TRANSITION TIPS FOR PARENTS AND CARERS
FACE WALSALL, INFORMATION SHARING EVENT
FACE Walsall, have organised an Information Sharing morning over coffee and tea for parents/carers of children and young people aged 0–25 years with additional needs and disabilities and would like to invite you along.
We will be at Bloxwich Active Living Centre, High St, Bloxwich, Walsall WS3 2DA, on Thursday 23rd June from 10am-12pm.
The event is designed for the parents/carers to come along to be able to chat to those who offer services to our children in Walsall.
Confirmed as attending are:
|Rethink Mental Illness|
|Adult Learning Disability Team|
|Castle & Jane Lane|
|Wayne Heyes Skills Tank Learning & Development Hub|
|Adult Social Care|
Please let us know if you can make it by registering at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/face-walsall-information-sharing-event-tickets-366755003087
WALSALL HOLIDAY ACTIVITY AND FOOD PROGRAMME 2022
Please see flyer below for details of the above which is available for the summer and Christmas breaks.
We are back !…….. SUMMER 2022 delivery of Walsall Holiday Activity and Food Programme (HAF)
See below updates for summer delivery !
HAF is a free and exciting holiday programme for children and young people aged 5 to 16 who are eligible for benefit related free school meals. The programme is running over Easter (1 week), summer (4 weeks) and Christmas (1 week) school holidays. The Department of Education (DFE) has provided funding for the programme. The programme enables children to be active, to learn and to eat healthy foods and it is all FREE. Over the summer we are working with …63 providers take a look at who our providers are: https://go.walsall.gov.uk/children_and_young_people/holiday_activities_programme_haf/who_are_our_holiday_activities_providers
When do the summer activities start?
The activities will take place 4 weeks over the summer holidays see dates below;
- Monday 1st August – Thursday 4th August 2022
- Monday 8th August – Thursday 11th August 2022
- Monday 15th August – Thursday 18th August 2022
- Monday 22nd August – Thursday 25th August 2022
Who is eligible
Children and young people aged 15 – 16 in receipt of benefit related free school meals
- Young carers aged 5 – 16
- Children and young people aged 5 – 16 receiving safeguarding support from an early help plan, Child in need plan, Child protection plan.
What will be on offer?
Each week over the summer holiday each eligible child will be able choose from the following;
- 1 holiday club per week – A holiday club is for 4 hours per day over 4 days a week providing a range of activities throughout each day with a healthy meal included.
- Or 3 pick and mix sessions per week targeted at young people to provide a choice of activities they can engage with, this will also provide opportunities to learn specific skills, including courses in dance, music, swimming, sports coaching, youth work training, mentoring, trips, SEND specific sessions, canoeing, family activities and lots more.…..
Once an activity has been booked for each child, the parent / carer will receive an email with confirmation of their booking. The parent / carer contact details will then be shared with the provider of the holiday activity, and they will contact the family direct to discuss any practical arrangements (arrival time, any COVID guidance, and any special requirements the child may have, including dietary needs and SEN support).
If you have any queries and want to get in touch direct with the provider, you can find contact details on the below webpage: Who are our holiday activities providers? (walsall.gov.uk)
How do families register ?
Each eligible child will receive a letter in the post with their unique code (separate code for each child) – (Please note families will only need to register once for the 2022 programme)
Families who already registered can book onto summer activities on the 4th July 2022
- A letter will be sent out to children who haven’t yet registered on Monday 4th July 2022 with their unique code – see attached letter for your records
- Families can register and book activities using the HAF portal link;
Link to sign up :https://go.walsall.gov.uk/children_and_young_people/haf_signup or families can call the HAF team on 01922 653899 (Monday to Friday 10:00- 16:00) /
RESILIENCE COURSES FROM SCHOOL HEALTH
Please find below flyers for all of the resilience groups that are taking place during the summer term. Some places are still available or families can be put onto the waiting list for the autumn term.
