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  1. Vivien Davies

    Autumn term events for parents and carers

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    Here’s a round up of the dates in the diary for this term, we will be adding more soon including school visits and some special events. GPV Walk in Royal Greenwich Park September 30th, October 14th, November 11th, December 9th Always at 10am-11am Meeting Point: Greenwich Park, Blackheath Gate – Walk with us around beautiful Royal Greenwich Park, find peace and companionship in this glorious natural space. The route is step-free and buggy accessible. We will end up at the Pavilion Cafe, where you may enjoy a hot drink on us! Knit Stitch and Make free creative drop-in September 23rd, October...
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    Gift and Info packs for parents of disabled children

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    Greenwich Parent Voice are proud to be putting the finishing touches to our new Gift and Information Packs for parents of children with special needs and disabilities. We’ve spent the past year working on the packs which are designed to give parents, especially those with a new diagnosis, a much needed boost and clear route to information that can help them navigate those confusing early days. We have created attractive fabric bags containing leaflets on all the key services, opportunities for disabled children and some special gifts to give parents and carers a little treat. We all know how tough...
  3. Vivien Davies

    Willow Dene parents ramble with GPV

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    Today we joined Willow Dene parents in a magical woodland ramble near their school. Fully kitted out in wellies and walking shoes we ventured off the beaten track, through the brand new-new forest school area and into the wild woods next to Dukes Farm. It was really good fun. We helped each other navigate the paths, branches and undergrowth, even fording a small stream. It felt like we were miles out of London in the countryside surrounded by lush greenery and the woody fragrance of the forest. The biggest surprise was coming across a group of quite docile horses in...
  4. Vivien Davies

    Update: Summer scheme for complex needs

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    Some of you will be aware that there have been some last minute changed to the provision of the summer scheme options for children 11-25 with complex needs. Now finally the plans have been confirmed: the the Charlton Park Academy Transition Summer Play Scheme will be the ONE and ONLY scheme, incorporating the CACT summer play scheme, and will be based at Charlton Park Academy. The scheme will now be open for students aged 11-25 years old and will also be open to young people 11-25 who do not attend Charlton Park Academy. Please see a letter/statement below from Mark...
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    New! Summer + Saturdays scheme for Charlton Park Academy students

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    Chris Eather, formerly of Activ Kids, is now running new weekend and activity scheme for children and young people studying at Charlton Park Academy. This is a brand new scheme, not to be confused with the existing schemes already offered by Charlton Athletic Community Trust. Chris tells us “The new schemes offer great benefits for young people. All staff associated with the schemes are experienced and trained members of staff at the school. Staff will be carefully allocated to students who have existing knowledge and relationships with students and this will help to decrease any anxieties for parents booking on....
  6. Vivien Davies

    Booking now: summer holiday schemes

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    Willow Dene Special School, Greenwich Toy Library Association and Charlton Athletic Community Trust have just released their registration forms for the Summer holiday activity schemes. Book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment as places are limited. Willow Dene Summer Play Scheme Age Range: 5-12 years This play scheme is aimed at Royal Greenwich children who are working at early P Levels with sensory needs and communication difficulties. We have planned a programme of events which will include visits, outdoor play, soft play, cinema, on site swimming, art and play activities. The programme runs on the weeks commencing 25th July...
  7. Vivien Davies

    The latest Short Breaks information

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    With half term coming and parents already starting to make plans in advance for the long summer break we thought it would be a good time to publish a link to the latest short breaks summary for Greenwich. Click on the link below to see this: Short Breaks in Royal Greenwich-3 Short breaks provide opportunities for disabled children and young people to spend time away from their families. These breaks are designed to give parents and carers a break. They also give children opportunities to try new activities, make friends and have fun. A short break could be for a...
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    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...
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    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....
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    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...

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