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Help please -- coat-hangers needed!

 

Do you have any coat-hangers to spare? We are running low on them at the A-Shop in Beccles and need some more, especially wooden ones.

 

If you have any that you no longer need, we'd welcome them with open arms :) please ring 01502 715500 or call in at the A-shop, 1a Market Street, Beccles, NR34 9AQ.

 

All donations gratefully received.

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Vinyl LPs are making a comeback!

 

We have vinyl LPs in at the book store and are expecting more soon. Whether you are looking to replace a treasured old friend or simply want to dip your toes in the retrospective waters of yesteryear, we probably have something for you.

 

We are open Mon & Thu-Sat at: 1/1a Market Street, Beccles, NR34 9AQ. 01502 715500.

 

 

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Book/Record Store opening from July onwards

 

Please would all customers note that from the week commencing 29th June, that is, the last week in June and first week in July, our Book/Record Store at Beccles will open Wednesday-Saturday and follow the opening times of the A-Shop, 9.30am-5pm.

 

We will be closed Sunday-Tuesday, but intend to eventually be open every day the A-Shop is open; please watch this space.

 

If you have any queries, please call in at the shop or telephone 01502 715500. 1a Market Street, Beccles, NR34 9AQ.

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Stuck for something ...

... to sit or sleep on? ... to read? ... reassuringly old to listen to? ... to get fit? .. to impress house guests? Then come to the A-Shop!

 

We've a magnificent miscellany of items on sale, so please come & have a look. Open every day 9.30-5 (book / LP store Mon & Thu-Sat).

 

1/1a market Street, Beccles, NR34 9AQ. 01502 715500.

 

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This is but a selection - full set of photos on our Facebook page!

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East Tuddenham Fundraising Event

 

Come to an evening of Jiving to DJs with a buffet supper on 18th July 2015 between 7:30pm and Midnight at East Tuddenham Village Hall, Dereham, NR20 3LR.

 

Tickets cost £10 in advance and £12 at the door. For more information and to buy tickets, please contact Sue or Richard on 01263 822 102, or Litza on 07917 344 691. You can also buy tickets from our charity shop, the A-Shop located at 1/1a Market Street, Beccles, NR34 9AQ.

 

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Good luck for the evening hope it goes well for you on the night.

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For people in Norfolk & Suffolk with Learning Disabilties (and their carers):

The National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTI) are looking at ways to make improvements to the mental health care provided for people with learning disabilities across Norfolk and Suffolk and are keen to talk to service users and carers of people with learning difficulties about their experience.

We have been asked to arrange a date in June or July for people to have the opportunity to speak to the NDTI. If you are interested in attending please contact Thecla Fellas on 07776 231485 or 01603 620500

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For people in Norfolk & Suffolk with Learning Disabilties (and their carers):

The National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTI) are looking at ways to make improvements to the mental health care provided for people with learning disabilities across Norfolk and Suffolk and are keen to talk to service users and carers of people with learning difficulties about their experience.

We have been asked to arrange a date in June or July for people to have the opportunity to speak to the NDTI. If you are interested in attending please contact Thecla Fellas on 07776 231485 or 01603 620500

I hope that the opinions expressed are reflected in the final outcome of these consultations.

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National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTI) - Update.

A meeting has been arranged for July 21st 2015 at 10.30am in the Stanley Cooper Room at the Charing Cross Centre 17-19 St John Maddermarket, Norwich, NR2 1DN for people to have the opportunity to speak to Peter Bates from the NDTI. Please contact Thecla Fellas if you wish to attend 01603 620500.

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Please would all customers note that our Book/Record store at Beccles will be CLOSED this coming Monday (29th June).

 

This coming Wednesday (1st July) we will start new opening days, which are Monday and Wednesday-Saturday. Opening *times* will be as the A-Shop: 9.30am-5pm. Please note that the A-Shop is unaffected and will continue to open as normal.

 

Tuesday opening for the Book/Record store will commence as soon as possible; please watch this space for announcemnts.

 

If you have any queries, please call in at the A-Shop or telephone 01502 715500. 1a Market Street, Beccles, NR34 9AQ.

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(Beccles A Shop) 1st Year Anniversary! Friday 10th July 2015

A Shop and Workshop staff, volunteers and Trustees would like to thank everyone who as supported the project by donating goods and for their custom and loyalty to Asperger East Anglia.

