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

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.”

AFC Summer Playscheme 2013

AFC logoThe Action for Children (AFC) Summer Playscheme is available to children and young people with disabilities or additional needs aged 4-18 years (19 if attending Severndale School) who are registered with Shropshire’s ‘All In’ Short Breaks programme.

The Playscheme will be running from Tuesday 23rd July – Friday 23rd August 2013 with full and half days available.

For further details regarding what opportunities are available on each day, including a booking form and contact details for AFC please click here.

The closing date for all bookings is Friday 7th June. Due to demand it may not be possible to give you every day you request but AFC will endeavour to meet your needs up to 2 days per week maximum. Dates booked are not guaranteed until you receive a confirmation letter from AFC.

Please note: There is no charge for attending the summer playscheme. All days are FREE of charge, although any donations to AFC would be gratefully received.

Anyone who has not accessed Action for Children’s services previously please contact Deborah King or Mandie Ellis on 01743 344696.

Parent/Carer consultation meetings regarding the Summer Playscheme will be held as follows:

  • Tuesday 21st May at 1.00pm at The Willows, 49 Reabrook Avenue, Belle Vue, Shrewsbury SY3 7PZ.
  • Wednesday 22nd May at 9.30am at The Willows, 49 Reabrook Avenue, Belle Vue, Shrewsbury SY3 7PZ.
  • Wednesday 22nd May at 6.00pm at Belle Vue Youth Club, Rocke Street, Shrewsbury, SY3 7PY.

If you are unable to attend any of the consultation meetings AFC are happy to meet parents/carers on an individual or group basis.

PLEASE NOTE:
VENUE:
AFC have tried to access Severndale School as a venue for part of their summer play scheme, in line with some parents/carers preferences, but unfortunately due to major contracting work this will not be possible and therefore the venue for the play scheme will be The Priory School, Longden Road, Shrewsbury, SY3 9EE.
AFC are aware that some parent/carer preferences for Severndale School as a venue are due to the hydro pool, sensory room and soft play facilities which are available there.  AFC would like to reassure parents/carers that these facilities are provided through accessing external hydro pool/sensory facilities and hiring soft play/inflatable equipment which is available on all venue days.  Also please note that AFC hire the whole of the Priory School and therefore have access to all areas such as: sports hall, IT suite, arts room, secure outside areas, playing fields etc.  There are also disabled changing facilities and areas available to AFC at all times.
 
TRANSPORT:
AFC would like to inform parents/carers that if there is a demand for support in transporting children/young people from the wider areas of Shropshire then they are more than willing to look at ways to help parents/carers.

Autism West Midlands ‘Aspire’ Summer Programme

Autism West Midlands LogoAutism West Midlands have been successful in gaining Shropshire Council Short Breaks funding to run a Summer Holiday Programme for young people aged 16-18 with Asperger Syndrome/High Functioning Autism living in Shropshire.

This course is a great way to meet other young people, have some fun and start planning for the future. The course will cover a range of topics including communication skills, personal relationships, future options, health and well being and will be delivered by our Autism West Midlands Aspire colleagues (AWM’s employment project).

Location: Gateway Education and Arts Centre in Shrewsbury.
Time: Sessions will start at 10.45am and finish at 2.45pm.
Cost: £60 for six weeks. Participants will need to attend the whole course.

There may be support from a hardship fund if the cost prevents a young person attending. There will also be the option to pay by installments.

Further information including course content is available by clicking here.

If you would like to find out more please contact Autism West Midlands Aspire colleagues by email: Aspire@autismwestmidlands.org.uk or by phone: 0121 450 7582

‘All In’ Whitsun & Summer Playschemes

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Whitsun Play Scheme

Action for Children are running a Whitsun play scheme at The Priory School, Shrewsbury, SY3 9EE. The play scheme will run 9.30am – 3.30pm from 28th – 31st May.

Spaces are limited so if you haven’t already booked your place please contact Deborah King or Mandie Ellis on 01743 344696.

Summer Play Scheme

Action for Children are also beginning to organise the Summer play scheme which will take place during the first 5 weeks of the summer holidays; Tuesday 23rd July – Friday 23rd August. The play scheme will run 9.30am – 3.30pm each week day (venues to be confirmed).

Children and young people aged 5-18yrs (19yrs as long as they attend Severndale School) can attend but must be registered with ‘All In’.

Application forms will be sent out the week commencing 7th May to all parents/carers who have accessed Action for Children play schemes previously.  

The closing date for applications will be Friday 7th June.

Anyone who is interested in attending the play schemes but has not accessed Action for Children’s services previously please contact Deborah King or Mandie Ellis on 01743 344696.

PLEASE NOTE:

If you haven’t received an application form by 20th May please contact Deborah King or Mandie Ellis on 01743 344696

Parent/Carer consultation meetings regarding the Summer Play Scheme will be held as follows:

  • Tuesday 21st May at 1.00pm at The Willows, 49 Reabrook Avenue, Belle Vue, Shrewsbury SY3 7PZ.
  • Wednesday 22nd May at 9.30am at The Willows, 49 Reabrook Avenue, Belle Vue, Shrewsbury SY3 7PZ.
  • Wednesday 22nd May at 6.00pm at Belle Vue Youth Club, Rocke Street, Shrewsbury, SY3 7PY.

World Autism Awareness Day 2013

People and organisations around the world will come together today (2nd April) to raise awareness of autism, with events and activities continuing throughout the month.

Autism is much more common than many people think, with over half a million people in the UK having the condition. If you include their families, autism touches the lives of over two million people every day.
(Information taken from The National Autistic Society)

In Shropshire Autism West Midlands are celebrating World Autism Awareness Month on Friday 5th April. The event will be taking place at St Barnabas Community Church Centre in Shrewsbury (SY3 7DN) from 10am-2pm. Entrance is free for children and £1 for adults. There will be toys, games, arts and crafts, information stands, sensory taster experiences and much more. There will also be a photographer to take children’s portraits and an autism friendly hairdresser – additional charges will apply.

Autism West Midlands LogoFor further information contact Emma Hegenbarth on 07989 682701 or email emmah@autismwestmidlands.org.uk.