Disability Friendly Film day

FREE EVENT – FOR ALL THE FAMILY

 Disability Friendly film with lower sound and higher lights


At Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury

 Saturday 17th May  Showing at :  11am and 2:30  Plus: between 12:30 and 2:30 there will be a FREE sandwich lunch provided for everyone, extra entertainment for children and information stands for the adults.


To book your place:    Email: wales.events@cafamily.org.uk

Phone: 02920 396624 or Text: 07904 672614


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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

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

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

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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Shropshire’s Family Information Service – The Rainbow Pack is now available as an ebook!

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Shropshire’s Family Information Service (FIS) has launched its first Kindle, tablet and smartphone-compatible ebook for families of children with disabilities.

The Rainbow Pack is the first ebook published by the FIS and is available to download to a Kindle, iPhone or iPad from Amazon for just around £0.77 pence, which covers the cost of hosting the ebook on Amazon.

Research shows that parents of children with a disability face additional barriers to accessing accurate, up-to-date and comprehensive information to support them in their role as a parent.  With this in mind, the Family Information Service is keen to make information available through as many routes as possible to make it easy for parents to access the information they need.

The Rainbow Pack includes information about local and voluntary agencies, and is divided into seven main sections:
•    People you may meetRainbow Pack - image
•    Benefits and money
•    Having fun
•    Early years and childcare
•    Education
•    Rights and responsibilities
•    Organisations that can help.

Shropshire’s Family Information Service is a free and confidential service providing impartial information, advice and guidance on a wide range of subjects relating to children and young people aged 0 to 19, and covering all aspects of family life. The FIS can support parents/carers with information and also practitioners who are working with children, young people or families.

The Rainbow Pack ebook is available at Amazon by clicking here.

If you don’t have access to a Kindle or an iPad or iPhone, hard copies of The Rainbow Pack are still available free of charge. To obtain a copy, please call the Shropshire Family Information Service on 01743 254400 or email ShropshireFIS@shropshire.gov.uk.

 

Autism West Midlands: Workshops & Advice sessions

Autism West Midlands LogoFree workshops in Shrewsbury for family carers living in Shropshire

Autism West Midlands are running “Rising to the Challenge” parent workshops again this year with 3 sessions before the summer holidays and 3 sessions after. There is a choice of day time or evening sessions.

The 6 sessions are FREE and for family carers of children with autism spectrum conditions who live in the Shropshire Council area (it’s ok if your child is not diagnosed so long as autism is being considered)

Bookings are being taken by email or phone and priority will be given to families attending for the first time and booking on all six sessions. If families have attended previously but missed a session or would like to attend again please get in touch.

For further information about the workshops including how to book a place please click here.

 

Advice sessions for family carers and professionals

Autism West Midlands are also offering advice sessions in various locations across Shropshire. Parents or professionals are able to book a slot to meet a member of the team for a one to one appointment.

For session dates and times and to book an appointment please call the Autism West Midlands Information Helpline on 0303 03 00 111 or email info@autismwestmidlands.org.uk