‘Speak Out’ Council Meeting on Health

The next VoiceAbility ‘Speak Out’ Council Meeting is on the 12th of October at The Beeches Community Centre in Isleham.

Address: The Beeches Community Centre, 32 Mill St, Isleham, Ely, CB7 5RY

At this meeting we will be discussing the topic of ‘Health’ and are hoping to have presentations from Mark Hall from the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group, a local school on what they have planned for the upcoming year, and a talk on ‘What you should expect from a Health Check’. Plus, updates from our leaders and how they are representing Adults and Young People with Learning Disabilities and Autism in Cambridgeshire

If you would like to attend please email me to let me know at Christian.swarbrick@voiceability.org or give me a call on 0786 700 2124.

Arts Picturehouse Autism Friendly Screenings

Autism-Friendly Screenings are film screenings especially for people on the autism spectrum and other learning difficulties or complex needs and their families, friends and carers.
During Autism-Friendly Screenings low lights are left on in the auditorium and the volume of the soundtrack is reduced. It is fine for customers to move around, make noise or take a break during the film. Our autism Friendly screenings take place on the 3rd Sunday of the month in Cambridge.
Details at: http://pheducation.wixsite.com/pheducation/autism-friendly
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Stepping Stones

A course for parents of children aged 2-12 with special educational needs or disability.
Highfield Ely Academy, Downham Road, Ely, Cambs CB6 1BD
Monday 18 September 2017
The course runs for 9 weeks and is made up of 5 sessions from 5.30pm – 7.50pm, followed by 3 telephone conversations and then 1 final session.

To book a place please contact Jane Tuck, Family Worker on 07827 309394

Pinpoint ADHD/ASD Support Groups – September

Pinpoints monthly groups help parents and carers who have children with ADHD and Autism with or without a diagnosis. So if your children are accessing services, are on the waiting list, or have had a referral turned down, come along for practical advice and ideas from visiting professionals on how to boost your resilience and work with your children at home and help manage their behaviour.

Ely: September 8: 12.15pm – 2pm at Ely Cathedral Centre, Palace Green, Ely CB7 4EW (for this session only). Educational Psychologist and we are joining the Oak Tree Branches parent support group. Back to the children’s centre in October.

Histon: September 11: 6.30pm – 8.30pm at Histon Early Years Centre, New School Road, Histon CB24 9LL. Communication Cambridge are our guest speakers. Parking on roads adjacent to centre. None at actual venue.

Peterborough: September 7: 10am to 12 noon at Family Voice Peterborough, The Goldhay Community Centre, 105 Paynels, Orton Goldhay, Peterborough PE2 5QP with Marion Deeley, SEND Partnership Officer PCC.

Huntingdon: September 12: 10am to 12 noon at Hunts Forum, The Maple Centre, 6 Oak Tree Drive, Huntingdon PE29 7HN with sensory tips from Cambs’ Occupational Therapy service. A free car park is located next to the Oak Tree Centre and some parking is available outside the front of the centre. If you are using your Sat Nav, the postcode is PE29 7LB (please use this postcode as it will bring you directly to the main car park near the Golden Knight pub).

Histon/Huntingdon: Jackie King
T: 01480 490043
E: jackie@pinpoint-cambs.org.uk

Ely/Peterborough: Eve Redgrave
T: 01480 499043
E: eve@pinpoint-cambs.org.uk

Is DLA finishing for your Teenagers?

Monday September 11 at Tesco Extra Bar Hill community room, 15-18 Viking Way, Bar Hill, Cambridge CB23 8EL, 10am to 12noon.
Are your young people moving from Disability Living Allowance to Personal Independence Payment?
The move usually happens when young people turn 16. So come along to our free information session with Ely-based Welfare Benefits Advice. It’s running as part of Pinpoint’s Preparing for Adulthood group, for parent carers raising young people aged 14-25.

