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Free Bristol Play Day- Wednesday 2nd August 12pm-4pm College Green

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Family Fund - Sign up to the 'Secret Life of Us' campaign

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Health Watch- June 2017 Bulletin

Findability 2017 Summer Newsletter

Bristol Parent Carers- Evening Support Group- Tuesday 27th June

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Bristol Family Cycling Centre

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One day Teenage Life course 28 June 2017 - FREE parent autism course

Teenage Life Programme are running a new One day Teenage Life parent autism course on 28th June. 10am-2pm.

It is at Barton Hill Settlement - 43 Ducie Rd - BS5 0AX

Parents simply need to email me to book a place (or 2 places) on this course.

LPW May Half Term

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LPW for teenagers:

  • The Deaner Café @ Dame Emily Park 2-5pm Thursday
  • Friday Explorers a bowling trip at Avonmeads on Friday (contact cbrown@lpw.org.uk for more details)
  • Supertastic Thursdays 2-4pm for young people with learning difficulties (contact lstevens@lpw.org.uk for more details)
  • Freedom South (LGBTQ young people) trip to cinema on Friday afternoon (contact swoodrow@lpw.org.uk)

Elm Tree Farm's Holiday Club and Service Open Day

Family Fund

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Family Fund is the UK’s largest charity providing grants for families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people. Last year, they provided 89,423 grants or services worth over £36 million to families across the UK.  To find out more visit their website  www.familyfund.org.uk 

Bristol Family Cycling Centre- Half Term

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St Pauls APG Spring Half Term Programme

Bristol Parent Carers - Design the Help You Need

Dimensions- support for people with learning difficulties and/or autism for voting in the forthcoming general election.


 
 

Bristol Parent Carers - Changing Places Disabled Toilets - Update

Working together produces positive results!

Dear Parent Carers,

Hi there! We've been working hard on your behalf, and here are some results:
 

What are "Changing Places Toilets"? 

Some of our children and young people require specialist toilet/changing facilities that are larger and include an adjustable bench and hoist, along with some other design requirements.

What's the Problem?
There are so few of these toilets around that those who need them are very restricted in what they are able to do in Bristol, and its outskirts. So, those families have to plan their time away from home very carefully, if they can never be sure that a toilet will be available. Also the availability of existing Changing Places toilets at weekends and in the evening is very limited; and even during the day, not many toilets are in places where you want to go out and about with your family for a fun break!

What did BPC Do? 
At the start of 2016, we developed a webpage containing an interactive map, where you can see the facilities open during the day and during the evening, with information about the location, opening hours, and a contact phone number. The webpage also contains tables detailing the facilities at each location, who can access them, and how. This is necessary because not all the facilities are registered on the Changing Places website, so many of them were unknown. We contacted the Managers of all these venues and they assured us that they will allow access by passing families. 

BPC also used the survey information to request Bristol City Council to help. They agreed to use some of the Short Breaks Capital funding to install some more Changing Places toilets in useful places. 

What's the Latest News for 2017?
BPC has been working with the Council, private venues, interested parties, and campaigners about improving the Changing Places facilities, with positive results. So now:-
  • There are new Changing Places toilets in the Cribbs Causeway Mall, City Hall, and Bristol Family Cycling Centre, as well as several new ones in the surrounding outskirts to Bristol
  • Cabot Circus has agreed to extend opening hours so that you can enjoy the cinema and restaurants at night-time
  • All Bristol Everyone Active Centres have agreed to allow access to the toilets for anyone, without paying for a sports session
  • The Council has agreed to support the Colston Hall in installing one - so this will give you a facility in the city centre in the evenings. We will update you as this work is undertaken.
  • When new developments are planned (such as the upgrade to Temple Meads station, and the new Arena), Changing Places toilets will be installed as part of the construction.
Please look at our new updated interactive map and extended summary tables now covering:-
  • Central Bristol, East Bristol, North & NW Bristol, and South Bristol
  • BathNES outskirts of Bristol, Nth.Somerset outskirts of Bristol, and Sth.Glos/Glos outskirts of Bristol.

Also for festivals and open-air events, there is a company now that can provide a mobile Changing Places toilet - Mobiloo. Families, organisations, and event organisers can hire the Changing Places toilet with a driver or self-drive. So for the summer round of open-air events in Bristol, lobby the festival organisers to hire one, or use your school or facebook group to get together and hire the toilet yourselves!

Other related news
Next Thursday, 11th May, Mencap is running a workshop about Changing Places toilets, and how to join their campaign to encourage local leisure venues to install them. It's from 10am - 2pm with lunch, at Hamilton House, Stokes Croft. Look at this poster for details, and contact Parminder Singh to book your place on 07773185315 or parminder.singh@mencap.org.uk.

Thanks and best wishes,
Caroline Temple-Bird, Chair, Bristol Parent Carers

 

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For families of children and young people with disabilities and special needs.
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Dear Parent Carers,
 
**** BRISTOL PARENT CARERS' MONTHLY CENTRAL SUPPORT GROUP ****

Are you a parent, carer or guardian caring for a child with special
needs, disabilities or a life limiting condition living in Bristol?


Come and join us 10.30 to 12.30

Come and meet other parents/carers/guardians in a safe and confidential space

We offer
 
* A friendly informal setting to laugh, chat and share experiences
* Participation events
* Advice, information and help to fill in forms
* Free relaxing 15 minute therapy with a trained therapist
* Free Refreshments
 
WHEN. Wednesday 10th May
WHERE. Phoenix Social Enterprise, 5 Russell Town Ave, Lawrence Hill
BS5 9LT
TIME. 10.30 am to 12.30 pm
 
TRANSPORT. Free car park. Buses 6 and 7 stop outside, 41 - 45 stops nearby on Church Rd,Lawrence Hill train station is nearby and we are close to the cycle path

If you require other travel arrangements - call us on 0845 6420124

Advance dates for your diaries are Wednesday
7th June, 5th July, 6th Sept, 4th Oct, 1st Nov, 29 Nov

 
same time, same place!
 
We also run a support group in North Bristol at 169th Brentry Scout Group,
Scout Hut, Tranmere Avenue, Brentry BS10 7JN from 10.30 to 12.30



Advance dates for this group are Wednesday
24th May, 21st June, 19th July, 20th Sept, 18th Oct, 15th Nov, 13th Dec

 
Both groups are run on a drop - in basis, so there is no need to book or plan ahead just come along.

We reimburse travel and childcare costs but please bring receipts.
Thanks

Hope to see you on the 10th


Judy, Maria and Helen - Facilitators

 

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Mencap are running some workshops on campaigning - please see below. LUNCH PROVIDED

Please tell the CQC about your experiences of health and care - new online feedback facility.

The National Autistic Society is taking part in a national project with the CQC (Care Quality Commission) called ‘Tell us about your care’.

What is the CQC?

 

The CQC is the independent regulator of health and adult social care in England.  This project aims to make it easier for autistic people, their families, and the professionals who support them, to pass on information about the experiences and needs of children and adults with autism directly to the CQC.

This will help the CQC to improve how services across the country support people with autism, including:

·         Hospitals

·         GP practices, including walk-in centres and out-of-hours services

·         Dentists

·         Community care and support services, such as district nurses and health visitors

·         Clinics providing services such as family planning and slimming

·         Community mental health services

·         Ambulance services


How to feedback
 

  • If you or someone you care for have recently accessed a service that is subject to the CQC (e.g. the dentist or GPs) please feedback on this experience using this link:  Click here
  •  More information about this project can be found here click here


What to feedback

The CQC want to hear good and bad feedback. This project has been set up so that anyone can tell CQC about the care they receive, good or bad, so that this can be used to help improve care across England.However, this is not a way to make a formal complaint or for whistleblowing. There are other ways to contact the CQC to do this, detailed on their website.

Further details are available on the ‘Tell us about your care’ guidance page but if you are not sure of anything you can also contact Tracey.Sellers@nas.org.uk

 

Best wishes

Diana

Diana Elliott

Branch Officer

NAS Avon Branch

www.nasbranch.org.uk/avon
The NAS Avon Branch provides support, information and advice to Autistic Adults, and to the Parents/Carers of adults who have Autism, including those who have Asperger syndrome.

We also welcome enquiries from, and contact with, any professionals providing support to any adults affected by autism, or who are involved with implementing the Autism Strategy. 


Visit our website www.autism.org.uk
Follow us on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn

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North Bristol Support Group

Join us on Wednesday  26th April

Time: 10.30am - 12.30pm

Dear Parent Carers,

Are you a parent or guardian caring for a child with special needs, disabilities or life limiting conditions - living in Bristol?

Then  join Judy, Maria ,Tanya and John at our support group  on Wednesday 26th April at :-

169th Brentry Scout Group Scout Hut

Tranmere Avenue
Brentry
BS10 7JN


There is a free car park and buses 1,2,4 and 76 stop nearby

As with our Central Support Group, it is run on a drop-in basis, so there is no need to book or plan ahead

There'll also be all the usual things parent carers value including:
- Light refreshments
- Craft activities or movement activities
- A free complimentary therapy session
- Reimbursement of travel and childcare costs (with receipts)
- A quiet, safe space to meet and chat with other parent carers


Advance 2017 Dates for your diary are:-
 24th May, 21st June, 19th July, 20th September, 18th October, 15th November, 13th December

We've also got every date for the Central Support Group available for you, too:
Advance 2017 diary dates are:-
 10th May, 7th June, 5th July, 6th September, 4th October, 1st November, 29th December
Central Support Group Meetings are held at Phoenix Social Enterprise, 5 Russell Town Avenue, BS5 9LT

Hope to see you on the 26th
Maria, Judy, Tanya, John

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

I am the mum of a 19 year old girl with Asperger Syndrome.  For my BA in Education (University of Wolverhampton) I am writing a research project about the mainstream inclusion experiences (at secondary school) of children who have autism/Asperger's Syndrome.  As part of this project I need input from parents/carers. I have asked leaders of parent groups to forward this questionnaire to you on my behalf.  I do realise that as parents/carers of children with autism and Aspergers we are all very busy,  but I would be extremely grateful for your time to fill out the questionnaire below (it takes about about 20 minutes).  

 

There is a section for parents'/carers' feelings about how they themselves were dealt with by the school; and another section for how they feel their child was dealt with by the school.   In this way I am hoping to contribute anonymous feedback in order to improve the lives of parents and children with autism/Asperger's at mainstream school.  Your feedback is therefore invaluable to me.  Your answers will be valued even if your child is no longer at mainstream school.   

 

Please click on this link, it will take you to the questionnaire ; when you have finished please click “Submit”.  If the link for any reason does not work, please copy and paste it into a browser window and the questionnaire will appear.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any concerns or require further information.

 

 

QUESTIONNAIRE LINK:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSez1VcRxFAgmBzPUju5CZNbq2B5I2gCg452HtG1U4N_t-4cMQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

 

Many thanks for your assistance.

 

Liz Siemaszko

elizabeth@futuremediasystems.co.uk

07734 951276

Company Secretary
Future Media Systems Ltd.
Unit 3D Austin Park, 
Yeoman Road (off Wellworthy Way)
Ringwood, Hants, BH24 3FG
Tel. +44 (0)1425 270511

www.futuremedia.uk.com


 

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ChooseIt_ Maker 3

has just received the 2017 'Queen's Award for Enterprise' for Innovation.

 

 

To celebrate we are giving you the chance to try this online classroom resource with your students completely free.

 

To create a personalised activity teachers can add images, take photos, record sounds, draw or paint. In addition, there is a built-in searchable media library with 30,000 pictures and symbols allowing the creation of national or core standard curriculum activities in minutes. Every ChooseIt! Maker 3 activity automatically records each learner's progression and achievements. Results can be saved and shared with the learner's parents.

ChooseIt! Maker 3 is an online classroom resource for learners with special or additional needs. It allows teachers to create activities, personalised for an individual child or teaching group.

 

ChooseIt_ Maker 3

 

Join the 1,500 schools and 10,000 teachers, therapists and carers currently using ChooseIt! Maker 3. Between them they have created over 100,000 curriculum activities for their 118,000 students. Each student has accessed ChooseIt! Maker 3 with their means of independence; be that a switch, touch screen, eye tracker or iPads.

 

Don't miss this fantastic opportunity.

Sign up for your free trial now.

 

GET YOUR FREE TRIAL

 

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Contact Us

email info@helpkidzlearn.com

website www.helpkidzlearn.com

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HelpKidzLearn

Basketballers and Cheerleaders

Basketballers and Cheerleaders

 

Wait for a Basketballer or Cheerleader to appear on the screen. Click a mouse, touch the screen or press a switch (Spacebar or Enter) at the right time to receive an animated reward! Ideal for learning to wait.

Switch & Touch Accessible Activity


 

The object that is on the screen when an interaction is made is the one that will then perform. More advanced learners can therefore wait for their favourite to appear before touching the screen or pressing their switch. 

Use the Reveal time option to control how long the object remains on the screen.     

Access Options

Basketballers and Cheerleaders can be accessed using an interactive plasma, whiteboard and touch screen, as well as a mouse, keyboard and switches.

Play HelpKidzLearn

 

Don't have a subscription?

 

If you don't have a subscription to HelpKidzLearn's Games and Activities and want to play Basketballers and Cheerleaders, you can read more or subscribe today by clicking the Subscribe button.

Subscribe HelpKidzLearn

 

HelpKidzLearn EasySwitch

 

The HKL EasySwitch is a USB Switch interface and two wireless Bluetooth switches. It is easy to use and has no software to install.

HelpKidzLearn also provides computer access devices that work perfectly with our online services.

 

Show Me HKL EasySwitch


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Contact Us

email info@helpkidzlearn.com

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Sensory play at Woodside, Kingswood

CHAS Bristol is currently recruiting a Housing Advice Caseworker (21 hours per week) and an Office Manager (16 hours per week)

 

CHAS Bristol is a local housing advice service. We have a vision of society where all members of the community have a place they can call home. Our mission is to ensure that everyone has access to suitable housing, with a particular focus on those in the greatest need. To achieve this we offer specialist advice and advocacy to prevent homelessness, improve housing conditions and support people to access housing.  

CHAS Bristol going through an exciting period of growth and change, and we’re recruiting new team members to join us on our journey.

For more information and details of how to apply, visit our website: http://www.chasbristol.co.uk/join-our-team/

And apply before 12pm on 2 May.

We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Charlotte Eddisford

Partnerships and Development Manager

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Tel: 0117 9351260

www.chasbristol.co.uk

CHAS (Bristol) Housing Advice Service

PO Box 2219                       

Bristol BS6 9LG

Churches Housing Aid Society (Bristol) Charity No. 233757

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FREE Speech and Language Training for parents, carers and families

Bristol’s Accessibility Checker Engagement Event 24 May 2017 - DisabledGo

Cerebra - Working Wonders Awards CERE:00580909

 

Do you know someone who deserves an award? If so, we’d love to hear from you!

Our Working Wonders Awards 2017 are designed to celebrate some of the amazing achievements of children with brain conditions along with the tireless support of the professionals who help families discover a better life together.

We will be presenting our winners with their award at a prestigious ceremony on Wednesday 12 July 2017 in London.

All you have to do is tell us about the person you are nominating and why you think they deserve a Working Wonders Award. There are six Awards Categories to choose from:

  • Child of Courage

  • Brilliant Brother or Sister

  • Sporting Achievement

  • Exceptional Health Professional

  • Terrific Teacher /LSA

  • Outstanding Achievement

  • Innovation –an award for a company or manufacturer that designs and makes products that transform the lives of children with brain conditions and their families.

You can find out more and download a nomination form hereIf you’d like a hard copy please contact lisarj@cerebra.org.uk or 01267 244216.

The closing date is 30th April 2017. We’re really looking forward to hearing from you – and good luck!

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New digital support for young people in Bristol

It's an important new piece of support for young people across Bristol.

We're launching an online and mobile helpline on Monday. Designed for 11 to 25 year olds, Lotty is confidential and easy to use, the staff trained in providing support for young people, from the simplest to the most complex challenges. Users can start a text conversation on their mobiles or seek help through an online live chat. If appropriate, they'll be directed to one of the many specialist organisations we work alongside in Bristol.

For a start, Lotty will be available from 12 to 10pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and from 12 to 7pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We're planning to extend the service to Saturdays, depending on demand.

Lotty has four main aims: 

  • To be a source of online help that young people can trust
  • To link young people to the services available to them within Bristol
  • To provide a new form of virtual contact for young people to find out about LPW and what we offer

This is what Lotty is all about: 

  • We are here to listen and not to tell
  • We will wait to be asked before giving advice
  • We’re not a counselling provider - we are an information, advice and guidance service
  • We're here to help young people find the right answers for themselves
  • It’s up to young people how much they tell us, but we will use the information they give us to help keep them safe

As a name, Lotty was chosen by facebook poll as the most popular from a selection developed by a focus group of young people working with LPW. It's easy to remember and store in a mobile.

