Magic at The Chrissy B show with Angus Baskerville

Magic at The Chrissy B show with Angus Baskerville

Anna Kennedy about her latest work with the Autism community brings on magician Angus Baskerville who puts on a great magic trick and at the end of the show Chrissy gives some on how you can be more positive.

This part starts just after 15 minutes in.

The Chrissy B Show airs on SKY 203 every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10pm in our cosy living room studio in the heart of London.

Team Karting

Team Karting

Yesterday I travelled to Team Karting UK in Rochdale to see Matty Street the CEO. Matty is 21 years old and has been passionate about motor sport since a young age and he has built a life around his passion. Matty shares ‘They say you never work a day in your life if you work your passion. I love what I do and have achieved great success so far building the UK’s highest rated karting track in the UK.’

Matty was diagnosed with Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Asperger’s from a young age and he found it to be a struggle day to day struggle growing up but luckily an amazing opportunity presented itself for Matty to take part to race a go-kart fully funded for a year with a £30k scholarship. This fantastic opportunity turned his life around.

The new found hobby gave him a focus. Matty became more confident and felt less vulnerable. So much so he went from a potential school drop out to university student in 5 years

Matty now studied Motorsport at College and University. During his time at University he started working part time at a karting track in Rochdale (TeamKarting) and within 10 months he was promoted to Senior Manager and 2 years later I bought the business which turns over £500k+P/A.

TeamKarting is Matty’s life and reflects his moral compass. He shared with me that he strongly believes that we have a responsibility to reinvest back into the grass roots of motorsport and make it more inclusive and open to all irrespective of physical, mental, academic and cultural background.

That is why Team Karting offer a number of bespoke sessions to meet a number of needs. Matty has made it TeamKarting’s mission to increase participation in grassroots motorsports by innovating low cost solutions to make motorsport more affordable and accessible.

I am pleased to share that Team Karting also specialise in being Autism Friendly. They offer 1 on 1 karting sessions, coaching, advice and guidance. Matty and he team have a culture of patience, understanding and support making Team Karting very popular within his local community.

Team Karting invest in some pretty cool equipment. Matty shares they are the only karting track in the UK to have a 2 seater go-kart and a specially adapted hand control kart.

Yesterday I was pleased to meet one of our Autism Hero winners the  talented young karters Sandro Ballesteros.Team Karting is helping Sandro to further his and other young children on the autism spectrum motorsport careers and give them the opportunity’s

Matty and I spoke about his big Community projects, such as our Racing With Autism Day where 40-50 school students came to the track to learn how to kart free of charge for a full day with a Canadian Karting champion (Austin Riley). From this they were able to put likeminded people together and helped build new friendships, click here to read an article on this.

Matty was proud to tell me that they have become the highest rated karting track in the UK on Facebook, Google and Trip Advisor. At the end of my visit I felt the adrenaline rush of driving one of Marty’s karts .It was so much fun. I was so impressed with Matty and can see him develop his passion and business further with lots of Team Karting Tracks across the country. He is a true role model for young people diagnosed with Aspergers and such a lovely young man.

Anna Kennedy OBE
Director

Dance to the Music

Dance to the Music

Yesterday one of Charity Autism Ambassadors was asked to review the show’ Dance to the Music’ at Towngate Theatre for Gateway Radio Station in Basildon. I arranged for Aston to meet the cast. Please see his review.

Yesterday one of our UK Autism Charity Ambassadors Aston Avery who is a huge fan of BBC Strictly was at the ‘Dance to the Music Tour’ with my Peoples Strictly dance partner Robin Windsor , Kristina Rihanoff and Chris Maloney who was one of the performers singing on the show.

Aston was kindly invited to meet the cast which was the cherry on top of the cake for Aston. Aston shares his thoughts :

The choreography by Kristina was absolutely amazing which included the lifts that Jonathan & Oksana showcased during the famous “Purple Rain” number.

The Rumba which Robin & Kristina performed was amazing to see how they kept eye contact with each other and how they kept the lines and and fabulous shaping from various positions as well as the holds was mesmerising.

