Bulletin 8 - 2022

4 May

Dear parents, carers and members of our community,

Welcome to our bulletin for May.

Below are some updates.

1. Rainbow PCF are recruiting through NewStart - please see the 'Work/Volunteering' section at the bottom of the bulletin. 

2. The Schools’ White Paper "Opportunity for All" has been published. Read it here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/opportunity-for-all-strong-schools-with-great-teachers-for-your-child

3. Consultation on plans in the SEND review could be extended following delays in publishing accessible versions of the documents. The children’s minister Will Quince apologised for the delay. A month later, accessible versions have still not been published.

Best wishes from the Rainbow Team 

May Rainbow dates - booking essential

Saturday 14 May

10:15 - 11:45


Rainbow Early Years

For under 5s

Radford Care Group, Prospect Street, NG7 5QE

Saturday 14 May

12:00 - 14:00

Family Inclusive Session

For ages 5 and above

Radford Care Group, Prospect Street, NG7 5QE

Saturday 14 May

15:00 - 16:30

BSG - Social Group Active Session

For 12 to 25 year-olds

David Ross Sports Village, University of Nottingham, NG7 2RD

Wednesday 18 May

11:00 - 13:00

My Journey to Deli Llama

Meet other parent carers and enjoy lunch together. Transport can be provided upon request.

Deli Llama, 16a Pelham Road, NG5 1AP

Saturday 28 May

12:00 - 13:45 

Social Group

For 12 to 25 year-olds

Radford Care Group, Prospect Street, NG7 5QE

Saturday 28 May

14:00 - 16:00


Family Inclusive Session - Sensory Workshop 

For ages 5 and above, and Rainbow Early Years families

Radford Care Group, Prospect Street, NG7 5QE

Booking is essential for all of our activities and spaces are limited.

Please note all activities are subject to change due to Covid. 

Further Support 

1. TAPS - Trent Autism Support Group. Next meeting Monday 9 May at the Poppy and Pint, Pierrepont Road, West Bridgford NG2 5DX, 19:00 - 21:00. No booking required. 

2. Nottingham City Social Care Surgery. Marie Halford, Manager of Whole Life Disability Services is available once a month for 1:1 meetings via Microsoft Teams.

For more details or to book please email admin@rainbowpcf.org.uk.

Support Us

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Local Offer

Nottingham City Council Local Offer

Nottinghamshire County Council Local Offer

Updates from Contact


General updates

What's New- Energy Special link

Before completing the Child Disability Living Allowance (DLA) form - watch this video link

Benefits calculator link

Relationships and caring for a disabled child guide link

Building Better Opportunities

An employment and skills programme to help people with employment, education or training.

Towards Work leaflet link

Money Sorted leaflet link

Opportunity and Change leaflet link

Support Through Sport

Football and boxing every Tuesday 16:00 - 18:00 for ages 8 to 18 at Forest Recreation Ground. Link


1. Health and social care support owed to disabled children and young people, including under the 'Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act and the Care Act'. Link

2. SEND review legal implications. Link

Free Speech, Language and Communication Workshop (Secondary)

If your child aged around 11 to 16 has communication difficulties associated with a disability.

Wednesday 18 May 19:00. Link

Inspire Learning

Free basic computer course link 

Free mobile phone course link

Health and wellbeing courses link

Employability Skills Course

Free 12-week course at Monty Hind beginning in June link

Be U Notts

Free mental health and emotional wellbeing support service for children and young people (0-25). Link

Covid Vaccination Support for People With a Learning Disability

Poster link

Nottinghamshire Carers Hub Updates

Support group poster link

Parent carer coffee morning link

Special Needs Jungle

#SENDReview: Defining Alternative Provision and… how about an apology?

What does the #SENDReview Green Paper say about funding the future of SEND?

#SENDReview Chapter 2 under the microscope: National standards, EHCP changes, and limiting choice

Read more Special Needs Jungle articles here

Employers to Discover the Benefits of Employing People With SEND

Article link

IRIS Newsletter


ICS Newsletter


Rainbow's Social Group

Our Social Group for 12-25 year-olds meets twice a month, usually on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month. Sessions focus on building independence, friendships and life skills. Please see 'Rainbow dates' at the top of the bulletin for upcoming sessions.

Please email admin@rainbowpcf.org.uk for more information or to be added to the group's mailing list. 

Nottingham City Parent Carer Voice

Do you want to join the Nottingham City Parent Carer Voice Steering Group to shape and influence local support and services for our community?

At their recent monthly meeting, they have agreed to focus on 3 areas of the SEND Inspection Report and look forward to meeting with Nottingham City Council SEND leads to improve the outcomes for our community. For further information please contact our 'Engage Team' at engage@rainbowpcf.org.uk.    

See Contact's presentation here: link

NCVS Job Board


Rumbletums Bake Day Cook

5.5 hours on Mondays, closing date Friday 6 May link

Activities, Events and Communications Officer - NewStart

Information link

To apply click 'contact us' on the NewStart website link

PA Wanted

PA with ASD experience wanted for 6 year old boy with ASD in the Wollaton area. Weekends and school holidays, 8 hours a week.

For more details please contact admin@rainbowpcf.org.uk 

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

C/O Radford Care Group

25 Prospect Street

Nottingham NG7 5QE

0115 786 0211 / 07837 278 981


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