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PODS February Half Term Sessions & Lots More...

PODS February Half Term Sessions

Join PODS this February half term for a variety of activity sessions! Booking is essential and parent/carer attendance is required. Open to children and young people, including siblings.

Please note that you can only choose one of the Valentine's sessions (either Valentine's crafts or Valentine's party), please don't book onto both.

Please book via the links below:

Wrekin Forest School 

Valentine's Crafts 

Valentine's Party 

Private Sensory Room Hire 

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.

PODS Warm Hub Office Space 

Escape the chill and embrace the warmth at our cozy Hub office! We're thrilled to offer FREE Hub office hire, complete with a comforting bowl of soup and refreshing drinks to keep you fuelled and focused.

Booking is essential, so secure your spot now for a productive and snug work environment.

Contact Louise at louise@podstelford.org to reserve your spot and elevate your work experience!

PODS Parent Carer Forum New Leaflet

We have updated our PODS Parent Carer Forum leaflet.  Please share with families and parent carers in our community.  The role of the forum is to gather and share the views and experiences of families, to ultimately improve outcomes for local families who have a child with a disability or additional need.  We welcome any feedback about local services - across Education, Health, Social Care and wider services  which are then shared in reporting to key strategic teams, Directors and Service Managers.  

The Parent Carer Forum, has been running for the last 15years. It is made up of a team of Volunteer Parent Reps, who are out and about within the community and share the experiences of families at monthly Reps/Forum Meetings and go on to attend strategic meetings, boards as part of their role.  

For further discussion or to find out more please get in touch with Jayne Stevens, Strategic Co-ordinator (lead of the Parent Carer Forum). Thank you. jayne@podstelford.org / 0777 534 2092

Get Connected Sessions

Get Connected Sessions are for people aged 65+, to help them with using email and connecting and using the internet safely. Upcoming locations for the next Get Connected Sessions are:

  • Coalbrookdale and Ironbridge Community Centre, 2 Wellington Road, Coalbrookdale TF8 7DX.
    • Commencing every Monday from Monday 19 February 2024, 10am-12noon until Monday 25 March 2024.
  • Hadley Community Centre, 30 High Street, Hadley, TF1 5NL.
    • Commencing every Tuesday from Tuesday 20 February 2024, 9.30am-11.30am until Tuesday 26 March 2024.
  • Wellington Civic and Leisure Centre, Committee Room, Tan Bank, TF1 1LX.
    • Commencing every Tuesday from Tuesday 20 February 2024, 1.30pm-3.30pm until Tuesday 26 March 2024.

To request a place at any of these upcoming locations then please complete this form or call our contact centre on 01952 380000. A limited amount of places are available on each course.

Trainee Educational Psychologist Research Request 

Sharing from Iona Douglas, a third year Trainee Educational Psychologist studying at the University of Bristol...

"Dear parent/carer, 

My name is Iona and I am a third year trainee educational psychologist studying at the University of Bristol. As part of my training I am completing a research project where I am exploring parental perspectives on the role of the Teaching Assistant (TA) within mainstream primary schools. As part of my research I am conducting a survey for parents to explore how strongly they agree with various statements about the TA role generated from parental interviews. This survey can be found at the link below and should take you no longer than 15 minutes to complete.  If you are interested in taking part in the study, and meet the criteria below, please could you follow the below link.  

To take part in the study you need to be a parent or carer of a child with an EHCP (education, health and care plan) who attends a mainstream primary school. Your child does not need to have a designated TA however they need to have had some experience of working with one at some point during their time in primary school. Examples of this could include small group or individual interventions, in class support, social skills groups and support at lunch or break time etc. 

If you have any questions please also email me using the following address: rb21460@bristol.ac.uk 

To take part in the research, please click here: sps.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/exploring-parent-views-of-the-role-of-the-ta 

Thank you for your time and I look forward to receiving your survey response, 

Iona Douglas"

Thriving After Brain Injury - Lanyon Bowdler Conference

Wednesday 6th March 2024 from 8.15am-4.45pm at Walker Theatre, Theatre Severn, Frankwell Quay. Shrewsbury, SY3 8HQ

Please see the poster below for details of the Thriving after Brain Injury Conference being held by Lanyon Bowdler.

They have a fantastic line-up of guest speakers, who will focus on life after brain injury. You will hear from individuals who have not only survived life-changing injuries, but have thrived in the face of adversity. 

Their keynote speakers are Alex Danson MBE – former captain of the England & GB Hockey Teams and Jack Rutter – GB Paralympic Footballer. 

Information from Telford & Wrekin Community Champions

Support Sessions

Cancer Champions Training

Are you a hairdresser or barber?

Lingen Davies are hosting a special Cancer Champions training session - Cancer Champions can make a real difference to people’s lives and their health, by spreading the word that spotting cancer early saves lives.

To find our more, please click here: Cancer Champions Training

Awareness Days and Events

Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust share:

Every day in the UK, 2 women lose their lives to cervical cancer and 9 more receive a life-changing diagnosis. 

Cervical screening (a smear test) is a test to check the health of the cervix and help prevent cervical cancer. It's offered to women and people with a cervix aged 25 to 64. Find out more about cervical screening here.

Find out more about the symptoms here.

Time to Talk Day- 1st February 2024

What is Time to Talk Day?

Time to Talk Day is the nation’s biggest mental health conversation. Happening every year, it’s a day for friends, families, communities, and workplaces to come together to talk, listen and change lives.

Time to Talk Day 2024 will take place 1 February 2024. It’s run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness and is being delivered in partnership with Co-op for the third year running. Across the UK, it’s delivered by See Me in Scotland, Inspire in Northern Ireland and Time to Change Wales. 

The more conversations we have, the better life is for everyone. Talking about mental health isn’t always easy and sometimes it’s even harder to say how you really feel. But a conversation has the power to change lives. 

Time to Talk Day is the perfect opportunity to start a conversation about mental health. Find out more here: Time To Talk Day - Time To Talk Day

Local Activities

Join Madeley Town Council's jigsaw challenge. Starting at 10am on Thursday 1st February in Madeley Community Library, they want to see if they can complete it by 12 noon with your help. They're taking on a jigsaw challenge in support of Time to Talk Day, run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness. 

Action for Happiness Calendar -  Happier January 2024


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