Monthly Archives: January 2015

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EVENING OPEN FORUM POSTPONED DUE TO BAD WEATHER

Due to bad weather and dangerous roads in many Cheshire East areas, we have decided to postpone tonight’s Open Forum on short breaks which was to be held at Ruby’s Fund in Congleton.
We have emailed and / or called everyone who had a place booked for the event.
I’m sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
We will be in touch with an alternative date for this meeting very soon.  Take care of yourselves in this weather!
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CEIAS Changes to SEND / Education Health and Care Plans event – 9 March 2015

CEIAS Changes to SEND / Education Health and Care Plans event – 9 March 2015, 10am to 2pm at St Peter’s Church Hall, Elworth, Sandbach
Dr Cathy Hamer, a regional facilitator for the National Children’s Bureau, will be talking about the SEN support that replaced School Action and School Action Plus and the Education Health and Care Plans that replaced statement of SEN. You can book via Eventbrite using this link http://goo.gl/5Xt1MK.

CEPCF Short Breaks Open Forum

The open forum will look at Activities, groups and respite services (Short Breaks) .This topic is relevant for all families in Cheshire East with a child who has additional needs.

For those who can’t make daytime events, we are also running an evening open forum on 19 March. Click here for more information

Please call 07794431768 or email cheshireeastpcf@gmail.com to book your place

There will be some presentations and a marketplace for providers currently commissioned by Cheshire East to talk with you about what they do (including Activate Arts, Carers Trust, CCiL, CEC Play and Leisure, Central Cheshire Buddy Scheme, Cheshire and Warrington Carers Centre, Friends For Leisure, Space4Autism and Stockport CP)

We then have Dave Leadbetter (Corporate Manager, Childens Commissioning) who is beginning a consultation with parent carers in Cheshire East. This is our opportunity to let the local authority know how we feel about the services available to us; what works, what doesn’t and what would work better.

Food will be provided.

Members of the forum can claim their travel and / or childcare expenses.

 

 
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Daytime Open Forum: New date confirmed (Friday 27 February)

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We can confirm that the Daytime Open Forum has now been rescheduled. To find out more or to BOOK YOUR PLACE, call 07794431768 or email cheshireeastpcf@gmail.com

When?
Friday 27 February 2015, 10am to 2pm

Where?
Middlewich Community Church
(Should you have difficulty getting to this venue, please let us know and we will see what we can do)

What?
The open forum will look at Activities, groups and respite (Short Breaks) .This topic is relevant for all families in Cheshire East with a child who has additional needs.

There will be some presentations and a marketplace for providers currently commissioned by Cheshire East to talk with you about what they do (including Activate Arts, Carers Trust, CCiL, CEC Play and Leisure, Central Cheshire Buddy Scheme, Cheshire and Warrington Carers Centre, Friends For Leisure, Everybody, Space4Autism and Stockport CP)

We then have Dave Leadbetter (Corporate Manager, Childens Commissioning) who is beginning a consultation with parent carers in Cheshire East. This is our opportunity to let the local authority know how we feel about the services available to us; what works, what doesn’t and what would work better.

Food will be provided
Members of the forum can claim any travel and childcare expenses
There are still places available for the evening Open Forum on 29 January – please call 07794431768 or email cheshireeastpcf@gmail.com to BOOK YOUR PLACE

Evening Open Forum 29 January – BOOK YOUR PLACE!

Places are still available for the evening Open Forum on Thursday 29 January 2015

To book your place please email cheshireeastpcf@gmail.com or call 07794431768 (you may need to leave a message, but we will get back to you)

The forum is looking at activities, groups and respite care (Short Break) services commissioned by Cheshire East.

We have invited all the service providers who are currently commissioned by Cheshire East: Activate Arts, Carers Trust, Cheshire Centre for Independent Living (CCiL), CEC Play and Leisure, Central Cheshire Buddies Scheme, Cheshire and Warrington Carers Centre, Friends for Leisue, Space4Autism and Stockport CP. There will be some short presentations and the chance to chat to the providers and find out more.

We will then have the opportunity to share our opinions on short break services with Dave Leadbetter (Corporate Manager, Children’s Commissioning for Cheshire East). This is the beginning of a consultation with parent carers in the area – we need to take this opportunity to let them know how we feel about the services available to us: what works, what doesn’t and what would work better!

Food will be provided, and members of the forum can claim any travel and childcare expenses

Mencap and CEPCF event Hear My Voice

Mencap
Hear My Voice Event with Mr Edward Timpson

Crewe Alexandra Football Club, Gresty Road, Crewe, CW2 6EB13 March 2015, 10am to 2pm

To book, email kate.robinson@mencap.org.uk

People with a learning disability face many challenges in life

There are 1.4 million people with a learning disability in the UK, and many millions more who love and support them. This means millions of people who want to see change.

In May 2015 we must tell our future leaders what needs to change.

My vote counts. Yours does too.
Come along to our event to have your say and join the Hear My Voice campaign.

www.mencap.org.uk/hearmyvoice
#hearmyvoice

Challenging cuts to short break services

Alex Irwin (Partner at Irwin Mitchell Solicitors) and Steve Broach (Barrister at Monckton Chambers) have prepared a guide to challenging cuts to short breaks services.

