Welcome to PCAN

DSCF9010Welcome to the PCAN! We are the independent, parent led forum in Kirklees for all parents and carers of children and young people with additional needs aged from birth to 25 years.
You are in the right place to find lots of good information, links to social media for networking with other parents, and to help us to develop a strong, collective voice so that we can work in partnership with service providers across Kirklees.  Together we can improve services for our  children and young people with additional needs!
We welcome all parents or carers, whether you are just beginning to become aware of your child or young person having additional needs, or if they have confirmed diagnosis or disability.

It is free to join, so please click the “join us” link above!

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Autism Show 18 April 2018

Book your place here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kirklees-autism-show-2018-public-event-tickets-42677543682

Autism Show 2018

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Changes to CAMHS Services in Kirklees

Changes to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in Kirklees

You are invited to our events to find out about:

  • How Assessment for Autistic Spectrum Conditions is changing
  • How CAMHS services will change in next 1 to 5 years (Transformation Plan
  • How children and families will be supported by other health services, eg. Health Visitors, School Nurses etc (Healthy Child Programme

The events will take place on:

Tuesday 5th July 2016 7 pm to 9.30 pm at the Textile Centre, Red Doles Lane, Huddersfield HD2 1YF.  Please book your place by clicking here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/camhs-transformation-and-autism-pathway-review-update-evening-tickets-24024647367

and

Thursday 7th July 10 am to 1 pm at Northorpe Hall, 53 Northorpe Lane, Mirfield WF14 0QL.  Please book your place by clicking here:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/camhs-transformation-and-autism-pathway-review-update-tickets-24022918195

As always, there will be food and refreshments and the chance to meet and talk with other parents.

If you need any further information please contact PCAN on 07754102336

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Summer activities for children with additional needs

This factsheet lists organisations that can provide you with help and support in community settings. The information is based on projects funded by Kirklees Council, and supported by Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Group and North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group. Please make contact with the specific group before attending as some activities are booked on a first come, first served basis. This information was correct at time of going to print. Scroll down to see all activities:

Bumpy Ltd gives young people an opportunity to take part in passenger ‘pilot buggy’ and ‘quad’ rides around the 9 acre off-road venue which has both smooth and rough terrain. There is also an opportunity for solo quad riding for those who are able or motor cycle riding if the young person has balance and fine motor control skills. Alongside the provision, workshop skills are also offered, to see working parts, learning the names of components and experience the sensory touch and smell around engine parts.

Alongside the provision, workshop skills are also offered, to see working parts, learning the names of components and experience the sensory touch and smell around engine parts. Session fee £5

Forthcoming holidays dates (all Tuesdays) are:

February 20th

April 3rd

May 29th

(possible further dates to be announced)

3 sessions times per day: 9.30 am to 11 am, 11.30 am to 1 pm, 2 pm to 3.30 pm at

Bumpy, Howden Clough Industrial Estate, Leeds Road, Birstall, WF 17 OJB

For information contact Carolyne Kenzitt on 01924 470432 or email carolyne@bumpy.org.uk

Huddersfield Support Group for Autism offer a play scheme for children aged 8-16 with autism over 2 weeks during the summer school break. Activities will include cooking (healthy lunchboxes), board games, arts and crafts ‘messy’ play, toys and games, sports and drama. There will also be a range of outings to places such as the cinema, ten pin bowling, Krazy Kids, the fairground and swimming. There is a charge of £5 per session and transport is also provided at an additional charge of £6. Sessions will be held Monday to Friday on 1 st August 2016 to 12th August 2016, 09:30 to 15:00 at Reinwood Junior School, Burfitts Road, Oakes, Huddersfield, HD3 4YL. For information contact Sophia Saleem on 07980286524 or email sophiasaleemhsga@hotmail.co.uk

Dial Wood Carriage Driving for the Disabled (Pony Picnic) offers Pony Picnic sessions to small groups of children with a disability over the summer holiday break. The children, accompanied by volunteers will take 3 ponies for a walk, have a picnic and return. One of the ponies is a miniature so is small enough to be led by a wheelchair user. Everyone will have an opportunity to lead their pony if they wish to do so but if not they will be able to enjoy the walk in the countryside and relax independently. The routes will be varied depending on the abilities of the children; this will be assessed via a preactivity telephone questionnaire. Sessions are charged at £5 per person and will be held on Saturdays between 23rd July 2016 and 3rd September 2016, 09:45 to 11:15 at Dial Wood Carriage Driving for the Disabled, New Hall Way, Flockton, WF4 4AX. For information contact Audrey Honeyman on 07905331917 or email audrey.honeyman@virgin.net

