Email to Members Useful Info 31 July 2020

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For families who have children with additional needs
W www.allsortsglos.org.uk
T 01453 750474
E [email protected]
Please return your membership form by 31st July, if you haven’t already.
Membership will give your family ongoing access to all our activities, information and resources. We’ve had to take these online in recent times but look forward to offering a mixture of online and in person activities over the summer and beyond!
Email [email protected] with any membership queries.

OUTDOOR PLAY SESSIONS
Would you like to talk to us about 1:1 or two/three family outdoor play sessions, delivered in a safe space? If you are finding it difficult to access safe outdoor play experiences Email or call Max for details 07872 562777.

HEALTH AND FITNESS 
We want to help you keep fit, happy and healthy, so we are running some outdoor small group activities this summer. The groups will be no more than 6 participants at a time.

Football
Monday August 3rd, 10th & 17th
5.00 – 6.00pm
Location: Stratford Court Playing Fields
Recommended fee: £5.00 pay and play or £20.00 block booking (£4.00 per session)
Allsorts Football Club is back for pre-season! Join us for fun, skills and fitness as we look towards the new season.

Outdoor Family Fitness
Tuesday August 4th, 11th & 18th
5.00 – 6.00pm
Location: Stratford Court Playing Fields
Recommended fee: £5.00 pay and play or £20.00 block booking (£4.00 per session)
We are taking Family Fitness Fun outside! Join us for a range of inclusive and engaging exercises to keep fit over the Summer Holidays.

Softball
Thursday August 6th, 13th & 20th
5.00 – 6.00pm
Location: Stratford Court Playing Fields
Recommended fee: £5.00 pay and play or £20.00 block booking (£4.00 per session)
Later than planned, but Softball Club is backed! Join us for action packed Softball games and lots of home runs!

Fitness by Zoom continues:

  • £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, 3.30-4.20pm (new earlier time)

FAMILY FUN 

The Toy Library is open for the borrowing of our very clean toys and equipment.  Click Bookings to see our socially distanced borrowing process with weekly collections or delivery on Tuesdays.  It helps us if you can arrange to return or renew toys that were borrowed before lockdown by emailing [email protected].
If you’re tired of doing everything online and would rather chat about which toys to borrow, tell us and we will call you.

Exclusive use of the Toy Library play space and sensory room – if you need a clean, safe space to play and are finding it difficult to visit other venues over the summer, contact us for a discussion about using the Toy Library on Monday 3rd; 10th or 17th August.
Fee waivers available and use is limited to one family at a time.

Summer Zooms –  join other Allsorts families for some home based fun!  Contact Clarissa for an invite to:

Wednesday 5th August at 2.30pm – Live music with Gary Quinn of Reachin Thru Music
Thursday 6th August at 2pm – return of the Allsorts Pet Show!
Thursday 20th August at 2pm – Family Treasure Hunt

Special access to Westonbirt Arboretum
Friday 31st July; cancellation space available – contact us this morning!
Monday 3rd August;
NEW DATE: Saturday 8th August;
Thursday 13th August:
Wednesday 19th August.
A limited number of Allsorts families can use the staff car park (missing out the main car park and turnstiles) and arrive anytime during opening hours. This is great for families who would struggle to use the restricted timed entry system or the busy car park and entrance.
To request special access, please email Clarissa with a first and second choice for the above dates.  Places are limited so please get in touch early to avoid disappointment.

PARENTS AND CARERS INFORMATION AND SUPPORT

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

Parent Carer coffee and catch up
Fridays at 10-10.30am  (on Zoom)
Email Clarissa for a weekly invite – no sessions on 14 August
Get together for weekly chats and coffee with other Allsorts members.

For emotional support and signposting call Clarissa Maidment, our Family Coordinator on 07794 009663.

USEFUL INFO SHARED BY THE ALLSORTS COMMUNITY

Building Communities activity from Leonard Cheshire – skills programme for young adults aged 16+ to complete over the summer, including a city and guilds award

Get involved with drama and dance via Gloucester Carnival online (aged 12+)

Of Course You Can August activities from Active Impact including fashion and theatre from home and yoga in person

Family Fun at Over Farm

Join Gloucestershire’s inclusive FestivALL

Grants from Tree of Hope to support healthcare needs

Opportunities for young adults to join sessions this summer at Guideposts

Information and advice about supporting siblings on Youngsibs and Sibs.org.uk 

Resources and advice for young mental health needs at Young Minds

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

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

Listening Ear service from Contact – bookable telephone sessions for a broad range of advice and support

Local support for those experiencing domestic abuse from GDASS

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

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

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 

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,

Allsorts