Click this link to view the document: Challenging cuts to short break services final

It is intended to:

  • promote awareness of what short breaks provision families with disabled children should expect to be available in their area
  • explain the legal framework surrounding this, highighting opportunities for families with disabled children to challenge cuts to these services
  • provide template letters to families with disabled children, to help them challenge decisions by local authorities that result in cuts to the provision of these services
  • signpost families to sources of legal support

Steve Broach is also presenting a webinar on this subject on 23 January. Click here to read more about the Using the law to challenge cuts to short break services webinar

(This document can also be found on our Resources page, for future reference)

Youth group for children with Downs Syndrome

The Saturday Club Macclesfield are a Health Lottery funded youth group for children with Down’s Syndrome.

The group meets every fortnight, alternating between Youth Group at the Elim Church, Macclesield and Dance Club in the Upper Dance Studio at Macclesfield Leisure Centre.

Sessions are free. Refreshments are available for a donation at the Youth Group sessions, and parents / carers are asked to bring a drink to the dance sessions.

Our dates for the next 6 months are as follows:
Saturday Club Youth Group @ Elim Church (all sessions 2:30-4:30pm)

Jan 10th
Feb 7th
March 7th
April 11th
May 9th
June 6th
July 4th

Saturday Dance Club @ Upper floor Dance Studio, Macclesfield Leisure Centre (all sessions 1:30-3:30)

Jan 24th
Feb 21st
March 21st
April 25th
May 23rd
June 20th
July 18th

More info can be found on Facebook.com/groups/saturdayclubmacc

Youth group for children with Downs Syndrome

The Saturday Club Macclesfield are a Health Lottery funded youth group for children with Down’s Syndrome.

The group meets every fortnight, alternating between Youth Group at the Elim Church, Macclesield and Dance Club in the Upper Dance Studio at Macclesfield Leisure Centre.

Sessions are free. Refreshments are available for a donation at the Youth Group sessions, and parents / carers are asked to bring a drink to the dance sessions.

Our dates for the next 6 months are as follows:
Saturday Club Youth Group @ Elim Church (all sessions 2:30-4:30pm)

Jan 10th
Feb 7th
March 7th
April 11th
May 9th
June 6th
July 4th

Saturday Dance Club @ Upper floor Dance Studio, Macclesfield Leisure Centre (all sessions 1:30-3:30)

Jan 24th
Feb 21st
March 21st
April 25th
May 23rd
June 20th
July 18th

More info can be found on Facebook.com/groups/saturdayclubmacc

Youth group for children with Downs Syndrome

The Saturday Club Macclesfield are a Health Lottery funded youth group for children with Down’s Syndrome.

The group meets every fortnight, alternating between Youth Group at the Elim Church, Macclesield and Dance Club in the Upper Dance Studio at Macclesfield Leisure Centre.

Sessions are free. Refreshments are available for a donation at the Youth Group sessions, and parents / carers are asked to bring a drink to the dance sessions.

Our dates for the next 6 months are as follows:
Saturday Club Youth Group @ Elim Church (all sessions 2:30-4:30pm)

Jan 10th
Feb 7th
March 7th
April 11th
May 9th
June 6th
July 4th

Saturday Dance Club @ Upper floor Dance Studio, Macclesfield Leisure Centre (all sessions 1:30-3:30)

Jan 24th
Feb 21st
March 21st
April 25th
May 23rd
June 20th
July 18th

More info can be found on Facebook.com/groups/saturdayclubmacc

Youth group for children with Downs Syndrome

The Saturday Club Macclesfield are a Health Lottery funded youth group for children with Down’s Syndrome.

The group meets every fortnight, alternating between Youth Group at the Elim Church, Macclesield and Dance Club in the Upper Dance Studio at Macclesfield Leisure Centre.

Sessions are free. Refreshments are available for a donation at the Youth Group sessions, and parents / carers are asked to bring a drink to the dance sessions.

Our dates for the next 6 months are as follows:
Saturday Club Youth Group @ Elim Church (all sessions 2:30-4:30pm)

Jan 10th
Feb 7th
March 7th
April 11th
May 9th
June 6th
July 4th

Saturday Dance Club @ Upper floor Dance Studio, Macclesfield Leisure Centre (all sessions 1:30-3:30)

Jan 24th
Feb 21st
March 21st
April 25th
May 23rd
June 20th
July 18th

More info can be found on Facebook.com/groups/saturdayclubmacc

Youth group for children with Downs Syndrome

The Saturday Club Macclesfield are a Health Lottery funded youth group for children with Down’s Syndrome.

The group meets every fortnight, alternating between Youth Group at the Elim Church, Macclesield and Dance Club in the Upper Dance Studio at Macclesfield Leisure Centre.

Sessions are free. Refreshments are available for a donation at the Youth Group sessions, and parents / carers are asked to bring a drink to the dance sessions.