 
Exam time 

This is no-one's favourite time of the year in the classroom, so LPW Independent School is proud of the commitment our learners have been exhibiting during exams fortnight.

In every sense it's very much the most testing time of their experience at school, but one for which they've prepared well, with the help of their teachers and support staff. They're sitting English, Maths, Science and ICT at Levels 1 and 2.

While their fingers may be crossed, on past results, we're confident this year's group of learners will do well when the results are out.

 

Case Study: turning a page

In a way, C needed protecting from herself. Bad tempered, bad mannered and verbally abusive, she was already in trouble at school and finally banned from Southmead Adventure Playground.

Underneath, she is a different young woman, close to her family, keen to help others and a natural leader. On the surface though, C is easily bored, hyperactive and prone to getting into difficulties.

“I was horrible to the staff. After getting banned I was bored. I decided I needed to change my attitude. I went to the playground and said sorry to all the staff and asked to help out.” - C

Guided and supported by LPW Engagement Workers, C really turned things around, helping in children’s activities, organising games and earning herself a Volunteer Badge. The children attending the playground look up to her and now try to copy her positive behaviour. When she experiences anger, C now knows to walk away from the situation.

“I enjoyed helping out the staff, getting praised made me feel really good about myself and knowing someone appreciated my hard work was nice. I took my badge home to show my mum and she cried with happiness, saying how proud she was.” - C

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Farm Hands for 8 - 11yr olds at Lawrence Weston Community Farm

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Hello  

Spring is most definitely in the air at Flamingo Chicks with an action packed April bursting at the seams with Spring Shows!
 
Kicking it off were the Bradford Chellow Heights Flamingo Chicks - what an amazing performance (pics here) and big thank you to Irwin Mitchell for providing our ballerinas with a congratulatory posy each!
 
Friday sees the Cardiff Ty Gwyn Flamingo Chicks present their interpretation of the Firebird complete with an array of sensory equipment kindly funded by Admiral.
 
They are followed by our Bristol group (Sefton Park, Henleaze and New Fosseway) who will be coming together on Saturday 6th May (4pm) to deliver Cinderella with a set designed and created by our work experience students Carter and Shannon (see a sneak preview here).  After the performance, we have a tea party – it’s great fun so please do invite all the family. Tickets available here.
 
What an impact!
Have you seen our new Impact Report? You can download a copy from our homepage here
 
Last year we had 2000 children through our sessions across 14 different cities and put on 50% more classes than the previous year. We delivered workshops and teacher training in 3 other countries and our Agents of Change spoke at the United Nations in New York, campaigning for a fair future for disabled kids amongst other high profile events. We campaigned for inclusion through #balletnotbarriers and launched a dads campaign calling on employers to provide flexible working solutions for parents of disabled children.  More volunteers than ever before joined our organisation with 100% rating their volunteer experience as excellent and our parents/carers support network reported that 72% felt better able to cope with the demands of caring for a disabled child after joining us. What’s more, 100% said Flamingo Chicks has made them think differently about what their child is capable of. 
 
Running happy
An amazing team of Flamingo Chicks mums and dads are doing the Bristol 10k to raise money for us. They’re up to £700 so far which is incredible! We hear the dads are running in full ballerina costume so that in particular has got to be worth a pound or two – you can sponsor them here: https://localgiving.org/fundraising/bristol10k/
 
World Dance: Bristol
We’re booking now for a special 4 week mini course at Henleze, Bristol running on Tuesdays from 13th June – 4th July.  Here we’ll be exploring different dance forms from around the world, drawing inspiration from our Global Chicks.
Younger children: 4:30pm https://flamingochicks.wufoo.com/forms/z19qzhgt01ox6db/
Older children: 5:30pm https://flamingochicks.wufoo.com/forms/zujajjq1rm1joz/
 
Henleaze Easter break
Just a reminder the next two Tuesdays are Easter hols for our Henleaze Flamingo Chicks; we're back on Tuesday 25th April.
 
AOCs meet the local MP
Four of our Agents of Change got the chance to interview Charlotte Leslie MP. They had a super discussion including how to get more braille books in libraries, why having more disabled MPs in parliament is so important in our quest for an inclusive society and Charlotte gave her top tips for becoming an MP. Lily Grace, Lexi, Issy and Poppy were most definitely inspired - some budding future MPs there and some great campaign ideas too - they left in agreement that we should each "be the change we want to see in the world.” You can see more here.

Next up – the AOCs have been invited to a Tesco store to advise the management team on how to make the store more accessible and disability friendly. 
 
Volunteer opportunities
With so many new classes and workshops on the horizon, we’re looking for new dance helper volunteers at our Bristol, Cardiff, London, Bradford, York, Halifax and Todmorden sessions.  For more info please email us.
We’re also looking for volunteers to support our parents in our Yorkshire sessions (serving teas and being a listening ear) and for all our sessions we love having live music from time to time – so if you’re a musician, or know a musician, we’d love to hear from you!
 
Bristol Books!
Our Bristol Flamingo Chicks will be selling books at Tesco Golden Hill to raise funds to support our work. Therefore, if you’ve got any unwanted books, we’d be happy to take them off your hands!
Either drop them off to our office (The Old Bake House, Downs Park East, Bristol BS6 7QD) or pop them into the Henleaze class on a Tuesday. 
 
Cinderella visits – London and Bristol
Join us to meet some of the dancers from English National Ballet’s production My First Ballet: Cinderella! We’ll get to go stage to meet the dancers and explore parts of the production such as costume and set. This trip is free of charge, we’ll meet at the Theatre and you’ll need to accompany your child throughout the visit.
Spaces are limited so please email to book your place.

  • LONDON - Friday 21 July, 12pm at the Peacock Theatre, Portugal St, London WC2A 2HT
  • BRISTOL - Saturday 20th  May, 3.30pm at the Bristol Hippodrome, St Augustine's Parade, Bristol. BS1 4UZ

Best wishes, Katie and the Flamingo Chicks
 
0796 808 11 52 // katie@flamingochicks.co.uk
Follow us on Twitter @flamingochicks or like our page on Facebook: www.facebook.com/flamingochicks

Copyright © 2017 Flamingo Chicks, All rights reserved.
Flamingo Chicks supporter.

Our mailing address is:
Flamingo Chicks

(mailing address only - not where classes are held)

The Old Bake House

Westbury Park, Bristol, BS6 7QD

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Details for the Avon Valley Music Train on 12th April are on the attached flier.

Behaviour Management Workshop

 

For members of Bristol Autism Support (Parent Carers of children and young people with Autism, who have registered with BAS)

 

We are running a partnership event with Bristol Autism Support on 2 May, Behaviour that Challenges.

 

Please pass on to families with Autism that you may support:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/behaviour-that-challenges-tickets-32688146125

 

Vassal Centre, Bristol 1000-1400hrs with lunch provided. 

 

Sarah Ambe

Senior Parent Advisor (SW England)

Contact a Family

209-211 City Road, London EC1V 1JN

Direct Line: 0117 971 1334

Mobile: 07920 654866

The Contact a Family freephone Helpline is an advice service for parents and  family members caring for a disabled child. We also have a dedicated  SEN (Special Educational Needs) service  to advise families, on any aspect of their child’s education.  Freephone helpline 0808 808 3555 (9.30 – 5pm Mon-Fri)  email: helpline@cafamily.org.uk   or go to our website www.cafamily.org.uk

 

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Have your say! Meet others! Ask professionals your questions! At our next Participation Event!

Dear parent carers,
Come along to our Design the Help You Need! 
Participation Event on Tuesday 13th June 2017 -  


Looking at the support required by your child/young person (0-25)
with special educational needs / disabilities

To accommodate parent carers who work and cannot attend during the day, we are running the event twice – choose a daytime slot (10-2.30) or an evening one (6-9pm)! 
  • Help make the transfer between educational settings better
  • Design support from the Birth-25 Service with and without a social worker 
  • Discover new initiatives and resources for education, health, and care in Bristol
  • Discuss your concerns with professionals
  • Hear from parent carers about their participation work
  • Tell us your priorities for the coming year
  • Enjoy a meal, have a therapy (daytime only), browse information, and network  
So come along and join us! It's all FREE    
 
We have a lovely central community venue - the Fyfe Hall, top floor of the Trinity Centre, Trinity Road, Old Market, Bristol, BS2 0NW. There's parking at various locations nearby, and access by many bus routes, and the cycle path! We can reimburse travel and childcare costs (please bring receipts if possible).
 
Booking is ESSENTIAL. So click here to read all the details and to Book Online
Book early to avoid disappointment.
Alternatively, email us or call our volunteers on 07914 320540 (weekdays)
 
   The more voices we hear, the more effective participation is 
- so tell other parent carers and bring them along!
 
Click here for a poster that you can print out and share with a friend, or display for lots of people to see.
 
We look forward to seeing you there.
 
Best wishes
Caroline Temple-Bird
Chair, Management Committee
Bristol Parent Carers

Money Matters Workshop

 

For members of Bristol Autism Support (Parent Carers of children and young people with Autism, who have registered with BAS)

 

We are running a partnership event with Bristol Autism Support on 15th June 2017

Please pass on to families with Autism that you may support. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/money-matters-for-parent-carers-tickets-32688451037

 

Vassal Centre, Bristol 1000-1400hrs with lunch provided. 

 

Sarah Ambe

Senior Parent Advisor (SW England)

Contact a Family

209-211 City Road, London EC1V 1JN

Direct Line: 0117 971 1334

Mobile: 07920 654866

The Contact a Family freephone Helpline is an advice service for parents and  family members caring for a disabled child. We also have a dedicated  SEN (Special Educational Needs) service  to advise families, on any aspect of their child’s education.  Freephone helpline 0808 808 3555 (9.30 – 5pm Mon-Fri)  email: helpline@cafamily.org.uk   or go to our website www.cafamily.org.uk

 

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Contact a Family Information

 

Please see below our updated Publication List (attached) as well as our new guide to Holidays, Play and Leisure.  These can be ordered via our helpline or via publications@cafamily.org.uk

 

 

Sarah Ambe

Senior Parent Advisor (SW England)

Contact a Family

209-211 City Road, London EC1V 1JN

Direct Line: 0117 971 1334

Mobile: 07920 654866

The Contact a Family freephone Helpline is an advice service for parents and  family members caring for a disabled child. We also have a dedicated  SEN (Special Educational Needs) service  to advise families, on any aspect of their child’s education.  Freephone helpline 0808 808 3555 (9.30 – 5pm Mon-Fri)  email: helpline@cafamily.org.uk   or go to our website www.cafamily.org.uk

 

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Contact a Family Publications List April 2017

The Curly Hair Project - Workshops Available

 

We have lots  of exciting ASD workshops coming up in Bristol and we’ve been in the news!

 

If you want to know more about the workshops before booking tickets click the links to read  all about us in the Wiltshire Gazette and Herald  and the Swindon Advertiser

 

Workshops available :

 

Click here  to book for Autistic Meltdowns & Shutdowns  - 10:00 - 12:30 Tuesday 4 April -  Lockleaze

 

Click here to book for ASD & Sensory Processing  - 10:00-12:30  Monday 10 April - Harbourside

 

Click here  to book for ASD & Anxiety - 10:00-12:30 Saturday 29 April - Lockleaze

 

Also available :

ASD & Challenging Behaviour             Tues      13th June            10:00am               Bristol - Lockleaze

ASD & Socialising                                Tues      27th June            10:00am               Bristol - Lockleaze

Essential Guide to ASD                        Mon      19th June            10:00am               Bristol - Habourside

ASD & Family Relationships                Sat        1st July               10:00am               Bristol – Lockleaze

ASD & Anxiety                                     Mon       3rd July               10:00am               Bristol - Habourside

ASD Meltdowns & Shutdowns           Weds      5th July               6:30pm                 Bristol – Lockleaze

Our workshops are also in Bath, Wiltshire and across the UK

Please remember to forward this email onto anyone else who may be interested.

****Please note we are currently transferring web hosts and so our website and email may temporarily be unavailable. Don’t worry as you can still book tickets through Eventbrite****

 

Helen Eaton

Trainer for the Curly Hair Project

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/TheGirlWithTheCurlyHair
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/HelenEaton.CurlyHairProject
Website :    
http://thegirlwiththecurlyhair.co.uk/

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Disabled Young People Exhibition at The Station

 

The Triple A group and the Listening Partnership have been working together to form an outstanding exhibition into their views, aspiration and needs as disabled young people.  For the whole of April this exhibition is available for public viewing at The Station (on Silver Street).  

 

The young people who contributed to this exhibition have put lots of work into it and I hope you’ll agree there are some beautiful and poignant messages we could all benefit from.

 

Thanks,

 

Nakita Singh

SEND Operational Development and Planning Manager

Specialist Education and Access Team

People Directorate

Bristol City Council

nakita.singh@bristol.gov.uk

Want more information on special educational needs and disability for the under 25s?

Visit Findability: Bristol’s Local Offer at www.findabilitybristol.org.uk

Register to receive newsletters by sending your email address to sendplus@bristol.gov.uk

Join us on facebook@FindabilityBristol

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Let's All Play

 

Sunday 2 April

from 12 to 4

at Felix Road Adventure Playground. 

 

For more information or to book a place please don't hesitate to get in touch
Sam Thomas                                                                               
Inclusion Lead                                     
Bristol Playbus      
  
This is a part-time post so please don't be offended if I don't reply immediately my normal working days are Tuesdays and Saturdays
Mobile  07447 730347
Office    0117 9551561
Unit 8 St. Gabriels Business Park
St. Gabriels Road
Bristol
BS5 0RT

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It's the launch of TOO MUCH INFORMATION year two.

 

Will you make one small change to stop the overload?

 

You’ve been amazing this World Autism Awareness Week. This time last year, 10-year-old Alex showed over 56 million people what it’s like to have sensory overload in a shopping centre. One year on, in our unnerving new film, 12-year-old Holly will show them how not getting enough processing time feels… Like everything’s building up. Like your brain is too crowded – and about to explode.

 

77% of autistic people feel the public don’t understand their need for extra processing time. Holly says:

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"If just one person sees the film and is more understanding of autistic people, I’ll be happy. People can do really simple things to help, like not rushing someone to respond to a question. Small changes can often make the biggest difference."

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She’s right.

 

Big change can come from lots of little actions. You’ll already know what these small changes can be, but we need to come together to teach the public too. Pledge to make a small change today to help reduce the overload. Then share it with your family, friends and colleagues.

 

Choose your pledge 

 

Choose which pledge to make, and get your badge.

 

Whether you’re at the shops, on public transport, at work or out with friends, a change as simple as using clear language, having a bit of patience, or avoiding last minute changes can help to reduce the overload.

 

Make a pledge this World Autism Awareness Week – and you’ll be leading the way for the rest of the UK.

 

Mark Lever

Chief Executive

 

PS Watch Holly in our new film.

The National Autistic Society

 

Until everyone understands

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Easter Activities in the Community

 

Windmill Hill City Farm

Easter activities and trail

Saturday 15 April

for more details click here

 

Leigh Woods

Easter Trail

Friday 14 April & Saturday 15 April

Booking is essential

for more details click here

 

M Shed

Family Fun Days

Tuesday 11 April & Tuesday 18 April

for more details click here

 

Bristol Zoo Gardens

Eggstravaganza

Saturday 8 April - Sunday 23 April

for more details click here

 

Arnos Vale

Who Stole the Easter Eggs

Thursday 13 April

for more details click here

 

Noah's Ark Zoo Farm

Maze Bunny Hunt

Saturday 1 April - Monday 24 April

for more details click here 

 

These are just some of the things that we have heard about.  

We will post more as we get them so keep checking back and have a lovely Easter Break.

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Welcome to March 2017’s edition of What’s new - our free monthly information bulletin focusing on the all latest news and information families with a disabled child need to know.

Launch of the Disabled Children's Partnership
Earlier this month Contact a Family’s CEO, Amanda Batten, launched a brand new coalition of 28 leading charities who have united to fight for better health and social care for disabled children, young people and their families. The newDisabled Children's Partnership forms as research reveals that 69 per cent of families never receive support caring for their disabled child beyond close friends or family. At the same time the All Party Parliamentary Group for Children published findings of its inquiry into children's social care in England highlighting the impact of increased demand for children’s social services over the last five years coupled with a decrease in council spending power.

Can you help us improve our advice service?
If you’ve called our helpline recently, found help and information on our website or you are an active member of our Facebook community, we'd like to hear from you.

Subscribe to a Contact a Family newsletter
Did you know this edition of What’s new is just one of many newsletters Contact a Family produces? Keep up-to-date with all our latest news and find out what resources you can have sent straight to your inbox.

