Court of Protection (Deputyship) and Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) Workshop

Tuesday 22 nd November 2022, 11.00am – 1.00pm

Grant Saw Solicitors will be at Greenwich Carers Centre to deliver information on Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) and Court of Protection (Deputyship). They will help you understand the difference between LPA and Court of Protection.

Greenwich Carers Centre
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For more information or to book please email:
activities@greenwichcarers.org or call 020 8102 9654

Click here for full info.

Help with the cost of living, Easy Read Info Pack

Prices are going up for lots of things like food and electricity.

The Royal Borough of Greenwich can help you if you are struggling with things like:• Benefits.
• Housing.
• Health.
• Finding a job.

You can look at our website for support here:
www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk/greenwich-supports

You can call Live Well Greenwich free
on 0800 470 4831

You can email us at:
cost-of-living@royalgreenwich.gov.uk

Let us know how you are coping

To see the full info pack click here.

Transition Webinar for parents

In healthcare, we use the word “transition” to describe the process of preparing, planning and moving from children’s to adult services.

Click here to see full details on the webinar.

Sign up to the webinar here.

Advice Chaser Webinar “Special Needs Planning: Answering Common Financial and Legal Questions” for Parents

On October 12, Advice Chaser will host a webinar titled, “Special Needs Planning: Answering Common Financial and Legal Questions” Parents of disabled children often worry about the future. Will there be enough money? What do they need to arrange legally as their children reach adulthood? This webinar will address financial and legal topics of special needs families, including budgets, insurance, power of attorney, and estate planning.

 

You can register here: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/2616653703939/WN_1CrlcGZKR6ujmWllK6hCDQ

The British Gas Energy Support Fund

The UK’s biggest ever energy support package.

Our £25 million fund offers extra support to customers facing financial hardship – including free energy grants. And we’re not stopping there. Find out how we can help you this winter.

Our new fund is designed to help British Gas customers with an energy debt of between £250 and £1,500. To find out if you’re eligible and to apply, follow the link below.

Alongside our new support fund, the existing Individuals & Families fund also offers grants to anyone with energy debt between £250 and £750. And you don’t need to be a British Gas customer to apply.

Click here to find out more…

Cost of Living Overview 12th September 2022

In light of the current cost-of-living crisis, Rebecca Lough from the Greenwich Welfare Rights Service has put together an up-to-date cost-of-living overview PDF to download below.

Cost of Living Overview 12th September 2022

The PDF covers:

  • Social security system (briefly)
  • National schemes to support residents
  • Local provision
  • Help with rent & council tax
  • Help with energy bills
  • Help with food provision
  • Other costs
  • Provision for households with children
  • Accessing help

Updated Greenwich Wheelchair Services Contact Details

Dear all,

Following a period of change in the provision of Greenwich wheelchair services, I wanted to just update you with the new details for the service. It’s generally useful to contact me if you have any concerns regarding a complex wheelchair, but for basic repairs or a referral to the service, this can be done through the following contact details:

Email: greenwich.wheelchairservice@nhs.net
0203 045 5100 (Inspire’s main number) press option 4 for the Wheelchair Service
01322 520560 press option 4 for the Wheelchair Service
Approved Repair Service for the Wheelchair Service – 01322 520 570

The above details are also available on their website https://inspirecommunitytrust.org

Kind regards,

Brinda Assi
Highly Specialist Children’s Physiotherapist
Charlton Park Academy School (Tuesdays and Thursdays) and Willow Dene School (Wednesdays)
Please note I work Tuesday-Thursday only.

Children’s Physiotherapy Department
Greenwich Community Health Services
Goldie Leigh
Lodge Hill
Abbey Wood
SE2 OAY
Tel: Central Admin: 0208 836 8621.
Direct: 07767 732725 (Phone / SMS / WhatsApp)
Email: brinda.assi@nhs.net

The Best Activities For Autistic Children in London

It is estimated that around 700,000 people in the UK have a diagnosis of autism and that one in 100 children in the UK have a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder.

