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Dan Adams
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I am neuro diverse and AEM has given me every support to develop my strengths

Daniel Adams tells us how he's thriving in a role that combines delivering training and managing the admin team.

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Why I became an autism support worker

If you’re looking for a varied and rewarding role and are keen to help others, then a role as an...

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Nottinghamshire company backs AEM

Nottinghamshire-based upholstery business, Whitemeadow, has donated £2,500 to Autism East Midlands.

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Students welcome Pronto Rugby team into school

Students at Sutherland House School enjoyed the opportunity to show the guys from Pronto Rugby around school today.

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AEM joins campaign calling for change

Autism East Midlands is amongst a group of health and social care organisations calling for change in the adult social...

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New year, new job? How switching career can make a real difference

If you've ever considered a move into the care sector, then read on...

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Christmas performance rounds off the year

Students and teachers at Sutherland House School have rounded off the end of term with a special Christmas Show.

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Beechwood wows audience with festive show

Budding performers at Nottingham's Beechwood service staged a terrific Christmas show for family and friends.

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Advent calendar inspires youngsters

Over the last couple of weeks Sutherland House School classes have been enjoying unveiling their Advent Calendar.

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A flavour of university life

An insight into university life was given to Sutherland House School students during a day at the University of Nottingham.

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Students are game for a challenge

Sutherland House School students were happy to take on the challenge when they were invited to join a sporting event...

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Garden initiative gets off the ground

Much progress is being made already in AEM's new gardening initiative, which launched in the autumn.

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A musical note from Whitegates

Staff at Whitegates respite support service in Worksop are sending out a festive message with a difference this month.

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Whitegates take part in Christmas Tree Festival

Staff and service users at Whitegates are among more than 50 organisations taking part in the Christmas Tree Festival in Worksop.

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Pronto Rugby raises funds for Autism East Midlands

A group of national rugby players have teamed up to raise funds for AEM through a series of games.

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Family Support Hubs unveil Christmas programme

AEM's Family Support Hubs team reveal festive programme.

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Celebrating individuality

It's Odd Socks Day today (13th November) and students have chosen to wear mismatched socks to celebrate individuality and differences.

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Youngsters take centre stage in Northampton

Youngsters from the Northamptonshire Youth Club put their musical skills to the test when they visited the Performing Room in...

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Meet our Positive Behaviour Support team

AEM will be extending its specialist positive behaviour support team. Could you be part of the team too?

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Jose races to raise funds for AEM

Californian runner, Jose Raygoza does it again as he completes the Berlin marathon to raise funds for Autism East Midlands.

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Sutherland House donates to Nottingham charity

Boxes of toys have been donated by Sutherland House School to Nottingham charity, Himmah, for the benefit of local children.

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Sowing the seeds for employment

An initiative has been launched by Autism East Midlands to offer autistic adults with the opportunity to learn new skills...

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Runners race to raise funds for AEM

Friends Ben Lee, George Finney and John Gray have taken part in the Great Eastern Run to raise money for...

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Liam learns new skills

AEM's Northampton service put their service users at the heart of all they do and tailor their support and for...

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Trio rise to the challenge

Three students from Sutherland House joined primary school pupils from across Nottinghamshire for a sporting challenge.

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Families celebrate garden transformation

Service users, families and friends celebrate completion of garden project at Worksop's Carlton Road service.

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Youngsters learn first aid skills

Following World First Aid Day on 9th September, Sutherland House School students have been learning all about first aid and...

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New term gets off to a good start

It was back to school last week and the autumn term at Sutherland House School has got off to a...

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New vacancy at Worksop service

A group of people supported by Autism East Midlands are looking for a housemate to share their home in Worksop...

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Nottingham father and daughter raise funds for AEM

Nottingham businesses – Shakespeare Martineau and Marrons – have joined forces to support AEM for the next two years.

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Laura’s story: From teaching assistant to senior teacher

When Laura Conway finished university she barely imagined that just five years later she would find herself in a senior...

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Exam Results Day: Sutherland House celebrates success

It was another joyful exam results day at Sutherland House School today with successes across a range of subjects...

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The Employment Coaches breaking down barriers

When jobseeker Kayleigh was looking for work she knew what she hoped to achieve. However, getting an interview to secure...

