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August News & PODS Forum Family Groups

Disability Access Fund

Is your 3 or 4 year old in a nursery and in receipt of DLA?  If so they maybe eligible for funding. To find out more about Disability Access Fund (DAF) please click on the following link https://www.podstelford.org/local-links-support/

Mermaids UK

Mermaids UK is a registered charity providing support to children/young people up to the age of 19 who are exploring their gender identity.  They also provide support to their parents/carers and families too. For more details and information on Mermaids UK please click on the following link https://www.podstelford.org/local-links-support/

Useful and interesting information from latest CHIMAT bulletin


This analysis compares levels of happiness and psychological difficulties between children with and without special educational needs (SEN) 2012 to 2013. The report from the Department for Education compares Understanding Society survey data with the national pupil database to examine levels of children’s wellbeing.


Research on how mainstream schools and colleges provide special educational needs (SEN) support. This research from the Department of Education includes a rapid evidence assessment on the effectiveness of current SEN support methods, a survey of education professionals, looking at the ways they identify and support children and young people classified as in need of SEN support and a selection of case studies.

Stourbridge House – A new Children’s and Young Adults’ Short Breaks Services in Wolverhampton

Stourbridge House are hosting an ‘Afternoon of Fun’ on 31st August as part of the local consultation for their new service. The family fun day will be held at the Mercure Wolverhampton Goldthorn Hotel between 2:30pm - 6:30pm. It’s sure to be a great day with lots of exciting activities and a goody bag for your children. It helps with their planning if they know you are coming, please find their recent newsletter and booking information on the PODS Local Links Page https://www.podstelford.org/local-links-support/

WATCh Project

Shropshire Wheelchair and Mobility Services are taking part in a new piece of research, called the WATCh project. Researchers from Bangor University want to understand what young wheelchair users hope to achieve when they receive a new wheelchair. The evidence from this research project may help to improve future NHS wheelchair services in the UK.

If you are a parent/carer of a young wheelchair user and you’d like to take part, please let the WATCh project team know l.tuersley@bangor.ac.uk or call 07979 081697. For more information about the project please read the leaflets on the Local Links page on PODS website https://www.podstelford.org/local-links-support/

Alternatively please email Jayne Stevens for more information at info@podstelford.org

Upcoming Family Groups

Please come and join us at our upcoming Family Groups…

Thursday 31st August: Holiday Fun and Activities from 9.30am-11.30am at Dawley Christian Centre, High Street, Dawley, Telford, TF4 2EX.

Monday 4th September: Your Voice + Family Resources Showcase from 10am-12pm at Admaston House, Admaston, Wellington Road, Wellington, Telford, TF5 0BN.

Thursday 14th September: Your Voice + Family Resources Showcase from 7pm-9pm at Elephant & Castle Pub, Dawley, Telford, TF4 2ET.

Wednesday 20th September: Your Voice + Family Resources Showcase and Invited Speaker from 9.30am-11.30am at Hollinswood Community Centre, 7 Downemead, Telford, TF3 2EW.

Thursday 28th September: Your Voice + Family Resources Showcase from 9.30am-11.30am at Dawley Christian Centre, High Street, Dawley, Telford, TF4 2EX.

Thank you for reading our latest bulletin.

Kerrie Seagrave

Project Administrator on behalf of PODS Parent Carer Forum.

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