Thankfully London is an incredibly accommodating city with plenty of fun and friendly options for families with autistic children.

To see our list of things to do CLICK HERE.

Live Well Greenwich

Greenwich resident who have a pre-pay metre are eligible for a fuel top up voucher. The voucher is worth £28 for a single person and £49 for a family. As well as this, we can also offer a grant payment of up to £200 for Greenwich Residents who are in debt with their utility providers for gas, electric and water bills. Our team contact the energy companies and make payment on the residents’ behalf.

Residents can access these services by calling our Freephone number – 0800 470 4831

Live Well can also support Greenwich residents with:

  • Money, debt, and benefit advice
  • Support with housing needs
  • Social and community activities
  • Employment and training
  • Moving more
  • Drinking less
  • Eating well
  • Stopping smoking

On top of the Live Well Greenwich project, we also have a few other means of support.

We have a wonderful Extra Time project, for those over the age of 55 and this project really gives the participants the opportunity to do whatever it is that they want to do whilst getting them more active. Here’s a short video that demonstrates this – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bePcJhhjhE. It would be lovely if you wanted to pop down to the stadium on one Wednesday Morning to really experience the hub.

We also have a health walk programme that runs throughout the borough, you can check this out here – https://cact.org.uk/greenwich-get-walking. The Walks are free, and anyone can join, they are a great opportunity for people to get out and about in the borough.

These are just to name a few, full details of our projects are listed on our website – https://cact.org.uk/health-improvement

Ofsted Parent View

Please can parents/Carers sign in and register on this link to add their comments on parent view regarding Charlton park Academy.

Please contact me, Sara Johnson, on 020 8249 6844 ext. 261 if you need any support to do so.

Ofsted Parent View gives you the chance to tell Ofsted what you think of your child’s school, including:

– how happy your child is at the school

– how the school manages bullying or challenging behaviour

If your child has special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), we will ask how well the school supports them.

The questionnaire can be completed at any time – you don’t have to wait until the school is being inspected.

We will use your responses to help us plan inspections. The information you provide can:

– inform discussions inspectors have with school leaders during an inspection

– help Ofsted decide when to inspect a school

In addition to this, we also publish the overall summary of the responses to Ofsted Parent View. This information is anonymised.

Greenwich Citizens Advice Service Contact Times

Click below to see the full table of Greenwich Citizens Advice Service contact times from April 2022.

Client Service Schedule From 1st April 2022

Mayor of London’s Cost of Living Hub

The Mayor of London has launched a new Cost of Living Hub for Londoners facing financial hardship, as a result of spiralling inflation, increases in National Insurance and Council Tax, and the lifting of the energy price cap. The hub helps Londoners access information, support and advice about claiming benefits, dealing with debt, financial management and mental health support.

To explore the hub, please visit https://www.london.gov.uk/cost-living-hub.

The content on the hub will be developed and updated as we bring online further help and advice in the coming months. If you have feedback or suggestions on the hub, please contact Lizzie.Mahoney@london.gov.uk.

Summer 2022

Do you care for someone aged 12-17?

 

If so, they’re now able to receive their FREE COVID-19 vaccine in south east London.

For new adventures and not missing out, getting the COVID-19 vaccine means young people can return to their ‘old normal’ as quickly as possible. Whatever the reason, encourage children and young people around you to get their vaccine. #DontMissYourVaccine

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#DontMissYourVaccine

Family Support

For more information and advice visit our family support area:
www.charltonparkacademy.com/family-support

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Spring 2022

GPCPF Meetings

Please join GPCPF and hear about some of the changes in health and to learn more about the code practice and its legal requirements on the special educational needs and disability (SEND) system for children and young people aged 0 to 25.

FLAG Meeting
(Families Living with Autism in Greenwich)

 

Next meeting:

Date: Friday 11 February from 11am until 1pm
Venue: Room 4 in Memorial Hospital, Shooters Hill Road, in the main hospital building, not Highpoint House.

There should be plenty of free parking in the on-site car park or there is also parking on Shooters Hill Road.

