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PODS Counselling Service

We are thrilled to share some wonderful news with you all, we are launching our very own PODS Counselling Service.

To further enhance the holistic support we provide, we are introducing this valuable addition to our services, offering a dedicated space for emotional well-being.

Our Counselling Service aims to create a safe and nurturing environment for parents and caregivers, it will provide a safe space for you to express, explore, and heal, working towards achievable goals to get you on the right path to wellness.

For more information or to book an initial consultation please, contact kerrie@podstelford.org

PODS Workshop - Understanding Autistic Friendships and Relationships

Tuesday 23rd January 2024 from 10am-12pm at PODS Hub, 1 Hawksworth Radd, Central Park, Telford TF2 9TU

PODS is holding an online workshop for parents carers on Understanding Autistic Friendships and Relationships. The registered participants will have the option to attend it online at home or join in with us at PODS Hub.  The workshop will cover:

  • The Autistic Perspective 
  • Understanding Relationships
  • Social Anxiety
  • Helping with Avoidance behaviours
  • Planning for success

All the registered participants who opt to join in from home, will be emailed the joining link.

To book your place, please click here: PODS Workshop - Understanding Autistic Friendships and Relationships

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

PODS Minecraft Club

Tuesday 9th January 2024 - Tuesday 27th 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

Arts Club Tender is Live

Shared on behalf of Telford & Wrekin Council...

"Telford & Wrekin Council wish to commission a Provider to deliver an Arts club service to resident children and young people aged 5-17, with a disability.  

The Council recognises the importance of delivering an Arts Club service to children and young people with a disability. The Council is seeking the delivery of an Arts club that may cover the following:

  • Arts and crafts
  • Dance and drama
  • Music and singing
  • Sculpture and collages

This list is not exhaustive, and the Provider shall develop the offer in response to feedback from young people. There will be an opportunity to take items home and take part in related community projects. The activities are an opportunity for children and young people to explore a range of differing arts, take part to the degree they wish to (either as a sole or team activity) and have a sense of purpose and satisfaction, excitement, and achievement.

Many people benefit from engaging in creative arts and this activity will seek the same wellbeing outcomes for our children and young people with disabilities to experience the same sense of relaxation, creativity, aspiration, and sense of achievement.

This Arts club will operate for a minimum of 2 hours weekly for a minimum of 12 and up to 20 individuals. The sessions will be held at a regular day and time each week and shall be arranged to take account of other targeted activities delivered locally.

There will also be Showcases to celebrate the activities that the children and young people have put in and gives the opportunity for them to proudly display their work. The Provider will arrange an annual, or regular showcase of the items they have produced. This may be as an art gallery arrangement, a show of music, drama and dance display – or a combination and the Provider may collaborate with other providers delivering activities to this group in the delivery of a showcase.

Overall, the Council are looking for a place with the facilities and environment to cater for additional needs; an organisation with a staff team with the necessary skills to support child with additional needs, some of whom have a high level of personal care and support needs; and a range of arts related activities delivered by people with the necessary expertise.

Below is the link to the contract:  GB-Telford: Short Breaks Activities Arts Club 2024 - Contracts Finder: https://www.delta-esourcing.com/   Access Code : 9V9TVWJEJ9"

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.

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.

NLP Therapy

Please see the poster below for details on NLP Therapy sessions ran by Deborah Carpenter, The Additional Needs Coach.

Information from Telford & Wrekin Community Champions

Mind Exploring 'Self-Care' Webinar 

Mind has a one-hour 'Exploring self-care' webinar which they share is a great opportunity to start the year with some guidance on looking after your health and wellbeing.

The webinar will take place on Zoom from 11.30am on 17th January, you can register here: Exploring Self-Care – Looking after your own Mental Wellbeing


Winter Warm Packs

Action for Happiness Calendar -  Happier January 2024


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Kerrie Seagrave, Member Support Co-ordinator

on behalf of PODS Parent Carer Forum.

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