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The Guide Dogs Tech for All & Lots More...

The Guide Dogs Tech for All 

Shared from Guide Dogs..."The Guide Dogs Tech for All initiative is our commitment to make sure children with a vision impairment in the UK have access to an Apple iPad to use outside of school.

We know how important these devices are to a child’s development - both to support learning at home or just to have fun and explore the activities and interests they enjoy. That’s why we’re providing free iPads to children and young people with a vision impairment, aged 3-18. 

While technology in schools remains the responsibility of local authorities, it’s important for children with sight loss to also have their own device at home. With excellent assistive technology built-in as standard, such as screen magnification, voiceover and audio descriptions, an iPad can break down barriers and make many activities easier, like reading in larger fonts, magnifying photos and keeping in touch with friends. 

With the help of these devices children can independently play their favourite games, read and watch stories and shows, and connect with family and friends in the format that works best for them. These simple things can provide a sense of normality and independence that makes a huge difference to a child’s confidence and wellbeing.

And we also provide digital learning resources on our website, to make sure children can get the most out of their device. This includes guidance on setting up your iPad and its accessibility features, as well as advice on additional apps to help with vision impairments.  The resources also include help on how to use iMovie, Garageband, Clips, and more, so that your child can make the most of everything on offer. These digital learning resources can be accessed, by anyone, not just recipients of our iPads. 

We have 2,500 iPads available in 2022 and the devices we provide are completely free of charge. The only requirement is proof of vision impairment for your child (please see our terms and conditions for a list of suggested documents).

To find out more or to apply today please visit: The Guide Dogs Tech for All

You can also view their information leaflet here: The Guide Dogs Tech for All

PODS Contactless Donation Points at Hadley Park House Hotel

PODS would like to say, thank you so much to both Nextgendonate and Hadley Park House Hotel, Telford for their very kind offer of helping PODS to raise further funds to go towards supporting families with disabled children.

Shared from Nextgendonate...

"Thank You Hadley Park House Hotel, Telford for hosting 2 contactless donation points for PODS (Parents Opening Doors) at reception and your bar.

A special thanks to Mark Lewis for his generosity and support, seen below with Gill Nunn of NextGenDonate. If you visit this fantastic hotel in Shropshire please tap your phone on the PODS Charity Logo from @stickyto and donate to this Queens Award 2022 winning charity - see the following link about their Award https://lnkd.in/eQgBX5ir"

PODS Befriending Scheme Family Group

Thursday 23rd June 2022 from 10am-11.15am at Hollinswood Neighbourhood Centre, 7 Downemead, Hollinswood, Telford, TF3 2EW

Do you fancy a cuppa and a natter in a friendly, non-judgemental environment?

Join us at our PODS Befriending Scheme Family Group, at Hollinswood Neighbourhood 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, to book your place, please click here: PODS Befriending Scheme Family Group

We look forward to seeing you there.

PODS Forum Family Group 

Tuesday 21st June 2022 from 12.30pm-2pm at PODS Office, Suite 14, Hazledine 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 peer support with fellow parent carers. Any family members welcome to join us and we'll supply the refreshments and treats too (donations welcome).

This event is free for all PODS members in Telford and Wrekin, booking is essential. To book your place, please click here: PODS Forum Family Group

PODS Blists Hill Family Group

Thursday 30th June 2022 from 10am-12pm at Blists Hill Victorian Town, Telford, TF7 5UD

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 provide 1 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

Lexrae Support Fun Day 

Shared from Lexrae Support...

"Following our most recent service user forum, we have listened to requests and will be holding a FUN DAY at the Lexrae Community Hub. 

On the day there will be: Food Vans / Fairground Ground Games / Bouncing Castle / Helter Skelter slide / Raffle / Stalls 

All money raised will go to the Service users chosen charity which is Cancer Research."

Makaton at Your Fingertips 24/7

The Makaton Charity have a Makaton Library of resources available to download. 

To find out more, please click here: Makaton at Your Fingertips 24/7

Taylor Support Play Therapy

Please see the poster below for Taylor Support's Play Therapy offer.

For further information, please contact Rebecca Kitchen on rebecca@taylorsupport.co.uk 


Come and join us and get involved.

We are hosting a series of workshops as response to the SEND Green Paper "Right Support, Right Place, Right Time". 

This Government green paper and information and proposals builds on the 2014 reforms. 

We have arranged a series of workshops for week commencing 13th June  - you can attend the one that is most relevant to you, or you can attend all of them.  We will also be joined by members of the LA SEND Team and IASS support team.

Please book your places using the links below.  We look forward to you joining us.

Tuesday 14th June 12.30-2.30pmWorkshop will cover EHCP and assessments, development of tailored lists of settings, mediation and tribunal processes

Wednesday 15th June 9.30-11.30amWorkshop will cover Specialist support placements, Multi-Academy Trusts, Alternative provisions

Friday 17th June 9.30-11.30amWorkshop will cover Transition/Preparing for Adulthood, Careers Guidance proposals

Update from Jayne, Strategic Co-ordinator

Good Morning and Hello.

Throwing ourselves this week straight into SEND Review workshops - we're covering early years today (Monday), EHCP's tomorrow, alternative provision on Wednesday and Transition/adulthood on Friday. If you are interested in any of these subjects and want to have a say about the national SEND review that will affect you locally or ask a question of our local teams, then check out the links for more information and to book.

My first week back full time last week so still doing lots of catching up. This last week though, we've had a really good conversation about inclusive leisure, the survey they put out a while ago, has been reviewed, and will also be taking into account the learning from the short breaks (activities) work we have been doing over the last few months, since before Christmas. Some really good conversations that have included about bikes at town park, accessible routes and also wider discussions about leisure centre accessibility, specially adapted equipment, and town park equipment including a request around the water play area and earlier opening/dedicated opening times - we've popped a post for discussion on PODS Chatspace (members only) so it's worth a look, or if you want to email to find out more, please do so.

The has been a real buzz in the air following the jubilee celebrations and also our Queens Award for Voluntary Service - which wouldn't have been possible without the support of our wider volunteer network. For me personally in my role, that means the work of our parent reps, who are out there listening and sharing and bringing those experiences into conversations we have every month - so a massive thank you to you all. I've got a couple of new reps who are interested in joining us, so will be doing some more training again soon!

Best Regards

Covid-19 Vaccination Centre Opening Hours for w/c 13th June 2022

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

Action for Happiness Calendar - Joyful June 2022


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