Monthly Archives: June 2017

Autism workshop for parent / carers – Holmes Chapel

Parent/Carer Workshop: “An Introduction to Autistic Spectrum Condition and the Rationale of Using Visuals and a Structured Approach”

Is your child on the Autistic spectrum, are you waiting for an assessment or do you think that they might be?

  • Would you like to make some visuals that you can take and use at home?
  • Come along to our workshop to hear from the Cheshire East Autism Team (CEAT) and to make your own resources for home to help with:

○   SYMBOLS                       ○   Bath time routine                                    ○   Using the toilet

○   Washing hands              ○   Morning routine                          ○   Traffic lights

○   Now and Next                 ○   School/no school symbols        ○   Getting dressed/undressed

○   Days of the week chart for activities including activity symbols

Book a FREE place onto our workshop and find out more about the Cheshire East Autism Team and to leave with your own resources as recommended by the team.

Contact …  or call 0300 123 5166 to book a place.

Please let us know if you have any special requirements so that we can support you to get the best from the work shop.  No a child care facilities at the event.

This workshop is for parents and carers only.  If you are a professional please look into the CEAT CPD programme for a similar course.

*We are able to provide tea, coffee and biscuits. There is also a café within the venue where you could lunch after the work shop has ended with friends*

Short Breaks Briefing Event

Cheshire East Council hosted an event on 21/06/17 where they invited parent carers to come and hear about changes that are being made to their short breaks services.

If you were unable to get to the meeting you can click here to see the presentation

You can also click here read the notes taken by Claire Johnson (a parent carer, and CEPCF secretary)

They also launched a consultation on the future of EHIPs (Early Help Individual Payments)

If you would like to take part in this consultation, please take a few moments to complete our quick quiz:


Statement from Cheshire East on CEIAS changes

We know there have been some questions asked recently about whether there are going to be any changes to the service provided by CEIAS (formerly parent partnership). We approached Gemma Hambrook at Cheshire East to ask the question directly, and received this response:

The Cheshire East Information, Advice and Support (CEIAS) service is part of the wider 14 – 19 Education Team within Cheshire East.  As we are constantly looking to improve the outcomes for families and young people within the context of  financial challenge, we have undergone a recent restructure of management across all teams.

 The responsibility of the service will now sit within the remit of the Safeguarding and Advocacy Manager, from September 2017. This role is a new post and it will not be connected to either SEND or social care teams. The services the team currently  deliver to families will not change – and face to face, telephone and email support will continue. The team will continue to provide high-quality, independent advice and guidance to families across the borough.

 In order to make the service more outcome focused and efficient, we will work on a locality model (four areas of Cheshire East) that will maximise the use of the staff time available and we will ensure that administrative support is available to the staff from the wider service to ensure the majority of staff time can be spent working directly with families and young people.

 As we move into the new academic year, we look forward to working with the Parent Carer Forum to help shape the next developments of the service as we begin to review how we utilise technology to support our families and young people.

We know how important CEIAS is to parent carers in Cheshire East, so we will be watching with interest to see how the changes work out. If you have any thoughts or experiences you want to share, please get in contact.

Wizard Walk (Alderley Edge)

Fathers Day family fun!

Fundraiser for local boy (and son of one of our members!) Max Bailey.

The success of last year sets this to be a loved annual magical event:  Fun,  accessible, inclusive activity walk, ’Dare your Daddy’ challenges, quidditch league, meet Merlin, magic shows, competitions, and more!

Advanced booking required to secure your Wizard Walkers pack, including costume – Registration and more info at Tel: 07791100968

Enter our 2017 Honorary Wizard competition before the event by writing the spell hunted by all wizards along the route!


Go Kids Go: Free Wheelchair Mobility Training (Chester)

Go Kids Go are offering free wheelchair mobility-training workshops in Chester on Saturday 24th June (10am – 3pm).

The workshop is open to all young wheelchair users throughout the region. Anyone wishing to attend should call Go Kids Go on 01482 887163.

On the workshop they teach skills such as coping with slopes and rough ground, back wheel balancing, road safety and emergency evacuation techniques. They play games like wheelchair basketball and try out wheelchair dance and bring extra chairs so mums, dads and siblings can get involved and join in the games. Whilst the objectives are serious the workshops are good fun! The young people will need to be able to self-propel to gain fully from the workshop however it is often have a mixed range of abilities and they find that everyone gains some new skills from the workshops. They have had children as young as 2 years of age on the workshops and welcome young people up to the age of 21.

Go Kids Go’s patron, Paralympic TV presenter Ade Adepitan MBE was one of the first young wheelchair users to come on one of our courses and he is now a great role model for a lot of the children who currently attend the workshops.

Go Kids Go run free manual & powered wheelchair workshops and we also run practical wheelchair skills workshops for professionals and disability awareness workshops in mainstream schools.

Go Kids Go work in partnership with a number of wheelchair services to deliver our training. Please get in touch if you would like any further details about our training.

For more information about Go Kids Go, visit their website here:

Autism & Technology Conference(Manchester)

13.6.17 Autism and technology, Renaissance Hotel, Manchester

Featuring Dr Alyssa M Alcorn & Jamie + Lion

This one-day conference aims to give you the tools to support autistic people by using technology. It will look at how technology can be used to facilitate real-life interactions for autistic people and where technology is heading in the future.

Our expert speakers will also be discussing safeguarding issues, using technology to counter phobia and technology & independence, amongst other exciting topics

Click this link to book a place:

CEIAS Workshop: Transfer to a new school or college (Holmes Chapel)

Cheshire East Information, Advice & Support (CEIAS, previously Parent Partnership) are holding a Parent/Carer Workshop: “Transfer to a new school or college” (including transferring from school to college)

• Does your child have a special educational need or disability?
• Are they moving to a new educational setting in September 2017?
• Are you anxious about the change for your child?
• Would you like some top tips on how to support your child with their move?

If you have answered yes then this could be the workshop for you.

Book a FREE place onto our workshop and find out what you can do in the months before the move to support your child with a successful transfer to their new school or college.

Contact: or call 0300 123 5166 to book a place.

Please let them know if you have any special requirements so that they can support you to get the best from the work shop. Unfortunately they are unable to provide a creche on this occassion.

There will also be a Secondary Senco sharing information on what you and your child could expect in the way of support into high school, to help the transition go smoothly.

The event is for parents and/or carers only