FVS Events

Check this page regularly for the most up to date details of FVS events happening across Surrey.

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**Please note that we plan to add more events in the coming weeks

so keep checking back for updates**

 

Find below all the online events and chats we are holding over the next couple of months.

If you want to share ideas, talk to other SEND Parents/carers or just see a different face then please get in touch and we will email you the link to join in. You are welcome to join in on any one, or all of them if you prefer, just simply email the coordinator responsible for that date and they will send you the zoom login details.

 

All our events listed below are free to FVS members unless otherwise stated. Plus our membership is free to join. Use this link to become part of our voice become a member | family-voice-surrey

September

 

5th September (Monday 6.30pm) '16+ group (extended to 13+ for this session): Preparing for Adulthood booklet'

Our 16+ group is for parent carers of young people age 16-25 with additional needs. The group meets monthly via Zoom on a Monday evening from 6.30pm – 8.00pm, to share experiences, exchange tips and advice, and to hear from expert speakers. On this occaision Beth Reeder, Dan Callaghan and Kate Clarke from Surrey County Council’s Preparing for Adulthood team are joining us to get feedback on their new Preparing for Adulthood booklet. This booklet will provide young people with additional needs and/or disabilities, their families and carers, and any relevant staff that work with young people, a resource that outlines the pathway for transitioning into adulthood. Parent carers of children and young people from 13-25 years old are welcome to join this session.

The FVS co-hosts for the group are Tandridge Coordinator Gretta Schifano and Reigate & Banstead Coordinator Lucy Young.

Email tandridge@familyvoicesurrey.org for more information and the zoom login details

 

7th September (Wednesday 10.00am) 'General coffee & chat'

Join Shannon our Elmbridge coordinator for a coffee and a chat at 10am.

Email elmbridge@familyvoicesurrey.org for more information and the zoom login details

8th September (Thursday 11.00am) 'Consultation with Adults with Downs Syndrome and their families'

A new Downs Syndrome Bill has been passed to help meet the specific needs of people with Downs Syndrome; and for the relevant authorities (health, education and local authorities in respect to social care and housing) to have due regard to the guidance in providing these services.

Family Voice would love to hear your views about the new Bill.  We would love to speak to Adults (up to 25 years of age) with Downs Syndrome as well as their families and so we wanted to invite you to have a coffee with us at Emmanuel Church coffee shop, Shepherd’s Lane, Guildford.

Email guildford@familyvoicesurrey.org for more information and to let Nicole know you are attending

13th September (Tuesday 12.00pm) 'PDA online group chat'

Regular chat group for parents and carers of children and young people with PDA – with or without a diagnosis. The hosts for this event are Diana Phillips (FVS Woking coordinator) & Sara Draycott (FVS Waverley coordinator)

Email woking@familyvoicesurrey.org for more information and the zoom login details

 

14th September (Wednesday 11.00am) 'School anxiety and Avoidance Monthly Catch Up'

For our September monthly catch up we are delighted to have Jo Luhman, from Kings International College, to talk to us about education solutions for children and young people with academic ability and interests combined with complex needs.

In her work Jo seeks imaginative solutions based on individual needs and circumstances. For example dual placements and combinations of school based learning and EOTAS solutions.  Hearing Jo may help us see possible solutions to the challenges we are facing in finding the right education solutions for our children.

Crucially, speaking to Jo may help us generate ideas for reasonable adjustments that could make a difference for our children and help us understand how these requests are received from a school perspective. In other words how do we ensure that our requests are actioned sustainably and consistently and don’t simply slide into the white noise that often seems to surround discussions about additional needs!

Email reigtatebanstead@familyvoicesurrey.org for more information and the zoom login details

(THIS EVENT IS NOW CANCELLED) 15th September (Thursday 10.30am) 'Transitioning into Secondary School'

Family Voice would love to invite you to a new group, meeting monthly.  Transitioning into Secondary School can be a huge step and we would like to help support you through this process.

Our Annual Event, which we are hosting in November this year, is Transitioning into Secondary School.
You can book your tickets to our event here  Annual Event 2022 | family-voice-surrey (familyvoicesurrey.org)

In the months leading up to the event, we would love to invite parents who have children going into year 7 and those who have already transitioned, but still needing support to bring your voice.  For our first meet up, we would love to invite you to bring your suggestions, ideas, worries and thoughts for our up and coming event so that we can get it right for the parents!  Your voice is really important!  After this we will have other events with key speakers.

Email guildford@familyvoicesurrey.org for more information and the zoom login details

 

15th September (Thursday 11.00am) 'Neurographica - Draw yourself happy!'

