Family Information and PTA News 4th November 2022
Welcome back. I hope that you did some nice things over half term. As always I appreciate your sharing these with me so that I can tell others. I never underestimate the value of parental perspectives and over many years have gained so much knowledge from other parents experiences.
16-19 Student Bursary.
Letters will soon be sent to families of students who are
- at least 16 and under 19 on 31 August 2022
and it is important that if you meet the eligibility criteria you return the forms. If you have any questions, please contact me. I am meeting with finance next week to discuss eligibility criteria, evidence gathering and will arrange a meeting with those parents who may be eligible afterwards. This could be in person or via TEAMS. Let me know what you would prefer. The bursary, for those eligible is to support 16-19 year olds in education/training and could be used as the contribution to next year’s residential trip. Generally, if your household income is less than £40,000 per annum you could be eligible for a bursary to cover additional costs of education.
Be Real App
Maria has added information to the E-Safety section of the website for families on this app, which encourages people to share images of themselves and their lives without filters.
The link is HERE
The link to our extensive E-Safety information can be found on the school website under the heading “Parents and Families”, selecting “E-Safety” from the dropdown menu. The link is HERE
North Tyneside Council has provided me with their link to the cost of living website:
The link is HERE
Other Local Authorities may have their own so if you search you may find information and some support differs depending on where you live.
Toby Henderson Trust
The Toby Henderson Trust (TTHT) is an independently funded charity supporting autistic children, young people and adults, their families and carers in the North East of England.
We provide relevant, appropriate and accessible support for autistic young people from two years into adulthood, whilst also empowering parents, families and carers by sharing knowledge, experience and understanding. We acknowledge that yours or your child’s situation is unique and we encourage you to contact us to discuss how we can offer individual support.
If you want to know anything about us, check out our website www.ttht.co.uk
We are constantly updating it with news, webinars and support groups etc. We also have a fantastic “Book Recommendations” page Book Recommendations – The Toby Henderson Trust (ttht.co.uk) . These books cover many of the topics that we regularly get asked about.
Please check the links to find out about our popular FREE webinars Webinars – The Toby Henderson Trust (ttht.co.uk).
Please be aware that the closing dates for these webinars is usually about a week before the session, this allows us time to get all the bookings etc. confirmed. The Zoom link is emailed out a few days before, however we recommend you check your Spam Inbox as often our emails are sent to Spam.
We also hold regular support groups for grandparents and families of girls with a autism Support Groups – The Toby Henderson Trust (ttht.co.uk). These events are free and available to all families. We are no longer running our general Family Support Group however if you need support, please contact us via email – firstname.lastname@example.org
The Autism Hub, South Tyneside
Regular events are running at the Hub in South Shields that are specifically for our families in South Tyneside Autism Hub Events – The Toby Henderson Trust (ttht.co.uk)
Disability North Personal Assistant Training
For those families who employ, or are seeking to employ PA’s to work with their children, did you know that Disability North will advertise for you? So, to support the process they offer free basic training for PA’s
I am getting in touch to let you know about the last PA Training session to be ran in 2022, which is taking place at Disability North on 30th November, 9.30am to 4.30pm. Via social media and word of mouth, news is spreading about the training before I am managing to send this email! Several places have already gone, so please don’t hesitate to enrol as quickly as you can. To book onto the course, please use the Eventbrite link below :
To find out more, please watch this very short film. https://youtu.be/kVFrhGogV50
As this course is becoming more popular, I am creating a waiting list of people who have been disappointed to find the course sold out. I would be so grateful, if for any reason you find you need to cancel your place, if you could let me know. Just drop me an email, or give reception a call on 0191 2840480. (They will pass the message to me). It would be great if I could offer your place to someone else and if you would like to do the course, I can prioritise you for a future date.
Any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and I will look forward to seeing you there.
Angie Stewart (She / Her)
Disability North The Dene Centre, Castle Farm Road, Gosforth, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE3 1PH