Hampshire Area News
Activities in your area: to view activities taking place in your local area, simply click here to view the Leisure and Play - Hampshire Gateway section on the Family Information and Services Hub. These activities are updated weekly, so be sure to check back each week for anything new.
Annual Reviews – Empower Yourself! Hampshire Parent Carer Network (HPCN) are hoping that some of their HPCN Get Togethers will include a presentation by an Independent Supporter focusing on annual reviews for Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans which are different to the previous annual reviews for Statements. Independent Support is only currently funded until March 2018, so do check if they are visiting a Get Together meeting near you next month and empower yourself to handle the annual review process. Call HPCN on 01962 853153 or email email@example.com. Independent Support is a national government initiative designed to help parents and young people navigate through the EHC planning process.
Help Improve Mental Health Hospital Care: NHS organisations across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight are working together to improve the journey of people who have experience with mental health problems. If you have stayed on any of the wards in Hampshire, they are asking for your help with this work, by sharing feedback on your experience. They would like to get the views of service users, carers and family members. To complete the survey, click here. Survey closes on Tuesday 31 October.
Scouting in Hampshire: Scouting in Hampshire is happy to welcome and include disabled children and young people into their groups. For some children, a little extra may be needed to ensure they can fully participate. Short Breaks funding is available to pay for carers to give one to one support to young Gateway Card holders to enable them to join in with Scouting in Hampshire. All you need to do is to approach the Scout group nearest to you and explain that as a Gateway Card holder you are eligible for the funding and the Scouting leader should contact County Office to get more information and set the system in motion. The funding can pay for support at your weekly session for Beavers, Cubs, Scouts or Explorers (age range 6-18years) and it has been enjoyed by several of Hampshire’s young people already. (Not available to those in the City of Portsmouth or Southampton City Districts). A weekly session can often bring respite to a parent or carer and it is usually thoroughly enjoyed by the children that take part. For details, click here or call Lucie Rowe on 02380 847847.
Rainbows, Brownies and Guides can also access Short Breaks funding for children needing some extra support; these groups would need to contact the Short Breaks team directly to find out how to apply. Their telephone number is 01962 846399.
New app available from Afasic: Afasic England has produced an App based on their self-advocacy workshops for parents of children with speech and language impairments, developed in partnership with Steve Percival, a specialist in advocacy. The App has lots of information for parents about the legal system, practical tips on how to manage meetings, a glossary of terms, information on speech and language development, useful links, and also includes a journal that parents can keep up to date. The App is available for iPhones, by just searching in the App store for ‘Afasic’. For Android systems click here. For further details contact Tony Curtis by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call their helpline on 03006 669410.
Hampshire Youth Project (HYP) November Programme:HYP is run by Enable Ability for young people aged 16-25 living in South East Hampshire; areas include: Emsworth, Havant, Hayling Island, Waterlooville, Fareham, Gosport, Eastleigh, Petersfield and surrounding districts. They only accept young people living in Portsmouth if they attend a Hampshire school or college. The project aims to provide young people with physical and/or mild-moderate learning disability, or additional need, with the opportunity to engage in a variety of planned recreational, social and sporting activities. Coming up for November: Fireworks Party at The Ageas Bowl • Masterchef at Fareham College • Assault Course & Bouncy Castle Party. For more details about the project and their programme, click here or contact James at email@example.com or 02392 671874 or 07857 328390.
Working Families – Off Balance Survey: Working Families is running a survey for parents of disabled children who are in paid work or would like to be. They’d like to hear parents’ views and experiences of combining paid work and care. To access the survey, click here. Working Families wants to gather as much evidence as possible about the barriers parents face – and what needs to change.
Their Off Balance research from 2015 found: Seven out of ten parents of disabled children found it impossible or very difficult to find suitable, affordable childcare • Two thirds of parents of disabled children are working below their skill level because this is the only way that they have been able to find the flexibility they need • 88% of unemployed parents with disabled children would like to return to work. The charity wants to find out what’s happening for parents in 2017. The more evidence it has, the louder its voice calling for change.
Working Families provides a unique employment advice service for parents of disabled children who work or wish to work. Details can be found by clicking here. Alternatively, call 02072 537243.
Dimensions Autism Friendly Screenings: Dimensions work with Odeon, Cineworld, Vue and Showcase cinemas to screen films in a sensory friendly environment for people of all ages to enjoy the cinema.
Cineworld host an autism friendly cinema screening on the first Sunday of every month, 11am, the next on Sunday 5 November is The Lego Ninjago Movie.
