We are delighted to be hosting a prestigious concert with internationally
acclaimed Dorset Artists, Mezzo-soprano Opera singer Sophia Grech and concert pianist
Duncan Honeybourne. Sophia Grech and Duncan Honeybourne who both grew up in
Weymouth and returned to the seaside town some years ago, will be performing
together for this unique concert. Sophia and Duncan are both on the autism
Fiona Hawkins, Fundraiser at Autism Wessex comments; “We are so pleased
that Sophia and Duncan have agreed to host this special event for us. Both
Sophia and Duncan have been diagnosed with autism in later life, and have
achieved enormous success. As well as performing for us, Sophia and Duncan will
chat about their experiences as well as a ‘questions and answers’ opportunity
for the audience to find out more about the duo.”
The event will be held in St Mary’s Church in Dorchester on Saturday 6th
May 2017 at 6pm. Tickets cost £15 in
advance or £17 on the door. All proceeds will be donated to the charity as
kindly, Sophia and Duncan are giving their time freely.
We celebrate our 50th anniversary in 2018. The charity’s services are
available to anyone who needs them; people with autism and associated
difficulties, families and professionals. Anyone affected by autism can rely on
us for support.
and Mayoress of Dorchester, Councillor and Mrs Harries,
will be attending the event and the Mayor will give a short welcome speech.
Portfield School has a dedicated Early Years provision
catering for students as young as 3.
The importance of early intervention has been well documented. A focus on improving social support,
parenting skills and parent-child interactions during early infancy has
demonstrated gains that include the mental health of parents and children, less
use of health services and long-term reductions in challenging behaviours.
Activities which encourage the development of communication and social
relationships may also help insulate against the development of emotional
problems. Studies conducted have shown that within the first two years
intensive pre-school intervention can accelerate developmental rates resulting
in significant IQ gains, language gains and improved social behaviour. To
contact Portfield School please visit us here.
If you would like to attend this special event, please visit here.