The Monday Club Archives

Listening Event – 10 January 2018

University Hospitals of Leicester is holding a Listening Event at the NSPCC National Training Centre to collect the views of patients and their parents/carers on the accessibility of information provided about their conditions.

Flyer – including instructions for booking your place»

Survey on Child Behaviour and Parenting Strategies

Liz O'Nions, a researcher at KU Leuven, is running a survey in order to research strategies used by parents to manage difficult behaviour.  The survey is open until the end of November.  The following information is from Liz.

Research open to parents/carers of children aged 6 to 16 who live in the UK/Europe.

We are looking for parents/carers of children who experience difficulties (including, but not limited to children on the autism spectrum), to take part, as well as parents of children with no particular problems.

Taking part would involve you completing some questionnaires about your perspectives on your child's behaviour, and the strategies and approaches that you use to manage it. The questionnaires are split into five sections, and should take about 45 minutes to one hour to complete altogether.

The questionnaires measure things like your child's social skills, anxiety, difficulties with peers, and non-compliant or demand avoidant behaviour. We have also included questionnaires looking at what strategies you use to manage behaviour and how you interact with your child, as well as your feelings about how you handle difficult behaviour.

We will get back in touch with parents who take part in six months' time to ask them to complete a subset of the questionnaires again. We will also send out a summary of our findings once the study is complete and the data have been analysed.


Christmas Meal – 18 December

The Club will be having the annual Christmas Meal for its members on 18 December.  The cost is £6 per person.  Those wishing to attend must return the form with payment no later than 27 November.  Note: It has been confirmed that, despite the sudden closure of Yates's, they are honouring existing bookings and so this can still go ahead.

Letter, menu and form»

Autism Hour – 2 October

The National Autistic Society is launching a week-long event to encourage businesses to provide an autism-friendly environment for their customers.


The Media Club – 30 August–4 October

Leicestershire Centre for Integrated Living is running a six-week programme targeted at people in the 14–25 age range with disabilities, to enable them to access, understand and get involved with the creation of media.  The sessions will take place at the LCiL on Wednesdays between 4pm and 7pm.

Sessions are as follows:

  • 30 August - Introduction
  • 6 September – film and video
  • 13 September - photography and Instagram
  • 20 September - audio and podcasts
  • 27 September - social media channels
  • 4 October - review

Consultation by Leicester City Council

Leicester City Council is proposing changes to the adult social care services provided by the voluntary and community sector, and also proposing to introduce a Prevention and Wellbeing Grant Fund to help prevent people from developing social care needs.  Service users, parents and carers are requested to give their views by completing the online surveys.

Changes to VCS services» Grant fund»

Funding Update

The Monday Club has received a grant from the Big Lottery Awards for All.  This will enable us to run a Passport to Health and Wellbeing project to help our members to be more active and to eat healthily.


Open Evening – 27 March

The Monday Club would like to thank all who came to the Club on Monday evening to help make our Open Evening such a success.  We raised just over £213.


LCiL Summer Fête – 28 July

The Leicestershire Centre for Integrated Learning is running a fête to celebrate its 3rd birthday.  The event will take place at the West End Centre (the same place as the Monday Club regularly meets) on Friday 28 July from 10am to 3pm.


The Italian Stallion – Wood Fired Pizza Opening – 14 May

Holly Beasley, a member of Monday Club staff, is opening her new street food pizza business this Sunday 14th May.  Holly's business 'The Italian Stallion – Wood Fired Pizza' will be serving freshly made wood fired pizza from a converted vintage horse trailer at private and public events across the midlands.  The opening party is taking place at The Bricklayers pub in Sharnford, Leicestershire from 4 to 7pm.  As well as opening her business, Holly will be raising money for the club by asking customers for donations to the club instead of paying for pizza at this event.  All are welcome, so please feel free to go along and try some pizza as well as help raise some funds for the club.

Autism Carers Forum – 16 March

The Carers Centre is holding a forum for carers of people with autism at Matrix House, 7 Constitution Hill, Leicester LE1 1PL, from 10am to 12:30pm.


Yoga for Autism – 12 April

The Be Happy Yoga Project is holding a free yoga class from 10am to 12 noon at the LCIL.  The class will teach an adapted form of yoga designed for people with autism.  Please phone Dani on 07857 249803 to book – spaces are limited.