Showcase host theirs every second Sunday of the month, 10am, the next on Sunday 12 November is The Lego Ninjago Movie.
Odeon host theirs every month on a Sunday, 10.15am, the next on Sunday 29 October is The Lego Ninjago Movie and on Sunday 19 November is My Little Pony. At a select number of cinemas, they are trailling screenings for older audiences, the next in nine cinemas is Thor Ragnarok (TBC) on Monday 30 October, 6pm and Justice League (TBC) on Monday 20 November. Note: Tickets for the latest releases may come with a small Blockbuster charge of £1 on top of the normal ticket price.
Vue host theirs on the last Sunday of every month, 10.15am, from £1.99. The next on Sunday 29 October is Despicable Me 3 and Sunday 26 November is Captain Underpants.
Find out more on Dimensions website, click here, or call 03003 039001. These screenings can also be of benefit to people who have anxiety, hypervigilance and hallucinations or other conditions as the atmosphere at these screenings is more relaxed and quieter.
Basingstoke Area News
Are you Caring for a Young Person (YP) with a Mental Health Condition? ‘Hope for Carers’ (HfC) is a self-help group offering mutual support and encouragement to parents and carers who look after YP with mental health issues such as self-harming, eating disorders, autism, personality disorders and others. HfC aims to: Give hope to parents that things can improve in the future • An opportunity to (confidentially) share experiences with other parents in similar situations • Learn practical ways of handling the enormous stresses and anxieties – which can otherwise lead to both physical and emotional illness of the parent/carer. HfC meet on the last Tuesday every month (excluding December) and the next meeting is being held on Tuesday 31 October, 11am-1pm, at The Safe, 18 Winchester Street, Basingstoke, RG21 7DY. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 07973 738861.
Free ‘Be Confident for Work’ Course: Thinking about work? Thinking that you might like to do something different? Would you like to feel more confident about doing this? If YES then this course is for you. ‘Be Confidentent in Work’ helps to improve confidence in the workplace, understand how to communicate with others and how to set goals that help work progression and perhaps trying something new. The course is being held on Tuesdays 7, 14, 21 and 28 November, 9.15am-3.15pm, at Oakridge Hall for All, Forsythia Walk, Basingstoke, RG21 5RG and is being run by RCS. For more information and to book, call 01794 522106.
Eastleigh & Winchester Area News
Hampshire Young Carers Conference: being held on Wednesday 8 November, 10.30am-2pm, at Brooks Suite, Eastleigh Football Club, Stoneham Lane, Eastleigh, SO50 9HT. Join them for presentations from professionals who are leading examples of support for Young Carers in Hampshire. Including: Daniel Phelps – External Young Carers Projects Evaluator from Winchester University • Young Carers Action Group – a passionate group of Young Carers who have been working together over the last 6 months to create an action plan to better the lives of young carers across the county • Experiences from front line school staff – including those who have obtained the Young Carers Schools Award. Lunch will be provided and an opportunity to network and speak with the Young Carers who are presenting. The day will be an opportunity for you to hear directly what the young people want and need, to evaluate your current processes and support, and to learn from others when it comes to supporting young carers. To book, click here. Contact email@example.com or call 02380 902462 if you have any queries.
New Sessions by ActiveAbility Solent: ActiveAbility Solent is holding a disco every Monday, 7-8pm, at The Hexagon Centre, Suffolk Close, Chandler’s Ford, Eastleigh, SO53 3GX starting from Monday 30 October. As it is Halloween, they will be doing a Halloween Theme. The cost is £5 (cash only) including food and drink. Please contact India Bhagwanani on 07342 034780 to book.
Fareham & Gosport Area News
Out There Project November-December Timetable including Xmas Workshops: Enrolments are now being taken for adult learning courses starting in November. Courses are held at various locations in the Fareham and Gosport area and generally last four or five weeks. All of the courses are free to attend, some may have a small charge to cover resources. For details of the courses on offer and information on the Out There Project, click here.
Xmas Workshops will be held at The Nimrod Community Centre, 17 Falcon Meadows Way, Gosport, PO13 8AA, 9.30am-2.30pm, with a cost towards resources as follows: Xmas Personalised Gifts – Monday 4 December, cost £10 • Xmas Flower Arranging – Wednesday 6 December, cost £15 • Xmas Stockings – Thursday 7 December, cost £10 • Xmas Cake Decorating – Friday 8 December, cost £10. Everyone is welcome – go along and have some fun! If anyone is interested in any of the courses or workshops, call 02392 525704, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call into their office at the Nimrod Community Centre.