What is this event about?

Understand the benefits of Neurographica on emotional and mental health and enjoy a mini session to de-stress and instantly relax.

Pen and paper (and colour pencils) are sufficient to take part, but if you can get hold of a fine felt pen (for example a Sharpie) that would be even better.

What is Neurographica?

Neurographica is a new modern method of self-discovery and management of life situations through fun and simple drawing. It was invented by Russian psychologist Pavel Piskarev in 2013 and is now rapidly becoming popular around the world.

Thanks to the use of simple step-by-step models, Neurographica can help improve emotional response to life challenges and can provide instant stress relief.

Neurographica has also been scientifically proven to stimulate neuroplasticity.

Who is Lara?

Lara is a local mum who lives in Runnymede. Her child has Special Needs.

What are her credentials?

Lara is a qualified Neurographica Specialist, a Counsellor, and Spelthorne Borough Coordinator at Family Voice Surrey.  

Location:- via Zoom

Email spelthorne@familyvoicesurrey.org for more information and the zoom login details

23rd September (Friday 10.00am) 'FASD online Group'

Our FASD online chat group is for Surrey parent carers of children and young people with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.  The newly formed group meets on a regular basis via Zoom and provides an opportunity to share experiences and exchange advice.

The host for the event is Sara Draycott (FVS Waverley Coordinator) and she is joined by Debbie Bell, an FASD parent carer.

Email waverley@familyvoicesurrey.org for more information and the zoom login details

27th September (Tuesday 12.30pm) 'ADHD/ASD chat'

ADHD/Autism online chat group for parent carers of children and young people with neurodiverse conditions.  The group meets monthly via Zoom so come along and join in. 

The Family Voice Surrey hosts are Sara (FVS Waverley Coordinator) and Diana (FVS Woking Coordinator).

Email waverley@familyvoicesurrey.org for more information and the zoom login details

 

 

 

October

 

3rd October (Monday 6.30pm) '16+ group: Building Futures programme'

Our 16+ group is for parent carers of young people age 16-25 with additional needs. The group meets monthly via Zoom, to share experiences, exchange tips and advice, and to hear from expert speakers. On this occaision Emily Marbrow is joining us from the halow project, to talk about their Building Futures programme. This is a full-time community-based learning programme for young people in Surrey. Surrey County Council Education and Inclusion Service Managers Kathrine Everett and Jo McSherrie are also coming along to this session.

The FVS hosts for the group are Tandridge Coordinator Gretta Schifano and Reigate & Banstead Coordinator Lucy Young.

Email tandridge@familyvoicesurrey.org for more information and the zoom login details

11th October (Tuesday 12.30pm) 'PDA online group chat'

Regular chat group for parents and carers of children and young people with PDA – with or without a diagnosis. An opportunity to share your experiences and hear from other parent carers. The hosts for this event are Diana Phillips (FVS Woking coordinator) & Sara Draycott (FVS Waverley coordinator).

Email woking@familyvoicesurrey.org for more information and the zoom login details

12th October (Wednesday 11.00am) 'School Anxiety Group'

Monthly catch up of our School Anxiety Group. The hosts for this event are Lucy Young (FVS Reigate & Banstead coordinator) & Gretta Schifano (FVS Tandridge coordinator).

Email reigatebanstead@familyvoicesurrey.org for more information and the zoom login details

12th October (Wednesday 1.00pm) 'Transition to secondary school'

Calling all parents to our Transitioning to Secondary School Group.  We would love to invite you to share your experience of how year 7 is going so far. We would also love to hear your suggestions for our up and coming Annual event transitioning to Secondary School.  All Secondary School parents welcome to share their experiences with us.  What would you like to hear more about and how could you be better supported in Secondary School? 

Email guildford@familyvoicesurrey.org for more information and the zoom login details

15th October (Saturday 10.00am - 1.00pm) 'Preparing for Adulthood event'

Surrey County Council’s Preparing for Adulthood event, in partnership with Family Voice Surrey, is taking place this weekend!

Don't miss out on exploring the various ways that young people with additional needs and disabilities can achieve their goals and aspirations for the future.

Learn more about this free event and sign up to attend, today: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/preparing-for-adulthood-event-tickets-407415038347

18th October (Tuesday 12.30pm) 'ADHD/ASD chat'

ADHD/Autism online chat group for parent carers of children and young people with neurodiverse conditions.  The group meets monthly via Zoom so come along and join in. The FVS co-hosts for the group are Sara Draycott (FVS Waverley coordinator) and Diana Phillips (FVS Woking coordinator).   