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Student's work selected for gallery exhibition

Stunning artwork by a Sutherland House School student will be on display in a Nottingham exhibition until 2 September.

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Call out for volunteers!

Autism East Midlands is looking for new volunteers to help out at its Family Support Hubs across the region.

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It's a summer of superheroes, picnics and talent

Superheroes, princesses, picnics and talent shows top the programme for the Sherwood Centre this summer.

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Employment programme offers more support

A new employment programme has been introduced at Autism East Midlands' day services in Nottingham and Heanor.

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Parents share their positive experience of respite service

Last year Whitegates opened its doors to its new respite service. As the Worksop service marks its first anniversary, one...

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Family hubs to host summer activities

During the school holidays our Family Support Hubs will be hosting a series of extra special summer activities.

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School's out for the summer

School finishes today for the summer break. It's been a busy few weeks in the lead-up to the end of...

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Garden project blossoms at Hamilton

Keen gardeners who use the Hamilton service in Nottingham have been transforming their outdoor space.

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New AEM training facility receives £30k funding

A grant of £30,700 has been awarded to Autism East Midlands to support the creation of a new training facility...

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Students showcase creativity in art exhibition

Young artists at Sutherland House School pulled out all the stops to create an impressive art exhibition.

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Summer fun at Sutherland House

As we get closer to the end of term at Sutherland House School, there's been a whole lot of fun...

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Fairview enjoys home grown harvest

People living at Nottingham’s Fairview service have been enjoying a huge harvest of fruit and vegetables grown in their very...

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New menu served up at school

New school menus created by students have been introduced at Sutherland House School.

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Wendy to raise funds for AEM

Nottingham legal secretary Wendy Lawson is to take part in the UK’s biggest ultramarathon to raise money for AEM.

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School all set for summer fair

Sutherland House School teachers and students are getting set for their big summer fair, which is due to take place...

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From music teacher to autism support worker

After 30 years in teaching, Lucy decided to change career and says it’s one of the best moves she’s made...

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Sherwood Centre celebrates summer

The Sherwood Centre in Mansfield Woodhouse threw open its doors to family and friends for a special summer barbeque.

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Music sessions launched at Hill Top

New music sessions held each Monday at Bolsover's Hill Top services have proved a real hit with service users.

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Milestone anniversary at AEM for Sarah

Senior Autism Practitioner celebrates a milestone this month after working with AEM for 25 years.

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Volunteers sign up for Family Support Hubs

Autism East Midlands has put out a call for new volunteers this week to help out at its Family Support...

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Fire crew visit delights school students

Thrilled students at Sutherland House got the chance to take a look around a fire engine when a fire crew...

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How tech can be a real life changer

Daniel Adams writes about how apps, devices and software have helped make life easier for him.

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It's a celebration fit for a King

AEM marked the historic occasion of the coronation of King Charles III in style with a garden party, afternoon tea...

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Countdown to coronation celebrations

With just a week to go before the coronation of King Charles III, AEM has been getting set to celebrate...

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Runners overcome challenges to raise funds for AEM

Marathon runner raises more than £2,000 for Autism East Midlands... and the figure continues to rise.

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Jane enjoys time in the spotlight

Jane wows audience with her piano playing during a special fundraising concert.

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Group to run London Marathon in aid of AEM

Six runners to take to the streets of London on Sunday to raise money for Autism East Midlands.

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Learning outside the classroom

Nottingham employers who can offer opportunities for work experience to students are invited to get in touch ...

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How technology can be a great tool for autistic adults

Technology has many benefits and for some autistic adults it can be used as a way of overcoming some challenges...

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Autism Acceptance Week: Why we need more than awareness of autism

Autism Acceptance Week aims to increase both understanding and acceptance of autism. Here's why...

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Garden spruced up to create autism-friendly tranquil space

Fairview garden transformed into an inviting area for our service users to enjoy year-round.

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Public transport - tips for autistic adults

Daniel Adams writes about the challenges of using public transport and provides tips on travelling by train or coach.

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Autism Acceptance Week: 27 March to 2 April 2023

Autism Acceptance Week aims to help more people understand what autism is and the ways it can affect life for...

