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Annual Survey, IPSEA Training, Local Area SEND Inspection Report Letter and a Reminder of Upcoming Events over the Summer…

IPSEA SEND Foundation Training

IPSEA SEND Foundation Training available FREE for parent carers in Telford & Wrekin.  We are pleased to be able to fund this acclaimed training written specifically for parent carers through our BIG Lottery funding.  Please book early to avoid disappointment. Training will cover a wide range of SEN information from graduated approach through to EHCPs for all needs – more information available in the link.


Local Area SEND Inspection Report Letter

Following the recent SEND Inspection the ‘Local Area SEND Inspection Report Letter’ can be downloaded here https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/local-authorities/telford-and-wrekin. Jayne Stevens would like to thank everyone who was involved in this process - who shared their views and completed the survey, attended focus groups or meetings.  The PODS survey results were shared with inspectors at the time of the inspection and will be used to further demonstrate the parent carer voice of Telford and Wrekin.

PODS Family Trip and Event over the Summer...


We still have places left on our Conkers trip. Conkers offers 120 acres of adventure with indoor and outdoor play areas and over 100 interactive exhibits. There’s the Conker Choo II train, barefoot sensory walk, activity trails, woodland walks, adventure play and sky viewing tower – so something for all ages.
There is a café, but you are also welcome to bring your own food and drinks.
For more information please see: http://www.visitconkers.com/

The outline plan for the day is:

9.30am Board coach at Telford Central Railway station
10.45am Arrive Conkers
4pm Depart Conkers
5.20pm approx. Arrive back Telford Central Railway station.

If you would prefer to make your own way to and from Conkers, please meet us at the entrance at 10.45am.
To Book: Please email Liz, our project officer - liz@podstelford.org with the following details

Conkers – Saturday 16th September

  • Name
  • Address
  • Email address
  • Mobile phone number
  • Coach travel or own transport?
  • Total number of people in family group

We also need to know how many tickets your family requires in each category as below:

  1. Number of adults (age 18+)
  2. Number of children/young people with additional needs (0 – 25 years)
  3. Number of young people in full time education (age 18 – 25 years)
  4. Number of children (age 3 – 15)
  5. Number of children under 3

PODS Forum Woodworking Sessions - Monday 24th July 2017

This year we are holding 2 sessions of woodwork, they will be held at the Telford Town Park Visitors Centre. The morning session is 10am-12pm and the afternoon session is 1pm-3pm.

Please only book onto one of the sessions as both sessions will be the same. There is a café on site if you wish to purchase food or drink, however there will be free refreshments at the event.

You will need to book through Eventbrite, please remember to choose morning or afternoon:

Morning Session: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pods-forum-woodworking-morning-session-tickets-36185918055

Afternoon Session: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pods-forum-woodworking-afternoon-session-tickets-36186052457

PODS Forum Annual Picnic in the Park - Monday 7th August

This year the Mayor, Cllr Stephen Reynolds has kindly accepted our invitation to our Annual Picnic in the Park, we are inviting you and your family to join us too!

Come and join us for fun and family activities from 10am – 3pm.

Admaston House, Wellington Road, Admaston, Telford. TF5 0BN

To book tickets please click on the following link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pods-forum-picnic-in-the-park-tickets-36186633194

PODS Forum Fun & Floats Swimming Session - Saturday 26th August 2017

Our Fun and Floats Swimming session is being held at Wellington Civic and Leisure Centre, Wellington, TF1 1LX.

Children must be accompanied by a parent/carer at all times, as they remain parent/carer’s responsibility. This will be bookable through Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pods-forum-fun-floats-swimming-session-tickets-36186501801

Annual Survey

There is still time to complete our Annual Survey, we would encourage you to complete it as it helps us to develop our priorities for the coming year and also ensures that we are meeting the needs of our families locally.  The survey covers the full remit of our charity's work including the PODS Parent Carer Forum and the Face 2 Face Scheme.  Please let us know your thoughts on our work and also your thoughts about local services so that we know where to focus in the coming months. Thank you.


Completion of the survey you will automatically be entered into a prize draw to win a £50 gift voucher/card of your choice in time for the Summer Holidays.

Thank you for reading our latest bulletin.

Kerrie Seagrave

Project Administrator on behalf of PODS Parent Carer Forum.

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