St Vincent College, Mill Lane, Gosport, PO12 4QA, is holding an Open Evening on Wednesday 15 November, 5.30-8.30pm.
Gosport Community Voice Forum: being held on Wednesday 15 November, 9.30am-2.30pm, at Theatre Room, Thorngate Hall, Bury Road, Gosport, PO12 3PX. The subject is ‘Community Treasure – the Value of Diversity and Inclusion’. Refreshments and lunch provided • Leaflets and local information on display • Talks and workshops • Key Note Speaker is Emily Dewey from Toucan Diversity ‘My Life with Autism’. Click here to book tickets.
Hart & Rushmoor Area News
BRAAIN Launch Event: being held on Saturday 28 October, 4pm, at Cove Cricket Club, Grasmere Road, Farnborough, GU14 0LE. BRAAIN (Be Ready ADHD ASD Information Network) founded to help parents & carers of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism find the help and support that they need. It isn’t just for parents & carers that have recently diagnosed children, it’s for parents & carers with children anywhere along their ADHD & Autism journey. At the BRAAIN website (www.braain.co.uk) parents will find details of charities, specialist clubs and specialist schools with just a few clicks of a mouse! They’d love the opportunity to show you more and thank you for your support personally – please join them for a glass of something fizzy! Please R.S.V.P to enquiries@BRAAIN.co.uk. They look forward to meeting you.
ACE OT Parent Course for Sensory Processing Difficulties: Ace Children’s Occupational Therapy Ltd have released new course dates for: Parents for Children with Sensory Processing Difficulties and OT Paediatric Assessments for Children with Sensory Processing Difficulties. They are being held at The Key Centre, The Key, Fleet, GU51 5HA as follows: Session 1 on Saturday 28 October – Sensory Processing & Fine Motor Skills Development; Sensory Processing and Gross Motor Skills Development • Session 2 on Saturday 25 November – Sensory Processing (Visual/Auditory Attention and Visual Perception); Sensory Processing (What do we mean by Sensory Processing Difficulties?). The cost is £120 (Sessions 1 and 2). In conjunction with the Parents’ courses there will be the opportunity to have your child assessed and receive the report back the same day – the cost is £350 and there are two slots available each day. To book or for more details call 01252 691133 or email email@example.com. To view their website, click here.
Free Adult & Baby Swimming Lessons: sessions are being held on Tuesday 31 October and Friday 3 November, 9.30am and 10am, at Hart Leisure Centre, Emerald Avenue, Fleet, GU51 5EE. Lessons are free but donations are welcome in support of their charity of the year, Mind. Book your place at reception today! Alternatively call 03330 050134.
New Forest Area News
The Ashley Family Hub: a one-stop shop for families held every Tuesday, 9-11am, at Ashley Baptist Church, Lower Ashley Road, Ashley, New Milton, BH25 5AA. For their programme of talks, workshops and activities through to December, click here or view the Ashley Family Hub Facebook page.
They are also holding SEN Stay & Play Pre-school Sessions, for children with additional needs, from 9-11am on Tuesdays 7 November and 12 December. Go along and enjoy play, chat and refreshments in a safe, supportive and friendly setting. Advice and signposting available on request.
Test Valley Area News
The Romsey Opportunity Group – Spaces Still Available: The Romsey Opportunity Group is a free group that encourages children (0-5) with a wide range of Special Needs (physical, emotional, and sensory disabilities) to learn to play and socialise with each other, with input from professionals, such as Speech Therapists, Physiotherapists, and Portage. Parents are also invited and encouraged to come along as well to access advice, support. encouragement and friendship. Although you can be referred to the group via your GP or health visitor, parents are also welcome to refer themselves whether their child has a diagnosed condition or if they are just concerned their child may have a condition. The Group meets on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, 10am-12pm, at the Appletree Centre, Princes Road, Romsey, SO51 8DS and there are spaces available in both sessions at the moment for next term. For more information please contact either Lyn Bird (Family Co-Ordinator) on 02380 410792 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or Mavis Watts (Children Co-Ordinator) on 01794 322877 or email email@example.com. To access their Facebook page click here or to access their website click here.
