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PODS Social Support Group - Christmas Cupcake Decorating

Tuesday 5th December 2023 from 10am-12pm at PODS Hub, 1 Hawksworth Road, Central Park, Telford, TF2 9TU

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.

We will be decorating ​cupcakes for Christmas. All materials will be provided. Booking is essential and tickets are non-refundable. Any family members welcome to join us and we'll supply the refreshments and treats too (donations welcome).

To book, please click here: PODS Social Support Group - Christmas Cupcake Decorating

PODS Social Support Group at Blists Hill

Wednesday 20th December 2023 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. Tickets are available at a subsidised cost of £3 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, please click here: PODS Social Support Group at Blists Hill

PODS Warm Hub

Join us at our Warm Hub this winter!

A haven for the community, where we come together for activities and support in the face of the cost of living crisis.

Lets make a difference, warm hearts and share the warmth!

Everyone is welcome.

Please see the poster below for dates and times, you will find us at 1 Hawksworth Road, Central Park, Telford, TF2 9TU.

December Challenges at Home Sessions

Thursday 14th December 2023 from 9.30am-12pm at PODS Hub, 1 Hawksworth Road, Central Park, Telford, TF2 9TU and 6pm-7.30pm on Teams.

"Challenges at Home" sessions for families who have a child on assessment pathway or undergoing diagnosis of autism
Open to 0-18 years from mainstream and special schools. For families to discuss home/life concerns and seek information and advice from Educational Psychologist team around emotional, behaviour, social, anxieties, routines, etc.

We use these sessions to support families to find solutions together and share experiences and offer mutual support in a safe and supportive place.

If you are attending with another family member, you ​only need to book one place. If your plans change or you no longer require a ticket, please do let us know as we often have a waiting list (jayne@podstelford.org).

To book your place, please click the links below:

Thursday 14th December 2023 from 9.30am-12pm at PODS Hub

Thursday 14th December 2023 from 6pm-7.30pm on Teams

Short Breaks Forum Meeting

Thursday 7th December 10am. Meeting will be hosted at PODS Hub, 1 Hawksworth Road, Central Park, Telford, TF2 9TU

Please join this meeting which is led by Telford & Wrekin Council.

It is to support your views and share experiences and ask questions regarding social care services and activities for Children and Young People aged 0-18years.

NHS 111 Mental Health Service 

Sharing from Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin...

"Extended 111 service will help those in mental health crisis in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin...

From 1st December 2023, people living in Shropshire , Telford and Wrekin will now be able to access urgent mental health support directly via NHS 111, 24/7.

On receipt of the call, specially trained staff will speak to callers, discuss their urgent needs, and assess what the best way to support them is depending on their symptoms.

We think this a really important step forward to improve care for those who are suffering mental health issues. Until now many people in mental health crisis didn’t know which number to call or who to turn to for help.

If people have physically harmed themselves, or if their life is at risk, then A&E is the right place to go. But more often people just want someone to talk to, and advice on what help is available and which services they can access.

Overall, we are aiming to give mental health crisis parity of esteem by making help more easily accessible and available as well as easing pressure on A&E departments."

Telford and Wrekin Youth Grant Fund

Sharing from Telford & Wrekin Council...

"Unlock your potential with the Young Person Grant! 

Whether you are looking to learn a new skill, start up a business, or simply need the right equipment to help you on your pathway to success, the Leader and Cabinet Members’ Young Person Grant Scheme is here to help. We believe in investing in our young people to help you achieve, no matter your circumstances. The Leader and Cabinet Members Young Person Grant Scheme 2024 runs from 1 December 2023 to 5pm on 19 January 2024.

What is the Young Person Grant? The grant is a monetary award of up to £500 to support young people in:

  • education, employment, and training
  • starting up their own business
  • additional help to pursue extracurricular activities to support their learning and development.

The grant was set up by the Leader and Cabinet of the council and has run for many years, helping over 250 young people to succeed."

To find our more and to apply, please click here: Telford and Wrekin Youth Grant Fund

Join Our PODS Befriending Scheme as a Befriender!

Empower, Connect, Support: Make a Difference in a Parent Carer's Journey

Are you passionate about making a positive impact in the lives of families facing unique challenges? PODS invites you to become a vital part of our Befriending Scheme, offering heartfelt emotional support to parent carers navigating the path of raising a child or young person with a disability or additional needs.

Why Become a PODS Befriender?

  • Meaningful Connections: Forge genuine connections with parent carers and provide empathetic understanding in a non-judgmental space.
  • Empowerment: Be a beacon of strength, helping parents discover their resilience and empowering them.
  • Active Listening: Your compassionate ear can make a world of difference. 
  • Peer-to-Peer Support: Share insights, strategies, and coping mechanisms based on your own experiences.

For more information, please contact Kerrie: kerrie@podstelford.org or call: 07309 753044.

PODS Present Exchange

The idea is: Those who are in need can take a present from under the tree and those who are able or wish to can place a gift under the tree at PODS Hub.

On the 20th December any remaining presents will be donated to PRH.

Your generosity could make someone smile this Christmas!

Autism Hub Midlands - Support for Midlands-based Parents, Carers, Family Members or PAs

Sharing from Autism Hub Midlands...

"Please be advised that our FREE December workshops for parents and carers of autistic people can be booked via our hub - Contact and Ambitious about Autism (Midlands) | Autism Central

We will be running sessions on ‘Supporting Strategies for the Festive Period’ and ‘Preparing for Meetings’

We also offer FREE 121 calls and email signposting, and we have added extra call times in the run up to Christmas - Autism Hub Midlands - 1 to1 support (contact.org.uk)"

Information from Telford & Wrekin Community Champions

UK Disability History Month from 16th November-16th December

Telford & Wrekin Council will be holding a Disability History Month celebration event on 14th December, 11am at Southwater One ( Southwater Square, Southwater Way, Telford, TF3 4JG).

The event will be an opportunity to raise awareness and show solidarity with Telford & Wrekin employees and local residents with disabilities. 

There will be a number of information stands and materials from both internal and external services and a chance to hear from those with lived experiences and professionals. 

You can find out more, here: UK Disability History Month 2023

Free Outdoor Walks

Green Spaces Are Go have a great selection of free outdoor walks, events and more in our beautiful parks and green spaces for you enjoy in December, click on the following link for more information: Green Spaces Are Go.

Interfaith Council Christmas Day Dinner

Action for Happiness Calendar - December Kindness 2023


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