Perry Riding – support for planning application

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Numerous attempts over the past eight years to locate a suitable site to build a new sustainable centre where the Perry Group can be guaranteed a future and many other groups and individuals can benefit.

A planning application has now been lodged for a site kindly put forward by the Willey Estates in Much Wenlock. Full details are available on the Shropshire council planning web page, and there are more details on the new Cavalier Centre website by clicking here.

If you would like to show your support please do so by lodging a supporting comment on the planning site, with a plan to gather 2,000 if possible. It involves registering first and then being e mailled back. It is a little time consuming but will be invaluable to the cause if you and any friends and supporters can spare the time to do it:

Go to and on the home page look at the column on the left and click on Environment and Planning.

You will next see a page with three main headings – Planning, Environment, Recycling and Rubbish.

Go to the Planning list and at the top Click on Online Planning Register.

The next page invites you to find or comment on an application.  Complete the Text Box with 14/02127/FUL and enter. Then follow the simple instructions to leave comments and I hope your SUPPORT for the application. 



Funding Award for the Shropshire Parent Carer Forums

For the last 12 months the Shropshire Parent and Carer Council (PACC) and Parents Opening Doors (PODS Telford) have been working together on a lottery bid for the Reaching Communities Programme.  We are really pleased to be able to announce that they have been successful in this bid and have secured a grant in excess of £300,000 to support their work for the next three years.  The funding will enable PACC and PODS to continue and develop their work across Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin.  The main focus of the work will continue to be on providing parent carer participation opportunities, accessible and relevant information and the chance to access a peer to peer support network. The funding comes at a key time for parent carer forums with the increased role they will have to play in the delivery of the SEN reforms in particular. 

The funding will enable Participation Coordinators to be recruited for both Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin, along with increased administrative support.  There will also be a Face 2 Face Coordinator recruited to deliver the Face 2 Face Scheme across the two areas, offering support from trained befrienders to more families.

“We are really excited about this news.  There is so much work to be done and we hope that the funding of these posts and the associated activity, will enable us to take full advantage of the current opportunities for parent carers to be involved in decision making, on an individual and strategic level.  We also want to provide more opportunities for families to meet and share experience and knowledge because we know from our previous work how much this is valued.”

To make the most of this opportunity however what PACC really need is your support.  PACC is totally reliant on the information that local parent carers share with them about their daily lives and experiences. They need to know what works and what needs to be improved and they need you all to say it out loud.  There will be increasing opportunities for parent carer representatives to get involved in PACC work, and to support this PACC will be providing training so that those of you who would like to get involved can develop your skills and confidence in this area. 

If you are interested in training to become a PACC parent rep or would like to become a member of PACC they would love to hear from you, please contact Sarah Thomas on 0845 601 2205 or email . More information about PACC’s work is available on their website but please bear in mind this website is currently under review and so is not updated regularly.

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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:

Shropshire Short Breaks Capital Funding 2013/14

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Shropshire Short Breaks has some capital funding available.

The capital funding can be used to develop universal and community based services to make them more accessible or to enhance services already available to disabled children and their families. Capital funding can be used to improve facilities or to purchase equipment. There is a minimum limit of £2,500. It cannot be used to fund staff, training or activities.

We have a maximum of £150,000 to spend before the end of August 2013 and would like to hear from a variety of organisations (service providers, Council services, parent support groups, charities etc…) that have an idea of how they would use this fund to develop their service areas for the benefit of the Short Breaks programme. Ideally, we would like to hear about existing or planned projects, which can sustain themselves beyond this one-off support.

Terms and conditions attached to this funding include;

• Funding will be in the form of a ‘one off’ funding agreement.
• Any ongoing costs such as maintenance and repair etc… will not be covered and will be the applicant’s responsibility.
• Proof of Public Liability Insurance and up to date accounts will need to be produced.
• An end of project report along with evidence of expenditure would be required to describe how the money was spent, what equipment was purchased and when the project was completed.
• In the event that our grant does not get spent in full this money must be repaid to Shropshire Council.

Evaluation of applications:

All applications will be evaluated on the basis of:
• Benefit to the Short Breaks programme
• Value for money
• Sustainability

Next step:

If you would like further information or would like to submit a proposal, please contact Harry Cade on 01743 250225 or email The deadline for completed forms is Friday 31st May 2013.
(The grant conditions are such that this opportunity will expire by 31 August 2013)

Community Support Service for Children & Young People with Disabilities

Shropshire Council logoThis service is part of Shropshire’s Short Breaks offer. It provides enjoyable, safe and valuable activities for disabled children and breaks from caring for their parents / carers.

Following a competitive procurement process and a stand-still period which ended at midnight on 7 March 2013, we are pleased to confirm that the contract has been awarded to Action for Children Services Ltd (AFC).AFC logo

The contract will run until 31 March 2015, with the possibility of a one year extension.

The service consists of four elements:

Age       Eligibility
1 After school clubs during school term time, including a bi-weekly Saturday club 4-18 Children’s Social Care criteria apply
2 Outreach activity at the weekend and after school. (In term time and school holidays) 4-18 Children’s Social Care criteria apply
3 Activities during the holiday periods 4-18 (19) ‘All-In’ members + children supported by DCT¹ + Severndale pupils
4 Residential opportunities for children to develop independence skills 4-18 (19) ‘All-In’ members + children supported by DCT¹ + Severndale pupils

¹ DCT = Disabled Children’s Team

Parents told us that they “don’t want a reduction in the level of service being offered”. The Council also expects that the demand for community support is increasing. In response, AFC will be contracted to:

  • Offer more places in after school activities during school term time
  • Offer more places for outreach activity at the weekend and after school
  • Maintain the number of places for holiday activities
  • Maintain the number of places for residential opportunities

Parents said that they “want to choose the setting which they feel is most appropriate for their child’s needs”.

  • AFC will be contracted to negotiate with suitable venues, including, but not necessarily limited to, The Priory School and Severndale Specialist School.

Parents said they wanted a mixture of challenging activities and more supportive activities.

  • AFC will be contracted to provide this choice.

Parents said that they wanted the option of half and full days.

  • AFC will be contracted to provide this choice.

Parents said that they wanted Severndale pupils up to age 19 to be able to access holiday places.

  • AFC will be contracted to provide this.

Parents said that they wanted the option of family activities and sibling support.

  • AFC will be contracted to offer this, providing this does not reduce the opportunities for disabled children.

Parents said they wanted to have a choice of payment methods.

  • AFC will provide this.


If you would like any further information regarding what opportunities Action For Children will be providing please contact Katrina Edge at AFC on: 01743 344696 or email

Short Breaks Development in Shropshire

All In logo - blogInvitation to apply for contracts during April 2013 to March 2014

Shropshire Council is seeking applications from service providers to assist it in meeting the requirements of ‘The Breaks for Carers of Disabled Children Regulations 2010’.

Shropshire Council are inviting applications for the following;

• Provision of a playscheme during Easter and Whitsun school holidays 2013 for children and young people with disabilities aged 5-19.

• A range of short break opportunities that will run for up to one year from April 2013 to March 2014 with the possibility of extension by one year.

For further information please click here.