Future Planning Event 25 March, Brian Jackson Centre- cancelled

Carers Count and Kirklees Council are holding an event to help you plan if you have an adult with additional needs still living at home with you.

There will be representatives from Carers Count, Client Financial Affairs, the Benefits Team, Community Enablement Team and the assessments teams, along with PCAN and LD Carers Voice.

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Help for Families event 23rd June

A free drop-in information event for parents and carers of children and young people with additional needs aged 0 – 19 following on from the successful event held last September. Come along and talk to professionals and other parents about support, activities and opportunities for your children in the local area.

The event takes place on:

Tuesday 23rd June 9.30 am to 2 pm


The Textile Centre of Excellence,

off Leeds Road, Huddersfield HD2 1YE

Find out about: Help and support services, leisure activities, support groups, education, health and more. Workshops will running on the day – these are to be confirmed but should include information about EHC Plans, sleep clinic, information about behaviour support.

Put the date in your diary! Tell your friends!

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Kirklees Autism Show

Annual Kirklees Autism Show – see details below:

You can book a place here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kirklees-autism-show-2020-public-event-tickets-78178823967

Stallholders at the event are here:

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Tell Kirklees Council about your experiences with the SEND System

Kirklees Council would like to know more about your experience of support within education and to work together to identify ideas and opportunities for the future

Kirklees Council and PCAN have previously worked with a number of parents, carers and families who have children and young people with additional needs to understand their experiences of the SEND system and local services.  Previous work has included the high needs review, what early help looks like in Kirklees and the current behaviour survey.

Kirklees Council is working on improvements to the local system, but recognises that there are still gaps in its knowledge.  As a result, Kirklees Council is now undertaking further work to understand more about your experiences of the SEND system with a focus on:

  • Education including support for children/young people with SEN support and with EHCPs across mainstream and special education settings;
  • Fixed term and permanent exclusions;
  • Early years education;
  • Transitions to school/between schools/school to college

Kirklees Council would like to work together with parents and carers to identify ideas and opportunities to improve the support offered to children and young people aged up to 25.

Kirklees Council is working in partnership with a public sector consultancy called IMPOWER, as well as working with PCAN, to deliver and facilitate these sessions.  The experiences, ideas and opportunities identified within the workshop will be brought together with other work the Council are undertaking to help shape local support to improve the outcomes of children and young people with special educational needs.

If you would like to join the parent carer workshops there are two session being held, (you need only attend one session):

  • Monday 30th March at 9:30am – 11.30 am in the Reception Room at Huddersfield Town Hall.


  • Thursday 2nd April at 6:30pm – 8.30 pm at Northorpe Hall

Please book a place by registering through the Eventbrite link:

If your teenager or young person would like to share their views, they are welcome to come along. We are hoping people will tell us about good experiences, not just things that haven’t worked so that good practice can be shared.

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.  If you don’t have access to internet, please call Rachel from IMPOWER on 07580 047 656 to book your place.

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Support for families of children with ASC in Kirklees

Information provided by Northorpe Hall who have a new Family Support Worker.

The family support offer will include:


  • Directories and signposting to what is available locally


  • Consultation one to one 1hr sessions (via email, telephone and face to face)

(Please email Colette.Hampson@northorpehall.co.uk until the booking system on the website is up and running)

  • Parent information sessions

(Cygnet parenting support programme for parents of children on the autistic spectrum aged 5-18.)

This programme is designed for parents and carers of children and young people with an autistic spectrum condition. The programme is designed to:

  • increase parents understanding of autistic spectrum conditions
  • help parents develop their knowledge on how a child on the autistic spectrum experiences the world and what drives their behaviour
  • guide parents through practical strategies they can use with children
  • direct parents to relevant ASC resources
  • give parents the opportunity to meet with other parents who have had similar experiences and to gain support and learn from each other

Cygnet programme is delivered over six, two and a half – three hour sessions which sequentially work towards behaviour management and covers a number of topics 

  • Autism & diagnosis
  • Communication
  • Sensory Issues
  • Understanding behaviour
  • Managing behaviour
  • Choice of topic decided by parents/carers

There are already a range of workshops run by Northorpe Hall. These include:

Autism awareness

Workshops aimed at raising awareness and better understanding of Autism. Take the opportunity to see what autism is from the perspective of autistic people through videos and information presented by the ASC family worker, meet others and share your experiences in a relaxed environment.

