Have your say on new draft guidance on restraint and restrictive intervention of autistic children

Last week, the Departments of Health and Education published new draft guidance on the use of restraint and restrictive interventions on children on the autism spectrum, and those with a learning disability or mental health difficulty.
Link to Network Autism summary

Link to the consultation below

Preparing for Adulthood (PfA) Group

22 January
Tesco Bar Hill, Community Room 10am – 12pm.
Overview for parent/carers of the Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards ((MCA and DOLS). Meet Phil Carter MCA and DoLS Training and Development Worker to find out more about:
• What is MCA and DoLs
• Where the MCA fits in Human Rights legislation
• What constitutes consent to care and treatment
• Capacity – Supported Decision Making
• Best Interest Decision Making
• Restraints and Restrictions, Deprivation of Liberty

If you would still like to come along email jackie@pinpoint-cambs.org.uk
T: 01480 877333
Please share with any parent/carers you think would benefit from coming along.

For information on other PFA (Preparing for Adulthood) News/ Events that may be of interest to you go to our website:

Creative Short Courses

Open to all adults 18yrs+ priority given to Cambridge City residents on low incomes with health challenges
Explore your creativity in a safe and supportive environment
Improving mental health with creativity

Intuitive Painting
Learn to enjoy painting freely using acrylic paints on canvas with Natasha Day, suitable for all levels
25 January – 1 March 2018
Thursdays 10.30am – 1pm
Buchan Street Neighbourhood Centre CB4 2XF

Dance for Every Body
Enjoy moving intuitively to music, for all abilities with Filipa Pereira-Stubbs.
31 January – 7 March 2018
Wednesdays 5.30pm – 7.30pm
CSVPA St Matthews Centre Sturton St CB5 8AD

Creative Digital Arts
Have fun exploring the creative possibilities of digital media using Apps on iPads (provided) with Salmagundi Films.
13 February – 20 March 2018
Tuesdays 1.30pm – 4.30pm
Meadows Community Centre, St Catherine’s Road, CB4 3XJ

Deadline for applications 1 week before start date. RESERVE YOUR PLACE NOW!
E: info@camcommarts.org.uk
T: 01223 631820
W: www.camcommarts.org.uk – download form

Bounce! Activity Club

Free, Inclusive, Fun
Saturday’s from 20 January to 3 March 2018
St Luke’s Barn 12.30pm – 2pm
It’s time to make your bookings for Bounce this term.
Bounce is a free activity club for children aged between 5-11years. Activities include multi sports, arts and crafts, and board games. All sessions are run by volunteers from Student Community Action.

We accept bookings for all children although priority is given to children with additional needs or who are disadvantaged in some way. Due to the health and safety of all participants we need all of the children to be able to follow instructions, engage in the activities and be toilet trained. Parents are asked to stay for the first session at least until the volunteers and child are happy for them to leave.

To book a place, please contact caroline@cambridgesca.org.uk
Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
If you would like further information please contact Caroline.

Project Soothe Participation Study

A team of Clinical and Developmental Psychologists based at the University of Edinburgh and Anglia Ruskin University, are working to develop a bank of soothing photographs that can be shared with others to improve mental health and wellbeing.
Project Soothe is a unique and innovative project that combines world-leading research with public engagement. Their website is: http://www.projectsoothe.com/home/4589131317

The Researchers are currently looking at the impact of two types of soothing imagery on the mood of those with High Functioning Autism at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge. The study is the first of its kind and its findings will show whether these two types of imagery will be useful in autism based psychological therapies in the future.
If you would like to take part or need any more information please contact Rachel.pierce@student.anglia.ac.uk

The link to the Project Soothe survey is: https://aruspsych.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0qYlgFlsNC1zRCB
This survey is for adults only and will take about 30 minutes to complete.

Cambridgeshire County Council Fairer Contributions Policy consultation

Cambridgeshire County Council is holding a consultation on proposed changes to the Council’s Fairer Contributions Policy. The Policy applies to adults aged 18+ only.

The Fairer Contributions Policy explains the amount a person will need to pay for social care support (their contributions). The aim of the Policy is to make sure that the amount a person pays for support is fair, based on their ability to pay, and in proportion to the level of support they receive. The proposed changes to the Policy will affect how the Council asks for contributions towards the cost of some of its services.

Details about the consultation including a link to an online survey can be found on the County Council website: https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/adults-&-older-people/care-and-support/paying-for-care/fairer-contributions-policy-consultation/

Copies of the survey are also available in different formats such as large print and Easy Read.
The consultation closes on 23 February 2018.

For further information about the consultation please contact Wendy Ballard on:

E-mail: ASC.Consultation@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

Tel: 01223 743777

Cambridge NAS Annual General Meeting 2018

January 10, 7.30-9.00pm

Chitra Sethia Autism Centre (Garden Room), Cambridge Road, Fulbourn, Cambridge, CB21 5EF.

You are warmly invited to our AGM Meeting. This is an open Meeting for anyone to attend.

Tom Purser from the NAS will give a talk on NAS Campaigning

We will report on Branch Activities for the past year and our proposed activities for the coming year.

We will vote on our nominations for Branch Chair, Secretary and Treasurer.

Tea, Coffee and biscuits will be freely available.