To book a place, please email jackie@pinpoint-cambs.org.uk
T: 01480 499043

Think Autism Information Session for Parents

10 August 2017 at Bar Hill Children’s Centre, Gladeside, Bar Hill CB23 8DY, 12pm to 2pm

Parents can discover how Think Autism can support their family and child.
Learn more about the core features of autism, the importance of remediation and what you can do about it.
The Information Session will be delivered by Elisa Ferriggi from Think Autism Ltd

This is a session for any parents interested in finding out more about how to address interaction, relationship, communication and sensory challenges. Or who are interested in finding out more about Relationship Development Intervention® (RDI) or Holistic Approach to Neuro Development and Learning Efficiency® (HANDLE).

During the two hour session there will be a chance to:

· Discuss how this would benefit your child’s development
· Watch some video footage of interactions
· Meet others and exchange ideas
· Find out more about how Think Autism’s Services can help

Please book with the Bar Hill Children’s Centre office for your place: 01954 200473
E: Rebecca.bryant@cambridgeshire.gov.uk
W: www.thinkautism.co.uk

School Readiness for children with additional needs

Fridays at Waterbeach Children’s Centre
4, 11, 18 and 25 August between 10am – 1pm

A four week course for children with diagnosed or undiagnosed additional needs who will be starting school in September 2017.
This course is for parents/carers and their child. It is free of charge and will focus on sharing tools that can support your child to be school ready. Booking is required

T: 01223 472791
E: Rebecca.bryant@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

Government Consultation on Diagnosis waiting times for Adults and Children.

In 2015, the NAS launched its Autism Diagnosis Crisis campaign, calling for action on diagnosis waiting times. That led to the Department of Health agreeing diagnosis waiting times as one of its data priorities. Now, NHS Digital is consulting on one of the changes that will make measuring waiting times a possibility.
The change would mean that services would record someone who has been referred to them for an assessment but hasn’t had a diagnosis yet. This would be for children and adults.
Please help by completing the survey for the consultation. You don’t need to get into the technical detail (this is quite a technical proposal), but your personal experiences and why you think measuring diagnosis waiting times is important will be very useful.
To fill in the survey please follow this link:
and scroll to the bottom of the page.


For parents/carers of children with Autism
22 June 2017, 10am-2.30pm
Wood Green Animal Centre, Godmanchester, Huntingdon, PE29 2NH

About the seminar
“Managing Anger” is one of the National Autistic Society’s Autism Seminars for Families. It is aimed at parents/carers who have a child (with a diagnosis of autism) who is experiencing difficulties with anger, anxiety, distressed behaviours and meltdowns.

Aims of the seminar:

  • To get a better understanding of how we react to distressed behaviours and anger.
  • To gain information about using a low arousal approach.
  • To outline practical ideas to help you and your child learn to manage anger, anxiety, distressed behaviours and meltdowns.

How to book a place
Families can book one place on the seminar, but if there are spare places nearer to the day, these can be offered to partners, other family members or carers. You will receive a full resource pack of useful information, advice and support guidelines.

Teas & coffees will be provided, but please bring your own lunch.

Who is running the seminar?
This seminar is delivered jointly by Cambridgeshire SENDIASS (formerly Parent Partnership) and the Cambridge branch of the National Autistic Society, using materials bought from the National Autistic Society. There is no charge to parents/carers.

To book a place, please email the form below to Juliet Greer:
Juliet.Greer@cambridgeshire.gov.uk, or phone 01223 699213.

Printable flyer: Managing Anger flyer Wood Green – June 2017(1)

Booking Form:Man Anger app form Wood Green – June 2017(1)

Relaxed Proms at Royal Albert Hall

We are very excited to announce the world’s first Relaxed Prom!
As part of the BBC Proms we are holding our first ever Relaxed Prom on Saturday 29 July 2017 at the Royal Albert Hall, featuring the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
The BBC Relaxed Prom (Prom 19) will be open to everyone, but the concert will be specifically designed to welcome families who will benefit from a more relaxed performance environment. This will be suitable for children and adults with autism, sensory and communication impairments and learning disabilities as well as individuals who are Deaf, hard of hearing, blind and partially sighted.
In this live concert the full forces of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales bring you popular classics and music from TV and film for all the family to enjoy. Presented by conductor Grant Llewellyn and musician Andy Pidcock, the Relaxed Prom is an interactive and fun experience of music in a welcoming environment. All tickets are just £6, plus booking fee.
The Prom will be on wider public sale on 12 May,
How to book
Follow this link