Thursday Evening Meetings

SIGNAL holds evening meetings for members once a month, usually on the third Thursday.

Our regular evening meetings are held at a venue in Forest Hill and are a great way to meet other SIGNAL members. We often have a speaker on an autism-related topic, such as mental health, behavioural issues, education, transition, puberty etc.

In September we hold our annual ‘Meet & Greet’ which is a chance for all SIGNAL members to get together and talk, while June sees our Annual General Meeting and in December we meet in a local pub to celebrate the festive season.

Full details of upcoming meetings are published in our regular newsletter, our Facebook Page and Group, and on this website.


Family Trips & Events

We run day trips for our members during the school holidays. Thanks to our funders, we are able to offer these trips at heavily subsidised prices. We aim to make our trips fun and accessible to all.

Recent trips have included Legoland, London Zoo, Shrek’s Adventure, the Olympic Park and the London Dungeon. Every Christmas we go to see the Panto at Greenwich Theatre and 10-pin bowling at Surrey Quays.

Trip places are offered on a first come, first served basis to paid-up SIGNAL members only. For full details of our Trip Rules, including who is eligible, please go to Policies and Guidelines.


Coffee Mornings

SIGNAL Coffee Mornings are a nice, relaxed way to meet other members over a cup of tea and some biscuits.

Coffee mornings are held once a month in different members’ homes around the borough and, occasionally, at our base at the Hatcham Oak Children’s Centre, SE4. They usually take place on weekdays but sometimes we have Saturdays too.

Children are welcome at coffee mornings, but if you are bringing a young child it’s a good idea to check with the host first, in case their house isn’t baby or toddler proof. And if you have an allergy you may wish to check whether they have pets.

We recommend phoning the host the day before, just to make sure the coffee morning is still going ahead – we are all parents and things can sometimes come up that we weren’t expecting!

If you are interested in attending or hosting a coffee morning, please get in touch!



SIGNAL provides two trampolining classes at the Bridge Leisure Centre in Sydenham on Tuesday evenings during term time. We have two trampolines per session with four children and one ASD-trained instructor per trampoline.

Benefits of trampolining with SIGNAL include the development of gross motor skills, learning to take turns and follow instructions. It is great exercise and an opportunity for the children to play together and the parents to chat too.

The cost is just £4 per child per week, payable termly in advance. Minimum age 4 years old.

Please contact our Trampolining Co-ordinator, Trish Connolly, for more information.



SIGNAL provides ASD swimming classes on Saturday afternoons between 12pm and 3pm at Wavelengths Leisure Centre in Deptford.

We have two fully-trained and qualified instructors who take two children each per half hour lesson. Many of our children have made huge progress with their swimming and really enjoy the lessons.

The cost is £5 per child per week, payable termly in advance. Minimum age 5 years old.

Please contact our Swimming Co-ordinator, Trish Connolly, for more information.

Activity Autism Information

ASD Library

SIGNAL has an extensive library of autism-related books which members are able to borrow.

The library is kept at our base at the Hatcham Oak Children’s Centre and is available for browsing/borrowing by arrangement with our Administrator, Candida Miles.

In addition the library is available at those coffee mornings held at Hatcham Oak, and we also sometimes bring a selection of books to evening meetings.

Please contact our Administrator, Candida Miles, for more information.


Girls Group

SIGNAL has a group just for those families with daughters on the autism spectrum as we recognise that their difficulties, needs and skills can be different to those of the boys who make up the majority of our membership (the ratio in SIGNAL is approximately 6 boys to 1 girl).

If you would like to find out more, please contact our administrator, Candida Miles, in the first instance and she will put you in touch with the Girls’ Group organisers.


Teens’ Group

SIGNAL Teens’ Group meets weekly on Thursdays from 6.30pm to 9pm.

This is an informal meet up for our ASD teens who want to socialise but might need some nudging. We want the kids to have ownership of this activity so it’s up to them what they bring – cards, board games, computer games etc.

If your teen is interested in attending, please get in touch!


Book Group

The SIGNAL book group is for the grown-ups and is completely unrelated to autism! The group meets every couple of months at a member’s home in Forest Hill, to discuss the latest book chosen, over a glass of wine.

Recent books have included The Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee, The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion and At Risk by Stella Rimington.

For more information, please contact our Administrator, Candida Miles, in the first instance.