Globe Arts Education CIC will deliver a five day arts project celebrating ‘family life’. It is designed to accommodate the needs of young people with additional needs. Activities will be arts based including printmaking, construction, mould making and casting, mark making, drawing and discussion around the art and artists. A family visit to Yorkshire Sculpture Park will also take place to experience the art first hand. The programme is split into five standalone sessions and will concentrate on 4 different artists. By attending all the sessions a child can achieve the Arts Award Discover or if they attend fewer sessions, they can top up the hours at a later stage through different creative activities. Sessions are charged at £10 per session or £40 for all 5 sessions. They will be held from the 8th August 2016 to 12th August 2016 (Monday to Friday) 10:00 – 12:30 (Wednesday is 12:30 – 15:00) at Globe Arts Studio, Stanley Mills, Britannia Road, Milnsbridge, Huddersfield, HD3 4QS. For information contact Rebecca Sohotha. 01484 650793. r.sohota@globearts.org.uk

Streetbikes CIC will run a weekly cycling session at their base at Spenborough Running Track. This will be a drop-in session over a 6 hour period and will take place on Wednesdays over the full 6 weeks of the summer holidays. The sessions will be aimed at 8 to 19 year old children/young people with a disability, their families and carers using an array of adapted cycles and trikes. Attendees of the sessions will also receive a ‘John Radford cycling achievement medal’ which will be awarded for personal achievements and also potentially receive a free recycled bicycle. Sessions are charged at £4 per person and will be held on Wednesdays from 27th July 2016 to 31st August 2016, 09:30 – 15:30 at Spenborough Running Track, Bradford Road, Liversedge, WF15 6LW. For information contact Gill Greaves on 07734919956. gill.greaves@yahoo.co.uk

Sport Works North CIC will run a programme of sessions, with a focus on a range of group based activities. Examples of these will include: Athletics; Boccia; Cheerleading; Curling; Cricket; Dance; Football; Fundamental movement skills; Gymnastics; Mini fencing; Netball; Parachute games; Rock-it-ball and Ultimate Frisbee. Sessions will be aimed at children/young people with a disability. Sessions will run twice a week and over 5 weeks of the summer holiday. Morning sessions will be for 8-12 year olds and the afternoon sessions for 13-19 year olds. Sessions are charged at £5 per person and will be held on Wednesdays and Fridays from 27th July 2016 to 26th August 2016, 10:00 – 12:30 (8-12 year olds) and 12:30 – 15:00 (13 -19 year olds) at Colne Valley High School Sports Hall, Gillroyd Lane, Linthwaite, Huddersfield, HD7 5SP. For information contact Simon Leonard on 01274 800547 simon@sportworksltd.co.uk

Compass Bridge Ltd gives disabled children aged between 8 and 18 the opportunity to engage in various day activities, including climbing (indoors and outdoors), canoeing, horse riding, go-karting, bush craft, steam railway, farm visits, canal barge trip, countryside walks and woodwork projects. Transport is provided with pick-up points in Dewsbury and Huddersfield.

Sessions are charged at £8 term time and £15 per person during holidays.

They are running a Saturday session every two weeks in term time from 9 am to 1 pm (weather permitting)

Holiday sessions (9 am to 3.30 pm) as follows:

Tuesday February 20th, Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd

Tuesday April 3rd, Wednesday April 4th, Thursday April 5th

Tuesday 10th April, Wednesday 11th April, Thursday 12th April

Tuesday 29th May, Wednesday 30th May, Thursday 31st May

Bridgefield Mill, Elland, HX5 0SG

For information contact Lorraine Roe on 01422 311299. compassbridge@hotmail.co.uk

 

Total Sports is an activity club for children/young people with an autism spectrum condition and/or learning difficulties. Various activities are offered each week including: dance, martial arts, fencing, sports, gymnastics, archery and fencing. Other activities may also be on offer depending on the needs and interests of the group. The sessions will run from 11th August 2016 to 26th August 2016, Thursdays and Fridays 10:00 – 15:00 from Westmoor Community Centre, Church Lane, Dewsbury Moor, Dewsbury, WF13 4EW. Sessions are charged at £5 is charged. For more information contact Richard Szostak 01924 260953, email info@tsssport.com

