Email to members 07.05.2020 – useful info


Allsorts Health and Fitness 

We want to keep you fit, happy and healthy during the COVID-19 emergency, whilst we all stay safe at home. Social interaction is really important for your mental health and we love to see smiles on faces! Plus, by accessing our digital health and fitness programme, you are supporting yourself and Allsorts!

There are lots of different ways we can help you to stay fit at home, with Fitness Instructor Gemma and Sports Coordinator Max:

  • £7.50 (recommended fee) – join Claudia for weekly Yoga Classes on Mondays: 3.30pm for those who can stand and sit and lie, 4.15pm for those who can sit and lie.
  • £5 – join in with our weekly Family Fitness Fun sessions from home on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 4.00 – 4.50pm
  • £15 – £30 – Boxing Master Class with Gemma Wilks! This one is great to do with a partner!
  • £30 – 1 hour bespoke Personal Training for one person or the whole family!
  • £15 – 30 minute bespoke Personal Training for one person or the whole family!
  • £5 – 20 minute video call with Gemma to discuss training ideas and how you can keep yourself fit and healthy during this period.

Would you like support with any other forms of health and well-being? Please let us know and we will help in any way that we can!

For more information or to make a booking, please contact max on 07872562777 or email [email protected]


Coming soon – Allsorts Family Quiz on Tuesday 26th May at 2pm!

Monday Story Time – read aloud with Allsorts

You asked us to read your favourite stories aloud and we are sharing these on Youtube every Monday morning. This week: Where the wild things are by Maurice Sendak

Harper Collins have relaxed their copyright permissions during lockdown, but to comply with guidelines the reading is unlisted on Youtube so please email Clarissa to receive the link.

Tuesday Toddler Tunes 

NEW next week!
Toddler Group Zoom session
Tuesday 12th May at 10am
Email Clarissa for an invite

Our toddler group love Ann’s gentle music making and nursery rhymes at the end of our weekly sessions. We are sharing these on Facebook every Tuesday morning but will also share here. This week: Goldilocks

Wednesday is Music Time!

Making Music with Lee Chaos
4pm every Wednesday by Zoom
Email Clarissa for an invite to this fun interactive singalong with your friends from Allsorts youth clubs

Weekly music and story session with Croc n Roll
Steph from Croc n Roll often appears at Family Music Time and is sharing her free weekly Youtube sessions with Allsorts members. Here’s a taster session and email Clarissa to get the weekly link and password!

Family Challenge – a fun Facebook challenge posted every Thursday morning

This week, we want you to find things around the house to create your own super hero costume! What to use for a cape? Are you an extra pair of pants over the trousers kind of hero? What is your superpower?

Share your story with us on Facebook and don’t forget that Mums, Dads, Carers, Grandparents can all dress up too!

Zoom Meet Ups for parents, carers and young people

We already have regular Zoom meet ups for Tewkesbury Young Adults group, Football Club, Grandparents group and the Friday morning coffee/playdate – if you would like us to host other Zoom groups let Clarissa or Max know!


Online Group Chat 
Join our new “Allsorts Community” group chat on Facebook. It’s just for Allsorts parents and carers and is a way to keep that supportive community going when we can’t see each in person. To join the group, just click HERE

NEW! Zoom coffee catch up!
Fridays at 10am
Email Clarissa for a weekly invite
Get together for weekly chats and coffee with other Allsorts members.  Children, pets and general household chaos are all welcome! We’ve moved from the usual Friday morning to Thursday 7th this week only, due to the bank holiday.

Grandparents Group by Zoom
Monday 11th May at 10.30am
Email Clarissa for an invite to this friendly and welcoming group that meet monthly.

Firming up friendships
If you’ve become friendly with other Allsorts parents or carers but never got around to swapping contact details, email Clarissa who can contact them on your behalf to offer your contact details.  Talking with other people who “get it” has always been at the heart of what we do and it’s never been more important than now.  And for the children and young people – even a quick wave at a familiar face can make a real difference!

Talk with the Allsorts team – by phone, skype or zoom
For emotional support and signposting call Clarissa Maidment, our Family Coordinator on 07794 009663.

For conversations around activities and fitness call Max Pemberton, our Sports Coordinator, on 07872 562777.

Useful Info shared by the Allsorts community, just click on the links 

Engineering challenges for children 

Tweedy’s Glos School Games 

Story Book for young children with therapeutic messages and advice: The Oyster and The Pearl

Musicworks weekly radio show hosted by Lee Chaos from Friday 15th May 11am-1pm on Youtube and one to one work with Musicworks offered here

Clean Slate support and guidance around finance and benefits

Gloucestershire Police domestic abuse support – engagement vehicles will be parked near these supermarkets on 12th May: Dursley Sainsbury 9.30-11am and Stroud Waitrose 12-3pm. See for advice.

Free train travel to those escaping domestic abuse

Are you a family carer for someone with a learning disability who is over 14? Find out about a range of resources that will help you keep your family member well.

Every Mind Matters mental health campaign with advice and resources.

Gloucestershire Carers Hub Zoom mindfulness and yoga sessions – free to carers.

Parenting support during lockdown local services on the glos families directory and extended opening hours on helpline

Gloucestershire Young Carers phone lines staffed Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm. Call 07773 331889, 07592 794504 or 07773 331654.

New Grants for families needing technology, play equipment, exercise equipment etc  aimed to support families through lockdown and you can apply more than once

Information and activities from Contact (previously Contact A Family)

If you have any information or links you think other members would find useful, please email Clarissa.  We also post this email on our website news page.

Many of our online activities, resources, links, and daily fitness challenges are free. However, if you wish to make a donation then please click HERE. We all want Allsorts to be here long after the virus has gone.

Stay safe and stay in touch.

Thank you, Allsorts