Please note: Hand sanitiser will be available in the meeting room and face masks must still be worn.

Please let me know if you would like to come – this is just to ensure that we don’t go over the numbers allowed for the room we have booked.

Future dates:

  • Friday 22 April 11am – 1pm
  • Monday 23 May 12 – 2pm
  • Tuesday 14 June 12 – 2pm
  • Friday 15 July 12 – 2pm
  • No meeting in August
  • Friday 23 September 10am – 12pm
  • Monday 17 October 10am – 12pm
  • Monday 14 November 11am – 1pm
  • Wednesday 7 December 12 – 2pm

 

There will be tea/coffee and cake.  Bring your own cup if you have one – although polystyrene cups will be available!

Charlton Chit Chat

Every Wednesday during term-time, parents/carers meet to chat, share ideas and information and discuss fundraising ideas.

Date: Every Wednesday (during term-time)
Time: 10am-12noon
Venue: Trinity Community Centre, 265 Burrage Road SE18 7JW

All parent/carers welcomed, and if you wish to attend please contact Sara Johnson or if you wish to join the Whatsapp Group.

TAS – FREE Course

 

TAS has funded places for young people with SEND age 12 – 25 to attend free 2 hour course running for six weeks.

Course details include:

  • Digital skills
  • Preparing for work life
  • Combined basic skills
  • Cooking
  • and exercise

Further details call: 020 83651 4863 | info@thetascentre.co.uk

Teviot Rangers Frame Football Club

 

Teviot Rangers football club will be running new frame football sessions in Plumstead. The sessions will be once a month on a Saturday, details are on the flyer HERE.

To register please follow this link: https://bit.ly/TeviotFrameFootball

Greenwich Parent Carer Participation Forum

 

© Carol Foyle, GPCPF

For all enquires  and request please send to our admin email: admin@greenwichpcpf.org  and we will pass on your emails.

Sahill Dodhia is our administrator working 7 hours a week, along with myself  working p/t  to support the forum’s development  and provide support and information to the advisory group by undertaking  project work and tasks as required.

If you want to make contact directly to the Chair:
Simon.Wilson@greenwichpcpf.org
Forum mobile number 07518439217
Simon will hold the forum mobile and can be contacted on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 9am -12noon every day .

Please note that the Forum’s Advisory Group are all parent volunteers. Please can we ask that all requests to attend meetings etc  are between the hours of 10-2pm due to their caring responsibilities.

Parent Participation SEND
Greenwich Parent Carer Participation Forum (GPCPF)
07852101492 (TEMP)

Link: Website

What is Autism?

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability which affects how people communicate and interact with the world. One in 100 people are on the autism spectrum and there are around 700,000 autistic adults and children in the UK.

Turning 16: Universal credit and SEN students

Presentation slides from Andy Campbell (Welfare Rights, Royal Borough of Greenwich). The slides contain links, information and contact details. Click on the image below to download or click HERE:

Special Needs Jungle

Ombudsman responds to our #ProvisionDenied report with news of a COVID team.

ARTICLE:  www.specialneedsjungle.com/ombudsman-responds-provisiondenied-report-covid-team

parentmail logo

ParentMail connects schools and parents, so click on the logo to sign up and receive CPA texts.

© Parentview
The questions asked on Ofsted Parent View were changed on 02 September 2019 to support the introduction of the education inspection framework. You can read more about these changes.

Give your views: PARENT VIEW

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Microsoft Teams

Download the Microsoft Teams App to join annual reviews, home learning, meetings and workshops.

Download Teams Microsoft Instructions.pdf

Brighter Futures Project

Brighter Futures are launching activity boxes that have been designed for young people and adults with learning disabilities.

The idea being the box will help to keep people connected during these unprecedented times and beyond.  It’s free at the moment because the activities have been sponsored by Mind.

Registration details can be found on our publicity – link below:

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Brighter Future Press Release

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Royal Borough of Greenwich

We’re seeking community spirited people to join a team of champions in helping to share key information and advice about coronavirus.

