Events
  1. GPV voices in parliamentary debate

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    GPV parents contributed to a speech made by Matthew Pennycook MP in a debate in Parliament on Autism Awareness. Matthew has been a great champion of parents of disabled children in Greenwich, speaking with us regularly and looking at what may be done to improve outcomes for our children. His speech on 28 April 2016 was part of the backbench business debate on World Autism Awareness Week. Mathew made the point that while awareness is essential, we must go further towards acceptance of people with autism in society . He also gave GPV a great ‘shout out’ in the speech which was exciting...
  2. Mar 4: Knit Stitch and Make

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    You will get a warm welcome at our regular creative drop-in Knit Stitch and Make at 12.30pm in the Scullery Cafe, 48 Vanbrugh Park, SE3 7QJ on March 4th. This session aims to introduce you to the calming and therapeutic benefits of craft, and no experience or creative skills are required. Bring your own project to work on or use some of our materials to have a go at something, you may surprise yourself! For those of you just wanting to chat with a free coffee or hot drink and cake, come and meet us here. Find our what’s on in...
  3. A support programme for carers of kids 0-5

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    A new programme to support carers of children 0-5 with suspected SEND. Mencap, Greenwich Mencap and the Tizard Centre (University of Kent) are running a new programme for family carers to offer support, information, and advice for children 0-5 years. They would like to invite family carers over the age of 18 who have a child (aged 0-5) with a suspected learning or developmental disability to take part in the free programme running at The Greenwich West Community & Arts Centre, 141 Greenwich High Rd, London SE10 8JA. The programme is free of charge and will consist of 6 x 3 hour sessions....
  4. March 6: Bike Day in Thamesmead!

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    The Royal Borough of Greenwich, Now’s the Time (NTT) and Trust Thamesmead are teaming up for THAMESMEAD BIKE DAY on Sunday 6th March! Based around the Thamesmead Leisure Centre it’s going to be a great family day with lots of activities to get people cycling for fun. Learn to ride a bike, improve your skills or enjoy a social ride around Thamesmead with your family, everybody age 7+ is welcome! You can borrow a bike for the day or hire one for a month (for only £1!!) and there will be bikes for sale to suit every budget with prices...
  5. Feb 24: Coffee meet for Thamesmead parents

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    GPV are holding a coffee morning for Thamesmead area parents of children with special needs at 10-11.30am in Bishop John Robinson School, Hoveton Rd, London SE28 8LW on Wednesday 24 February. Come and meet other parents of children with special needs, with or without a Statement or EHCP and with any type of additional learning need. Relax with a hot drink and a snack, and chat informally about what’s on your mind with other parents who understand. Greenwich Music Therapy Service will also be coming to tell us about how music therapy can help children with ASD and other special needs...
  6. New short breaks for children with ASD

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    Children and young people with ASD can join a new Short Breaks programme run by Charlton Athletic Community Trust. The sessions run on Monday evenings and are currently free-of-charge, alternating between being based at Hawksmoor Youth Club in Thamesmead and an external trip/activity each week. Click on the links below to see the most recent timetables and to give you an idea of the many all-ability activities being offered, including indoor climbing, a sensory session and golf. ASD YOUTH PROJECT 2nd phase ASD YOUTH PROJECT 3rd phase Parents who would like to find out more information and/or register their child,...
  7. GPV Health Survey

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    We want to hear what you think about health service provision in Greenwich. The new Greenwich Parent Voice Health survey enables you to report back on all aspects of health care for your child with special needs. This includes GPs, hospitals, specialist consultants, mental health services, clinics and therapeutic services. Tell us what’s working well and where you think changes must be made. The results will be anonymised for sharing with managers at Oxleas Foundation NHS Trust and with our local clinical commissioning group. Please take a few minutes to fill this survey in, so that together we can improve...
  8. Disabled Children – a legal guidebook

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    Disabled Children, Second Edition is the definitive guide to the legal rights of disabled children and their families. It aims to empower disabled children and their families through a greater understanding of their legal entitlements. The authors expertly navigate the many, often overlapping, sources of law, explaining the differences between what public bodies must do to support disabled children and that which they may do. This latest edition contains a new section on mental capacity and decision making as well as a dedicated chapter on the legal remedies available to disabled children and their families to enforce their rights. It...
  9. GPV legal info event empowers parents

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    Over 100 parents from every part of the borough attended our all-day legal information event in the centre of Woolwich today. Disability Barrister and legal expert Steve Broach presented an in-depth talk about rights for disabled children and their families. The presentation covered every aspect of the legislation that determines the education, health and social care provision that our children must receive, with or without a statement or EHC Plan. He also answered questions throughout and talked through some of the different scenarios and problems that parents face – and what to do about it. Steve touched on issues of...
  10. Knit, Stitch and Make free drop-in

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    Knit Stitch and Make free creative drop-in January 22nd, February 12th, March 4th in WESTCOMBE PARK 12.30pm in the Scullery Cafe, 48 Vanbrugh Park, SE3 7QJ Drop in to our friendly creative session with plenty of tea, coffee and cakes supplied. Bring your own project to work on or use some of our materials to have a go at something crafty. Or just sit with a hot drink and watch!

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