Family Voice Surrey - Spring events 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**


May


4th May (Wednesday 10.00am) 'General 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


9th May (Monday 6.30pm) '16+ group (extended to 13+ for this session): Vocational pathways'

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. At this session Eamonn Gilbert (Surrey’s Assistant Director for Commissioning for SEND and Looked After Children) is joining us to talk about Vocational pathways. Parent carers of children and young people of 13 years and above 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


CANCELLED 9th May (Monday 7.00pm) 'Dad's Event - Sibling harmony for ND children 5-11 years'

Join expert Dr Mark Brown of Special Help 4 Special Needs who will be focusing on the primary age group of ND children. He will be talking about topics such as managing behaviour, improving understanding and encouraging sibling harmony to ensure fairness.

Mark has over 30 years’ experience working with neurodiverse issues. He will be offering invaluable advice and you will be able to share experiences with other Dads and male parent carers.

If you have any specific questions for Mark, please advise beforehand via the email below.

The FVS hosts for this event are Sara and Emily, Waverley and Runnymede Coordinators.

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


11th May (Wednesday 11.00am) 'School anxiety and Avoidance Monthly Catch Up'

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.

There is a WhatsApp group for day-to-day chat and we also have regular Zoom catch-ups - currently on the second Wednesday of each month at 11am.

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


13th May (Friday 10.30am) FB Live 'Navigating the EYPP process'

Benedicte will be speaking to Helen about her experience of navigating the EYPP process for her young son. This is part of Surrey’s early intervention programme and we’ll be looking at how it felt going through the process and what parents might want to consider… https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/children/support-and-advice/families/education-and-learning-advice-for-families/early-learning/parents-guide-to-the-early-years-foundation-stage/early-years-pupil-premium

Join the chat here Family Voice Surrey: Parent/Carer Chat & Questions | Facebook


17th May (Tuesday 10.30am) 'Intensive Interaction & Social Communication with Pam Smith '

We are delighted to welcome Pam Smith from the Institute of Intensive Interaction. Pam will be running a training session which will include information for using Intensive Interaction with a range of ages and special needs, including learning difficulties, profound and complex needs, autism; and approaches for youngsters who are pre-verbal and also for youngsters who speak; so there will be something for everyone. If families are supporting adults they are also more than welcome as the principles are universal.

What is Intensive Interaction?

Leanne, Participation Manager and Pam discuss here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EdH12-Q2l4

More information can be found here: https://www.mencap.org.uk/sites/default/files/2016-11/Intensive%20Interraction%2004.pdf

Please contact Emily, Runnymede Coordinator to reserve your place

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


23rd May (Monday 10am) 'Surrey County Councils Inclusive Apprenticeship Project'

The Inclusive Apprentice Scheme has been set up through the Preparation for Adulthood programme to accommodate young people with an EHCP. The aims of the project are to support young people who would otherwise struggle to enter the regular apprenticeship scheme because of the competitive nature of the recruitment process, demonstrate the huge value of employing a young person with SEND and to act as a trailblazer for other employers to model across the county. This is the second year of the project and there are 15 new opportunities starting in September 2022 and this presentation will inform all attendees on the details, timelines and the apprenticeship opportunities in more detail.

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


24th May (Tuesday 12.45pm) 'ADHD/ASD Group'

Join us for the ADHD/ASD 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 hosts for the event are Sara Draycott (FVS Waverley Coordinator) and Diana Phillips (FVS Woking Coordinator).

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


25th May (Wednesday 10.00am) 'Restrictive Food Intake Group'

This is a group for those who’s children suffer with Restrictive food intake for whatever reason, AFRID, ASD, Allergies, poor swallow etc.

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


27th May (Friday 10.00am) FB Live

Benedicte talks to one of our members about her departure from FVS

Join the chat here Family Voice Surrey: Parent/Carer Chat & Questions | Facebook


27th May (Friday 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 and Spelthorne Borough FVS coordinator, who lives in Runnymede. Her child has Special Needs.

What are her credentials?

