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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Parent to Parent SEND evening

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Make a lantern to celebrate World Mental Health day

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Inclusive Tennis Summer Sessions

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Join creative arts group

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Summer holiday sessions

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Wacky Activities for this summer

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PCAN Social Events Update

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PCAN New Social Event Dates

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Free Information Sessions

Our members always talk to us about how hard it is to get the information they want, when they want it. A group of PCAN parents helped to co-produce the Kirklees Local Offer – a website that should contain all the information you need to know as a parent/carer or guardian of a child or young person with special educational needs and disabilities (aged 0-25). Every effort has been made to make it user-friendly.

If you’re struggling to find information, please come along to one of our sessions and we can help you with that. People from the Local Offer Team will be on hand to present it and talk you through how to use it. Trustees will be there from PCAN to offer signposting, and we will have our usual information table there.

There will be chance to relax and chat with other parents, share information and enjoy lovely refreshments. If you have any feedback about the Local Offer, the LO Team will happy to receive and discuss it.

It would be really helpful if you could book a place especially if you have special dietary requirements. Dates, times and links to booking a place are below:

Day time events:

Tuesday 14th March 10 am to 12.30 pm at Royds Mill, Calder Road, Lower Hopton, Mirfield, WF14 8PJ

Friday 17th March, 10 am to 12.30 pm at Cathedral House, 1 St Thomas’ Road, Huddersfield HD1 3LG

Evening events:

Wednesday 15th March 6 pm to 8.30 pm at Brian Jackson Centre, 2 New North Parade, Huddersfield HD1 5JP

Monday 20th March 6 pm to 8.30 pm at Dewsbury Town Hall, Wakefield Old Road, Dewsbury, WF12 8DG

Click here to choose your event and book a place.

We will be holding an additional virtual event on Wednesday 29th March. After registering you will receive an email with instructions on how to join the webinar. You can book a place here

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Local Offer Live 17th November 2022 at John Smith’s Stadium 10-3

Come along and chat face to face with a range of teams and services who support children and young people with special additional needs and disabilities in Kirklees. This event is being hosted by Kirklees Council in response to demand from parents so please support it – it’s very rare to get all of these people under one roof on the same day!!

Stall holders include activity providers, early support, KIAS, careers and education information, social care, benefits information (and of course ourselves) – a full list can be found here

There will also be some 30 minute workshops on:

Mental Health, Anxiety and Autism hosted by Northorpe Hall

Managing Sensory Needs, hosted by Locala

Managing Behaviour that challenges hosted by Marcus Farrington

The EHCP Process hosted by SENDACT

Benefits and Financial Help hostd by Carers Count

If you want to book tickets in advance for any of these sessions, please click here to get to the Local Offer Live website, then scroll down to the individual workshop and click on the link there to book your place. It should be a great event!!

Feel free to come and see us at our stand, and also if you wish, you can attend our Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Big Meet Up in the Big Red Suite at the Stadium at 1.45. If you wish to attend our AGM, please click here to book a place

Look forward to seeing you there,

The PCAN Team

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