Bulletin 11 - 2022

1 July

Dear parents, carers and members of our community,

Welcome to our bulletin for July.

As we get close to the school year-end, marking the first full year back in school/education after the lockdowns, it is worth celebrating how hard we have all worked to manage and overcome some of the challenges.

We hope that September arrives without any changes and we can get on with building our resilience as a community and achieve the best outcomes for our children and young people.

Our next monthly Parent to Parent session (P2P) is in Clifton and we look forward to meeting new parent carers and sharing a cuppa and catch up - see below for details.

Please contact us if you have any suggestions for parent-friendly accessible venues in your areas where we can meet for future meetings. 

We are pleased to be hosting some summer holiday activities and look forward to seeing existing and new members alike, numbers are limited - see below.

It is important to share your views on the Green Paper (Send Review). There are various easier to read versions about, but we are sharing the National Network of Parent Carer Forums (NNPCF) survey, as they are collating on our behalf - see below for the link.

As part of our health inequalities work we have identified a quick win to addressing some of this by registering for the ‘Annual Health Check’ for more information link.

We hope you get to enjoy the summer with your children and young people.

Best wishes from the Rainbow Team 

July dates - booking essential

Rainbow Early Years (REY) Session for under 5's

Date: Saturday 9 July

Time: 10:15 - 11:45

Location: Radford Care Group, Prospect Street, NG7 5QE

Family Inclusive Play (FIP) Session for ages 5 and above

Date: Saturday 9 July

Time: 12:00 - 14:00

Location: Radford Care Group, Prospect Street, NG7 5QE

Stay and play session with arts and crafts, soft play, games and outdoor play

Social Group Session for ages 12 to 25

Date: Saturday 9 July

Time: 14:30 - 16:00

Location: To be advised

5-a-side football and other events on the day

Parent to Parent (P2P)

Date: Thursday 21 July

Time: 09:30 - 11:30

Location: Clifton Community Centre, 14 Southchurch Drive, Nottingham NG11 8AR

Meet other parent carers for a cuppa and a catch-up

We have a poster, please share with any parent or carer you think may want to attend link

Family Inclusive Play Session (FIP) with arts and sensory play

Date: Saturday 23 July

Time: 10:30 - 12:30

Location: Radford Care Group, Prospect Street, NG7 5QE

August dates - booking essential

Summer Arts Workshop at Nottingham Contemporary for ages 12 to 25

Date: Monday 1 August

Time: 10:15-12:30

Location: Nottingham Contemporary, Weekday Cross, Nottingham, NG1 2GB

A calm immersive space with lights, audio and projections and is about play allowing the children to take over the space

There will be a mix of making and playing

**Only 15 spaces available**

Family Inclusive Swimming - Rushcliffe Arena

Date: Thursday 11 August 

Time: 09:30 - 10:45

Location: Rushcliffe Arena, Rugby Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham NG2 7HY

Rainbow Early Years (REY) Session for under 5's

Date: Saturday 13 August

Time: 10:15 - 11:45

Location: Radford Care Group, Prospect Street, NG7 5QE

Family Inclusive Play (FIP) Session for ages 5 and above

Date: Saturday 13 August

Time: 12:00 - 14:00

Location: Radford Care Group, Prospect Street, NG7 5QE

Stay and play session with arts and crafts, soft play, games and outdoor play

Social Group Session for ages 12 to 25

Date: Saturday 13 August

Time: 15:00 - 16:30

Location: Radford Care Group, Prospect Street, NG7 5QE

Get together for board games, arts, and planning for next year

Summer Sensory Workshop at Nottingham Contemporary for under 12's

Date: Monday 15 August

Time: 10:15-12:30

Location: Nottingham Contemporary, Weekday Cross, Nottingham, NG1 2GB

A calm immersive space with lights, audio and projections and is about play allowing the children to take over the space

There will be a mix of making and playing

**Only 15 spaces available**

Would you be interested in a Family Picnic at Highfields Park?

Date: Thursday 18 August 

Please let us know if this would be of interest for you and your family. There is plenty to do, walks, playground and crazy golf

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

Further Support 

1. TAPS - Trent Autism Support Group - Monday 4 July 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

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Upcoming community family events over the summer

Playdays in Stapleford, Eastwood, Chilwell and Kimberley link

Outdoor cinema screening across many parks in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire link

Kids outdoor cinema screening across many parks in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire link

Peter Barratt Special Needs Fair

Wednesday 24 August 11:00–13:00 with food until 14:00, at Bramcote Hills Park.

