Autism West Midlands – Parent Workshop & Activities

Autism West Midlands LogoHere is a summary of what Autism West Midlands have coming up in early 2014 for families with children on the autism spectrum, including their half term activities and a parent workshop on teenage issues.

Full details are on the website links.

NEW – Producing music workshops (using a professional music studio) on Saturday afternoons in Oswestry for 10-18 year olds. Starting 8 Feb 2014: http://www.autismwestmidlands.org.uk/news/index.php?page=article&news_id=382715

Games and Lego for all ages in Shrewsbury Monday 17 Feb 2014: http://www.autismwestmidlands.org.uk/news/index.php?page=article&news_id=382735

Please also remember that the Saturday Board Games Groups are still meeting each month in Whitchurch and Market Drayton (9-18 year olds). Contact Hilary McGlynn if you would like more information: 0788 110 9586 or hilarym@autismwestmidlands.org.uk

Photography workshops at half term for 10–18 year olds at Attingham Park. A choice of a full day on 19 February or a half day on 20 February 2014: http://www.autismwestmidlands.org.uk/news/index.php?page=article&news_id=382725

Stay and Play for under 5s in Shrewsbury – Fridays 10.00am-12.00 pm on 24 January, 21 February, 25 April, and 30 May: http://www.autismwestmidlands.org.uk/events/index.php?page=event&event_id=907663

Workshop for parents “Teens on the autism spectrum” Saturday 22 March, 9.30am to 12.30pm in Shrewsbury:              http://www.autismwestmidlands.org.uk//events/index.php?page=event&event_id=919485

The Albrighton Trust – Transition Project

The Albrighton TrustThe Albrighton Trust charity provides educational, recreational and leisure facilities for mentally, physically and sensory disabled users.

For over 20 years The Albrighton Trust has had a successful record of supporting people of all ages with special needs and their carers by providing high standard facilities and offering a range of confidence and esteem building activities.

The Albrighton Trust is excited to introduce a new transition project for disabled and special needs young people aged 15-25. The ‘Me & You’ project is a Lottery funded project for disabled and special needs young people during their transition years.

The project aims to build the skills, confidence and esteem of disabled and special needs young people by providing positive outdoor activities in a ‘green-blue’ environment.

They will be offering a range of horticultural, angling, wildlife and conservation experiences and skills with the opportunity to gain a qualification if desired.

 Benefits of the project:

  • Enables young people to develop the skills, confidence, esteem, team work, leadership skills and Interpersonal skills.
  • Help young people during the transition period of their lives from full time education to adult life by exploring their options.
  • Introduces new skills and opening up a variety of outdoor learning opportunities in a ‘green-blue’ environment to increase confidence to a point where young people can make life changing decisions, either to progress their education or explore job or volunteering opportunities.
  • To achieve shared goals in a positive environment by giving young people the opportunity to develop personal and practical skills supported  by an enthusiastic, experienced and knowledgeable staff team and volunteers.

 For further information about the ‘Me & You’ project please contact:

Suki Rathor on 01902 372 441 or email Suki@albrightontrust.org.uk

The Albrighton Trust also offer…

  • Training, Resource and Learning Centre;
  • Sensory Gardens;
  • Conservation and Wildlife programmes;
  • Arts, Craft and Music sessions;
  • Wheelchair accessible angling facilities;
  • Horticultural training and therapy;
  • School holiday activities for both disabled and able bodied children to play and work together.

Opening hours are 9am–4pm Monday to Friday and weekends during the summer months.

For further information please visit The Albrighton Trust website: www.albrightontrust.org.uk 

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Shropshire Short Breaks – invitation to apply for contracts

Shropshire Council logoShropshire’s Short Breaks Team are looking to gain new applications to deliver Short Breaks opportunities in 2014/15 for children with disabilities or additional needs as part of the ‘All In’ programme.

The deadline by which all applications must be received is 5pm on 23rd January 2014.

Further information can be found by clicking here.

Please pass this information on to any provider/club/group/organisation etc… you feel may be interested.

