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Parent Workshops & Support

At Belmore Primary Academy we know that our parents/carers sometimes need advice on how they can support their child with Special Educational Needs, or any other concerns that they may have regarding their child’s development. 

As a school we will always try our best to provide support and advice to our parents/carers, but we appreciate that there are more experienced and qualified professionals that you can access.

This is where we hope this page will help.

Keep checking this page for regularly updated information regarding agencies, websites and events that are occurring within school and the community, which we think you could find helpful to support them to meet the needs of their children.

Free Event for SEND Families 

Opportunity to meet Hillingdon SEND Team 

Dear parents/carers,

Hillingdon PCF in co-production with the SEND teams at Hillingdon, invite parents/carers of SEND children and young people to an information and engagement event for Hillingdon residents only, details as follows:

Friday 27th May 2022

Middlesex Suite, Civic Centre, Uxbridge

10am for a 10.30am start, ends at 1pm

Free refreshments on arrival and a free light lunch will be served too.

Come along and meet members of the Educational Psychology Service, SEND Advisory Service, and SEND Team at Hillingdon, who will be presenting to you. This is an information sharing and training event and there will be opportunities to review and give feedback on the SEND Strategy, and hear about the SEND and Inclusion consultation.

Unfortunately we cannot offer any childcare facilities, so we are unable to accommodate any children at this event. The caterers have asked for attendee confirmation numbers by Monday 9th May, so you must please register your attendance before that date, using the Eventbrite link, one free ticket will be issued per email address. 

27th May 2022 Registration link

We look forward to welcoming you on the day.

Best wishes,
Hillingdon PCF
On behalf of the Steering Committee

Brilliant Parents Summer 2022 Support Classes 

Click here to see the timetable for all the support classes below.


Toileting Workshop 

Cope With Rising Costs 

Dear parents/carers,

A note from Contact  - the charity for families with disabled children, who support and bring families together and help them take action for others. We hope you find this useful.

Families with disabled children will be amongst the hardest hit by the ‘cost of living’ crisis: many experience higher energy bills and household costs while also spending their own savings on vital support for their family. Our research shows a third have been plunged into debt during the pandemic.

Though the government has proposed a package of measures aimed at offsetting some of the rise in energy costs and soaring inflation from April, for many families this will not go far enough — and thousands remain understandably anxious about the future.

To help, Contact has put together a handy checklist of six steps that every parent carer should take now to ensure they are in the best possible position to cope with rising costs.

  1. Use the Benefits Calculator on our website to check if you’re claiming everything you’re eligible for. It takes just 10 minutes.
  2. Try our Grants Search to see if you’re eligible for charitable financial support to fund vital equipment, white goods, home adaptations and other essentials. You may also find that you’re entitled to local welfare assistance schemes, budgeting loans and council tax discounts.
  3. Get help with your fuel and water bills. There are a number of schemes and grants across the UK to help you limit your water payments and stay warm in cold months.
  4. Take a look at our tips to save on energy bills. While many suppliers offer schemes to help with fuel costs, reduced tariffs are increasingly hard to find amid this year’s energy price crisis. Changing small everyday habits could significantly help cut back on your family’s usage.
  5. Check what help you could get for education, health, transport, housing and leisure costs. This covers a variety of expenses: school meals and uniforms, transport to school or hospital, prescription charges, NHS treatments, bus and rail travel, parking, driving lessons, home adaptations and much more.
  6. Keep our Money Matters guide saved somewhere, such as in your browser’s bookmarks. This way, you can easily refer back to it when you need advice on benefits, grants, loans, discounts and other sources of financial support. We have a guide covering England and Wales and a separate one for Scotland families.
Best wishes,
Hillingdon PCF
On behalf of the steering Committee

Children’s Mental Health Week 

One of Belmore’s core values is ‘We will be active in mind and body’.  

For Children’s Mental Health Week the children are going to take part in a range of activities to learn about strategies to help with Mental Health.  

