Bike Fest at Shrewsbury & Oswestry during June 2013!

2013 bikefest logo - shrewsburyShrewsbury’s fantastic free day of cycling for all the family is back on Saturday 8th June 2013 with entertainment, advice, guided cycle rides and opportunities to learn new skills.

BikeFest is organised by Shropshire Council’s Travel Shropshire team and will be held on and around the cycle track at Shrewsbury Sports Village, Sundorne Road, from 10am-4pm.

New features this year include a cyclo-cross challenge for ages 16 and under (at 12pm) – no special bike or previous experience is needed.  Also new is a guided ride on National Cycle Route 81 led by local Sustrans volunteer rangers (leaves at 2pm).

Quest88 will be there all day with their adapted bicycles for adults and children with disabilities.  Contact them at if you want to find out more about what types of cycles they will be bringing along.

There are also plenty of popular favourites from previous years, including Solo Circus the cycling clown, the pedal–powered smoothie-maker, and the pedaling picnic to The Weir. You can also try unicycling and BMX skills.

The day starts with a learn-to-ride session at 10.15am – take the stabilisers off your bike, bring it along and learn to ride without them so you can practice on the track later.  For more confident young cyclists, the first session on the track (10am-11am) is run by Mid-Shropshire Wheelers cycling club as an introduction to cycle racing.

For more information about the Shrewsbury Bike Fest click here.


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And if you can’t make it to the Shrewsbury Bike Fest why not go along to Oswestry Bike Fest on Saturday 29th June 2013. Oswestry Bike Fest is being held at Walford & North Shropshire College, Shrewsbury Road, from 11am-3pm. Click here for more information.


Image from Oswestry's 2012 Bike Fest - Quest88 bike

Image from Oswestry’s 2012 Bike Fest – Quest88 bike

Shropshire’s Family Information Service – The Rainbow Pack is now available as an ebook!

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Shropshire’s Family Information Service (FIS) has launched its first Kindle, tablet and smartphone-compatible ebook for families of children with disabilities.

The Rainbow Pack is the first ebook published by the FIS and is available to download to a Kindle, iPhone or iPad from Amazon for just around £0.77 pence, which covers the cost of hosting the ebook on Amazon.

Research shows that parents of children with a disability face additional barriers to accessing accurate, up-to-date and comprehensive information to support them in their role as a parent.  With this in mind, the Family Information Service is keen to make information available through as many routes as possible to make it easy for parents to access the information they need.

The Rainbow Pack includes information about local and voluntary agencies, and is divided into seven main sections:
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•    Benefits and money
•    Having fun
•    Early years and childcare
•    Education
•    Rights and responsibilities
•    Organisations that can help.

Shropshire’s Family Information Service is a free and confidential service providing impartial information, advice and guidance on a wide range of subjects relating to children and young people aged 0 to 19, and covering all aspects of family life. The FIS can support parents/carers with information and also practitioners who are working with children, young people or families.

The Rainbow Pack ebook is available at Amazon by clicking here.

If you don’t have access to a Kindle or an iPad or iPhone, hard copies of The Rainbow Pack are still available free of charge. To obtain a copy, please call the Shropshire Family Information Service on 01743 254400 or email


Skills for Care – funding for User-Led Organisations

Skills for Care logoFrom Monday 20 May 2013, User-Led Organisations (ULOs) can apply for grant funding to deliver (or broker) learning/training required by people who employ their own care and support staff (individual employers).

The training or learning delivered may include, but will not be restricted to, accredited health and social care qualifications, but must be completed by 31 October 2013.

This funding has been made available to increase the number of individual employers and personal assistants accessing development opportunities.

Applications must be submitted via the Skills for Care e-tendering and funding portal by 4pm on Friday 7 June 2013.

Further information and guidance (that includes the eligibility criteria) can be found on the funding pages of the Skills for Care website

All queries should be directed to:

Personalisation Event & Threshold Criteria Information for Professionals & Providers

Personalisation: ‘Leading the Change’

Live Life - Your Way logoAn event for children’s providers and voluntary and community organisations is being held on 11th June to prepare them for the roll out of ‘Personalisation’ in September 2014.

This event will give providers an opportunity to start looking towards the future and the provision that may be required for families.

