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West Berkshire Parent Voice Newsletter
 

Welcome to West Berkshire Parent Voice's Newsletter! We hope you find it informative, and would love to hear what you think of it. Let us know Here


Dear parent carers,
As you may have been aware Parent Voice has been rather quiet over the past few months. Our host company Portsmouth Disability Forum who has looked after and managed West Berkshire Parent Voice for over 18 months, sadly was no longer able to continue with the hosting. Happily a  wonderful new host company was very keen to work with us, and I am pleased to say we are now being hosted by Rose Road Association based in Southampton.


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.

You have received this email because you kindly gave us your email, and so automatically became part of West Berks Parent Voice. Please share this email with anybody you know with a child or young person who has Special Needs, everybody is welcome, and every Special Need is important. The bigger we are, the stronger we become!

 
Contact me by Phone on 07860 942280
or
Via email at:
fiona.worby@westberksparentvoice.org.uk

 
I look forward to hearing from you, and hope you find the newsletter useful.
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Join our Steering Group!   Here!


Dear Parent/Carer,
 
Invitation to join West Berkshire Parent Voice’s Steering Group
 
  • Are you passionate about ensuring your child(ren) with a Special Needs and or Disability have the right services and opportunities they need?
  • Would you like to become more involved in shaping our local services?
  • Are you keen to ensure children and young people aged between 0 and 25 have a voice in what they want from local services?
  • Would you like to help us trial new initiatives?
If so, why not join our new steering group?

West Berkshire Parent Voice aims to support families, by encouraging parent/carers to participate in joining the steering group, and together, we can have a voice in how our local services are shaped and delivered locally.

If you’re able to attend one meeting every six weeks, have a willingness to air your views about children’s needs, an ability to listen to other people’s ideas and a desire to continue to improve local services for local families, then we’d love you to hear from you.
If you are interested in being part of this new and exciting development with West Berkshire Parent Voice and would like to come along to an initial meeting to find out more, please contact Fiona Worby on 07860 942 280 or email me at fiona.worby@westberksparentvoice.org
 
We are able to remunerate you for your time, and pay you travel expenses.
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#ICE A New Youth Group in Hungerford.
 For School Years 6-11

 
Click on the #ICE logo to be taken to their Facebook page.

Any help with funding the Youth Club would be very much appreciated. Please Click
HERE to be taken to our Just Giving Fundraising page.

An exciting new youth club for children in years 6 to 11 who have Special Educational Need and Disabilities is starting in Hungerford on Tuesday 13th September 6.00pm to 8.30 pm at J.O.G. Youth and Community Centre, Priory Road, Hungerford. (car park by the leisure centre)

For youths in school years 6 to 11 we invite you to come and register with us, bring a Parent/Carer to fill in the paperwork while you have a look around, meet the team, see what is going on including: games consoles, table football, chill out area, outdoor area (great for our SPLAT sessions), creative area and best of all a tuck shop!!

Our Launch date is Tuesday 13th September.  The club will be known as #ICE.
Our clubs mission statement is:

    "A hub to support young SEND individuals in becoming Independent, Confident and Empowered members of their community"
 
We will be run by a group of parents (who will have all been DBS checked), who also have children with SEND.  There will be a Tuck shop, Pool, Ping Pong, Table football, Xbox 360, WII's, a quiet room with chess, magazines, sensory items and books etc.  we have also affiliated to Berkshire Youth who will be supporting us in the running of the group and providing resources, sport and leisure activities and training.
 
We are a non for profit organisation who has been set up solely by the group of parents and have received donations from members of the community and the Hungerford Rotary Club.
 
Please feel free to come along to the session to speak with us and find out more about our plans and vision for this exciting new club.  We will be taking registrations on the night, but only the first 15 young people will be accepted straight into the group, then there will be a waiting list.

 
Our email address is sendyouthgroup@gmail.com, our mobile number is 07768 860449.  Please contact myself or Helen Cockcroft if you require any further information.
 
We look forward to seeing you all on the launch night.
 
Best regards and Many thanks
 
Vicki King
Chair of Hungerford SEND youth group committee.
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A Disco For 16 Years old and upwards young people with Special Needs and Disabilities at Ace Space 9th September


Ministry of Ace Disco will take place on Friday 9th September from 6.30-9.30pm at Ace Space in Newbury.
The disco is a chance to meet with friends and make new ones too!

Alongside the disco there will be a snack bar, chill out area, karaoke and Indian hand massage

£3 entry, carers are free.