If you would like further information and ideas about how you can support your child’s mental health, click on the following links:

For more information on online use and mental health guides for adults click on the follow links:

Triple P Programme 

Dear Colleagues,

Please find attached the confirmed programme for the 2022 Spring term, Parent Support delivery for parents with children between the ages of 2-16, residing in the London Borough of Hillingdon. You will see that all the Triple P programmes will now take place via zoom due to the latest Government COVID-19 announcement.

Click on the below programme to view a flyer which includes an overview of the content and who it is applicable to:

Please complete this electronic referral form using this link https://www.brilliantparents.org/client-referral/.

The programmes are already becoming full, however once we receive your referrals we will contact the parents and let them know whether they have a place.  We will then let you know either way and if they do obtain a place, we will send you an electronic report after the programme confirming their level of engagement.

Finally, we have purchased workbooks, which are integral to the programme, and we would ask that you highlight, to those parents whom you refer, that these are a valuable and costly resource.

Many thanks in advance.

Kind regards

Ann Marie Fevrier
Course Manager

Listening Ear Service 

Just a reminder about our Listening Ear Service.  The service is available to any family across the UK and we offer appointments on a Saturday morning too.

We have a video of Shona, our Senior Parent Advisor, talking about the service https://youtu.be/aClU6tRspRI and Noreen and Michele have made a podcast What is Contact's Listening Ear service? by The helpful podcast for families with disabled children • A podcast on Anchor – please feel free to share and promote.

Families can book an appointment by following this link to our website https://contact.org.uk/help-for-families/listening-ear/ then register on Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/contact-for-families-with-disabled-children-30452924652 - we have daytime, evening and weekend appointments available.

Free help, advice and urgent mental health support for children, young people and families 

Every NHS mental health trust in London has put these in place, so children, young people and their families can get help quickly when they need it. The crisis lines are supported by trained mental health practitioners, who can offer advice and signpost other sources of support as needed.

Please click here for a brief information pack with details of these crisis lines as well as other support available

HIllingdon Family support Services (Stronger Families) 

Please click here to view Stronger Families Flyer.

Hillingdon Brilliant Parents 

‘We at Brilliant Parents and Hillingdon Council are here to help you as a parent/carer living in Hillingdon. We offer a wide variety of FREE online and face to face parenting courses and workshops for parents with children aged 2-11 or teens, 12-16 years and those parents whose children have additional needs.  The courses are held over a duration of 6-8 weeks and the workshops are one off and last for two hours each.  They cover specific subjects on common behaviour problems which you might be facing. These can range from dealing with challenging behaviour for the 2- 11 year olds or, reducing family conflict and coping with teenagers’ emotions.

Being a parent is not always easy but you are not alone if you find it tough at times. We are here to help you be the best parent you can be! 

Please follow/like our Hillingdon Brilliant Parents Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/HillingdonBrilliantParents for regular updates on available workshops and events. You will also find handy information on how to deal with common parenting problems, useful tips, links, information on health and wellbeing and much more!

Register using Eventbrite 

Dear parents/carers,

Please see attached flyer for details on dates/times and how to register using Eventbrite, if you wish to learn more about the following topics from Contact (the charity for families with disabled children):

  • Encouraging positive behaviour
  • Helping your child sleep
  • Money matters
  • Early years education
  • Support for speech, language and communication (age 0-5)

 

Centre for ADHD and Autism Support 

Click on the button below to view information from the Centre for ADHD and Autism Support (CAAS) who are offering a workshop for those of you with year 6 children. Details on how to book onto the workshop are within the flyer.

Free Parent Support 

‘’We at Brilliant Parents and Hillingdon Council are here to help you as a parent/carer living in Hillingdon. We offer a wide variety of FREE online and face to face parenting courses and workshops for parents with children aged 2-11 or teens, 12-16 years and those parents whose children have additional needs.  The courses are held over a duration of 6-8 weeks and the workshops are one off and last for two hours each.  They cover specific subjects on common behaviour problems which you might be facing. These can range from dealing with challenging behaviour for the 2- 11 year olds or, reducing family conflict and coping with teenagers’ emotions.

Being a parent is not always easy but you are not alone if you find it tough at times. We are here to help you be the best parent you can be! 

Please follow our Hillingdon Brilliant Parents Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/HillingdonBrilliantParents for regular updates on available workshops and events. You will also find handy information on how to deal with common parenting problems, useful tips, links, information on health and wellbeing and much more!