Council tax bill just landed? Make sure you don’t miss out on help 
It’s the time of the year when millions of families receive their council tax bill for the coming year. But did you know that if you’re a family with a disabled child you might be eligible for money off your council tax bill?

New bedroom tax rules confirmed 
Good news as the government finally changes the bedroom tax rules to bring them into line with the Supreme Court judgement in the Rutherford case. This means that from 1 April, a bedroom won't be treated as a spare room if it is used by overnight carers who provide regular care to a disabled child.

School transport: ‘the straw that breaks the camels back’
At a parliamentary hearing we held as part of our school transport inquiry, one parent described the stress of dealing with school transport for their disabled child as ‘the straw that breaks the camel’s back'. Read more about how we brought together parents, providers and policy makers to talk about this top concern for parent carers.

Nearly 2,500 of you have told us what you think about home to school transport for your child in response to our inquiry – thank you! Your answers will help us show decision makers what they can do to ensure no disabled child misses out on adequate school transport. 

School transport myths busted
There are a lot of misconceptions circulating about school transport for children who have special educational needs or disabilities. In this article we bust some of the most common myths around home to school transport.

Universal Credit full service rolled out to more areas in March
During March the Universal Credit full service was extended to families with disabled children in a further five job centre areas. A timetable for the roll-out of the Universal Credit full service to the rest of Great Britain is available at theGOV.UK website. In Northern Ireland the roll out of Universal Credit is planned to start this September.

Change to Personal Independence Payment entitlement rules announced
The government made a surprise announcement in February and changed thePersonal Independence Payment (PIP) rules. This means fewer people will be able to get this benefit.  Find out who this affects and Contact a Family’s response.

Download our free guide to Personal Independence Payment and other benefits at 16.

Government to scrap housing payments for some 18-21 year olds
The government has published new rules confirming that some 18-21 year olds who claim Universal Credit will no longer get payments towards their housing costs. However, this won't apply to most young disabled people. This is because you are exempt from these restrictions if you get the daily living component ofPersonal Independence Payment (PIP)Disability Living Allowance (DLA) at certain rates, or if you are unfit to work. Find out what the new rules mean.

Many carers won’t benefit from increase in Carer’s Allowance earning limit
Carer’s Allowance is the main benefit for carers. You can still get it even if you are working, so long as your earnings are no more than a weekly amount known as ‘the earnings limit’. From April 2017 the earnings limit will be going up to £116 per week.

While this should be good news for carers in low paid work, many of those on the National Living Wage (NWL) will not benefit. This is because the NLW is also increasing from £7.20 to £7.50 per hour. So, if you work 16 hours on the NLW your earnings will be £120 - preventing you from getting Carer's Allowance. Find out more.

Our resources will help you claim everything you're entitled to
Contact a Family produces a range of resources to help you check that you’re claiming everything you’re entitled to for example, Money Matters - checklist when your child has additional needs, lists financial help available to families in England, Scotland and Wales.

You can also call our freephone helpline on 0808 808 3555 (open Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.00pm) for benefits advice, or post a question on our Facebook page.

Contact a Family Wales funding means more outdoor family adventures 
Contact a Family Wales/Cymru has been awarded £32,592 from BBC Children in Need to provide a 3 year programme of family fun days and activities for disabled children and young people in Wales.

Welsh Government won't reconsider funding cuts 
Last December we told you how, alongside Carers Wales and Learning Disability Wales, Contact a Family was calling for the Welsh government to rethink its decision to make £5.5 million of funding cuts. We’d like to thank all the families who contacted their Assembly Members (AMs) calling for them to back over 4,000 low income families with disabled children during a debate on the issue. Sadly, though, there was no commitment in the chamber from the Welsh Government to reconsider its decision.

Funding boost for Northern Ireland families around moving into adulthood
Contact a Family Northern Ireland and Carers NI have received funding to identify the best ways to support families with disabled children moving into adulthoodfrom the Big Lottery. The charities are now asking families and professionals with experience of transition to complete a survey, which will help them develop a project for families in Northern Ireland.

Government announces £215m funding to improve special education facilities
Minister for Vulnerable Children and Families, Edward Timpson, has announced £215m funding for local councils in England to create more school places and improve facilities for children with special educational needs and disabilities.

Your views on exclusions needed 
The Department for Education has launched a consultation on changes to the statutory guidance on the exclusion of pupils in England. Find out more about how to get involved.

Need advice on exclusions?
It’s important to remember that a child can only be legally excluded from school for disciplinary reasons. A head teacher must formally tell parents that their child will be excluded by giving them details in writing. Any other exclusions are illegal. If you think your child may have been illegally excluded or you need advice on the exclusion process, visit our exclusion webpage or contact our helpline.

New website to help parents find available government-funded childcare
The government has launched a new childcare website to help parents find all the government-funded childcare offers, including the two new offers: 30 hours free childcare and Tax Free Childcare.

Football stars get behind our cycling hero's epic challenge
The stars of Crystal Palace football team showed their support for Stephen Kingdom, the diehard fan who is cycling to every Eagles home and away game this season to raise money for Contact a Family. Find out how close he is to reaching his fundraising target of £10,000.

 

 
 

SHORT BREAKS TRANSPORT SCHEME  

Book now!

Dear All,

Do you need transport to go out for a day, an evening, a weekend or a holiday?

BOOK NOW!  To arrange your transport, or clarify if you have any trip allocation left, please telephone 07954 473953 on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9.30am and 1pm or, alternatively, you can now book online here .

THIS SCHEME is for families of children and young people with disabilities, special educational needs and life-limiting conditions, who live in the City of Bristol, and struggle to get out and about - perhaps you don’t drive, do not have a car, or cannot find an adapted vehicle large enough for your family or friends.  

You can:-
·       use an accessible car with or without a driver
·       an accessible minibus with a driver
·       or Minibus driver training (MIDAS) can be arranged for you or a member of your family so that you, or your organisation, can drive a minibus.

Kind Regards

Heather
Short Breaks Transport Administrator

 

Did you know 69% of families never receive help caring for their disabled children outside their close friends or family? Shocking isn’t it?

That’s why the Disabled Children’s Partnership was on the Victoria Derbyshire Show last week, because we believe things need to change. Did you see it? You can watch the interview at 17 minutes 45 seconds!

 

Watch the interview

 

We'll be campaigning to make sure the services and support that disabled children and their families deserve are there when they need them, are easy to access and provided more consistently. That’s why the Disabled Children’s Partnership exists, and why it isabsolutely vital that we all work together to make a difference.

We are planning to launch an exciting new campaign this summerand we need you. Over the next few months we will be working hard to make sure our campaign is asking for all the right things, and your input will help make it as impactful as it can be.

Together we are stronger. Thanks again for signing up – we’re looking forward to working with you.

Thank you, 


Maia Thomas
Campaigns and Policy Assistant

Disabled Children's Partnership

 

 

P.S. Spread the word! Please tell your friends about the Disabled Children’s Partnership, share the story and encourage them to sign up to hear more from us.

Join in!

 

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Free Guide: How you can safeguard children from sexting?

Teenager on phone

Talking about sexting

Sexting is when an individual sends explicit messages or indecent sexual photos of themselves or others.

With the continual growth of social media and use of smartphones, tablets and desktops, more and more children are engaging in or being affected by sexting, with the number of reported cases increasing.

Whilst we understand that it may be an awkward topic to discuss, it's vital that all teachers and safeguarding professionals have the appropriate guidance when dealing with this issue.

To make it easier, we've produced a free guide entitled 'how can you safeguard children from sexting?' which you can download from our website below.

DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE GUIDE

 

With 21 years' experience and over 2.5 million online learners, we are proud to have recently been voted 'Learning technologies supplier of the year 2016-17'.

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Open Day at South Bristol Skills Academy (SBSA)

 

The open day at the South Bristol Skills Academy (SBSA) this Saturday has been turned into a family fun day with an Easter theme - everyone is welcome.

 

City of Bristol College based at SBSA are concerned that students (and parents/carers) only get to know the college when they are in Year 11.

 

For the fun day on Saturday there will be face painting, a bouncy castle, climbing wall, ice cream, food and much more.

 

It is open from 10am until 1pm and you can pop along whenever you like. Admission is free and everyone is welcome!

 

The college has wonderful facilities and much more to offer to people of all ages.

For example:-

  • Post-16 courses
  • Vocational Course
  • Adult courses

The following are open to the general public and can be booked online (see website for extra details and opening times)

Hopefully students (any year group), family members and staff can pop along on Saturday to find out more about our local, community college.

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Early Years Workshops

 

Please see below a flyer on some Early Years workshops we are rolling out across the UK and the South West via myself.  We already have bookings in South Glos and North Somerset, and if you are a parent of child between 0-5 or know a parent who would love to do this workshop suite, do please let me know.    Our first workshop starts in South Gloucestershire on 5 May for South Glos parents of Early Years Children and more details can be forwarded for interested people.   The booking link for South Glos is : https://www.eventbrite.com/e/birth-to-five-in-south-gloucestershire-tickets-32527488594

 

http://www.cafamily.org.uk/news-and-media/new-website-to-help-parents-find-available-government-funded-childcare/

The government has launched a new website to help parents find all the government-funded childcare offers, including the two new offers: 30 hours free childcare and Tax-Free Childcare. 

www.childcarechoices.gov.uk allows parents to pre-register for email alerts that will notify them when they can apply for the government's new childcare offers, as well as providing details of existing government childcare offers.
 
The introduction of the government's Tax-Free Childcare scheme will begin on 28 April for UK parents of the youngest children. It will be gradually rolled out over 2017 - cutting childcare costs for working families across the UK by up to £2,000 per child per year, or £4,000 for disabled children.

From September, parents of three and four year olds living in England will be able to apply for a new 30 hours free childcare offer, worth around £5,000 per child.
 
The Childcare Choices website includes a Childcare Calculator (www.gov.uk/childcare-calculator) for parents to compare all the government's childcare offers and check what works best for their families.

Please do look at our website for more details on the links above.

Kind regards

Sarah

 

Sarah Ambe

Senior Parent Advisor (SW England)

Contact a Family

209-211 City Road, London EC1V 1JN

Direct Line: 0117 971 1334

Mobile: 07920 654866

The Contact a Family freephone Helpline is an advice service for parents and  family members caring for a disabled child. We also have a dedicated  SEN (Special Educational Needs) service  to advise families, on any aspect of their child’s education.  Freephone helpline 0808 808 3555 (9.30 – 5pm Mon-Fri)  email: helpline@cafamily.org.uk   or go to our website www.cafamily.org.uk

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Social Stories App


Developing technology to support the writing and delivery of Social Stories

The University of Bath, Centre for Autism Research is currently developing an app of social stories to help children, parents, teachers and practionners. 

A Social Story is a short story describing a specific situation or concept, for example: dinner time, turns taking, waiting in line.  It explains the social skills needed in and the context & achievements that are connected  to this situation.


Social Stories were developed by Carol Gray [1].  [1] Gray, C. (2010). The new social story book. Revised and expanded 10th anniversary edition.
Future Horizons, Arlington, TX, USA
 
About the project:
 
Our project is developing new technology to write & deliver social stories.
 
We have developed a new app for the iPad and now want to explore how helpful this technology is for helping children, parents & practitioners.
 
We need your help:


Would you like to participate in our studies and help us answer the following :

  • Does the app help to address challenging behaviour in children with ASD?  
  • Can it help to prepare children for a novel event or transition e.g. school trip, change of teacher, visit to the doctor/dentist

Find out more:
You can contact us: Dr. Liz Smith, Email: E.Smith2@Bath.ac.uk
You can find us online: http://go.bath.ac.uk/social-stories

 

The project is funded by the Leverhulme Trust

Part of the Bristol Asperger Social Group
 

Night club event for adults with Aspergers & Autism

Tuesday 28th March
7pm-10pm
at
basement45
Frogmore Street, BS1 5NA

There are opportunities to perform at the open mic, sing, play an
instrument, read poetry, tell a story, perform magic tricks
or do some comedy

Disco in the big main room 8-10pm

Come along and join in, dance, socialise or just enjoy the atmosphere,
there is no pressure

There is a fully stocked bar with alcoholic and soft drinks.
Disabled access. Over 18’s only


£2 entry

For more information call Marie: 07538152626
Or contact Ella: e.parkinson1@nhs.net
Facebook: Diverse Aspergers Social Group
Email: eventdiverse@gmail.com

Please do not arrive before 7pm

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Do you have a young person aged 16 or 17?

They could take part in the National Citizen Service (NCS) Spring Programme (Fully Funded)!

 

Check out our NCS video to see what could be in store for you if you sign up to this once-in-a-life-time opportunity!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyNYV3UyKk0

 

NCS is a government funded initiative for all 16 and 17 year olds in England. It’s a chance to embark on exhilarating challenges, make a mark in the local community and build skills for work and life! Our next NCS programme runs over the Easter holidays and begins on April 7th with 4 days action packed outdoor activities at a residential centre in the Brecon Beacons in Wales! The second phase (April 11th – 13th) involves meeting up daily in Bristol to take part in volunteering, learn about local organizations and develop skills for work and life. Phase three (April 18th onwards) gives participants the opportunity to use all the new skills they’ve learnt and developed to create a social action project and make a difference in their local community. For a limited time only we have number of FULLY FUNDED places available on Spring Programme.

 

There are a number of amazing benefits to completing the NCS, which is reflected by the astonishing number of young people which have already taken part in the programme. Benefits include:

  • Enhanced CVs and job applications
  • Enhanced university applications, as NCS is officially recognised by UCAS
  • Increased confidence and independence
  • Various new skills for work and life
  • New friendships
  • Further unique volunteering and work experience opportunities

 

Sign up before 5pm on Friday 31st to get a fully funded place on our Spring Programme!

 

I have attached a copy of our NCS Spring Programme overview and upcoming dates for our Inspiration and Information evenings. Check out the NCS website at http://www.ncsyes.co.uk/ and feel free to contact me on ncs@youngbristol.com or 01179292513 if you have any further questions.

 

Many Thanks

Matt Donnelly

Programmes Manager

Young Bristol, The Station, Silver Street, Bristol, BS1 2AG

T: 0117 9292513 | M: 07787428453

www.youngbristol.com

Charity No. 301681

Tweet me! @YB_Matt

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Preparing for Adulthood Update!

Latest News - results from your participation

Dear parent carers, 

Hi there! Many of us wonder what's going to happen as our children grow up and become adults. Mother's Day is often a time that reminds us - will our child be living with us always...?! Our parent carer reps have been working on your behalf with staff from the Council and Health to try to clarify what the options are. Here's an update showing you the positive results of participation. 

Thanks and best wishes,
Caroline Temple-Bird, Chair, Bristol Parent Carers

Issue: We struggle to find out what the future might hold for our young people 
Result:  New "Preparing for Adulthood (PfA) Guide" and online resources 
Click here: To download the PfA Guide
Click here: To discover the PfA guidance and resources online at Findability - Bristol's Local Offer 

We used to talk about how our youngsters would "Transition to Adult Services", but the SEND Reforms (that arrived in September 2014) brought in the process called "Preparing for Adulthood". Preparing for adulthood (PfA) requires everyone working with young people with SEND, from an early age, to consider what support they need in order to achieve their aspirations for: Good Health, Getting into Employment, Independent Living, and Community Inclusion.   

But we didn't know what that meant in Bristol - What's available? What can our youngsters do? Who could help us? What advice is available? So, Bristol Parent Carers arranged a PfA Event last year with staff from the Council and Health so we could hear what they had to say and they could listen to parent carers' concerns. This was a catalyst for the Council to produce a PfA Guide which provides a clear description of what should happen (see link above). There is also now a whole Preparing for Adulthood section on the Findability website which shows you Bristol's Local Offer for families with SEND children (see link above). This will be updated regularly with new information and resources. Please use both these resources - they can clarify how to get support for your young person! 

