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May News...

Final Study Programme Intake for the Academic Year

Study Programme is a 29 week programme with a commitment of approximately 16hrs per week that will allow young people to build on motivation, confidence, employability, Maths and English, with valuable and relevant work experience. Each student has an individualised plan and timetable, built around their individual needs, towards progression into a wide range of outcomes. The last intake for 16-18yr olds on the Study Programme until August is 14th May, all interested applicants will need to be seen before the 11th. Please email Shelley Instone for more information: shelley.instone@junipertraining.co.uk

Waving Not Drowning - April/May Bulletin 

The Waving Not Drowning network has been set up by Working Families, if you’re caring for a disabled child, you may find yourself going down a different life path than the one you had planned, so remaining in paid work can be quite challenging. Knowing your rights can help you combine paid work and caring for your child. ‘Waving Not Drowning’ is a dedicated network and advice service for parents of disabled children who work or wish to work. Please click on the following link for their April/May bulletin: https://mailchi.mp/workingfamilies/aprilmay-waving-not-drowning-bulletin?e=0d99af4643

The Albrighton Trust - May Holiday Activities 

Wednesday 30th May - Wild about Nature

Explore and discover nature through a series of fun activities, outdoor clothing essential. Sessions are at 10am & 1pm. £5 per person (Prior Booking Essential)

Wednesday 30th May - Woodcraft

Make a handmade Bird Box for domesticated birds to nest, sessions are at 10am & 1pm. £5 per person (Prior Booking Essential)

Thursday 31st May - Coached Angling

Coaches available to help novice and inexperienced anglers, they will learn how to put bait on a hook, cast a line, land a fish, unhook a fish safely and return the fish safely in the water. Equipment supplied, sessions are at 10am & 1pm. £5 per person (Prior Booking Essential)

To book, please contact The Albrighton Trust on 01902 372441 or email moat@albrightontrust.org.uk

SEN Magazine - May 2018 Newsletter

This months edition of the SEN Magazine Newsletter includes, The cost of Exclusion, Transitioning to Higher Education, Supporting Tourettes, and lots more. Please click the following link for the latest edition: https://senmagazine.co.uk/Newsletter/

Exclusions Review (The Local Picture) Survey

We are doing a local review about Exclusions - please click the following link to complete our very quick survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3TXQVNL​

Send and Inclusion Newsletter April 2018

Please click on the link below to the Local Offer where you will find the Send and Inclusion Newsletter for April 2018:


***Places Still Available***Cerebra Workshop - Accessing Public Services on Friday 11th May 

This workshop is run by Cerebra to support disabled people and carers as well as their famlies and advisers who are encountering difficulties in relation to the provision of health, social care or education support services. By the end of the workshop you should be able to:

- Consider commonly occurring problems that parents face in accessing services

- Recognise different levels of "dispute"

- Identify and use the problem-solving approaches within the Toolkit

The session is not a legal advice Worksop and facilitate will not be able to give opinions on legal issues although can signpost for more detailed legal support. The workshop is free to attend and lunch and refreshments will be provided - please advise any dietary reqs.


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

Hello Everyone - Hope you've all managed a bit of chill time over the weekend and made the most of the sunshine? We've been using some time to have a sort out in the garden and a trip to the seaside yesterday for fish n' chips!

So last week saw the Stakeholder Meeting for BeeU (CAMHS) - a very busy meeting and frustrating in parts but I've since arranged a meeting with commissioners and leads to review our report and pull an action plan together. As part of this I was asking families at Pirates & Princesses about what sort of training courses they would like arranged that Childrens' Society (BEAM Service) may be looking to organise so we will be providing this feedback to them - thank you. So far we have siblings awareness, social stories, behaviour support, anxiety, sensory processing, sex education and keeping safe. We also discussed more specific training in relation to families with Foster children and these will be looked at also. If you have any further suggestions for training please let us know.

We've met with Holly Wells regarding short breaks services and talked about how the groups are working and the remit for the playschemes. We've talked about transport for summer playschemes - if this affects you, then please let us know as there needs to be a wider discussion about this. Internal review work is taking place at the moment and a wider consultation will be done with families soon over the wider Ican2 offer.

There's been more Face 2 Face Training - halfway through now to training up a new team of befrienders to support families.

We've had a parents coffee afternoon in a secondary school - always great to see from the inside out and happy to be invited into any schools to talk to staff and families about our forum work and the F2F scheme. We shared information about PDA and also talked about Future in Mind, alongside hearing how IASS support families and their workshop offers.

Planning has taken place for the Confidence course for my Parent Reps that will be run tomorrow, and an invite to a meeting to start thinking about BIG Lottery funding opportunities and thinking how we can develop the forum activities to meet our families needs. Finishing the week off with another session of the Mentoring course that I'm attending as part of the TACT (Telford After Care Team) training offer.

Thank you for reading - Jayne Stevens (Participation Co-ordinator).

Come and join us at our Family Groups...

Thursday 10th May 2018: Your Voice + Family Resources from 7pm–9pm at Elephant and Castle Pub, Dawley, Telford, TF4 2ET. Free car parking: Station Road Car Park (Entrance just after Royal British Legion. Postcode TF4 2NW)

Monday 14th May 2018: Your Voice + Family Resources from 10am–12pm at Admaston House, Admaston,Telford, TF5 0BN
Free car parking on site.

Wednesday 16th May 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 25th May 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.

We hope you enjoyed reading our latest e-bulletin - we hope you continue to find it useful. If you have any suggestions to make it better feel free to let me know. 

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