Easter Funfair – SEND quiet session
Date: 12th April 2023
Time: 10am-12pm. This is outside of the usual public opening hours.
Location: The Easter Funfair, Circus Field, Shooters Hill Road, Blackheath, London, SE3 0UA
This Easter the funfair on Circus Field, Blackheath are having a special SEND quiet session. It will be sensory friendly with no music, flashing lights, reduced capacity on site, and a reduced need for queuing (as far as is possible).
The session will take place from 10am-12pm on Wednesday 12th April 2023. This is outside of the usual public opening hours.
There is no need to register or get tickets for this SEND quite session, just turn up. Entry is free and there will be further discounts once inside.
More information about Zippos Circus can be found here.
Leading Local Partnerships
How CCGs are driving integration for their patients and local populations
Text © CCG
In January we published a report entitled Taking the lead. It demonstrated the successes CCGs were already having in improving the health and wellbeing of their local populations. This publication follows on from that one, and shows how the system of clinical commissioning has further matured and developed. It shows that, a year and a half after their establishment, CCGs are starting to drive complex change. They are leading a coming together of healthcare professionals of all disciplines including social care, and of voluntary organisations. The outcome is that the needs and desires of patients are being placed at the very centre of the system.
Making Mosques a place of welcome & belonging to children with disabilities
Text © Ana Huna website, 2019
We are a community-based group working in Greenwich. Our aim is to improve the general welfare of children with SEND (Special Educational Needs & Disabilities) and their families within the local Muslim community, through raising awareness, offering support to access services, and promoting social inclusion.
Acting on the premise of our Islamic Identity, our vision is to strengthen our community by encouraging Unity, Tolerance, Understanding, Respect and Love among all, regardless of whether you have or are related to an individual with SEND (Special Educational Needs & Disabilities) or not.
Home to school travel assistance
Parents and carers are responsible for ensuring their child attends school. This may include making or assisting with travel arrangements to and from school and/or accompanying their child.
The majority of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) do not receive specialised travel assistance from Royal Greenwich. Wherever possible, it is expected that parents and carers of children and young people with a statement of special educational needs or education, health and care plan (EHCP) will make arrangements for their child to attend school in the same way as for parents and carers of children and young people without a statement or EHCP, as this is an important factor in developing the child or young person’s independence, social and life skills. Read more …
Charlton Athletic welcomes supporters with disabilities to The Valley and actively seeks to make a visit to SE7 enjoyable for all.
The club operates a ticketing policy that recognises that disabled supporters may need assistance to fully enjoy the matchday experience and offers a variety of reasonable adjustments based on an individual supporter’s needs. Read more…
Are you currently a member of Better, with gym or leisure centre membership in Greenwich?
If you pay a monthly membership fee you could get 10% off just by being a GPV member. All you need to do is email Viv and Jo at firstname.lastname@example.org and once we have ten names we can activate a corporate discount for all our members on their Better monthly fees.
Download full details here: BetterNew10pc
Shooters Hill Sixth Form supported internship programme
Counselling opportunity from Charlton Athletic Community Trust.
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.
Heart n Soul
Heart n Soul is an award-winning creative arts company and charity. We believe in the power and talents of people with learning disabilities, providing opportunities for people to discover, develop and share this power and talent as widely as possible. We also have a lot of fun!
Support our Taking Part programme and help us change the lives of people with learning disabilities now. Find out more here.
|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.|