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

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


June


1st June (Wednesday 10.00am) 'General 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


7th June (Wednesday 7.00pm) 'Laura Kerbey - NEST'

We are delighted to have Laura Kerbey coming along to talk to us about NEST – you can find more information about NEST here https://n-est.org

Some information about Laura:

I have been working with autistic children and teenagers for 20 years. I started my teaching career in Further Education, and have worked in the Supported Learning Department of 2 large Mainstream Colleges teaching Numeracy, Literacy, Life Skills, and Childcare. I also worked as the Life Skills Coordinator at a residential college for young people with severe physical disabilities.

My passion has always been working with autistic young people - I believe that they have so much to offer, and yet the education system often fails them because staff do not have the right skills and experience. This is something I am passionate about changing! I am an experienced trainer and really enjoy training others.

I have a degree in Psychology, a Post Graduate Certificate in Special Education (Autism) a PCGE in Life Long Learning and hold NPQH (National Professional Qualification for Headship). I am also a Surrey Autism Champion and have a NOCN Level 3 Certificate in Working with Students with ADHD and a Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. I am also trained to use 3Di diagnostic programming which enables me to carry out assessments for possible ASC and ADHD.

Laura is an advisor to PDA North America and provides support, advice and training to families all over the world. Laura is also the founder of Healthy Happy Me! providing support to children to help them maintain happy bodies and healthy minds.

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


8th June (Wednesday 11.00am) 'School anxiety and Avoidance Monthly Catch Up'

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.

There is a WhatsApp group for day-to-day chat and we also have regular Zoom catch-ups - currently on the second Wednesday of each month at 11am. At this session we have Clare Truman coming along to talk to us.

Clare has been teaching for fourteen years and specialising in autism for twelve. She is big sister to an autistic young man. From 2017 to 2019, she was director of Spectrum Space Community Interest Company; a social enterprise and alternative education provision based in Surrey which specialised in supporting autistic children with a PDA profile who couldn't access school. She now provides distance learning packages for students with PDA who find it difficult to access school. Clare is currently completing a PhD at the Centre for Research in Autism and Education at UCL London exploring the educational experiences of children and young people with a PDA profile. Both in teaching and research her main interest is supporting those children whose complex autism makes it difficult to access education.

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


10th June (Friday 10.00am) FB Live 'Farnham Powerchair Football Club'

Benedicte will be speaking Sue Barnley from Farnham Power FC

Farnham Powerchair Football Club created https://www.farnhamherald.com/sport/farnham-powerchair-football-club-created-503149

Join the chat here Family Voice Surrey: Parent/Carer Chat & Questions | Facebook


13th June (Monday 6.30pm) '16+ group Mental Health'

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. The next session is with Dr Phil Ferreira-Ley (Clinical Director & Consultant Child Psychiatrist, Community Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services NE Surrey) who is joining us to talk about the mental health support which is available for 16-25 year-olds in Surrey, what should happen in the transition from Mindworks/CAMHS to adult mental health services, and what parents can do if there are problems with this transition, or if they are unable to access an assessment or support for their child. 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


14th June (Tuesday 11.00am) 'Downs Syndrome Group'

Nicole (FVS Guildford Borough Coordinator) would like to invite parents of children with Downs Syndrome to a drop in coffee & chat. It would be nice to hang out and chat about how life is going.

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


21st June (Tuesday 12.45pm) 'ADHD/ASD Group'

Join us for the ADHD/ASD 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 hosts for the event are Sara Draycott (FVS Waverley Coordinator) and Diana Phillips (FVS Woking Coordinator).

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


23rd June (Thursday 10.00am) 'Restrictive Food Intake Group'

This is a group for those who’s children suffer with Restrictive food intake for whatever reason, AFRID, ASD, Allergies, poor swallow etc.

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


28th June (Tuesday 9.30am) 'Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Group'

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

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

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


July


12th July (Tuesday 11.00am) 'Downs Syndrome Group'

Nicole (FVS Guildford Borough Coordinator) would like to invite parents of children with Downs Syndrome to a drop in coffee & chat. It would be nice to hang out and chat about how life is going.

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


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