and the sessions are held on a Wednesday afternoon (term-time only) between 4.30 and 5.30 p.m.

The dates for the current project are as follows: 

February 2024
21st & 28th

June 2024
5th, 12th, 19th & 26th

November 2024
6th, 13th, 20th & 27th

March 2024
6th, 13th, 20th & 27th

July 2024
3rd, 10th & 17th

December 2024
4th, 11th & 15th

April 2024
17th & 24th

September 2024
4th, 11th, 18th & 25th

January 2025
8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th

May 2024
1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd

October 2024
2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd

February 2025
5th & 12th

Note: Additional sessions may be scheduled during holiday times. 

We are still accepting applications for young autistic people between the ages of 11 to 16 years who would benefit from our weekly Autism Movement Therapy® sessions. If you know of someone or would like to nominate a child, please complete the form below, or email us on: info@movementworks.org 

Please include:

  • Your name
  • Your contact details (email and preferred contact number)
  • Details of the young person you are emailing us about, including their name and age. We will contact you for more specific information.
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Action for Autism 2021

In 2021, we secured funding from the Mayor of London Active Londoners Fund to run an online programme of Autism Movement Therapy® (mainly online) which ran from May to September 2021 in conjunction with a Development Dance Movement Therapy® being delivered at three LEYF Early Years Settings. 

The 'Action for Autism' project was aimed at individuals aged 7 to 18 years, both with and without a diagnosis and due to COVID restrictions was delivered mainly online, although we did organise some special face-to-face 'Holiday Sessions' with the support of A2ndVoice CIC

Please see, below, a recording of our initial webinar. 

Outcomes

Our target group were children and young people aged 7-18 with autism spectrum conditions who had experienced disproportionately high levels of emotional and mental health issues and social isolation due to the pandemic. Through a combination of drawing on our past reputation, targeted marketing and partnership working we were able to support over 40 participants from ethnically diverse backgrounds to engage in regular physical activity geared to their needs, enhance their social network and provide opportunity for making new friends. In addition, the hyper-local hubs we delivered in the latter part of the project were a great success and tool for reaching new participants/families. We had originally thought the hubs would largely be formed through the online element but in reality, in the main they were different audiences. Through the process we learned that the project was not only important for the young people themselves but also for their parents/carers who needed and appreciated the emotional release and joyfulness of the physical activity and peer support just as much.

At the start of the project over 75% who registered an interest in participating in the AMT pathway told us they are not well served with suitable regular group activities and that the lockdowns had resulted in even less opportunity to be physically active. We can evidence 90% regular attendance of registered participants accessing the Zoom sessions throughout the project, meaning they were engaged in at least an hour of organised physical activity per week with people they had not met previously.

In addition, 34% of participants (that we know of) made new friends whilst on the project. This was achieved through a targeted approach to enhance the social support available during the project delivery through one off events including the AMTea Coffee Morning, Well-Being sessions (in particular Laughter Yoga) and hyper-local hubs. These sessions included opportunities for friendly conversation combined with novel physical and social dance activities. Through these sessions children, parents/guardians were given opportunities share fun positive experiences and broaden their social network. This approach led to reduced isolation and loneliness, extremely common within this community, and increased social connectedness and a sense of belonging.

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Action for Autism 2020

In 2020, we secured our first funding from the Mayor of London Active Londoners Fund to run a 12-week programme of Autism Movement Therapy for 2 age groups, 7 – 11 years and 12 – 16 years. We were particularly keen to reach the BAME (Black Asian & Minority Ethnic) community who can frequently experience a social embargo within their own culture around the issue of autism. 

Please see, below, a recording of Connor's Mum explaining how this project helped him

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We work extensively across Greater London with: 

  • Children's Centres
  • State Schools
  • Independent Schools
  • Privately/Group run nurseries
  • Montessori settings
  • Specialist settings (visit our SEN&D page to read more)
  • Charity groups

If you would like to see how a DDM® session works in action please enquire to make bespoke arrangements for a Go & See visit

Alternatively we can bring an intro session directly to your setting.

MovementWorks is a registered Charity.
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