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School Exclusions Survey, Mental Health Awareness Week & Lots More...

School Exclusions Survey – Has your child ever been sent home from school?

We are keen to hear from any families where your child has been ‘excluded’ from school.  This is official or unofficial exclusions which may include been sent home for part days, collecting from school because they are not coping, working at home because of important visitors or a busy school day, not allowed to go on trips or to after school activities, reduced timetables – whether this be mainstream or specialised settings, we’d like to hear from you. 

It’s important that your views are heard (we are collecting these anonymously) so we can share your experiences  with Local Authority and they see the wider context of what is happening locally.

We look forward to hearing from you.


Mental Health Awareness Week 2018

Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW), is running from 14-20 May. This year the theme is stress, 
to support the campaign, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England are launching the Address Your Stress Toolkit: a set of practical resources designed to help people better understand and manage stress https://mhfaengland.org/mhfa-centre/campaigns/mhaw2018/?_cldee=aW5mb0Bwb2RzdGVsZm9yZC5vcmc%3d&recipientid=contact-3500ef6da7efe61180f3c4346bad10a0-f6a3349c47e249a9b1f54a26d514d2f0&esid=8e0d2ce7-074f-e811-812e-e0071b668081&urlid=2

We will also be posting about this on our Facebook page every day this week.

SEND Newsletters 

The latest Parent Carer and SEND 0-25 Newsletters are now on the local offer. The Parent Carer Newsletter includes, Updates from Telford & Wrekin Council SEND Strategy and the Timeline for 20 week Educational Health Care (EHC) Needs Assessment. The SEND 0-25 Newsletter includes, Information on Annual Reviews, Review of Sensory Inclusion Service and Changes in Staff in the SEND Team, please click on the following link to read them, http://www.telfordsend.org.uk/localofferservices/info/1/home/63/welcome_to_our_send_newsletters

PODS Forum 'Chat Space'

If you haven't joined already, we have our new PODS Forum 'Chat Space' up and running on Facebook. It's for confidential and secure chatting and support and it's content can only be seen by members of the group who must be registered with PODS Parent Carer Forum. When using the Chat Space, we would respectfully ask that no specific information from the page is shared outside (without explicit authorisation given) and it is kept solely for parent carers (although we are aware that some parent carers also hold a professional role) we would ask that the group is used appropriately. Please click on the following link to join, https://www.facebook.com/groups/166401887326797/​

The Silver Threads Hall

The Silver Threads Hall in Donnington, have lots of groups, classes and activities on throughout the week, from Musical Movers for ages 0-5 years, Little Cook, Big Cook for ages 6-11 years and Laughing Yoga for 16+, all the information is on PODS website, and can be found on the Local Links page: https://www.podstelford.org/local-links-support/

Waste to Wonderful at The Wakes

Join Forge Urban Revival for a wonderful dining experience in Telford for all those who love good food, love supporting the local community and those that hate food waste. The dining experience is being held on the 18th May at 7pm, Forge at The Wakes, Theatre Square, Oakengates TF2 6EP, the cost is £25 per person.

To find out more about the delights on offer and to book tickets https://www.facebook.com/events/179814042740652/

Improving Wellbeing through Community Referrals​

Working with Telford Mind, Court Street is aiming to support individuals to take greater control of their own mental well being and health by launching a new wellbeing service.

Join them at Court Street Medical Practice, Madeley, Telford. TF7 5EE, for tea, coffee and cake at a market stall event on Thursday 17th May 2018 from 10am - 2pm.

Extended GP Appointment Survey

From 1 October 2018, you will be able to book, in advance, routine (non-emergency) appointments as follows:

Monday to Friday from 8am to 8pm
Weekend and Bank Holidays (subject to local need)

You will be able to see a GP or other health care professional either at your GP Practice or another suitable location.

Your views are needed to help shape this new service. Complete the survey to have your say: www.elesurvey.co.uk/f/615011/af3d/

Come and join us at our Family Groups...

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

Monday 4th June: Your Voice + Family Resources from 10am–12pm at Admaston House, Admaston,Telford, TF5 0BN
Free car parking on site

Thursday 14th June: Your Voice + Family Resources from 7pm-9pm at The Elephant and Castle Pub, Dawley, Telford, TF4 2ET
Free car parking: Station Road Car Park (Entrance just after Royal British Legion. Postcode TF4 2NW)

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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