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Hi, My name is Fiona Worby, and I am a parent of a child with Special Needs. West Berkshire Parent Voice is run by parents for parents/carers with children with Special Needs and Disabilities, and our aim is to help parents have a voice to improve local services. As a parent or carer, services want our opinion on how they are doing to help them improve, and we really can make a difference. By giving our opinions about how what and we feel services provide for us, we can change things for the better.
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West Berkshire Activity Weekends
Who is the service for?Disabled young people age 11-17 years. Young people are supported to take responsibility for themselves, which includes cooking, shopping and looking after their own possessions. Throughout the weekend young people are supported and provided with 24 hour care by highlighly trained and dedicated staff. The weekends offer a combination of outdoor activities, team building and leisure activities of the young person's choosing. Weekends are held in Surrey, Kent and the New Forest.
How does the service work?
Young people are collected from a central location and spend 2 hights away. On initial contact a home visit is arranged to enable KIDS to gain an insight into the young person to ensure that they are fully supported from the start.
Who can the service benefit?
Young people and their families.
When are the sessions?
Currently they are four weekends organised per year.
How does my child access the service?
Referrals are accepted from family or other professionals.
Do you run a support group for parents and carers who have a child with a disability or additional need? Or are you thinking of starting a group?
If so, this workshop is for you! We will:
Help you take stock of the progress your group has made or is making
Discuss ways to attract new members, good publicity and the merits of having speakers and much more!
Give you tools to take away and share with your members
You will have the opportunity to meet other people like you who run local groups to identify common problems, share solutions and experiences.
The workshop will be held at Thatcham North Children’s Centre, Park Lane, West Berks RG18 3PG on Monday 7th December from 10am - 2pm.
If you would like to come along we can offer up to 2 places per group. Please fill out the booking form by clicking on the link below to download the form and once completed emailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kidz to Adultz up North is being held on Thursday 19th November at EventCity, Barton dock Road, Manchester M17 8AS (Near the Trafford Centre) between 9.30am – 4.30pm. Although this event is In Manchester it may be worth the travel. The Show Guide for this event is now available and can be accessed by clicking here. Save the Date Kidz to Adultz South will be held on Thursday 9th June 2016 at Rivermead Leisure
Adventure, peril and magic aplenty - set sail for the 2015 Corn Exchange Pantomime!
Dick Whittington is on his way to Newbury to seek his fortune in this mad adventure. Joined by his faithful Cat and Sarah the Cook, can Dick defeat the dastardly King Rat? And will he save his beloved Alice and live happily ever after? There will be familiar faces, recognisable tunes and barrels of laughter. Our ever popular pantomime has become a fun-filled tradition for the families of Newbury and beyond. Be sure to grab your tickets fast! Some performances are sold out already.
FRIDAY 27TH NOVEMBER 2015 – SUNDAY 3RD JANUARY 2016 ,
Happy Days runs on the second Monday of each month during term time, and during some holidays for special events. It is for children aged 5 – 10 years on the Autistic Spectrum, along with their siblings and parents. Costs per session are £2.50 per child. Parents free.
Contact Kiri-Lynn Gardner for more details on 07940 100654 or email K.email@example.com
Happy Days Gamers Den
A new HD Gamers Den session is starting in September, It is for young people aged 11 -18 years, and is a gaming club for young people with autism, deafness or additional needs Contact Kiri-Lynn Gardner for more details on 07940 100654 or email K.firstname.lastname@example.org
Parent Participation is when parents and carers get involved in service planning and decision making so that services meet the needs of families with children & young people with disabilities and additional needs so resources are not wasted on services which parents and families do not take up.
Effective parent participation happens when parents have conversations with and work alongside professionals, in order to design, develop and improve services.
Working with parents and carers helps professionals to understand what needs to happen to develop services that meet families’ needs and also helps parents and carers understand the complexity involved and the challenges faced by the professionals who have to bring about that change. Working together and sharing knowledge enables parents and professionals to find solutions that work.
West Berkshire Parent Voice want to encourage Parent Participation, and would like to hear from any Parent/Carer who has interest in improving local services. If you want to have a say in improving things, please click on the link below.
Swings & Smiles at the Phoenix Resource Centre, Newtown Road, Newbury
We are very lucky to have Hartbeeps joining us on Monday 23rd and Monday 30th November at 10am. Hartbeeps offer a music and sensory based session for parents and children to enjoy together. Jo has run groups for us at Swings & Smiles in the past and they have been very much enjoyed. The morning runs from 9.30-11.30am and will also include access to the soft play room - these 2 sessions will be free to attend – usual cost £2.50. Book by calling 01635 285170 or email email@example.com
Heartbeeps will also be at Swings & Smiles during the morning session (10-1pm) on Saturday 14th November. Book as above.
The Watermill Theatre want to make sure that everyone can enjoy a performance at The Watermill, so this year they are having a relaxed Performance is an opportunity for children and adults with special needs, including people with an Autism Spectrum Condition and sensory and communication disorder to see a show in a relaxed environment. It’s an opportunity for families to be able to come and enjoy the show together. They are able to accommodate some babes in arms up to 18 months who can come free of charge but they will require a ticket and will need to sit on a lap. For more details please click HERE