Issue: You don't know what education and training options are available post-16 and post-19
Result:  Improved education and training opportunities available now in Bristol 
Click to download: An update on changes to specialist sixth forms and College courses

At Bristol Parent Carers' Education Event in November 2015, lots of parent carers shared their concerns about the lack of post-16 and post-19 options that they would like in Bristol for their youngsters. Annette Jones, Head of Specialist Education & Access, at Bristol City Council says that what she heard really changed the work plan for her staff, and they designed solutions for the issues raised with different providers, and as a result there are different options available for our young people and these will continue to develop. At Bristol Parent Carers' PfA Events in June 2016, she provided a You Said, We Did presentation (see link above) that describes the resulting:-
  • expansion in the specialist post-16 places
  • improvement in courses available at City of Bristol College
  • supported post-19 internships - Project Search
  • post-19 residential training opportunity - Project Rainbow.
Current Position: 
When young people with SEND leave sixth form there is now a choice of 3 post-19 opportunities provided by City of Bristol College:-
  • A pre-supported internship programme which supports young people with complex needs into employment - there are currently 24 placements, and the aim is to increase this to 40
  • A course for those with sensory needs - starting in September 2017
  • A 'Progression into Independence' course, which is residential if you want, known as Project Rainbow. This 1 year "getting ready" course allows the staff and young person to discover what they might progress to next - either another course; an Independent Living social care package; or internship/employment.
Other things in development are:-
  • More post-16 "getting ready" courses/centres
  • A 'Passport to Employment' - this is a portfolio of resources that show the abilities that your young person has. This is shared with potential employers so they can see how your young person could best fit into their workplace.
  • A 'Passport to Independent Living' - this is a portfolio of resources that show the abilities that your young person has. This is shared with potential Independent Living providers so they can see what your young person's strength and needs are and how best to meet them.
Issue: You don't know what care options are available, or how your young person will occupy their day if they don't continue in education
Result:  The Preparing for Adulthood Team offers support and advice  
Click here to download: 
The Preparing for Adulthood (PFA) Team leaflet
Preparing for Adulthood - what does it mean
PfA Team Social care brokerage

The Council now has a Preparing for Adulthood Team that covers both Specialist Education post-16 and Social Care support for 18-25 year olds - see their leaflet (first link above), which tells you how to contact them for advice. At our PfA Event last year, staff from the Team gave a presentation (see second link above) explaining:-
  • What to expect from an SEN assessment
  • What to expect from a social care assessment
  • Ways to access social care and support
If your young person has significant social care needs with daily living, communal activities, independence skills, and possibly residential support, the PfA Team will assess the package of support required and 'broker' a deal for you with a care provider - see third link above.

Issue: You don't know what Health services your young person can receive post-18
Result:  Here's a range of information leaflets explaining what's on offer  
Click here to download: 
Bristol Community Learning Disabilities Team
Learning Disabilities Services - Easy Read version
NHS Continuing Healthcare
Specialist Community Neurology Service

At our PfA Event last year, staff from Bristol Community Health provided lots of information on the services available for our children as they become young adults (see links above) explaining:-
  • How young people with learning disabilities will transition from Children's Services to a Community Learning Disabilities Team, and the range of services on offer
  • How young adults who require a continuing package of healthcare from the NHS will be assessed, supported, and reviewed.
  • How young adults with neurological conditions can access the Specialist Community Neurology Service to access therapies and other support.
There is more information on the Adult Health Services available to your young person, on the Findability Bristol website - look here. Also here's a leaflet describing how they would transfer from Children's Services to Adult ones.

Issue: You don't know when professionals will start making decisions with your young person, and without you
Result:  Bristol Parent Carers' worked with the Council on a simple explanation of the Mental Capacity Act  
Click here: To view our video on the Mental Capacity Act (scroll down to our 2015 Participation Event to find the video and pdf document there)

Preparing for Adulthood is all about moving your young person towards independence, and about personalisation - enabling them to pursue their aspirations and dreams for their future. So, as our children grow older, professionals will give them a voice and control over decisions about their future, without us being there. As parent carers this can be a worry - we're not always certain that our young person has the capacity to make some decisions! For some youngsters, we may have to go through a formal process to assess their capacity - this falls under the Mental Capacity Act.

To unpick what will happen and to understand the formalities of the Mental Capacity Act, Bristol Parent Carers' reps worked with the Council to produce a Question & Answer presentation for our 2015 Participation Event. Look at our website (see link above) to watch the video of Sally (parent carer) asking questions of Gary (from the Council) who explains what will happen. There is also a pdf document of the slide presentation available on the same webpage.

Last, but not Least! 
Upcoming developments from other providers:  

The Listening Partnership - is a regular forum group for young disabled people in Bristol aged 13-19 years old, or with learning difficulties up to age 25. Young people are encouraged to have their say and learn about their rights, with guest speakers and workshops across a range of topics. The group is also regularly consulted by the local council, and involved in projects with other local organisations. So if your young person wants to get involved and find their voice, they will be supported by WECIL and meet on Monday evenings at The Station in the centre of Bristol - click here for details.

A Preparing for Adulthood workshop from Contact a Family - The following workshop is coming up and may still have spaces - follow the Eventbrite link to discover and book 
4th April – Preparing for Adulthood – 2 times 1000am and 1700hrs.  Both at New Fosseway School:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/preparing-for-adulthood-tickets-31516285057

Government Green Paper on 'Work, Health and Disability: Improving Lives'. The National Network of Parent Carer Forums (NNPCF), that Bristol Parent Carers (and all other forums) are a part of, has provided a response to government on our behalf. NNPCF recognises that "developing employment pathways and finding sustainable jobs for disabled people is a very complex area, involving many players and systems". It welcomes the vision of the green paper that "whoever you are and wherever you are from, you should receive the right healthcare, help and support that you require to be the best that you can be. Health issues or disability should not be a barrier in life or work". The parent carers that for the NNPCF have offered to work with the government to help this vision become a reality. Click here to read the full response 

Education, Education, Education!

Latest News - results from your participation

Dear parent carers, 

Hi there! You always have questions and concerns about Education. So our parent carer reps have been working on your behalf with staff from many agencies to try to improve things. Here's an update showing you the positive results of participation. So curl up on the sofa with your favourite tipple (mine's tea and chocolate!), and read all about it.

Thanks and best wishes,
Caroline Temple-Bird, Chair, Bristol Parent Carers

Issue: So many changes in education that nurseries/schools/colleges and parents are struggling to know what to do
Result:  New "Bristol Toolkit - SEND in Education" 
Click here: To discover all about it

Since the SEND Reforms arrived in September 2014, there have been lots of changes in education such as - SEN Support, Education Health and Care Plans, and conversions from Statements & Learning Difficulties Assessments. You told us that you and the staff at your child/young person's school have been struggling with the new processes and paperwork.

So, parent carer reps from Bristol Parent Carers have been working with Bristol City Council and other support agencies (Supportive Parents, and KIDS) to produce a clear description of what should happen and templates of the paperwork to use. At last the "Bristol Toolkit - SEND in Education" is ready! It is available on the Findability website (see link above) and is in 3 parts depending on what sort of support your child/young person might be getting at nursery/school/college:-
  • special educational needs support 
  • Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
  • after an EHCP.
The Toolkit is interactive - you click on different parts of your child's journey to discover what will happen, who has to do what, and the documents to use. Please use it - it's a great resource to clarify how to get support for your child/young person! 

Issue: You struggle to know what to say / how to prepare for assessment and review meetings at school
Result:  Improved parental and child/young person contribution forms 
Click to download:
New parent carer form for EHC needs assessments
New parent carer form for Annual Reviews 
New child/young person contribution form


It was time for a change, because:-
  • many of us were finding the old 'parental contribution' forms difficult to fill in and the questions daunting 
  • the EHC Plan paperwork has a new layout and sections we're not used to, so it's difficult to see how our contribution will fit into this
  • annual reviews are now all about the progress our child/young person has made towards their outcomes, so we need to be preparing our thoughts before the meeting. 
So reps from Bristol Parent Carers, Supportive Parents, and KIDS met with the Council's SEN Team and we've come up with new forms (see links above) that - explain what each section is about, give guidance on what to put in each section, and provide hints on what to consider before you attend the meeting.

These forms will be part of the Bristol Toolkit shortly. So print them out and use them. Your child's school may use a different template, but if you like these - use them instead and encourage the school to too!

Issue: Lots of parent carers are confused about the timetable for all these changes, and how long they'll take

Result:  Read a Progress Update below  
Click here if you need any independent help: 
Supportive Parents is your SEND Information, Advice and Support Service
KIDS provides Independent Supporters

All local authorities have from Sept 2014 until March 2018 to introduce the new EHCP process and convert existing Learning Difficulties Assessments (LDAs) and Statements to EHC Plans. Reps from Bristol Parent Carers, Supportive Parents, and KIDS meet with the Council's SEN Team 3 times a year to catch up with progress, raise the concerns you have been telling us about, and hear about issues the Council are facing (such as staff vacancies, quality of information sent in from schools). 

The latest update is:-
  • Most children/young people in the process of getting a new EHC Plan should now get one within the required 20-week period (96%)
  • All the eligible Learning Difficulties Assessments have been converted to EHC Plans - the SEN Team concentrated first on young people leaving school and going to college
  • Conversions from Statements to EHC Plans are happening according to a timetable - see here. The SEN Team have been concentrating on children moving between Key Stages. So if your child hasn't started a conversion yet, it could be because this doesn't apply to them - check the timetable to see when their school should start the process. The conversion meeting will be in place of their Annual review. 
  • The SEN Team recognises that there is a delay in completing some conversions, so they are re-directing staff to concentrate on children who are changing schools. If your child is in an all-through school (the primary and secondary parts are under one school organisation), they can wait a bit longer.  
  • It is recognised that the quality of the wording in some conversion documents is poor. So quarterly, the SEN Team has been running 'moderation' exercises with staff from education, health and care and parent carers, to learn the lessons and improve the forms and guidance given. The quality now is better than 2 years ago.
  • It is recognised that some schools need help with conversions - mainstream schools may only have a small number of conversions, but a special school has to do a conversion for every single pupil. The SEN Team has been training school staff, providing them with briefings and guidance. That's why the new "Bristol Toolkit - SEND in Education" (see above) is so important - make sure you child's school knows about it.
Issue: You want specialist educational provision near to where you live
Result:  Read a Progress Update below  

Every year we work with Education commissioners who manage the Council's Education Capital Plan, that states how specialist educational provision is going to change for the better - Where should new provision be created? How can existing provision be improved? When are improvements to the buildings / space required? When are improvements to teaching methods / procedures needed? 

Each year BPC runs a participation workshop for you to express your views to these commissioners, and as a result they are always changing specialist educational provision. To hear about the latest changes, you can do the following:-
  • look at this BCC's You Said, We Did document from November 2015 on changes and plans for all ages 
  • look out for my next Progress Update email on the Preparing for Adulthood work in 2016 - as a result of the Nov '15 workshops there have been a lot of changes for post-16s and post-19s
  • look out out for my email about our next Annual Participation Event on 13th June - come and take part in a Provision Planning workshop and hear about the latest proposals for all ages. Put the date in your diaries! 
Last, but not Least! 
Don't forget to look at our website pages on Education - there you'll find the resources we developed just for you:-
  • "Parent Carer Guide on SEND" - watch out for an updated 2017 version coming soon
  • "Things to think about before going to a planning or review meeting"
 

Sesame Street- New character named Julia (autistic)- Compilation videos

4 short videos of Julia, new sesame Street character with Autism

Autism Awareness Event at the Graduate School of Education

29 March 2017, 5.00 PM - 29 March 2017, 7.00 PM

 

35 Berkeley Square, Bristol, BS8 1JA

 

The Graduate School of Education would like to invite UoB staff, students and members of the public to our free Autism Awareness event on March 29th - 31st 2017.

Curated Autism Experience Room

  • When? 29th March, 5 - 7pm (launch), 30th and 31st March 12-2pm (lunchtime)
  • Where? Room 2.25, Graduate School of Education, 35 Berkeley Square, UoB
  • What? An immersive experience that will spark conversation and ideas for how the learning environment can be more effective and sensitive for Autistic learners, and inclusive for all.

You are welcome to pick up free info-sheets and handouts on evidenced-based Apps, classroom strategies and tips to support language, communication and learning.

Twilight Talks & launch of Autism Experience Room

  • When? 29th March, 5 - 7pm
  • Where? Graduate School of Education, 35 Berkeley Square, UoB
  • Who? For teachers, practitioners and those who work or would like to work with autistic individuals
  • What? The Twilight Talks are a series of short talks on the psychology of Autism, effective deployment of TAs and working with SENCOs, practical applications in mainstream and special schools, and critical evaluation of intervention. The curated

Autism Experience Room will officially open its doors at 5pm on 29th March, so attendants will be invited to step in before and after the talks. Refreshments provided.

Follow our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BristolAutismResearch/

The event is FREE and refreshments will be provided. Spaces are limited, so please register on Eventbrite.

Eventbrite - Autism Awareness Event at the Graduate School of Education

Contact information

Dr Shu Yau

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FREE courses for adults over 19 years.

 

Our courses are particularly for adults with few or no qualifications and/or for adults who have  multiple barriers to finding  work or getting in to further training.

 

Digital/Computer Skills for Life (work, home or volunteering), at Henbury Library, starts Tuesday 25 April, 9.30-12noon for 5 weeks.

 

Brush Up Your English (Entry Level 3 and Level 1), at The Long Cross Centre in Lawrence Weston, starts Friday 5 May, 9.15 to 11.15am for 10 weeks. TBC.

 

Willow Weaving Summer Project at Henbury Court Children’s Centre, starts Tuesday 25 April, 1-3pm for 5 weeks.

 

First Aid for Babies at Brentry and Henbury Children’s Centre, a one off session on Wednesday 26 April, 1-3pm. Parents and babies together for this session.

 

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Food Hygiene

Customer Care

English for Work

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Last year many of you signed our open letter calling on the government to increase the Carer's Allowance earnings threshold to stop parent carers losing out on support.

While the earnings threshold will rise this April, a corresponding increase in the National Living Wage means that many carers are set to miss out. Read on to find out whether you're likely to be affected.

Carer's Allowance and the National Living Wage


Carer's Allowance is the main benefit for carers. You can still get it even if you are working, so long as your earnings are no more than a weekly amount known as 'the earnings limit'. From April 2017 the earnings limit will be going up to £116 per week.

While this should be good news for carers in low paid work, many of those on the National Living Wage (NLW) will not benefit. This is because the NLW is also increasing from £7.20 to £7.50 per hour. So, if you work 16 hours on the NLW your earnings will be £120 - preventing you from getting Carer's Allowance.

Let's look at an example.

Fatima is a lone parent with a severely disabled child. She works 16 hours a week and earns the NLW. In April her weekly earnings will increase from £115.20 to £120. However, because her new wages will be £4.00 above the earnings limit, she won't get any Carer's Allowance.

Fatima may be tempted to cut her hours so that her earnings are below £116 per week. However, depending on her circumstances, cutting her hours to below 16 a week could mean she no longer qualifies for working tax credit. This is the case for others in Fatima's situation, and it's particularly likely if you are a lone parent like Fatima.


Is there anything I can do in this situation?

It is important to know that certain costs can be deducted from your earnings to help you qualify for Carer's Allowance without having to cut your hours. This includes:

  • Some alternative care costs - for example paying someone to look after your children while you are at work. There is no need for the caring to be done by a registered childcare provider. Costs can be deducted so long as you pay someone other than a close relative. However, there is a cap on the maximum amount that can be deducted for care costs - this means you cannot deduct more than half of your earnings.
  • Half of any contributions that you make into a work or personal pension.

So for example, if Fatima was paying £10 per week into a pension scheme, she can deduct £5 per week from her earnings. This means that although her actual earnings are £120 she will be treated as having earnings of £115 per week, allowing her to get Carer's Allowance.

Get in touch if you're affected

Contact a Family believes the earnings limit should be at least £120 to reflect the increase in the NLW. This would prevent carers like Fatima from having to choose between losing their Carer's Allowance or losing their working tax credit.

Una Summerson, Head of Policy and Campaigns at Contact a Family, says:

"Thousands of families signed our open letter last year calling on the government to increase the Carer's Allowance earnings threshold in line with the National Living Wage. They will be disappointed that the government have failed to act.

"While it's good news that the threshold for Carer's Allowance is increasing, it will be meaningless for many of the families we support because of the corresponding increase in the National Living Wage."

Contact a Family has repeatedly written to the Treasury and the Department for Work & Pensions about how this policy acts as a disincentive to work, but to date they have failed to act. We will continue to campaign on this issue, so please get in touch if you have been affected by emailing una.summerson@cafamily.org.uk

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Childcare Choices, the cross-government childcare brand and campaign has launched today, providing parents with a single point of information for all the government funded childcare offers, including the two new offers: 30hours free childcare and Tax Free Childcare. 

Launch of new Childcare Choices website means parents now able to find available government support.
 
Millions of parents can pre-register from today for the government’s new childcare offers, with the launch of a new Childcare Choices government website www.childcarechoices.gov.uk.
 
The introduction of the government’s Tax-Free Childcare scheme will begin on 28 April, for parents of the youngest children. It will be gradually rolled out over 2017 – cutting childcare costs for working families across the UK by up to £2,000 per child per year, or £4,000 for disabled children.
 
On top of this, from September this year parents of three and four year old children living in England will be able to apply for a new 30 hours free childcare offer, worth around £5,000 per child.
 
The Childcare Choices website includes a Childcare Calculator (www.gov.uk/childcare-calculator) for parents to compare all the government’s childcare offers and check what works best for their families.
 
