Barnardo’s Connect Service

Believe in Children - logoBarnardo’s Connect Service are looking for more volunteers. Anyone out there who is interested in making a difference and supporting children with additional needs please get in touch.  Barnardo’s particularly need volunteers in the Oswestry area and volunteers who are available after school, during school holidays and weekends.

Barnardo’s Connect Service also want to hear from parents/carers of children and young people with additional needs (or anyone who is working with a child/young person with additional needs) that would like support for their child/young person to access an activity or receive support with improving their confidence and self-esteem.

For further information please get in touch by calling the Barnardo’s office on 01743 248094 or email

Please Note: Children & young people who are already receiving assessed services from the Disabled Children’s Team are unable to access the Barnardo’s Connect Service.

‘All In’ Whitsun & Summer Playschemes

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Whitsun Play Scheme

Action for Children are running a Whitsun play scheme at The Priory School, Shrewsbury, SY3 9EE. The play scheme will run 9.30am – 3.30pm from 28th – 31st May.

Spaces are limited so if you haven’t already booked your place please contact Deborah King or Mandie Ellis on 01743 344696.

Summer Play Scheme

Action for Children are also beginning to organise the Summer play scheme which will take place during the first 5 weeks of the summer holidays; Tuesday 23rd July – Friday 23rd August. The play scheme will run 9.30am – 3.30pm each week day (venues to be confirmed).

Children and young people aged 5-18yrs (19yrs as long as they attend Severndale School) can attend but must be registered with ‘All In’.

Application forms will be sent out the week commencing 7th May to all parents/carers who have accessed Action for Children play schemes previously.  

The closing date for applications will be Friday 7th June.

Anyone who is interested in attending the play schemes but has not accessed Action for Children’s services previously please contact Deborah King or Mandie Ellis on 01743 344696.


If you haven’t received an application form by 20th May please contact Deborah King or Mandie Ellis on 01743 344696

Parent/Carer consultation meetings regarding the Summer Play Scheme will be held as follows:

  • Tuesday 21st May at 1.00pm at The Willows, 49 Reabrook Avenue, Belle Vue, Shrewsbury SY3 7PZ.
  • Wednesday 22nd May at 9.30am at The Willows, 49 Reabrook Avenue, Belle Vue, Shrewsbury SY3 7PZ.
  • Wednesday 22nd May at 6.00pm at Belle Vue Youth Club, Rocke Street, Shrewsbury, SY3 7PY.

Autism West Midlands: Workshops & Advice sessions

Autism West Midlands LogoFree workshops in Shrewsbury for family carers living in Shropshire

Autism West Midlands are running “Rising to the Challenge” parent workshops again this year with 3 sessions before the summer holidays and 3 sessions after. There is a choice of day time or evening sessions.

The 6 sessions are FREE and for family carers of children with autism spectrum conditions who live in the Shropshire Council area (it’s ok if your child is not diagnosed so long as autism is being considered)

Bookings are being taken by email or phone and priority will be given to families attending for the first time and booking on all six sessions. If families have attended previously but missed a session or would like to attend again please get in touch.

For further information about the workshops including how to book a place please click here.


Advice sessions for family carers and professionals

Autism West Midlands are also offering advice sessions in various locations across Shropshire. Parents or professionals are able to book a slot to meet a member of the team for a one to one appointment.

For session dates and times and to book an appointment please call the Autism West Midlands Information Helpline on 0303 03 00 111 or email


Shropshire Short Breaks – Where do we go from here?

Shropshire Council logoHow can Short Breaks contribute to the future development of your child?


Shropshire Parent Carer Council (PACC) and Shropshire Council are jointly hosting a meeting for parents and carers to share their thoughts on the development of Short Breaks for children and young people with disabilities or additional needs in Shropshire.

We know that Short Breaks are important in supporting families to continue to provide care for their children with disabilities or additional needs and that they offer important opportunities for young people to increase their confidence, social skills, independence and to have fun.

PACC logoPACC have kindly volunteered to organise the meeting. If you would like to attend or would like further information about the conference please contact PACC on: or ring on 0845 601 2205.

Venue: Central Baptist Church, Shrewsbury Town Centre (SY1 1QG)

9.30am for 10am start – 2.30pm finish

Refreshments including lunch will be provided.

World Autism Awareness Day 2013

People and organisations around the world will come together today (2nd April) to raise awareness of autism, with events and activities continuing throughout the month.

Autism is much more common than many people think, with over half a million people in the UK having the condition. If you include their families, autism touches the lives of over two million people every day.
(Information taken from The National Autistic Society)

In Shropshire Autism West Midlands are celebrating World Autism Awareness Month on Friday 5th April. The event will be taking place at St Barnabas Community Church Centre in Shrewsbury (SY3 7DN) from 10am-2pm. Entrance is free for children and £1 for adults. There will be toys, games, arts and crafts, information stands, sensory taster experiences and much more. There will also be a photographer to take children’s portraits and an autism friendly hairdresser – additional charges will apply.

Autism West Midlands LogoFor further information contact Emma Hegenbarth on 07989 682701 or email