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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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.

ASD Parent & Carer Information Pack

What is Autism? Where to turn next?

During the time of assessment and diagnosis of autism it can be difficult to know what questions to ask and where to go for answers

The Telford and Shropshire ASD Parent & Carer Information Pack is a useful starting point as an introduction to Autism and provides you with information on local services:

  • For further information on Autism Spectrum Disorder;
  • Signposting to both local and national support services;
  • Register you on the co‐ordinator’s local mailing list to keep in touch with what’s going on in your local area, or;
  • To speak to someone about the information pack… Please Contact…

For Shropshire families:

Rachael Jeavons, Shropshire Autism Project Co‐ordinator

T: 01743 450800.

E: Rachael.Jeavons@shropcom.nhs.uk

W: www.shropscommunityhealth.nhs.uk/autism

 

For Telford families:

Michelle Troth, Telford Autism Co‐ordinator

T: 01952 567356.

E: Michelle.Troth@telford.gov.uk

W: www.telford.gov.uk/autism

New contact numbers for Autism West Midlands

Autism West Midlands LogoThe mobile numbers for the Autism West Midlands staff in Shropshire have changed. Please note their new numbers:
* Hilary McGlynn: 0788 110 9486
* Simon Fraser: 0788 110 9514
* Emma Hegenbarth: 0788 110 9480

Other contact numbers remain the same.

Information Helpline: 0303 0300 111
This number can be used for new referrals for initial advice and information and to book an appointment to meet one of the Shropshire team at an advice session.

Shrewsbury Office: 01743 210940

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: funding@skillsforcare.org.uk

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 Miriam.parker@shropshire.gov.uk

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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

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