Family Information and PTA updates 25th March 2022
Spring is well and truly with us now, with the usual mix of frosty weather and brilliant sunshine. One of our parents, Tracey, mum to Toby has written a book. If you read her poem; “What do you see when you look at me” as I did you will want to read more.
PRE-ORDER IS READY!
Here is the link to pre -order https://www.fiandbooks.com/preorder
Family Fund, training for Carers
If you are a carer, you may be entitled to additional benefits, grants or other financial help. We’ve created a free e-learning course to help you learn more about what you could be entitled to. The link to the e-learning course is here: https://bit.ly/3nwDyAA
Pre SEND Review; webinar recording.
A webinar with the Minister for Children and Families, Will Quince MP is available to view on youtube. This was organised by Special Needs Jungle, the National Network of Parent Carer Forums (NNPCF), Contact-for families of disabled children and The Family Fund.
There is currently a SEND review in progress and I felt compelled to watch this interesting webinar. In the Q&A section, all of the issues which are relevant are raised and it remains to be seen if this will impact. There will be a period of consultation. Possibly the best way to ensure that you are in the picture and have the opportunity to be involved is to link with your local Parent Carer Forum. Special Needs Jungle is well worth following too. The link to the webinar is here
Online Sleep workshop
There are still places available for Newcastle parent/carers only (as funded by the Parent Carer Forum). Details below; I shared 2 weeks ago
Gateshead SEND Youth Forum.
One of our wonderful Post 16 students has asked me to share this with Gateshead families. The meeting will be online via Microsoft TEAMS.
If you want further details please contact Alex Thompson, a SEND Involvement worker who runs this forum. You can contact him by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Direct Payment/Personal Budget: Contact-for families of disabled children.
This is often raised with me by parents and staff. An EHCP is an Education led plan where sometimes the Social Care section is either left blank or needs are not considered as eligible for support.
Contact held a Question and Answer session online and the link below provides answers to the top questions are on the link below:
Neurodiversity Celebration Week: 21-27th March
This week there have been online events relating to neurodiversity. I have just been made aware of it. There are some resources for parents/carers on the link below which may or may not be useful. Based in the south of England, there will be differences in help and support available. I do think some of the posters are good
Nature’s Living Room CIC Free Easter Activities:
This is based near Hexham and I am unsure of how accessible it is for those with mobility challenges. The link to their facebook page is here if you’d like to contact them directly.
Full Circle Food are funding free activity days over the Easter Holiday. Details on the poster below. Please note one change: The activity planned for the 13th has been moved to the 14th. You must book by text on the number provided on the form.
Beamish Steam Gala Event
On the first weekend of the Easter holidays, 9th and 10th April a special event will be taking place
the link to their accessibility page is here
I have been asked to promote the Foundation’s street collections in Newcastle city centre which will take place in Newcastle from Thursday 5th to Sunday 8th May. If you sign up on the link below it would be much appreciated for any of the days.
As promised we have organised an evening meeting. Although we have set the time at 19.30, this is for the first meeting and we will re-evaluate afterwards. The meeting will be on Tuesday 5th April from 19.30-20.30 and will be via Microsoft TEAMS. As you will be at home, hopefully with your feet up (yes, I know that’s wishful thinking) you can have a drink of whatever takes your fancy and join in. An agenda will be sent beforehand. If you plan to join us and would like something added to the agenda, please let me know and I will forward to the Secretary.The link to join the meeting is below:
Plans for the summer fayre, to be held on Saturday 16th July are in progress and we will keep you up to date. We have a sub committee; Donna, Chris, Claire, Jo and me (Eileen). Thanks to those who have already offered help, staff and families. Please start saving up goodies for the chocolate, bottle and gift tombolas. Raffle prizes would also be most welcome.
100 Club draws:
Cheques have been ordered for the 100 club winners. We would welcome new subscribers. If you have already joined, please ignore this message. If not, and you’ve been meaning to, you still can. We will allocate you 2 numbers for the remaining 6 draws. The form is on the link below or I can send paper copies if required.
PTA Facebook Page
The link to join our page, which is for parents,carers and school staff is here.
Hoping this weekend remains warm and sunny
Family Liaison Officer
Telephone: 0191 2161811 ext 3260