Our dates for the next 6 months are as follows:
Saturday Club Youth Group @ Elim Church (all sessions 2:30-4:30pm)

Jan 10th
Feb 7th
March 7th
April 11th
May 9th
June 6th
July 4th

Saturday Dance Club @ Upper floor Dance Studio, Macclesfield Leisure Centre (all sessions 1:30-3:30)

Jan 24th
Feb 21st
March 21st
April 25th
May 23rd
June 20th
July 18th

More info can be found on Facebook.com/groups/saturdayclubmacc

Youth Group for children with Downs Syndrome

The Saturday Club Macclesfield are a Health Lottery funded youth group for children with Down’s Syndrome.

The group meets every fortnight, alternating between Youth Group at the Elim Church, Macclesield and Dance Club in the Upper Dance Studio at Macclesfield Leisure Centre.

Sessions are free. Refreshments are available for a donation at the Youth Group sessions, and parents / carers are asked to bring a drink to the dance sessions.

Our dates for the next 6 months are as follows:
Saturday Club Youth Group @ Elim Church (all sessions 2:30-4:30pm)

Jan 10th
Feb 7th
March 7th
April 11th
May 9th
June 6th
July 4th

Saturday Dance Club @ Upper floor Dance Studio, Macclesfield Leisure Centre (all sessions 1:30-3:30)

Jan 24th
Feb 21st
March 21st
April 25th
May 23rd
June 20th
July 18th

More info can be found on Facebook.com/groups/saturdayclubmacc

Youth group for children with Downs Syndrome

The Saturday Club Macclesfield are a Health Lottery funded youth group for children with Down’s Syndrome.

The group meets every fortnight, alternating between Youth Group at the Elim Church, Macclesield and Dance Club in the Upper Dance Studio at Macclesfield Leisure Centre.

Sessions are free. Refreshments are available for a donation at the Youth Group sessions, and parents / carers are asked to bring a drink to the dance sessions.

Our dates for the next 6 months are as follows:
Saturday Club Youth Group @ Elim Church (all sessions 2:30-4:30pm)

Jan 10th
Feb 7th
March 7th
April 11th
May 9th
June 6th
July 4th

Saturday Dance Club @ Upper floor Dance Studio, Macclesfield Leisure Centre (all sessions 1:30-3:30)

Jan 24th
Feb 21st
March 21st
April 25th
May 23rd
June 20th
July 18th

More info can be found on Facebook.com/groups/saturdayclubmacc

Dance Group for children with Downs Syndrome

The Saturday Club Macclesfield are a Health Lottery funded youth group for children with Down’s Syndrome.

The group meets every fortnight, alternating between Youth Group at the Elim Church, Macclesield and Dance Club in the Upper Dance Studio at Macclesfield Leisure Centre.

Sessions are free. Refreshments are available for a donation at the Youth Group sessions, and parents / carers are asked to bring a drink to the dance sessions.

Our dates for the next 6 months are as follows:
Saturday Club Youth Group @ Elim Church (all sessions 2:30-4:30pm)

Jan 10th
Feb 7th
March 7th
April 11th
May 9th
June 6th
July 4th

Saturday Dance Club @ Upper floor Dance Studio, Macclesfield Leisure Centre (all sessions 1:30-3:30)

Jan 24th
Feb 21st
March 21st
April 25th
May 23rd
June 20th
July 18th

More info can be found on Facebook.com/groups/saturdayclubmacc

Dance Group for children with Downs Syndrome

The Saturday Club Macclesfield are a Health Lottery funded youth group for children with Down’s Syndrome.

The group meets every fortnight, alternating between Youth Group at the Elim Church, Macclesield and Dance Club in the Upper Dance Studio at Macclesfield Leisure Centre.

Sessions are free. Refreshments are available for a donation at the Youth Group sessions, and parents / carers are asked to bring a drink to the dance sessions.

Our dates for the next 6 months are as follows:
Saturday Club Youth Group @ Elim Church (all sessions 2:30-4:30pm)

Jan 10th
Feb 7th
March 7th
April 11th
May 9th
June 6th
July 4th

Saturday Dance Club @ Upper floor Dance Studio, Macclesfield Leisure Centre (all sessions 1:30-3:30)

Jan 24th
Feb 21st
March 21st
April 25th
May 23rd
June 20th
July 18th

More info can be found on Facebook.com/groups/saturdayclubmacc

Dance Group for children with Downs Syndrome

The Saturday Club Macclesfield are a Health Lottery funded youth group for children with Down’s Syndrome.

The group meets every fortnight, alternating between Youth Group at the Elim Church, Macclesield and Dance Club in the Upper Dance Studio at Macclesfield Leisure Centre.

Sessions are free. Refreshments are available for a donation at the Youth Group sessions, and parents / carers are asked to bring a drink to the dance sessions.

Our dates for the next 6 months are as follows:
Saturday Club Youth Group @ Elim Church (all sessions 2:30-4:30pm)

Jan 10th
Feb 7th
March 7th
April 11th
May 9th
June 6th
July 4th

Saturday Dance Club @ Upper floor Dance Studio, Macclesfield Leisure Centre (all sessions 1:30-3:30)

Jan 24th
Feb 21st
March 21st
April 25th
May 23rd
June 20th
July 18th

More info can be found on Facebook.com/groups/saturdayclubmacc

Dance Group for children with Downs Syndrome

The Saturday Club Macclesfield are a Health Lottery funded youth group for children with Down’s Syndrome.