To find out more call Ken Cornhill on 01635 40098 or 07973 521158 or email
 kencornhill@yahoo.co.uk

 
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Visit Interakt Here
West Berkshire Special Educational Needs and Disability Information Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) is looking to set up a youth forum for young people ages 16-25 with disabilities.


We are offering a series of free exciting workshops in a safe purpose built Morpheus Theatre in the Phoenix Centre covering the following;

 

  • Social media
  • Marketing
  • Film making
  • Scripting
  • Editing
 

Visit The Young Peoples Pages Here

Workshops start on September 10th and run till November 5th 2016. The workshops will be held at the Pheonix Centre and run from 9.30am to 12.30pm. In mid November the team will showcase their final production at “The Local Offer Event”.


If you know any young people who would like to take part in the co- production of materials or the Forum please contact:
 

Jonny Schooley
Mobile: 07504 930185 
Email:
enquiries@interakt.org.uk

Or 

Lesley Reilly
Mobile: 0747 1902747
Email:
lesleyreilly@roseroad.org.uk

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West Berks SENDiass

(Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Advice and Support Service)


What we do

The Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Information, Advice and Support (IAS) Service for West Berkshire provides:

  •  free and confidential service, provided independently from education, health and care providers
  • Impartial information, advice and support relating to special educational needs and disability (SEND)
  • Advice and support from independently trained Information, Advice and Support (IAS) Service staff
  • Support through the statutory processes relating to Statements of Special Educational Needs and the new Education Health and Care (EHC) needs assessment and planning
  • Information and practical support to find the answers to your questions in relation to education, social care and health services

Who we can help

We can provide information, advice and support to:

  • Parents or carers of a child or young person (aged 0-25) with a disability and/or special educational needs
  • Parents or carers who are worried that their child or young person may have a disability or special educational needs;
  • If your child has questions, we can help them too
  • Young people aged 16-25 who have a disability and/or special educational needs


Our service is for people who live in West Berkshire. If you don’t live in West Berkshire, but need support, we can put you in touch with your local IAS Service.

How we can help

We aim to provide you with help that is right for you. We can help by

  • Listening to your views and concerns
  • Helping you feel more confident to express your views
  • Explaining your options, rights and responsibilities
  • Help in preparing for meetings and/or attending meetings with you;
  • Answering your questions about Statements of Special Educational Needs and Educational Health and Care (EHC) Plans;
  • Supporting you through a needs assessment or review
  • Support to resolve disagreements
  • Developing networks and links locally to provide solutions to your individual queries
 You can call us on 0300 303 2644 or email westberksiass@roseroad.org.uk
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For more information, click on the above image.

For more information, click on the above image.

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Reading and West Berkshire Carers Hub


Reading and West Berkshire Carers Hub runs a friendly support group for carers in West Berkshire, which meets on the First Wednesday of each month. All carers welcome.
Please call 0118 3247333 if you would like any further information about the group.

WHEN: October 5th 2016 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm 

WHERE: Pangbourne Small Village Hall, RG8 7DY

COST: Free

CONTACT: Reading and West Berkshire Carers Hub  0118 324 7333
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West Berkshire Young Person Pages




Welcome to the West Berkshire SENDIASS Young People Pages. On these pages, you can find out how to contact us and read all about useful organisations, how to have your voices heard and more.

These pages are for you. If there is something you think we should include or change, get in touch!

You can text us on 07471 902747 or 
email us at
 :westberksiass@roseroad.org.uk

We would love to hear from you.

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Mencap -  Annual Race Day 

West Berkshire Mencap’s 13th Charity Race Day is scheduled for Friday 3rd March 2017 at Newbury Racecourse.

This year promises to be better than ever, as guests will have exclusive use of the Racegoers Restaurant.  They will get a fabulous view of the finish from comfortable surroundings whilst enjoying delicious food and great company.

To register your interest in hosting a table, donating a raffle prize or action lot, or even sponsoring a race, please click on the above picture to be taken to the website.

Mayor's Murder Mystery Ball

Held in conjunction with the Mayor’s office, this will be a 1920’s style murder mystery ball at The Donnington Valley Hotel.  There will be live entertainment, three course meal and lots of fun to be had.

The event runs from 6:30 pm to midnight and costs £75 per head.

Live Jazz music by Kitty Mazinsky.

For bookings please the Mencap Centre on 01635 41464.

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Autism friendly cinema screenings

Our innovative autism friendly screenings provide opportunities for people with autism or sensory sensitivity to enjoy a trip to the cinema.

