Langdon Park School supports parents with mental health and wellbeing workshops

Since the start of the year, Langdon Park School in Poplar, London, has hosted a number of parent workshops centred on stress management, mental health and wellbeing. The workshops, some of which were run by Compass Wellbeing, guide parents through the skills needed in order to help them manage a number of challenges including stress, anxiety, depression and low self-esteem and confidence.

 

Bridge college receive glowing Ofsted report

Lisa Duncalf

Bridge College has been awarded Good from Ofsted following a recent visit to the specialist college in Openshaw, Manchester. 

 

Bridge College is an inspiring specialist college for 16 to 25-year-olds and is at the forefront of their field for developing skills, independence and confidence for each student with disabilities, complex needs or autism.

 

The college is run by the Together Trust, a leading North West charity which along with specialist education, helps support people with disabilities, learning difficulties and complex health needs through fostering, community and residential care and autism support.

 

The UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children shared in online course

Children

For the first time, the UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children will be shared with learners around the world, including policy makers, practitioners and carers, in a free online course. The course has been developed by academics and practitioners from CELCIS (Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland) with the support of Education Enhancement at the University of Strathclyde.

Across the globe, for many different reasons, hundreds of thousands of children cannot live with their parents. To address this, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously welcomed the Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children in 2009 driven by two fundamental principles – the ensuring of both the necessity and the suitability of alternative care.

Transforming lives through fostering

Fostering

North West charity, the Together Trust, is supporting this year’s Foster Care Fortnight (8-21 May), the UK’s biggest foster care awareness campaign.

Led by The Fostering Network, the two-week campaign showcases the commitment, passion and dedication of foster carers.

The Together Trust supports over 2,600 people and families with a wide range of support services including special education, residential, community, family supportand fostering. 

 

With over 400 referrals for placements coming through to the charity every month, the Together Trust’s fostering agency - which has been established for more than 19 years – is helping to spread the message that foster care transforms lives.

 

The together trust is backing the children’s manifesto in the run up to the general election

Mark Lee

The Together Trust is supporting Children England to push the Children’s Manifesto in the run up to the general election.

 

Children can’t vote in the general election, but what would they say if they could?

 

What are the issues that we need to agree to ensure they have a safe, stable future?

 

Chief executive of the Together Trust and trustee at Children England Mark Lee joined members of children’s voluntary organisations across the UK to discuss a list of key demands ahead of the pre-election debates. 

 

Jump Support at Jump 360, the North East’s premier trampoline park

Jump 360

Everyone is welcome to bounce at Jump 360! Jump Support is our session dedicated for individuals with additional needs or disabilities. 

 

Children and grown-ups can also enjoy giant foam pits, dodgeball courts and basketball slam-dunk lanes as well as trying their hand at a brand-new over hang rock climbing activity, which can’t be found anywhere else in the North East. Other exciting features include foam pit slides, rope ladders, log rolls and Aero Ball (think volleyball on the trampoline) as well as a designated area where Under 5s can bounce safely. This special area for mini-bouncers includes a toddler area and soft-play frame.

 

Playground equipment: why wood is superior to metal

Playground equipment

When it comes to design, the two main priorities of a playground are its focus on safety and sustainability. For children using them, they aren’t as concerned about the design of the playground, but more concerned about how fun and interactive the play area is. So, when designing a play area, it is important to consider safety, sustainability and fun. When combining these things – wooden equipment is superior to all others. 

Developing a playground

Sisterly love triumphs over anxiety

Donjeta (right) with her sister Fitore and her young niece

A young woman with learning difficulties is enjoying a happier lifestyle thanks to support from her sister and a specialist behaviour psychologist who teamed up to help her be better understood.

 

Donjeta Kaliquani, who is non-verbal, was displaying behaviour that challenges at the care service where she lives in Mitcham, Surrey, so her sister Fitore Kaliquani and behavioural expert Francesca Gerald worked closely with her and the support team at Rosebank Lodge to turn things around.

 

After about six months of dedicated efforts, Donjeta (27) is now calmer and settling down well in her new home, which is run by care provider Regard.

 

Sensory Guru gives existing customers £3000 worth of free software updates to celebrate launch of App Store

customer feedback

Sensory Guru has offered free software upgrades worth over £3000, to their entire Magic Carpet customer base, in order to show their appreciation for their clients support and enable them to have access to the latest Magic Carpet software. 

Since September 2016, Sensory Guru product specialists have visited customers to provide training and access to the new software, which will enable them to enjoy the latest Magic Carpet features and App Store – which will be launched at the beginning of May.

More than 1000 SEND school places created as plans for 131 new schools are approved

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Almost two thousand school places for children with special educational needs and disabilities will be created as plans for a wave of new schools are approved. 

Plans for 131 new schools have been approved by the Department for Education today, creating more than 69,000 school places up and down the country. 

The majority of these schools will become free schools, which can be run by parents, community or faith groups, but plans also provide for SEND students. 

Twenty local authority areas have been approved to create a new special school through the free school process, creating a total of 1,700 school places for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities.