AFC Saturday Youth Club & Parent/Carer consultation

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Action for Children Saturday Youth Club will be running EVERY Saturday from 8th February 2014 (except during school holidays).

The Youth Club currently runs fortnightly and offers a variety of activities for 4-18 year olds on a Saturday from 9.15am-1pm. Places need to be booked and AFC cannot guarantee a place if less than 2 weeks notice is given. Only 2 bookings can be placed at a time.

For further information or to book a place please contact AFC on 01743 344696.

Consultation meetings

AFC have organised parent/carer consultation meetings to discuss plans for their upcoming playschemes, day trips and residential trips over the next 12 months. The consultation meetings will take place on the following days:

  • Tuesday 4th March, 1pm at The Willows, 49 Reabrook Avenue, Belle Vue, Shrewsbury, SY3 7PZ.
  • Wednesday 5th March, 9.30am at The Willows (address above).
  • Wednesday 5th March, 6pm at Belle Vue Youth Club, Rocke Street, Shrewsbury. SY3 7PY.

If you are unable to make the consultation meetings but would like to provide AFC with your thoughts and any ideas please contact them on 01743 344696.

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Consultation on activities for young people in Shropshire

Shropshire Council logoShropshire Council and its partners are considering how to best shape and provide activities in the future for young people aged 10 to 19 and up to 25 for those with learning disabilities.

Public services are changing with more emphasis on working in local communities. There is also more emphasis on involving young people in developing services. Shropshire Council and its partners want to make sure that as many young people as possible can take part in youth activities in their own area. Shropshire Council believes that youth activities should be enjoyable and useful to young people’s development.

By youth activities Shropshire Council mean things to do outside of school, at the weekends and in the holidays. For example; activities like youth clubs, sports/games clubs, art activities, Scout activities and many others.

Seeking the views of a broad range of interested parties is a critical part of this. Shropshire Council want to hear from young people, their parents & carers, existing & potential providers (in-house and external), activities staff & volunteers, Shropshire Council members, and others that the Council work with in partnership.

To respond to this consultation and to find out further information please click on the following link:

www.shropshire.gov.uk/youth-activities

The consultation will close on the 31st March 2014.

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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Art Play Training Event

Scrappies logoScrappies are running an Art Play Training Event on:

Thursday 28th November 2013, 5.30-8.30pm at Scrappies Store, Lutwych Road, Church Stretton, SY6 6AT.

The workshop will include:

  • Recycling as a tool for creativity and play;
  • Building your own creative skills;
  • Inclusive engagement – fun factor!
  • Special needs;
  • Top tips for programme building;
  • Free resources.

To book a place at this FREE Art Play training event please contact:

Alexa Pugh, Shropshire Council

Tel: 01743 255938

Email: alexa.pugh@shropshire.gov.uk

Shropshire Council are working in partnership with Arts Connect West Midlands (the bridging organisation for the WM) and arts and cultural organisations from across the county, to provide opportunities for more young people to experience quality arts; irrespective of where they live or their social, educational or financial circumstances.

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Activity supported by Shropshire Council and Arts Connect West Midlands as part of their local capacity building fund with prior permission of ACWM