Become a Community Champion

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LPPA

We have recently received fantastic news that Charlton Park Academy has been awarded the Leading Parent Partnership Award.

The LPPA allows us to have a framework which enables us to deliver effective parental engagement in our school. This award showcases the work we do as well as help us to work more closely and more effectively with our parents/carers.

Parent/Carer Information and Events

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Greenwich Parent Voice

Greenwich Parent Voice has chosen to stop being the official ‘parent forum’ for the borough of Greenwich. 

After nearly ten years of running the group as volunteers, Jo and Viv are moving on to other pursuits.

Contact for families with disabled children

Text © Contact for families with disabled children

 

Website: contact.org.uk/help-for-families

Our free parent workshops are now virtual – book your place today!

Our series of virtual workshops give parents the chance to share their experiences and learn from other parents too as part of a small group. They cover some of the topics you told us you are most concerned about including:

Money Matters: An overview of key benefits you might be entitled to like Disability Living Allowance and Carers Allowance, grants that are available and dispelling some of the myths around benefits.


Managing your child’s sleep: To help you gain a better understanding of the sleep processes, why sleep problems may occur and possible causes and solutions.


Encouraging Positive Behaviour: Helping you understand more about why children with additional needs behave the way they do alongside strategies for handling difficult situations in a calm, stress-free manner.


Wellbeing for you as a parent carer: To understand what stress is and how it affects you and identify new ways of coping with stress and reducing stress levels.


Booking details here:
contact.org.uk/about-us/family-workshops

Greenwich Mencap

Parents/Carers Support Group
Every Thursday 10am -11am via Zoom
Meeting ID: 884 92479506

Come and join us for a virtual chat!
Parents and carers all welcome.
Link: Greenlights Parents Support Group.pdf

COVID-19: guidance on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing

Text © GOV.UK

Below is a link with translated documents in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese CN, Chinese HK, French, Gujarati, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi and Urdu providing advice for parents and carers on looking after the mental health and wellbeing of children or young people during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.


www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing


Helping Children to Think Critically
about Fake News and Prejudice

A course to increase your understanding of the challenges young people face with social media and false information, and to equip you with the confidence, skills and knowledge to effectively discuss misinformation and prejudice with children.

Free e-learning course for parents/carers:
ENROLL FOR FREE:
 elearning.equaliteach.co.uk

Parent/Carer Information

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Cover of housing for SEN adult report

Housing Strategy 2017 –  2022:
LINK: www.glh.org.uk

Please click on the Mindfulness image below to view the powerpoint presentation

mindfulness
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Cover of document Noddy Guide
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CAMHS – Understanding Anxiety and helping your child manage emotions

CAMHS – Assertive Parenting Workshop 
– Powerpoint presentations week 1- 4

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Text © IPSEA website, January 2019

What to do if the LA takes away your EHC plan

When a local authority (“LA”) decides to take away, or end, an education, health and care (“EHC”) plan, this is called ‘ceasing to maintain’ the EHC plan. This means that the EHC plan will come to an end and the LA will no longer have the legal duty to ensure that the educational provision specified in the EHC plan is received by the child or young person.

Read more …

UPDATE:  Home to school Travel Assistance Policy consultation March 2019   
– response from Royal Greenwich

Home to school travel assistance
The Royal Borough of Greenwich provides home to school travel assistance to school-aged children and young people who live in the borough. Post 16 students from low income families can also apply for financial support for travel to and from their place of education.

www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk

Mayor of London’s Cost of Living Hub

The Mayor of London has launched a new Cost of Living Hub for Londoners facing financial hardship, as a result of spiralling inflation, increases in National Insurance and Council Tax, and the lifting of the energy price cap. The hub helps Londoners access information, support and advice about claiming benefits, dealing with debt, financial management and mental health support.

To explore the hub, please visit https://www.london.gov.uk/cost-living-hub.

The content on the hub will be developed and updated as we bring online further help and advice in the coming months. If you have feedback or suggestions on the hub, please contact Lizzie.Mahoney@london.gov.uk.