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PODS 10th Anniversary Childrens Party & More...

PODS 10th Anniversary Childrens Party

PODS are holding a 10th Anniversary Childrens party to celebrate 10 years of working with, supporting and giving a voice to all carers of children/young people in Telford and Wrekin. The party will be held in conjunction with the Wacky Warehouse who are delighted to be supporting us, we will be having exculsive hire of the play area for the duration of the party along with a buffet,party bags and every adult will receive a drinks voucher. It will also be the launch of our new family group which will run on the last Sunday of each month at the Wacky warehouse from 9.30am-11.00am. The party will take on a Halloween theme so feel free to come in fancy dress, all Children and Young adults are welcome. When booking please only book tickets for the Children/Young adults, Tickets are £2 per child/young adult. Please click on the following link to book: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/pods-10th-anniversary-childrens-party-tickets-50349104527?aff=ebdssbdestsearch​

Free Workshops for Parents

Contact have free workshops running in September, October and November. Listed below are the workshops for November. Dates for workshops running in September and October featured in our previous Ebulletins, you can find them on our website, https://www.podstelford.org/e-bulletins/ If you would like to book on these or any of their Autumn workshops, please email westmids.office@contact.org.uk or call 0121 274 0437. The workshops are free to attend for any parent of a special needs child regardless of where they live.  

Education Health Care Plans: Getting the Content Right on Monday 19th November from 10am-12.15pm

This is a free workshop for parents of disabled and special needs children. Gurvinder Kaur, a specialist solicitor with Access Legal, will discuss: Getting the content of an Education Health and Care plan right, Understanding the transfer process from statement to EHC plan, Annual Review. Gurvinder will be able answer any questions parents might have. The workshop is being held at Donnington Community Hub, St Matthew’s Road, Donnington, Telford, TF2 7RB.

Personal Budgets and Direct Payments in Education and Social Care on Thursday 22nd November from 10.15am-12.30pm

This is an interactive workshop for parents discussing personal budgets and direct payments and how they can be used. It will also look at what parents can do in cases where their request is refused.

The workshop will be facilitated by a solicitor who specialises in public law, special needs education and community care issues. This workshop is being held at Shoosmiths, 6th Floor, 2 Colmore Square/38Colmore Circus, Birmingham, B4 6BJ

Brighter Futures Workshop Programme

6 week programme, Birmingham - Dates and times to be confirmed  

Venue: Allens Croft Disability Resource Centre, Kings Heath, B14 6 RP

A welcoming and informative series of workshops for parents and carers of children aged 0-8 who have additional needs.  The programme runs over 6 weeks and aims to equip parents with the skills and confidence to get the support they need for their child.  It will help parents to prepare for meetings with professionals regarding their children and to be confident in making decisions for their child.   The sessions also cover practical parenting issues and discusses money matters.   

Week 1: A welcome session and introduction; Week 2: Understanding Sleep; Week 3: Building Parental Confidence; Week 4: Encouraging Positive Behaviour; Week 5: Money Matters: Week 6: Support for you. Help may be available with childcare costs if needed. To book, please email westmids.office@contact.org.uk or call 0121 274 0437

Telford and Shropshire Special Olympics - Final Week of Free Taster Activities

Telford and Shropshire Special Olympics are holding their final week of sessions with even more sports and activities on offer! Completely FREE to try, book your spaces asap. Take a look at the activity brochure through www.energizestw.org.uk/so With contact details for all the sports/activity providers. Please see the poster below for sports and activities on offer this week!

IASS Survey

We have been asked to collect your thoughts regarding the IASS service (previously Parent Partnership) via this survey. The survey has now been extended to the end of September. The survey is also applicable to people that have not used the service. Thank you.


Winner of PODS Annual Survey

In the Summer Newsletter we sent out our Annual Survey, with a chance to be entered in to our raffle to win £100 Shopping Voucher. We had a great response, thank you very much to everyone who took part. We are very pleased to announce the winner of the Shopping Voucher is....TINA LOWE!! Congratulations to Tina!!

Autism West Midlands September Newsletter 2018

This months Autism West Midlands Newsletter includes an article about Telford Autism Hub winning the award for Outstanding Achievement at the Care with Confidence Awards 2018. Huge Congratulations to the Team! 
The Telford Autism Hub is a partnership between Telford and Wrekin CVS and Autism West Midlands, and is funded by Telford & Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group. The service is for adults living in Telford, who have, or may have an autism spectrum condition (ASC). To read the Newsletter and article in full, please click on the link: https://mailchi.mp/autismwestmidlands.org.uk/febnewsletter-2659553?e=b5531c87f1

Cerebra Snoozeflash - Sleep Week 2018

Cerebra are holding their first Sleep Week! They will be launching their new sleep tips booklet which explains techniques to help with the ten most common sleep problems it also has lots of information to help your family sleep better. The Snoozeflash also features a Sleep Guide which is available to download for free. Cerebra would like you to join in too, by sharing your stories and tips with them on social media using #CerebraSleepWeek. To find out more about Sleep Week and read the Snoozeflash in full, please click the link: https://www.cerebra.org.uk/?wysija-page=1&controller=email&action=view&email_id=83&wysijap=subscriptions&user_id=5789​

Come and join us at our Family Groups...

Monday 24th September 2018: Your Voice + Family Resources from 5pm-7pm at Pirates and Princesses, Unit 17, Cedar Court, Halesfield 17, Telford, TF7 4PF

Friday 28th September 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 1st October 2018: Your Voice + Family Resources from 10am-12pm at Admaston House, Admaston,Telford, TF5 0BN

Thursday 11th October 2018: Your Voice + Family Resources from 7pm-9pm at Admaston House, Admaston,Telford, TF5 0BN

Thank you for reading our latest bulletin.

Kerrie Seagrave

Project Administrator on behalf of PODS Parent Carer Forum.

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