Coffee Morning – 22nd March 2018

If you are parents/carers supporting a child with ADHD please come along to our coffee morning at the Star pub in Bridgend (near to Home Bargains), starting from 10am on the 22nd March.

Come along and meet others who are supporting children with ADHD. This is an opportunity for you to gain some mutual support, advice and to know that you aren’t alone.

If you’d like more information then please get in touch with us.

ADHD Connections hot off the press!

ADHD Connections hot off the press!

Press attention for ADHD Connections

Congratulations to Zoe Piper for helping to raise awareness about the challenges of supporting a child with ADHD.  Thanks to recent articles published in the Western Mail, Echo and Wales Online, the good work of ADHD Connections is reaching out to more people.

WesternMail article

One article provides information in partnership with the National Centre for Mental Health which is conducting a large study of ADHD. Prof Thapar from NCMH said,

Through their research they have established ADHD has a lot in common with autism; genes contribute, and the brains of children with the condition develop differently from those of other children.

“We know there is a genetic basis to the condition, but there is no single ‘ADHD gene’. We also know that environmental factors play a role.

“However, there is still a lot for us to learn and that’s why we’d like to invite as many children as possible to take part in our research.

“If we want to dispel stigma and blame then we need high-quality scientific evidence to improve public understanding of ADHD and inform better practice.”

Western Mail article ADHD Connections

Another article explains the fight to secure the right support for Zoe’s son Dylan, and talks about how important the work of ADHD Connections is for the 350 families who it supports.

Talking of how she first started the support group, Zoe said,

“I knew it couldn’t just be us that felt so isolated, so I set up a Facebook group for parents to speak freely without feeling embarrassed or fear of being judged.

“I spoke to so many people in the same situation as us, and realised that we needed to go beyond being a purely online support group.

“We organised a day out for 20 families and it was truly amazing. For the first time ever I felt relaxed when we were out, I wasn’t worried about Dylan’s behaviour because we knew the other parents would understand, and the other families felt the same.”

Fun at Chessington!

Fun at Chessington!

A coach full of families and children enjoyed a fantastic trip to Chessington World of Adventures during the summer holidays. Organised by ADHD Connections as part of their ongoing series of events for families, everyone taking part really entered into the spirit of the adventure!

Children on carousel swings at Chessington
Children on carousel swings at Chessington

 

 

These trips are a great opportunity for children with ADHD to meet each other and enjoy spending time with others who understand how their ADHD affects them, and to just be themselves.  It is also a way for parents to network, enjoy watching their children socialising and having fun.

 

 

The costs for families are kept as low as possible by ongoing fundraising efforts.  ADHD Connections would like to thank Happy Days Children’s Charity for their contribution which helped to ensure the trip could go ahead.

Here is some of the amazing feedback we had:

Thank you so much, these trips mean so much to my family and all the others.

 

Just want to say a big thank you to the ADHD group for the wonderful time we had at Chessington today . . another wonderful trip . . with wonderful people . . thank you so much for making this trip possible and all the other past trips . . it’s very much appreciated . .see you all soon . x x