Supporting yourself as a carer

Looking at self-care when you care for someone else, how does caring affect us, how can we improve our own wellbeing, what works and where can we find help.

Sensory development and sensory differences relating to autism

This session will be an Introduction to sensory development, help gain understanding of our different senses, recognise sensory preferences and to Investigate/take “a closer look” at challenges and who/how can we help with challenges?

You can book a place on these workshops here

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Continuing healthcare information

Here are links to information about continuing healthcare as recetnly discussed on the PCAN closed Facebook Group:


Some info from legal expert and academic Luke Clements about transitioning from children’s NHS healthcare funding to Adult Continuing Healthcare funding: http://www.lukeclements.co.uk/nhs-continuing-healthcare-chc-and-transitions-into-adulthood/

NHS continuing care for children:


General page about NHS Continuing healthcare:


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PCAN Discussion about Behaviour (and AGM)

Please come and join us on Friday 15th November to talk to us about behaviour issues you are dealing with at home. This is an opportunity for you to tell senior people in Kirklees Council about how difficult it can be to manage the behaviour of your child/children with additional needs and what help needs to be in place. We know that families are struggling and there are very few places to get the right help at the right time. PCAN has been telling the Council for years that lack of support with behaviour is a major issues for families and is working alongside the Council to improve help and support for families in Kirklees.

When: Friday 15th November 10 am to 1.30 pm

Where: The Huddersfield Mission, 3-13 Lord St, Huddersfield HD1 1QA

It’s also a chance to have a nice lunch and chat to other parents.

As we are a registered charity, we do have to hold an Annual General Meeting so we will do this over lunch.

Please book a place here so we can order enough food!!

Look forward to seeing you soon,


The PCAN Team

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Volunteering Opportunity with Northorpe Hall

Here at Northorpe Hall we are developing an ASC family project. As part of the core offers to families we are offering the opportunity to be trained as Cygnet practitioners, more information below on the training including training dates.

We are able to offer 3 parent places for any parent interested in becoming a Northorpe Hall volunteer (more info of what is involved below) to support delivering parent information from Northorpe Hall; this will include delivery of the Cygnet programme. The aim will be for you to be part of a team delivering Cygnet on a rolling programme over a year for families living with ASC (including weekends and evenings as well as in the day time through the week). More information will be available as part of the recruitment process of becoming a volunteer.   If you are interested please contact Colette Hampson on colette.hampson@northorpehall.co.uk

The  dates for the Cygnet practitioner training will be from November 7th for 6 weeks 12.30 – 2.30 pm, the last session being on December 12th. You would have to commit to all the 6 sessions.

The sessions will take place on the:

7th November at Empire House Wakefield Rd, Dewsbury WF12 8DJ

14th November at Empire House Wakefield Rd, Dewsbury WF12 8DJ

21st November, the barn Northorpe hall 53 Northorpe Ln, Mirfield WF14 0QL

28th November, at Empire House Wakefield Rd, Dewsbury WF12 8DJ

5th December the barn Northorpe hall 53 Northorpe Ln, Mirfield WF14 0QL

12th December the barn Northorpe hall 53 Northorpe Ln, Mirfield WF14 0QL

Please note the different venues

Along with the training we ask that as a volunteer you will need to sign up as a Northorpe hall Volunteer.

This will involve:

Being on the Northorpe Hall database to include personal details

Chat with the ASC Family worker on what you want and what Northorpe Hall has to offer

Ask that you fill in an application form, this will ask for two referees, if possible to be someone who has known you for two years and is a non-family member

As we seek references we will ask, that you undergo a DBS (disclosure barring service)

Access to Induction, receiving a volunteer handbook and training here at Northorpe Hall, involving confidentiality, boundaries, safeguarding, and disclosures. (This will take about an hour).

Looking at your availability, start dates etc

In return you will benefit from volunteering for an organisation that has a Volunteering Kirklees quality assurance award, regular support and supervision, skills you can include in your CV, meet new people and support parents in Kirklees with your expertise.

Northorpe Hall will also pay any out of pocket expenses in relation to volunteering for any of the projects here.

We look forward to hearing from you

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