The group meets every fortnight, alternating between Youth Group at the Elim Church, Macclesield and Dance Club in the Upper Dance Studio at Macclesfield Leisure Centre.

Sessions are free. Refreshments are available for a donation at the Youth Group sessions, and parents / carers are asked to bring a drink to the dance sessions.

Our dates for the next 6 months are as follows:
Saturday Club Youth Group @ Elim Church (all sessions 2:30-4:30pm)

Jan 10th
Feb 7th
March 7th
April 11th
May 9th
June 6th
July 4th

Saturday Dance Club @ Upper floor Dance Studio, Macclesfield Leisure Centre (all sessions 1:30-3:30)

Jan 24th
Feb 21st
March 21st
April 25th
May 23rd
June 20th
July 18th

More info can be found on Facebook.com/groups/saturdayclubmacc

Dance Group for children with Downs Syndrome

The Saturday Club Macclesfield are a Health Lottery funded youth group for children with Down’s Syndrome.

The group meets every fortnight, alternating between Youth Group at the Elim Church, Macclesield and Dance Club in the Upper Dance Studio at Macclesfield Leisure Centre.

Sessions are free. Refreshments are available for a donation at the Youth Group sessions, and parents / carers are asked to bring a drink to the dance sessions.

Our dates for the next 6 months are as follows:
Saturday Club Youth Group @ Elim Church (all sessions 2:30-4:30pm)

Jan 10th
Feb 7th
March 7th
April 11th
May 9th
June 6th
July 4th

Saturday Dance Club @ Upper floor Dance Studio, Macclesfield Leisure Centre (all sessions 1:30-3:30)

Jan 24th
Feb 21st
March 21st
April 25th
May 23rd
June 20th
July 18th

More info can be found on Facebook.com/groups/saturdayclubmacc

Dance Group for children with Down’s Syndrome

The Saturday Club Macclesfield are a Health Lottery funded youth group for children with Down’s Syndrome.

The group meets every fortnight, alternating between Youth Group at the Elim Church, Macclesield and Dance Club in the Upper Dance Studio at Macclesfield Leisure Centre.

Sessions are free. Refreshments are available for a donation at the Youth Group sessions, and parents / carers are asked to bring a drink to the dance sessions.

Our dates for the next 6 months are as follows:
Saturday Club Youth Group @ Elim Church (all sessions 2:30-4:30pm)

Jan 10th
Feb 7th
March 7th
April 11th
May 9th
June 6th
July 4th

Saturday Dance Club @ Upper floor Dance Studio, Macclesfield Leisure Centre (all sessions 1:30-3:30)

Jan 24th
Feb 21st
March 21st
April 25th
May 23rd
June 20th
July 18th

More info can be found on Facebook.com/groups/saturdayclubmacc

Dance Club for children with Downs Syndrome

The Saturday Club Macclesfield are a Health Lottery funded youth group for children with Down’s Syndrome.

The group meets every fortnight, alternating between Youth Group at the Elim Church, Macclesield and Dance Club in the Upper Dance Studio at Macclesfield Leisure Centre.

Sessions are free. Refreshments are available for a donation at the Youth Group sessions, and parents / carers are asked to bring a drink to the dance sessions.

Our dates for the next 6 months are as follows:
Saturday Club Youth Group @ Elim Church (all sessions 2:30-4:30pm)

Jan 10th
Feb 7th
March 7th
April 11th
May 9th
June 6th
July 4th

Saturday Dance Club @ Upper floor Dance Studio, Macclesfield Leisure Centre (all sessions 1:30-3:30)

Jan 24th
Feb 21st
March 21st
April 25th
May 23rd
June 20th
July 18th

More info can be found on Facebook.com/groups/saturdayclubmacc

Youth Group and Dance Club for Children with Down’s Syndrome

The Saturday Club Macclesfield are a Health Lottery funded youth group for children with Down’s Syndrome.

The group meets every fortnight, alternating between Youth Group at the Elim Church, Macclesield and Dance Club in the Upper Dance Studio at Macclesfield Leisure Centre.

Sessions are free. Refreshments are available for a donation at the Youth Group sessions, and parents / carers are asked to bring a drink to the dance sessions.

Our dates for the next 6 months are as follows:
Saturday Club Youth Group @ Elim Church (all sessions 2:30-4:30pm)

Jan 10th
Feb 7th
March 11th
April 11th
May 9th
June 6th
July 4th

Saturday Dance Club @ Upper floor Dance Studio, Macclesfield Leisure Centre (all sessions 1:30-3:30)

Jan 24th
Feb 21st
March 21st
April 25th
May 23rd
June 20th
July 18th

More info can be found on Facebook.com/groups/saturdayclubmacc

Activate – half term playscheme

Activate are offering a creative playscheme over the February half term for children between 5 and 13 years old, with additional needs

It will include a range of activities, such as: music, art & crafts, messy play, dance, drama, sport and games.  These sessions are designed as a short break for parents and carers, so there is no need to stay at the session with your child.

