Welcome to PCAN

Welcome 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 that your child or young person may have 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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PCAN Picnics in the Park

You and your family are invited to PCAN’s Picnics in the Park – in Huddersfield and Dewsbury. Why not join us for peer support, good information and friendship?

Wednesday 18th August at Greenhead Park, Trinity Street, Huddersfield HD1 4DT

and

Wednesday 25th August at Oakwell Hall Country Park, Nutter Lane, Birstall, WF17 9LG

Picnics will start around 2pm till about 5 pm. There are cafes on both sites near the children’s play areas. All you need to do is bring a blanket and a little picnic so we can enjoy the afternoon together.

*Parents to stay with their children and are fully responsible for them.

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Summer Holiday Activities- Growing Works

Growing Works (Sprout) provides outdoor based fun activities for children/young people with a disability or additional needs alongside their
siblings and parent/carers.
Activities are inclusive and for all ages, abilities and disabilities. Sessions focus on the whole family having fun together and include growing
vegetables and flowers, outdoor cooking, wildlife activities and non-competitive sporty games.
This is an all-age activity, so parents will be responsible for the supervision of the children they bring to the activity.


Venue
Crow Nest Park, Heckmondwike Road, Dewsbury, WF13 2SG


Day and Time
Saturdays 10:30am until 12:30pm All Age

Contact:

Phone: 07845 415289

Email: info@growingworks.org.uk

Web: www.growingworks.org.uk

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Summer Holiday Activities – Project Communities

Project Communities (Project Stars group) is a great place for children to come along, make friends, learn new skills and have fun whilst at the
same time making their views and opinions known about the services that they use.
Activities will include, Bush Craft, Team Building, Art, Drama and much more.
Venue
The Stafflex Arena, Storthes Hall, Storthes Hall Lane, Huddersfield, HD8 0PT
Day and Time
Sundays 9:30am until 12pm Ages 8-14

Phone: 07986219058 or 07719698644

Email: projectcommunities@outlook.com

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Summer Holiday Activities – Huddersfield Town Foundation

The Huddersfield Town Foundation will listen to children about what type of physical activities they want to do whilst accessing their activity,
children will be supported to choose an activity and help plan future sessions so as to ensure that they remain fun for everyone.
Activities could include boccia, new age curling, football, cricket, yoga, parachute games etc.
Venue
John Smith’s Stadium FM Suite, Stadium Way, Huddersfield, HD1 6PG
Day and Time
Tuesdays, Wednesdays 10am until 3pm Ages 8-18

Contact details:

Phone: 07741671062
Email: Brad.Fox@htafcfoundation.com
Web: https://www.htafcfoundation.com/

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Summer holiday activities – endorphins

Endorphins Telephone: 0330 133 2642

EmaiL: bookings@endorphins.uk

WEB: www.endorphins.uk

Endorphins will provide a wide variety of fun activities which will include arts and crafts, dance, baking, scavenger hunts as well as lots more fun
things.
Children attending this activity will be invited to help plan the sessions, meaning that they get real satisfaction from the activities that they do.
All of the Endorphins sessions aim to help children to have fun whilst developing friendships.
Please note activities will run from the 2nd until 28th August.

To book your child’s place you will first need to register on our website: www.endorphins.uk/registration filling out the about your child information form before they can attend. All events can then be booked via: https://endorphins.uk/events-page/

Venues:
Colne Valley High School, Gillroyd Lane, Linthwaite, Huddersfield, HD7 5SP
Day and Time
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays 10am until 2pm Ages 8-13
Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays 10am until 2pm Ages 13-18

Birstall Community Centre, Market Street, Birstall, Batley, WF17 9EN
Day and Time
Tuesdays, Saturdays 10am until 2pm Ages 8-13
Thursdays 9am until 1pm Ages 8-13
Mondays, Fridays 10am until 2pm Ages 13-18
Thursdays 1:30pm until 5:30pm Ages 13-18

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Maxcards

Hi please click here if you need to buy or renew a Maxcard.

The Max Card is the UK’s leading discount card for foster families and families of children with additional needs. Families can use their Max Card at venues across the UK to get free or discounted admission.

Find out about venues here

Enjoy!

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CAMHS Survey 2021

Message from Kirklees Council:

Have you / or your child used the Kirklees child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) in the last 18 months?

Kirklees Council are currently collecting information about what people would like to see from the CAMHS service in the future.  This will help us to review what CAMHS are currently providing and what they will be asked to provide in the future

The short survey can be found at www.kirklees.gov.uk/camhssurvey and takes about 15 minutes to complete.  We’d really like to know your views about what is important to you.

The survey was jointly designed with PCAN and other relevant organisations/groups. Please note that it is solely aimed at children with SEND, but at any child or young person who may use the services. So please share the link with anyone who may have used the service in the past 18 months – THANKS!

