Email to members Useful Info 03.07.2020


Next week Zoom diary at a glance


Yoga with Claudia at 3.30pm and 4.15pm


Toddler Tunes at 10am (open to older children)
Family Fitness Fun at 4pm
Stroud Young Adults Karaoke at 4.30pm


Tewkesbury Young Adults at 1pm
Youth Club Music Zoom at 4pm


Family Fitness Fun at 4pm


Parent Carer Coffee and Catch Up at 10am

MEMBER SURVEY remember to complete your annual survey by 31st July – we use this information to help review existing activities and shape new ones! Membership renewals are also due by this date. Thank you to those who have already returned forms.


We want to keep you fit, happy and healthy. 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 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. (please contact Max to check yoga dates/times during half term)
  • £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? For more information or to make a booking, email Max or call 07872562777

If you are shielding or feel you/your children would be unable to attend a group activity over the summer, please fill in this short survey here. There is some funding we may be able to access for 1:1 or small group outdoor sessions, delivered in a safe space. If there is some interest amongst Allsorts Members we can put in an application.


Coming soon…

The Toy Library reopens for the borrowing of our very clean toys and equipment.  Bookings now taken ready for Tuesday delivery/collection.

Annual General Meeting – it’s a lot more family friendly than your average AGM! Please join us at 2pm on Saturday 12th July via Zoom. Special Guest Appearance from Tweedy the Clown! Email [email protected] for a link.

Siblings Group – are you interested in a Zoom social group just for the siblings of children/young adults with additional needs? Please contact Clarissa to register your interest and we can set up an initial session.

Tuesday Toddler Tunes (older children welcome too!)

Toddler Group Zoom session
Tuesdays at 10am
Email Clarissa for an invite
Our group love volunteer Ann’s gentle music making and nursery rhymes.  Join us to say hello and share some songs.  Open to older children and siblings too. To sing along at home see Ann’s films on our YouTube channel.

Wednesday is Music Time!

Youth Club – Making Music with Lee Chaos
Wednesdays at 4pm
Email Clarissa for an invite to this fun interactive singalong with your friends from Allsorts youth clubs


Parent Carer Info Session – Let’s talk about money and financial health
Thursday 16th July at 11am
Meet Emma from Clean Slate at this Allsorts hosted informal question and answer session all about financial health and the benefits system.  If you’ve lost work or changed your situation, not sure what you can claim for or want some help with money management during these times of increasing financial pressure, drop in to ask a question or set up a private consultation with Clean Slate. Email Clarissa for an invite

Facebook Group 
Join our “Allsorts Community” closed group. 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. Join the group HERE

Zoom coffee and catch up
Fridays at 10am
Email Clarissa for a weekly invite
Get together for weekly chats and coffee with other Allsorts members.

Grandparents Group by Zoom
Monday 13th July 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 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.

Talk with the Allsorts team 
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.


TODAY at 10.30am – final few places available to attend a webinar offering legal advice on education and impact of coronavirus. The hosts, Jigsaw, have extended an invitation to Allsorts members to join this event.

Support for parent carers including wellbeing webinars, yoga and mindfulness from Gloucestershire Carers Hub

Jobsworth online seminars supporting adults with disabilities back to work

Easy read guidance for going outside from the Down’s Syndrome Association

Easy Read posters and mask exemption cards on Keep Safe UK

Gloucestershire Covid 19 Emergency Living Fund still available – help for families on a low income

Fridays 11am-1pm Weekly radio show on youtube with The Music Works and Lee Chaos 

Locally made sensory cuddle beds and masks

Ideas for making masks with clear panel for lip reading

Social story about wearing face masks or coverings

You’re Welcome have a new activity directory

Gympanzees Our Home online hub with activity ideas and Zoom support for all abilities

Catch a Smile inclusive angling centre in Gloucester (their lovely outdoor space is open to non-anglers too)

Westonbirt arboretum reopens with timed arrival system and social distancing

Personalised song and story films for children’s birthdays from CrocnRoll – £25 for a 30 minute film and enquire directly with Stephanie

National support for those experiencing domestic abuse

Local support for those experiencing domestic abuse from GDASS

The Stroud Beresford Group women’s refuge is still open – call 01453 764385

Family Fund website – grants plus support with your digital skills and general information and links to other useful websites

IPSEA website for advice and support about Education Independent Provider of Special Education Advice 

Regular updates including easy read versions from Gloucestershire Disabilities Partnership Board

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.

Qwell : new mental health and wellbeing support services launched in Gloucestershire

Kooth : free online counselling and support for young people age 11-25

Gloucestershire Carers Hub summer newsletter

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.

Support and advice about challenging behaviour

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) including insights on breaking news and the impact for families with disabled children

Council for Disabled Children website information and resources

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.

Much of what we are currently offering is free, but 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,