The sessions run from Monday 16 to Friday 20 Feb, from 10am to 3pm at Malbank High School, Welsh Row, Nantwich, CW5 5HD

The cost is £8 per session. There is no need to attend all 5 sessions – you can pick the days you want to come. Please note that if cost is an issue activate will do their best to arrive at a solution for you as the do not wish to turn people away for financial reasons

*TO REGISTER A PLACE FOR YOUR CHILD, PLEASE CALL 0151 545 1279*

Activate – half term playscheme

Activate are offering a creative playscheme over the February half term for children between 5 and 13 years old, with additional needs

It will include a range of activities, such as: music, art & crafts, messy play, dance, drama, sport and games.  These sessions are designed as a short break for parents and carers, so there is no need to stay at the session with your child.

The sessions run from Monday 16 to Friday 20 Feb, from 10am to 3pm at Malbank High School, Welsh Row, Nantwich, CW5 5HD

The cost is £8 per session. There is no need to attend all 5 sessions – you can pick the days you want to come. Please note that if cost is an issue activate will do their best to arrive at a solution for you as the do not wish to turn people away for financial reasons

*TO REGISTER A PLACE FOR YOUR CHILD, PLEASE CALL 0151 545 1279*

Activate – half term playscheme

Activate are offering a creative playscheme over the February half term for children between 5 and 13 years old, with additional needs

It will include a range of activities, such as: music, art & crafts, messy play, dance, drama, sport and games.  These sessions are designed as a short break for parents and carers, so there is no need to stay at the session with your child.

The sessions run from Monday 16 to Friday 20 Feb, from 10am to 3pm at Malbank High School, Welsh Row, Nantwich, CW5 5HD

The cost is £8 per session. There is no need to attend all 5 sessions – you can pick the days you want to come. Please note that if cost is an issue activate will do their best to arrive at a solution for you as the do not wish to turn people away for financial reasons

*TO REGISTER A PLACE FOR YOUR CHILD, PLEASE CALL 0151 545 1279*

Activate – half term playscheme

Activate are offering a creative playscheme over the February half term for children between 5 and 13 years old, with additional needs

It will include a range of activities, such as: music, art & crafts, messy play, dance, drama, sport and games.  These sessions are designed as a short break for parents and carers, so there is no need to stay at the session with your child.

The sessions run from Monday 16 to Friday 20 Feb, from 10am to 3pm at Malbank High School, Welsh Row, Nantwich, CW5 5HD

The cost is £8 per session. There is no need to attend all 5 sessions – you can pick the days you want to come. Please note that if cost is an issue activate will do their best to arrive at a solution for you as the do not wish to turn people away for financial reasons

*TO REGISTER A PLACE FOR YOUR CHILD, PLEASE CALL 0151 545 1279*

Activate – half term playscheme

Activate are offering a creative playscheme over the February half term for children between 5 and 13 years old, with additional needs

It will include a range of activities, such as: music, art & crafts, messy play, dance, drama, sport and games.  These sessions are designed as a short break for parents and carers, so there is no need to stay at the session with your child.

The sessions run from Monday 16 to Friday 20 Feb, from 10am to 3pm at Malbank High School, Welsh Row, Nantwich, CW5 5HD

The cost is £8 per session. There is no need to attend all 5 sessions – you can pick the days you want to come. Please note that if cost is an issue activate will do their best to arrive at a solution for you as the do not wish to turn people away for financial reasons

*TO REGISTER A PLACE FOR YOUR CHILD, PLEASE CALL 0151 545 1279*

activate – February half term playscheme

Activate are offering a creative playscheme over the February half term

It is for children between 5 and 13 years old, with additional needs

It will include a range of activities, such as: music, art & crafts, messy play, dance, drama, sport and games.
These sessions are designed as a short break for parents and carers, so there is no need to stay at the session with your child.

The sessions will run on Monday 16 to Friday 20 Feb, from 10am to 3pm at Malbank High School, Welsh Row, Nantwich, CW5 5HD

The cost is £8 per session. There is no need to attend all 5 sessions – you can pick the days you want to come. Please note that if cost is an issue activate will do their best to arrive at a solution for you as the do not wish to turn people away for financial reasons

*TO REGISTER A PLACE FOR YOUR CHILD, PLEASE CALL 0151 545 1279*

 

SEND event – Seashell Trust, Cheadle Hulme

David Maddison (Local Barrister) and Debbie Gittins (Registered Care Manager at Seashell Trust) will lead and informative session covering the new SEND legislation including the Children and Family Act (2014) and the Care Act including a question / answer session where you can raise any issues or concerns you may have.

Light refreshments will be served

To book a place please contact Caroline Fishbourne on 0161 610 0179 or email caroline.fishbourne@seashellstrust.org.uk, stating your name, telephone and email, how many guests and any special dietary requirements.

SEND event – Seashell Trust, Cheadle Hulme

David Maddison (Local Barrister) and Debbie Gittins (Registered Care Manager at Seashell Trust) will lead and informative session covering the new SEND legislation including the Children and Family Act (2014) and the Care Act including a question / answer session where you can raise any issues or concerns you may have.

