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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Growing Works Activities

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Reed in Partnership Drop in Day

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Carer Support Services Day

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Batley and Ravensthorpe Social Events

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New Stress Management Sessions

Restarting the evening workshops for people that might struggle to attend in the day. The first one is Stress Management that starts for 6 sessions on the 22nd May 6.30-7.30pm on Zoom.

Contact Karl.Jackson-Lander@RichmondFellowship.org.uk for more info.

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Planning for the Future post 16

Many of us are worried about what will happen as our kids get older; where they might live, how they will manage and what we need to to do to prepare them.  If they are going to be staying at home after finishing education, what will they be doing and what support can we get as a carer? What are we going to do ourselves with the rest of our future? We also need to think about what happens when we are no longer able to look after them. With that in mind, PCAN is running an event on:

Tuesday 21st May 9.30 am to 2.30 pm

at the John Smith’s Stadium, Stadium Way, Huddersfield HD1 6PG

The event will include a range of providers including Carers Count, DWP, Adult Social Care, Day providers, estate planning, Shared Lives, Transitions Team and more. Please come along to find out more. You can book a place here

The workshop topics are:

10.00 Living options (presented by parents whose young people have moved away from home)

11.00 Mental Capacity

12.00 Adult Social Care pathway

13.00 Wills, Trusts and power of attorney

Choose your workshops on the day.

Stand holders include:

Carers Count, DWP, St Anne’s, Bridgewood Trust, Ability Options, Kirklees Adult Social Care, Kirklees Social Care Transitions Team, REAL Employment, Step Up, Shared Lives, Red Laithes Court, My Safe Home, Acorn Houses, Assistive Technology, Clear, Fresh Futures, Mencap, Highfields, S2R and the Great Outdoors Project, EP Seminars (Wills and Trusts), Reed Employment, Kirklees Enablement Team, Health (including transitions), Robinson Care, Kirklees Local Offer

The Programme for the day can be found here

Refreshments will be available to purchase on the day, see below:


Water station throughout the day – free

From 09:00 – 14:00 (Please note that it is a cashless system so only card payments available)

Tea/Coffee £2.40 (Decaf and Milk Alternatives to be available)

Lunch served from 11:30 until 14:00

Jacket Potatoes with a choice of the following 2 fillings – £5.00

(served with homemade coleslaw)

Baked Beans



Hot Sandwich (Filling TBC) £6.00

Cheddar & tomato baked baguette £6.00

Soup of the day, bread roll & butter £3.50

Chocolate Bar £1.80

Homemade Flapjack £2.50

Crisps £1.80

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New PCAN Social event

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Famallama Minecraft Server

The Famallama Minecraft Server offers a unique and welcoming community designed specifically forindividuals with Autism, ADHD, and other neurodivergent conditions.

Allow me to highlight some key features of Famallama:

Tailor-Made Experience: Our server is meticulously crafted to cater to the unique needs of our neurodivergent community. We prioritize a positive and enjoyable gaming experience for all.
Real-World Connections: Beyond the virtual realm, we believe in fostering genuine connections. Our annual summer meetup provides a safe environment for players to solidify the friendships they’ve formed online, accompanied by their parents.
Free Access: Famallama is open to everyone who is Neurodivergent or who has a close connection to someone that is Neurodivergent. All you need to do is to fill out a whitelist application here: Join us – FAMALLAMA  As long as you have a valid Minecraft account, and you can join us from virtually any device.
Dedicated Staff: Our team comprises caring parents, young neurodivergent adults, and computer scientists who work tirelessly behind the scenes to maintain the server’s integrity on a voluntary basis. We provide one to one sessions, those sessions are carried out with staff that are fully DBS checked.

If you have any questions or would like further information, please feel free to reach out. We appreciate your interest in Famallama Minecraft Server and look forward to connecting with you.

I know safety and security is important, to peruse our Safeguarding and Data Protection Policies please click this link to our website: Safeguarding & Data Protection – FAMALLAMA and for Privacy: Privacy Policy – FAMALLAMA

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Social Event Update

Please note for your diaries, the 10th of April social event at Thornhill Lees has been re-organised to the 24th April, due to a clash of dates.

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Join Dark Horse Theatre Company

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