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Contact a Family Wales August 2013 E-Bulletin Welcome to the Contact a Family Wales e-bulletin. We hope the following news and resources will be of interest to you. If you have details of any up and coming events or new information which may benefit other families in your area please drop me a line – I would be happy to hear from you. This month's bulletin includes information : • •

Contact a Family News News and information on projects that support families of disabled children throughout Wales

Contact a Family News Our guide for parents called Holidays play and leisure has been updated. It's now available online, and ready to download! Packed full of useful information to help you plan to keep the kids occupied this summer holiday, the guide covers: • Where you can find suitable play and leisure facilities • Financial help that may be available in paying for it • Ideas for suitable days out • Your child's rights to access playgrounds and leisure facilities • Finding financial help with holidays in the UK or abroad and finding holiday and travel insurance • And short breaks for carers. Join the conversation! We're so happy to see the sun, that we're asking you all about the best holiday experiences you had as a family on our Facebook page. Share what you did with other families of disabled children and join in on the conversation!

Our workshops and events so far... We all enjoyed a lovely sunny day in Llandudno and our event had 59 people come along. Venue Cymru showed the film Rise of The Guardians, which was a hit! Louise from Merry Makers Aberystwyth provided a creative workshop, both during the film for children who preferred to do an activity, as well as after the film. Some families brought their children simply for the workshop experience as they do not feel their children are quite ready to sit throughout a film just yet. Louise used her wonderful talents as always and had provided an additional cake decorating activity, in relation to the characters from the film, which was a delight for the children. In the later workshop, children and adults made sunlight catchers from characters of the film and seasonal shapes. This was very well attended for the full period and a great time had by all. This was Contact a Family Cymru’s first event at Venue Cymru and everyone was highly impressed with the support and service we received, both from the staff and volunteers who were an incredible team. Every member of staff couldn’t do enough to help the families and

us as a visiting organisation. The whole event went smoothly and a was a great success resulting in very positive feedback from families who attended. Contact a Family’s workshop project is looking towards the autumn for our next few events. If there are any parent workshops you would be interested in seeing in your area, please let us know via email, or follow this link: Our family film events across Wales are also going strong, thanks to funding from BBC Children in Need. The craft workshop at our most recent event at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff was great, with children making some really creative creatures inspired by the animals they had seen in the film. We will be bringing these events across Wales, so if we haven’t already run an event in your area, keep an eye out as we will be doing so soon!

News and General Information Powys Carers service Powys Carers Service has a new project to ensure that Carers and Young Carers voices are heard, whether by the Health Board, Social Services or other organisations. Any Carer can contact us with any issue and we will take it forward on their behalf. We are building stronger links with the main service providers so that Carers voices can be taken into account when planning and delivering services. Call Powys Carers on 01597 823 800, txt: 07976 906 975 email:, find us on Facebook at : Powys Carers Service or Twitter :Powys4Carers. Powys Carers Services support all unpaid family Carers and Young Carers throughout Powys –

Cerebra – grant scheme Parents of children with a neurological condition can apply for grants from the charity Cerebra which covers the whole of the UK. The Cerebra grant scheme can fund up to 80% of the price of specialist equipment that will directly benefit the individual child. This can be anything from play equipment, a touch screen computer or speech and language therapy. Source: Cerebra Grant Scheme

‘Me and You’ Learning Disability Wales Annual Conference 20 and 21 November 2013 Their annual conference this year will be on the theme of relationships. This event will focus on the importance of, and maximising the effectiveness of, a range of relationships both personal and professional for people with a learning disability. The conference will explore: • • • • • • • • • • •

Human rights and the importance of meaningful relationships The importance of friends and social life Skills for developing and maintaining friendships and relationships The ethics and professional boundaries of friendships between carer/support worker and individuals The role of online social networking Sexuality Sex and sexual health Recognising and responding to abuse within relationships Family relationships Parenting Marriage and civil partnership.

Forming relationships of any kind can sometimes be very difficult for people who have a learning disability and it is our aim to increase the potential for people with a learning disability to form and maintain meaningful relationships. They also hope to provide those who support people who have a learning disability with new ideas and tools to help the people they support develop meaningful relationships. If you would like any more information about this conference please contact Harriett on 02920 681161 or email her at

'Newport Family Information Service is carrying out this years 'Childcare Sufficiency Assessment'. They are looking at childcare in Newport and how parents/carers feel about the childcare market. They are particularly interested in how parents/carers of disabled children feel about child care. The questions they are asking: 1. If you do not use childcare, why not? 2. Are there enough childcare settings in Newport? 3. Is childcare value for money? 4. What are the most important elements in relation to using childcare? (i.e. Cost, location, quality etc.)

Your thoughts are most welcome via email to: or via 0800 328 84 83.

Events and Workshops The “It Starts Here” project will be running free Family sign language courses for parents and carers of deaf children in September. They will be held at: Swansea Children’s Centre, Eppynt Road, Penlan, Swansea, SA5 7AZ Starting Thursday 12th September 2013 9.45 to 11.30am for 7 weeks Carmarthen Public Library, St Peters Street, Carmarthen. SA1 1LN Starting Wednesday 18th September 2013 9.45 to 11.30 am for 7 weeks For further information parents and carers can contact them on 01495 740 602 Or email them at

Afasic Cymru activity days They have an activity day on 20th August @ Malpas Court School in Newport for children aged 5 - 11 with speech, language & communication needs & their siblings. The activity days are FREE thanks to funding from Big Lottery but places do have to be booked via

Swansea Carers Centre training sessions Please find attached details of Swansea Carers Centre training sessions coming up in September – free to any carers ( including parent/carers) aged 16+ living in Swansea. Project Cariad – Carers Matter can also help out by providing respite & alternative care so carers can have the chance to attend. Feel free to circulate to anyone who may be interested. Ali Morrison Carers Education & Training Officer Swansea Carers’ Centre Tel: 01792 653344 Fax: 01792 648612 Email:

Jigsaw Fundraising walk They are walking around Llyn Brenig, Corwen on Sunday 29 September 2013 Come and join them and raise money for JIGSAW You can walk, run, skip, hop, bike ride, skate as long as you have fun and go as FAR as you can to raise awareness of Autism and ADHD For more information and to register please visit and click on Fundraising.

Contact a Family Wales August 2013  
Contact a Family Wales August 2013