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Twincl, Question Time Panel with LA/Health, Incorporating our AGM & More...

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

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

We look forward to seeing you.

Twincl - Support Our Cause!

Help support us through the new Telford Lottery and be in with a chance of winning £25,000, tickets only cost £1 a week. Buy your tickets here: https://www.twincl.co.uk/support/pods-parent-carer-forum

New Beam Venue Opening

New Beam Venue Opening in mid July at The Children's Society, 9 Market Square, Wellington, Telford, TF1 1BP.
For lots more information on Beam, including, what to expect from it, and what does Beam do. Please click on the following link to our website: https://www.podstelford.org/local-links-support/

Funky Friday- 6th July 2018

Funky Friday is a disco for anyone with a disability/additional needs aged 15+.

A New Changing Place opened at The Place, Oakengates

A new Changing Place has opened at The Place in Oakengates, the library staff will have the key to The Changing Facility should you wish to use it. 

There are also Changing Facilities at Southwater, at Morrisons in Lawley and Attingham Park.

Dimensions Autism Friendly Screenings - July 2018

Dimensions work with ODEON, Cineworld, Vue and Showcase to host Autism Friendly Screenings.

On Sunday mornings throughout the month, films suitable for all audiences are screened in a sensory friendly and inclusive environment. To find July's screenings please click on the following link: https://www.dimensions-uk.org/get-involved/campaigns/autism-friendly-cinema-screenings/

Childcare Sufficiency Assessment 2018 – Parents and Carers are Needed!!

The Parent and Carer Childcare Sufficiency Assessment is now live, this audit is being carried out with support from Hempsall’s, a specialist research organisation.

Parents and Carers are really needed to get involved THE SURVEY NEEDS TO BE COMPLETED BY 6 July 2018

It can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/TelfordandWrekinParentSurvey2018

If you have any questions or require support to complete the survey please contact Hempsall’s on 0844 824 3083 or at research@hempsalls.com.

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

Hello everyone :) It's a bit hot here - and can't see it getting any cooler!! I'm hoping that there's air conditioning at the Question Time/AGM on Wednesday or else I'll be melting! Who's coming and have you got your ticket yet. Promising to be a great day with a Question Time Panel of members from Education, Health and Social Care and a great afternoon with Lego-based Therapy from Shana. Because we are sharing our 10 year anniversary there will also be a few special treats in store! I'm just in process of writing an Annual Report for sharing on Wednesday and we're also actively recruiting new trustees. We've had a press release written so that should be appearing in local press today :)

It's been a week of report writing and behind the scenes stuff - been working on our Summer Newsletter too and also getting our Annual Survey ready that will help to focus our work over the next 12 months to what is really important to our families.

We've also had an 'events' meeting and planned activities for over the summer - least of all our Picnic in the Park on 6th August - it's going to be awesome! Fundraising teams have events planned too so keep an eye out on our main page for details and bookings - they have been busy over this last weekend with events at Dawley and Hollinswood too and thank you for all the work they do.

On the subject of meetings - we've had a trustee meeting and an Ops meeting this week - setting the strategic direction and getting 'stuff' done is important but needs to be done in line with our charity processes. I finished the week off with a meeting with SEND Leads in Birmingham - sharing good practice of co-production and involvement in service development across the Midlands area.

I will look forward to seeing you at Family Group today or at the Question Time Panel (& AGM) on Wednesday).

Best Wishes from Jayne Stevens (Participation Co-ordinator).

Come and join us at our Family Groups...

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

Wednesday 18th July: Your Voice + Family Resources from 9.30am-11.30am at Hollinswood Community Centre, 7 Downemead, Telford, TF3 2EW

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


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