Through the site parents can also pre-register for email alerts that will notify them when they can apply, as well as providing details of existing government childcare offers.

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During the Easter Holidays Time2Share has organised trips to
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Would you like to share your Autism story?

 

If you, or someone you know, can tell us about your experiences of people being understanding or offering support in everyday situations, we’d love to hear from you.

·         Perhaps someone in the supermarket showed kindness and consideration when things were getting overwhelming in the queue?

·         Maybe a friend helped you prepare for a day out by sending you the information you needed in advance, and keeping to plan?

·         Or, could it be that a colleague changed their way of communicating with you to make it easier for you to process what they were saying?

If you’d like to tell us about your experiences, please email tmi@nas.org.uk.

The Campaigns Team

Helena Bateman

Branch and Community Engagement Manager

T:07786 250 421

A:The National Autistic Society. 393 City Road, London. EC1V 1NG

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Building Inner Strength and Resilience. A One Day Workshop.

 

 

 

As Parent Carers our own wellbeing is sometimes at the very bottom of our list of priorities and things to take care of, not always having time to realise that it is so important to take care of the person who holds it all together and keeps that machine running as smoothly as possible.

 

Join us and Rebecca Midwinter, accredited Physio Therapist and EMDR Practitioner and senior lecturer at Bath Spa University for a one day workshop looking at how we can develop strategies to manage our stress and build our inner strength and increase our wellbeing.

 

Thursday April 6th 2017

10am - 2:30pm

Poole Court, Yate

 

We often forget about ourselves but why not resolve to give yourself a treat, just because you deserve it or because it is Mother's Day soon, whatever the reason you decide, the strategies you learn with Rebecca will be life enhancing.

 

Book Here

 

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East and Central SEND Stay and Play flyer for the Easter Holidays

Therapeutic Music Service - Bristol

 

My name's Matthew and I provide therapeutic and educational music facilitation for people of all ages and abilities in Bristol and the wider area. My 1:1 and group sessions foster positive communication, interaction and self-expression using music as a tool. Sessions typically involve the following:


- A wide range of world drums and percussion instruments for exploring rhythm.
- Tactile and electronic instruments such as ocean drums, piano mats, glockenspiels, bells, air synths and keyboards for encouraging a musical dialogue between myself and participants, and also between the participants themselves.
- A guitar and keyboard for singing popular songs and also to make up songs on the spot that reflect what the group is doing.
- Loop pedals and samplers that allow me to create a live soundscape that the participants can contribute to and immerse themselves in.

The sessions are very wide-ranging and there is something for everyone.

For more information including videos, pictures and testimonials please visit my website (link below).

 

www.engageandimmerse.co.uk 

 

Matthew Richards

DBS Checked/Public Liability Insurance 

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Stay and Play at Illminster Avenue Specialist Children's Centre this Easter

Education, Education, Education!

Latest News - results from your participation

Dear parent carers, supporters and friends,

Hi there! You always have questions and concerns about Education. So our parent carer reps have been working on your behalf with staff from many agencies to try to improve things. Here's an update showing you the positive results of participation. So curl up on the sofa with your favourite tipple (mine's tea and chocolate!), and read all about it.

Thanks and best wishes,
Caroline Temple-Bird, Chair, Bristol Parent Carers

Issue: So many changes in education that nurseries/schools/colleges and parents are struggling to know what to do
Result:  New "Bristol Toolkit - SEND in Education" 
Click here: To discover all about it

Since the SEND Reforms arrived in September 2014, there have been lots of changes in education such as - SEN Support, Education Health and Care Plans, and conversions from Statements & Learning Difficulties Assessments. You told us that you and the staff at your child/young person's school have been struggling with the new processes and paperwork.

So, parent carer reps from Bristol Parent Carers have been working with Bristol City Council and other support agencies (Supportive Parents, and KIDS) to produce a clear description of what should happen and templates of the paperwork to use. At last the "Bristol Toolkit - SEND in Education" is ready! It is available on the Findability website (see link above) and is in 3 parts depending on what sort of support your child/young person might be getting at nursery/school/college:-
  • special educational needs support 
  • Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
  • after an EHCP.
The Toolkit is interactive - you click on different parts of your child's journey to discover what will happen, who has to do what, and the documents to use. Please use it - it's a great resource to clarify how to get support for your child/young person! 

Issue: You struggle to know what to say / how to prepare for assessment and review meetings at school
Result:  Improved parental and child/young person contribution forms 
Click to download:
New parent carer form for EHC needs assessments
New parent carer form for Annual Reviews 
New child/young person contribution form


It was time for a change, because:-
  • many of us were finding the old 'parental contribution' forms difficult to fill in and the questions daunting 
  • the EHC Plan paperwork has a new layout and sections we're not used to, so it's difficult to see how our contribution will fit into this
  • annual reviews are now all about the progress our child/young person has made towards their outcomes, so we need to be preparing our thoughts before the meeting. 
So reps from Bristol Parent Carers, Supportive Parents, and KIDS met with the Council's SEN Team and we've come up with new forms (see links above) that - explain what each section is about, give guidance on what to put in each section, and provide hints on what to consider before you attend the meeting.

These forms will be part of the Bristol Toolkit shortly. So print them out and use them. Your child's school may use a different template, but if you like these - use them instead and encourage the school to too!

Issue: Lots of parent carers are confused about the timetable for all these changes, and how long they'll take

Result:  Read a Progress Update below  
Click here if you need any independent help: 
Supportive Parents is your SEND Information, Advice and Support Service
KIDS provides Independent Supporters

All local authorities have from Sept 2014 until March 2018 to introduce the new EHCP process and convert existing Learning Difficulties Assessments (LDAs) and Statements to EHC Plans. Reps from Bristol Parent Carers, Supportive Parents, and KIDS meet with the Council's SEN Team 3 times a year to catch up with progress, raise the concerns you have been telling us about, and hear about issues the Council are facing (such as staff vacancies, quality of information sent in from schools). 

The latest update is:-
  • Most children/young people in the process of getting a new EHC Plan should now get one within the required 20-week period (96%)
  • All the eligible Learning Difficulties Assessments have been converted to EHC Plans - the SEN Team concentrated first on young people leaving school and going to college
  • Conversions from Statements to EHC Plans are happening according to a timetable - see here. The SEN Team have been concentrating on children moving between Key Stages. So if your child hasn't started a conversion yet, it could be because this doesn't apply to them - check the timetable to see when their school should start the process. The conversion meeting will be in place of their Annual review. 
  • The SEN Team recognises that there is a delay in completing some conversions, so they are re-directing staff to concentrate on children who are changing schools. If your child is in an all-through school (the primary and secondary parts are under one school organisation), they can wait a bit longer.  
  • It is recognised that the quality of the wording in some conversion documents is poor. So quarterly, the SEN Team has been running 'moderation' exercises with staff from education, health and care and parent carers, to learn the lessons and improve the forms and guidance given. The quality now is better than 2 years ago.
  • It is recognised that some schools need help with conversions - mainstream schools may only have a small number of conversions, but a special school has to do a conversion for every single pupil. The SEN Team has been training school staff, providing them with briefings and guidance. That's why the new "Bristol Toolkit - SEND in Education" (see above) is so important - make sure you child's school knows about it.
Issue: You want specialist educational provision near to where you live
Result:  Read a Progress Update below  

Every year we work with Education commissioners who manage the Council's Education Capital Plan, that states how specialist educational provision is going to change for the better - Where should new provision be created? How can existing provision be improved? When are improvements to the buildings / space required? When are improvements to teaching methods / procedures needed? 

Each year BPC runs a participation workshop for you to express your views to these commissioners, and as a result they are always changing specialist educational provision. To hear about the latest changes, you can do the following:-
  • look at this BCC's You Said, We Did document from November 2015 on changes and plans for all ages 
  • look out for my next Progress Update email on the Preparing for Adulthood work in 2016 - as a result of the Nov '15 workshops there have been a lot of changes for post-16s and post-19s
  • look out out for my email about our next Annual Participation Event on 13th June - come and take part in a Provision Planning workshop and hear about the latest proposals for all ages. Put the date in your diaries! 
Last, but not Least! 
Don't forget to look at our website pages on Education - there you'll find the resources we developed just for you:-
  • "Parent Carer Guide on SEND" - watch out for an updated 2017 version coming soon
  • "Things to think about before going to a planning or review meeting"

 

Five Fat Sausages includes a lively tune and lovable animated characters to engage your students' and encourage them to count along with the music.


A set of accompanying activities will consolidate and expand your students' counting skills. These are provided in two progressive stages: simple counting of one character after another and counting characters along a number line.

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North Bristol Support Group

Join us on Wednesday  22nd March

Time: 10.30am - 12.30pm

Dear Parent Carers,

                                
 
Are you a parent or guardian caring for a child with special needs, disabilities or life limiting conditions - living in Bristol?

Then  join Judy, Maria ,Tanya and John at our support group  on Wednesday 22nd March at :-

169th Brentry Scout Group Scout Hut

Tranmere Avenue
Brentry
BS10 7JN


There is a free car park and buses 1,2,4 and 76 stop nearby

As with our Central Support Group, it is run on a drop-in basis, so there is no need to book or plan ahead

There'll also be all the usual things parent carers value including:
- Light refreshments
- Craft activities or movement activities
- A free complimentary therapy session
- Reimbursement of travel and childcare costs (with receipts)
- A quiet, safe space to meet and chat with other parent carers


Advance 2017 Dates for your diary are:-
 26th April,24th May, 21st June, 19th July, 20th September, 18th October, 15th November, 13th December

We've also got every date for the Central Support Group available for you, too:
Advance 2017 diary dates are:-
 5th April,10th May, 7th June, 5th July, 6th September, 4th October, 1st November, 29th December
Central Support Group Meetings are held at Phoenix Social Enterprise, 5 Russell Town Avenue, BS5 9LT

Hope to see you on the 22nd
Maria, Judy, Tanya, John

Christian service to mark World Autism Awareness Week. Please call Jo Curd on 07817 803 493 for more information

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Due to the nature of the event and the presenters we have had to limit it to 20 places on a first come first served basis as we do not want to overwhelm them.

 

We hope to be able to put this event on again later in the year if there is enough interest and our presenters agree.

  

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Easter Holiday Sports Camps in North Bristol

 

The St Bede's Community Sports team are running two 4-day holiday sports camps during the upcoming Easter holidays for 7-14 year olds.

 

The camps will run from

Monday 10th-Thursday 13th April

and Tuesday 18th-Friday 21st April

from 9am-3pm daily.

The camps cost £12 per day or £40 for the week.

 

You must contact Rob Allan direct to ensure that this is suitable for your child and they can meet their needs before making a booking.

 

If Rob agrees, you can download the application form to make your booking here: 

www.stbedescatholiccollegecommunitysport.org/registration-and-booking-form/

 

Rob Allan
Community Sport Development Officer- North Bristol
& School Games Organiser- North Bristol

www.stbedescatholiccollegecommunitysport.org/

St Bede's Catholic College
Long Cross
Lawrence Weston

Bristol BS11 0SU
Tel: 0117 3533364
Mobile: 07825 767582

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Its Let's All Play at Southmead Adventure Playground

this Saturday the 18th from 12- 4.

 

To book a place or to find out more information please get in touch.
 
Sam Thomas                                                                               
Inclusion Lead                                     
Bristol Playbus    
  
  
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Mobile  07447 730347
Office    0117 9551561
Unit 8 St. Gabriels Business Park
St. Gabriels Road
Bristol
BS5 0RT

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Bristol Asperger Social Group
Tuesday 14th March 2017  - pub group
Tuesday 28th March 2017 - Diverse

The pub night is on 14th February 2017 at the Commercial Rooms
7.30pm-9.30pm

Diverse is on 28th March 2017 at basement 45
7pm-10pm

 

The Bristol Asperger Social Group
The pub group meets 2nd Tuesday of the month at the Commercial Rooms 43-45 Corn Street in Bristol BS1 1HT. The group is there between 7.30-9.30pm.

The group is for people who have Asperger syndrome or high functioning autism. It tends to suit people who wish to socialise and have some ability/desire to converse/communicate with others.

We aim to be a supportive and inclusive group that is friendly and informal. It is just a safe space to be yourself and choose the level of interaction you are happy with. Some people like to chat a lot others find conversation harder and prefer to say less. Either way is absolutely fine. It can be a little hectic at times as the group is popular and tends to attract about 25 people in total.

Usually there are about 20 people with Asperger syndrome/high functioning autism who attend, friends, guests, partners, parents, some volunteers, as well as Andrew Powell.

We sit around a few tables in the back room of the Commercial Rooms (the room is in the left hand corner of the pub if you enter by the front doors). Some people get a meal and a drink; others prefer to just have a drink - alcoholic or otherwise.

You may be asked a few friendly questions by the existing members and volunteers to help you feel at ease. There is no formal structure - it is just a chance to talk to other people about their day to day experiences, interests, hobbies, things you like doing, news, what's on, work, films, sport, TV,  anything you wish to discuss really!  However there is no pressure to talk at all if you do not wish to. You may prefer to just listen in to conversations.
hello@bristolaspergersocialgroup.org.uk

You may wish to stay for the whole two hours or just come for half an hour on the first occasion it is completely up to you and whatever makes you feel most comfortable, as we are aware that socialising can be difficult for people on the autism spectrum.

The Bristol Asperger Social Group meets every second Tuesday of each month between 7.30pm and 9.30pm. We meet in the back room of the Commercial Rooms (Wetherspoons) pub 
43-45 Corn Street
Bristol BS1 1HT

We use the back room of the pub. To find the back room walk in and head towards the far left hand corner of the pub.

Come in and join the friendly company. Andrew Powell is the group facilitator and is usually at each month's event so ask anyone where Andrew is, or just talk to anyone in the group as everyone is friendly.

There are usually about 20 people attending each month to chat about life and whatever is on your mind. Most people have a diagnosis of Asperger syndrome or high functioning autism.
There is a new group for women who are autistic. It is best to access information about this exciting new group by using the Facebook link. The group has arranged a few meet ups already including the Botanic gardens. If you are a woman who is autistic have a look at the Facebook group. The link is:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/270530006619025/

 Bristol Autistic Girls Group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/270530006619025/

The Bristol Autism Spectrum Service
If you are an adult with autism you may wish to know about the Bristol Autism Spectrum Service. It operates to offer low level support and advice across Bristol, Bath, North Somerset and South Glos. There are opportunities to access support phone 01275 796204 or awp.bass@nhs.net for more information. They also run  a cinema/film group and a bowling and pool group. To find out about the these groups simply join the mailing list - http://eepurl.com/KPukH
The main website is www.awp.nhs.net/bass
Join the BASS mailing list to find out about cinema and pool/bowling group and loads of other news and info autism related...

http://eepurl.com/KPukH
 

Diverse returns on 28 March...!!
Do you wish to have a slot at the Open Mic? We are hoping that over next few months more people will get up and sing a song or recite a poem or read out a short story. If you would like a short slot to perform please let us know. Either Marie or Andrew or Ella.

Care Quality Commission advises people to take care when using online primary care services

 

Our inspections of some companies providing online primary care have found significant concerns about patient safety.

Well-run services can offer a convenient and effective form of treatment, but inspectors found services that were putting patients at risk of harm by selling medicines without doing enough to check they were appropriate. We are publishing reports from two urgent inspections today - in both cases the providers have stopped providing services in England.

Professor Steve Field, Chief Inspector of General Practice, said: “As with conventional GP surgeries, online companies and pharmacies are required to provide safe, high-quality and compassionate care and must adhere to exactly the same standards. They must not cut corners.”

Following a review of all online services registered with us we have brought forward our inspection programme. We have prioritised inspections of services we think may present a significant risk to patients.

Today we have:

·         Published advice for people considering using an online doctor.

·         Issued a joint statement with the General Medical Council, the General Pharmaceutical Council, and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency to remind clinicians and service providers that they must continue to follow professional guidelines.

·         Published information on how we inspect and regulate digital primary care providers.

 

You can find more information here - http://www.cqc.org.uk/content/choosing-online-healthcare-service

 

Samuel Wallace

Senior Regional Public Engagement and Involvement Officer

Care Quality Commission (CQC)
CQC | 151 Buckingham Palace Road | London | SW1W 9SZ

E-mail: samuel.wallace@cqc.org.uk

Tel: 07747455180

Web: www.cqc.org.uk Twitter

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AGM & CAKE DECORATING WORKSHOP

* For parents and Carers *

Date: 15th March 2017

Time: 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Venue: Cotham School, Cotham Lawn Road,
Cotham, Bristol, BS6 6DT


Booking essential - to book a place,
Email: nasbristolbranch@nas.org.uk

 

Parents and Carers are invited to join us for our Annual General Meeting (AGM) followed by a fun cake decorating workshop.