Other Area News
Rose Road Association Saturday Club & Play PM: Go along and join the Rose Road Association at their Saturday Stay & Play Family Coffee Morning held every Saturday, 9.30-11.30am, at The Bradbury Centre, 300 Aldermoor Road, Southampton, SO16 5NA. This is suitable for children and young people with disabilities and additional needs, aged 3-16, and their siblings. Enjoy music, arts & crafts, sensory & soft play, and lots more activities! There is no charge, this is a free session for all families. Donations for refreshments. For more information, contact either Claire Headington on 02380 721234 or 07823 353887 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or Chloe Avenell on 02380 721220 or 07823 353886 07803 083536 or email email@example.com. This is funded by BBC Children in Need.
Play PM is held every Wednesday, 4.30-6.30pm, at The Bradbury Centre and is suitable for children and young people with disabilities, aged 5-18. Sessions run term-time only and cost £5 per child, per session. Variety of activities including arts & crafts, themed sessions and trips out. 1:1/2:1 staffed accordingly to the individual. Booking details as above. This is funded by the Big Lottery Fund.
Autism Friendly Chill Out Sessions at Woolston Library: being held on Saturdays 4 November and 2 December, 11am-1pm, at Woolston Library, Victoria Road, Woolston, Southampton. The library’s meeting room will be set up with low level lighting and with large and portable sensory equipment available. Comfy bean bags and a range of books will be utilised to create a comfortable calm space for families to use, either to stay in or dip in and out of as they use the full range of library resources and services elsewhere in the building.
Programme Update From ActiveAbility Solent:ActiveAbility Solent have added cricket and multisports to their programme. The sessions are being held every Wednesday at Testlands Hub, Green Lane, Southampton, SO16 9RG as follows: Cricket 10.30-11.15am • Multisport 11.15am-12pm. The cost is £3 for both sessions. There are still spaces available for the gymnastics sessions being held every Friday, 10.30-11.30am, at Chamberlayne Leisure Centre, 150 Weston Lane, Southampton, SO19 9SJ. To book any of these sessions or for more details, contact Karen on 07542 069734. To view the latest programme with full range of activities available, click here.
St Piers School & College Open Day: St Piers (Young Epilepsy), St Piers Lane, Lingfield, Surrey, RG7 6PW will be holding their next open day on Wednesday 15 November, 9.45am-12.30pm. This is a great opportunity for you to go along and see what they have to offer. The format will be as follows: 9.45am – arrive at Young Epilepsy Conference Centre for registration, tea and coffee • 10am – school or college, care and residential presentation • 11am – tour of school or college • 11.45am – questions, with members of education, residential, therapy, psychology, finance (benefits advice) and refreshments in Conference Centre 12.30pm – guests depart. If you are seeking a residential placement, once they have receive a completed application form and notified the Local Authority, the student will be invited in for a Familiarisation Day (Assessment) where an appropriate house with the young person’s needs will be assigned for the Familiarisation Day (Assessment). Hopefully this will be easier for the parent to see the type of house appropriate for their young person. For more details click here or call 01342 831348.
Chichester Festival Theatre (CFT) Buddy Scheme: CFT recently launched their Buddies Scheme – the aim of which is to open their whole programme to a wider audience who currently feel unable to attend by themselves. Potential users of the scheme may include elderly and socially isolated patrons; those with learning difficulties or who are on the autistic spectrum; and individuals with physical disabilities or with eyesight and hearing difficulties. CFT Buddies will assist patrons in booking and collecting tickets; meet them on arrival at the theatre; guide them to their seats and sit with them through the performance; help buy any refreshments and locate washroom facilities; and stay with them until the patron is safely on their way home. Generally the aim is to ensure the individual has a really enjoyable time. To read the blog, click here and for more information click here. Alternatively, call 01243 781312.
Autism an Untapped Resource – Free* Workshops for Business Owners, HR Directors: Autism Hampshire’s Employment Pathway project is running Hampshire-wide workshops to empower Business Owners, HR Directors and those with Recruitment and Selection responsibilities to better understand autism and how they can support people on the autism spectrum through the recruitment process and into work. Common traits of people on the autism spectrum include loyalty, attention to detail, high level of technical ability – assets that many employers seek, and yet many struggle to get through the recruitment and interview process because of a lack of awareness as to the simple adjustments that can be made to support candidates on the autism spectrum. Only 16% of people on the autism spectrum are in full time work and 32% in part time work** – Autism Hampshire are trying to change this locally. Autism is a hidden disability affecting around 1 in 100 people.
*First person in organisation free and subsequent people £25. **Source National Autistic Society.
- Tuesday 5 December (Eastleigh/Southampton)
- Monday 18 December (Whiteley)
- Tuesday 16 January 2018 (Portsmouth North).
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