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Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust Passes & More...

Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust Passes

Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust Passes are back by popular demand! As a member of PODS and a Carer of a child/young person with a disability or additional need, you can take advantage of this amazing offer brought to you by PODS in conjunction with the Ironbridge Gorge Museum.
The offer entitles you the carer and up to 5 other people of your choice free access to Ironbridge Gorge Museums for a whole week. Not only that you can also claim 15% off your purchases in the Museum shops when you spend over £5
The pass allows you to visit:
• Blist Hill Victorian Museum
• Enginuity
• Coalbrookdale Museum of iron
• Darby Houses
• Jackfield Tile Museum
• Coalport China
• Museum of the Gorge/Tollhouse
• Tar Tunnel
• Broseley Pipeworks
You will require 1 pass for each person (including children) with a maximum of 6 available at a time, each pass will be valid for 1 week and you can visit any of the participating museums any number of times.
Passes are allocated on a first come first served basis, if you would like to use the passes please contact Elaine either by email elaine@podstelford.org or through our Facebook Page. All passes must be collected in person, there will be a £5 deposit per pass that will be refunded when the pass is returned by the agreed date. Passes can only be used with a valid form of photo ID and the carer it has been issued to is present. A full copy of the terms and conditions will be given to you at point of loaning the passes. This offer is made in recognition of the important and valued role you have as a Carer and only available to PODS members.

Mark Taylor Support Ltd - SOCIAL15+ Programme for February, March and April 2020

Mark Taylor Support Ltd are running a number of different activities across February, March and April 2020, with a hope that popular activities will find a regular place within the ongoing programmes, alongside new and exciting opportunities. 


The SOCIAL15+ programme aims to provide social, community based small group activities for young people and adults aged 15+ with a focus on increasing independence and self-confidence.

Maximum group size is 10 Service Users supported by 2 staff at a ratio of 1:5.
Service Users who require a higher level of support can access alongside a parent/carer.
Each activity is individually costed, with a reduced rate for those Service Users who will be supported by a parent/carer.
To register an interest on any of the activities within the programme please email: enquiries@marktaylorsupportltd.co.uk and provide your name, service user name, address, email address and telephone number. If Service Users are not already registered with the service, a registration form must be completed prior to attendance of any of the scheduled activities. Once a request is received, an invoice will be generated. All places will be confirmed on receipt of payment. If you have any questions about the programme or any of the activities on offer please contact the team directly.

SEND Telford & Wrekin Post 16 Education Provision Workshop

Thursday 5th March 2020 from 10am-11.30am at The International Centre, Saint Quentin Gate, Telford, TF3 4JH

Are you a young person with SEND (or their parent) who lives in Telford who is already at a post 16 setting (for example a college) or are you about to leave school to go to a post 16 setting? We would like to hear your views about what is currently being offered in Telford. Specifically : Is there enough choice? Are you able to find courses that interest you? Is information easy to find?

If you think it could be better what would you want to see? This workshop will be run by Telford and Wrekin Council and is the beginning of a conversation with young people and their parents about what is currently provided, what works well and whether you think any improvements could be made.

IASS (Information Advice and Support Service) Survey 2020

We wish to gather responses and use the results to provide feedback on how the IASS service is currently performing and ideas to support future development of the service. Please share your thoughts with us and return the survey by end of February 2020. You can complete the survey here: IASS (Information Advice and Support Service) Survey 2020
All responses gathered will be anonymous If you wish to discuss any matters in confidence with Jayne Stevens, our Strategic Co-ordinator, please get in touch via email to jayne@podstelford.org.

Carers UK State of Caring Survey 2020

Carers UK need your help to paint a picture of what it’s like to be a carer in 2020. 

Your evidence will help them to push carers up the agenda for policy makers and to campaign for recognition and change. In the next year they want to bring your voice and experience to the heart of decisions about: Spending on care and support services, Financial support for carers, Improving carers' health and wellbeing

To take part in the survey, please click the following link: Carers UK State of Caring Survey 2020

Asda Donnington Wood Green Token Scheme

Brilliant news and thanks to June Walker from Asda Donnington Wood for helping PODS with the green token scheme at Donnington Wood. We really appreciate the funds that will help give our families opportunities and events for coming year and also thanks to the wider community for choosing us for your green tokens.

SEN Transition Event for Post 16 Options

Friday 3rd April 2020 from 2pm-7pm

Following on from FutureFocus Telford's successful SEN event, last year at the Glebe Centre, they are running this event again. There will be lots of post 16 Providers, all under one roof, for you to go along and talk to, and find out more about yours or your son/daughters options for when they leave school.
They have listened to feedback from last year and are holding the event at a bigger venue, this event will be held at The Wellington Methodist Church. You can check out their Facebook page for updates: FutureFocus Telford

Learning Disability Stakeholder Engagement Launch Event Today

Learning Disability Stakeholder Engagement Launch Event taking place today from 1.30pm to 2.30pm at Addenbrooke House, Ironmasters Way, Telford, TF3 4NT. 

PODS Facebook Chat Space

Our private chatspace group is available to all our members who live in Telford & Wrekin. To join the Chat Space, please click here: PODS Facebook Chat Space

Please ensure you also 'like' the main PODS Facebook page though, so that you see our posts in PODS group. Thank you.

Forum News Update From Jayne Stevens - Strategic Co-ordinator 

Morning! Hope everyone had a good half term break - there seemed to be all sorts of activities going on - lots of fun and I hope that you managed to join in with some of it and didn't get caught out by any flooding, that's returned today with a vengeance! We have a closed college campus so an unexpected day off (and already winding up the whole house) so I'll be working from home today until my meeting this afternoon. I must remember to also buy pancake day supplies ready for tomorrow's family group at Park Lane Centre - are you joining us?

Last week's update - a webinar (they take some getting used to, but I find them really useful as a learning tool and able to replay them at a later date to check back and reminders) - it was about "mental health in the workplace", but I'm using it to consider how we work with our volunteers too - looking after each other is important isn't it - being aware of what support is available and being ale to talk openly and confidentiality about the 'other' stuff that might be bothering us. Lin (Befriender team lead and I spent a morning looking and learning together at a programme with Widgit symbols to make routine charts for a family which will be used on a trial basis, and then a few days developing the befriender training ready for the course starting in a couple of weeks. Inbetween I've been collating some information for the newsletter and also writing a presentation for our JSNA presentation on Wednesday - sharing families experiences from responses from annual survey, CAMHS/BeeU, social care and education - so back to that now and catch up with you later on today!

Best Regards
Jayne Stevens (Strategic Co-ordinator)

Come and join us at our Family Groups in 2020...

Tuesday 25th February 2020: PODS Park Lane Family Group from 12.30pm-2.30pm at Park Lane Centre, Park Lane, Telford, TF7 5QZ. To book your place, please click here

Monday 2nd March 2020: PODS Admaston Family Group from 10am-12pm at Admaston House, Admaston, Telford, TF5 0BN. To book your place, please click here

Thursday 12th March 2020: PODS 16-25 yrs Parent Carer Family Group from 12.30pm-2.30pm at The Hub Newport, 139 High Street, Newport, Telford, TF10 7BH. To book your place, please click here

Sunday 29th March 2020: Wacky Warehouse March Family Group from 9.30am-11am at the Wacky Warehouse Bridge Builder Pub, Arleston, TF1 2DE. To book your place, please click here

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Kerrie Seagrave

Administration Co-ordinator on behalf of PODS Parent Carer Forum.

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