Winter dates for your diary



Please 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


**Please note that we plan to add more events

in the coming weeks so keep checking back for updates**



MARCH


3rd March (Wednesday 10.30am) 'General chat'

Email kim.b@familyvoicesurrey.org for the zoom login details


6th March (Saturday 10am) ' Mark Brown talk on sleep problems'

Mark will explore the difficulties associated with sleep and children with special needs, as well as some neuro-typical children, and provide some general ideas and approaches towards getting better sleep.

“The need for sleep is not just about being exhausted; it is about the mental and physical wellbeing of the person. I am sure you will have experienced increased irritability, poor memory and concentration, emotional distress and even depression, and that is just you as a parent. Not only does the person with the sleep problem experience these as well but also there will undoubtedly be increased aggression and behavioural problems, the occurrences of clumsiness and subsequent accidents rises. So it is more than just feeling tired; in fact sleep is a biological need that allows the body and mind to slow down and repairs itself”.

Email rachael.f@familyvoicesurrey.org for the zoom login details


8th March (Monday 10.30am) '0-4 Support Group'

See the below flyer for details



Email kim.b@familyvoicesurrey.org for more details and zoom login


8th March (Monday 12.30) 'International Women's Day Live chat'

Join our Spelthorne coordinator Kim Baker for a Facebook Live to talk about International Women’s Day.

Watch the live chat on our FVS Parent Carer FB page use this link to join


10th March (Wednesday 11.00am) 'School anxiety chat'

Do you have a child or young person who struggles with attending school or college? If so you may like to join our friendly support group.

Email lucy.y@familyvoicesurrey.org for the zoom login details


11th March (Thursday 10.30am) 'Support group for Families who's children have Down's'

Nicole Farrell, our Guildford Coordinator will run a monthly coffee morning on the 2nd Thursday of each month for Families who have children with Down's. Hayley Newman from 'Downssideup' will be visiting our our Downes Support Group this week.

For more information about this email nicole.f@familyvoicesurrey.org


11th March (Thursday 1.00pm) 'General chat'

Email nicole.f@familyvoicesurrey.org for the zoom login details


12th March (Friday 11.00am) 'General chat'

Claire, Family Voice Surrey coordinator for Epsom and Ewell will be hosting a Zoom coffee and chat with a special guest, Wendi Stephens from the Surrey Early Support Service.

This ’coffee and chat’ session is a free opportunity for any Family Voice Surrey parent carer to share what is going well and not so well with Family Voice and connect with other parent carers.

We will also learn about the role of the Early Support Service offered by Surrey.

Email claire.w@familyvoicesurrey.org for the zoom login details


17th March (Wednesday 10.30am) 'General chat'

Email kim.b@familyvoicesurrey.org for the zoom login details


18th March (Thursday 6.30pm - 8.30pm) 'Dyslexia Awareness'

Dyslexia Awareness Talk - Our expert speaker for this online event is Claire Harvey from The Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre. Claire will cover the definition of dyslexia, common areas of difficulty experienced by dyslexic learners, positive traits associated with dyslexia, how to build self-esteem, advantages of multi-sensory teaching, and tips to support reading, reading comprehension, spelling and writing. There will also be time for discussion and questions.

Sign up for this talk via Eventbrite using this link: Dyslexia talk Eventbrite Link

Email gretta.s@familyvoicesurrey.org for further details


20th March (Saturday 11.30am) 'Curly Hair Project presentation and Q&A'

We will be hosting an introduction to The Curly Hair Project. CHP is an award-winning social enterprise founded by autistic author and entrepreneur Alis Rowe. CHP resources are used by individuals, families and professionals worldwide. Sam Ramsay will introduce the CHP and do a short Q&A, then we will also have a chance for a group chat afterward.

Email diana.P@familyvoicesurrey.org for zoom login details and further details


22nd March (Monday 6.30pm - 8.00pm) '16+ Support Group'

Calling Surrey parents of 16-25 year-olds!

You’re invited to join a monthly online FVS 16+ group. Come along to chat with other parent carers of young people with additional needs, exchange tips and advice, and hear from expert speakers. Each month we’ll have a different topic - the focus for March is mental health provision. FVS Operations Lead Benedicte Symcox will share advice for both parents and young people in this friendly online session. We hope that you can join us.

Email gretta.s@familyvoicesurrey.org for joining details and further information


25th March (Thursday 1.00pm) 'General Self Care for Carers'

Willing Health will be hosting a Self-Care Talk to support parents with tips & ideas to keep looking after themselves through the busyness of life.

Email nicole.f@familyvoicesurrey.org for the zoom login details


26th March (Friday 11.00am) 'General chat'

Claire, Family Voice Surrey coordinator for Epsom and Ewell will be hosting a Zoom coffee and chat with a special guest, Nicky from ‘My time 4 young carers’, a local charity that runs clubs and events for young carers in Ewell and Dorking.

This ’coffee and chat’ session is a free opportunity for any Family Voice Surrey parent carer to share what is going well and also not so well with Family Voice and to connect with other parent carers. We will also take some time to think about supporting siblings with our special guest.

Email claire.w@familyvoicesurrey.org for the zoom login details


27th March (Saturday 10am) 'Mark Brown talk on Anxiety and Covid-19'

For many neurodiverse individuals everyday life can be confusing mess of social rule and behaviours. Then in 2020 Covid-19 arrived. This had a profound impact upon the lives of everyone. However, for neurodiverse individuals Covid-19 heightened their anxiety, regardless of the support previously provided. Since then, everyone has been struggling to provide some form of stable and structured environment.

The aim of this webinar will be to:

· Recognise the emotions and anxiety experienced by everyone during this time.

· Gain an understanding of the impact of anxiety upon neurodiverse individuals.

· Examine some of the support strategies that can be utilised during these difficult times.

Email kim.b@familyvoicesurrey.org for the zoom login details


29th March (Monday 10am - 12.30pm) 'Navigating Your Way through SEND'

This short workshop, taught via zoom will help parents and carers understand the process involved in getting help for a child who may have a Special Educational Need or Disability. Topics include:

  • What is SEND?

  • What should I do if I think may child has an SEND?

  • What help can I expect?

  • Useful sources of help for parents and carers

  • What is an EHCP ?

Enrol using this link

pin number 59402

or phone 0300 303 3464 quoting C3746555 & the pin number

Email rachael.f@familyvoicesurrey.org for more details


30th March (Tuesday 10.30am) '0-4 Support Group'

See the below flyer for details

Email kim.b@familyvoicesurrey.org for more details and zoom login



30th March (Tuesday 6.00pm - 8.00pm) 'Talk on PDA by Laura Kirby'

We are delighted that on Tuesday 30th March Laura Kerbey will be running a session for us on Pathological Demand Avoidance. Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) is a complex Autism Spectrum Condition that is characterised by an anxiety driven need to be in control and avoid every day demands. Children and young people with PDA require a different approach to that usually adopted with individuals with other types of autism.

Laura Kerbey has been working with autistic individuals for over 20 years. She is the founder of Positive Autism Support and Training and KITE Therapeutic Learning Services.

Email lucy.y@familyvoicesurrey.org for more details and zoom login


31st March (Wednesday 10.30am) 'General chat'

Email kim.b@familyvoicesurrey.org for the zoom login details

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