We work with ODEON, Cineworld, Vue and Showcase to host Autism Friendly Screenings at over 250 cinemas nationwide.

On Sunday mornings throughout the month, films suitable for all audiences are screened in a sensory friendly and inclusive environment. Adjustments at the cinema reduce over-stimulation and create a welcoming place for people with autism to enjoy films with their families, friends or carers.

Cineworld

Cineworld host an autism friendly cinema screening on the first Sunday of every month at 11am.

October at Cineworld

Cineworld’s next autism friendly film screening is Pete’s Dragon on Sunday 2nd October at 11am.

Showcase

Sepember at Showcase

Showcase’s next autism friendly film screening is The BFG on Sunday 11th September at 10am.

ODEON

For a limited time and at selected cinemas ODEON will be trialing autism friendly cinema screenings of films for an older audience, these will be screened at 6pm on the Monday following the usual autism friendly screening.

ODEON’s next autism friendly film screening is Kubo and the Two Strings on Sunday 18th September at 11:30am.

ODEON’s next autism friendly film screening for older audiences is Bridget Jones’s Baby (15) on Monday 19th September at 6:00pm. This film is at 9 selected cinemas and has an age rating (12a).

Tickets for the latest releases may come with a small Blockbuster charge of £1, on top of the normal ticket price.

Vue

Vue host an autism friendly cinema screening on the last Sunday of every month at 10am, from £1.99.

September at Vue

Vue’s next autism friendly cinema screening is Top Cat Begins on Sunday 25th September at 10am

 

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Happy Days Youth Club for Autistic Children

Click on the image to take you to the website

We are two clubs set up for children aged 5 - 10 years old and another one for 11 - 18 years old on the Autistic spectrum and they bring their parents too. Siblings are also welcome to attend.
 
5-10 yrs: The second Monday of the month from 4.30-6.30pm 
General arts and crafts, toys & mini movie

11-18yrs: The second Tuesday of the month from 7.00-9.00pm HD Gamers Den with electronic and board based games plus a movie 

It costs just £2.50 per child and includes, squash and hot food for the children with biscuits and cake too! Parents can help themselves to tea, coffee, cake and biscuits.
 
We do different activities each session from Lego to arts and crafts and much more. There are two rooms one where the parents can sit and chat and watch the children play and another room for movies and quiet time if needed.
 
There is no pressure or judgement just a space to relax and let our children be who they are

Contact Kiri-Lynn Gardner for more details on 07940 100654 or email
K.gardner@maryhare.org.uk
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Swings and Smiles 

Come and join us for one of our exciting sessions.  We are always listening to feedback from our families, if you think there’s something missing from what we are offering let us know and we’ll see what we can do.

Monday

Mini Mornings
Play and socialise in the Soft Play Room
9.30am – 11.30am
Every week
£2.50 per family

Tuesday

Parent Coffee Morning
Chat with other parents, children welcome
9.30am – 11.30am
The second Tuesday of each month 
Free of charge

Wednesday

After School Play
Families welcome to use all of our rooms and take part in fun activities
3pm – 7pm
Every week
£7.50 per family.

Thursday

Parent Coffee Morning
Chat with other parents, children welcome
9.30am – 11.30am
The last Thursday of each month 
Free of charge

Friday

After School Play
Families welcome to use all of our rooms and take part in fun activities
3pm – 7pm
Every week
£7.50 per family.

Saturday

All Day Family Play
Families welcome to use all of our rooms and take part in fun activities
10am – 1pm or 1pm – 4pm
Every week
£7.50 per family

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Free information, advice and support for unpaid carers 
 

We can help with:

  • Benefits and grants
  • Information about health and social care services
  • Emotional support
  • Finding training to support your caring services
  • Form filling
  • Meeting other carers
  • Respite care and planning a break from caring
  • Managing working and caring.
  • All our services are free to carers.

Please browse our website for local information. If you would like to speak to someone, please give us a call on 0800 988 5462 or email helpline@berkshirecarers.org.

Our freephone helpline is available 9.30am – 5pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and 1pm – 5pm Thursday. We look forward to hearing from you

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SEN & Disability Local Offer

The Local offer sets out provision which is available for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), aged 0 to 25, including education, health and social care services.

Where you see the green West Berkshire Local Offer flag, on the top, right corner of a record in this directory, you will know that the service or provider has submitted information on what they can offer a child or young person who has SEND.  This is known as their Local Offer. Please do take a look, there are providers of a range of services which may be useful to you.

