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A Teacher's #TeamCalvert Story

A Teacher's #TeamCalvert Story

CLOtC accredited centre Calvert Trust Exmoor have just released the third film in their #TeamCalvert series, all about  accessible school residential experiences for pupils with disabilities. The film features staff and students from Mill Water School in Devon taking part in adventurous activities like horse riding, canoeing, cycling and bushcraft, during a school residential break at the Exmoor centre. 

 

In this short film teacher Sarah Clarke tells us about what it's like to visit the centre with her students. “I think the nice thing about Calvert is that each pupil can access something that challenges them, individual to them...”

 

‘Good’ charity benefits from online QA tool in face of OFSTED

 QA tool

A CHARITY for young people with learning disabilities has invested in new quality assurance technology to meet critical development planning and Ofsted requirements.

 

The Highgate-based Harington Scheme delivers individual learning programmes, including gardening courses, which are designed to help young people into employment, further education or lead a richer life.

 

The charity’s management team, under the supervision of scheme manager Joanna Baxter, adopted new Mesma self-assessment and improvement planning software to assist in the administration, implementation and tracking of its development plan as part of the training provider’s wider commitment to improving quality assurance.

 

Charities publish complimentary schools guides for adoptive parents and school staff

schools guides

Adoption UK and PAC-UK have published two complementary education guides, for adoptive parents and school staff, to help ensure adopted children get the best possible educational start in life.

The guides explain why these vulnerable children may need additional support in school, what educational entitlements they can attract and what support is available for them.

Adoption UK’s guide Meeting the needs of adopted and permanently placed children - A guide for adoptive parents includes information about Virtual School Heads (VSHs), Designated Teachers (DTs), Priority School Admission and Pupil Premium Plus (PP+).

Thumbs up for Chantelle’s birthday biker visit

biker visit

Generations of people have had ‘bikes’ on their birthday wish lists, but not many end up celebrating their special day with a whole convoy of them,  complete with leather-clad riders.

 

But that’s what happened to Chantelle, when members of a Torbay bikers club turned up to make her 22nd birthday extra special.

 

Chantelle, who has learning difficulties, lives at Harbour in Cleveland Road, Torquay, a home which provides services for younger adults with profound or multiple learning disabilities and communication difficulties.

 

Adoption UK launches an updated guide to the Adoption Support Fund

Adoption UK

Adoption UK is proud to announce that their updated online Adoption Support Fund (ASF) guide has now been published, to mark National Adoption Week 2017.

The Adoption Support Fund - how it's working for families, provides anyone new to adoption with everything they need to know about the ASF. It provides background to the ASF, who is eligible, the level of funding available, and the fund’s vision for the future.

The guide walks the reader through the application process with a step-by-step diagram on how to access the fund. It also includes the latest statistics around the ASF, including the fact that more than £50 million has been spent supporting 17,000 families since the fund was launched in May 2015.

Stockport band Blossoms visit students at local specialist school

Stockport band Blossoms took time out of their busy schedule to visit students at Ashcroft School in Cheadle on Friday 29 September.

Ashcroft School is run by the Together Trust and provides specialist education and support to children and young people aged eight to 18 years with needs including social, emotional and behavioural difficulties and autism spectrum conditions.  

Lead singer Tom Ogden was joined by his bandmates to perform a stripped down version of their single ‘Charlemagne’, before answering questions and leading a music workshop for a small group of students. 

During the question and answer session students were provided with insight into how the band was formed and the writing process behind their hits.

Raising awareness and funds for world mental health day

Young minds

A leading care provider is co-ordinating a series of fundraising activities across the UK, including organisation-wide support for the charity YoungMinds’ #HelloYellow campaign with everyone dressing in yellow for World Mental Health Day on Tuesday 10 October.

The Regard Group, which is the UK’s fourth biggest private provider of supported living and specialist residential services in the UK for people with learning disabilities, mental health needs and acquired brain injury, has raised over £4,000 since June in aid of YoungMinds in their campaign to improve the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young adults.

Bridge College Receives National Lottery Funding From Sport England To Help Get Students Active

Together Trust’s Bridge College has been given £50,000 of National Lottery funding by Sport England to encourage students to get at least 30 minutes of exercise each week.

 

Sport England’s new strategy ‘Towards an Active Nation’ puts tackling inactivity at the heart of what they do. As part of this initiative, Sport England is investing £5 million into projects in colleges that will support their inactive students into regular activity

 

Run by the leading North West charity, Together Trust, the college based in Openshaw, Manchester is non-residential specialist education college for students aged 16 to 25 years with disabilities, complex needs and autism.

 

Specialist Equipment Helping Accessibility Mark Riders

Horse Riding

Horse riding has many benefits for disabled people and for those with conditions that effect communication, physical strength and balance. 

Part of the foundations for the success of Accessibility Mark is down to the horses and ponies that are required to quickly adapt between riding lessons for clients in a commercial riding school and the disabled riders during an Accessibility Mark session.

Due to certain conditions riders can at times struggle to grip the reins properly or use the reins to balance, this is where centres can take advantage of specialist or modified equipment to ensure the safety of both horse and rider.

Sleep tight Trafford shortlisted for national award

Sleep tight Trafford

Sleep Tight Trafford - an innovative service to help children living in Trafford get a good night’s sleep has been shortlisted for a Children and Young People Now (CYPN) award.