Come along and join us on Friday 10th July for some celebratory refreshments!

01502 715500, info@asperger.org.uk, http://www.asperger.org.uk

A Shop / Workshop 1/1a Market Street Beccles, Suffolk NR34 9AQ

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Please note that the telephone number for queries about the Adult Social Group at Beccles has changed to 07918 133 571.

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Decorative animal planters made to order!

 

Want an unusual decoration for the garden or yard? Something a little bit different? How about a decorative farm animal planter?

 

We have them as pigs, sheep, cows, a donkey and cart, and have even made our own "chicken" design for a customer needing something special. If you need a custom design for your patio, you can just ask our very experienced carpenters to create it for you!

 

Please call in at the Woodwork Shop, the A-Shop, 1/1a Market Street, Beccles, NR34 9AQ; alternatively telephone 01502 715328.

 

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More hardback fiction at Beccles Book Store


We’re having a bit of a roman and medieval theme at the Book Store at Beccles right now, but still have a few old favourites. Plus some new 45s as well. 1/1a Market Street, Beccles, NR34 9AQ.


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It looks and sounds very interesting I'm too far away but wish you well

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Book Fair Friday!

This Friday, 31st July, we will be holding a book fair in the yard at Beccles, weather permitting. The book sale room will be open as usual, but we'll be putting other stock on show downstairs in the yard.

We'll start around 10am and finish around 4pm, so come along and see what's new. The A-Shop will be open as usual, too.

1/1a Market Street, Beccles, NR34 9AQ. 01502 715500

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Do you get involved in any discussions or support here Martin I haven't seen you in any other place other than this thread.

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I have not done much personal on this website for a long time - I guess my life has improved a bit that don't need it as much as I used to. Life is still full of problems, but I am well-supported at work. So progress of a sort.

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Family Support groups


We have family support groups in Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft, which are run by Debbie Brown.

We run the groups fortnightly between 10 am and 12 noon on a drop in basis. All family members are welcome and it costs each family £4.00 per family per session. We offer craft activities plus games for the children and an opportunity for parents to get together and talk,offer each other support and advice and signpost families to various organisations that might be able to help them further.


We are currently on our Summer break but the Great Yarmouth group will be meeting next and then fortnightly from 12th September at Christchurch, King Street, Great Yarmouth and the Lowestoft group will be meeting again fortnightly from 5th September at the Kirkley Centre, London Road South.


If you would like to know more about either of the groups please contact our social media co-ordinator Martin Howe on martin@asperger.org.uk who will arrange for Debbie to have a chat with you or send you further details.

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A CITY SCAVENGER HUNT!


Pit your wits against other teams, or just have a leisurely search and learn more about Norwich; either way, you will be helping to raise funds for Asperger East Anglia. Teams of between 2 & 4 at £10 per team and proceeds to go to Asperger East Anglia.


For other information call/text 07986095356 or email gordonkeable@gmail.com


Sunday 13th September, 2-5pm, beginning at Norwich Castle.


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Appeal for the Wood Work shop at Beccles


Dear supporters, our wood work shop at Beccles is running low on materials, particularly chemicals such as wood stain and weather protection paints. We are also getting low on wood!!


If anybody is clearing out a garage or shed and has any to spare, we'd be grateful to have them and can collect locally around Beccles.


We also need wood, particularly old pallets, so if you have any wood to spare that we can turn into boxes, bird tables, planters, etc. please let us know - your support is appreciated.


01502 715500

Wood Work Shop, 1/1A Market Street, Beccles, NR34 9AQ

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Appeal for filing cabinets!


Dear supporters, do you have any filing cabinets to spare? Yes, you read that right: filing cabinets :)


We are seeking to obtain three or four filing cabinets, wood or metal construction, but that are lockable with keys that match.


If anybody is clearing out or refurbishing an office and would like to save taking lockable filing cabinets to the tip, please would you consider donating them to us?


01502 715500, 1/1a Market Street, Beccles, NR34 9AQ

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Job Vacancy: Children group worker

We currently have two positions available working in our Norwich Children and Family Group on fortnightly basis on Saturday mornings.

Candidates need to have experience of working with Children on the Autistic Spectrum and be creative and artistic.


For further information or a full job description please email thecla@asperger.org.uk

 

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A Personal Support Programme


Asperger East Anglia is pleased to announce that we are now providing a personal support programme for people with Asperger in both Norfolk and Suffolk.


This programme is available to anyone who has a personal budget, direct payments or personal finances to pay for 1-2-1 support.


The areas of support currently undertaken with our clients include:


* Access leisure activities

* Daily living skills

* Deal with change

* Develop budgeting skills

* Enhance independence

* Gain the skills to engage in community events

* Identify education/training/employment opportunities

* Increase confidence

* Maintain physical and mental health wellbeing

* Reduce isolation

* Travel training


Please contact Donna Hinds:

Tel.: 01502-715500

Mobile: 07917-286914

Email: donna@asperger.org.uk

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New – Children & Family Group at Beccles


We are starting this support group at Beccles, from 24th October.


There will be a wide range of fun activities available for children with Asperger Syndrome and their families, plus the opportunity to receive advice for educational issues and parent support.


The group will run from 10am – 12pm at the Public Hall, Smallgate, NR34 9AD. Cost per session will be £3 for supporters and £4 for others.


For further information, please contact us on 01502 715500 or email paula@asperger.org.uk


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URGENT: A-Shop closing for two days (rest unaffected)


Due to unexpected circumstances, the A-Shop in Beccles will be closed tomorrow and Friday (1st and 2nd October 2015).


ALL OTHER PARTS OF THE BUILDING ARE UNAFFECTED; we will have stalls in the yard, weather permitting, and our furniture and book sales upstairs will continue to open as normal.


We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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Starting this Saturday – Children & Family Group at Beccles


Just a reminder that we are starting this group at Beccles this Saturday, 24th October.


There will be a wide range of fun activities available for children with Asperger Syndrome and their families, plus the opportunity to receive advice for educational issues and parent support.


The group runs 10am – 12pm at the Public Hall, Smallgate, NR34 9AD. Cost per session will be £3 for supporters and £4 for others.


For further information, please contact us on 01502 715500 or email p.ingle@asperger.org.uk


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Coming Soon to Beccles:

Aspiegenius - a Computer Building service!


Need a computer? Standard configuration? Custom build? Whatever your requirements, talk to us and let our computer experts build it for you!


We are a team of people with Asperger Syndrome, managed by an IT expert with 30+ years experience and a Master's degree in computer systems. You can be sure that we know what we're doing.


Your Technology is our Nature!


For further information please contact m.howe@asperger.org.uk



A Shop, 1/1a Market Street, Beccles, Suffolk, NR34 9AQ


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Autism & SEN - Friendly Show at Norwich

 

At Norwich Library on Monday 21st December at 3pm: a relaxed performance of "The Little Match Girl' specially adapted to be accessible for those with Special Educational Needs and Autism.

 

This is a 50mins production using puppetry, live music and light play. The strong visual and sensory element to the production lends itself perfectly to an audience with SEN and Autism. There will also be a show guide and a meet and greet before the show to help with any anxiety. These performances are designed to be an inclusive community experience to be enjoyed by all.

 

To contact the venue, tel. 01603 774703 or email Millenium.lib@norfolk.gov.uk. To contact Moon On A Stick productions, visit http://www.moononastickproductions.com/.

 

This is a magical and mischievous twist on this well-known tale, complete with puppetry, Christmas carols and audience interaction; on Christmas Eve, snow litters the ground and the little girl is alone. She is desperate to get warm so she lights the matches that she has been selling. With each match she is transported by its warmth into the scenes behind the glass. She becomes a part of the festivities, meeting father Christmas, playing in the snow and eating the most delicious feast but with the light of each match they fade and are just beyond reach.

 

Using their unique combination of visual storytelling, live music and object work, Moon On A Stick transform the stage into a stunning snowy spectacle. This beautiful, playful production is suitable for ages 3+ providing a perfect Christmas show for a younger audience and a joyful retelling of a winter classic.

 

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Aspiegenius - Computer Repair Service

 

We are now offering a computer repair service from our new workshop at Beccles.

 

We offer software and hardware repair services such as virus removal, Windows reinstallation, transferring of apps and data, hard drive and memory replacing/upgrading, secure data erasing and some types of data recovery. Please contact us with details of the problem to see if we can help.

 

There is no charge for examinations and estimates.

 

Our hourly repair rate is £25. All parts are charged at cost price plus any handling fees we have to pay; for example, postage and packing. If you wish us to order a part but carry out the repair yourself there is a handling fee of £5 in addition to the cost(s) for the parts.