Light refreshments will be served

To book a place please contact Caroline Fishbourne on 0161 610 0179 or email caroline.fishbourne@seashellstrust.org.uk, stating your name, telephone and email, how many guests and any special dietary requirements.

Calendar

20 January Open Forum – postponed

We have decided to postpone the daytime Open Forum on Short Breaks.

There are several other carers’ events running on the same date, and many parents who would like to have their say are unable to attend. This is our chance to work with the local authority to let them know why these essential services are so important to us, so we would prefer to reschedule for a day when more can come and take part.

We will let you know the new date as soon as it is confirmed. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

The evening Open Forum (Thursday 29 January, 6.30pm at Ruby’s Fund Sensory Centre, Congleton) will go ahead as planned – places are available and can be booked by emailing cheshireeastpcf@gmail.com or by calling 0779 443 1768.

SPACE4AUTISM Parent Carer Workshops

Space4Autism are hosting a series of workshops for parent carers.

They will be given by Geoff Evans and Living Autism with their Grant From the Innovation Fund

For more information, contact SPACE4AUTISM by emailing; info.space@hotmail.com or follow this link to their website www.space4autism.com

Note: This workshop is fully funded (so free to parents/carers) by Living Autism as they were successful in gaining a grant on our behalf– if you do book and cannot make it please let us know asap so we can fill your place.

Facebook – SPACE East Cheshire ASC Parents Support, Charity Number: 1141860

All About Me Book – Parent carer workshop @ SPACE4AUTISM

Space4Autism are hosting a “All about me book” Workshop for Parent / Carers

It will be given by Geoff Evans and Living Autism with their Grant From the Innovation Fund.

In this practical training session we will look at developing and using a range of practical resources to use with individuals with autism. Following an introduction to selecting and using approaches we will look at the following, social stories, Power cards, Cognitive picture rehearsal, the incredible five point scale and developing a sensory profile. Examples of all of the above will be available to take home and use.

Saturday, 9 May, 10.00am to 1.00pm, at Space4Autism HQ (1b Lowe Street, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 7NJ)

For more information, contact SPACE4AUTISM by emailing; info.space@hotmail.com or follow this link to their website www.space4autism.com

Note: This workshop is fully funded (so free to parents/carers) by Living Autism as they were successful in gaining a grant on our behalf– if you do book and cannot make it please let us know asap so we can fill your place.

Facebook – SPACE East Cheshire ASC Parents Support, Charity Number: 1141860

Relationships and Sexual Health on the Autistic Spectrum: Parent Carer workshop @ SPACE4AUTISM

Space4Autism are hosting a “Relationships and Sexual Health on the Autistic Spectrum” Workshop for Parent / Carers

It will be given by Geoff Evans and Living Autism with their Grant From the Innovation Fund

This presentation begins with an exploration of why this area presents difficulties for individuals with autism and those who support them.

Making use of research, individuals with autism’s experiences and best practice this training will enable carers develop their understanding and skills in this important area.

This talk is suitable for those caring and supporting children and adults on the spectrum

Saturday 25 April 2015, 10am to 1pm, at Space4Autism HQ (1b Lowe Street, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 7NJ)

For more information, contact SPACE4AUTISM by emailing; info.space@hotmail.com or follow this link to their website www.space4autism.com

Note: This workshop is fully funded (so free to parents/carers) by Living Autism as they were successful in gaining a grant on our behalf– if you do book and cannot make it please let us know asap so we can fill your place.

Facebook – SPACE East Cheshire ASC Parents Support, Charity Number: 1141860

Keeping childen and adolescents safe in the community – Parent carer workshop SPACE4AUTISM

Space4Autism are hosting a Keeping children and adolescents safe in the Community Workshop for Parent / Carers

It will be given by Geoff Evans and Living Autism with their Grant From the Innovation Fund

With the growing emphasis upon inclusion and independence for individuals on the spectrum it is vitally important that the issues around staying safe are fully explored and strategies are identified and implemented.

This presentation seeks to firstly identify what makes staying safe difficult for individuals with autism before exploring practical strategies that can be used by the individual with autism their parents and carers.

Specific areas covered include staying safe at home, in the community, in relationships and when using technology. The training will enable those who wish to develop a Staying Safe Guide for those they support.

Saturday 28 February, 10am to 1pm, at Space4Autism HQ (1b Lowe Street, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 7NJ)

For more information, contact SPACE4AUTISM by emailing; info.space@hotmail.com or follow this link to their website www.space4autism.com

Note: This workshop is fully funded (so free to parents/carers) by Living Autism as they were successful in gaining a grant on our behalf– if you do book and cannot make it please let us know asap so we can fill your place.

Facebook – SPACE East Cheshire ASC Parents Support, Charity Number: 1141860

Supporting & Managing Meltdowns – Parent carer workshop SPACE4AUTISM

Space4Autism are hosting a Supporting and Managing Meltdowns and Closedowns

It will be given by Geoff Evans and Living Autism with their Grant From the Innovation Fund

In this training session Geoff explores what contributes to children and adults with autism experiencing meltdowns and close downs.
Using practical exercises we will identify what is happening to the individual with autism and those close to them at each stage of the meltdown.
This will be followed by discussion to identifying practical strategies to support all involved at each stage. Geoff will draw upon his experience gained over the past thirty years as well as those with autism to illustrate the talk.