The Early Help school ready team are excited to share with you the third edition of the Early Help newsletter. Within their newsletter, you will find information of groups and events in each locality as well as fun enriching activities to do at home
You can also find lots of virtual activities on their Early Help Website: https://go.walsall.gov.uk/children_and_young_people/early_help/early_help_for_parents/things_to_do_with_your_children
UNDERSTANDING YOUR CHILD – SPRING CLEAN ON LINE COURSE
Parents and carers are able to take part in these free anonymous, evidence-based, online courses:
1. Understanding your pregnancy, labour, birth and your baby (antenatal)
2. Understanding your baby (postnatal)
3a. Understanding your child (0-19+ yrs, main course)
3b. Understanding your child with additional needs (0-19+ yrs, main course)
4. Understanding your teenager’s brain (short course)
5. Understanding your brain (for teenagers only!)
6. Understanding your child’s feelings (a taster course)
7. Understanding your child’s mental health and wellbeing (accompanies 3a and/or 3b)
8. Understanding your relationships (coming soon!)
Please click on poster below for more information.
WALSALL JUNIOR RANGERS CLUB
Below is a Junior Ranger information booklet for parents/carers of Year 7 and 8 pupils. All information, including who to contact for places, is covered within the booklet.
Attached is the March link to share with parents and carers which is FREE to come along. This is for another sensory day which is tailored to gaming in a fun engaging way, this will be at Manor Farm Community Association.
Sassy Sensory Surprises will be a HAF Provider for Walsall this Easter half term. They have various dates planned to include a Easter fun day, multi-sensory sports day and an online virtual sensory programme
PROJECT ME COURSE
It is with great pleasure that I can announce a brand new free mental health initiative that is now available within the Walsall borough, called Project Me™.
After a successful pilot programme in 2020 The Big Happiness Experiment CiC have been awarded funding from The Big Lottery Community Fund to deliver a unique new programme designed to support those residents of Walsall (and the surrounding areas), who are suffering from anxiety, depression, chronic stress, burnout, low levels of confidence and a lack of self-esteem. These individuals may, or may not, have sought help from their doctor or other services, but may feel that they now need help to address their issues.
Project Me™ provides a unique framework of education, practical tools, and state of the art strategies that are combined with a safe social environment for those people struggling to cope with their current mental and emotional states. It equips participants with knowledge and tools in order that they can develop healthy attitudes towards mental health and greater emotional resilience, whilst strengthening their capacities to manage stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues.
This project will be running for three years and opened its doors last month (September 2021). The grant funding has made it possible to launch a long-term solution for people in the community who are struggling with poor mental and emotional health.
Project Me™ is unique in structure and is ‘the new kid on the block’. It has been designed to support and enhance the existing services on offer to Walsall residents, who are unsure about where to turn next. There are no rigid criteria for entry; the project is open to anyone living in the Walsall borough (18yrs+) whether they are working, unemployed, currently receiving support, having been ‘signed off’ from support, or who have never received formal support, because they have not met existing service providers criteria, or have only recently started to struggle.
Project Me™ is a structured 14-week group programme, that also has an element of personal support, with each (in person) group taking place on a Wednesday morning. Alongside the weekly two-hour sessions, that take place from 10am till 12pm, there is also a substantial library of online classes, resources, and a complete toolkit that accompanies the programme.
For those people that may struggle to attend the Wednesday morning sessions in person, we are offering the opportunity to access this course virtually via our online platform.
The programme has been created, and is facilitated by, Jules Mitchell and her Aldridge based community interest company, The Big Happiness Experiment.
Further details are below:
FREE SLEEP WORKSHOP
School Health are offering a *NEW Workshop around sleep*. If any parents feel they would benefit from this workshop please follow the details on the flyer below.
PHYSICAL SUPPORT GROUPS FOR PARENTS AND CARERS
Details of peer support groups in the Wednesday, Willenhall and Pelsall areas are detailed on the flyers below.
EARLY HELP ON LINE PARENTING WORKSHOPS
Below are details of workshops being run by the Early Help team that might appeal to parents and carers. Please contact James Hawkins, Family Welfare Officer, if you are interested in taking part in any of these courses.
UNDERSTANDING YOUR CHILD WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
A variety of courses are being run by Walsall Health Care and are available free of charge for Walsall parents and carers. These include:
Understanding your pregnancy (including a version for women couples)
Understanding your baby
Understanding your child
Understanding your child (0-19+ yrs) (main course)
Understanding your child with additional needs (main course)
Understanding your teenager’s brain (short course)
Understanding your brain (for teenagers only)
Understanding your child’s feelings (short, taster course) COMING SOON
To access any of these courses please click here
The code to use once on the website to enable free access is WALSAPARNT
If you have any problems or queries, please contact Bev Bailey, Family Welfare Officer.