Open Evening – 27 March

The Monday Club is holding a fundraising fair at the LCIL, starting at 7pm on 27 March.  Attractions will include a quiz, a raffle and a bring-and-buy sale.  Please see the poster for more information.

View Location in Google Maps» Poster»

Autism Carers Forum – 16 March

The Carers Centre is holding a forum for carers of people with autism at Matrix House, 7 Constitution Hill, Leicester LE1 1PL, from 10am to 12:30pm.


The New Venue

We have now moved to the Leicestershire Centre for Integrated Living, Andrewes Street, Leicester LE3 5PA.  Our first session at the new venue will be on 1 February.  There is parking space for about 12 cars.  The venue is also accessible by various buses from the city centre.

Map» Bus information»

Leicestershire Autism Information Hub Winter Newsletter

Our film project has earned a brief mention!


Flat 108 Coffee Mornings – Wednesday 24 August, 7 September, 14 September

For people aged 16–25 with disabilities of all kinds who wish to improve their independent living skills.  At Flat 108 at The Y, 7 East Street, Leicester, LE1 6EY from 11am to 1pm.


Leicestershire Autism Information Hub Summer Newsletter


National Autistic Society Survey

The National Autistic Society are launching an awareness campaign in 2016 and are gathering the thoughts of people with autism, parents, carers, friends and professionals.  If anyone would like support with completing the form, please contact Laura at the Leicestershire Autism Information Hub on 0808 800 0125 or

Survey – Word 2007+ version»
Survey – PDF version»

Subscription Increase

As a result of funding cuts, we have had to increase the attendance fee to £2 a week.

Training for Voluteer Carers

The first Carers Newsletter in a while has now been published on this website.  It contains information on training sessions for carers.

Haymarket Bus Station Closure – from 11 January until further notice

The Haymarket Bus Station is closing for redevelopment.  If you regularly catch a bus from there, please see this guide to find out where it will be calling instead.


Nervous is a befriending and social group aimed at people aged 16–25 who find it hard to make friends and would like to take part in activities and meet new people in the process.  Various activities in Leicester are available on various days of the week.

Further information»

AutisMe session – 7 August

AutisMe is a smartphone application designed for people on the autistic spectrum.  "AutisMe gives you the space to express your personality, to create and change the way you want to be seen, understood and helped."

A drop-in demonstration session will be held at the Highcross Shopping Centre, Leicester, from 2pm to 5pm on 7 August.


Getting a Job Book Launch – 24 June

Getting a Job is a new guide for carers of adults with learning difficulties.  A book launch event is being held at The Y, East Street, Leicester LE1 6EY.

Poster» Book a place»


Knowing Your Rights – The New Care Act – 12 May

10:30 to 12:30, followed by lunch.  £15 voluntary sector; £25 public and private sector; free for LCiL individual members.

The new Care Act 2014 came into force in April 2015.  It changes the law in respect of social care provision for people with a disability and their carers.  At this talk, specialist lawyers will explain individual rights to care and support under the new Act.  There will also be the opportunity to ask questions.  To find out the location and book a place (subject to availability – places are limited), please contact LCiL on (0116) 222 5005.


Leicester City Council are looking for participants for an experiment to find out how people on the autistic spectrum aged 16+ can benefit from technology such as smartphones and tablets.

Further information»


Toys R Us Autism Friendly Shopping Event – 30 November

The following is the announcement we have been given – any contradictions are beyond our control!

Every UK Toys R Us store is holding an autism-friendly and additional needs exclusive shopping event on Sunday 30 November from 9am until 11am.

To make this as comfortable as possible, TRU promises "reduced fluorescent lighting, no lond music or tannoy announcements".  Additionally all staff will have been provided with parent-led autism awareness training.

Staff will also make sure there is quick efficient access to the tills when they open at 11am for payment (due to Sunday trading restrictions) or offer to hold trolleys until an appropriate time should customers wish to pop out and return to pay.

Toys R Us go on to add, "Of course everyone is welcome to come along just browse and play!"

With the festive season approaching this event looks like a great chance to enjoy some Christmas shopping with your children, and will exclusively be for parents with additional needs children.

Alien invasion proves a success

An article in the Leicester Mercury about the Dreadlock Alien poetry session that took place on 3rd September.


