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    Register now! CACT short breaks 7Nov-19Dec

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    Register now for the Charlton Athletic Community Trust short break scheme for 7 November to 19 December A notice from CACT: Dear Parent/Carer We are pleased to inform you of the latest Short Breaks programme taking place on Saturdays,with the next six week block being held from 7th November to the 19th December 2015. ‘Short Breaks 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 that will be...
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    Carers Centre events this term

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    The Carers Centre have produced a brochure outlining all the amazing offers, events and opportunities available to carers in Greenwich over the coming months to December. Click here The Stables Activity Programme to read the full brochure. When booking activities you can book up as many as you like in one go, or you can book on an individual basis. Places will be based on a first come first served basis and payment will need to be taken to secure a place. Unfortunately, you cannot add your name to the guest list without payment. If you wish the person you...
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    GPV book club gets off to a great start!

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    On Monday 22 June we gathered at the lovely Crafty Cafe in Abbey Wood to share parent views on our first book, the Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri. We discussed the main themes: the immigrant experience, the clash of cultures, the conflicts and the ties between generations. Having parents around the table with diverse heritages made for some really great discussion. It was good to relax and reflect on our own identities living in multi-cultural London, and those of our children; the book provided a great jumping-off point for this. One parent spoke about her upbringing in the Bangaldeshi community of...
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    New Greenwich Park play area – is it accessible?

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    We were contacted recently by a parent concerned about accessibility in the new children’s playground at Royal Greenwich Park. She wrote to Royal Parks expressing disappointment, and pointed out that this is not just a missed opportunity but also may not be compliant with the standards set out in the Equalities Act 2010. Royal Parks asked their architects LUC to reply. Here’s what they said: “The recently completed refurbishment works at Greenwich Park playground is the third phase of improvement works in an on-going series of enhancement works by The Royal Parks. The project began with the additional play pieces...
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    The latest Short Breaks menu

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    This is an up-to-date list of the Short Breaks available at the moment in Greenwich for our children with special needs and disabilities age 0-25. ROYAL BOROUGH OF GREENWICH SERVICES FOR DISABLED CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES NEW SHORT BREAKS FROM 2015 In the Royal Borough of Greenwich, we want children and young people to receive the right help at the right time to build the resilience they need to be safe, healthy and achieve. Short break services deliver fun, positive experiences for children and young people with disabilities who live in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, to spend time away...
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    New! Carers Centre opens for relaxation and pampering

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    We are pleased to report that the long-awaited Carers Centre has opened, offering carers in Greenwich the chance to relax and recharge, with spa treatments and restful opportunities in a beautiful brand new facility – all at really affordable prices. One of our members went on the launch day on Friday to see what’s in store for us all: “I had a great day on Friday at the opening of the new Carers Centre. Any one who is a carer can become a member and use the centre. There’s a Bistro, spa and hairdressing salon in lovely brand new facilities....
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    ActivKids summer scheme extended to 10+

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    We are very pleased to let you know that the popular play scheme run by ActivKids this summer holiday at Charlton Academy is now extending the eligible year group to children age 10 and up. This will be subject to an assessment of need and for children not already accessing the Willow Dene summer scheme. To register now get in touch directly, and as soon as possible with the scheme organisers by calling Chris Eather on 07785794274 or email chris.eather@activkids.co.uk or call Matt Snow 07736886796 or email matt.snow@activkids.co.uk Here’s a reminder of the essential information on this scheme including who...
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    Toy Library announces summer play scheme

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    Click on this link for news of the 2015 summer holiday play scheme for children with special needs and disabilities at Greenwich Toy Library. Book now as places are limited. GTLLA STB Programme 15-16 About GTLA Greenwich Toy and Leisure Library Association is a short breaks provider and toy library for children with special needs and their families/carers. Established in 1973 the organisation aims to support them by: Providing therapeutic, educational and stimulating toys and equipment Promoting play and recreation in their development Encouraging the development of self-advocacy skills Educating parents and carers in the skills and knowledge they need...
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    Summer schemes for disabled children

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    Details for summer schemes for disabled children have been published this week. Book now as demand is high and places limited. ActivKids are running the hugely popular summer play scheme for children 13-25 Willowdene school is running a scheme for children from reception age to year 5. Greenwich Toy and Leisure Library is running a holiday scheme and a new programme of activity days and opportunities for children ages 5-12 with a disability, and siblings are often welcome. Important note from ActivKids: if parents cannot make the registration session and would like to arrange another appointment to see Chris (organiser) or...
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    GADCIL Hustings – the GPV Questions answered

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    Greenwich Parent Voice attended the public GADCIL hustings on 29th April. We had time to put three questions to the Parliamentary Candidates who attended. The questions and answers are published below. Each candidate was given the opportunity to add to or edit the notes we took on their answers in advance of publication. Labour: Matthew Pennycook Lib Dem: Tom Holder Conservative: Matt Hartley Green: Philip Connolly standing in for the Green Party candidate. Looking after a child with special needs is hard enough. For a single parent the struggle is even greater. How will your party support the efforts of...

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