Bulletin 9 - 2021

2nd April

Dear Parents, Carers and Members,

Welcome to our 9th bulletin for 2021. 

We hope that the good weather and relaxing of the lockdown rules has been a welcomed opportunity for you to meet face to face with friends and family. 

Our 4 day 'Annual Event' came to a close yesterday and we wanted to say a huge thank-you to all those who made it happen; the speakers with their informative presentations; our team; and to our parent carers that joined us and contributed to the discussion. We plan to publish the workshops and presentations as soon as we are back from our Easter break once they have been edited for GDPR compliance. 

Thank you for those who entered our draw by completing the 'Bounce Back' survey. Despite the draw window expiring we would still encourage parents to complete the survey so we can feed this back to the LA and services. A goody bag will be send to all entries.  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/8FBT9KT  

We are looking forward to returning to our monthly sessions at Monty Hind on 24 April 15:00 to 17:00. Numbers are limited to 15 and we will be unable to provide 1:1 support.  

We hope to announce some dates after Easter for Greasley Castle Farm soon and will be able to provide transport from Phoenix Park Tram Stop for families who do not have transport. 

Please get in touch to register your interest in either of the above opportunities. 

Rainbow's Lockdown Offer

We are continuing with this offer  until government guidelines change. 

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 (up 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. Our Befriending Social Group is meeting on Zoom - see their programme below.

4. Parent to Parent (P2P) is meeting monthly on Zoom. The next session is Thursday 15 April 11:00 to 12:00. Please note the date has been changed due to the Easter break..

5. Stay and Play Session at Monty Hind. The next session is Saturday 24 April 15:00 to 17:00. Booking Essential. 

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

Nottingham City Social Care Surgery

Marie Halford the Manager for Whole Life Disability Services is available on Wednesday 7 April at 14:00 - 16:00 for 1:1 (meeting) via Microsoft Teams - please contact admin@rainbowpcf.org.uk to book.  

Nottingham City Council Local Offer

Nottinghamshire County Council Local Offer

Stay safe and well.

Best wishes from the Rainbow Team


Summer Term Courses 2021

Various courses over this summer. Link (Large file)

Safer Sleep Week

15 – 21 March 2021. Link

Families with Disabled Children Facebook Private Group

Join their private group. Link

New Crisis Sanctuaries to provide mental health support to Nottinghamshire

Programme  |   Website

Space to Be

This project is a series of packages that are delivered to the families' home throughout the course of a week. A sensory show is contained within the parcels that the family unfold & perform themselves. The project is completely free for families. Link

Multi-Sensory Movies

Sensory theatre for adult and young adult audiences with profound and multiple learning disabilities which we tour to theatres and arts centre across the UK. Link

Interactive Zoom Sessions

Sessions are predominantly designed for children who are often described as having Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities and also for children who are identified as being on the autistic spectrum. Our Zoom sessions are also suitable for young people with a wider range of disabilities. Link

Story Explorers Online: Rainforest Rescue

A playful and interactive online storytelling adventure for children aged 2 - 5. Link

Wills and Trusts Webinar

Topics covered: Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Protection for Vulnerable Beneficiaries & Avoiding Threats

Wednesday 28 April 2021, 10:00-12:00 on Zoom.

To book your place, please email familyservices.webinar@seashelltrust.org.uk or phone 0161 696 9379 with your name, number of places required and which Local Authority area you belong to.

Performing Arts Respite Service

FTM Dance is a Performing Arts respite service for children and adults with additional needs, disabilities and medical conditions, aged 3 years old and above. Offers holiday clubs, after school clubs, weekend clubs and adult day services. Link

National Siblings Day

National Siblings Day is on Saturday 10 April and Sibs’ theme day is #ItsaSiblingThing

Free arts sessions for siblings aged 5-11 and 12-17 – limited places available.

Siblings who grow up with a disabled brother or sister often spend a lot of time coming second (or third or fourth…) to the needs of another. Sibs is the only charity representing the needs of the young and adult siblings of disabled people in the UK. You can find out more about Sibs at https://www.sibs.org.uk/

Monthly Bulletin

The NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire CCG’s engagement team produce a monthly bulletin to share information around COVID-19, provide updates within the community and updates from the CCG. Link

Special Needs Jungle

Helping autistic learners recover from pandemic educational losses

How we fired up our disabled children’s home learning with the specialist kit they need

Who benefits from inclusive education – and how?

Why does Josh’s review seem to think disabled children are “Not Known to Social Care”?

Research call-out for Y11s with autism, dyslexia or cerebral palsy

The virtual workshops helping disabled children and their families with Dogs for Good

The ABC of the LGSCO: How to complain to the Ombudsman over SEND failures

Rainbow's BSG for 12 to 25 year olds


BSG Dates

Tuesday 6 April 17:30 – 19:00 - Online Zoom

Mighty Creatives Pt 1 - Photographing lockdown

Please also bring your Easter egg craft for your chance to win a £10 voucher. 

Saturday 17 April 11:00 – 13:00 - Walk / Social

Greasley Castle Farm

Numbers are limited due to Covid restrictions and social distancing applies so click here to book.

Booking Link

Tuesday 4 May 17:30 – 19:00 - Online Zoom

Mighty Creatives Pt 2 - Photographing lockdown

Saturday 15 May 11:00 – 13:00 - Walk / Social

Greasley Castle Farm

Numbers are limited due to Covid restrictions and social distancing applies so click here to book.

Booking Link


New members are very welcome, please email to book.

Participants required for Sports Psychology Research

Alyssia is looking into the relationships and important people within disability youth sport from the child and parent/guardian perspective.

Both a child (under 18) and a guardian/parent need to participate in an online interview/phone call and talk about their personal experiences within sport. 

If you would like to know more or show interest, Alyssia's number is 07496177657 or email is a.griffiths-gray-17@student.lboro.ac.uk

People’s Attitudes Towards Accessing Health Services using Digital Means

Two-and-a-half years ago a survey was produced to understand people’s attitudes towards accessing health services using digital means.  Another survey is running to see how attitudes may have changed. Ends on Friday, 30 April 2021. 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. 

NCVS Job Adverts


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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