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.

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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Residential Trips with AFC Shropshire Activity Support

AFC LogoSaturday 30th November – Sunday 1st December 2013

Black Country Museum (including Santa hunt) and Merry Hill Shopping

Enjoy a day out at the Black Country Museum before heading to the pub for tea with a night in a hotel before a day of shopping at Merry Hill.

Age: 9-18 year olds or families (age 4+)

Cost: £70 per child or £150 per family (2 adults & 2 children)*

Closing date for applications: 15th November 2013

 

Saturday 25th January – Sunday 26th January 2014

Jungleland Telford Town Park including bowling & cinema!

Enjoy exclusive use of Jungleland with access to all the activities on offer before sleeping there! A visit to the cinema and tenpin bowling is also included. The evening meal and breakfast is included.

Age: 9-18 year olds

Cost: £70 per child*

Closing date for applications: 29th November 2013

 

Friday 14th March – Sunday 16th March 2014

Trip to Arthog activity centre

Specific activities will be arranged closer to the time depending on the group but activities could include gorge walking, canoeing, rock climbing and many more! The weekend will be custom made to suit the group who will be sleeping in ‘bunk rooms’. All meals are included.

Age: 9-18 year olds

Cost: £100 per child*

Closing date for applications: 29th November 2013

 

*A £10 non-refundable deposit will be required for each person to secure a place. The option of paying in instalments is available.

If you are interested in receiving more information and a booking form regarding any of the trips please call Debbie or Mandie on 01743 344696. Alternatively you can email deborah.king@actionforchildren.org.uk or amanda.ellis@actionforchildren.org.uk

Please note all young people applying must have an ‘All In’ registration number.

The Perry Riding Group – new centre study

RDA logo for Perry RidingThe Perry Riding, Driving & Vaulting Group are gaining information from individuals, families and groups to complete a study regarding the proposed new ‘Cavalier Centre’ near Much Wenlock.

Information gathered will help them in their efforts to create a new riding centre that will provide more varied opportunities and cater for more children and adults with disabilities or additional needs than they are currently able to.

As well as horse related opportunities they are also looking to create a specialist outdoor activity playground, an indoor soft play area and training kitchens to support skills development.

The Perry Riding, Driving & Vaulting Group would appreciate your time in completing their questionnaire. For further information about the proposed new ‘Cavalier Centre’ and to complete the questionnaire please click here.

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