Christmas Events 2018
Thursday 15 November, 4pm to 7pm
The theme this year for the free annual Eltham Lights Up Christmas lights switch-on is the 12 Days of Christmas.
Highlights include street performers, a live music stage and a lantern parade featuring local schools. At 6pm the High Street Christmas lights will be switched on, and a fantastic illuminated parade of lanterns, created by hundreds of local children and their families, will start.
The parade will end in a spectacular pyrotechnic finale.
CPA Christmas Fair
Saturday 1 December from 10am 2pm
Come along to Charlton Park Academy and pick up unique gifts in time for Christmas, all while supporting local causes.
Greenwich Parent Voice
Visit Santa Claus!
A free event for children with special needs and their families.
Saturday 8 December, from 1-4pm at Charlton House Charlton Road SE7 8RE
Download Visit Santa Claus leaflet | PDF
Book here: Visit Santa Claus
9 November 2018 – 6 January 2019
See Southbank Centre transformed this winter with magical family shows, markets, twinkling lights, festive fun and other seasonal delights.
Eat, drink and be merry beside the River Thames with the return of our enchanting Winter Market and pop-ups, offering the very best in global street food, craft beers, cocktails, artisan gifts and more.
Charities for Families/Carers
Family Holiday Association
Family Holiday Association – the charity that gives families a break.
Gardening For Disabled Trust
The Trust gives grants to people in order that they may continue to garden despite disability or advancing illness.
All over the UK there are children who have to cope with sickness, disability or disadvantage. It’s tough. Really tough.
We provide practical, tangible help that makes an immediate difference to those children and their families.
Grants for the Disabled
Your Guide to Grants for the Disabled
If you’re raising a disabled or seriously ill child or young person, you might be eligible for a grant from Family Fund.
SEND solicitors that were mentioned at the Steve Broach Talk organised by Greenwich Parent Voice, October 2018.
Solicitors with expertise in disability and SEN cases
Wills and Trusts Service
Mencap’s Wills and Trusts Team is here to offer you free information and guidance on how you can make sure your child is provided for when you’re no longer around.
Greenwich & Lewisham Young People’s Theatre (GLYPT)
GLYPT has been creating high-quality theatre for and with young people for over 40 years! They make relevant, inclusive and challenging theatre for, with and by young people aged 2-25 years old.
Whatever Youth Theatre and Shout Drama Programmes
Whatever Youth Theatre and SHOUT are two specialist drama programmes delivered by Greenwich & Lewisham Young People’s Theatre and supported by BBC Children in Need.
Whatever Youth Theatre
Whatever Youth Theatre is a drama programme for young suffering from mental ill-health or those at risk of developing a mental illness. The programme is available to young people aged 11-14 and 14-19.
The groups meet on Wednesday afternoon / early evening at The Tramshed, 51-53 Woolwich New Road, London, SE18 6ES. I have attached a flyer with further information.
SHOUT is a drama group for 13-18 year olds with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. The group meet on Monday afternoons from 4:30-6:30pm at The Tramshed, 51-53 Woolwich New Road, London, SE18 6ES.
Currently, our members have a wide range of additional needs including: ASD, language disorder, social communication difficulties, hearing loss, nocturnal epilepsy, visual impairment, motor coordination difficulties, global delay, expressive / receptive language delay, socio / emotional delay and ADHD.
The groups provide a safe and supportive environment, co-facilitated by an experienced theatre practitioner and drama therapist, and alongside specialist volunteers and Peer Mentors. Exercises are designed to buildcommunication skills, confidence, team-work and expression, using role play to explore participants’ specific interests. Each term lasts for ten sessions and is completely free of charge.
Sessions start with Safe Space, which is essentially a drop-in where young people can choose to participate in activities, talk to friends or engage with staff members. Following this, the drama session begins, where participants take part in a range of games and exercises designed to build confidence, social skills and expression.
We work with a maximum of 15 young people at any one time to ensure that there is significant support available. Young people who have attended sessions have reported benefits including increased self-esteem, making friends, being able to express their feelings better, as well as learning additional skills in drama.
We do require a professional referral to join these groups. Below is a link to a form which can be completed by a school teacher, SENCO, social worker, clinician or any other professional who works with the young person.
|Autism-Friendly Screenings Dimensions is a specialist provider of a wide range of services for people with learning disabilities and people who experience autism.|
|Greenwich Picture House have Autism-Friendly Screenings especially for people on the autism spectrum and their families, friends and carers.|
|National Theatre: Relaxed performances are specifically designed to welcome people with a learning disability, Down’s Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Condition or sensory and communication disorders. There is a relaxed attitude to noise and movement and some small changes made to the light and sound effects. An easy way to understand the atmosphere is perhaps, ’the opposite of the quiet carriage on the train’.|
|Walking for Health: We are England’s largest network of health walk schemes, helping people across the country lead a more active lifestyle. Our group walks are led by friendly, specially trained volunteers who are on hand to provide encouragement and support, and make sure no one gets left behind.|
|Redstart Arts aims to develop and deliver visual arts for adults with learning disabilities. We act as a platform for artists with learning disabilities, enabling them to work collaboratively with creative professionals to create high quality art, installations or products that have a valued place within the visual and applied arts world.|