Leicester City Council survey – running until 30 September

An anonymous online survey about autism and the services available for people on the autistic spectrum.

RNIB College Loughborough Family Open Day – 4 October

RNIB College Loughborough will be having their Family Open Day on Saturday 4 October, 10:00am–2:00pm.  Attendees will have the opportunity to visit the College and its purpose-built accommodation.  They will find out all about life at the College and hear about learning in the College enterprises such as the Bell Bar, College Arts Centre, College Office, and eBay shop.  Attendees will also be able to meet students, staff and Governors.  Please call (01509) 631220 or to confirm your attendance.  Those unable to make the day can give the College a call and book to visit on a different day.

Bridge – independence programme»

England Expects – 9 September 7:30pm–8:30pm

The West End Centre, Andrewes Street, Leicester LE3 5PA

Following its sell-out debut in March and a successful run in London in May, England Expects returns to launch an Autumn tour around the UK.  Vesta Tilley was one of music hall's most popular figures and considered the greatest male impersonator of the day.  Her role in recruiting thousands of men made her the darling of the establishment but as the brutal reality of war became known she had a decision to make: whose side was she really on?

On her farewell tour and with her stock-in-trade of impersonation and songs, Vesta reminisces on her role as Britain’s Best Recruiting Sergeant and the lives she touched.

Written by Tom Glover
Directed by Gary Phillpott
Starring Teresa Jennings as all 12 characters

Booking form»

Choice Unlimited – 9 April

Choice unlimited is an opportunity to find out about the latest information, services, products, ideas and innovation for disabled people, older people and carers in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.  Choice Unlimited is a UK wide roadshow on independent living and the first of its kind nationally.


Information leaflets: For service users» / For professionals»

World Autism Day – 2 April

The seventh annual World Autism Awareness Day.  Please show your support by following World Autism Awareness Day on Facebook or tweet that you support WAAD along with the hash tag #LIUB.

Also for World Autism Day, there is a coffee morning being held at Glebe House, 70 Woodgate, Loughborough on the 2nd from 10am to 2pm.

Belgrave Flyover closure – 1 February

Leicester City Council will be closing the Belgrave flyover in preparation to demolish it.  The work will take place over the next few months and should be completed in October 2014.  Leicester City Council will be providing regular updates on their website about road closures and bus route changes. As the information becomes available we will post it on the site to keep our members informed of any disruptions to travel.

Further information from Leicester City Council»


May 2013 The Leicestershire Autism Information Hub has launched as a resource for Leicestershire and Rutland. Read more»
Carers Action Group
June Newsletter available here»
Jan '13 Dept for Work and Pensions.
Touchbase, a monthly e-zine for advisers, intermediaries and other professionals. Jan. edition available for downloading»

y christmas carol service
A free carol service featuring: Emmanu'EL Apostolic Gospel Choir and Saxophonist Gerard McChrystal.
At the Y, Wed. 12th December at 7.30pm
RSVP to Vicki Corbett on
or 0116 2046201 or 2556507
social welfare training
Social Welfare Training
have produced a guide to developments in welfare benefits.
Download it here»    Website»

Phoenix Cinema - Art - Café Bar
Next showings:
Sat 10th Nov 10.30am ParaNorman 2D

Carers: Latest Action Group Newsletter -Feb. 2013 Download» Includes details of Training for carers of adults & children with ASD.
 Wed 6th Feb. 2013 10.30 to 2.30

Voluntary Board Members

The Board is now looking to balance their skills base and want to recruit new members with specific skills and experience, particularly in Human Resources, IT and developing websites and fund raising. Read more»
June 2012

Vacancy: Group Development Project Coordinator

To develop and facilitate activities for our Wednesday group meeting and coordinate our growing bank of volunteers in conjunction with the project manager. Details»
August 2012

Charnwood Arts

The Pixel and Grain Gallery goes on tour with a fantastic exhibition of black and white photography from international artists at the Atkins Building in Hinckley.
Monday 14th May until Friday 15th June 9am - 5.30pm
Details & example photos»

Grand Country Walk

Members enjoyed a 4½ mile walk through a beautiful part of Leicestershire, starting and finishing at the Copt Oak Inn in Copt Oak. (25/9/11)
Photo album»
Full details & map»