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Charlotte’s Tandems

Charlotte's Tandems logoCharlotte’s Tandems became a Registered Charity in July 2012 and lend tandems to (and only to) people with disabilities or special needs for free, who are unable to ride a bike safely on their own, so that they can enjoy the wonders of cycling. Their borrowers are both children and adults. Tandems are a fun and safe way to get out and about as friends, a couple, family or group. They are available for hire for a couple of months at a time.

Charlotte’s Tandems now have about sixty tandems and tag-alongs all over the UK and are looked after by the Helpers from all over the UK.

The disabilities and special needs of their borrowers have so far included: Severe Learning Difficulties, Autism, Aspergers, Blindness, Visual Impairment, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Stroke, Amputation, Hearing Loss, Dyspraxia, Fybromalgia, Parkinson’s, MS, ME, CRPS, COPD, Hemiplasia, Tuberous Sclerosis, CHARGE & MPS III.

For more information or to contact Charlotte’s Tandems please click here

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Autism West Midlands – NEW parent/carer course and Music Workshops for young people

Autism West Midlands LogoPractical Interventions Course for parents/carers

Please find details of a new course which takes place over 5 weeks (Tuesday evenings) in November/December. The course is aimed at parents/carers of children on the autism spectrum who have to physically intervene with their child to manage their challenging behaviour. The course will be delivered by one of our AWM training team using the Studio III approach http://studio3.org/about/

Parents/carers need to contact Autism West Midlands for a booking form. Due to the nature of the course there are only 12 places so they will be booked on a first come first served basis on receipt of the booking form and course fee (£20 for all 5 sessions). Similarly because of the limited number of places we are asking parents to be sure that they are able to attend all session dates before they book.

We are very grateful to Shropshire Council/Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group for the opportunity to bring this training to Shropshire. For this reason the course is only open to parent/carers of Shropshire children under 18 with autism/autistic traits.

Please contact Hilary McGlynn at Autism West Midlands for a booking form or more information: 01743 210940 or email hilarym@autismwestmidlands.org.uk

 

NEW! ‘All In’ Music Workshops

“Exploring Sound” Music workshops for 11-18 year olds on the autism spectrum with Penny Burns

Thursdays 5.30 to 6.30pm

5 weeks – 10th, 17th, 24th October and 7th, 14th November At Claremont Baptist Church, Shrewsbury town centre, SY1 1QG (near old Argos )

£10 per young person for all 5 sessions

•Meet others and have some fun

•Express your creativity, and develop skills

•Small group, maximum 10 per workshop

•Experienced and qualified workshop leader

•Supported by Autism West Midlands staff

For more information or to book a place please contact Emma Hegenbarth on 0788 110 9480 or email emmah@autismwestmidlands.org.uk

NEW! ‘Scrappies’ Training Days…

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‘Scrappies’ (The Shropshire Children’s Scrap Store Recycling & Resource Centre)are delighted to announce that as part of their Short Break provision for this year they will be holding six training days at ‘Scrappies’ premises in Church Stretton.  These training days are available to people that work or volunteer at local clubs or groups that provide opportunities to children and young people with disabilities or additional needs.

If you have had a ‘Scrappies’ workshop you will already know the benefits of creative arts activities. This new opportunity will allow those attending a training day to visit the store, look at the kinds of materials available, plan a six week programme and ‘create’ your own art box full of resources. Topics covered will be the ‘creative’ play experience, safety and planning a programme of activities for your own setting and collecting the resources/materials from the store. 

The training day will normally run from 10.00am until 3.00pm and will include a light lunch. There will be a small cost to cover the resources/materials you gather for your group.

It is difficult to manage times and days when individual people are available so if you think you might have your own larger group then ring Lesley on 01588 672610 and book the day just for yourselves at a time to suit you. ‘Scrappies’ artists can work evenings, weekends and holidays. Obviously individuals will be welcome to join in with other groups and there is always an advantage in meeting others to share ideas.

Please call Lesley to ask about training days taking place from September 2013 to February 2014.

