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PODS Christmas Opening Hours, January Activities & Lots More...

PODS Christmas Opening Hours

During the festive period there will be restricted availability from PODS staff between Friday 22nd December at 1pm through to Tuesday 2nd January at 9am. As our Staff and Volunteers take a well-earned rest with their families and disabled children.

PODS Hub will be closed during this time too, with the exception of pre booked groups and activities.

Reponses to emails and messages will be limited. We will have scheduled posts going out on social media, so please look out for them.

In an emergency, please use the numbers below. If you contact PODS, please be aware that it may not be picked up until the next working day.

Family Connect: (Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm excluding bank holidays) 01952 385385

Emergency Duty Team: For anyone who has immediate safeguarding concerns outside of office hours or on a bank holiday, including Christmas Day is 01952 676500.

Childline: 0800 1111 (for children) 0808 802 5544 (for parents)

National Domestic Abuse Helpline: (24/7) 0808 2000 247

Urgent NHS Mental Health Helpline: (24/7) 0808 196 4501

Samaritans: (24/7) 116 123

Mind: 0300 123 3393

Citizen’s Advice: 0800 144 8848

Corum: 020 7520 0300

PODS January Activities 

Join PODS this January for a variety of activity sessions! Booking is essential and parent/carer attendance is required. Open to children and young people, including siblings. Please book via the links below.

Inflata Nation 




Trains and Construction 

Tourettes Action Telford Family Group

Thursday 4th January 2024 from 3pm-5pm at PODS Hub, 1 Hawksworth Road, Central Park, Telford, TF2 9TU

Tourettes Action Group welcomes all families who have a child or young person that may be affected by Tourettes (or tics) in Telford.  We welcome anyone to attend to find out more about this condition and to receive support and share experiences.  Our group leader is trained and supported the national 'Tourettes Action' organisation.

This session has been set up as a 'family based' group and there will be activities.

To book, please click here: Tourettes Action Telford Family Group

PODS Stop Motion Video Club

Monday 8th January 2024 - Monday 19th February 2024 from 4pm-5pm at PODS Hub, 1 Hawksworth Road, Central Park, Telford, TF2 9TU

Does your child/young person like to make videos? If yes then PODS is starting an after school Stop Motion Video Club to enable the children and young people make stop motion videos using Lego.

All equipment and items needed will be provided. Contact Uma at uma@podstelford.org for any details.

To book, please click here: PODS Stop Motion Video Club

PODS Minecraft Club

Tuesday 9th January 2024 - Tuesday 6th February 2024 from 4pm-5pm at PODS Hub, 1 Hawksworth Road, Central Park, Telford, TF2 9TU 

A chance to come together and enjoy a session of Minecraft. Please note Minecraft will be accessed via PODS iPads which are linked to one another to allow multiplayer options. Children will not be able to access their own Minecraft accounts for safety reasons. Sessions open to children and young people of all ages who are members of PODS including their siblings.

Drinks and biscuits provided. Session costs are non-refundable, parent/carer/PA must remain on site for the duration of the session. Please ensure every Child/young person attending has a ticket, those attending without a ticket will be turned away. Adult tickets are NOT required.

To book, please click here: PODS Minecraft Club

PODS Lego Club

Wednesday 10th January 2024 - Wednesday 20th March 2024 from 4pm-5pm at PODS Hub, 1 Hawksworth Road, Central Park, Telford, TF2 9TU

PODS Lego Club is running sessions for children from 5-14 years old during Term Time. The children will be building as well as be able to improve their to social and communication skills. 

Session costs are non-refundable, parent/carer/PA must remain on site for the duration of the session. Please ensure every child/young person attending has a ticket.

To book, please click here: PODS Lego Club

BEAM Workshops for Parents and Professionals 2024

Sharing from Shropshire Beam...

"Shropshire Beam are pleased to provide Virtual workshops for Parents & Professionals from January 2024 – February 2024. All virtual workshops will take around an hour.

All details are below, you need to click on link at the appropriate time of chosen workshop. All workshops will be done via MS Teams Video call, we are unable to record sessions. The workshops are derived to be informative and engaging sessions, please be willing to participate during the sessions. There are four Workshops which will be rolled out at 4pm to enable more people to attend"

Wednesday 3rd January 2024 at 12pm - Managing Anxiety

Wednesday 10th January 2024 at 12pm - Sleep Support

Wednesday 17th January at 12pm - Supporting & Understanding Self Harm

Wednesday 24th January at 12pm - Wellbeing Planning

Wednesday 31st January at 12pm - Grief & Loss The workshop for Parents/ Professionals

Wednesday 7th February at 12pm - Managing Anxiety

Wednesday 21st February at 12pm - Supporting & Understanding Self Harm

Wednesday 28th February at 12pm - Wellbeing Planning

Free Festive Resources to Support Children with SEN

Sharing from the Witherslack Group...

"This festive season, we want to continue providing top tips and advice for neurodiverse families. Our Seasonal Support Pack is bursting at the seams with resources to support children with SEN, including ADHD, autism, mental health, and speech language and communication difficulties.

Here's what topics you can expect to be covered:

  • 12 Days of Festive Therapy Activities
  • Strategies To Support Over-Stimulation At Christmas
  • Sleep Support Over The Holiday
  • Social Situations & Withdrawal Over The Festive Period
  • Strategies To Support Sensory Dysregulation Over Christmas
  • Supporting Speech & Language Skills at Christmas"

To download the resources pack, please click here: Free Festive Resources to Support Children with SEN

Young Person Grant

Have you seen that the Leader and Cabinet Members’ Young Person Grant is back?

Over the last seven years, it’s seen 510 young people awarded a total of £109,742, which has made a huge difference to their lives. This grant of up to £500 is available for young people who live in Telford and Wrekin, a child in care or previous care leaver outside of the borough, who are seeking support to help get them into education, employment or training. It’s also available to young people looking for help to pursue extracurricular activities to support their learning and development.

If a young person you know or work with might wish to apply, visit www.telford.gov.uk/ypg to get advice, read about past recipients, and make an application.

SEN Magazine's November - December 2023 Issue

In the November-December issue of SEN Magazing, you will find articles on:

  • Toilet training with complex needs
  • Dyslexia screening
  • Music therapy
  • Practical inclusion
  • Gardening and SEN
  • Autism: early intervention
  • Creative tech

To read those articles and the magazine in full, please click here: SEN Magazine's November - December 2023 Issue

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!

Information from Telford & Wrekin Community Champions

Domestic Abuse Support for Deaf People

Dodgeball Fun Sessions

Boxing & Fitness Youth Club

Action for Happiness Calendar - December Kindness 2023


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