What I  didn’t expect to see was Christopher Maloney showing off his dance moves since we are used to hearing him sing which was a massive thumbs up.

The costumes were to die for… Being a Strictly Come Dancing fan I normally would sometimes see standard materials used in the costumes, but the costumes in this show made huge sense in a way that it kept in format of the decades that they were performing which made the musicality very very strong throughout.

The musicality side of it all was brilliant in more ways than one. Each song and music numbers made very good sense to when it was fitted in each decade in question at the given points.

What was not expected was to see a bit of hip-hop routine from a huge talented cast of dancers. What was fabulous was music that people of all ages would grow up with and also take inspiration one which includes the amazing singers that have graced all of our generations and time as well.

The lighting and staging for each routines/numbers was absolutely spot on in setting where the dancers and singers should be a various points of the routines/numbers.

The second half of the show there was a lovely warm reaction from the audience and I felt I wanted to be part of the show since I am a huge Strictly Fan.

That just leaves me with one question would I want to see the show again???? My answer would be….. A categorical yes I would go and see the show again and I would also recommend it to everyone that likes dancing as well as music shared from the decades.

On a personal note I will be dancing again with my Strictly Partner Robin Windsor later on in the year more news to follow soon……..

Anna Kennedy OBE 

Director

Great Western Railways – raising Autism awareness

Great Western Railways – raising Autism awareness

Train operator GWR has provided bespoke autism awareness for front line staff, allowing them to be better prepared to help people living with the condition use public transport.

Looking to provide the best possible experience for all passengers, GWR has worked with autism charity Anna Kennedy Online and Options Autism Ambassador to raising autism awareness to help its staff better meet the needs of those travelling with autism.

 

Watch Austin discuss the challenges of travelling with autism here:

For those with the condition, some of the more commonly experienced issues are the presentation of anxiety and processing information as well as the need for structure and reassurance.

Anna Kennedy OBE, Director and founder of the charity said

“Anna Kennedy Online Autism Charity are proud to be able to help raise autism awareness to GWR staff. As a parent of two young men travelling by train this has always been a difficult experience due to my youngest son who has significant sensory issues.

“Whistles blowing, crowded and noisy stations, doors banging can be a bit full-on and cause him anxiety. By sharing information with all staff this will hopefully help create a less stressful journey.”

There are around 700,000 people in the UK living with Autism – that’s more than 1 in every 100 people. The autism awareness programme was written by Austin Hughes Senior Practitioner of the charity, who lives with autism. Both Anna Kennedy and Austin Hughes were filmed talking about their experiences.

GWR is committed to making rail accessible to all, and disability awareness forms part of that commitment. This awareness programme is improving the way GWR delivers customer service, emphasising the need for a tailored and personalised service for all customers, that meets their individual needs and wants.

Pete Dempsey, Operations Management Trainer at GWR, who helped deliver the awareness said:

“At GWR we strive to ensure all of our customers receive a great experience and part of delivering that aspiration is recognising that passengers have a wide variety of different needs, and different disabilities.

“While all our staff are highly trained, we have not previously included the special requirements those living with autism may have, so we developed an additional awareness package for our 3,500 front lines staff.”

Anna Kennedy OBE 

Director

Press articles:

https://www.firstgroupplc.com/news-and-media/latest-news/2018/23-01-18a.aspx 

GWR roll out autism awareness raising to 3500 frontline staff

AKO Ambassador Phillip Wills – shares this journey through ITV News

AKO Ambassador Phillip Wills – shares this journey through ITV News

Our Ambassador, Phillip Wills is an Autism Father from Truro – near Cornwall. Phillip Wills’ son Josh is now 17 years old and has severe autism. Joshua Wills has autism so severe that he has harmed himself and needed to be institutionalized for his safety.

However, there was no suitable facility close to Joshua’s family, so he had to be sent to Birmingham 260 miles away from his family (a 5 1/2 hour trip).

ITV News has shared this wonderful video – when Josh has returned home to Redruth – his parents say it’s transformed their lives.