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PODS Forest School Session & Lots More...

PODS Forest School Session for Children/Young People

Wednesday 13th April 2022 from 10.30am-1.30pm at Wrekin Forest School, Crudgington Moor Lane, Telford, TF6 6EE

Join us for a Forest School session at Wrekin Forest School. Children /young people and parents/carers will have the opportunity to participate in activities like archery and woodcraft and will also be making pizza and roasting marshmallows. Parents/carers to provide appropriate clothing and are advised to check the forecast before attending.

Children to be supervised at all times. Limited spaces so booking is essential. In case the event is changed/cancelled due to weather conditions, the parents/carers will be contacted. There will be a 30 minute break for lunch so the parents/carers are advised to bring a packed lunch for their children. Please note that this event is only for PODS Members in the Telford and Wrekin Area.

To book your place, please click here: PODS Forest School Session for Children/Young People

PODS Blists Hill Family Group

Friday 25th March 2022 from 10am-12pm

Come and join us at PODS Family Group in Blists Hill Victorian Town for a chat, relax and meet with friendly faces. Ask us for some advice or just enjoy a walk around the village. Please note a facemask is required in some parts of the village. Tickets are available at a subsidised cost of £2.50 per person. PODS will provide1 tea/coffee/soft drink to each person booked, however you will have to purchase your own other refreshments if required.

Places are limited and booking is essential, open to all PODS members living in Telford and Wrekin. Please note that the tickets are non-refundable. Children, of any age, are welcome however if they are under 2 years old, no ticket is required. We will be meeting at the entrance at 10am, please let us know if you will be late or can no longer make it so as the group can enter on time.

To book your place, please click here: PODS Blists Hill Family Group

PODS Befriending Scheme Family Group - Meet the Befriending Team

Thursday 17th March 2022 from 10am-11.15am at Leegomery Community Centre, Leegate Ave, Leegomery, Telford, TF1 6NA

Do you fancy a cuppa and a natter in a friendly, non-judgemental environment? Join us at our PODS Befriending Scheme Family Group, at Leegomery Community Centre, for a chance to have a catch up, find out more about the Befriending Scheme and access non-judgemental befriending peer support with fellow parent carers.

Places must be pre-booked. We look forward to seeing you there!

To book your place, please click here: PODS Befriending Scheme Family Group - Meet the Befriending Team

March Dates for Autism Support Sessions

We still have spaces available for our Autism Support Sessions in March, we are offering a general session or a more focussed session - daytime and evening - please click on the links below to book your places.

These sessions have been really beneficial for our families so far, and we're really pleased to be able to continue to offer them. Thank you.

To book on the General Session, please click here: Autism (post or pre diagnosis) Support Sessions

To book on the Focussed Session, please click here: Autism (post or pre diagnosis) "Focussed Subject" Support Sessions

Telford Children's Autism Hub - Understanding my Autistic Child Workshop

Tuesday 15th March from 9.30am-12pm

Telford Children's Autism Hub and Autism West Midlands are pleased to offer the following workshop to parents/carers of children with a diagnosis of autism:

Understanding my Autistic Child. The workshop will cover: 

  • What is Autism?
  • Autism as a spectrum
  • Characteristics of Autism
  • Supporting your Autistic child
  • Reasons for behaviour

To register for this event or to find out more information, please call them on 01952 262062 or email: childrensautism@tandwcvs.org.uk

PLEASE NOTE: They are currently limiting numbers due to Covid measures in place. In accordance with CVS guidelines, they ask that you wear a face mask (unless exempt) and do a lateral flow test before attending.

Funky Friday Inclusive Disco - March 2022

Friday 18th March 2022 from 7pm-9pm at Telford Hornets Rugby Club RFC, Hinkshay Road, Telford, TF4 3NZ

Information shared from Funky Friday...

"ALL Attendees (young people and parents/carers) need to pre-book tickets then pay on the door. Young people with additional needs (aged 15 years plus): £3, Siblings & friends: £3, Parents/Carers: Free. **Where possible please only ONE parent/carer per young person, to allow more young people to be able to attend. Thank you.**

If you have access to Lateral Flow Tests please take a test before attending the disco. Please do not attend the disco if you have any COVID symptoms including but not limited to: runny nose, sore throat, new, persistent cough, high temperature.