Spark Skills Ltd offers a youth club programme aimed at young people aged 8 – 12 but particularly targeting those from Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds. The sessions are aimed at children/young people with a learning disability and/or autism in the Batley and Heckmondwike areas. Participants will learn new skills in preparing snacks and healthy meals, make new friends, participate in and lead a range of team based sports, organise quizzes and develop and inform the design of a mini Olympics family sports day. Sessions are charged at £3.50 per person and will be held on Saturdays from 27th July 2016 to 3rd September2016, 13:00 – 16:00 at The Learning Annex (Ex Batley Arts College), Providence Street, Batley, WF17 5QW For information contact Yasin Lorgat 07766077095 yasin@sparkskills.org.uk

 

 

 

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NAS Campaign to cut diagnosis waiting times for Autism – event Dewsbury 15.11.15

The National Autistic Society are staging a number of publicity campaigns around the country to raise government awareness about waiting times for autism assessment.  There will be an event outside Dewsbury Town Hall on Sunday 15th November at 2 pm, more details from Janine Wigmore, local NAS representative below:

Briefing for the NAS Diagnosis Campaign Photo-shoot

Thank you for volunteering to participate in our campaign photo shoot.

It’s an important way for us to remind the government and local Clinical Commissioning Groups of the personal impact of delayed diagnosis on people with autism and their families.

 When is the event?

  • Day: Sunday 15th November.
  • Start: We will meet at 2 pm.
  • End: The event should finish at approximately 3:00 pm.

 Where do we meet?

We will meet outside Dewsbury Town Hall. There will be people wearing NAS t-shirts (like the one in the photo below) to meet you there.

NAS t shirt

What will happen on the day?

  • We will welcome you all and provide you with:
  • a T-shirt
  • a photo consent form
  • and a form to reclaim your travel expenses.

Everyone in the photograph will be wearing a T-shirt which says “[number of years you waited for diagnosis] years for an autism diagnosis. #WhyTheWait” on the front of it. We will supply you with a marker pen to write your personal information on.

  • The photographer will take some photos of you, as a group, wearing your T-shirts.
  • We would like to take some additional photos with you as an individual (or with your child if you’re a parent of a child with autism who has come along).
  • If there is anyone in your group who does not wish to have their photo taken, please inform Janine Wigmore from the NAS at the event (photo below)
  • There may be some people from the press at the event. You do not have to speak to the press if you don’t want to, and do not have to disclose any information you are not comfortable about sharing.
  • We anticipate that this whole event will take around one hour in total.
  • Please bring waterproofs and umbrellas in case of wet weather. (T-shirts can be worn over the top of coats).
  • Please also note that parents are responsible for their children at all times.

How will I cover my travel?

Please hand your expenses form with any receipts or travel tickets to Janine Wigmore and the NAS will reimburse you.

How will you use the photos?

We will use the photos for our social media channels. These include Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Vine. The photos may also be used in the press, for example in newspapers.

Who can I contact?

If you have any questions you can get in touch with

Janine Wigmore at the NAS.

Janine

  • Email: janine.wigmore@nas.org.uk
  • Phone: 07436269094
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National Autistic Society Campaign on Autism Diagnosis Waiting Times Sunday 15th November Dewsbury

As part of the above campaign parents will be queuing up outside Dewsbury Town Hall on Sunday at 2pm.  Details from Janine Wigmore, area representative below:

Briefing for the NAS Diagnosis Campaign Photo-shoot

Thank you for volunteering to participate in our campaign photo shoot.

It’s an important way for us to remind the government and local Clinical Commissioning Groups of the personal impact of delayed diagnosis on people with autism and their families.

 When is the event?

  • Day: Sunday 15th November.
  • Start: We will meet at 2 pm.
  • End: The event should finish at approximately 3:00 pm.

Where do we meet?

We will meet outside Dewsbury Town Hall. There will be people wearing NAS t-shirts (like the one in the photo below) to meet you there.

 NAS t shirt

What will happen on the day?

  • We will welcome you all and provide you with:
  • a T-shirt
  • a photo consent form
  • and a form to reclaim your travel expenses.

Everyone in the photograph will be wearing a T-shirt which says “[number of years you waited for diagnosis] years for an autism diagnosis. #WhyTheWait” on the front of it. We will supply you with a marker pen to write your personal information on.

