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Summer 16! Lots to do for SEND families in Bristol

Lots on offer over summer 2016 across Bristol for SEND families. With luck we'll have a few more sunny days before September. Sorry some are late to get out to you this time. 
Don't forget BPC has developed a map and details of the Changing Places toilets in and around Bristol, and is running the Let's Go! Bristol Short Breaks Transport Scheme again for those who struggle to get out and about. Read all about these 2 projects here.
  Enjoy the holidays.  
Sarah HJ, Bristol Parent Carers

Findability Summer 2016
This newsletter focuses on fun things to do in and around Bristol.  There's 43 ideas and we've included information about transport, discounts and facilities.


Stay & Play Summer 2016
Ilminster Avenue Specialist Nursery School & Children’s Centre, Ilminster Avenue, (main entrance), Knowle, Bristol BS4 1BX

Thursday 28th July
Wednesday 3rd August
Tuesday 9th August
Wednesday 17th August

10am – 2pm

Accessible activities will be available for disabled children living in Bristol up to 10 years of age and their siblings.
Tea and coffee will be available for parent carers. Please bring your own food if staying over lunchtime.

Please contact Helen Cockram on 0117 9039781 for more information. We look forward to seeing you

A Golden Welcome Summer 2016
This project is specific to people living in the Bishpton/Cotham/Redland/St Andrews/Horfield locality.

Bristol Autism Support Summer 2016!
BAS has got quite a lot on this summer! Three summer picnics with special guests at each one. We're also running some really special sibling events with Oddly Moving Theatre Company and Circomedia! How cool is that! Please see below for full details.   http://eepurl.com/b-XW55
Please forward this email to friends who may be interested. To learn more about us and what we do, please visit our website at www.bristolautismsupport.com

Lets All Play Summer 2016!  
Lets All Play normally breaks up for the summer holiday but we have added two extra dates. We will be at St. Pauls Adventure Playground on Saturday the 30th of July from 12-4 and on Saturday the 13th of August also at St. Pauls Adventure Playground from 12-4.

To book a place or to find out more information please don't hesitate to get in touch. This is a part-time post so please don't be offended if I don't reply immediately my normal working days are Tuesdays and Saturdays

All the best
Sam Thomas                                                                               
Inclusion Lead, Bristol Playbus        
Mobile  07447 730347
Office    0117 9551561
Unit 8 St. Gabriels Business Park, St. Gabriels Road, Bristol, BS5 0RT

Cycling is the perfect Summer Activity! Cycling activity for all ages and abilities and the Bristol Family Cycling Centre has a full programme of Cycling activities for everyone.
Please find attached a flyer with the Summer Holiday Programme to share with all those who may be interested.
The programme will also be available online at:
Regards - Emma,   0117 9224123 
Road Safety Officer, Sustainable Transport (City Hall), PO Box 3176, Bristol, BS3 9FS

Join us for the 3rd annual Bristol Inclusive Climbing Festival and also deaf friendly climbing 
Two dates for your diary:
Friday 2nd September at Redpoint Climbing Centre, BS3 2NW (Climb with ropes and harness)
Sunday 4th September The Climbing Academy, BS5 0FD (Low level climbing, no ropes/harness)

Please find more information on the poster attached
FREE t-shirt for first 50 bookings
Fun challenges to win prizes and a raffle

For more information and to book: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
We hope you can make it, please help us by spreading the word.
The BIC Fest Team!





Loads about Accessible and Inclusive Sports here
For more information on all Ignite Clubs in Bristol please contact Julia WilliamsThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 07917 753937

Bristol City Council Parenting Menu term 1 2016
Click here to download or view the PDF flyer

If you wish to book a place on the course, please call the numbers mentioned on the menu.

Request from Healthwatch

Have you, or anyone you know recently come out of hospital? Healthwatch is working with the organisations that provide, fund and monitor health and social care services to improve people’s experiences of being discharged from hospital. Nearly two years on since we looked at hospital discharge we want to see what, if anything has improved. To do this task, we need to hear from you.

Please take a few minutes to complete this short survey online at http://bit.ly/1V8Nhca

Your feedback will be kept anonymous, however if you would like to leave your contact details you will be entered into a prize draw for £65 John Lewis voucher.

Healthwatch's Focus Topic for July, August, September - Culture, Health and Wellbeing

Share your experiences with Healthwatch Bristol

  • Do health and social care services show an understanding of your culture and/ or faith?
  • Tell us about your experiences of any health or social care service, including GPs, hospital, mental health services and social care services.

Healthwatch also wants to hear your feedback on the following issues:

  • Cancer screening and prevention
  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Language, health and wellbeing

Take a look at the attachment for more information and prompter questions! 
Everyone can share their feedback via the Healthwatch Bristol website www.healthwatchbristol.co.uk,
or by contacting the Healthwatch team by calling 0117 2690400 or emailing  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Healthwatch Bristol will share all your comments with the people who provide, manage, develop and regulate health and social care services.

