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Stay and Play Coffee Morning

Greater Eston Family Hub

Tuesday 14th December

Come along and meet the parent carer forum for Redcar & Cleveland, SEND Family Voice Redcar and Cleveland. We want to meet and engage with as many families who are caring for a child or young person with special educational needs and/or disabilities; we are keen to find out from you what is working well, what needs to be improved and what information do you need to support and advocate for your child or young person for their education, health or social care need(s). This event is free, children are welcome to attend and all refreshments will be provided. We look forward to meeting you!

Location:
Greater Eston Family Hub, Overfield Primary School, Daisy Lane, Ormesby

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Stay and Play Coffee Morning

Guisborough Family Hub

Tuesday 9th November 2021

Come along and meet the parent carer forum for Redcar & Cleveland, SEND Family Voice Redcar and Cleveland. We want to meet and engage with as many families who are caring for a child or young person with special educational needs and/or disabilities; we are keen to find out from you what is working well, what needs to be improved and what information do you need to support and advocate for your child or young person for their education, health or social care need(s). This event is free, children are welcome to attend and all refreshments will be provided. We look forward to meeting you!

Location:
Guisborough Family Hub, Park Lane, Guisborough TS14 6NT

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Stay and Play Coffee Morning

Dormanstown Family Hub

Tuesday, 12 October 2021

Come along and meet the parent carer forum for Redcar & Cleveland, SEND Family Voice Redcar and Cleveland. We want to meet and engage with as many families who are caring for a child or young person with special educational needs and/or disabilities; we are keen to find out from you what is working well, what needs to be improved and what information do you need to support and advocate for your child or young person for their education, health or social care need(s). This event is free, children are welcome to attend and all refreshments will be provided. We look forward to meeting you!

Location:
Dormanstown Family Hub, South Avenue, Redcar TS10 5LL

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Stay and Play Coffee Morning, Grangetown Area

Tuesday, 14 September 2021

 

Come and join SEND Family Voice, Redcar and Cleveland at the refurbished Grangetown Community Hub (FROG) for an hour’s FREE play from 10am in the gorgeous play village, with refreshments in the cafe afterwards, 11-12noon.

We want to meet as many Redcar & Cleveland families who have children or young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities so we can fully represent your views on services, connect with parent carers across the region and build up a supportive network for us all.

We are a local group of parent carers so you will be amongst friends!

Max numbers for adults will be 15 and 10-15 children in the play village.

 

Follow this link to view the event on EventBrite:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/skills-and-strategies-for-parent-carers-behaviour-as-communication-tickets-158134220711

 

 

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In September we welcome back Alison Wombwell from Chasing Rainbows, as she helps us navigate the complexities of ADHD.

In this free workshop for Redcar and Cleveland parent carers, Alison will take us through the complexities of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder): what is it, how does it present in different ways, how can and how should schools or education settings work with children and young people with ADHD, what strategies work…and everything else in between!

 

Follow this link to view the event on EventBrite:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/skills-and-strategies-for-parent-carers-behaviour-as-communication-tickets-158134220711

 

Date and time:
Thu, 23 September 2021
10:00 – 15:00 BST

Location:
25K Community Centre
Ayton Drive
Redcar
TS10, UK

A FREE course for Redcar & Cleveland parent carers, delivered by Alison Wombwell of Chasing Rainbows, I am her voice.

 

This course will help parent carers to understand that all behaviour is a form of communication, even more so for our children with special educational needs and/or disability(ies). As well as this, the course will outline strategies for managing challenging behaviour. Many of our families have already worked with Alison privately, and she comes highly recommended as a result.

 

Follow this link to view the event on EventBrite:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/skills-and-strategies-for-parent-carers-behaviour-as-communication-tickets-158134220711

 

 

For further information on her work : http://iamhervoice.co.uk/

Numbers for this will be limited so please contact us via the messenger function on Facebook to book a place.

This session will be live streamed/recorded for those parent carers who prefer to attend virtually. More on that nearer the date.

As a parent to a 9-year-old little boy with complex needs I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve heard the phrase ‘I don’t know how you do it.’

Growing up all I ever wanted was to be a mum. I wanted a welcoming house that my children could run around in and feel safe. I wanted to read bedtime stories and tuck them up at night. I wanted to plan adventures, go on holidays and make lots of memories. I wanted a happy family home.

In March 2012, those dreams started to become reality when Bobby came into the world, but within the first two years, the dreams I had for Bobby were replaced with fear for his future. Parenting doesn’t come with a book and being told your child is profoundly deaf, visually impaired, epileptic, autistic and has sensory processing disorder was a lot to deal with in such a short space of time.

“I don’t know how you do it” came at me from all angles. Professionals, family, strangers. I never quite understood it… Don’t know how I do what? Be a parent? Love my child?

Over the last nine years, I have reached some dark places mentally due to sleep deprivation and doubting my ability to parent during the most challenging times. Aggressive meltdowns, pregnancy loss, giving up my teaching career, the breakdown of my marriage, a global pandemic, all brought with it the phrase ‘I don’t know how you do it?’ What is the alternative of not doing it, giving up?

Before I became a parent carer, I was a mummy first, I held Bobby in my arms and promised him I would always be there for him, I had dreams and aspirations for him, adventures would unfold in my head as I watched him sleep. Little by little every year, the plans for his future changed. I no longer question what job he may have or if he will have a family of his own. Instead, I question how long I can care for him, if he is happy, how much he understands or what will happen to him when I am no longer here.

To the professionals, the strangers, the family members, the judgemental people who speak before they think, those who see Bobby as difficult, misunderstood and too challenging, he is still someone’s child. My child. Despite the aggressive meltdowns and the sleepless nights, I still see what all of you do not. I get so much joy from the moments that don’t matter to anyone else.

You don’t know how I do it… The answer is simple, I wasn’t given a choice, but neither was Bobby. Therefore, I do it for him, to ensure he has the happy family home I always dreamed of providing for him for as long as I possibly can. Because our future is leading us further into the unknown. Because I promised him, I would never give up.

Abby Lewis, Parent Carer from Marske.

Join us on the Monday 28thJune for the first in our series of SEND workshops with Alison Wombell from Chasing Rainbows and I Am Her Voice, our autism journey,  Autism, Behaviour and Communication.

 

Alison’s blog is the popular I Am Her Voice – our autism journey is really popular with families and can be found via Facebook and Instagram. The blog follows Alison’s daily life of being a mum to two girls with Autism and other complex needs which include ADHD, Tic Disorder, A Chromosome Deletion Disorder and Sensory Processing Disorder. In 2019 Alison also received a diagnosis of Autism and ADHD, at thirty four years of age. Chasing Rainbows was established in 2019 as a support and training service helping to support families, children, adults and professionals through support, consultancy/ coaching and training. The workshop will be held at SENSES CIC, Skelton and free tickets available via EventBrite. Attendees can webcast the workshop if they would prefer.

 

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Come and join SEND Family Voice for a Walk and Talk in the beautiful surroundings of Guisborough Forest every Sunday during term time from 9:30 – 11:00

 

We’re a welcoming, non-judgemental and friendly group ran by parent carers for parent carers. For those new to the Branch Walkway there’s a cafe, parking is £2 and the route we will walk is mainly on the flat. We want the walk and talk to be about taking time for self-care as adults so for the time being we would like children to stay at home. We meet in the car park.

 

If there’s demand we will look at doing a family walk and picnic in the summer holidays.