Rainbow Parents Carers Bulletin - Edition 226

Bulletin 01 - 2021

8 January

Dear Parents, Carers and Members,

Welcome to our first bulletin for 2021. We would like to wish you all a happy and healthy new year. 

It is proving to be an ongoing challenge for many of us to maintain a positive mindset as we once again find ourselves in lockdown. We appreciate that it is a very difficult time for everybody but we hope to be able to offer support to our families that need us in different ways.

The following briefing from the National Network of Parent Carer Forums has some helpful information regarding school closures, social care support and other important points.   


Our team is committed to supporting those who are in need during this time. Therefore we are pleased to announce in addition to our current online/virtual support/meetings for parents and our befriending social group, we are able to offer the following:  

1. Outreach support for walks/exercise for 1 family/bubble at a time around the city/county parks.

2. Instead of our twice monthly support/stay and play sessions we are now offering support/play sessions at Beeston Youth and Community Centre. These sessions can be on days and times to suit families where practical. 

3. Thanks to a generous grant from the Pears Foundation we have a very limited number of 'On Demand' e-tickets available for The Nottingham Playhouse Christmas Panto Cinderella from the 12 January for 5 days. See 'Activities' below for further information.

4. We may also be able support families who are struggling with food shopping and are reliant on foodbanks. Please contact us for more details.  

If there are any other ways that we may be able to support during this lockdown, please get in touch either by email or the office landline and mobile. 


Stay and Play Support Session (1 hour) Beeston Youth & Community Centre, daily where possible and needed for 1 family/bubble at a time. Booking Essential.

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Parent to Parent Forum Meetings

These are currently suspended but we can offer online support as required. 

Nottingham City Social Care Surgery

Marie Halford the Manager for Whole Life Disability Services is available on Wednesday 3 February at 14:00 - 16:00 for 1:1 meetings via Microsoft Teams - please contact admin@rainbowpcf.org.uk to book.  

Please remember to book if you plan to join us for any of the above sessions.

Stay safe and well,

Best wishes from the Rainbow Team

Nottingham City Council Local Offer

Nottinghamshire County Council Local Offer

Financial Support for Families

Grant providing trusts that families can apply to for assistance with financial support towards helping people out of poverty, debt and everyday household items including specialised equipment for disabled children. Link

Easy Read Guide to Coronavirus Vaccine


POhWER Voices Heard Lives Empowered podcast on Transforming Care

POhWER speaks to Hayley Lewis (Transforming Care Advocate) about the Transforming Care Service  AppleSoundcloud  |  Facebook

You will go to the ball!


To book your free e ticket you will need to email us by 09:00 on Monday 11 January - limited tickets available.  

PE With Joe is Back on Monday

Starts at 09:00 Youtube Channel Link

IRIS December Newsletter


IPSEA December Newsletter


Live webinar: Education Health and Care Plan in school settings

Seashell Trust - Friday 15 January 2021 at  10:00 to 12:00 via Zoom. Link


Flamingo Chicks, Christmas Party and a virtual trip in December. Link

Parent carers added to Covid-19 vaccine priority list across the UK

The government's vaccine committee has revised its recommendations to include unpaid carers in the vaccine priority list. Link

The Sun - Combat Loneliness Campaign

One of our members is included in this article in The Sun about combating loneliness over Christmas. Link

Special Needs Jungle

BSG for young people aged 12 to 25

Currently meets on Zoom on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at 17:30. Next session is Tuesday 12 January. Please come and meet the group, new members welcome. Email to book and receive the link.  

Nottinghamshire Youth Hubs

Influence your service - online survey open until 29 January.  

The Youth Hub will be run by DWP in partnership with Employment and Skills Programmes in each area and will provide a place where young people can find all the information to help them get into work, back into work or education / training. Link

Nottingham City Parent Reps

Do you want to join our team of parent representatives to shape and influence local support and services for our community? 

Please contact engage@rainbowpcf.org.uk for more information. 

Award in Volunteering Level 1

Inspire Culture Learning and Libraries are offering an Award in Volunteering Level 1 starting on 12th January, 18:00 - 20:00 for 6 weeks. Link

Spring Online Courses

Inspire Culture Learning are offering a various online courses for this spring. Link

Towards Work Programme

Help and support for people who are looking to get back into work, training, or on the right path for their future. For both Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire residents.

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