For more information, contact SPACE4AUTISM by emailing; info.space@hotmail.com or follow this link to their website www.space4autism.com

Note: This workshop is fully funded (so free to parents/carers) by Living Autism as they were successful in gaining a grant on our behalf– if you do book and cannot make it please let us know asap so we can fill your place.

Facebook – SPACE East Cheshire ASC Parents Support, Charity Number: 1141860

Webinar with Steve Broach: Using the law to challenge cuts to short break services

There will be a webinar with Steve Broach on Friday 23 January, 1pm to 3pm

Local authorities are in the process of setting their budgets for 2015/16, with budgets being set around mid-February. In many areas significant cuts are proposed to funding for short break services. It is vital that any cuts are made lawfully and that forums understand the legal duties in relation to short breaks so that any proposals which are inconsistent with these duties can be challenged.

This webinar will cover:

  • the background to funding for short breaks from the Aiming High for Disabled Children programme onwards
  • the short breaks duty created by the Children and Young Persons Act 2008 and the Breaks for Carers of Disabled Children Regulations 2011
  • other legal duties relevant to the provision of short break services, including the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970
  • relevant legal issues to consider in relation to proposals to cut services, including duties to carry out fair consultations and the public sector equality duty
  • potential avenues of challenge for parent forums in relation to proposed cuts to short break funding.

Click on this link for more information and details on how to register, and a guide to webinars if you’re new to them

If you are unable to join live we will post a link to a recording if the webinar once it is available.

Using the law to challenge cuts to short break services – Steve Broach Webinar

There will be a webinar with Steve Broach on Friday 23 January, 1pm to 3pm

Local authorities are in the process of setting their budgets for 2015/16, with budgets being set around mid-February. In many areas significant cuts are proposed to funding for short break services. It is vital that any cuts are made lawfully and that forums understand the legal duties in relation to short breaks so that any proposals which are inconsistent with these duties can be challenged.

This webinar will cover:

  • the background to funding for short breaks from the Aiming High for Disabled Children programme onwards
  • the short breaks duty created by the Children and Young Persons Act 2008 and the Breaks for Carers of Disabled Children Regulations 2011
  • other legal duties relevant to the provision of short break services, including the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970
  • relevant legal issues to consider in relation to proposals to cut services, including duties to carry out fair consultations and the public sector equality duty
  • potential avenues of challenge for parent forums in relation to proposed cuts to short break funding.

Click on this link for more information and details on how to register, and a guide to webinars if you’re new to them

If you are unable to join live we will post a link to a recording if the webinar once it is available.

Open Forum – Tues 20 Jan – book now to HAVE YOUR SAY!

Despite lots of interest, we have had low numbers booking onto the Open Forum next week (20 January, 10am – 2pm at St Peters Church Hall, Elworth) so I wanted to give you a bit more information.

What are short breaks?
There seems to be some confusion about the term ‘Short Breaks’ – just to clarify short breaks are NOT JUST respite care, residential care or even activities you get with personal payments. For more information, you can follow this link to the Cheshire East website http://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/children_and_families/short_breaks_services.aspx
If your child goes to (or would like to go to!) any activities for kids with additional needs, this is a ‘short break’ too!
Short breaks should offer our children opportunities to try new things, to make friends, and to develop their own personal and social skills, and offers our families a break from caring responsibilities.

What will be covered at the Open Forums?
On Tuesday next week (20 Jan) we have several of the short break providers coming to tell you about what they do.

We then have a session for us to let Cheshire East know what services you actually use, what you would like, what works, what doesn’t, and why. The people responsible for commissioning children’s short break services in Cheshire East are consulting with parent carers to get a better understanding of what we need, and this is the first stage.

We will then have lunch (provided) before finishing up.

Members of Cheshire East Parent Carer Forum can claim any travel or childcare expenses in line with our expenses policy.

Why does this matter so much?
At the moment, we are being told that no cuts are planned, BUT we know that the Government’s austerity measures will affect us sooner or later. CE is conducting a review of Short Breaks.
This is our chance to work with the local authority to make sure these essential services are not in the firing line.
We need to speak up NOW and explain why Short Breaks are so important to us, because if we don’t then we can’t complain if they are hit in next year’s budget… Please, if you can, book a place and come along to let them know what Short Breaks mean to you and your family.

To book your place, please email (cheshireeastpcf@gmail.com) or call 07794431768
*BOOKING CLOSES AT MIDDAY ON FRIDAY (16 JANUARY)
*

Short Breaks Open Forum Poster

Free Sleep Workshop

Does your child have difficulty sleeping?

FREE WORKSHOP FOR PARENTS & CARERS provided by The Together Trust to help you help your child to sleep.

This workshop is aimed at parents and carers of children and young people on the Autistic Spectrum

Pre-booking essential: call 01606 352834 or email dcd@cheshirecarerscentre.org.uk

Buffet lunch and refreshments provided

Click here to view the full poster: SLEEP EVENT

Manchester Museum – early opening for children with autism

Manchester Museum are opening early for children with autism and their families.