Supportive Parents Summer 2016 Newsletter 
You can find it by clicking on the following link.

Davina Evans
Bristol Local Coordinator, Supportive Parents
Third Floor, Royal Oak House, Royal Oak Avenue, Bristol BS1 4GB
Admin: 0117 9897724 Information & support Line: 0117 9897725
Supportive Parents, provides the Information, Advice and Support (IAS) Service for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.
We give free, confidential and impartial information, advice and support for parents, children and young people aged 0 - 25 about Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, the law, local policy and practice, the Local Offer and Education, Health and Care (EHC) Assessments and Plans.

Tell Service Providers What You Think

Bristol Parent Carers has been working with the Council to find a way to understand what you think of the services your SEND child receives now. Then it will be possible to ask you again in a year's time, to see how things improve due to the changes brought about by the SEND Reforms.  So I really encourage you to complete the survey below about your experiences in the last year. Thank you for your help, Caroline Temple-Bird, Chair BPC
This year Bristol City Council and NHS Bristol are carrying out a Special Educational Needs and Disability Baseline Survey

This survey will help us to understand what parents, carers and young people think of our services. 

There are 5 surveys to choose from:

  • Early Years - For families with children up to the age of 5
  • Primary Survey - For families with children aged 5 - 11 years old
  • Secondary Survey - For families with young people aged 11 - 18 years old 
  • Preparing for Adulthood - For families with young people aged 19 - 25
  • Young Person Survey - For disabled young people and those with special educational needs.

All the surveys can be found here on Findability under ‘Feedback’.

These surveys will close on 31st July 2016.  In September we will publish the findings in a report that will be available from Findability. 

Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey.  Please pass this onto others who might be interested in completing it.

Discover what provision there is for 16-25 year olds with SEND in Bristol

Parent carer of a young person with SEND in Bristol?
Unsure what provision there is for 16-25 years old?
Come and find out - and tell us your views!
Bring your young person (16+) if they want their say! 

Flyer (PDF)

At our event last November, we looked at specialist education provision for post 16's. But many of you also wanted to talk about housing, jobs, leisure activities and gaining independence.

So ... Bristol Parent Carers and Bristol's Children and Young People's Services invite you to a Preparing for Adulthood participation event, to discover what you want in Bristol for 16-25 year olds now and in the future.

Tuesday 28th June

Choose - Daytime: 11.45am - 2.15pm with lunch
              or - Evening: 6.00pm - 8.40pm with food

South Bristol Skills Academy
Winter Garden Room,
The Boulevard, Hengrove Park,
Bristol, BS14 0DB

Please join us for information - a lovely meal - and to get your views heard! If your young person is 16 years or over and would like to have their voice heard - bring them along too! 

Your experiences and opinions are essential!

At the event there will be:-

Information Stalls

Talk to staff and gain information about options in Bristol for 16-25 years olds under the Preparing for Adulthood themes of:-

  • Training and employment
  • Independent living
  • Community inclusion
  • Health and well-being

You Said, We Did...
Discover the progress Bristol City Council has made with your suggestions for improving specialist education, training, and care in Bristol for 16-25 year olds. Obtain clarification on any changes brought about by the SEND Reforms.

Upcoming Changes
Learn about Bristol City Council's plans to enable more young people to live, learn, and gain independence in Bristol. Tell them what you think.

Tell us what you/your young person would like to happen as they grow into adulthood. What challenges do you face as a family? Your views will be captured by the team - for future planning.

Click here for the event's flyer to share and email to others!

As ever, Bristol Parent Carers will be pleased to reimburse travel costs (with a receipt) as well as alternative childcare costs with an invoice - please call us on 0117 9396645 (ext 204) if you need advice on this. So that we know how many people to get food for, this is a bookable event:

Book Your Place Now!

Email : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.            or              Text   : 07914 320540

  • Add “Preparing for Adulthood” to the subject line
  • State daytime or evening event
  • State numbers attending, names, and age of any young person accompanying you 
  • State any dietary or access requirements you have 

How To Get There

  • The South Bristol Skills Academy (SBSA) is on The Boulevard, off Whitchurch Lane in Hengrove - please click here for a map to the venue.
  • If coming by car, taxi or minibus (ask your school if they can transport a group of parents & pupils), use the car parks for Hengrove Leisure Centre and South Bristol Community Hospital on The Boulevard, or park in nearby residential streets. 
  • Disabled parking for SBSA is available - but call 0117 3125000 in advance.
  • Buses 36, 50, 51, 52, 75, 76, 515, 627 either stop outside or nearby.

We really hope to welcome you to one of these events - the more parent carers/young people present, the clearer the picture we can give Bristol's Children & Young People's Services of what services there should be for 16-25 years olds with SEND.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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