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PODS PFA Open Room, Mental Health Drop In & Lots More...

PODS PFA Open Room

Tuesday 16th January 2024 from 6pm-8pm at PODS Hub, 1 Hawksworth Road, Central Park, Telford, TF2 9TU

This group is aimed at those parents/carers of young people aged between 14 and 25 to have a chat and share experiences over tea, coffee, and biscuits. Loads of relevant information will be available during the group and I will be available to answer any questions or discuss specific difficulties.   

If you are unable to make it, please feel free to contact me on: matt@podstelford.org.

To book, please click here: PODS PFA Open Room

PODS Mental Health Drop In

Thursday 18th January 2024 from 1pm-2.15pm at PODS Hub, 1 Hawksworth Road, Central Park, Telford, TF2 9TU.

Come and join us for our first Mental Health Drop In of 2024.

We will have tea, coffee, biscuits, cakes and a listening ear ready for you.

Whether you would like to off load, have a warm cuppa, or just want someone to talk too. We are here for you.

To book, please click here: PODS Mental Health Drop In

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.


Tuesday 16th January 2024 from 12pm-2pm at PODS Hub, 1 Hawksworth Road, Central Park, Telford, TF2 9TU

A chance to put the world to rights over cake and coffee! Join us at the MenSpace group. A group dedicated to male carers.

These groups are guided by you, you can talk about whatever you want, and give us all chance to help each other out.

You will also be able to influence how these groups run in the future by feeding back what you want from the group and how we can achieve this. 

To book, please click here: MenSpace

PODS Social - Anime (12-25s)

Wednesday 17th January 2024 from 6pm-7.30pm at PODS Hub, 1 Hawksworth Road, Central Park, Telford, TF2 9TU

PODS are hosting a Social Session for young people aged 12 years to 25 years and their siblings. All our Social Sessions have a very relaxed atmosphere but there is always a specific focus. This session is: ANIME.  

Tickets cost: £3 per young person attending. All the materials needed will be provided to all the young people booked. 

Young People are welcome to bring their own anime creations and/or references. Parents/carers to stay on the site during the session. All tickets are non-refundable.

To book, please click here: PODS Social - Anime (12-25s)

PODS Buddy Scheme

Supporting Parent Carers Every Step of the Way!

Parent carers, we hear you!

We know that the thought of attending support groups might be daunting, but with the PODS Buddy Scheme, we're here to make it as easy as possible. Our mission is to create a nurturing environment for parent carers, where anxiety takes a back seat.

Connect with a PODS Buddy who understands, shares experiences, and provides the support you need to take that first step. Embrace a supportive network that truly cares.

For more information about having a PODS Buddy, please contact Kerrie: kerrie@podstelford.org or call: 07309 753044.

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

PODS Stop Motion Video Club resumes from January 2024. The children/young people will be provided with Lego and Ipads to help make the Stop Motion Videos.   

Please contact Uma at: uma@podstelford.org for any details.

To book, please click here: PODS Stop Motion Video 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 being able to improve their 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

Right from the Start - a guide to autism in the early years (under 5's)

You can download the toolkit by clicking this link

This is a toolkit for families with a child under the age of 5 and helps you to navigate the process of understanding, questions to ask, other things to think about.  It is just over 100 pages, but it's split into chunks and includes sections on:

  • What is autism?
  • Does my child have autism?
  • The autism pathway for children under five years old  
  • You, your family and autism
  • Supporting your child
  • Practical support
  • Right from the Start resources library

Transition into Adulthood - NHS England Survey

What comes after education?

"If your son or daughter has a disability and has left or is about to leave education, then we want to hear about your experience"

This has been sent to us via NHS England, working with the Together Trust. 

We know and understand the challenges faced by young people with disabilities and medical needs and their families when education is finished, and those young people move into adult services.

That transition into adulthood is often described as a difficult and confusing process made more challenging by the disparities between each local authority, social care and health providers.  People are left to navigate a complicated system, which differs county to county across the UK.

To raise awareness of the challenges faced by young people and those who care for them, the Together Trust is working with others on a piece of research.

Two surveys have been created to collect information about what happens after education. One is for families and carers and one for the young person. The survey is for anyone who has left education or about to leave so that we can understand their journeys. The aim of the survey is to highlight what transitions have worked well and why and the consequences of when they go wrong.

The survey will run until February 16th, 2024. Findings will be shared with the government to help inform new SEND standards.

The survey for young people is designed to be user-friendly, allowing responses in both written and verbal formats. You can access it here: https://www.videoask.com/f76uwhste.

You can find the survey for parents and carers here: https://togethertrust.typeform.com/aftereducation

Action for Happiness Calendar -  Happier January 2024


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