 

Sleep problems in children are increasing and have been raised as a growing national concern, with wide ranging impact on school attendance, behaviour, learning and links with childhood obesity.

 

Leading North West charity, the Together Trust, is working alongside Trafford Council and NHS Trafford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), to deliver help and support to parents across the borough and have been shortlisted in the Partnership Working category in the CYPN Awards 2017.

 

Leading north west charity awarded ‘gold’ for customer experience

customer experience - Emma and Micheal

The Together Trust has been granted the highest award possible for its customer service and relationship management following an independent assessment by Investor in Customers (IIC). 

The Stockport based charity, which provides care, special education and community support for young people and adults in the North West region, registered ‘exceptional’ customer service levels, qualifying for gold status across all four IIC principles.

When asked why they would recommend the Together Trust, customers stated that staff were ‘caring, approachable and supportive’.  

IIC provide independent assessments of excellence in the field of customer service and customer relationships, based on internal and external perceptions of the customer experience. 

Care leadership team ‘in the vanguard’ with learning solutions and well-being programme

Carole Edmond

Care provider Regard is working with one of the UK’s leading specialist learning providers, the Positive Group, to support the company’s leadership team to manage pressure and adapt to change more effectively.

 

The 20-strong team are set to embark on a programme in partnership with Positive to design, implement and measure learning solutions looking at individual, team and organisational mindsets and behaviours.

 

It will be the first time Positive, who operate across the corporate, public and educational sectors and who specialise in coaching leaders and senior executives, has worked within the social care industry.

 

Learn new sensory skills with PC building

young child playing on computer

The Benefits of a Rich Sensory Environment that PC Building Provides

Sensory experiences are crucial for the development of a child’s brain. As soon as they are born, they are exposed to an endless amount of stimulation that the brain soaks up as a sponge. The process of learning, or soaking up new information, happens via the sensory neurons in the brain, which essentially serve as branches to make new connections in the brain.

Back Care Awareness Week Back Pain in Education

pupil with school bag

 

The annual Back Care Awareness Week, run by BackCare, the UK’s leading charity for those impacted by back or neck pain, is to take place between 2 and 6 October.  The theme this year is Back Pain in Education.  

Back pain is one of the top common causes of absence from work throughout the country.   It costs the UK economy around £15 billion every year as over four million working days are lost as a result of the condition.  Furthermore, about 80% of the UK population will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives.

BackCare decided it was important to run a campaign targeted at children and young people as many of the back and neck pain problems experienced by adults are due to them not looking after their backs during childhood and teenage years. 

Sporting Spirit Underway At CMGs Athletics Championship

Sporting

Care Management Group (CMG), a leading provider of specialist learning disability care, has this week hosted its greatly anticipated Athletics Championship, enjoyed by hundreds of its service users, as well as staff and family members.

 

Taking place at the David Weir Leisure Centre in Carshalton, individuals joined together for a whole day of competitive sporting fun. People CMG supports were eager to take part in a whole range of traditional and unique sporting activities, with everything from wheelchair basketball and a wheelchair sensory obstacle race, to 100m, 200m and 400m races, badminton and the traditional egg and spoon race. 

 

Playgrounds and special needs: how play supports disabled children’s learning

Children playground

As you’ll remember from your own childhood memories, playgrounds are a place for children to adventure and explore with their friends. They offer numerous benefits in terms of helping children socialise and get active, but could they also support learning for disabled children?

Sensory playground equipment specialists Infinite Playgrounds discusses the current accessibility of UK playgrounds and the potential benefits they can bring for disabled children.

Disabled access to playgrounds in the UK

A sensitive and illuminating account of life as a child with autism

child with autism

Through the Eyes of Me is a sensitive and illuminating account of life as a child with autism. Through this beautiful, colourful picture book, readers will meet 4-year-old Kya, getting to know her likes and dislikes and all the nuances of her character. An ideal tool for developing an understanding of autism with young readers, the book has received numerous endorsements from parents, teachers, and healthcare professionals.

New International Facebook Group for Parents of Children with Special Needs

Israel’s Athena Fund, a nonprofit organization empowering teachers, has launched a new international Facebook group, in English, for parents of children with special needs. The Athena Fund is engaged in a unique program – iPad for Every Special Education Teacher in Israel. According to the program, about 10,000 special education teachers in Israel will receive iPads with specialized software and applications for students with special needs and various disabilities. The new Facebook group contains posts in a number of areas of interest concerning parents of children with special needs, as well as information on Athena's special education activities.

Theraposture to demonstrate its user-centric approach at Kidz to Adultz Scotland  

Kidz to Adultz Scotland

 

Theraposture, the leading specialist for tailor-made adjustable beds, chairs and care cots, will be showcasing its considered approach to parents and disabled children at Kidz to Adultz Scotland.

14th September: Kidz to Adultz Scotland, Stand D5, Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh, EH28 8NB, free admission.

Theraposture has been the considered choice since 1981. It provides quality assistive products with exceptional long term value backed up by impeccable and ethical support. Its Trusted Assessors work closely with OTs and families so that the most appropriate sleeping solution is supplied every time – ensuring independence, safety and well-being is always maximised.