Creative Workshops for children & young people:

As well as training days for adults, ‘Scrappies’ can also offer a creative workshop session for your group of children and young people. If you haven’t had a creative workshop for your group previously then please contact ‘Scrappies’ as they have nine workshops still available – Halloween and Fireworks are always good themes! 01588 672610

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NEW!!! AFC Saturday Morning Youth Club

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AFC Shropshire Activity Support are pleased to announce that as of Saturday 7th September they will be running a youth club from 9.15am-1pm for 4-18 year olds. The club will run at Belle Vue Youth Club, Rocke Street, Shrewsbury, SY3 7PL.

Places need to be booked 2 weeks in advance by calling 01743 344696.
Bookings can be made for 1 hour to a full session and sessions are currently free of charge.
All children/young people must be registered with ‘All In’ and registration numbers will be required when booking (bookings cannot be taken without the ‘All In’ number).

If your child/young person has not accessed the Shropshire Activity Support services before (either Playscheme or outreach) then an appointment will need to be made where necessary forms and information can be obtained and completed prior to attendance.

There will be a variety of activities taking place including; sports, games, arts & crafts, computer games, DVD’s, sensory & messy play and much more.

Future dates for the Saturday Morning Youth Club are:
* September: 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
* October: 5th, 12th, 19th
* November: 2nd, 16th, 30th
* December: 7th, 21st
2014 dates
* January: 11th, 25th
* February: 8th, 22nd
* March: 8th, 22nd

NEW! North Shropshire Football Academy.

Special OlympicsThe North Shropshire Football Academy is being hosted by North Shropshire Special Olympics with various partners involved, including Walford & North Shropshire College and Shropshire based football teams; Ellesmere Rangers and Shrewsbury Town FC.

The launch is completely FREE to attend and it will take place on:

Sunday 21st July (10am – 12pm) at

Ellesmere Rangers Football Club,

Beech Grove Playing Field,

Ellesmere,

SY12 0BT.

The launch will consist of two training sessions, which will be led by the Head Coach of the Team GB Football Team, followed by information sharing and light refeshments. Following the launch those attending will be given the opportunity to register for the football academy and participate in a programme of training and competition over the next twelve months. 

The academy is for both males and females aged 11-25 years who have a learning or intellectual disability.

For more information please contact Benji Evans on: 07813 511749 or email benjievans@wrep.org.uk

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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 enquiries@paccshropshire.org.uk . 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.  www.paccshropshire.org.uk

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Barnardo’s Summer Resilience Sessions

Believe in Children - logoBarnardo’s Connect Service Shropshire are delivering a number of resilience groups for children & young people aged 4 -18 years with additional needs, but who do not receive a service from the Disabled Children’s Team.  The sessions will take place during August at The Lantern in Shrewsbury.  The groups will aim to help your child/young person increase their confidence and self esteem through a range of planned sessions.  If you would like to know more about these sessions or to book a place please call Vicky Campbell on 01743 248094.  There are a limited number of spaces so please book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Details below:

  • Group 1          Monday 12th – Friday 16th August. 10am – 12 noon (5 sessions)
  • Group 2          Monday 12th – Thursday 15th August. 1.30pm – 3.30pm (4 sessions)
  • Group 3          Monday 19th, Tuesday 20th, Thursday 21st and Friday 23rd              Thursday 29th  August. 10am – 12 noon (5 sessions)
  • Group 4          Monday 19th, Tuesday 20th, Thursday 21st and Thursday 29th August. 1.30pm – 3.30pm (4 sessions)

Venue: The Lantern, Meadow Farm Drive, Harlescott, Shrewsbury SY1 4NG

 

Parent comments from previous sessions include:

“Many thanks for the course, he got so much out of it and really enjoyed it; it seems to have really helped him.”

“It really served to give him a boost and make him feel happier and more confident about himself.”

“It has been a wonderful opportunity for him, he initially would not go to the group and now is disappointed it has finished.”

Children/Young people’s comments from previous sessions include:

“I feel more positive about myself.”

“Please start it again, I loved it – it was discotastic.”

“Would love to continue if it was possible.”

“I made new friends.”