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Moving and Handling Advisor, Face2Face Befriender Training & more...


A new service has been commissioned to support parent carers of children and young people. A “Moving and Handling Family Carer Advisor” is now available and you can self-refer to this service on 01952 607783. The new service description is as follows:  “Could your handling tasks be made easier when you are caring for child or young adult at home”

Ask yourself the following

• Do you get problems with back or shoulder strain?

• Are you struggling with a particular transfer - for example helping someone stand up or rolling someone in bed?

• Do you have an existing injury which is getting in the way of your ability to care?

• Do you have moving and handling equipment in your home that you are struggling to use?

• Has the person you are caring for deteriorated and become more difficult to handle?

We offer free one to one home based assessments by a moving and handling advisor which can include:

• Advice and practical input given.

• Individual assessments in the home

• Practical ways to help prevent injury

• Information and advice about back care

• Suggested and possible provision of equipment

Jill Tiernan, Commissioner responsible for this service writes “This will help your confidence in handling tasks and improve your own physical wellbeing.  As part of the home assessment with the  Parent Carer and young person , a moving and handling comfort scoring sheet will be completed prior and post intervention.  This helps to demonstrate the value and impact of the assessment. We see this role as an important part of improving the well being of parent carers and carer in general.  Jo Britton Asst Director of Children and Young People is keen to see this role develop which is great news”

Face2Face Befriender Training

We are growing our team!

Do you have a child or young person that's at least two years post diagnosis? Can you remember the emotions that as a parent carer you experienced and still do as you move on and face new challenges? That's why you are perfect to join our team and support other local parents who might struggle from time to time and need a friendly face, an understanding and non judgmental ear. An exciting opportunity to join our Face 2 Face Befriender team is coming up with the chance to join our free training. Training will take place during school run friendly hours 9.30-2.30pm on Tuesday's across 10 sessions (excluding any school holidays) Starting 13th March - for a chat and more information about the training give me a call - Shana Weare 07557 130 091 or email at face2facepods@hotmail.com

Funky Friday​

Funky Friday is being held on Friday 2nd March, please note the change of venue.

Weekly Update from Jayne Stevens (Participation Co-ordinator)...​

Well, that Half Term whizzed by in a flash! We hope that anyone who attended our family groups enjoyed themselves and liked making Mother's Day Gifts at Hollinswood and Dawley days... We understand that it's important to continue with opportunities in the holidays for families to get together - we hope you agree and alongside this we have also run our drop-ins at Stepping Stones.

Rest of the week has been taken up with writing reports to our Trustees - the people who help us to make the decisions and keep us on track for outcomes. I've written lots of pages for our next printed newsletter too.

Hopefully you will have seen the note regarding Face 2 Face Befriender Training - it's on this main page and also our 'ChatSpace' closed group :)

Next week sees our 2nd family group (new evening group at Pirates and Princesses Adventure Zone) and if any of you are parents of children at Haughton I will see you at their coffee morning on Wednesday :)

Bit of heads up for next Sunday (4th March) - there is a Disability Sports Fun Day at RAF Shawbury starting at 10am.

Come and join us at our Family Groups...

Monday 26th February 2018: Your Voice + Family Resources from 5pm-7pm at Pirates & Princesses, Unit 17, Cedar Court, Halesfield 17, Telford, TF7 4PF.  

Monday 5th March 2018: ​Your Voice + Family Resources from 10.00am–12.00pm at Admaston House, Admaston,Telford, TF5 0BN​.

Thursday 8th March 2018: Your Voice + Family Resources from 7pm-9pm at the Elephant and Castle Pub, Dawley, Telford, TF4 2ET.

Wednesday 21st March 2018: Your Voice + Family Resources from 9.30am-11.30am at Hollinswood Community Centre, 7 Downemead, Telford, TF3 2EW.

Thank you for reading our latest bulletin.

Kerrie Seagrave

Project Administrator on behalf of PODS Parent Carer Forum.

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