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School achieves good Ofsted rating

Sutherland House School has received a good Ofsted report.

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Report unveils state of social care sector

Autism East Midlands has welcomed the release of a report published by Hft and Care England.

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Plans in pipeline for new day centre

Plans have been submitted by Autism East Midlands to transform the former fire station in Worksop into a day centre.

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From Support Worker to Deputy Director - Katie's story

When Katie Weightman joined AEM as a support worker, she didn't imagine she would find herself on the directors’ team...

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Duke of Edinburgh meets students

Duke of Edinburgh Award students, Alfie and Dawid got the opportunity to speak with Duke of Edinburgh and the new...

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Nottingham Forest match is just the ticket for students

Sixth form students at Sutherland House School recently took part in the Think Big programme, which introduced them to careers...

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How switching career can make a real difference

If you've ever considered a move into the care sector, then read on...

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Jane prepares for fundraiser concert

Music marvel Jane will be showcasing her extraordinary skills next month during a very special concert in Whitwell.

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New school library unveiled

After months of work behind the scenes, the new library space at Sutherland House School was unveiled to students on...

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Special guests visit school

Students at Sutherland House School had an amazing time when a group from White Post Farm came in to school...

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School helps shape new careers resource

Sutherland House School have worked with social enterprise Talking Mats to develop an innovative new careers resource.

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AEM invites applications for new trustees

Autism East Midlands is looking to recruit three additional trustees to join the board and help the charity continue to...

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Breaking down employment barriers

Traditional interview processes and lengthy job applications are barriers that can stop autistic jobseekers from finding their dream job. AEM's...

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AEM manager wins regional care award

AEM's Quality Compliance and Audit Manager Ben Brown, has been named as winner of the Home Care Newcomer Award in...

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YouTubers share their career journey with youngsters

BTEC imedia students at Nottingham's Sutherland House School were treated to a tour of the studios of YouTube legends, the...

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Spooktacular pumpkin carving

Across the region, many of our services have been out and about preparing for Halloween.

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Time to put the clocks back

It’s that time of the year when the UK’s clocks officially go back an hour, moving us into Greenwich Mean...

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Sixth formers think big

Sixth Form students at Sutherland House School have had an inspiring start to the school year thanks to a project...

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The sky's the limit for Thomas

AEM employee, Thomas Mcnulty has raised more than £1,800 for the autism charity during a tandem skydive.

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Runners overcome challenges to complete London Marathon

Six runners took to the streets of London this weekend to raise money for Autism East Midlands.

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Walker completes trek in aid of AEM

A fundraiser who tackled the iconic Thames Bridges Trek has raised £330 for Autism East Midlands.

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Students complete Duke of Edinburgh Award

Four students from Sutherland House School and one service user from Autism East Midlands completed their silver expedition and residential...

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Countdown to marathon fundraiser

Autism East Midlands Director, Carole Botham, is set to fulfil a long-held dream as she takes on an epic challenge...

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Social space for autistic adults

A social group is to launch this August, offering autistic adults across the East Midlands with the opportunity to take...

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New service to offer respite for autistic adults

A new support centre opens this summer in Worksop offering respite services for autistic adults.

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On track to make travel more autism friendly

East Midlands Railways (EMR) have joined forces with Autism East Midlands to look at ways of making the environment more...

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Coming out of lockdown

Our guest blogger, Lamar Francois, autistic photographer from Nottingham, opens up about his experience of lockdown and how he overcame...

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Online advice sessions for parents

Advice and guidance for parents and carers of autistic children are provided during regular online advice sessions.

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My life makes more sense because of Asperger’s

Our guest blogger, Tom Hewitt, speaks openly about his Asperger’s and how his diagnosis changed his life for the better...

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24 February 2024

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So that's a wrap on the first week of term at Nottingham's Sutherland House School with plenty of learning completed, plus a whole lot of fun ✔️ Wishing you all a happy weekend!

23 February 2024

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We had a double birthday celebration this week at one of our Nottingham services to mark both Jonathan's birthday and the special milestone 60th birthday of Andrew. We hope they both had a great time. 🥳🎂🎈

20 February 2024

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It's back to school today. We hope all our Sutherland House School students enjoyed their half term break. It's fantastic to see everyone again. Welcome back!