LAUNCH OF FAMILY ACTION BY SEND IASS
Details of this new national charity that delivers support services helping to transform lives and build stronger families are on the flyer below.
WALSALL INFORMATION ADVICE AND SUPPORT SERVICE (SEND)
Parents and carers can get free impartial and confidential information as well as support/guidance from the SEND Department at the EDC – see information below for more details.
Walsall Council SENDIASS are able to provide free, impartial, confidential advice and support about education, health and social care to children, young people and their parents on matters relating to special educational needs and disability.
Ordinarily they are based at the Education Development Centre in Pelsall but are currently available by email and telephone from home. Please see contact details below.
Aileen Overton. Aileen.Overton@walsall.gov.uk. Mobile: 07827 311786
John Bird. email@example.com Mobile 07384821795
A number of on line zoom meetings have been organised by the SENDIASS team – details of which are on the flyer below.
THE WALSALL FOR ALL COMMUNITY DIALOGUE PROJECT
Are you a resident living in Walsall and interested in meeting new people from across the borough? This may be just the project for you: The Walsall For All Community Dialogue Project. Across three online dialogue sessions, facilitated by us, you will have the opportunity to:
- Share your experiences and stories with others
- Talk about the things that are important to you about living in Walsall
- Meet people from different backgrounds
If you are interested in getting involved as a participant or you would like a group that you are currently involved with to be part of the project, please register your interest by signing-up here and we will be in touch.
Schools Programmes Officer, West Midlands
The Faith & Belief Forum
T: 0748 300 8153
FAMILY RESOURCES FROM EARLY HELP
Please find details below of a number of workshops organised by Early Help which parents and carers may find useful.
TOP TIP SHEETS AND VIRTUAL SESSIONS FOR PARENTS AND CARERS
Below are a number of coronavirus inspired information sheets that have been provided from the Early Help Team at Myplace which parents and carers may find useful.
The Rainbow booklets have been designed as part of the Black Country Rainbow Hour Campaign which seeks to provide all children and young people with access to one hour of wellbeing and physical activity each day. These booklets provides a range of wellbeing and physical activities for delivery in schools as part of their Rainbow Hour or can be shared with pupils still learning from home so everyone can be involved.
AUTISM GROUP FOR PARENTS/CARERS
On 8th October 2019 and on every second Tuesday from then on an autism group, Supporting the Rainbow, meets at lunchtime from 1:30-2:30 pm in the Community Centre (The old Annex, or Central Boys School), Brownhills, just off the Miner Island). The group is open to parents and carers for those with autism, and aims to offer a welcoming, helpful and supportive network to those coping with the condition.
Supporting the Rainbow is now an official charity affiliated with Rethink Mental Health! The new venue is in a beautiful room on the ground floor so it makes it easier for people with pushchairs and people with disabilities to manage.
The group are looking forward to this new change and for the lovely group to progress and move onward: workshops and so much more are being looked into.
The fortnightly meetings make it easier for some people who are unable to attend weekly and a raffle as well as tea and biscuits are also on offer.
AUTISM NETWORK FOR PARENT/CARERS
Free online courses for residents of WALSALL:
- Understanding your pregnancy birth labour and your baby
- Understanding your baby
- Understanding your child
Walsall Council are delighted to announce that we have purchased a multi-user licence for three Solihull Approach online courses, for all parents and parents-to-be living in our borough. This means every single resident can access the courses completely free of charge!
These courses are for everyone who wants to be the best mum, dad, grandparent, carer that they can be.
The Solihull Approach aims to improve emotional health and wellbeing by supporting relationships (www.solihullapproachparenting.com ). The courses are written by CAMHS professionals with other health and education workers. They are evidence based and accredited by the DfE.
Together we are aiming to change the culture around parents‘ self-development and improve children’s wellbeing at the same time. A smoother home life is good for concentration, learning and performance at school.
Further information can be obtained from Bev or James in our Family Welfare department.
TALKING THERAPIES SERVICE
The flyer below gives information on the above service available to anyone over 17 who would like to access the service.
NEW ON LINE PARENTING COURSE
Parents and Carers may be interested in this on line course, Understanding Your Teenager’s Behaviour. Further details are on the flyer below.
Please find a copy of our parental handbook which is shared with parents/carers when a child joins the school.