If you are worried that your child may be at risk of exploitation we are also running a private Facebook Hillingdon Brilliant Parents Support Group. Just type this in your search bar and each request to join will be accepted.’’ https://www.facebook.com/groups/583142055942719

Kind regards

Alex Kidson

Hillingdon Children's Integrated Therapy Service 

Dear parents/carers,

Please see attached flyer. Hillingdon's children's therapy service regularly updates information and support for parents/carers, through their website:
www.cnwl.nhs.uk/hillingdon-talks-moves-plays

Where you can access Speech and Language Therapy, Physiotherapy, and Occupational Therapy.

They also have a CITS advice line: 01895 488 200 and you can also take a look at their Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts.

Best wishes,

Hillingdon PCF
On behalf of the Steering Committee

Hillingdon move, talks and plays 

Click below for more information.

 

Affordable Sensory Equipment 

Dear parents/carers,

In response to parents nationwide, the Caudwell Children charity are providing affordable sensory equipment through their "Get Sensory Packs" scheme

Sensory Packs

Parents/carers are required to pay £20 to cover 20%. Eligibility criteria is provided in the above link.

Best wishes,
Hillingdon PCF
On behalf of the Steering Committee

Centre for ADHD and Autism Support Digital Offer 

Dear parents/carers,

Please click here to view details of what's digitally on offer, in terms of support service and education during COVID-19 lockdown.

Best wishes,
Hillingdon PCF
On behalf of the Steering Committee

SEND & Inclusion at Hillingdon - COVID-19 update 

Dear parents/carers,

Please click here to read the letter from Vikram Hansrani, Assistant Director for SEND & Inclusion at Hillingdon. The letter is a direct communication to you as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak and the consequent temporary amendment to legislation. The document ends with a useful Frequently Asked Questions section, but please reply if you have further questions or uncertainties and we will forward these to the SEND & Inclusion team.

Best wishes and stay safe.
Hillingdon PCF
On behalf of the Steering Committee

Hillingdon Educational Psychology Service Resources 

Dear parents/carers,

Please see below for some very useful links and book listings circulated by our Education Psychology Service, to encourage and assist you with conversations with your children and young people at this time.

Best wishes,

Hillingdon PCF
On behalf of the Steering Committee

Resources for Schools and Parents

We all realise how difficult it can be trying to talk to children and young people about global crises. As psychologists we are often asked about how much to tell children, how and when to talk to them, and how we can feel prepared for challenging conversations. We have therefore started to compile a list of resources and helpful websites for you to use over the coming weeks.

American Psychological Association: Information on Pandemics (a wide range of resources)
https://www.apa.org/practice/programs/dmhi/research-information/pandemics?utm_source=linkedin&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=apa-pandemics&utm_content=pandemics-resources


Anna Freud: Self-Care and Coping Strategies
https://www.annafreud.org/selfcare/ 


BBC: How to protect your mental health
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-51873799


CBBC: Video and Questions
https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/51861089 


ChildMind: Talking to Children
https://childmind.org/article/talking-to-kids-about-the-coronavirus/


ELSA: Coronavirus Story for Children
https://www.elsa-support.co.uk/coronavirus-story-for-children/


National Association of School Psychologists: Parent Resources
https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/health-crisis-resources/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-(coronavirus)-a-parent-resource


Young Minds: Feeling Anxious about Coronavirus
https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/what-to-do-if-you-re-anxious-about-coronavirus 

 

Books

Something Bad Happened: A Kid’s Guide to Coping with events in the News
Dawn Huebner. How to process different world events (ages 6-12).


The Day the Sea Went Out and Never Came Back
Margot Sunderland. A story for children who have lost someone they love (ages 4-12).


Draw on Your Emotions
Margot Sunderland. A resource to help people express and communication their emotions. 


What To Do When You’re Scared & Worried: A Guide for Kids
James Crist. A help guide to processing fears and worries (ages 9-13).


Have You Filled A Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids
Carol McCloud. Encourages positive behaviour and expressing kindness and appreciation.


