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 AGM and Big Meet Up

Hi – PCAN’s Annual General Meeting will take place on Monday 15th November 2021 at 9.30 am and we would be delighted to see you there. It’s a virtual one again (Zoom) – we hope we will be able to meet in person again next time.

As well as an update on PCAN’s recent activities we will have speakers from Kirklees Council including:

Tom Brailsford, Children and Families – Service Director Resources, Improvement and Partnerships

Jo-Anne Sanders, Service Director for Learning and Early Support

who will be talking about improvements that are happening across the Council in relation to Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

Dianna Lowe, Commissioning Manager who will be talking about the results from the recent CAHMS Survey as well as what is happening with our local services.

There will be time for you to ask questions.

If you would like to attend please click here and you will be directed to a registration page. Once you have registered, you will receive a link for the meeting.

Looking forward to seeing you there


The PCAN Team

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PCAN Social Meet Ups

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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


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.

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

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


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.
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.
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
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/

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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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


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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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