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Ashcroft school receives generous donation

The Together Trust’s Ashcroft School has received a generous £70,000 donation from the Hillcrest Grammar Educational Trust.

The funds will be used by the specialist school in Cheadle to support children and young people who have struggled to cope in other settings due to their individual barriers to learning or complex emotional needs including ADHD, ASC and brain injuries.

Eileen Sheerin, Head Teacher at Ashcroft School, said: “We are hugely grateful to Hillcrest for this substantial donation, the money will go toward the refurbishment of our Nurture Group and will allow us to send some of our young people to France as part of a history project.”

RDA Tracker Working to Help Riders Achieve Their Goals at Divoky Riding School

child on horse

A revolutionary tracking programme is helping riders at a Somerset Riding school to identify their objectives for the future. 

The RDA Tracker programme is being used at Divoky Riding School, in SheptonMallet and has already proved beneficial when looking at targets and goals to assist them in their progression.

The Tracker is a simple to use holistic tool to measure progress delivered through riding that has been successfully used in RDA Centres and has now been rolled out to commercial riding establishments that have Accessibility Mark accreditation.

Riders are accessed in six different key areas, communication, physical changes, relationships, horsemanship, confidence and enjoyment.

The Education Show returns!

Children playing

The Education Show returns to the NEC, Birmingham from 16 to 18 March 2017 to showcase the latest innovative ideas, resources and insights available. Now in its 27thyear, it has become the recognised event for educators wishing to find out how to make their school an even more inspirational place to teach and learn, and those wanting to keep up to date with the latest developments in education.

This year’s show welcomes a number of education visionaries who will be speaking across four different theatres. Visitors are invited to be inspired, gain key insights and share their thoughts on some of the most challenging topics currently facing educators.

DAC Beachcroft LLP joins forces with Bristol Music Trust to boost inclusive music making in the city

Music making

Music making opportunities for young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities is given a boost, thanks to a new partnership announced today (14 December) between Bristol Music Trust and DAC Beachcroft LLP. 

The leading international law firm will support Bristol Music Trust’s inclusive arts education programme, A New Ambition for Inclusive Excellence.
The programme aims to develop a sustainable and long-term strategy that delivers a high-quality, inclusive music offer to those in most need, setting a new standard of excellence for music education in the Greater Bristol area.

Developmental Dysplasia of the Hips (DDH)

Natalie Trice

What began as a mother desperately searching for help and information, for the relatively common hip condition DDH, that her baby son had been diagnosed with, has now grown into the first national charity in the UK dedicated to Developmental Dysplasia of the Hips (DDH).

Natalie Trice was devasted when her second son, Lucas, was diagnosed at 5 months with the hip joint malformation condition DDH (Developmental Dysplasia of the Hips). 

Like most parents today Natalie set about searching the Internet looking for information, advice and emotional support, but all she seemed to find were articles in veterinary publications about Labradors and very little information aimed at parents of babies and children diagnosed with the condition. 

Students rock at band on the wall gig

Pupils from the Together Trust’s Ashcroft School today performed at Band on the Wall in Manchester (Thursday 8 December) as part of their exciting Collaborate and Listen project.

The specialist school in Cheadle supports children and young people who have struggled to cope in other settings, due to their individual barriers to learning orcomplex emotional needs.

Pupils have been producing music including writing lyrics, singing, instrumental work, DJing and learning about different roles within the music industry.

Booking now open: relaxed performance of peter pan     

peter pan  

BOOKING NOW OPEN: RELAXED PERFORMANCE OF PETER PAN     

Olivier Theatre, Saturday 21 January, 2pm

Plus:

RELAXED WORKSHOP: Junk Puppets

Saturday 21 January, 11am, Duffield Studio 

RELAXED FAMILY SCREENINGS: Bill

Saturday 11 February, 11.30am, Cottesloe Room

PETER PAN 

A co-production with Bristol Old Vic.  Devised by the Companies, based on the works of JM Barrie

All children, except one, grow up... 

Changing mindsets at Bett 2017:

EDLounge to unveil two exciting new resources  

• EDLounge to unveil two exciting new resources at Bett 2017: EDExam and EDQuals

• EDExams is an all-in-one online exam and assessment platform that allowsany size organisation or governing body requiring the use of online examinations to create their own examination.

• EDQuals is a pioneering assessment, coursework and verification portal that can be used by any school, educational organisation, training provider or governing body.

 

RNIB schools, college and residences

Eshan

Eshan's Story

Meet Hardeep and his 9 year old son Eshan in RNIB's new film introducing its specialist schools and residences for children and young people with vision impairment, complex needs and additional disabilities.

Hear Hardeep's own experience about how RNIB's education, care and therapies have helped his son who attended RNIB Sunshine House in North London and is now living and learning at RNIB Pears Centre in Coventry.

Ginny Tyler, Head of Children's Health and Care Services at RNIB, also features in the film talking about the individually-tailored support we offer.

