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    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...
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    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,...
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    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...
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    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...
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    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...
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    GPV presents at commissioning event

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    Today Joanne and Vivien from Greenwich Parent Voice took part in the Royal Borough of Greenwich 0-25 Children and Young People’s Therapies Service Market Engagement Event in Deptford. In short, this was a meeting bringing together a range of senior professionals across all the therapies that your child might need (Occupational Therapy, Physio, Speech and Language (SaLT) to discuss how services should be delivered in future. We gave a presentation on the recent Speech and Language service consultation project earlier in the year. We described how we had worked with the council to visit schools in different areas in the borough, mainstream and specialist,...
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    New! All-ability inclusive BMX sessions

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    Greenwich Inclusive weekly BMX sessions launch on Saturday 28 November. The launch session is completely free and is inclusive to anyone with any disability, ASD, Learning, sensory, physical disabilities, mental health conditions, behavioural conditions, we are also a deaf friendly club so everyone is welcome to join! When? Starting 28th November 2015 and Saturday mornings thereafter Where? Hornfair Park, off Shooters Hill Road, SE18 4PE on the far side of the park opposite the Lido What time? 9.30-10.30am (please arrive by 9.15am for welcome & to sign consent forms) What do I bring? bikes, helmets & gloves all provided but please feel free to bring your own bikes...
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    Sign up for the new CACT ‘short breaks’

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    Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) is pleased to now be registering for the next ‘Short Breaks’ weekend programme, taking place every Saturday from 9th January to the 13th February 2016. ‘Short Breaks’ with CACT is a scheme for young people with disabilities aged from 13-19 years (and up to 25 years where part of a support plan) in the London Borough of Greenwich. The scheme involves a range of exciting on- and off-site activities including theatre and cinema trips, bowling, swimming, crazy golf, as well as trips to the farm, zoo and adventure playgrounds, to name a few. ‘Short Breaks’...
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    What do you think about your EHC Plan?

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    Has your child had an EHC plan? Royal Greenwich wants to know how it was for you! Last year Greenwich took part in a national survey called POET (Personal Outcome Evaluation Tool) and 11 parents and 24 professionals responded. Royal Borough of Greenwich (RBG) found out that while most respondents felt that the new way of working gave a good picture of the child and their needs, and parents felt more involved in their child’s plans, one ‘outcome’ it did not help with was children and young people being part of their community. So, the council has changed the ‘profile’ that the school...
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    12 Nov: GPV takes parents to the Houses of Parliament

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    Greenwich Parent Voice will be taking a group of twelve parents to the House of Commons for a private meeting with Matthew Pennycook, Member of Parliament for Greenwich and Woolwich and Teresa Pearce, Member of Parliament for Erith and Thamesmead. They will be telling Matthew and Teresa face-to-face what support parents and carers need to ensure the best possible life outcomes for their disabled children. GPV asked SENCOs (special educational needs co-ordinators) in every school in Greenwich to nominate a parent who would like to meet their MP. Twelve parents from were chosen from this group at random and each...

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