We will be given a cake decorating master-class where we learn some new techniques and get crafty with cupcakes.

The cake decorating workshop will be provided by The Custom Cake Shop
http://www.customcakeclasses.com/

This is an amazing opportunity to meet other parents, carers and relatives of autistic children and a chance to have some fun as we get inventive with icing and show off our super sugar craft skills!

The best bit . . . you get to eat / keep your cupcake creations!

Before the cake decorating, we will take some time to go through the official business of the AGM. The AGM is a short meeting where Bristol Branch share what we have been doing this past 12 months. We will briefly share our annual reports and take a few minutes to elect a new committee who will take Bristol Branch forward this coming year.

Do join us for a wonderful evening - hope to see you all there!

Cotham school have kindly offered to provide tea, coffee, biscuits and cake (so much cake!).

http://www.cotham.bristol.sch.uk/

This will be a fun evening, but it also gives you all the chance to see what NAS Bristol have been up to this past year, view our annual reports (including financial reports) and have a say in how the Bristol Branch of the NAS is run in the future. Be sure to come along, learn about the group and have your say about the groups future - this is your NAS!

Hope to see you there!

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A Bristol University Student is requesting interviews with families who have a child/ren with SEND.  In her dissertation she is exploring the effect inclusion or exclusion in society of children with SEND has on family relationships.
 

If you would like to contribute to this research please contact her directly using the link below.

Disability Rights UK E-Newsletter 6 March 2017

 

Our free newsletter keeps you up to date with the work we do and the work of our members.

Disability Rights UK news

Why restrictions on Personal Independence Payment should not go ahead: In her latest blog, DR UK CEO Liz Sayce says that proposed changes to PIP are bad news for disabled people, both because of the financial cost and the knock-on effects on other outcomes that the Government is explicitly aiming to address. Read her blog and find out more about PIP changes

 

Get your MP to sign these motions to annul new PIP and ESA changes regulations: Two Early Day Motions (EDM) have been tabled aimed at cancelling the recently introduced ESA and PIP regulations. If enough MPs sign these EDMs the regulations will be debated and voted on. The process takes 5 minutes as all MPs have email. Find out more and find your MP

DR UK, together with other disability organisations, has signed an open letter calling for a government rethink on ESA cuts.

 

Benefit cap inquiry launched – your thoughts wanted: The Work and Pensions Committee has launched an inquiry into the benefit cap and how it affects British households. Disability Rights UK will be responding to this consultation and would welcome information from anyone on how they or their family are affected by the cap and how it has affected your job prospects. Find out more

 

Disability Rights UK seeks industrial strategy that includes disabled people: The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has issued a consultation on an industrial strategy. In the context of what is happening to reductions in welfare spending and in back to work support it is vital that disabled people are not excluded from the economic policy designed to grow businesses and generate. The consultation runs until April 17th. Please can you send us your comments by March 27th 2017. Find out more

 

EASS Equality Hour: Want to know how the Equality Act works when accessing services? Join @EASShelpline and @DisRightsUK for #equalityhour 2-3pm 7 March.

 

Members, projects and partners

Gearing up for ‘I Can Make It Exchange’: We’ve begun sending out invitations for our flagship event ‘I Can Make It Exchange’, to be held on Monday 27th March. Find out more

 

Get Yourself Active: Taking part in physical activity, whether going for a walk or playing wheelchair basketball, can benefit you in a number of ways. Not only are there physical health benefits such as weight loss and improved balance, but exercising can help improve mental health, confidence and independence, and your sense of being part of the community or a team and more. Don’t believe us? Read from our variety of personal experience blogs

 

Tell Us About Your Care partnership: The Care Quality Commission (CQC) want more, older people, and their families and friends to share their experiences of health and social care. They are running the ‘Worked up? Speak up‘ campaign from 6 March. If you have feedback about you or your loved ones care, they want you to tell them about it, good or bad. By telling CQC about your experiences, you could stop poor care happening to someone else. Find out more

 

Fundraising, publications, courses

 

Workplace Pensions seminars and webinar: The Pensions Regulator and Disability Rights UK are holding free seminars on the Workplace Pension, in England, and Wales, in March 2017. We are also hosting a workplace pensions automatic enrolment webinar, for professionals supporting the care sector on 22 March 2.30pm-3.30pm.

 

Don’t know your ESA from your PIP? Confused by the range of benefits and tax credits? Why not come on our Benefits Overview course, to be held on Wednesday 17 May 2017.

 

Wheelchair users can now book an Uber in London using the app with UberWAV: The WAV (wheelchair accessible vehicle) option is designed for wheelchair users travelling within zones 1-4 in London who require an affordable, reliable and safe travel option.  Find out more and get £15 off your first WAV or ASSIST ride.

 

Other news

Housing for disabled people: have your say: The Equality and Human Rights Commission want to hear from disabled people and relevant organisations in England, Scotland and Wales. EHRC wants to understand whether the availability of accessible and adaptable housing, and the support services around it, fulfils disabled people’s rights to live independently. Find out more

 

Transport for all want to hear about your experience of Turn Up and Go assistance: They have produced a survey for you to complete, which closes 31st March 2017. 

 

Hidden Disabilities Workshop: The Department for Transport is developing an Accessibility Action Plan which will set out specific commitments by the Government for improving access to transport for disabled people. They are currently considering the challenges faced by those with hidden disabilities when they travel. They would like to invite you to a one-day workshop to be held in London on Thursday 30th March 2017. Find out more

 

Disclaimer: Please note that inclusion of information in this newsletter does not imply endorsement of products, campaigns or services by Disability Rights UK. Disability Rights UK is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Keep up to date with what we do: Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @DisRightsUK  or subscribe to our news feed

 

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Teenage Life courses for the year 2017 for children with an autism diagnosis and aged between 9 and 18 years

Next Evening Support Group

Come and join us at our Quarterly Evening Support Group Meeting which runs from 6.30 - 8.30pm on Tuesday 14th March.

Dear Parent Carers,

The Quarterly Evening Support Group Meeting is open to all parent carers but is particularly aimed at parents who are occupied during the day and unable to attend our daytime sessions on a Wednesday.


There'll be all the usual things parent carers value including:

  • Meet others and share experiences
  • Get advice, information and support
  • Have your say about services
  • Relax with a 15 minute therapy session
  • Participate in art/crafts or movement activities
  • Enjoy some refreshments
PLEASE REGISTER: email (rosie@bristolparentcarers.org.uk ),
call (0117 939 6645 Ext. 204), or text (07914 320540).
 

The meeting will be held at:-
Phoenix Social Enterprise
5 Russell Town Avenue
Redfield
Bristol
BS5 9LT
and is on Tuesday 14th March from 6.30pm - 8.30pm.

Travel and childcare costs will be reimbursed with receipts.
Free car park, Buses: 6 and 7 outside, 36, 36a, 42-45 nearby, Lawrence Hill railway station and Bristol/Bath cycle path nearby.

Hope to see you on then!

Maria - Bristol Parent Carers Facilitator
& Judy - Carers Support Centre Support Worker

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Monthly Art Workshops for Children and Young Adults with Learning Disabilities

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Understanding Young Minds | Talking about mental resilience and self-harm

Understanding young minds

 

Unfortunately more children are resorting to self-harm as a response to the pressures of growing up. With 60% of parents reporting they feel uncomfortable discussing self-harm with their children, thousands of children could be suffering in silence.

To help parents we're launching a completely free online course next week that provides information on how to sensitively talk to your children about self-harm and tactics for increasing mental resilience.

Before then, take a look at our free resource pack that includes information and statistics about parental communication and self-harm.

Read more

DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE RESOURCE PACK

 

With 21 years' experience and over 2.5 million online learners, we are proud to have recently been voted 'Learning technologies supplier of the year 2016-17'.

 

 

Virtual College 
Email: replies@virtual-college.co.uk
Tel: 01943 885085

Registered Office: Marsel House, Stephensons Way, Ilkley, LS29 8DD
Reg No: 3052439

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Just a reminder the very fabulous and fun Diverse night is this coming Tuesday...
Diverse - Bristol Asperger Social Group
28th Feb 2017 - Diverse at basement 45
7pm - 10pm
Please note there will be a £2 admission fee for this evening from now on just so we can pay for the costs of putting the event on 

 

Bristol Asperger Social Group

 

Bristol Autistic Girls Group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/270530006619025/

There is a new group for women who are autistic. It is best to access information about this exciting new group by using the Facebook link. The group has arranged a few meet ups already including the Botanic gardens. If you are a woman who is autistic have a look at the Facebook group. The link is:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/270530006619025/

The Bristol Autism Spectrum Service

If you are an adult with autism you may wish to know about the Bristol Autism Spectrum Service. It operates to offer low level support and advice across Bristol, Bath, North Somerset and South Glos. There are opportunities to access support phone 01275 796204 or awp.bass@nhs.net for more information. They also run  a cinema/film group and a bowling and pool group. To find out about the these groups simply join the mailing list - http://eepurl.com/KPukH
The main website is www.awp.nhs.net/bass 

Join the BASS mailing list to find out about cinema and pool/bowling group and loads of other news and info autism related...

http://eepurl.com/KPukH

Government announces change to Personal Independence Payment entitlement rules

 

Friday 24th February 2017

 

Yesterday the government made a surprise announcement that it is changing the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) rules. The change will mean that fewer people will be able to get this benefit.

The new rules they are introducing will:

 

  • Make it harder for people with mental health problems to qualify for the mobility component.
  • Make it harder for people to qualify for PIP who don't get therapy but who instead need help to both manage their medication and monitor their health condition.

 

The government has decided to act following two recent Upper Tribunal decisions.

In decision [2016] UKUT 531 (AAC), the Upper Tribunal said that entitlement to PIP mobility on the basis of being unable to follow a journey was not restricted to those with learning difficulties or sensory impairments, but also covered those who had problems in reliably following a journey due to overwhelming psychological distress.

In [2016] UKUT 0530 (AAC), the Upper Tribunal found that where someone needed substantial help both to take medication and to monitor their condition, this should be considered as support to 'manage therapy' allowing them to get more points under the PIP rules.

The changes to the PIP rules that the government are introducing will effectively reverse both of these Upper Tribunal decisions.

 

The new regulations will come into force on the 16th March. The government says that the changes will only apply to new awards after that date and will not lead to any existing awards being reduced.

 

Related information

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The Family Hope Center : live Q&A Webinar on 27th January 2017, 7-9PM

 

 

 

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HELP!!! An Alien is on the roof...

 

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Listen to the song or play activities that help reinforce counting from one to five. Click a mouse, touch the screen or press a switch (Spacebar or Enter) to play the song or count along a number line.

You can also play Five Superboys online

 

 

 

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Health & Social Care e-bulletin February 2017

New volunteers for CarersLine
We have 8 new volunteers on our advice line, helping us respond to more carers. Find out more here.

Carers can complete an online contact form to get in touch with CarersLine at any time with any questions and concerns. We will respond to them within one working day. They can contact us here.

20 years of Carers Support Centre
This year we celebrate our 20 year anniversary; and we will be hosting a number of awareness raising and fundraising events. Find out more here.

Funding news
We are pleased to report that we have secured funding to continue our young carers and learning difficulties support services. Find out more here

Carers activity groups
Carers are invited to come along to Carers Book Club, which is coming up soon on 21st February. Find out details for our numerous carers support and activity groups here.

More discounts with Carers Emergency Card
Carers can use their Carers Emergency Card when doing their shopping. Discounts and offers for card holders are available in shops and businesses in many areas across Bristol and South Gloucestershire - and now there are even more in the Gloucester Road area. Find out more here.

'No such thing as retirement for older carers'
A new report from Carers Trust highlights some of the challenges older people are facing. According to the report, there are more than 1.8 million unpaid carers aged over 60 who may never retire. Find out more here.

Bristol Telephone counselling service
Carers Support Centre is piloting a new telephone counselling service aimed at carers aged 50 and over in Bristol, in partnership with Dhek Bhal. This is funded through Bristol Ageing Better. Find out more here.

New ‘check-in’ service
When carers are out at work they can still be worrying about the person they care for at home. Carers Support Centre is offering a new ‘check-in’ service with trained volunteers who will call the person they care for to check they are OK. Find out more here.

Bristol carers open meeting: 29th March
Bristol carers are invited to tell us what support they need for their own wellbeing and learn about Bristol Ageing Better. This is also a great way for carers to stay up to date on all the latest developments in health and social care services. Find out more here.

Recycle printer cartridges and phones
We can send your old printer inkjet cartridges and mobile phones away to be recycled – and we’ll get cash donations! Support the work we're doing by dropping them into the Vassall Centre between 8-5pm Mon-Fri. Find out more here.

Training courses and workshops for carers
Upcoming training includes: dementia, well-being, and power of attorney and wills. All our training is free. Find out more here.

Join our lottery
For as little as £1 a month, you could win one of five cash prizes up for grabs each month: and support our work too!  Find out more here.

Supporting carers into paid employment
This new 3-year project aims to support carers aged 16 and over to address the barriers that inhibit access to formal training and employment. Find out more here.

Young Carers Awareness Day 2017 'When I Grow Up' film
Young Carers Voice members made this film for Young Carers Awareness Day 2017, which focuses on ‘Aspirations’. The film has been sent to local schools. Watch it here.
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Tel: 0117 939 2562
Email: info@carerssupportcentre.org.uk
Carersline: 0117 965 2200

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Exciting Opportunities

For You and Yours!

Dear parent carers, supporters and friends,

Hi there! It's the last weekend of the half-term - not sure if that makes you happy or sad?! So make yourself a cuppa, put your feet up, and read all about some exciting opportunities for you and yours!

Thanks and best wishes,
Caroline Temple-Bird, Chair, Bristol Parent Carers


Want a paid job as the Council's Local Offer Officer?
Job Advert out now - Closing Date 28th Feb 2017
Contact: Bristol City Council via the job advert

If you recall Bristol Parent Carers worked with the Council to develop the Findability website so that all the information that parent carers need would be in one place. Then we worked with them again to make Findability the site for Bristol's Local Offer. The first Local Offer Officer was the dynamic parent carer Nakita Singh (a former BPC rep!) who has worked wonders with the site to make it more user-friendly, informative and responsive  - click here to view Findability..

Now Nakita has been promoted, and the Council wants to replace her - preferably with another parent carer who understands our needs. So if you're creative and want to continue the good development work already started - look here for the job advert (scroll to the bottom of the first page) and apply! 

The post involves linking with BCC staff, parent/carers, young people, NHS organisations, and voluntary sector organisations, to develop and deliver the Local Offer, and the SEND reforms in Bristol.
 
Have a child under 5 who uses a wheelchair? 
Try out a fun Wizzybug on loan!
Contact email: fionacromwell@designability.org.uk

The charity Designability loan out fun, powered wheelchairs called Wizzybugs to disabled children under 5. They designed them when they realised that there was little in the way of suitable powered mobility for this age group. They fundraise so that families do not have to cover the cost of having one for as long as their son or daughter will benefit. 

Perhaps your child could get a lot of independence, confidence and freedom of movement from a Wizzybug! They are available for children aged 14 months – 5 years old who have limited or no mobility. So far, they have gone to boys and girls with disabilities such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida and spinal muscular atrophy, as well as to children who have amputations following an illness.

More information about how to get one is available on their website http://www.wizzybug.org.uk or parents can call Fiona Cromwell on 01225 824103 or email wizzybug@designability.org.uk.

Have a child/young person who uses a residential special school or college
Respond to Christine Lenehan's call for evidence by 17 March 2017
Respond by email to: Lenehan.Review@education.gov.uk 

Dame Christine Lenehan’s Review into the care and treatment of children and young people with complex needs (and behaviour that challenges) involving mental health problems and learning disabilities and/or autism has just been published. The full report can be found here http://bit.ly/2kj0XTs. The review, called These Are Our Children, is calling for urgent action at a national level to prevent these children being institutionalised at an early age, at huge cost to the taxpayer and with low ambitions for improving their lives. 

In response to one of her recommendations, the Minister for Vulnerable Children and Families, Edward Timpson, has asked Dame Christine Lenehan to also conduct another independent review looking at the outcomes and experiences of children and young people attending residential special schools and colleges

Dame Christine has launched a call for evidence and is asking for contributions from a wide range of people including parents and carers. The call for evidence is available here: https://consult.education.gov.uk/special-educational-needs-and-disability-division/lenehan-review/Please focus on answers to the following questions:

  • How did you find the process of getting a residential place?
  • Are you happy with your child's residential placement?
  • Are you supported to keep in touch with your child?
  • What outcomes would you like to see from this placement?

Have a child/teenager with ASD?
Here's a chance to join a youth club
Contact email: cristina.imaguire@nas.org.uk

The National Autistic Society Out of School Clubs provide a safe environment where children and young people on the autistic spectrum can come and develop friendships, try out activities and have fun. Their clubs are run by an experienced project leader and supported by a team of trained volunteers - please see this leaflet for eligibility, locations and timings.

