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!
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.
Have a child/teenager with ASD?
Here's a chance to join a youth club
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
View at: www.betterbybike.info/familycyclingcentre
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.