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A Message from Santa & Mrs Claus & Lots More...


A Message from Santa & Mrs Claus

Santa and Mrs Claus have sent a very special message to all our PODS Families.

Please click the following link to view it: A Message from Santa & Mrs Claus

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

Happy Healthy Active Holiday - Wrekin Forest School SEND Day

Sharing from Happy Healthy Active Holiday...

"A fun session for families of up to four members with a family member who has additional needs. archery, pizza cooking, crafts, woodcraft, zip wire, shelter building & much more. Light cooked & cold option lunch provided for all children, drinks for all, adults bring a picnic too. Allergies catered for. Ages 4-16 inclusive. Wheelchair accessible and SEND targeted activity."

You can book through the following link: Happy Healthy Active Holiday - Wrekin Forest School SEND Day

Short Breaks - Respite - Ican2 - Arthog

Sharing from the Children with Disabilities Team...

"Telford and Wrekin Council’s Short Breaks Statement was published in Spring 2023, and we agreed to review it on an annual basis. Telford and Wrekin Council’s Short Breaks Statement is designed to show how we meet the social care needs of Children and Young People with disabilities in Telford and Wrekin. It shows the levels of support available, who it is available to and how to access it. You can view a copy here: Short Breaks Service Statement (Children with Disabilities) - SEND - Local offer (telfordsend.org.uk)

We have developed a survey to gather your opinions to help us to improve the statement. The survey is now live and will close on 6th January 2024: https://online1.snapsurveys.com/glwpil"

Beam - In House Workshops

Please see below, for details on Beam's wotkshops over Christmas.

Information from Telford & Wrekin Community Champions

Dementia Friends

Want to know how to become a Dementia Friend?

Becoming a Dementia Friend, you will learn more about dementia putting yourself in the shoes of someone living with the condition and turning your understanding into action.

You can watch Dementia Friend's online video or attend one of their Information Sessions face to face or via an online webinar or livestream video. To find our more, please click here: Dementia Friends

Support Information

Telford Mind - Christmas Opening Hours

Meet & Eat at Donnington Community Hub

Action for Happiness Calendar - December Kindness 2023


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