Bulletin 02 - 2021

15 January

Dear Parents, Carers and Members,

Welcome to our second bulletin for 2021. 

As we all readjust to our third national lockdown, we hope you have all you need to keep safe and well.

We want to remind you that we are still here if you need us.  With that in mind, we would like to identify what information would be most helpful to you going forward.  We are currently planning an alternative online annual event and we would like to hear your views about the workshops/information you would like. Link

We are also coproducing the Ready, Steady, Goal programme with Nottingham City Council and hope to include this as part of our 2 week online offer of informative workshops/webinars in March.

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. 


Rainbow PCF's Lockdown Offer

For those families who are in need during this time we can offer the following:

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

2. Support/play sessions at Beeston Youth and Community Centre (1 to 2 hours). These sessions can be on days and times to suit families where practical and subject to risk assessments; a review of the regulations; and staff availability. 

3. 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. 

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 booking is essential.

Stay safe and well,

Best wishes from the Rainbow Team

Nottingham City Council Local Offer

Nottinghamshire County Council Local Offer

SEND Law Training for Parent/ Carer

EHC plan masterclass: Obtaining a plan

Tuesday 9 February, 10:00 - 16:00 (£65). Link

SEND Tribunal hints and tips

Tuesday 16 February, 10:00 - 14:00 (£49). Link

NUH Sexual Health - Email Service for Young People aged 18-25


Nottinghamshire Mental Health Helpline

Access to support for people who need emotional support or information about their mental health. Poster  |  Link

Increased data allowances on mobile devices to support disadvantaged children

More information. Link

Support your child with additional needs through puberty and the teenage years

Wednesday 20 January at 10:00. Link or

Thursday 28 January at 10:00.Link

Strategies to help manage your stress and improve your wellbeing

Friday 22nd January 10:00.Link

Introduction to Non-Violent Resistance Parenting Approach (NVR)

Saturday 16th January 2021, 10:30-12:30 Link 

Saturday 13th February 2021, 10:30-12:30 Link

Transform Your Wellbeing

An opportunity to explore your feelings around lockdown and identify ways to keep happy, healthy and resilient. Link

Parents and Carers in Lockdown

The webinars are focused on trying to parent, encourage, support and include children and young people at this difficult time. Link

Tu Vida Events - Connecting Carers Poster

14 - 24 Jan 2021. Link

25 - 31 Jan 2021. Link

Special Needs Jungle

How to reclaim a positive mental attitude while parenting in a pandemic

Fake Covid-19 Vaccine Messages and Telephone Calls

Reports have been received that a fake NHS text message is circulating, telling people that they are eligible to apply for the COVID-19 vaccine.
When you click on the link, you are taken to a convincing fake NHS website that asks for personal details including bank account information. Any text message containing a link should be treated with caution. The best way to find information from GOV.UK.

Carers and Vaccinations

Unpaid carers are recognised as priority for the covid-19 vaccine. If you are registered with your GP as a carer but don’t claim Carers Allowance you can register with the Carers Trust (0115 824 8824) as they will be able to issue a Carer’s ID Card. Link 

Rainbow's BSG for 12 to 25 year olds

Currently meets on Zoom on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month.

Next session is Tuesday 19 January - Music Quiz

We are also taking part in the Mencap Special Olympics Virtual Challenge between 25 and 29 January, so please sign up if you'd like to join our team.  

New members are very welcome.

Email to book and receive the 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? See Contact's presentation below. 


Please contact our 'Engage Team' at engage@rainbowpcf.org.uk for more information. 

Introduction to Parent Carer Participation

How you can have your voice heard and get involved. Link

Get Started in Health and Social Care Programme

Help for people 16 -30 to build the confidence and knowledge to start a career in the Health and Social Care Sector.   Poster   |   Referral Form

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.

Website | Overview

Disclaimer: Rainbow Parents Carers Forum assumes no responsibility or liability for any errors or omissions in the content of this bulletin.

Rainbow Parents Carers Forum

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