The event will involve Andrew Tyson from ‘In Control’ (expert organisation on Personalisation) giving some background on Personalisation and the opportunity for providers to ask any questions they may have. There will also be an opportunity for those attending to work together to create an action plan for Shropshire Council in terms of providers and Personalisation.

  • Date: 11th June 2013
  • Time: 10am-4pm
  • Venue: The Dogs Trust, Roden Lane Farm, Shrewsbury, TF6 6BP

Lunch & refreshments will be available

For further information or to confirm your attendance please call Miriam Parker on 01743 250190 or email




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Multi-agency Guidance on Threshold Criteria to help support Children, Young People and their Families in Shropshire

The threshold framework, “Accessing the Right Services @ the Right Time” is a guide for practitioners and managers in every school and agency that works with, or is involved with children, young people and their families. Its aim is to assist practitioners and managers in assessing and identifying a child’s level of need, what type of services / resources may meet those needs and what processes to follow in moving from an assessment to a provision of services.

The “Accessing the Right Services @ the Right Time” Multi-agency Guidance on Threshold Criteria to help support Children, Young People and their Families in Shropshire, has been fully endorsed by the Shropshire Safeguarding Children Board (SSCB) and is now available on the New SSCB Website.

The SSCB Threshold document can be accessed by clicking here


AFC Summer Playscheme 2013

AFC logoThe Action for Children (AFC) Summer Playscheme is available to children and young people with disabilities or additional needs aged 4-18 years (19 if attending Severndale School) who are registered with Shropshire’s ‘All In’ Short Breaks programme.

The Playscheme will be running from Tuesday 23rd July – Friday 23rd August 2013 with full and half days available.

For further details regarding what opportunities are available on each day, including a booking form and contact details for AFC please click here.

The closing date for all bookings is Friday 7th June. Due to demand it may not be possible to give you every day you request but AFC will endeavour to meet your needs up to 2 days per week maximum. Dates booked are not guaranteed until you receive a confirmation letter from AFC.

Please note: There is no charge for attending the summer playscheme. All days are FREE of charge, although any donations to AFC would be gratefully received.

Anyone who has not accessed Action for Children’s services previously please contact Deborah King or Mandie Ellis on 01743 344696.

Parent/Carer consultation meetings regarding the Summer Playscheme 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.

If you are unable to attend any of the consultation meetings AFC are happy to meet parents/carers on an individual or group basis.

AFC have tried to access Severndale School as a venue for part of their summer play scheme, in line with some parents/carers preferences, but unfortunately due to major contracting work this will not be possible and therefore the venue for the play scheme will be The Priory School, Longden Road, Shrewsbury, SY3 9EE.
AFC are aware that some parent/carer preferences for Severndale School as a venue are due to the hydro pool, sensory room and soft play facilities which are available there.  AFC would like to reassure parents/carers that these facilities are provided through accessing external hydro pool/sensory facilities and hiring soft play/inflatable equipment which is available on all venue days.  Also please note that AFC hire the whole of the Priory School and therefore have access to all areas such as: sports hall, IT suite, arts room, secure outside areas, playing fields etc.  There are also disabled changing facilities and areas available to AFC at all times.
AFC would like to inform parents/carers that if there is a demand for support in transporting children/young people from the wider areas of Shropshire then they are more than willing to look at ways to help parents/carers.

Autism West Midlands ‘Aspire’ Summer Programme

Autism West Midlands LogoAutism West Midlands have been successful in gaining Shropshire Council Short Breaks funding to run a Summer Holiday Programme for young people aged 16-18 with Asperger Syndrome/High Functioning Autism living in Shropshire.

This course is a great way to meet other young people, have some fun and start planning for the future. The course will cover a range of topics including communication skills, personal relationships, future options, health and well being and will be delivered by our Autism West Midlands Aspire colleagues (AWM’s employment project).

Location: Gateway Education and Arts Centre in Shrewsbury.
Time: Sessions will start at 10.45am and finish at 2.45pm.
Cost: £60 for six weeks. Participants will need to attend the whole course.

There may be support from a hardship fund if the cost prevents a young person attending. There will also be the option to pay by installments.

Further information including course content is available by clicking here.

If you would like to find out more please contact Autism West Midlands Aspire colleagues by email: or by phone: 0121 450 7582