Each month a different gallery will be open earlier

See objects and do activities inspired by the exhibitions

Sessions are free, no need to book, suitable for children and young people aged 5 – 16 with a parent or carer.

For further information contact Victoria Grant on 0161 306 1779, or email Victoria.grant@manchester.ac.uk

Click here to view the flyer Early opening at Manchester Museum.Jan10FINAL

Autism Inclusive Parents Support Group

The Autism Inclusive Parents support drop-in session, every Wednesday morning. 

Autism Inclusive’s resident autism consultant, Mick Rimmington is on hand for free help, support and advice or just for a casual chat with other parents.  Mick is there from about 9:15 a.m – 11:45 a.m. every week.  Everybody is welcome

 This group is currently run as a drop-in session, but as it grows AI will be facilitating more structured 1:1 consultancy sessions if required

 For more information please contact – info@autisminclusive.co.uk 

For more information on Autism Inclusive follow this link to the Autism Inclusive website

Autism Inlcusive Parents Support Group

The Autism Inclusive Parents support drop-in session, every Wednesday morning. 

Autism Inclusive’s resident autism consultant, Mick Rimmington is on hand for free help, support and advice or just for a casual chat with other parents.  Mick is there from about 9:15 a.m – 11:45 a.m. every week.  Everybody is welcome

 This group is currently run as a drop-in session, but as it grows AI will be facilitating more structured 1:1 consultancy sessions if required

 For more information please contact – info@autisminclusive.co.uk 

For more information on Autism Inclusive follow this link to the Autism Inclusive website

Autism Inclusive Parents Support Group

The Autism Inclusive Parents support drop-in session, every Wednesday morning. 

Autism Inclusive’s resident autism consultant, Mick Rimmington is on hand for free help, support and advice or just for a casual chat with other parents.  Mick is there from about 9:15 a.m – 11:45 a.m. every week.  Everybody is welcome

 This group is currently run as a drop-in session, but as it grows AI will be facilitating more structured 1:1 consultancy sessions if required

 For more information please contact – info@autisminclusive.co.uk 

For more information on Autism Inclusive follow this link to the Autism Inclusive website

Autism Inclusive Parents Support Group

The Autism Inclusive Parents support drop-in session, every Wednesday morning. 

Autism Inclusive’s resident autism consultant, Mick Rimmington is on hand for free help, support and advice or just for a casual chat with other parents.  Mick is there from about 9:15 a.m – 11:45 a.m. every week.  Everybody is welcome

 This group is currently run as a drop-in session, but as it grows AI will be facilitating more structured 1:1 consultancy sessions if required

 For more information please contact – info@autisminclusive.co.uk 

For more information on Autism Inclusive follow this link to the Autism Inclusive website

Autism Inclusive Parents Support Group

The Autism Inclusive Parents support drop-in session, every Wednesday morning. 

Autism Inclusive’s resident autism consultant, Mick Rimmington is on hand for free help, support and advice or just for a casual chat with other parents.  Mick is there from about 9:15 a.m – 11:45 a.m. every week.  Everybody is welcome

 This group is currently run as a drop-in session, but as it grows AI will be facilitating more structured 1:1 consultancy sessions if required

 For more information please contact – info@autisminclusive.co.uk 

For more information on Autism Inclusive follow this link to the Autism Inclusive website

Autism Inclusive Parents Support Group

The Autism Inclusive Parents support drop-in session, every Wednesday morning. 

Autism Inclusive’s resident autism consultant, Mick Rimmington is on hand for free help, support and advice or just for a casual chat with other parents.  Mick is there from about 9:15 a.m – 11:45 a.m. every week.  Everybody is welcome

 This group is currently run as a drop-in session, but as it grows AI will be facilitating more structured 1:1 consultancy sessions if required

 For more information please contact – info@autisminclusive.co.uk 

For more information on Autism Inclusive follow this link to the Autism Inclusive website

Autism Inclusive Parents Support Group

The Autism Inclusive Parents support drop-in session, every Wednesday morning. 

Autism Inclusive’s resident autism consultant, Mick Rimmington is on hand for free help, support and advice or just for a casual chat with other parents.  Mick is there from about 9:15 a.m – 11:45 a.m. every week.  Everybody is welcome

 This group is currently run as a drop-in session, but as it grows AI will be facilitating more structured 1:1 consultancy sessions if required

 For more information please contact – info@autisminclusive.co.uk 

For more information on Autism Inclusive follow this link to the Autism Inclusive website

Autism Inclusive Parents Support Group

The Autism Inclusive Parents support drop-in session, every Wednesday morning. 

Autism Inclusive’s resident autism consultant, Mick Rimmington is on hand for free help, support and advice or just for a casual chat with other parents.  Mick is there from about 9:15 a.m – 11:45 a.m. every week.  Everybody is welcome

 This group is currently run as a drop-in session, but as it grows AI will be facilitating more structured 1:1 consultancy sessions if required

 For more information please contact – info@autisminclusive.co.uk 

For more information on Autism Inclusive follow this link to the Autism Inclusive website