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The Queens Award for Voluntary Service & Lots More...

The Queens Award for Voluntary Service 

This week is National Volunteers Week and we have an exciting announcement to make, that fits in perfectly with both Volunteers week and the Queens Jubilee celebrations over the weekend.

Many of you may not realise that PODS is supported by an army of volunteers who cover a wide aspect of roles, most of whom fit in their volunteering around caring for a disabled child. This makes what they do extra special and important, which is truly worthy of recognition and it's vitally important to us that they are thanked and recognised for this. Our volunteers are an integral part of our charity and without them we would cease to exist. Their roles are entwined throughout our organisation, from Trustees who provide guidance and oversight, too those extra special volunteers helping with frontline services ensuring our community has the support it needs when they need it the most.

We are delighted to announce that our volunteers hard work and dedication has been recognised at the highest possible level and we have just been awarded 'The Queens Award for Voluntary Service' which is the equivalent of an MBE for voluntary organisations. We are overwhelmed and excited and cannot wait to celebrate and give that extra special thank you to our volunteer team. We will be hosting a formal presentation evening for our volunteers, as a way of a THANK YOU and to celebrate their success. Two lucky volunteers will be chosen to represent the charity in attending a Garden Party next year at Buckingham Palace. On top of this we have arranged with 'Room 2 Reward' for 3 volunteers and their families to have a free night or two away in hotel at a location of their choice. You are all welcome to put forward a volunteer for one of these very special Thank You’s, please email elaine@podstelford.org in the strictest of confidence.

Finally we wish to formally thank every single person that has given up their time, even if just an hour or two, for their help and support in making PODS the charity it is today, without you we would not be here.

We would also like to thank you on behalf of all the families you have helped and given hope to over the years, you truly have made a difference to countless lives, THANK YOU.

We have lots of lovely photos of our Afternoon Tea held on Thursday 2nd June for the Queens Platinum Jubilee, on our Facebook page: PODS Open Facebook Page. We were even honoured to welcome the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Shropsire and the the Mayor of Telford & Wrekin!

Become a PODS Befriender

Do you have some spare time to spend listening and supporting other parent carers on a 1:1 basis?

As a parent of a child with a special need or disability you have something very unique to offer. Your own experiences mean that you can empathise with other parents and help them to make positive adjustments to the news of their child’s special need/disability or you can provide support when they are facing new challenges.

Many parents find it invaluable to have another parent to talk to who can understand and listen. So why not become a PODS Befriender and support other local parents and strengthen our local community?

For more information or to express interest, please email: kerrie@podstelford.org

SEND Transition Event

Telford & Wrekin SENDIASS are hosting their annual SEND Transition Event on Thursday 16th June from 9.30am-2.30pm at The Family Zone, 12 and 15 Hazledine House, Central Square, Telford, TF3 4JL.

Shared from Telford & Wrekin SENDIASS..."With experts attending from across the Special Educational Needs or Disability sector within the borough, you can be sure of the best information and advice about everything surrounding your child "moving on up" with their education.

Places are limited so book through Eventbrite at the link provided to be sure of your place - and don't forget to choose the specific session you wish to attend. And we'd love to have your questions in advance for the Q&A sessions accompanying the sessions."

To book your place, please click here: SEND Transition Event

My Options Free Taster Session

My Options are holding a free taster session on Saturday 11th June at Arthog Outreach Centre in Wellington.

Please see the poster below for details on how to book.

Front Line Families - Anxiety and Puberty - The Stressful Years Session

Wednesday 22nd June from 7pm-9pm

Shared from Front Line Families (a partnership of organisations who work with families of disabled children and adults who have a range of support needs)...

"Do you want to know more about puberty and anxiety, and how this may be impacting your young person? The issue of anxiety in relation to neurodiverse individuals is an ongoing issue for all involved. With the various changes that occur during teenage years, these anxieties increase and widen. 

In this session, Mark will explore some of the underlying issues that increase the anxiety experienced during puberty and teenage years. As part of this, he will explore some of the potential ways forward to help the individual. Mark founded 'Special Help 4 Special Needs' in 2010 and works as a Special Needs Consultant with a range of individuals with various neurodiverse issues, including those diagnosed with Autism, Aspergers syndrome and more. 

Mark also runs a social club for adults with learning disabilities aimed at developing their social skills and confidence in using them. Join us on Zoom for an informative session with Dr Mark Brown - Special Needs Consultant."

For further information, or to book your place, please email: pippa@bringingustogether.org.uk

Front Line Families - What can therapy do for your Child Workshop

Shared from Front Line Families (a partnership of organisations who work with families of disabled children and adults who have a range of support needs)...

Are you unsure about therapy, about what it can do for your child?  Do you want to find out more? This workshop will include looking at what children need and helping you get clearer on who does what in the health system.

The workshop will cover things such as active listening and using metaphor. Join us on Zoom for an informative session with Mrs Ruth Commons, a practicing child and adolescent psychotherapist."

For further information, or to book your place, please email: pippa@bringingustogether.org.uk

Telford & Wrekin Council SEND Newsletter

The Telford & Wrekin Council SEND Newsletter (it also goes to schools and settings) is now live.

The Newsletter includes information on Emotional Wellbeing Panel/BeeU, My Options, Transport, Transition, and much more...

To read the SEND Newsletter in full, please click here: Telford & Wrekin Council SEND Newsletter

Covid-19 Vaccination Centre Opening Hours for w/c 6th June 2022

You can access the vaccination centre on a walk-in basis without having to book an appointment or call 119. 

Update from Jayne, Strategic Co-ordinator

Hello and Good Morning

You won't have seen an update from me for a while - I've been dealing with family matters but doesn't mean I haven't been around in the background - nipping in as and when I can...I'd like to thank everyone for their patience, their time, compassion and care - it really does mean a lot.

So, where are we up to - we've done the Short Breaks review and just in the final stages of proofing the statement and getting this shared, we're working with lots of local providers and have made some links with scouting groups to share the good work they are doing around inclusivity and acceptance. We are sharing recruitment drives for the Summer Playscheme project - if you know anyone who needs a holiday job - then please share the info from My Options. (if you need it, just give me a shout!).

The Emotional Wellbeing Panel work continues, and new procedures in place and of course this is not without it's challenges as we have reported on lots and lots.... In the meantime, we are offering our 'Support at Home' sessions for anyone who has a child with or without at diagnosis of Autism and we start the first one tonight at 6.30pm. Couple places left for anyone who is interested.

These are just two of the main projects we're currently working on - there's much more going on with transition, with schools, the SEND Review workshops that are coming up in a couple of weeks, wider work around health and social care - I can update you more in next bulletin.

Our annual survey has had a fantastic response - more families than ever have responded and thank you for sharing your experiences - this will feed into a report that I will be writing up in the next few weeks, feeding into the Aiming High for SEND, the SEND Partnership Meeting and various sub-groups.

I hope everyone has enjoyed the Jubilee celebrations over this past weekend, and for anyone who attended the PODS Jubilee Afternoon Tea at Enginuity - wasn't it fab!! - absolutely overwhelmed by everything that the PODS team created on this afternoon and to be also awarded the Queens Award for Voluntary Service and in the presence of some VIP's - just WOW!!

Best Regards and thanks again
Jayne x

Action for Happiness Calendar - Joyful June 2022


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