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EarlyBird Programme, PODS Family Christmas Party & More...

EarlyBird Programme

EarlyBird Course information is now live on the Local Offer. EarlyBird (National Autistic Society) provides courses and information for families who have a child on the Autistic Spectrum and is available locally. When clicking on the links below, select Care Services and scroll down to EarlyBird Programme:



Little Rascals SEN/D Halloween Event 

Little Rascals SEN/D Halloween Event on Wednesday 31st October between 3.30pm and 7pm. Usual entry charges apply. No need to book just turn up, for more information please message Little Rascals through their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/uklittlerascals

Bright Star Boxing Academy

Starting on 10th November, Bright Star Boxing Academy are holding Inclusive Boxing Sessions, every Saturday from 11.45am-12.30pm, please see the poster below for contact details:

Halloween Activity Adventure In Telford Town Park

Go along to the Town Park and enjoy their free fun Halloween app!

SEND Newsletters

Have you seen the SEND Newsletters that the council produce? There's ones for Parent Carers and some for professionals too, lots of useful information, links and phone numbers: 


AccessAble is the new name for DisabledGo. If you are looking for places to go where you are near, this is an updated guide: https://www.accessable.co.uk/

Free Halloween Family Disco at The Wakes

The Wakes are holding a Free Halloween Family Disco on Thursday 1st November from 4pm-6pm, for more information, please click the following link: https://www.facebook.com/events/262615557792349/​

PODS Family Christmas Party!!

On Sunday 2nd December 2018 At The Valley Hotel, Buildwas Road, Ironbridge, Telford, TF8 7DW

Come and join us for this years Christmas Party! The whole family is welcome and we have a very special guest visitor, Santa himself. The party starts at 4pm and lasts to till 10pm, buffet food will be served at 6pm, please feel free to join us for as long or as little as you like. All members of families living in Telford and Wrekin, from kids to adults are all more than welcome to join in the festive fun. Children/Young people or even adults if you wish will be able to visit Santa, all children/young people will receive a Christmas gift from Santa. There will be a disco along with traditional party games for the children and maybe the adults too!!! We hope to see you there. If there are any dietary requirements please let us know. Any questions or for more Information please contact elaine@podstelford.org

To book your tickets, please click the following link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/pods-family-christmas-party-tickets-51866988559?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

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

Hello - hope everyone who attended enjoyed our EHCP workshop that we held on Monday 15th Oct (for people who are looking to apply for one!) - some really useful information about the process and how to get it right; of course schools must be ensuring they are doing all they can to meet your child's needs via SEN support and access to the ISF Fund (you can find more about this on the Local Offer!), I've attended a Mental Health in Schools conference in London and this followed on from work we did at the CAMHS workshops at the beginning of the year which demonstrated the importance of mental health support in schools - some really good practice out there and you might notice that I've shared information from the Anna Freud Foundation over this past week - well worth a look if you have the time. We had a really useful transport discussion at our family group in Hollinswood and the reporting from this has been shared on the PODS 'Chatspace' group for our members to read through. Thursday and Friday were taken up with Preparing for Adulthood Workshops with a focus on writing outcomes, understanding the process around transition and hearing from local young people who had been supported into work - some great work going on and this will all be shared via our involvement with working groups at the council.

This last week has been spent mainly preparing for the Aiming High for SEND meetings - where all the SEND team leads from Health, Education and Social Care come together to share their work areas, a data dashboard is presented to the Chair of this and she reports to higher authority and Directors. It's important that the information shared is much more than a list of numbers, and I'm there to represent families to ensure a balanced view and to challenge where necessary. We are pleased that the Chair of this board will be joining our Steering Group meeting in November to hear direct from our Parent reps and also to help us understand the processes around reporting. We are keen to ensure that SEND becomes everyone's business so are looking for ways to extend this out to EVERYONE in the council and health teams - more about that in coming months! This week has also seen the health and council teams from Telford and Shropshire joining together to discuss services and what the offer is around Autism - this is a series of workshops that will help to highlight what is out there but more importantly where the gaps are and how they can be filled. It has already been noted through the Aiming High work that Autism is a priority area for commissioning of services. We've ended this week with a family group in Dawley where families access information, talk about issues affecting them and their children and also access the Face 2 Face Scheme too.

Hope everyone has a good half term and I'll catch up with you when I'm back on 5th November :) Thank you for reading - Jayne Stevens (Participation Co-ordinator)



Come and join us at our Family Groups...

Monday 5th November 2018: Your Voice + Family Resources from 10am-12pm at Admaston House, Admaston, Telford, TF5 0BN

Thursday 8th November 2018: Your Voice + Family Resources from 7pm-9pm at The Elephant and Castle Pub, Dawley, Telford, TF4 2ET

Wednesday 21st November 2018: Your Voice + Family Resources from 9.30am-11.30am
Hollinswood Community Centre, 7 Downemead, Telford, TF3 2EW

Sunday 25th November 2018: Your Voice + Family Resources from 9.30am-11am
Wacky Warehouse, Bridge Builder Pub, Wrekin Retail Park, Arleston, Telford, TF1 2DE

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Kerrie Seagrave

Project Administrator on behalf of PODS Parent Carer Forum.

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