 

Please contact Martin Howe on m.howe@asperger.org.uk, or telephone 01502 715500.

 

A-Shop, 1/1a Market Street, Beccles, NR34 9AQ

 

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Please note that all our repairs are covered by 30 days' guarantee on parts and labour.

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Job Vacancy: Personal Support Workers

 

Due to the rapidly expanding new personal support service within Asperger East Anglia, we are seeking Personal Support Workers to provide 1-2-1 support for adults with Asperger syndrome.

 

Location: Norwich and North Norfolk

 

Part time and relief positions available.

 

Experience: Knowledge and experience with supporting adults with Autistic Spectrum Condition Essential

 

For further information and an application form please contact Thecla Fellas on 07776 231 485 or email t.fellas@asperger.org.uk

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Christmas at the A Shop

 

Christmas is coming and we're ready at the A Shop. If you're looking for something special for a loved one or friend, please give us a try.

 

We are a charity boutique with an eclectic selection of goods; everything is donated and all profits go to supporting people affected by Asperger Syndrome.

 

A Shop, 1/1a Market Street, Beccles, Suffolk, NR34 9AQ. 01502 715500

 

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Dear Supporters - Have you any bubble wrap?

 

The A-Shop at Beccles is in urgent need of bubble wrap for sending items sold on eBay. If you recently bought something with a lot of bubble wrap packaging, would you let us have it? This will help us and is good recycling too :)

 

Please contact us on 01502 715500 or email p.ingle@asperger.org.uk Any donations gratefully received!

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Christmas and New Year at The A Shop

 

The A Shop closes for the Christmas break at 5pm on Saturday 19th December and re-opens at 9.30am on Monday 4th January.

 

All of our other departments, both at Beccles and Norwich, including the book store and workshops close a day earlier at 5pm on Friday 18th December.

 

The staff and management at Asperger East Anglia wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

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Advance notice: AutismCon 2016, 5th March, London

National Autistic Society have released preliminary information about the coming year’s autism convention, or AutismCon; this is a public meeting modeled on cosplay / sci-fi conventions but is about autism, rather than Batman or Star Wars.

One of our autistic staff members attended the first one (in a private capacity) and reported that while there were the expected teething problems for a “first of its kind”, they felt it was worth going overall and highly recommended.

Early details for this year: http://tinyurl.com/AutismCon2016

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Asperger child and family groups (Waveney)

Saturdays for January and February 2016


Happy new year to you all! Our child and family groups start again for the new year, as detailed below. PLEASE NOTE the Lowestoft group change of venue: Gunton Estate Community Hall.


Beccles: Jan 16, Jan 30, Feb 14 & Feb 28 at Beccles Public Hall, Smallgate, Beccles, NR34 9AD.


Lowestoft: Jan 9, Jan 23, Feb 7 & Feb 21 at Gunton Estate Community Hall, Hollingsworth Road, Lowestoft, NR32 4AY.


These groups offer a wide range of fun activities available for children with Asperger Syndrome and their families, plus the opportunity to receive advice for educational issues and parent support.


Cost per session is £3 for supporters and £4 for others; for further information, please phone 07484 210453 or email p.ingle@asperger.org.uk


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Can you help us collect EDP Community Chest tokens?


Dear Supporters, Norfolk Community Foundation and the Eastern Daily Press have announced the EDP Community Chest.


In January there is a total of £15,000 on offer and amounts from £250 to £2,500 will be available monthly through the whole year.


Not-for-profit groups, such as Asperger East Anglia, in the EDP circulation area of Norfolk, North Suffolk and east Cambridgeshire are able to enter and bid for this funding but they need to collect 500 tokens which will be printed daily in the Eastern Daily Press.


Please help us collect tokens so that we can bid, and ask your friends and family too. And please let us know, so that we have some idea of how many we might get. Any funding we bid for and win goes to helping people affected by Asperger Syndrome.


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Norfolk SEN Network AGM coming up March 8th:

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Jumble Sale at Beccles!
From Monday February 8th to Friday February 12th, we will be holding a week-long jumble sale at our A Shop in Beccles.
There will be bric-a-brac, clothes, children's toys, electronics and books.
There's sure to be a bargain for everyone so come along and grab one.
See you there!
A Shop, 1/1a Market Street, Beccles, NR34 9AQ
01502 715500

 

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