Rainbow Parents Carers Bulletin - Edition 222

Bulletin 222


Dear Parent, Carers and Members,

We hope that you have everything you need to stay safe and well during the second national lockdown.

Hopefully, we will get back to some kind of normality in December but in the meantime, we are very pleased to continue to be able to offer face to face support where required - see below for dates.

Where face to face is not possible, we are continuing to provide support by Zoom and telephone.

We hope that the contents of our bulletin is helpful and it is good to see that there is a variety of organisations offering support and opportunities. If you have anything additional that you'd like us to add, then please email us.    

This week the National Network of Parent Carer Forums has expressed concern about the latest shielding guidance which specifically mention people with Down Syndrome.

After contacting one of our parents for their view on this, the advice to other parents is:

1. To read the research findings Link

2. Speak to your own doctor with your specific concerns

3. Weigh up the risks for your young person

4. Don't forget it is just as important to consider the impact to mental health alongside physical health.

There is 'easy read' further information on this in the News section below.

Dates - Rainbow Support Sessions at Beeston Youth and Community Centre - Booking Essential

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Stay and Play Support Session 14:00 to 16:00

Saturday 14 November 

Saturday 28 November 

Saturday 12 December  

We would like to reassure families on how our Stay and Play Support Sessions are COVID safe. We have a maximum capacity of 15 on site along with thorough cleaning of each area used and ongoing cleaning of any play equipment your child/young person plays with during the session. We encourage you to bring your own outdoor scooters or bicycles for the outdoor multi use games area (MUGA) when weather permits. All adults must wear face coverings and we are taking temperatures of all attendees and regularly sanitising hands during sessions.  

Parent to Parent Forum Meetings 11:00 to 13:00

Thursday 12 November 

Thursday 26 November 

Thursday 10 December  

We have a volunteer parent supporter if anyone needs 1:1 support. Please bring your own drink.

Nottingham City Social Care Surgery

Marie Halford the manager for Whole Life Disability Services is available on the Wednesday 9 December 2020 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

Sunflower Lanyards

Nottinghamshire Parent Carer Forum have sunflower lanyards available for those that require them. Link

Mental Health Services For Young People

Information about local mental health services for young people in Nottinghamshire County. Link

Turning Point

The Nottinghamshire Mental Health Helpline offers access to support for people who need emotional support or information about their mental health.  Link

Virtual Peer Support Group

POhWER will be hosting weekly peer support groups for anyone in Nottingham that is affected by mental health and/or isolation.

Every Monday at 13:00 via Zoom. Everyone welcome. Link

COVID-19 Translated Guides

Key COVID 19 safety measures & restrictions downloadable translation guides for 16 different languages. Link

Phab Drop In Session

Phab Nottingham are offering a Zoom drop in sessions for their members. First one will be on Monday 9 November. The session will run between 18:30 to 20:00 and you can join in or leave at any time within this slot, as often as you like.

Booking Essential Link

For Phab Nottingham’s first ever virtual event they had the amazing Electric Umbrella hosting a workshop over Zoom! Read the blog here Link

Phab's Virtual Zoo Trip

Sunday 22 November on Zoom 10:40 - 14:00. A variety of different animals and learning all about them! Some of the animals are skinny pig (a hairless guinea pig!), a tortoise, a hedgehog and a meerkat to name just a few! Link

The Speech, Sign and Song Club

Weekly music sessions for children who need extra support with social and communication skills. Online places to families anywhere in the country. Link

Inspire Learning Courses

Inspire Learning Courses have gone online. All courses are free of charge. Link

Free Virtual Conference Thursday 26 November

Free virtual conference, taking place on Thursday 26 November from 10:00 onwards, will cover a broad range of SEN specific practical advice delivered by leading experts.  Link

Live Webinar Regulating Challenging Behaviour

Presented by the ADHD Foundation, aimed at parents and carers of children with special educational needs, giving you advice on how to support and reduce challenging behaviour in children and young people. Link

The Transition Event Online

My Family Our Needs are holding a virtual event for young people with additional needs and those who support them. Resources published on 16 November and webinar on 20 November.

The current Coronavirus pandemic means that most things have changed. However, what hasn’t is the need to support young disabled people. Link

IRIS Newsletter

Latest newsletter from IRIS Nottinghamshire Link

Tu Vida November Programme

Nottinghamshire Carers Hub November Carer Support Groups. Link

Sunshine Support

Independent information, advice and support to parents/carers and professionals of children and young people with special educational needs.  They have a number of workshops are available to book online. Link

Special Needs Jungle

Coronavirus Lockdown 2.0: What does it mean for disabled children? Link

Coronavirus - Adding people with Down's Syndrome to the high risk list

Adding Downs Syndrome to CEV Easy Read (pdf) Link

Clinically extremely vulnerable conditions list FAQ (pdf) Link

A webinar by Dr Andre Strydom, President of the T21 Research Society and King’s College London talking about Covid-19 and Down's Syndrome. Link

Broxtowe Community Projects

For residents in Broxtowe Borough with postcode NG9 & NG16. The charity provides food parcels to vulnerable members of the community, delivering weekly hot meals and providing essential support and guidance in these challenging times.
People do not require a referral to access the services that they offer. Link

Befriending/Social Group for 12 and Over

Step a Marathon 

Congratulations to everyone who joined in with the event on Friday 30 October. You can read all about it here. Link

From Tuesday 10 November 17:30 to 18:30 we will meet via Zoom on a two weekly cycle. Also, outdoors when we can. 

Programme of Activities for November and December Link

New members are very welcome. For more information email admin@rainbowpcf.org.uk

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 admin@rainbowpcf.org.uk for more information. 

Have Your Say On Hate Crime Law

Have your say if you have a disability, or support someone with a disability.

A short one hour session on zoom, looking at the Law Commission's Consultation on hate crime legislation.

The session will be run on the 25 November at 14:00 Link

Survey Into Physical Activity Levels In Young Adults with Autism

Medway School of Pharmacy are conducting an investigation on the physical activity levels in young adults with Autism. All questionnaire data is gathered and analysed anonymously and will only be viewed by the listed scientific researchers. Link

Nottinghamshire Parent Carer Forum

Would like to find out about how things are for Parent Carers with SEND children and young people in Nottinghamshire. Link

Training Course - Transform Training

For those currently unemployed, on Universal Credit, JSA, DLA or PIP to help improve confidence and learn skills. Link

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