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Question Time Panel with LA/Health, Incorporating our AGM and Lots More...

Question Time Panel with LA/Health, Incorporating our AGM - Wednesday 4th July 2018

Question Time Panel with LA/Health, Incorporating our AGM, is being held on Wednesday 4th July 2018 from 9am-2pm at Ramada Hotel Ironbridge, Forgegate, Telford Town Centre, Telford, TF3 4NA. Please book via the link so we can ensure enough catering: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/question-time-panel-with-lahealth-incorporating-our-agm-tickets-47146039072​

Your chance to ask questions directly to those in charge of the services our children and young people use. An opportunity to meet the whole PODS team and find out what we have been upto in the last 12 months. Meet other parents and carers to share ideas and experiences. Hear about about our upcoming inclusive family trips and events. Most importantly feel like your part of something that is actioning change through making sure your voices are heard at the highest level.


9am-9.30am:             Tea/coffee/refreshments (INCLUDED)
9.30am-10.30am:      Q&A Panel with LA
10.30am-10.45am:    Coffee/Tea
10.45am-11.45am:    Q&A Panel with Health
11.45am-12.1pm:      AGM Business
12.15pm-1pm:           Lunch (INCLUDED)
1pm-2pm:                  Face 2 Face Scheme Update

More information will follow. We look forward to seeing you.

Whose Shoe's Event - Perinatal Care.

The event is for those people who are new mums, partners or families who have either had an experience of perinatal mental health or are interested in this area.


FREE Government Funded Courses. Limited availability & funding, gain a recognised qualification...FREE!!!!

Courses include:

  • Awareness Of Mental Health Problems
  • Principles of Dementia Care
  • Understanding Nutrition and Health
  • Principles of End Of Life Care
  • Understanding Autism
  • Principles of Business Administration
  • Principles of Customer Service
  • Understanding the care and management of Diabetes

More courses are available, register your details to apply: https://individuals.theskillsnetwork.com/register-your-interest

PDA - Stephs Two Girls

Lots of families are talking to us about PDA, here's some information about it...Stephs Two Girls have written about PDA in way that is easy to understand and that will help countless parents along the way with their journey: http://www.stephstwogirls.co.uk/2018/06/ten-things-you-need-to-know-about.html

Pirates and Princesses Family Group - Monday 25th June 2018

Simon and Mandy Buckley-Robins, would like to discuss ideas for an Ican2 service for families who have a personal budget and how this might work in the future, opening up more opportunities for mainstream families to also access the core team activities. Please come along and have a chat.

There is still a participation element to this group and key members of the PODS team will be in attendance and will make ourselves known to you, alongside our Face 2 Face Scheme service.

There is no entrance fee and new members are very welcome to join. Drinks and snacks are available to purchase from the Adventure Zone Cafe. 

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

Good Sunny Morning everyone! Hope you've had chance to enjoy some sunshine with your families - whether at the beach, or a swimming pool keeping cool or taking in the rays, or enjoying time spending it with friends :) This last week has saw us undertaking a day's First Aid training via St John Ambulance - to ensure you are kept safe at any pods events. We've also had training in using a defibrillator too and not as scary as it sounds!

We've been over to Birmingham to understand how to challenge EHCPs - at a higher level including Tribunals and Judicial Reviews (hopefully most can be resolved through discussions and possible tribunals for which there is support locally via IASS). In my role as a Governor at Haughton School I attended some Equality and Diversity training and it still remains that the 2nd spoken language here in Telford & Wrekin is Polish, with 91 languages spoken overall! We had one Family group this week at Hollinswood and welcomed amongst our regulars, a new family who had recently moved to the area.

We have attended a workshop run by FairHome/Little Rascals to discuss gaps in service provision for young people at transition including peer mentoring, housing options, and also wider needs of young people who don't currently meet criteria for disabled child team. Another discussion was held on Thursday morning regarding Sensory Inclusion Service review which took on board wider thoughts around services covered under the High Needs Funding Block that include Learning Behaviour Support, Ed Psychs, Sensory, SEN Team and Portage. This piece of work is been led by an organisation called SEND4Change and we await the response in due course.

Remainder of my time has been spent working on Trustee Reports and Annual Reports, whilst getting ready for our AGM on 4th July (places are been booked fast - book quickly!).

On a personal note, I've had my son's Annual Review at College (he's only been there six months), Lots still to be discussed but the focus on M was second to none and a proper 'celebration' of his achievements :)

This week it's more report writing, a CAMHS Stakeholder meeting later today, Pirates and Princesses tonight, Coffee morning at Haughton, Trustee Meeting, Ops meeting with paid staff, and to round off the week a SEND Leads meeting in Birmingham which is a regional event.

Come and join us at our Family Groups...

Monday 25th June: Your Voice + Family Resources from 5pm-7pm at Pirates and Princesses, Unit 17, Cedar Court, Halesfield 17, Telford, TF7 4PF

Friday 29th June: Your Voice + Family Resources from 9.30am-11.30am at Dawley Town Hall (opposite Langley School/CAMHS) New Street, Dawley, Telford, TF4 3JR

Monday 2nd July: Your Voice + Family Resources from 10am-12pm at Admaston House, Admaston,Telford, TF5 0BN

Thursday 12th July: Your Voice + Family Resources from 7pm-9pm at Elephant and Castle Pub, Dawley, Telford, TF4 2ET

Thank you for reading our latest bulletin.

Kerrie Seagrave

Project Administrator on behalf of PODS Parent Carer Forum.

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