Although Omicron is a milder variant of Coronavirus it can still cause severe illness in some people and many of our disco attendees are classified as Clinically Extremely Vulnerable. Please be considerate towards others."

To book your place, please click here: Funky Friday Inclusive Disco - March 2022

SEN Magazine - March-April 2022

In the current issue of SEN Magazine, you'll find articles on the following:

  • House of Commons debate on Tourette's
  • Covid-19 and SEN law
  • Spotting dyslexia in class
  • Smart interventions for teachers
  • Strategies for undiagnosed autism
  • Making public transport accessible

To read those articles and the magazine in full, please click here: SEN Magazine - March-April 2022

Parent Carer Wellbeing Study

Shared from University of Exeter...

Have you heard about the Parent Carer Wellbeing Study? www.parentcarerwellbeing.org

It’s a national survey of parent carers in England and by sharing your experiences you can help researchers develop better support for carers in crisis.

The study is being led by the University of Exeter and the survey has been co-designed by carers.

There’s no limit on the type of illness or disability your child has and parents, step-parents, foster parents, kinship carers, and legal guardians are all welcome, as long as you live in England and your child (or at least one of the children you care for) is under 18.

To complete the survey online or request a hard copy, go to www.parentcarerwellbeing.org

Parent Carer Wellbeing Study Videos

Anna’s Story: The Parent Carer Wellbeing Study – Anna’s Story - YouTube

Julia’s Story: The Parent Carer Wellbeing Study – Julia’s Story - YouTube

PODS Forum Family Group

Tuesday 15th March 2022 from 10am-12pm at PODS Office, Suite 14, Hazeldine House, Central Square, Telford Centre TF3 4JL

Join us at our friendly Family group, a chance to catch up on updates, discuss services and access non-judgemental befriending peer support with fellow parent carers. Any family members welcome to join us and we'll supply the refreshments and treats too (donations welcome). The places are limited and need to be booked.

To book your place, please click here: PODS Forum Family Group

Update from Jayne, Strategic Co-ordinator

Hello and Happy Monday....

Hope everyone had a good weekend, and the weather was much brighter of course, which tells me that spring is on the way, and I need to get outside to do some gardening. I love to hear and see the children out and about too. Hope that you've been able to do family stuff? It's really interesting where people are going, and what they are doing - there seems to be quite a few offers popping up all over the place doesn't there - swimming, more swimming, boardroom cafe's, soft play centres...

Whilst all this community work is going on - that's great, but we're also still working on the wider 'short breaks' offer, the respite offers, recruitment of staff and PAs to meet family's needs.  

We've held our first 'Parent Reps' meeting of the year this last week, in person - it makes such a difference to see the team properly, round a table, and we had a really good catchup with the morning focussing on 'children (0-18)' and the afternoon focussing on adults (18-25). We've also welcomed two new parent reps - one focussing on short breaks and children, and another on education and EHCPs, so will be making more introductions over the next few weeks.  Some of the discussions and key items we discussed: CAMHS and their challenging behaviour course, and wider mental health discussion, vaccinations for CEV, short breaks and use of personal budgets, equality and diversity in the generalised sense, our Ed Psych/Autism support sessions, accommodation for adults, PfA navigators and support for transition.

The Autism Childrens' Hub launch is tomorrow, and this will be recorded and shared.  We have a list of questions ready for the panel - it will explain the Hub and also where it fits within the wider ASD Pathway - those voices of yours have been integral into the development of this work, and we have much more yet to do, and we're here every step of the way.  There are some new team members sitting within the BeeU service now and we are in process of arranging meetings to discuss processes and pathways.  As well as the wider BeeU work, I had a meeting this week with the new manager of BEAM (Childrens Society) in Wellington - some great news happening there that we will be able to share with you including extension of drop-in sessions, and a wider offer more suited to children and young people with Autism.

A piece of work we have been asked to be involved in is around the use of medication - particularly that prescribed for behaviours that challenge. . . (not ADHD medication). If your child is on any of this type of medication, we'd be interested in hearing your views and invite you to talk to us and share your experiences.  This is a very emotive subject, we know, and experiences will be handled sensitively as always.

Thank you for taking the time to read this update and I hope you all have a good week.

Best Regards


Action for Happiness Calendar - Mindfulness March 2022


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