Volunteers are needed! Full training will be given. If you want to help, click here»

Leicestershire Centre for Integrated Living - Annual Survey

lcil logoThe LCiL undertake an annual survey in Leicester to monitor the engagement and the quality of information provided by LCiL on behalf of Leicester City Council.
The objective is to provide information to the local authority together with ideas and suggestions as to how improve the City Council's services concerning disability issues and barriers faced by disabled people.
If you would like to help with this survey you can download it here»

Adult Dyslexia Support Group for adults with literacy issues

We are fundraising on Bank Holiday Monday at Croft Carnival to support our activities:
• DyslexicBuddies Website development - a chat forum for dyslexic adults to have their say & use learning resources to help with reading and writing and spelling and other issues relating to dyslexia and learning
Reading Group
Short Courses on reading, writing and spelling
Contact: or like us on Facebook!

PHOENIX Cinema - Art - Café Bar

Autistic Spectrum Screenings August 2013 programme published
Tuesdays, 10:30 start. 4 Midland Street, Leicester, LE1 1TG

Work Capability Assessment (WCA)

The fourth independent review of the WCA is currently underway and is led by Dr Paul Litchfield (who has taken over from Professor Harrington). Many people with autism feel the WCA has failed them – that their condition has not been understood, that the process has been stressful and that the outcome has led to them having to appeal.

This year there is an opportunity for individuals who have had a WCA or people who have represented someone that has, for example a parent or carer, to give their views on the WCA process to the independent review.

The National Autistic Society (NAS) want as many people with autism and their parents/carers as possible to respond to the review. The NAS has launched a supporter action that enables people to respond to the review
directly online»     NAS website:


NHS 111 & GP Out of Hours Services in Leicester, Leics & Rutland

The NHS would like to hear from clients to ensure that they are meeting their needs. Click on the link to take part in the survey.
Please email Joanne Ryder if you require any further information or would like hard copies, translations or large print versions.

Online Autism Strategy Survey

Autism Plus is working with the Department of Health in the latest review of the Autism Strategy on behalf of the Hidden Impairment National Group (HING). As part of this work we are conducting an online survey to seek the views of individuals with autism and their parents/carers nationally.
We would like to reach as many people as possible through this survey which will be live through to Sunday 8th September. For more information on the survey and for a link to the survey please click:
To go direct to the survey click :
If you have any questions please email

A Guide to the Welfare Reform Changes

The Welfare Reform Act 2012 became law in March and introduced a wide range of reforms to the benefits and tax credits system, administered across government departments, agencies and local authorities.
Many benefits are being changed or withdrawn and replaced by new systems. There are also complicated transitional arrangements as the reforms are phased in over the next few years and uncertainty remains in some areas.
This guide aims to give easy to understand guidance around the main changes that are taking place, many of which will come into force from April 2013.
Download the full guide and read more»
choose my supportMar '13 If you're looking for social care services in Leicester or Leicestershire, visit Choose My Support.
A website that allows you to look at all your care options in one place and find support services and products that best meet your needs. • Accomodation • Domestic or personal support • Education and training • Education and training .... and much more.

Supported by the City and County Councils.

9/2012 Advice for GPs
The National Autistic Society has a lot of information specifically for GPs on their website. A useful information sheet is attached.
The links below give all the advice for GPs/Health, etc. available on the NAS website:

carers logoInformation for Carers.
carers action group A periodical newsletter published by the Carers Action Group to keep Carers informed about changes and developments.
Note - we now have a page on this website for carers to share knowledge and experiences. If you have something useful to pass on, let us know. Click here or the button (left) to access the page.

FREE fun for all the family at Embrace Arts

Saturday June 29th from 12 noon to 4:30, Lancaster Road, Leicester
• FREE drop-in workshops open to everyone including: Hula hoop dance, origami badge making, clay jewellery, batik, drawing and family dance.
• Explore our latest exhibition of contemporary art that explores the theme of ‘Fragment’, by East Midland based artists.
More details»

Carers Week

Improve your Health and Wellbeing
Find out what support and advice is available to you and the person you care for. Humberstone Gate West, Leicester (near the big screen)
Tuesday 11th June, 10am to 3pm Details»

'In Your Shoes'

