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March News...

Tiger Who Came to Tea - A Reading with Makaton

Saturday 7th March 2020 from 11am-11.30am at Waterstones Telford

Join one of Waterstones booksellers and a Makaton Tutor on Saturday 7th March 2020 at 11am for a special reading of The Tiger Who Came To Tea with Makaton.

Shining Stars

Shining Stars is a voluntary parent led play group for children (under 5 years old) with additional needs. It's a place for parents to get support, advice and to meet others in similar situations. It is run by two volunteer parents that have children with additional needs so have lots of experience and knowledge and an understanding of the isolation and the issues and concerns that parents may feel. They are, Tina who has a 8 year old son with complex medical needs, autism, global developmental delay and other issues and Karen has a 7 year old daughter with Down's Syndrome. 

The group has many sensory toys including fibre optic lights, bubble tube, role play, a ball pit, as well as many other indoor and outdoor toys. Weekly activities include painting, messy play and paper crafts. Makaton is also used.

Calm Cafe

If you are looking for emotional or mental health support in the evening, there are Calm Cafe's located in The Hub on the Hill Cafe, Meeting Point House Cafe and Madeley Wellbeing Cafe. For further information please see the poster below.

Social Care Workshop

A Social Care Workshop is on Tuesday 3rd March from 10am-12pm at Meeting Point House and Friday 6th March 10am-12pm at Darby House. For families accessing social care support, you are invited to share your views regarding Preparing for Adulthood pathways. Please get in touch for information about this or to book a place. Thank you.

Autism West Midlands 11th Shropshire Autism Conference

Autism West Midlands 11th Shropshire Conference - Autism and Anxiety is on Thursday 26th March from 10am-2.30pm. You will hear from expert speakers, share ideas and chat with others who have similar experiences. Their keynote speaker this year is Corey Wood who will talk about his autistic journey and anxiety; his difficult years in school, learning how to manage his anxiety and success in his chosen career.
To find out more and book your place, please click here: Autism West Midlands 11th Shropshire Autism Conference

Great Dawley Town Council - Free Inclusive Disco

The FREE Fab Friday Inclusive Disco is back on Friday 6th March 2020 from 7pm-9.30pm.

The Apprenticeship Employment & Skills Show

The Apprenticeship Show will open up a little bit earlier for our young people, at 11.30am this is to allow for a quieter time to talk to people exhibiting there. Also remember about the 'education' focus group earlier in the day too.

Jungleland SEN Session

Jungleland's next FREE SEN session is on tonight from 6pm-8pm. Last admissions at 7pm, the session includes a ride on the Jungleland Express Train. Don't forget if you have a Max Card the admission price is £1.99.

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.

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

Wednesday 11th March 2020: PODS Hollinswood Family Group from 9.30am-11pm at Hollinswood Pavilion Community Centre, Draycott, Telford, TF3 2DN. 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

Monday 30th March 2020: PODS Forum 16-25 yrs Parent Carer Family Group from 12.30pm-2.30pm at The Wakes, Theatre Square, Oakengates, Telford, TF2 6EP. 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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