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Monthly Archives: May 2016

June Autism Friendly Cinema Screenings are just around the corner!

Hello all,

This month Thomas and Friends are chugging their way into our autism friendly screenings. See what’s coming up at a cinema near you…

May’s films

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Roadchip at selected Vue cinemas on Sunday 29 May at 10am.


June’s films

The Angry Birds Movie at selected Cineworld cinemas on Sunday 5 June at 11am.

Thomas and Friends: The Great Race at selected Showcase cinemas on Sunday 12 June at 10am.

Thomas and Friends: The Great Race at selected ODEON cinemas* on Sunday 19 June at 11:30am.
ODEON* trial screenings for older audiences: The Boss (12A) on Monday 20 June at 6pm. This is at nine selected cinemas**.

Thomas and Friends: The Great Race at selected Vue cinemas on Sunday 26 June at 10am.


As always, adjustments will be in place for all of the screenings. These include: lights being left on low, no adverts, lower sound levels, people being able to move around the cinema and able to take their own food. Flyers are attached to my email – please do print and share, as well as send onto anybody you feel would be interested in the screenings.

Please note:

*ODEON tickets may be subject to a £1 Blockbuster charge if the film is a new release.

**Please remember ODEON’s trial of Autism Friendly Screenings for older audiences are screened at 6pm on the Monday following ODEON’s usual Autism Friendly Screening, at nine cinemas selected to run the trial. Birmingham Broadway Plaza, Blanchardstown, Cardiff, Glasgow Quay, Greenwich, Sheffield, Southampton, Trafford Centre and Wimbledon ODEON cinemas are participating in this trial.

Key points:

  • Vue and Showcase films start at 10am, Cineworld films start at 11am and ODEON films start at 11.30am and 6pm for the adult screening trial – there are no trailers so please make sure you are seated in time
  • Full list of participating cinemas
  • List of ODEON cinemas selected to run Autism Friendly Screenings for older audiences
  • ODEON tickets can be booked from 5pm on the Tuesday before the screening through the ODEON accessibility helpline number 0800 138 3315. Or bookonline
  • ODEON tickets may be subject to a £1 Blockbuster charge for new releases
  • Vue tickets can be booked online or for information call 08712 240 240
  • Cineworld tickets can be booked online or for information call 0871 200 2000
  • Showcase tickets can be booked online or by calling 0871 220 1000
  • For answers to all your questions about Autism Friendly Films please visit our FAQs page
  • To sign up to our film e-news bulletin and get the latest Autism Friendly Film Screening news straight to your inbox please visit e-news
  • Vue tickets are priced from £1.99 because they are older films.

Visit www.dimensions-uk.org/autismfriendly for more information. Please do email if you have any questions.

Follow DimensionsUK on Twitter or Facebook to stay up to date

Thanks again and enjoy the films!

Showcase flyer 

Vue Autism Friendly Screening 

Cineworld flyer 

Thomas and Friends The Great Race

Sarah Clarke (Nee Walters)
Digital Officer
there for the people we support   

Newsletter – 23rd May

The latest college newsletter is now available to download here!

Year 11 Exam Timetable times *May-June Update*

Summer exams update 16.05.2016 

NEW Special Educational Needs & Disability (SEND) 16 – 25 Transition to Adulthood Working Party!

Come and be part of a new group (of carers with a parental role) that help SHAPE and INFLUENCE GOOD TRANSITION INTO ADULTHOOD for young people in West Sussex?

Post 16 flyer – Final mailchimp

Workforce Development for people with Learning Disabilities

Please see information below about a project exploring the barriers to work for those with learning difficulties.

The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities has been commissioned by Health Education England – Kent, Surrey, Sussex to consult with people with learning disabilities to find out what they would like their workforce to know in order to support them. The project is taking place from April to August 2016.

The project

We will hold a series of workshops and one to one interviews with people with learning disabilities across all three counties to gather the views of people in an interactive way. They will involve activities asking what are the most important skills and qualities they think the workforce should possess, using tools such storytelling, objects of reference, and a range of images to help people communicate their experiences and ideas.


We want to ensure we gather the views from as wide a group of people as possible, taking into consideration:- age (from 16 years plus), level of disability, gender, area, those with personal health budgets or personal budgets, those who hire their own staff or if they are employed via an agency.  We are aware that we will need to gather the views of family and support workers too, especially if they are supporting a person with a high level of support needs.  We are able to offer participants a small token of appreciation in the form of a voucher for their time and expertise.



Easy-read questionnaires will be used during the workshops and we also plan to send them to other people living in Kent, Sussex and Surrey to ascertain their knowledge and views on the support they receive.

Final report

At the end of the project a final report will be produced, along with an easy read summary for people with learning disabilities. All participants will be sent a copy.


If you know of anyone who would like to take part in either the workshops or completing the questionnaire please get in touch with, me, Jill Davies at:

jdavies@fpld.org.uk  or 020 7803 1141. Thank you for reading this.



6th Form Plant Sale 2016 – Mon 16th May -Thur 26th May

Once again our students in the sixth form have been preparing for the Annual Plant Sale, getting the plants ready for sale as well as practising their catering and customer service skills for the cafe.

See attached flyer for more details –

Plant Sale 2016 Complete