Hair-Raising Success for Falkirk Locals

Little Princess Trust

Two staff members from a Falkirk very sheltered housing development have dived in head first to raise a massive £1,660 for charity. 

Kim Bell and Julie Henvey from Bield’s Thornhill Court have chopped a lengthy 15 inches off their hair in support of the Little Princess Trust, which has provided children with specialist real hair wigs since 2006. 

Kim said: “We both had really long hair before so it was certainly a big change getting it cut and not to mention a great chance to do something worthwhile for charity at the same time.

“We are absolutely delighted with the amount of money that has been raised overall. It’s a lovely cause and we are just happy to have contributed to it.”

200 Guide Dogs & White Canes Galore

Daniel Williams

Daniel featured on BBC Saints and Scroungers talking about his experience of dealing with his eye condition (Retinitis Pigmentosa) from a young age. He talks about the bullying he faced at school and how bullies used his visual impairment to take advantage. His mum describes the difficulty of watching her son tackle the highs and lows before diagnosis and her worries and concerns after diagnosis.

Mencap marks 70 years

Mencap marks 70 years with the launch of new online community providing peer-to-peer support for parents of children with a learning disability

 

Survey reveals parents of children with a learning disability are most useful group to provide emotional support to parents

70 years since the Mencap movement began, the charity is launching FamilyHub, a new online community, after parents with a learning disability highlighted how valuable emotional support from other parents is to them.

How will Ioan cope in big school?

Ioan

Mum Paula reflects on a challenging year for her son Ioan, who has Tourette syndrome, and looks ahead to the day he moves on from primary school…

Ioan was diagnosed with Tourette’s syndrome in September 2015. This year has been particularly hard in understanding the behaviours that go along with the Tourette’s, not just the tics. Not only has he got Tourette syndrome, Ioan also has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, anxiety and is also thought to have Autism Spectrum Disorder. It’s been a long road trying to get a diagnosis for Ioan.

New initiative launched to transform the lives of young offenders

young offender

A ground-breaking new online training programme is being launched which aims to provide the essential support to the many young people with special educational needs (SEN) who are in custody and also those at risk of offending, helping them achieve better outcomes (well-being, education and employment) and substantially reduce their risk of offending or reoffending.

The online learning platform will provide free training and support to every professional in the Youth Justice System to improve practice, reduce offending by young people and improve their educational outcomes.

Fast growing care provider officially launches in Coventry & South Warwickshire

SureCare

A fast growing company which provides care and home services to children and adults in Coventry and South Warwickshire is celebrating its official launch.

The SureCare franchise for Coventry and South Warwickshire was opened in the presence of the Lord Mayor of Coventry, Councillor Lindsley Harvard and Coventry’s Lady Godiva, Pro Porretta, on November 24th.

The franchise is run by Tervinder Bhangal and her husband. Previous to SureCare, Tervinder worked for Coventry City Council as a Social Work Team Manager for the Transition & Children’s Disability Team.

More than 20 staff have already been taken on by the company and they are looking for another 30highly trained and experienced people to join the team over the next 12-18 months.

Omar cooks up a top apprenticeship success story

Omar Zamir

OMAR Zamir is a young man with a huge determination to succeed despite being profoundly deaf.

It is his commitment that has earned him the accolade as the top British Asian apprentice in the first ever Asian Apprenticeship Awards.

He took the award at the end of a gala evening on November 10, in Birmingham to celebrate the very best of apprentices from the British Asian community.

The awards have been established to encourage more young British Asians to take up apprenticeships. Apprentices are vital to future economic prosperity but there is an under representation of Asians taking up apprenticeships and this needs to change.

In order to inspire others the Asian Apprenticeship Awards showcase the very best apprentices from this community.

Help a generation meet its potential this christmas

#SeeMyPotential Christmas

Leading North West charity, the Together Trust is launching its #SeeMyPotential Christmas appeal today (29 November 2016) to help level the playing field for some of the most disadvantaged young people, vulnerable adults and their families.

75% of people in Great Britain agree that young people and adults with disabilities generally have less opportunities in life compared to those without a disability*, the Together Trust is here to change that. The #SeeMyPotential appeal asks the public to help support and value people with complex health needs, autism and disabilities and realise their potential.

ECR MEP Helga Stevens calls for better statute for sign language interpreters in Europe

sign language interpreters in Europe

The European Parliament has overwhelmingly approved a resolution which calls, among other things, for a better statute for sign language interpreters in Europe. "Due to the vague statute there is a clear shortage of sign language interpreters. Many deaf people are unable to fully take part in society.

This resolution is a milestone for deaf people and sign language interpreters alike and constitutes an important policy at regional, national and European level," says ECR MEP Helga Stevens. There are more than a million sign language users in the European Union, but there are only 6,500 sign language interpreters.

Curve to host two major events around special educational needs

major events

Curve is to host two major Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) events; Local Offer Live on the 24 January 2017 and Pathways on the 25 January 2017.

Local Offer Live will be held at Curve for its third year running and will once again showcase services for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities as well as carers, parents, service providers and SEND professionals across Leicester and Leicestershire.