Activities include cooking, sports and craft nights as well as trips out to the cinema or for a meal.  Each club has its own timetable of activities and children and young people are supported to take part and socialise. However free play opportunities are also offered to encourage children and young people to learn how to cope with unstructured play and to develop social skills with peers. All sessions are supervised by staff and volunteers - here is a poster for your young person..

There are still a few places available in all groups, and parents can self-refer or ask questions by contacting Cristina Imaguire by email or on Tel: 07771 808247.

Want to go cycling - all ages and abilities?
Bristol Family Cycling Centre, Hengrove, has the inclusive facilities to help you
View at: www.betterbybike.info/familycyclingcentre

The Bristol Family Cycling Centre has a wide range of all-abilities bikes and adult and child two-wheelers available to use and cycling instructors on hand to assist - see this leaflet. Every month it holds an Inclusive Cycling Session for disabled users to cycle with family and friends, on a Saturday afternoon between 1.30 and 3.30 - see their website for dates.
 
They also have a full timetable of sessions during the holidays. Many of these sessions – particularly the open sessions – are designed for disabled users and those with learning difficulties. The timetables are on their website. For more information, you can call the Centre on 01275 832800.

Have a young person 16-25 years old?
New social opportunity - first Phab club night on Tues 21st Feb from 7:30pm to 9:30pm 
Contact email: phab@bristolphab.org

Phab is a national charity that organises social events for children and adults of all ages and abilities, transforms the lifes of disabled people, and changes attitudes towards disability - see its website www.phab.org.uk. Now University of Bristol student committee members have set up a Phab here. They are inviting people with disabilities aged 16-25 years to come along and have fun with Bristol University students of the same age, in an inclusive environment. There will be a diverse programme of activities such as film nights, arts and crafts or quizzes
and games. Of course, siblings and friends in the same age range are also welcome.

The first club night will be on Tuesday 21st February from 7:30pm to 9:30pm at the University of Bristol Multi-faith Chaplaincy, where activities planned include a quiz, making pancakes, board games and colouring. From there on the club will be fortnightly during University term time (7th and 21st March, 25th April, 9th May).

The University of Bristol students are very excited to start this club, and are keen to know who is interested in coming along. Please email them to show interest or ask any questions, and they can supply you with further information.

Have a young person/adult who may feel vulnerable when they go out and about?
Check out the Safe Places Scheme - also give your views by 24th February 
Contact: Andreas Mueller (Avon and Somerset Police Headquarters) Tel 01275 814856 ext 54856 

Did you know that Avon and Somerset Police run a Safe Places Scheme which helps vulnerable people deal with any incident that takes place while they are out and about? Individual members of the scheme carry an “I need help” card with the details of a trusted contact. If they need help when they are out and about, they can go to any shop, business or other location that displays the Safe Place sticker on their window. By showing their card to Safe Place staff, they will get help - for more details and a map of Safe Places see their website.

Currently Avon and Somerset police are trying to improve the Safe Places scheme and would like some feedback from people that are likely to use it. They are looking at the publicity, application form, card, and other materials used in the scheme. Take a look at their consultation pack here and tell them your thoughts and ideas using this online survey by 24th Feb 2017.

North Bristol Support Group

Join us on Wednesday  22nd February

Time: 10.30am - 12.30pm

Dear Parent Carers,

                                
 
Are you a parent or guardian caring for a child with special needs, disabilities or life limiting conditions - living in Bristol?

Then  join Judy, Maria ,Tanya and John at our support group  on Wednesday 22nd February at :-

169th Brentry Scout Group Scout Hut

Tranmere Avenue
Brentry
BS10 7JN


There is a free car park and buses 1,2,4 and 76 stop nearby

As with our Central Support Group, it is run on a drop-in basis, so there is no need to book or plan ahead

There'll also be all the usual things parent carers value including:
- Light refreshments
- Craft activities or movement activities
- A free complimentary therapy session
- Reimbursement of travel and childcare costs (with receipts)
- A quiet, safe space to meet and chat with other parent carers


Advance 2017 Dates for your diary are:-
 22nd March, 26th April,24th May, 21st June, 19th July, 20th September, 18th October, 15th November, 13th December

We've also got every date for the Central Support Group available for you, too:
Advance 2017 diary dates are:-
 1st March, 5th April,10th May, 7th June, 5th July, 6th September, 4th October, 1st November, 29th December
Central Support Group Meetings are held at Phoenix Social Enterprise, 5 Russell Town Avenue, BS5 9LT

Hope to see you on the 22nd
Maria, Judy, Tanya, John

Would you like to be the next Local Offer Officer? 

 

Hello all,

 

As you may know I have moved on from my role as Local Offer Officer to become a SEND Operational Development and Planning Manager within Annette Jones’ Specialist Education and Access Team (SEAT).

 

Excitingly we’re looking for a new Local Offer Officer to carry on the good work.  Wouldn’t it be fabulous if it could be another parent carer or a disabled young person?

 

Take a look at the Local Offer Officer advert.

 

The deadline is quick (28/02/2017) but if you or anyone you know is interested and would like a chat feel free to get in contact with me.

 

Thanks,

 

Nakita Singh

 

SEND Operational Development and Planning Manager

Specialist Education and Access Team

People Directorate

Bristol City Council

nakita.singh@bristol.gov.uk

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Computer/Digital Skills for Work - Avonmouth Community Centre - starts 28/2

FREE Paediatric First Aid course - Brentry

Sing into Spring! Choir opportunities in South Bristol

 
 
A voice for young people in the future of their services

Consultation is now starting on the Targeted Youth Services for Children and Young People in Bristol programme, which will replace Bristol Youth Links next year, and young people are playing a critical role in shaping their new services.

A group of children and young people receiving support from LPW has gone to City Hall and four are now acting as young commissioners. They'll be involved in fortnightly meetings as the consultation progresses and helping provide the end-user's perspective on how they'd like the final services to look.

Raising aspirations

Encouraging young people to think positively about their futures and how they can realise their potential is one of LPW's core goals and we were delighted to support the Bristol Metropolitan Academy's Raising Aspirations Careers Event at UWE.

A number of our Engagement Workers presented to dozens of Year 9 and 10 students from across the city. Rolls Royce, Airbus, DAC Beachcroft, the NHS and Bristol City Football Club were just some of the businesses and organisations showcasing the opportunities available to young people. 

For LPW, it's an important chance to fire up young ambition and show that with the right attitude and commitment, young people can look forward to truly fulfilling future lives.

Cleaning up our communities 

We're always keen to involve children and young people in their local communities, giving them a sense of belonging and pride in where they live.  A really good way of achieving this is litter clean-ups and these have always been encouragingly popular, helping change the way younger community members are perceived in their neighbourhoods.

LPW's now working with the 
Dings Community Association in the inner city with a monthly community clean-up, bringing along children and young people to help tackle what's been a growing rubbish eyesore. Cold and wet as it was, our first Sunday brought out five young people and a number of local residents to tackle litter spoiling the local cycle track and a local park. We'll also be helping on a number of small gardening projects to help keep on top of the parks and green spaces in the area.

Case Study: An LPW mentor to help change bad behaviour

His parents separated four years ago, but C was still badly affected. While generally well-mannered and ambitious for a career as a mechanic, he was behaving aggressively at school, trying to look and behave 'hard' in a bid to avoid the bullies plaguing him. 

After C was referred  to LPW, his Engagement Worker pursued three of the young man's biggest challenges, focusing on his home life, school and issues around his appearance. He suggested C stay with his grandparents during the week, cutting down on the conflicts with his mother, who has problems with alcohol. He took C to a meeting at school, which helped result in C being handpicked to join his Head of Year's prized English class. To support C around his appearance issues, his LPW Engagement Worker started taking him to Teen Fit sessions and the gym.

The turnaround in C's life has been dramatic. He's doing well at school, shedding his bad-boy image and succeeding in lessons. His self-esteem and confidence have improved, along with his attitude and anger management.

"I cannot believe I thought I was being hard in school when I was misbehaving, shouting, swearing and bunking lessons. What an idiot. It would be nice if you could continue working with me regarding my family issues." - C

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Is your young person transitioning to Adult Social Care?

 

Just to let you know about a free Care Act workshop in Bristol on Thursday the 16th of March. It’ll be led by our former manager Rhianon Gale, in conjunction with Inclusion North and National Valuing Families Forum. Please share with any families whose child is transitioning to adult social care – or anyone else who might be interested.

http://inclusionnorth.org/our-work/events/march-2017/care-act-bristol/

Thank you and all the best,

Kelly Jones
Family Carer Supporter

0117 906 1751

Free support line: 0808 801 0448

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Bristol Asperger Social Group
Tuesday 14th February 2017  - pub group

 

The pub night of the Bristol Asperger Social Group is on 14th February 2017 at the Commercial Rooms
7.30pm-9.30pm

The Bristol Asperger Social Group
The pub group meets 2nd Tuesday of the month at the Commercial Rooms 43-45 Corn Street in Bristol BS1 1HT. The group is there between 7.30-9.30pm.

The group is for people who have Asperger syndrome or high functioning autism. It tends to suit people who wish to socialise and have some ability/desire to converse/communicate with others.

We aim to be a supportive and inclusive group that is friendly and informal. It is just a safe space to be yourself and choose the level of interaction you are happy with. Some people like to chat a lot others find conversation harder and prefer to say less. Either way is absolutely fine. It can be a little hectic at times as the group is popular and tends to attract about 25 people in total.


Please note - Andrew Powell is the group facilitator but he will not be there on the 14th February nor will Marie.

Usually there are about 20 people with Asperger syndrome/high functioning autism who attend, friends, guests, partners, parents, some volunteers, as well as Andrew Powell.

We sit around a few tables in the back room of the Commercial Rooms (the room is in the left hand corner of the pub if you enter by the front doors). Some people get a meal and a drink; others prefer to just have a drink - alcoholic or otherwise.

You may be asked a few friendly questions by the existing members and volunteers to help you feel at ease. There is no formal structure - it is just a chance to talk to other people about their day to day experiences, interests, hobbies, things you like doing, news, what's on, work, films, sport, TV,  anything you wish to discuss really!  However there is no pressure to talk at all if you do not wish to. You may prefer to just listen in to conversations.
hello@bristolaspergersocialgroup.org.uk

You may wish to stay for the whole two hours or just come for half an hour on the first occasion it is completely up to you and whatever makes you feel most comfortable, as we are aware that socialising can be difficult for people on the autism spectrum.

The Bristol Asperger Social Group meets every second Tuesday of each month between 7.30pm and 9.30pm. We meet in the back room of the Commercial Rooms (Wetherspoons) pub 
43-45 Corn Street
Bristol BS1 1HT

We use the back room of the pub. To find the back room walk in and head towards the far left hand corner of the pub.

Come in and join the friendly company. Andrew Powell is the group facilitator and is usually at each month's event so ask anyone where Andrew is, or just talk to anyone in the group as everyone is friendly.

There are usually about 20 people attending each month to chat about life and whatever is on your mind. Most people have a diagnosis of Asperger syndrome or high functioning autism.

 

Bristol Asperger Social Group

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Bristol Autistic Girls Group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/270530006619025/

There is a new group for women who are autistic. It is best to access information about this exciting new group by using the Facebook link. The group has arranged a few meet ups already including the Botanic gardens. If you are a woman who is autistic have a look at the Facebook group. The link is:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/270530006619025/

The Bristol Autism Spectrum Service

If you are an adult with autism you may wish to know about the Bristol Autism Spectrum Service. It operates to offer low level support and advice across Bristol, Bath, North Somerset and South Glos. There are opportunities to access support phone 01275 796204 or awp.bass@nhs.net for more information. They also run  a cinema/film group and a bowling and pool group. To find out about the these groups simply join the mailing list - http://eepurl.com/KPukH
The main website is www.awp.nhs.net/bass

Join the BASS mailing list to find out about cinema and pool/bowling group and loads of other news and info autism related...
http://eepurl.com/KPukH

 

Diverse the Bristol Asperger Social Group music evening at Basement 45 club!
The next Diverse night will probably be towards the end of February. Marie has joined the Bristol Asperger Social Group and has started up a new evening of music and quizzes at a nightclub called Basement 45.
The next Diverse night will be later in  February and we shall advertise it shortly so look out in your next email!!
She is also able to arrange DJ lessons if you are interested.

hello@bristolaspergersocialgroup.org.uk 

Summer Holiday Day Trips with Caroline Jenkins at Bridge Learning Campus

 

This summer just as I have done over the past 2 years I am running some trips again during the first 2 weeks of the summer holidays.

 

The trips I am planning to run are listed below. If you and your  family and friends would like to join us please let me know so that I can book you a place. 

 

Date

Destination

ApproxPrice per adult

Number of Adult Tickets

ApproxPrice per child

Number of Child Tickets

Friday 21st July

Harry Potter World

£55.00

 

£45.00

 

Monday 24th July

Drayton Manor – Zoo and theme park

£34.00

 

£32.00

 

Weds 26th July

Cadbury World

£24.00

 

£22.00

 

Friday 28th July

Monkey World

£20.50

 

£17.50

 

Monday 31st Jul

St Fagan’s Welsh Folk National History Museum

£10.00

 

£10.00

 

Weds 2nd Aug

Weymouth

£11.00

 

£11.00

 

Friday 4th Aug

London

£15.00

 

£15.00

 

 

cjenkins@tilacademies.co.uk

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FREE NAS Stay and Play session- this half term- Saturday 18th February- Southmead Adventure Playground

Latest Let's All Play Dates Feb-Apr 2017

Dear friends and colleagues

Bristol City Council’s Corporate Strategy proposes budget savings from its provision of Community Links.  This Council-run service consists of providing day services from three Community Links buildings (North, South & Central), each with a locally based Community Links drop in service.   The client group is people with learning difficulties, physical and sensory impairments and older people with dementia. 

Whilst no decisions have yet been made, a review of these services has started to explore potential options for changing and developing the service in the context of a reduced budget.   The Council are working from now until April to co-design ideas and thinking about the future of the services, with plans going out for a formal consultation period following this. 

The Council is keen to hear from anyone that may be interested in or involved in the current or future service – particularly to understand what is most valued and essential from the current service delivery, as well as potential future opportunities for individuals, communities and partners that could access services.  The contact is Emily Hewitt, Senior Project Manager for Community Links emily.hewitt@bristol.gov.uk

Regards and best wishes

Sue Brazendale, Development Officer, Health and Social Care
Part time worker, usually working Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays

Bristol Family Cycling Centre Latest Sessions

 

The Bristol Family Cycling Centre at Hengrove is holding its next monthly Saturday afternoon inclusive cycling session for disabled users to cycle with family and friends on February 18 between 1.30 and 3.30. As many of you will know, we have a wide range of all-abilities bikes and adult and child two-wheelers available to use and cycling instructors on hand to assist.

 

I would be grateful if you would let your organisation/family and friends know. There is more about our location and prices on our website (www.betterbybike.info/familycyclingcentre) and on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/familycyclingcentre).

 

Click below to find a simple and a leaflet with further information.

 

We also have a full timetable of sessions during the half-term holidays. Many of these sessions – particularly the open sessions – are designed for disabled users and those with learning difficulties. The timetable is on our website.

 

We look forward to seeing you at the Cycling Centre.

 

Emma

 

Emma Barraclough

Community Active Travel Officer, Bristol Family Cycling Centre

Sustainable Transport, Place Directorate

0117 357 6254 (City Hall)

01275 832800 (Cycling Centre)

07894 207310 (mobile)

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Following on from Safer Internet Day, below is a useful leaflet to help keep children and young people safe.

Welfare Rights Training

***New event added on completing effective benefit forms***

Please book promptly as without a minimum number of bookings six weeks prior to each event they are at risk being cancelled.

22nd March: Non-EEA Nationals - How immigration status affects benefits

7th April: Universal Credit - one step further

26th April: EEA Nationals - How the main residence test operates within benefits


11th May: Personal Independence Payments - re-considerations and appeals

17th May: Completing effective application forms for disability related benefits 

For course content please see our website. A booking form must be completed to secure your place. Booking forms in pdf on our website or e-mail for a word version. All our training takes place in Bristol city centre. 
 

*Please note: a 10% discount is available for people who book for both 22nd March and 26th April before 14th February (this offer is not available for any other event). Please e-mail for more information. 

Copyright © 2017 ACFA, All rights reserved.
You are receiving this e-mail because you are on the ACFA Training mailing list.
Our mailing address is:
C/O Talking Money, 1 Hide Market, West Street, Bristol, BS2 0BH

Goals Beyond Grass Powerchair Football

 

We have had an email from Goals Beyond Grass concerning the very exciting formation of a powerchair football team! This is an extremely inclusive sport and is open to all people with a disability. Please have a look at the information below and contact Patrick Cleal if you would like to give it a try.