How are you Peeling: Foods with Moods
Saxton Freymann & Joost Elffers. Explores how emotions look through pictures of Foods. A good way to talk about emotions with young children.


The Way I Feel
Janan Cain. Explores feelings and a helpful way to talk about emotions with young children.


A Terrible Thing Happened
Margaret Holmes. A story for children who have witnessed violence or trauma (ages 4-8).
 

To find out more information on Hillingdon EPS Service, visit our EPS Local Offer page: click here

British Dyslexia Association 

Dear parents/carers,

The subject of dyslexia has been raised by a parent, so we thought we would share some useful information with you all. 

The British Dyslexia Association (BDA) uses the Rose (2009) definition for dyslexia - "a learning difficulty that primarily affects the skills involved in accurate and fluent word reading and spelling". People with dyslexia process information in a different way. The website says that 10% of the population are believed to be dyslexic and that a child can only be diagnosed with dyslexia through a diagnostic assessment but these are usually only carried out from 7 years old.

The BDA website can be accessed here:
https://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/

Please watch this 3 minute video, because it is important to remember that there are positives to thinking differently. Many dyslexic people show strengths in areas such as reasoning and in visual and creative fields.

https://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/dyslexia/about-dyslexia/what-is-dyslexia

BDA advice

https://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/advice/children

National Disabled Identification (DID) Card 

Dear parents/carers,

One of our members kindly wrote to us with the below link to share with you all:

https://www.did-card.co.uk/

The National Disabled Identification (DID) Card was introduced in response to disabled people posting comments in a number of social media sites that they were getting tired of constantly having to carry their paperwork proving they were entitled to some form of disability benefit in order to obtain a concessionary rate.

Not every disability is visible. Parents of children with disabilities and special needs, whose children's disability is not immediately obvious, such as autism, global developmental delay and other disabilities, find it hard to explain their disability, especially if the children present may be unaware that they have a disability.

Disabled individuals often do not want to request or highlight the fact they have a disability when they would be entitled to concessionary rates. There can be stigma attached to requesting disabled rates. Hopefully, this card is beneficial to you.

Autism Alert Card and Passport Scheme 

Dear Hillingdon Parents & Carers

An Autism alert card and passport scheme, has been introduced across London, as a result of a collaboration between the Metropolitan Police Service, City of London Police and British Transport Police. It has been developed following extensive consultations with individuals with autism and their parents, the National Autistic Society, Autism Partnership Boards, and supported by the National Police Autism Association.

The cards will alert officers to the fact that the individual may have difficulty with communication and exhibit unusual or unpredictable behaviour. In turn, officers will be able to make appropriate and reasonable adjustments and interact with the individual appropriately. The larger passports will include the same information and can be carried in bags or rucksacks for the individual to produce when required.

For further reading, please use this link: Launch of Autism Alert Cards

To receive your own card & passport, please send your full postal address in an email to: Autism@met.police.uk

Survey - The things that effect you on a daily basis 
 

We need your opinion!

We would like to know a little more about the things that effect you on a daily basis. 

If you would like to share some info with us that will help us to create a more detailed picture of the issues that are effecting our service users and shape the future projects and support provided by DASH, then please fill in the anonymous survey by clicking on the button below. 

Hillingdon Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy (SALT) 

We have been asked to spread awareness about the following website, Hillingdon Talks: Hillingdon Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy (SALT)
https://www.cnwl.nhs.uk/hillingdon-talks/

You can access information about the three specialist SALT teams (Early Years, Mainstream, Hearing Impairment), including making a referral. Three teams but one service!

Please take a look at what the teams can offer, and to access information and support. We hope all our parents/carers make full use of this service.

Hillingdon Borough SEND Local Offer 

The purpose of the local offer is to enable parents and young people to see more clearly what services are available in their area and how to access them. Knowing what is available and how it is accessed gives more choice and control over what support is right for your child. Parents need to know how to access provision: whether through a statement (or an Education, Health and Care Plan) or not.

The offer includes provision from birth to 25, across education, health and social care and has been developed in conjunction with children and young people, parents and carers, and local services, including schools, colleges, health and social care agencies.

For more information click here