Email waverley@familyvoicesurrey.org for more information and the zoom login details

20th October (Thursday 11.00am) 'Neurographica - Draw yourself happy!'

What is this event about?

Understand the benefits of Neurographica on emotional and mental health and enjoy a mini session to de-stress and instantly relax.

Pen and paper (and colour pencils) are sufficient to take part, but if you can get hold of a fine felt pen (for example a Sharpie) that would be even better.

What is Neurographica?

Neurographica is a new modern method of self-discovery and management of life situations through fun and simple drawing. It was invented by Russian psychologist Pavel Piskarev in 2013 and is now rapidly becoming popular around the world.

Thanks to the use of simple step-by-step models, Neurographica can help improve emotional response to life challenges and can provide instant stress relief.

Neurographica has also been scientifically proven to stimulate neuroplasticity.

Who is Lara?

Lara is a local mum who lives in Runnymede. Her child has Special Needs.

What are her credentials?

Lara is a qualified Neurographica Specialist, a Counsellor, and Spelthorne Borough Coordinator at Family Voice Surrey.  

Where: The Village Centre, 68 Victoria Street, Englefield Green, TW20 0QX

Email spelthorne@familyvoicesurrey.org for more information and to let Lara know you are attending

 

 

 

 

November

 

 

 

10th November (Thursday 11.00am) 'Neurographica - Draw yourself happy!'

What is this event about?

Understand the benefits of Neurographica on emotional and mental health and enjoy a mini session to de-stress and instantly relax.

Pen and paper (and colour pencils) are sufficient to take part, but if you can get hold of a fine felt pen (for example a Sharpie) that would be even better.

What is Neurographica?

Neurographica is a new modern method of self-discovery and management of life situations through fun and simple drawing. It was invented by Russian psychologist Pavel Piskarev in 2013 and is now rapidly becoming popular around the world.

Thanks to the use of simple step-by-step models, Neurographica can help improve emotional response to life challenges and can provide instant stress relief.

Neurographica has also been scientifically proven to stimulate neuroplasticity.

Who is Lara?

Lara is a local mum who lives in Runnymede. Her child has Special Needs.

What are her credentials?

Lara is a qualified Neurographica Specialist, a Counsellor, and Spelthorne Borough Coordinator at Family Voice Surrey.

Location:- Stanwell Family Centre TW19 7HE 

Email spelthorne@familyvoicesurrey.org for more information and to let her know you are attending

 

 

14th - 18th November 2022 FVS Annual Event & AGM

For more details use this link (Annual Event 2022)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

22nd November (Tuesday 12.30pm) 'ADHD/ASD chat'

ADHD/Autism online chat group for parent carers of children and young people with neurodiverse conditions.  The group meets monthly via Zoom so come along and join in. The FVS co-hosts for the group are Sara Draycott (FVS Waverley coordinator) and Diana Phillips (FVS Woking coordinator).   

Email waverley@familyvoicesurrey.org for more information and the zoom login details

 

 

 

December

 

8th December (Thursday 11.00am) 'Neurographica - Draw yourself happy!'

What is this event about?

Understand the benefits of Neurographica on emotional and mental health and enjoy a mini session to de-stress and instantly relax.

Pen and paper (and colour pencils) are sufficient to take part, but if you can get hold of a fine felt pen (for example a Sharpie) that would be even better.

What is Neurographica?

Neurographica is a new modern method of self-discovery and management of life situations through fun and simple drawing. It was invented by Russian psychologist Pavel Piskarev in 2013 and is now rapidly becoming popular around the world.

Thanks to the use of simple step-by-step models, Neurographica can help improve emotional response to life challenges and can provide instant stress relief.

Neurographica has also been scientifically proven to stimulate neuroplasticity.

Who is Lara?

Lara is a local mum who lives in Runnymede. Her child has Special Needs.

What are her credentials?

Lara is a qualified Neurographica Specialist, a Counsellor, and Spelthorne Borough Coordinator at Family Voice Surrey.  

Email spelthorne@familyvoicesurrey.org for more information and the zoom login details

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***FREE tickets for Head2Head Theatre performances***

Family Voice Surrey would like to offer families a FREE Head2Head activity.

Visit https://www.h2hsensorytheatre.com/whats-on-2021/ and choose from one of the following Head2Head Sensory Theatre activities.

Places are restricted and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Tell Family Voice Surrey which one you want and, if available, we will provide it Free of Charge.

Head2Head Sensory Theatre is a Makaton Friendly charity with all actors using Makaton signing. All activities come with an advance pack.

Please email rachael.f@familyvoicesurrey.org with your chosen performance ASAP to avoid disappointment.