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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Huddersfield Town Foundation Sports Camps

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Kirklees Short Breaks

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Karaoke and Crafts event

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Post 16 event

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Post 16 event at the Zone, Huddersfield 25th January

PCAN is holding an information event on Thursday 25th Jan for parents of young people aged 14-25.

Where: the Zone, St Andrews Road, Huddersfield HD16PT

When: Thursday 25th January 9.30 to 12.30 pm

Who will be there?

Department for Work and Pensions (benefits information). Presentation and Q & A

Project Search: Project SEARCH is a one-year internship programme for students between ages 18 -25 with a learning disability or autism more info

Real Employment: REAL aims to support adults aged 18+ with learning disabilities, autism and/or additional needs into paid, sustainable employment. We match their interests and skills to a job they want More info:

Carers Count: Advice and information about a range of topics including their benefits advice service

And of course helpers from PCAN will be there to support. Unfortunately Kirklees College are no longer able to attend.

The agenda is below:

9.30am to 10am – Welcome and introductions

10am to 10.25 Presentations and question and answer sessions from Carers Count, Department of

                              Work and Pensions, REAL employment, Project SEARCH, and Kirklees Council

assistive technology

10.30 to 10.55 Presentations and question and answer sessions from Carers Count, Department of

                              Work and Pensions, REAL employment, Project SEARCH, and Kirklees council

assistive technology

11.00 to 12.30 pm Attendees are invited to meet the services

                                 for a one to one discussion. Booked by

                                 signing the appointment sheets available

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Community Plus Drop In’s in Huddersfield

Community Plus work with people of all ages, providing flexible and personalised support. Our coordinators offer short-term support, which can be in your home, by telephone, a local venue or a mixture of all three

We listen to what’s important, we put your wellbeing at the heart of our conversations. We have a coordinator in each ward locality across Kirklees – Huddersfield, Rural, Batley/Spen and Dewsbury/Mirfield

There is no charge for the Community Plus service. However, there maybe a cost to any activity or service you decide to take part in, here are some of our activities….

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Ignite Theatre Sessions 2024

I’m getting in touch from Dark Horse Theatre Company because in the new year we will be starting our Young Company, Ignite!
We would love people to come along to our free drama sessions, where they can learn new skills, meet new friends, showcase their talents and build their confidence!
Ignite runs as a weekend theatre school every Saturday (during term-time) across the year and is for anyone over the age of 14. It’s completely free for participants to attend and there are two different spaces that we run from. One is based at the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield, and the other is at the Howlands Centre in Dewsbury. 
We will run two sessions every Saturday:
Session 1 (Tailored for individuals with Autism): 10:00 – 11:30Session 2 (Suitable for all other learning disabilities): 11:45 – 13:15
If you know of anyone that might be interested or even wants to give it a go then we have an open day on Saturday the 6th of January. Completely free, you can email me to book in so we know who is attending. 
I’ve attached our flyer to this email with some extra details.
If you have any questions, or you’d like to attend then please get in touch on this email (dan@darkhorsetheatre.co.uk) or give our office a ring 01484 484 441.

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Take part in our survey about autistic people and clothing

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Employability and Life Skills programme

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Free wellbeing courses

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