  • The photographer will take some photos of you, as a group, wearing your T-shirts.
  • We would like to take some additional photos with you as an individual (or with your child if you’re a parent of a child with autism who has come along).
  • If there is anyone in your group who does not wish to have their photo taken, please inform Janine Wigmore from the NAS at the event (photo below)

Janine

  • There may be some people from the press at the event. You do not have to speak to the press if you don’t want to, and do not have to disclose any information you are not comfortable about sharing.
  • We anticipate that this whole event will take around one hour in total.
  • Please bring waterproofs and umbrellas in case of wet weather. (T-shirts can be worn over the top of coats).
  • Please also note that parents are responsible for their children at all times.

How will I cover my travel?

Please hand your expenses form with any receipts or travel tickets to Janine Wigmore and the NAS will reimburse you.

How will you use the photos?

We will use the photos for our social media channels. These include Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Vine. The photos may also be used in the press, for example in newspapers.

Who can I contact?

If you have any questions you can get in touch with

Janine Wigmore at the NAS.

  • Email: janine.wigmore@nas.org.uk
  • Phone: 07436269094

We hope you are excited for the event!

Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.

For more information about our autism diagnosis crisis campaign, see:

http://www.autism.org.uk/get-involved/campaign-for-change/campaigns-in-england/autism-diagnosis-crisis.aspx

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Autism Friendly Cinema Screenings in December

Autism Friendly Sundays in December
ODEON, Vue, Showcase and Cineworld cinemas all have Autism Friendly Screenings starting this Sunday at Cineworld.

Find your screening

Huddersfield Odeon are running their next Autism Friendly Film, Disney’s Frozen, on Sunday 15th December at 11:30am.

See more details about Odeon screenings.

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Autism Networks 2014 Winter Conference – 12 Feb in Crewe

Autism Networks 2014 Winter Conference takes place on Wednesday 12th February 2014 at Crewe Alexandra Football Stadium.
The website (www.anconference.co.uk) gives full information of all guest speakers, which include:
  •    Paul Shattock OBE      – Living in a Parallel Universe: Current Understandings of Non-orthodox Interventions in Autism
  •    Dr Luke Beardon         – Autism and Criminal Responsibility
  •    Dr Olga Bogdashina    – Parallel Worlds: Whose Reality is More Real?
  •    Alison Douglas            – Autism : In the Drivers Seat
There will also be stalls and a number of workshops throughout the day   The website also allows for the booking of tickets, trade stands and advertising space in the conference brochure.
Tickets are available at Earlybird 20% discounted rates of £20 (normally £25) for parents and £40 (normally £50) for professionals.
Autism Networks is a registered charity that runs solely on fundraising, volunteers and donations.
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Create Project sessions – places still available

Just a reminder that the ‘Create’ Project is running every week during term time at Northorpe Hall in Mirfield.

It is a Creative Arts Project for children and young people with mild to moderate learning difficulties. The sessions will consist of two 1.5 hour groups; one for 8-11 year olds (5-6.30pm) and the other for 12-16 year olds (7-8.30pm).   Please click on the image below for more details.

Create Leaflet2

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Mixed Ability Cycling Sessions at Spenborough Sports Centre

Streetbikes run mixed ability cycling sessions at Spenborough Pool and Sports Centre in Liversedge.

They are open to all abilities and can teach all ages – whole families are welcome too.  They charge £2 per session.  You can stay as long as you like whilst the session is running.

Children who already own an adapted bike can bring it if they want to cycle in a safe, level place, they would still pay the £2 to go towards upkeep. Indoor spinning available if weather is bad.  The are open every week except Christmas week.  Please see the image  below for more details.

Mixed Ability cycling leafletwinter

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Opportunity to give your views about local wheelchair services

The NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) covering Calderdale, Greater Huddersfield and North Kirklees are committed to continuously improving the healthcare available to all the people living across the district. As part of this continued work, they want to look at how Wheelchair Services are provided by Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Trust.

If you or someone you care for has used / or are using wheelchair services, they would like to hear about your experiences and gather your opinions about how they could improve the service. They are holding two events on:

3rd December 2013: 1.30pm – 3.00pm at Broad Lea House, Huddersfield HD2 1GZ

11th December 2013: 2.00pm – 4.00pm at Dean Clough, Halifax HX3 5AX

If you would like to book onto one of these events, please contact me at Richard.kennedy@wsybcsu.nhs.uk or call on 01484 464025.

For those unable to attend one of the events, a survey has been developed, which is based around the questions that would be asked at the event.  If you have experience of using wheelchair services locally, please share your views by completing the survey online www.surveymonkey.com/s/Wheelchair-Services.

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