The NHS are running events for health service users and carers to tell the NHS about their experiences of adult mental care.
Thursday 16 May (Peepul Centre) and Tuesday 21 May (Braunstone Leisure Centre)
Both days have two sessions: 10am to 12noon and 1:30 to 3:30) Read more»
Training for City carers of adults and children
Wednesday 6th February 2013 10.30 to 2.30, New Walk Centre.
Do you look after someone with Autism or Asperger’s? This session will help you to understand the causes of autism and ASD, learn how autism affects how people think, communicate and behave. Appreciate the difficulties that people with autism and ASD have with everyday life and learn how to communicate and support them. Full details»
The Joint Commissioning Panel for Mental Health are developing a new guide for commissioners entitled 'Ethnicity, inclusion and inequalities: a guide for commissioners'. They are asking everyone with an interest in mental healthcare for Black and Minority Ethnic Communities to complete a questionnaire. Whether you are a service user, carer, practitioner, manager, commissioner, or someone with an interest in this area, your views would be invaluable.
The findings will be used to develop the new guide to providing culturally sensitive and effective mental health services for people and improving mental wellbeing in Black and Minority Ethnic communities.
The survey will take no longer than 10 minutes to complete, and will remain open until the 17 December.
Have you lost your Social Care support?
In April 2011, Leicestershire County Council made some changes to the social care eligibility criteria. This made it more difficult for some people to get the social care support they felt they needed. (For example you may have been attending a day centre, receiving support with personal care or receiving carer’s support to take you out.)
If you have been affected by any of these changes we need to hear how and what you have to say.
The Leicestershire LINk’s Social Care Task Group is looking at this area and they plan to put together evidence from past/existing service users, evaluate the findings and present them to Leicestershire County Council’s Adults and Communities department.
Download the survey» and return it by 21 December.
beginners guide
Download full details» (pdf)

Work Capability Assessment (WCA) Survey
The WCA is the testing system used to decide what support and out of work benefits disabled people can access.
Disability Rights UK is very concerned that the system is unfit for purpose, by not ensuring disabled people are supported into work and causing significant distress and anxiety.
Disability Rights UK are undertaking a third independent review of the WCA and they would like your help to shape their response. They have drafted a short online survey that includes questions from the Harrington Review and some extra questions to ensure they provide a response based on disabled people’s experiences. The survey is available here»
Please help Disability Rights UK to collect the facts about WCA - complete the survey now!

The NHS is also running a survey, of people with long term conditions about the support and information they have received in relation to their own healthcare. Please help them by completing the survey

Heart of 3 cities 2012
A 60 page newspaper giving details of cultural, sporting and social events in Charnwood - the heart between the cities of Derby, Nottingham and Leicester. Available online - Click here» (pdf, 9mb)

Aspiro is an East Midlands based social enterprise delivering aspirations logoemployment support for people with a lived experience of mental ill health or a learning disability. They offer services to improve individuals’ skills, confidence, health and employability so they can gain and sustain a working life. They believe everyone has the right to work.
Download and read the Aspiro newsletter»

Reprint (March 2011): Directory of Services for Adults with Autistic Spectrum Disorders.
Produced by the Leicestershire Branch of the National Autistic Society.
Website: Download the directory here» (pdf, 228kb)

Confident Choices Workshops For people with experience of mental health problems, physical disabilities and carers of adults with a care need.

In these half day workshops you will learn and practice decision making tools and skills that will help build your confidence. It is a safe place to think and talk about your own care needs or the needs of the person you care for. • Thur. 31st May at Loughborough • Wed 20th June at Coalville • Thur. 5th July at Loughborough.

Travel Talks Leicester - Summer Term 2012
The longstanding and popular Travel Talks programme takes place on Friday mornings from mid September to May. It is open to anyone with an interest the world we live in who wants to learn more about it by sharing the experiences of another traveller – the speaker. The talks are relaxed and informal but we aim for a high professional standard.
Friday mornings, 10:15 to 12 noon, Wellington St. Leicester.
Also: There are day trips out on 25 May, 20 June, 6 July
More details» Website:

national autistic Society logoPhotography Competition. To celebrate their 50th birthday the NAS is inviting you to use your camera to show them what friendship means to you. You could win a fabulous Olympus Pen Mini camera, worth over £400, plus an exclusive masterclass with world famous photographer and friend of The NAS, John Swannell. The best photographs will go on show at a special exhibition in June to celebrate their birthday and to help raise awareness of autism. More details»

