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April News...

British Dyslexia Association – International Conference – 14th April

This conference will take place in Telford and more information can be found here including a timetable:


The Transition Event Midlands 2018

A transition event suitable for anyone with young people aged 14+ into adulthood. Do you support children or young adults with disabilities and additional needs? Do you have questions about transition? Get your answers at the Transition Event Midlands.


CEA Card

Have you got your CEA card? It gives a free pass for carers at the cinema. Read the FAQs for more information and to check eligibility.


Waving Not Drowning March Ebulletin - News for Parents and Carers of Disabled Children

News for working parents and carers, https://mailchi.mp/workingfamilies/february-waving-not-drowning-e-bulletin-news-for-parents-and-carers-of-disabled-children-656301?e=0d99af4643

PODS & Face 2 Face Easter Family Group

We will be holding our Easter Family Group on Monday 9th April 2018 from 10.00am–12.00pm at Admaston House, Admaston,Telford, TF5 0BN. Come and join us for some Easter Fun, we look forward to seeing you all! Please note, Thursday 12th April evening Family Group is cancelled due to Holiday and Training.

We've Updated our PODS Mobile

We've updated our mobile, please feel free to get in touch with us on 0777 534 2092.

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

Hope everyone has had a good Easter and despite the horrid weather yesterday you've managed to get in some quality family time? Hopefully you have had a chance for a peek into the newsletter too - so much to tell you about, it's hard to keep it to a few pages!

So, last week I attended a Prep for Adulthood workshop hosted in Shropshire - we talked about the need to develop Supported Internship programmes and how these are supposed to be for those 'furthest from job market' alongside making apprenticeships much more accessible - funding has been made available locally for the supported internship work although it's not ringfenced (no monies are!) so business cases have to be made for it to be spent on what it is intended for... Monday was Pirates and Princesses family group which I understand was busy again so thank you to my reps for hosting this although we are looking for more helpers please!

I've co-hosted the Face 2 Face befriender training again with Shana - great team of future befrienders who I'm sure are going to be kept busy in the future! The Haughton Coffee Morning is always a pleasure to attend and listening to Simon talking about his SNAC project was enlightening - the passion and drive for this is fantastic and the amount of interest shown was great.

Just before breaking up I took part in a conference telephone call with the National Reps team and an update on work there and how all that feeds down to regional and local level and vice versa.

On a personal note, I've had the experience of BEAM service from Children's Society for my daughter (neurotypical) on Monday evening - all a bit emotional to be honest - and an information evening with NCS for my son and despite his reluctance, following a conversation and a bit of co-ercing out of comfort zone he's looking forward to an adventure in the summer!

This week sees me in the hub today for a meeting with new Women and Children Health commissioner (hope the new hub sofa arrives after the meeting!). Oh and lots of new books arrived yesterday so will be taking those over too. Rest of the week will be taken up with looking at monitoring for our DfE grant and no doubt discussions regarding the wider CAMHS (BeeU) service!

Don't forget our Easter fun family session next Monday - 9th April - my only day at work next week as I'm having a few days away with hubby and the youngsters! xx

Come and join us at our Family Groups...

Monday 9th April 2018: Your Voice + Family Resources, and Easter Fun from 10.00am-12.00pm at Admaston House, Admaston,Telford, TF5 0BN


Wednesday 18th April 2018: Your Voice + Family Resources from 9.30am-11.30am at Hollinswood Community Centre, 7 Downemead, Telford, TF3 2EW
Free car parking available at front of shops.

Friday 27th April 2018: Your Voice + Family Resources from 9.30am-11.30am at Dawley Town Hall (opposite Langley School/CAMHS) New Street, Dawley, Telford, TF4 3JR

Thank you for reading our latest bulletin.

Kerrie Seagrave

Project Administrator on behalf of PODS Parent Carer Forum.

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