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Two Free Workshops - EHC Plans: Understanding Legal Framework/Content & Lots More...

EHC Plans: Understanding Legal Framework/Content - Two Free Workshops

A series of two FREE workshops for parents of disabled and special needs children, ran via Contact with Gurvinder Kaur, a specialist solicitor in Public Law, SEN and Community Care issues:

10am-12.15pm (refreshments available from 9.30am).

Session 1 (Monday 15th October)
• The benefits of an EHC plan
• The process of getting an EHC plan
• What to do if your LA refuses you a plan 

Session 2 (Monday 19th November)
• Getting the content of an EHCP right
• Drafting of specialist provision & useful outcomes
• What to do it you are not happy with the final plan.

To book, email: westmids.office@contact.org.uk or call 0121 274 0437

A Parent Carer Guide to the Code of Practice for SEND

This guide describes how the system that supports children and young people with SEN or disabilities, and parents, is intended to work.
The new system started from 1 September 2014.


ASD Workshops in Shropshire - with Lucy Woodcock - Curly Hair Project Trainer

Two ASD Workshops running on Wednesday 12th September and Wednesday 19th September. Please check booking details as there is a cost to these Workshops.
For all events for The Curly Hair Project, visit www.thegirlwiththecurlyhair.co.uk/events

School Transport - Important Information from Local Government Ombudsman

Councils across England should ensure their education transport policies properly support young adults with disabilities, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has said. For more information, please click on the following link: https://www.lgo.org.uk/information-centre/news/2018/aug/council-school-transport-policies-must-not-fail-young-adults-with-disabilities

PODS Parent Carer Forum Party Night: 10th Year Anniversary Celebrations on Friday 14th September 2018

Come and join us as we celebrate our 10th Anniversay! The celebration is being held at St George's Cricket Club, there will be a live band and a DJ!

The tickets are £5 and will include a drink and food. To book your tickets please click on the following link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/pods-parentcarer-night-tickets-47108661274

This is an Adults only event. You can now buy PODS Party Night tickets at our Family Groups or Events.

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

Hiya - One of great things about holidays is less meetings to attend but it does mean I can get on with work at base, whilst juggling teenagers and being a taxi-service. So, this week I've been able to make a considered response to the Early Help Strategy, I've reviewed the Health Child Partnership 0-19yrs service tender questions - both to ensure there is an element of SEND in there and questions asked about how these strategies and services will work with wider teams (including health, social care and education). Third piece of focussed work has been collation of all the responses to IASS survey and these have now been shared with commissioners.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed and especially to my parent reps who have helped along the way. Talking of parent reps I have arranged for coaching sessions to take place for those who feel they will benefit and to demonstrate our support for those who volunteer with us, and this all continues to be funded through our BIG Lottery funds.

We held a very busy crafty session at the Hollinswood Group on Wednesday "More chairs please" was definitely the call out! We have continued to give out Ironbridge Gorge passes from our hub in Stepping Stones and these have proved really popular - if you have any photos we'd love to see them please?

Next week don't forget there's the Blue Planet trip on Wednesday 22nd and for everyone who has booked Swimming - have a great time at the events.

So it's the end of the week and very close to the last of the Telford 50 Big Top celebrations too! I'm finishing my week off with a trip to see Doreen's Naughty Bits tonight - could do with a giggle and it's our 'looking after ourselves' time . . . :) x

Come and join us at our Family Groups...

Friday 31st August 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 3rd September 2018: Your Voice + Family Resources from 10.00am-12.00pm at Admaston House, Admaston,Telford, TF5 0BN

Thursday 13th September 2018: Your Voice + Family Resources from 7pm-9pm at Elephant and Castle Pub, Dawley, Telford, TF4 2ET

Wednesday 19th September 2018: Your Voice + Family Resources from 9.30am-11.30am at Hollinswood Community Centre, 7 Downemead, Telford, TF3 2EW

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Kerrie Seagrave

Project Administrator on behalf of PODS Parent Carer Forum.

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