Information and how to book link

County Rushcliffe Residents outdoor pop up 'Stay and Play' events (with White Post Farm) this summer for families with children under 5

Tuesday 9th August 10:30 - 12:00 East Leake Rec

Tuesday 16th August 13:30 – 15:00 Ruddington Jubilee Club House Field

Tuesday 23rd August 10:30 - 12:00 – Keyworth Rec

For more information link

Updates from Contact

News and views link

Local Offer

Nottingham City Council Local Offer

Nottinghamshire County Council Local Offer

Co-producing the NNPCF response - Green Paper (SEND Review) Survey

The NNPCF have launched a survey to gather parent carer views. It covers main points in the proposals and gives parent carers the opportunity to have their say on whether they agree or disagree with the proposals link

The Green Paper (SEND Review) - Accessible Versions

Versions available:

  • British Sign Language
  • Easy-read version for those with learning disabilities 
  • Guide for children and young people with SEND or those in alternative provision to understand the green paper and respond to the consultation

All versions link

Guide Dogs - Tech for all

At Guide Dogs they believe children with a vision impairment should have access to technology. Tech for All service offers a free Apple iPad to children and young people (aged 3-18) with visual impairments, to use outside of school link

Health Information Week - Beeston Library

Monday 4 July - Sunday 10 July at Beeston Library link

New Online Speech, Language and Communication Resource

Leaflet link

Website link

Nottinghamshire Carers Association

Support Groups and Activities link

Special Needs Jungle

Special Needs Jungle WEBINAR RECORDING: Will Quince MP answers YOUR questions on the #SENDReview Green Paper

Read more Special Needs Jungle articles here link

IPSEA News

Latest news from IPSEA here link

IRIS Website

Latrst news from IRIS here link

Nottingham City Council Autism Team

Information link

Newsletter summer edition link

Breakaway - Beeston Nottingham

The Breakaway programme is open to 14-25 year olds with learning disabilities and autism. They use music, art, dance and drama, as well as other creative expressive arts  link

Social Action Summer Programme

A Summer programme that they are running at Transform for young people with learning disabilities aged 16+ throughout August contact details are:

ella.m@transformtraining.org.uk

07488596004 

Link

Youth Link

Inclusive youth provision at Beeston Youth and Community Centre link

Nottingham Forest Summer Football Events

Various football events across Nottingham link

The authority is also keen to hear from parents whose children attended holiday activity clubs during 2020 and 2021. Feedback will help to improve activities further for the coming year link

 

Nottingham City Parent Carer Forum

The Steering Group is a group of parents and carers' representatives (reps) who have children or young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) in Nottingham City.

A message from our Steering Group:

Through our joint lived experience we understand the challenges and issues that caring for family members with different needs and abilities can bring.

We meet once a month, either face to face or on line, to discuss the challenges and support for our families locally, regionally and nationally.

Steering Group members (reps) are vitally important to ensure that families with disabled children and young people have their voices heard.

Our aim is to co-produce (work together) with the local authority and other organisations to design, develop, review, improve services and support for all children and young people with SEND in the City of Nottingham.

“I became a rep is so that parents don’t have to feel like they’re alone!!”

“I became a rep is to give families a voice to change things for their Children and to say how services affect their wellbeing and their families too.” 

"We are a friendly, independent group of likeminded people and welcome new members as it is an important role and at a time where so much has happened and is still to happen."

If you would like to join us and get the collective voice heard – please contact us at admin@rainbowpcf.org.uk

For parent and carers' who live within Nottinghamshire please visit Nottinghamshire Parent Carer Forum (Notts PCF) link

ARFID research opportunity

Are you a parent, carer or relative with someone with Avoidant / Restrictive Food intake disorder? Participants are needed to take part in a study link

Together We Are Notts: Building Our Integrated Care System Together

Thursday 7 July at Trent Vineyard, Nottingham.

The event will be an opportunity to bring clinical and care professionals together with local communities to celebrate their successes and create new opportunities for working together across the system link

Tackling Financial Insecurity in Nottinghamshire

20 July 2022 an opportunity to:

  • Find out more about our recent mapping
  • Start to shape a plan to co-ordinate services and
  • Co-develop an action plan of short, medium and long term actions

For more information link

NCVS Job Board

Latest vacancies link

Working With People Training

This opportunity is free and aimed at young people 16+ who are/recently left school and are looking for work

Tuesday 5 July and Thursday 7 July 10:00-14:00

Link

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

www.rainbowpcf.org.uk

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