Caleidoscope CIC is not for profit community organisation ( Reg.Number: 12219552) supporting families with autistic children. We offer individual support, training for parents and professionals as well as inclusive classes for children such as Art and Lego.
We offer professionalism in relaxed, non judgmental environment.
Our mission is to break the stigma of autism, raise awareness and promote social inclusion.
Ola Malanska - founder and director. Ola has passion for social inclusion and is a strong beliver that all children can thrive if supported well. She is a teacher in a special school, autism researcher and a parent of an autistic boy. Caleidoscope was created after she was inspired by her son's different perception of the world and because of her passion to support the most needy ones .
She has 20 years of teaching experience, has MA degree in Education and PG in Autism from University of Stratclyde, is a Mental Health First Aider and trained in Attention Autism, Intensive Interaction, LEGO based therapy, Behaviour that Challenges. Her passion is Mindfullness and Art as a healing tool and she is a trained coach in Therapeutic Art and Mindfulness Practitioner.
She uses her teaching skills and autism knowledge to design courses, training sessions and classes for children to raise awareness of autism, promote inclusion and improve mental wellbeing. She has Enhanced DBS check and is fully insured. Ola was a nominee and a winner of an Award in Promoting Progression in Lambeth in 2018/2019. More about Ola can be found here.
Jenny Medcalf - non-executive director, bid writer. Jenni works for us behind the scenes. She offers proffesional advice on running CIC, policies and funding. She is passionate about vulnerable people and works for a charity for blind people in Cambridge. Jenny was listed on The Independent Happy List in 2018 as an inspirational person whose work made people happy.
Debbie Hickson- Co-owner and Deputy Manager of Ducklings Pre- School. Behaviour Management Co-ordinator, SENCO and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead. After Debbie had her second baby my eldest daughter had a grand mal seizure (tonic clonic). This was where her journey into parenting a child with special needs began and it hasn’t always been easy.When her youngest daughter was two years old she decided to get back to work - to have some ‘me’ time. She retrained and went to college and completed her NVQ3 in Childcare and Education.
In 2005 Debbie and a friend bought a pre-school that was in rapid decline. They started in 2005 with 7 children on our books and have gone from strength to strength. They have a reputation for supporting children with additional needs.
Linda Smith - Linda has been Centre Manager at the local children’s centre for 18 years. Linda has helped families to access interim services whilst waiting for the all important CAMHS & paediatric appointments. She is a strong believer that if families are well supported locally and within their own communities, their own strength will fight for what’s best for their children.
Nicky Radford- Nicky is a mum to 3 children aged 23, 21 & 7. Her 7 year old has Autism (PDA), sensory difficulties and at times challenging behaviour. Nicky began her working career in residential care with children with severe learning difficulties and challenging behaviours. After she had her own children she began working for the Local authority in the Children with Disabilities Team and more recently the Family Safeguarding Teams and CAMHS.
Nicky is really passionate about ensuring all children have access to the same opportunities to enable them to have experiences and enjoy what matters to them.
Anna Kennedy OBE - educator who has worked to provide an improved education and other facilities for children with autism spectrum disorders. In pursuing support for these children, Anna has established two schools, a college, a respite home. Mum of two autistic boys, CEO of Anna Kennedy Autism Charity.
Chris Botten -County Council Councillor. Chris is very passionate about SEN.