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We have some information and events coming up which we would like to share with you.

EHC Needs Assessment and Planning Process - Parent Focus Groups
To help LB Bromley to improve their services, the Local Authority is working with BPV to seek the views of parent carers.
 
Please find see below to see how you can get involved and help. 

  1. Parents/carers to sign up if you are willing to share your views about the support and services you receive for your child from the London Borough of Bromley and their education and health partners to improve services in the future.  These details will then be held on a database for future engagement opportunities.

    Read more here on how to get involved.

     
  2. We would like to invite parents/carers to a Focus Group with other parents/carers to informally discuss your experiences across the Education, Health and Care assessment and planning process and Transfer Reviews.  These groups are primarily for those families who have been through the EHC Needs Assessment of Transfer review process in the last academic year.

    Focus Group Dates;
    Monday 11th July - 1pm-2.30pm (Creche available) or Tuesday 12th July - 7pm – 8.30pm
    Venue: Hawes Down Centre, Hawes Lane, West Wickham, BR4 9AE

    Read more here on how to get involved. Or to book a place please email info@bromleyparentvoice.org.uk or call 07803 287838.

Development of a new Carers Strategy – CALL FOR EVIDENCE
Call for Evidence for the development of a new national Carers Strategy. The NNPCF Steering Group has prioritised this strategy as we are likely to be one of the main groups that will be focussed on the needs of Parent Carers as carers.

You may recall that during the passage of the Children and Families Act through Parliament, the NNPCF was instrumental in having the legislation for Parent Carers strengthened. Parent Carers span the Children and Families Act (when our children and young people are 18 and under) and the Care Act (when our young people are over 18). We have spoken about this to Department of Health (DH) who are leading on the new Carers Strategy. We have agreed that it is really important, given the legal framework, to have a joined up response from DH and Department for Education in the new Carers Strategy for Parent Carers.

Read more.

Young Person needed for a Short Film
The Social Care Innovation Fund is looking for a Young Person with additional needs to appear in our short film - the YP needs to be able to communicate what they like to do in their free time and is happy to be on camera.

If you think your YP would be interested please email Liz Lake for more information on liz@bromleyparentvoice.org.uk.


BPV Facebook
Our Facebook is up and running and we will be adding posts to the page to keep you updated.  Please 'like' our page to ensure you receive our updates and help share the information.

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There are still spaces free for the Care Act Workshop/Seminar - Session 2
Thursday 30th June -10am-2pm - Wickham Room
The Warren Metropolitan Police Sports Club, Croydon Road, Bromley BR2 7AL

Read the full AGENDA here.

Click here to read more. If you would like to attend please book here, email info@bromleyparentvoice.org.uk or call 07803 287838.


Free Information Session Welfare Benefits
7th July - 10am-12noon - Civic Centre, Bromley
Disability Living Allowance is ceasing for young people and adults aged 16 years to 64. A new benefit called Personal Independence Payment is being introduced.  

You are invited to come along and hear about these changes. Read more below.

PIP SESSION


Bromley Mencap, Family Services Team Summer Holiday Fun Days  
If you are between 11 and 17 years of age and have a disability, Bromley Mencap would like to invite you to join them at their summer fun days.   They have tried to plan a variety of activities, throughout the holiday period Places on Fun Days are limited and must be booked and paid for in advance. 

Read more here for details.

Bromley Bus Garage Open Day
“Bromley bus garage are holding an open day on 13th August 2016 and the Bromley Travel Training team have been invited to have a stand to showcase our work in the community to the members of the public.

This is a family day and the bus garage will be offering rides on vintage buses throughout Bromley along with lots of other activities. The Bromley TT will be there and they will see if some students from Glebe can come along as well."


Launch of a NEW Specialist PA Agency
Bromley Mencap is opening a specialist Personal Assistant (PA) Agency, to provide support to people with learning and physical disabilities.  This service is to enable disabled people to get out and about in their local communities and access day opportunities.

Read more here.


Local Activities
Do you and your family attend local activities which are inclusive for your SEN child/YP?  If so, we would like to hear about them.

The Social Care Innovation Fund project is looking at improving social outcomes for children and young people with SEND and their families.

We thought the best people to ask about local activities are our members. By sharing your information we will be able help to populate the Local Offer with the Provision providers. This will mean families will have more social choices available to them.

Can you please take just 10 minutes to complete this questionnaire, you may only attend one activity you may attend more, please list them for us. Remember the more you share the more we can share.

 

Want an autism-friendly high street?

Welcome to your monthly e-newsletter! Public spaces can be overwhelming for an autistic person trying to deal with too much information. Autistic people and their families give up using shops, restaurants and other high street outlets because they do not find them accessible, and their worlds shrink. These are places other people might expect to visit without a second thought. We found that:

 

  • 79% of autistic people feel socially isolated
  • 70% of families living with autism feel socially isolated.

 

 

 

 

The British Retail Consortium represents over 80% of the UK’s high street. We’re asking them to work with their membership, which includes some of the country’s biggest retailers, to make the high street autism-friendly.

Sign the petition >

What does the vote to leave the European Union mean for autistic people?

EU flags

Over the last few weeks, many have expressed concern about what the referendum result will mean for them and our charity. Most importantly, there are no changes yet to any existing rights, such as the right to support under laws like the Care Act or Welfare Reform Act. We will continue to update this as the situation becomes clearer.

Summer holidays are coming

Summer holidays

The summer holiday can be a difficult time for families with autistic children. Whether going away for some of the summer or staying at home, the change in routine can be a challenge. 

 

Download our guide for dealing with the summer holiday on our Network Autism website.

New adventure playground for Church Lawton School
Church Lawton playground opening

Church Lawton School officially opened their new Adventure Playground on 2 May. The equipment was part-funded through the National Lottery by the Big Lottery Fund and the event opened by the Mayor of Cheshire East, Councillor Olivia Hunter. Our Chief Executive Mark Lever was also in attendance to share a wonderful morning with staff, parents and pupils. 

Calling all friends of EDF Energy employees  we need your votes!

Vote for us, EDF energy!

Do you work at EDF Energy or know someone who does? Their employees will soon be voting for their next charity partner and we have been shortlisted to the last three. 

 

If you do know someone working with EDF Energy, please encourage them to vote for The National Autistic Society.

New autism-friendly performances!
Alice in Wonderland

This summer will see two new exciting autism-friendly performances in London. See Alice in Wonderland outside in the gardens of the Yucca Lawn in Holland Park, or see The Tempest at the Royal Festival Hall, where children can sit and play with the actors on stage! 

 

Check back for more performances as they're added.


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