Please click on the link here
:
West Berkshire Local Offer

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Parent Participation
 

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.

Tell me more about Parent Participation

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West Berkshire Parent Voice Newsletter
 

Welcome to West Berkshire Parent Voice's February Newsletter! We hope you find it informative, and would love to hear what you think of it. Let us know Here


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.

You have received this email because you kindly gave us your email, and so automatically became part of West Berks Parent Voice. Please share this email with anybody you know with a child or young person who has Special Needs, everybody is welcome, and every Special Need is important. The bigger we are, the stronger we become!

 
Contact me by Phone on 07860 942280
or
Via email at: fiona.worby@westberksparentvoice.org.uk

 
I look forward to hearing from you, and hope you find the newsletter useful.
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Join our Steering Group!


Dear Parent/Carer,
 
Invitation to join West Berkshire Parent Voice’s Steering Group
 
  • Are you passionate about ensuring your child(ren) with a Special Needs and or Disability have the right services and opportunities they need?
  • Would you like to become more involved in shaping our local services?
  • Are you keen to ensure children and young people aged between 0 and 25 have a voice in what they want from local services?
  • Would you like to help us trial new initiatives?
If so, why not join our new steering group?

West Berkshire Parent Voice aims to support families, by encouraging parent/carers to participate in joining the steering group, and together, we can have a voice in how our local services are shaped and delivered locally.

If you’re able to attend one meeting every six weeks, have a willingness to air your views about children’s needs, an ability to listen to other people’s ideas and a desire to continue to improve local services for local families, then we’d love you to hear from you.

If you are interested in being part of this new and exciting development with West Berkshire Parent Voice and would like to come along to an initial meeting to find out more, please contact Fiona Worby on 07860 942 280 or email me at fiona.worby@westberksparentvoice.org
 
We do have a small bursary to help with travel expenses.
 
Our first meeting date will be arranged for the beginning of April. I look forward to hearing from you.
 

 
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Free Workshop - Preparing for Adulthood

This workshop will cover:

• Myths and truths about employment for young people with special educational needs and disabilities

• What we know about factors that support the journey into work

• The employment pathway- what needs to happen when

• Some opportunities to think about what is working and not working in your area
• Some useful resources

Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided

Click on the flyer for more information. You will be taken to the Eventbright booking page.

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Happy Days Club - Autism Awareness Event

Please help share this year's autism awareness event that I am holding in Thatcham. There will be stalls and professionals in the lakeside room. I will also be holding a teddy bear event with competitions, games, crafts and prizes as well as cakes for sale. A teddy bear treasure hunt will also be around the lakes for the family to enjoy. It will be a lovely family day out, there is a cafe on site as well as two outside play areas, a discovery centre and a walk around the lakes make a day of it and don't forget to pop in and see the teddy bears!! Bring your own teddy and picnic too.

It is on Wednesday 6th April at 11am if you have anyone who would like a table to advertise their group or comapny connected to autism please share my details.

Contact Kiri-Lynn Gardner for more details on 07940 100654 or email K.gardner@maryhare.org.uk

Happy Days Mothers Day Tea

Something lovely for Mother's Day come along and join in a lovely afternoon tea with a book sale too!! Tickets and times pre booked only contact me Kiri-Lynn Gardner on  money raised going to K.gardner@maryhare.org.uk support Happy Days autistic club and Coles Diner Africa appeal.

£10 for one person, £15 for two or £25 for four people.

Time slots available 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm


A traditional afternoon tea consisting of salmon cream cheese, cucumber and ham finger sandwiches with a selection of mini cakes and scones with clotted cream and jam also including tea, coffee or fruit punch. 

Only tickets purchased before the event can be used on the day and at the requested time slot. 

Afternoon Tea tickets on sale from K.gardner@maryhare.org.uk

 
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Happy Days Club - Spring 2016 Newsletter


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 £3.00 per child. Parents free.
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Contact Kiri-Lynn Gardner for more details on 07940 100654 or email K.gardner@maryhare.org.uk

Happy Days Gamers Den

Don't forget the Gamers Den. For young people aged 11 -18 years, it's a gaming club for young people with autism, deafness or additional needs, where they can relax, and play games in the chill out zone with others.
Contact Kiri-Lynn Gardner for more details on 07940 100654 or email
K.gardner@maryhare.org.uk
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Parent Participation
 

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.

Tell me more about Parent Participation

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