Let’s Do Saturdays Take Two
Let’s Do Saturdays is a new initiative that aims to let's do saturdayssupport the development of a collective of creative businesses and practitioners across the Cultural Quarter to work together with Martin Luke Brownpartners, to turn the Cultural Quarter into the destination of choice, supporting the development and coordination of activities and events.
Let’s Do Saturdays second event is taking place in and around the cultural quarter on Saturday 7th April. This month features a Next Wave Music platform for 12 – 21+ year olds to showcase their musical talents. Includes a performance by Martin Luke Brown (above). Read more»

choice unlimited
An opportunity to find out about information, services, products, ideas and innovation for disabled people, older people and carers
in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. This event will be packed to the brim with a range of services that are available to support choice and control.
A free event for disabled people, older people and carers in Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland Thursday 5 April 2012 at the Leicester Tigers Stadium. 10am to 7pm Read more» (pdf)

AUTISM FRIENDLY SCREENINGS muppetsDimensions with Odeon cinemas: Watch selected films in an autism friendly environment; lights up and sound on low with no trailers, freedom to move around the cinema** and to bring your own refreshments. Next Screenings: (11:30am)
JOHN CARTER (tbc): 11 March
For the latest Autism Friendly Screening news monthly go to

Sept '11 Volunteers Needed!

A team of researchers at the University of Cambridge are conducting a brain imaging study and are looking for volunteers to spend two days with them at Cambridge.

New - Housing Options Advice Line

The charity Housing Options is today launching a new improved housing advice service so that they can meet the growing demand for people with learning disabilities and families that need advice about housing, support, benefits, funding and rights.
For more info and times see this link
Housing Options is a national charity that promotes wider housing options for people with learning disabilities, their families, advocates and member organisations.

Invitation - an evening with Fiona Speirs

[The National Autistic Society]AUTISM SPECTRUM CONDITION (ASC):
Puberty, Relationships and Sexuality
Tuesday 4th October, 7pm-9pm
Registration from 6.30pm
Emmanuel Church, Forest Road, Loughborough.
Download full details & booking form »

Right to Control in Leicester City

Are you a disabled person or a person with long term health conditions? Information ‘drop in’ meetings that will cover a range of disability related topics are to be held at a variety of Neighbourhood and community Centres in Leicester
from August 3rd to November 2nd.
Dates, times and a list of venues here»

Leicestershire Centre for Integrated Living (LCIL) will be holding an open meeting for disabled people
at 10:30am-1pm on 15th November 2011
The meeting will cover a range of disability related topics.
More details»

Bright Sparks: Arts in Mental Health Group

Present: ARTSPACE An opportunity to get together in a safe and sociable environment to undertake artistic ventures.
Free Workshops, Wednesdays 1-3pm at The Independent Arts Centre, Humberstone Gate. Download more details»

Message from The National Autistic Society:
"Asperger-specific support in Leicester City.
We have a vacancy in our Asperger Syndrome floating support scheme......" Read more»

Dear members, We have always prided ourselves on the fact that the club has been free to access, but in order to maintain the number of staff that we require to keep the club running we will have to charge members £1 for attendance as of 1st February.

There have been some concerns raised about travelling to the Peepul centre from the city centre on a Monday evening in the dark. I will now be meeting anyone that wishes to walk to the club from the city centre at 6.00pm outside the MacDonalds entrance near to the clock tower. I will then be escorting the members to the club at 6.20pm. I hope to see you there. Chris

We currently have a vacancy for a Volunteer Project Worker We require a third Project Worker to develop a Volunteer Project within the main Monday Club Project. The appointment would be for 4 hours a week for 1 year and paid at £7.50 per hour.

The Monday Club has Moved

The Monday Club moved from the Leicester Central YMCA to the Peepul Centre at 28 Orchardson Avenue, Leicester, LE4 6DP on October 5th 2009.
The club will still be meeting at the usual time of 7.00pm and finishing at 9.00pm. If you have any questions or queries please email Chris Covill at with the subject heading Peepul Centre Query.
See the Peepul Centre Website: Here is a link to a map showing you how to get to the Peepul

We would like to thank the staff of the Leicester Central YMCA for their continued support over the last eleven years.