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LATEST ACTIVITIES - Click on the following links.
Skill Share - Support For Your Child Through The School Years
SkillShare is a project funded by The Big Lottery and managed by SEND Family Partnership (Information Advice and Support Service) to provide FREE training for parents and carers of children and young people with special needs aged 0-25 years in Staffordshire.
First Workshop - Monday 2nd October 10:30 - 13:30 at The Holiday Inn, Lichfield.
January & February dates now available
Cinema Exhibitors Card - www.cinemauk.org.uk – CEA-Card. DLA proof required, photograph and a fee of £6.00 for 1 year. Allows someone to accompany the person shown on the card to the cinema FREE of charge. Download the application form from the website.
Family Fund - www.familyfund.org.uk – helping families raising a disabled child or young person with additional complex needs and serious illness by providing grants for things such as washing machines, fridges, computers and Haven or Butlins Holidays. Nominations can be made by a parent or carer of a young person up to 15 usually every 12 months from the date of the last grant. Nomination is also required by someone in a professional capacity who knows your child (teacher etc).
Listening Books - www.listening-books.org.uk – free membership available for disabled people or people with learning disabilities. Proof of DLA required.
Merlins Magic Wand - www.merlinsmagicwand.org – free tickets available for seriously ill, disabled or disadvantaged children (2-18 years) for any Merlin Entertainments Group attractions such as Alton Towers, Chessington, Sea Life, Blackpool Tower, Thorpe Park, Warwick Castle, Legoland etc. Apply on line between specific hours. Children with a learning disability must be in receipt of a Statement of Special Educational needs and have proof of this BEFORE you apply). NOTE DLA AWARDS ARE NOT ACCEPTED. Applications are welcomed by parents, carers or organisations which work with the children.
Short Breaks (Aiming High) In Staffordshire - Email: email@example.com – activity guide by email subscription. Activities are open to children and young people with a disability/additional need up to and including 17 years old who live in Staffordshire. Parents and siblings are also welcome to take part in some activities. The majority of Aiming High activities are free; however a voluntary contribution is requested by some providers.
Inspire Multi Sports Clubs - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org –, various venues across the borough for children and young people aged 5-17, siblings and parents also welcome.
Gartmore Riding Stables - Email: email@example.com – Horse Riding Sessions at Gartmore Stables, Burntwood, various dates for children and young people up to 17 years.
Golf at The Range, Essington - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org –for children and young people aged 6-17 years. All equipment is provided. Contact Craig Thomas 07973 798483.
Entrust Outdoor Education Centre Activities - Email: email@example.com– Family days and weekends at Standon Bowers and Laches Wood – adventurous activities for children and young people aged 5-17 and their families.
Chase Aqua Rural Enterprise (C.A.R.E.), Wolseley Bridge, Stafford - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org –– Farm and countryside fun and activities for children and young people aged 5-17 years.
Beaudessert Farm, Upper Longdon, Rugeley - Email: email@example.com –– Meet the animals, planting, making pizza and apple crumble, seasonal craft activities for children and young people up to 14 years.
Aiming High Wildplay days - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org –by Staffordshire Wildlife Trust at the Wolseley Centre, Wolseley Bridge, Nr Rugeley – outdoor classroom, den building, pond dipping, grass sledging, various events for children and young people 8-14 years.
Sharratts Wood Farm, Middleton Green, Leigh, Staffordshire - www.sherrattswood.com –– Farm activity days, various dates for children 5 and above.
Crossroads Care – Telephone 01782 207863 – Activities for children in Stafford and Staffordshire Moorlands. If spaces are available they may be offered to children and young people living in other areas of Staffordshire aged 8-17 years.
Chase It! - Email: Deborah.email@example.com - Core sessions and holiday activities for children and young people living around the Cannock area, if spaces are available they may be offered to those living in other areas of Staffordshire aged 5-17 years.
Contact a Family - www.cafamily.org.uk –– A charity supporting families of children with a disability providing information on a wide range of topics, medical conditions, benefits etc.
Trips for Kids – Angela Burnyeat – 01543 570760 – Day trips and activities during summer holidays (details sent out via HVH School).
Staffordshire Parent Partnership Service - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org– 01785 356921 – Working with parents and carers of children up to 19 years to provide better links and communication between families and all involved with your child. Training events for various topics such as Makaton signing, Stress, Time to Talk Teens via SKILLSHARE, advertised through ‘In the Know’ magazine, on the website or via Tracy Munday at 01785 356930.
Staffordshire Parent Action Network (SPAN)- www.span-info.co.uk – training events, forums, parent participation.
Staffordshire Umbrella Network (SUN) – Email: email@example.com -Termly meetings in Cannock and Lichfield area, South Staffordshire, Central Staffordshire, East Staffordshire and North Staffordshire locations inviting parents, professional and organisations to discuss good practice, what parents really want or need, consultations, exchanging of information, networking on topics such as education, social care and health issues. Contact Marie Wood at – 01785 356921.
Epilepsy Sucks UK (ESUK) - www.esuk.uk.com – Information on Epilepsy and funding of free anti suffocation pillows for confirmed sufferers. Contact ESUK website for details of how to apply.
Cerebra – www.cerebra.org.uk – A charity for children up to 16 years with brain related conditions and developmental delay (such as cerebral palsy, ASD, ADHD, seizure disorders, Down Syndrome and other genetic conditions) offering seminars, parent guides, grants scheme for equipment and services not available by a statutory body such as LEA, NHS or Social Services, information on DLA including a full guide to help complete forms, Wills & Trusts Service, lots of useful information in their magazine which you can subscribe to by email.
Caudwell Children – www.caudwellchildren.com – ASDAN courses, information events, Gift of a day out.
Action for Children – www.actionforchildren.org.uk – Short break leisure options, teen options, swim options, drama club, family outings and day trips in the community for disabled children with a wide range of needs including severe learning difficulties, mobility and communication difficulties, including Staffordshire shared care in the home. Children and young people aged 5-18 years. Contact Beth Ashby – 01543 510143.
Wings Special Needs Group, Wombourne, South Staffs – www.wingssupport.com – Based in South Staffordshire offering Saturday and Sunday Club, Youth Club, days out, cinema trips.
Scope including Sleep Solutions – www.scope.org.uk – Lots of information and access to The Sleep Service and advice/training events on Sleep Solutions, contact Scope for details.