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Health workshops w/c 21 June 2021

 Here are some useful health workshops that are taking place this week for Learning Disabilities Week. The topics and links are below: (Microsoft Teams virtual sessions)

Monday 21st June 10.30 till 12: Epilepsy Awareness: https://www.google.com/url?q=https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%253ameeting_NmIyNTMyN2MtNTQ1ZC00OWFiLWE0ZmUtODA3ODFmNGIwMjUz%2540thread.v2/0?context%3D%257b%2522Tid%2522%253a%2522a2467a44-f21b-4753-8241-e03a3d26a01f%2522%252c%2522Oid%2522%253a%2522bb35696b-21b5-423b-a214-1062a481f609%2522%257d&sa=D&source=calendar&ust=1624607133961000&usg=AOvVaw11JJIY3rp0sW3kE0KSxCxr

Tuesday; 22nd June 10.30-12: Unsafe Swallow session: https://www.google.com/url?q=https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%253ameeting_NDliMzNkOWYtNTQwOC00NTViLTljZTEtNmY3M2FlOTJhZjMx%2540thread.v2/0?context%3D%257b%2522Tid%2522%253a%2522a2467a44-f21b-4753-8241-e03a3d26a01f%2522%252c%2522Oid%2522%253a%2522bb35696b-21b5-423b-a214-1062a481f609%2522%257d&sa=D&source=calendar&ust=1624607212793000&usg=AOvVaw3E059RGwwlTSkjEbDILuyt

Wednesday 23rd June 10.30 am to 12: Sepsis awareness: https://www.google.com/url?q=https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%253ameeting_NGMwMGZmNGQtMDgyOC00ZWYyLWEzMmItMTBhYzMzNmE3Zjkx%2540thread.v2/0?context%3D%257b%2522Tid%2522%253a%2522a2467a44-f21b-4753-8241-e03a3d26a01f%2522%252c%2522Oid%2522%253a%2522bb35696b-21b5-423b-a214-1062a481f609%2522%257d&sa=D&source=calendar&ust=1624612160951000&usg=AOvVaw3GwTjnEKm8YvEbi02XcCF9

Thursday 24th June 10.30 am to 12 : Constipation and breast awareness: https://www.google.com/url?q=https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%253ameeting_YWQyODE1ZTAtZjgwNi00OGM0LTg5MTgtMDFiZDgzN2E3ZTVm%2540thread.v2/0?context%3D%257b%2522Tid%2522%253a%2522a2467a44-f21b-4753-8241-e03a3d26a01f%2522%252c%2522Oid%2522%253a%2522bb35696b-21b5-423b-a214-1062a481f609%2522%257d&sa=D&source=calendar&ust=1624607327820000&usg=AOvVaw2P15DIxJ0qyJbMcWOgoSai

Friday 25th June: 10.30 am to 12: Respiratory awareness: https://www.google.com/url?q=https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%253ameeting_Zjc3MTYxOGMtZjQ5Zi00Y2FhLWI0ZjktYTZmNTZiZTkxMzg4%2540thread.v2/0?context%3D%257b%2522Tid%2522%253a%2522a2467a44-f21b-4753-8241-e03a3d26a01f%2522%252c%2522Oid%2522%253a%2522bb35696b-21b5-423b-a214-1062a481f609%2522%257d&sa=D&source=calendar&ust=1624607423337000&usg=AOvVaw3q7ruFCEol_eCaze6cZppc

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Tell us what you think about therapy service in Kirklees

Hi, during the past three years, has your child received (or do they still receive) any of the following therapies?

  • Speech and language therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational Therapy (including Sensory OT)

If so, we would love to hear from you.  Kirklees Council has a contract with local health providers to deliver these services and that contract is being reviewed.

As part of our PCAN programme about making sure that parents’ and carers’ voices are heard in order to  ensure that the new contract will deliver what is needed, the Council is really keen for you to share your views about:

  • What therapies your child/young person receives
  • What is working well
  • What could be improved
  • What is missing
  • Anything else you would like to share

There are two ways of doing this:

1.  We are holding a Zoom event on Tuesday 11th May at 1.30 pm

Tony Parker will be co-hosting the event with PCAN.  He is working with Kirklees Council on how the new contract should look.
Click here to join – look forward to seeing you.

2.  You can fill in our survey here

Your child can complete the survey if they would like to, same link.

If you have difficulty completing surveys, or don’t understand some of the questions, please contact us on 07754102336 or email us at info@pcankirklees.org and we can help you. 

The deadline for completing the survey is Friday 15th May 2021.

Thank you for your help – together we can make a difference

Regards
The PCAN Team
(Trace, Carol, Johanna, Jenny, Ann, Nicola, Joanne J, Joanne O, Anisa)

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Education Update Kirklees

Please click on the video link below to hear from Kelsey Clark-Davies, new Head of Safeguarding and Inclusion about Kirklees Council’s vision for children and young people and what changes and improvements are happening in the SEND arena in Kirklees. As parents we have been asked for our views many times. There is a bit of “you said we did” in the presentation too. (So we are being listened to).

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