Exciting Opportunities For You and Yours!

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If you recall Bristol Parent Carers worked with the Council to develop the Findability website so that all the information that parent carers need would be in one place. Then we worked with them again to make Findability the site for Bristol's Local Offer. The first Local Offer Officer was the dynamic parent carer Nakita Singh (a former BPC rep!) who has worked wonders with the site to make it more user-friendly, informative and responsive  - click here to view Findability..

Have a child under 5 who uses a wheelchair? 
Try out a fun Wizzybug on loan!
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The charity Designability loan out fun, powered wheelchairs called Wizzybugs to disabled children under 5. They designed them when they realised that there was little in the way of suitable powered mobility for this age group. They fundraise so that families do not have to cover the cost of having one for as long as their son or daughter will benefit. 

Perhaps your child could get a lot of independence, confidence and freedom of movement from a Wizzybug! They are available for children aged 14 months – 5 years old who have limited or no mobility. So far, they have gone to boys and girls with disabilities such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida and spinal muscular atrophy, as well as to children who have amputations following an illness.

More information about how to get one is available on their website http://www.wizzybug.org.uk or parents can call Fiona Cromwell on 01225 824103 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Have a child/teenager with ASD?

Here's a chance to join a youth club
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The National Autistic Society Out of School Clubs provide a safe environment where children and young people on the autistic spectrum can come and develop friendships, try out activities and have fun. Their clubs are run by an experienced project leader and supported by a team of trained volunteers - please see this leaflet for eligibility, locations and timings.

Activities include cooking, sports and craft nights as well as trips out to the cinema or for a meal.  Each club has its own timetable of activities and children and young people are supported to take part and socialise. However free play opportunities are also offered to encourage children and young people to learn how to cope with unstructured play and to develop social skills with peers. All sessions are supervised by staff and volunteers - here is a poster for your young person..

There are still a few places available in all groups, and parents can self-refer or ask questions by contacting Cristina Imaguire by email or on Tel: 07771 808247.

Want to go cycling - all ages and abilities?
Bristol Family Cycling Centre, Hengrove, has the inclusive facilities to help you
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The Bristol Family Cycling Centre has a wide range of all-abilities bikes and adult and child two-wheelers available to use and cycling instructors on hand to assist - see this leaflet. Every month it holds an Inclusive Cycling Session for disabled users to cycle with family and friends, on a Saturday afternoon between 1.30 and 3.30 - see their website for dates.
 
They also have a full timetable of sessions during the holidays. Many of these sessions – particularly the open sessions – are designed for disabled users and those with learning difficulties. The timetables are on their website. For more information, you can call the Centre on 01275 832800.

The Out and About Consortium...

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The Out and About Consortium and BPC invite you to discuss evening, weekend, and holiday activity short breaks

One of the organisations that provides short breaks for children/young people with SEND in Bristol is the Out and About (OAA) Consortium. It is contracted by the Council to provide the evening, weekend, and holiday activity opportunities for 5-18 year olds. These are run by the OAA Consortium members:-

  •       WECIL
  •       Bristol Playbus
  •       Khaas
  •       The (Regional) National Autistic Society
  •       Time2Share

    The OAA Consortium and Bristol Parent Carers invite you to
    an Event to tell us what your child/young person needs.


    Come along to:
  1. Hear about all the different activities on offer and meet the short breaks providers
  2. Tell us your experience of using the OAA activities, and suggest any changes that would help you
  3. Inform us of other types of evening, weekend, and holiday activities that your child/young person would benefit from. 

This is important so that short breaks can improve and suit your child/young person's needs better.

There are 2 information & participation events with stalls, chat, food and refreshments on Monday 19th September 2016 at the MShed. Choose:-

  •      a daytime session running from 10am-1pm,      OR
  •      an evening session running from 5pm-7.30pm

    
Parents and carers are welcome to bring their young people and children with them.

Although it is not essential to book, to help with planning refreshments you are encouraged to use the Eventbrite booking link on the Out and About facebook page. You can contact Kate Young on 07795 446317 with any queries.

For details - please look at this flyer

Please share this information with any other parent carers you know or work with.

Our First Annual General Meeting

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Our First Annual General Meeting, 11th October 2016, 12 noon -1pm

Bristol Parent Carers became a Constituted organisation last year.

We are pleased to invite you to our first Annual General Meeting.

This will take place at the end of our bi-monthly Participation Steering Group meeting where we review our current work streams. So:-

  • Either join us as 12 noon just for the Annual General Meeting (AGM), with a light lunch.
  • Or come from the start of the meeting at 10.30am and observe what we get up to! 

The AGM is your chance to:-

  • Take part in the election of the Officer's Team - if you are a Voting Member
  • Hear brief reports on annual activities and accounts
  • Present any proposals or concerns you have - as motions to the AGM


Bristol Parent Carers is YOUR organisation. Members are:-

  1. All carers with parental responsibility for children/young people (0-25 years) with disabilities, special educational needs, and/or life-limiting conditions who live, or receive services, in the Bristol City Council area
  2. Any practitioners in the statutory and voluntary sectors who work with and/or on behalf of parent carers in Bristol
  3. Any volunteers and staff who help BPC.

Voting Members are those actively engaged with the running and operation of BPC, ie. our trained representatives, helpers, staff, and the stakeholders invited to our Steering Group meetings.

Any of you can become a Voting Member - just contact us to find out how, or look at our Constitution.
 
For all details of the meeting and how to book - please look at this flyer

The AGM reports and nomination papers will be sent out to all attendees beforehand - so it is essential that you book. 

Please share this with any other parent carers you know or work with.

Thank you - Caroline Temple-Bird, Chair

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