 

Future Training Dates:

 

Date – Saturday 11th Feb 2017

Venue – City Academy Sports Centre Bristol – BS5 9JH

Time – 10am – 11am

 

Date – Saturday 4th March 2017

Venue – City Academy Sports Centre Bristol – BS5 9JH

Time – 10am – 11am

 

 

(these session are followed by an Cheltenham & SW AllStar Trial Session – so will be a good opportunity to meet lots of other players)

 

Some important things to remember about Powerchair Football:

 

You don’t need expensive equipment to try it – (We have chairs, hoists, balls and training kit) all you need to be able to do is get to the venue!

 

Any disability, any gender, any age can play!

 

It is fun, sociable and your first session is free!!!!!

 

Best Regards

 

Patrick Cleal

General Manager

M: 07540357399

E:Patrick@goalsbeyondgrass.co.uk

 

Goals Beyond Grass is a registered charity registered in England & Wales – 1167624

 

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HelpKidzLearn Apps are now available as bundles at a discounted price.

ChooseIt! Education

This new bundle brings together three ready-made activity sets based on the BETT Award winning software from Inclusive Technology. The three ChooseIt! Apps, Literacy, Numeracy and Science between them contain 640 teacher designed activities offering a total of 14,000 pages of simple multiple choice activities. With their consistent presentation, clear language, switch accessibility and full audio support they are a valuable resource for children with special educational needs.

 

 

Big Bang Bundle

The two Apps offered in this bundle have been developed in conjunction with specialist teachers in the field of visual impairment. The activities in both have been specially designed for use with children with low vision, including those with cerebral visual impairments and complex needs. When combined with the high quality visual display of the iPad these Apps have been found to be an ideal way to help encourage users develop their use of vision.

The comprehensive menus make these Apps a powerful tool to help you assess visual preferences including direction and type of movement, colour combinations and understanding of simple images.

 

 

Counting Songs Bundle

The Counting Songs bundle brings together two of our popular Inclusive Apps. Counting Songs 1 is principally aimed at young children beginning to count to 5 and Counting Songs 2 has been aimed at older children who may still be working towards developing their counting skills from 1 to 5 but may prefer content more appropriate to their age. There is however plenty of fun for both groups in each App giving even more opportunities for learning in a structured and stimulating way.

Both Apps have been specifically designed to give additional support for those with special educational needs and learning difficulties. They provide for ease of access with clear contrasting graphics and catchy well recorded songs in a variety of musical styles. With single and two switch access options, they are ideal for individual use or with a group by linking your iPad to a larger display.

 

HKL Social Media

 

Contact Us

email info@helpkidzlearn.com

website www.helpkidzlearn.com

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Children’s cycle sport coaching sessions

11 February 2017

Bristol’s Family Cycling Centre are offering a course of six coached development sessions for riders aged 8-12. The sessions will run on six Saturday mornings between 10am and 11am on...

The post Children’s cycle sport coaching sessions appeared first on Better By Bike.

More events


 Children’s cycle sport coaching sessions • 11 February 2017

 Half-term events – Feb 2017 • 11 February 2017

 Portishead – Children’s Level 3 Bikeability Training • 14 February 2017

 Portishead – Children’s Level 3 Bikeability Training • 15 February 2017

 Children’s Bikeability Level 2 Holiday Course • 15 February 2017

 Childrens Advanced Bikeability Holiday course • 15 February 2017

 Portishead – Children’s Level 3 Bikeability Training • 16 February 2017

 The Sustainable Transport and Health Summit 2017 • 23 February 2017

 Bespoked Bristol 2017 • 07 April 2017

 Bristol to Paris Cycle Challenge 2017 • 28 April 2017
All Events

Share your love for cycling and WIN a set of bike lights.
Find out more, click here

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Tell us about your experiences of autism and processing time for TMI

 

In 2016 over 7,000 people completed our survey which we used to shape our Too Much Information campaign.  The findings from that survey supported us to show how crucial it is for the public to understand more about autism, and to make a film about autism which was seen by over 56 million people.

 

Now you’ve told us what you want the public to know, we want to know more about autistic people’s experiences and what you would like the public to change about their behaviour.  We particularly want to hear your experiences of needing extra time to process information and how the public’s understanding of this affects you. 

 

You can find the survey at: http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/AutisticTMI/

 

If you are a parent or carer to an autistic child or adult who is not able to complete the survey for themselves, we would like you to do so on their behalf.

 

Surveys make a difference. With what you told us in last year’s survey, we were also able to take these important messages about autism to BBC Breakfast, The Guardian and many other mainstream newspapers and websites and to start transforming public understanding of autism. Please help the second year of Too Much Information be just as impactful.

 

Please be sure to share this survey with autistic friends and family too.



Visit our website www.autism.org.uk
Follow us on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn

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Targeted Youth Services

 

The Draft Commissioning Plan for future Targeted Youth Services is now open for formal consultation until 27th April 2017.  This draft plan is aimed at potential providers and organisations.  A young people friendly version will be published after the Young Commissioners have finalised it next week.

The document, along with other related documents is available on the Bristol City Council (BCC) website (please see Related Documents section at the bottom of the webpage): https://bristol.citizenspace.com/people/targeted-youth-services-commissioning-plan/

 

You can book to attend the council consultation events at the links below:

Professionals’ event: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bcc-targeted-youth-services-professionals-consultation-event-tickets-31633889816

Young Person’s event:https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/have-your-say-bcc-targeted-youth-services-young-persons-event-tickets-31634514685

 

In addition to the consultation events you can also have your say via the online survey which is on the BCC consultation hub http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/TargetedYouthServices/
or through email byl@bristol.gov.uk:

 

Asma Ahmad 
Co-ordinator 
Children and Young People's Network 

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Half-term at the Family Cycling Centre


Come along to our drop in sessions this half-term: We have learn to ride sessions, bike club fun sessions for children who can already cycle, and bike fixing where mechanics will help children mend their own bikes.

We also have a bookable Bikeability Level 1 course, drop in open inclusive sessions for riders with disabilities to use our all-abilities bikes, and drop in confidence-boosting sessions for adult novice cyclists. More information about session types and prices and the full timetable here.
Cycling courses

There are Bikeability Level 1 courses on Saturday Feb 4 (1.30-3.30) and Tuesday Feb 14 (2-4). These are fun two-hour courses to teach basic bike handling skills to 7-10 year olds.
 
To book a place email us or call us on 01275 832800.

***We have just a handful of places left on our series of six cycle sports coaching sessions for 8-12 year olds, starting February 11. More information and booking here.***
Volunteer with us!

Many of our activities rely on volunteers, from helping out with sessions to assisting bike maintenance programmes and turning our land into attractive gardens, vegetable plots and sensory areas for users to enjoy. If you are able to help, please email us or call 01275 832800 for an informal chat.

We can also help with Duke Of Edinburgh's award sections (volunteering and bike maintenance skills) and offer work placements.
Cerebra Newsflash

Issue 1 2017

Hello and welcome to the first Cerebra Newsflash of 2017. This month we introduce our newLegal Directory, give advice on teenage sleep and head banging and tell you more about our Disabled Facilities Grants Project.

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our new legal directory

As a parent or carer of a disabled child you may need to seek legal help at some point for a whole host of reasons. We have started building a directory of legal firms that are supporters of Cerebra who understand and share our ethos.

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Sleep and Head Banging

Sleep and Head Banging

Head banging is just one of the issues that our Sleep Practitioners can help families with. Sleep Practitioner Sarah Coldrey tells us how she helped one family deal with their child's head banging.

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Book review: Uniquely Human

Uniquely Human: a different way of seeing autism

Our librarian Jan reviews Uniquely Human: a different way of seeing autism by Dr Barry M Prizant. This book available to borrow in our library, along with a wide range of other books on autism and other special needs.

Read more

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Teenage sleep

Teenage Sleep

Back in 2015 our Sleep Practitioner in the South West met with the Hunter family from Brixham. The Hunters have three children and their eldest son, who has ADHD, was having sleep issues. The fifteen year old wasn’t falling asleep until 5am most days and was missing a lot of school. We catch up with The Hunters 18 months on to see how things are going.

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Disabled Facilities Grants Project

Disabled Facilities Grants Project

Joseph is one of the students working on our Legal Entitlements and Problem-Solving (LEaP) Project at the University of Leeds. In this article, Joseph tells us more about the students’ Disabled Facilities Grants project.

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Our Dorchester Office run by Lilly Fahey has started running regular drop-in clinics which are proving to be very popular. You can book a 50 minute slot to discuss an issue related to Education, Welfare, General Support, Emotional Support etc.

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Sleep Walk 2017

Join us on 6th May 2017 for our second annual Sleep Walk to the top of Pen y Fan in the Brecon Beacons and help us support families to get a good night’s sleep.

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New NICE Guidance

Learning disabilities: Identifying and managing mental health problems

NICE have just published the Learning disabilities: identifying and managing mental health problems quality standard (QS142) on their website. This quality standard covers the prevention, assessment and management of mental health problems in people with learning disabilities in all settings (including health, social care, education, and forensic and criminal justice). 

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Magical Christmas at Covent Garden

Magical Christmas at Covent Garden

On 22nd December, we held our ‘Christmas at Covent Garden’ concert at St Paul's Church in London. Guests were treated to stunning performances from Hywel Girls’ Choir and Hywel Boy Singers and the Angelicus Chorale.

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Did you know you can donate to us by text? Text CERE12 and the amount you’d like to give to 70070. 
E.g. CERE12 £3 to 70070.

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Half Term Activities

 

Go Wild in the Woods

11-19 February Wild Place, Blackhorse Hill, Bristol BS10 7TP

Discover the woods of Wild Place Project this February half term from 11th to 19th of February, with child entry at just £5 (online only price with a full paying adult). We have lots of exciting activities throughout the week for all of the family!

http://www.wildplace.org.uk/whats-on/go-wild-in-the-woods

DON'T FORGET WE HAVE OUR FREE ZOO PASSES AT SCHOOL FOR YOU TO BORROW.  GET IN TOUCH WITH KAREN OR LORRAINE TO BOOK

 

Love Food Festival

12 February, 10.30-4pm Paintworks, Bath Road, Bristol

Food market plus demonstrations, flowers, organic beauty products and much more.

Free entry.

http://lovefoodfestival.com/events/paintworks

 

February Half-Term Events

Discover family-friendly events and activities to keep the kids entertained during the February school holidays in Bristol.

As well as events to keep you busy on your half term break to Bristol, don't forget to check out our things to do (http://visitbristol.co.uk/whats-on/february-half-term-events) sections for information on all our big attractions and activities.

Or if you are looking to save a few pennies, then see what you can do in Bristol for free here: http://visitbristol.co.uk/things-todo/my-bristol/free-days-out

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Asperger's / ASD workshops

 

I’d like to let you know that the Curly Hair Project  Autism Spectrum Disorder workshops are  now available in  Bath.  

 

The CHP  workshops  are ideal for those who care for, teach, live or work with children and adults with Asperger’s or other ASDs, and meet Continuing Professional Development criteria. They are also great for those with an ASD or anyone who is simply interested in knowing more. Written by the brilliant author Alis Rowe – ‘the girl with the curly hair’ - they last around 2 ½ hours and are relaxed, informative and uplifting with lots of great images to explain things.

 

Workshop information

Tickets are £15 per person (+booking fees) and can be purchased at http://thegirlwiththecurlyhair.co.uk/events/  where more information about the Curly Hair Project can also be found. 

 

They are relevant for both male and female adults and children and you can attend any or all of the workshops.

 

Bath Workshop Dates – New Oriel Hall, Larkhall, Bath, BA1 6RA

Wednesday 15th March                 Introduction to ASD                        10:00am – 12:30pm
Tuesday 28th March                         ASD and Anxiety                              10:00am – 12:30pm
Wednesday 29th March                 ASD & Challenging Behaviour     6:30pm – 9:00 pm
Monday 8th May                               Meltdowns & Shutdowns            10:00am – 12:30pm
Thursday 8th June                             ASD & Challenging Behaviour     10:00am – 12:30pm
Friday 9th June                                   ASD & Socialising                              10:00am – 12:30pm

 

Please get in touch if you would like further information

 

Helen Eaton

Trainer for the Curly Hair Project

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/HelenEaton.CurlyHairProject
Website :   http://thegirlwiththecurlyhair.co.uk/    

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Family Yoga and Dance Opportunity

SPAN Move

 

SPAN is closing however the Parenting Support Team are moving to Barton Hill Settlement and will continue to work to support parents both in SFSC Parenting Programme and 1:1.

 

Annie Oliver, Manager, Sally Williams, Senior Parenting Practitioner and Suad Yusuf, Somali Support Worker can be found in the main building at BHS or by calling 0117 9556971 – we may not have email addresses for a couple of days so call this number if you need us urgently.

 

Thanks for your support over the last 27 years.

 

Sally Williams, 
Senior Parent Support Worker, 
SPAN, Silai Centre, 
176 Easton Road, 
Easton, 
Bristol, 
BS5 0ES 
Tel 0117 9550860 
email sally@spanuk.org.uk 
To keep up to date with SPAN go to:https://twitter.com/SingleParentNwk 

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Bristol TA Support Group Meeting

 

The Bristol Support Group for families living with Tourette's Syndrome has another meeting scheduled for Saturday 25th February, 11am until 1pm.  This will be held in the same venue as previously, is listed on the Tourettes Action website events page and facebook page, and on the local group facebook page.

All are welcome.  We ask for a small 'pocket change' donation towards the costs of refreshments, and otherwise have full use of the facilities provided by Incredible Kids.

Lindsay
Venue address is Stokefield House, Stokefield Close, Thornbury, BS35 1HF.

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Dear Parent Carers,  
 
          **** BRISTOL PARENT CARERS' MONTHLY CENTRAL SUPPORT GROUP ****
            
               Are you a parent, carer or guardian caring for a child with special
                    needs, disabilities or a life limiting condition living in Bristol?        
    

Come and join us 10.30 to 12.30

Come and meet other parents/carers/guardians in a safe and confidential space

                               *** WE HAVE A GUEST SPEAKER THIS MONTH ***
        SAM from EVOLVE (Innovating support for young people with Learning
         Difficulties and Autism) will be coming along to talk to us about EVOLVE

 


 In addition we offer:
 
* A friendly informal setting to laugh, chat and share experiences
* Participation events
* Advice, information and help to fill in forms
* Free relaxing 15 minute therapy with a trained therapist 
* Free Refreshments
 
WHEN.          Wednesday 1st February
WHERE.        Phoenix Social Enterprise, 5 Russell Town Ave, Lawrence Hill
                                                                                                          BS5 9LT
TIME.            10.30 am to 12.30 pm
 
TRANSPORT. Free car park. Buses 6 and 7 stop outside, 41 - 45 stops nearby on Church Rd,Lawrence Hill train station is nearby and we are close to the cycle path
                      
                If you require other travel arrangements - call us on 0845 6420124


                           2017 Advance dates for your diaries are Wednesday
                              8th March, 5th April, 10th May, 7th June, 5th July,
                                        6th Sept, 4th Oct, 1st Nov, 29th Nov
  
                                                  
                                              same time, same place!

 
           We also run a support group in North Bristol at 169th Brentry Scout Group,
               Scout Hut, Tranmere Avenue, Brentry BS10 7JN    from 10.30 to 12.30

                                           

                                      Advance dates for this group are Wednesday 
                             22nd Feb, 22nd March, 26th April, 24th May, 21st June,
                                  19th July, 20th Sept, 18th Oct, 15th Nov, 13th Dec
                                                    

                         
Both groups are run on a drop - in basis, so there is no need to book or plan ahead just come along.

              
We reimburse travel and childcare costs but please bring receipts.

 
Thanks

Hope to see you on the 4th


 Judy, Maria and Helen - Facilitators

Lets All Play Dates - February to April 2017

A talk for anyone interested in learning more about autism and the positive contribution the world of gaming and different ways of thinking and looking at the world can make.

Your Say Advocacy Event for people with learning difficulties

Information from the NAS on Employment:  

 


The Government has launched a consultation on disability and work. They want to understand how to improve the system so that more disabled people who want to are able to get in and stay in work. This includes autism. We know work isn’t right for everyone, and this consultation also covers benefits around work.

It’s important they hear from you to make sure autism doesn’t get ignored in this. 

For information on the Department of Health website, and to comment on the consultation, go to:

www.consultations.dh.gov.uk/workandhealth/consult 

The consultation closes on 17th February 2017.

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Welfare Rights Training


22nd March: Non-EEA Nationals - How immigration status affects benefits

7th April: Universal Credit - one step further

26th April: EEA Nationals - How the main residence test operates within benefits
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