Useful Info 18.09.2020 email to members

What’s on at Allsorts – including Parent and Toddler Craft session, Wills and Trusts Workshop for parent carers, exclusive use of the sensory room and indoor play space on Saturday mornings.


New***Toddler Group Craft Session
Wednesday 23rd September
Kingshill House, Dursley
We’ve been keeping in touch with a weekly zoom singalong and now have a special crafting session.  Parents and toddlers can get messy together and finally meet up in person!  Contact Clarissa for details. Booking essential as group size is limited.

Indoor Play Sessions – use our Play Space and Sensory Room! 
Saturdays 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st October
Do you need a clean, safe space to play and find it difficult to visit other venues?
Email Clarissa for a discussion about booking the Toy Library space including use of our super sensory room. Hourly play sessions are available to current members on Saturday mornings through October. 9.30-10.30am and 11am-12pm.
Use is limited to one or two families at a time – you choose whether to share.

The Toy Library is open – borrow our very clean toys and equipment.  Click Bookings to see our socially distanced borrowing process with weekly collections and deliveries.
If you’re tired of doing everything online, no problem! Email us to arrange a chat about which toys your child might like and we’ll book them out for you.

Siblings Group by Zoom
Thursday 22nd October
A new group for the siblings of children with disabilities and additional needs – offering fun and friendship with quizzes, challenges, show & tell and child-led activities.
Contact Clarissa for details (current members are all primary school age).

We’ll continue our outdoor sessions during the Autumn, whilst the weather is kind! Digital fitness sessions are also full steam ahead and we eagerly await announcements from the Government with guidelines to return to indoor sports activities.

Email or call Max for Health and Fitness bookings and enquiries on 07872 562777.

Mondays weekly
5.00 – 6.00pm
Location: Archway School, Stroud
Recommended fee: £5.00 pay and play or £32.00 block booking (£4.00 per session)
Allsorts Football Club is back! Join us for fun, skills and fitness as we begin the new season.

Family Fitness 
Tuesdays weekly
Location: Archway School Stroud
Recommended fee: £5.00 pay and play or £32.00 block booking (£4.00 per session)

Thursdays weekly
5.00 – 6.00pm
Location: Stroud venue to be confirmed on booking
Recommended fee: £5.00 pay and play or £28.00 block booking (£4.00 per session) 

Fitness by Zoom :

  • £7.50  – join Claudia for weekly Yoga Classes on Saturdays: 3.30pm for those who can stand and sit and lie, 4.20pm 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



Parent Carer Walk & Talk
Friday 25th September 10.30am at Westonbirt Arboretum (now full)
Monday 19th October 10.30am at Westonbirt Arboretum

Let’s get together in nature to talk and support each other through these challenging times. Small group walks around Westonbirt plus other locations of your choice with up to 5 other parents and carers and our family coordinator Clarissa.
Contact Clarissa to book on or suggest other times and locations.

Crafty Carers 
Wednesday 30th September 12pm-2.30pm at Kingshill House, Kingshill Lane, Dursley
Join Allsorts parent carers for an afternoon of creativity and chat.  We’ll be working in a marquee in the spacious grounds of beautiful Kinghill House with enough space for our small group to meet safely.  Leaf printing activity led by a professional artist from ArtSpace.
Contact Clarissa to book on and see more details here.

Compassion Fatigue: workshop for parent carers
Tuesday 29th September 7.30pm -approx 9pm
By Zoom
These are tiring times for most families and being a parent carer means you work harder than most.  It’s only human to “run out of steam” when you look after others, but there are ways to build yourself back up. Join us as we explore this common but challenging aspect of being a parent carer, hosted with Gloucestershire Carers Hub.

SENDIASS surgery: “In person” advice for parent carers
Friday 9th October 10am – approx 12.30pm
At Allsorts, Brunel Mall
Special Educational Needs and Disability Information, Advice and Support Service are visiting Allsorts to answer your questions about personal budgets, EHCPs, school transport, SEN funding for children and young people aged 0-25.
Timed, pre-booked advice slots.
Contact Clarissa to book a slot

NEW***Trust in your Will: advice with Q & A for parent carers
Thursday 5th November 12.30-2pm
By Zoom
This talk is hosted for Allsorts by Stewart Stretton Hill, a senior associate with Irwin Mitchell LLP.  You’ll be advised on using wills and trusts effectively to protect assets for children who are unable to manage their financial affairs. Join us for a combination of practical advice and guidance plus the chance to ask specific questions.
Contact Clarissa to book a slot

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 through challenging times. Join the group HERE 

Parent Carer coffee and catch up
By Zoom
18th September and 2nd October at 10-10.30am
Get together for regular chats and coffee with other Allsorts parent carers.
Email Clarissa for an invite

Grandparents Group
Monday 5th October at 10.30am
By Zoom
Allsorts grandparents group previously met monthly in pubs or cafes around the county.  Until big group gatherings are possible, we meet by zoom and new members are welcome to join this friendly, supportive group.
Email Clarissa for an invite

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


Support for 16-25 year olds to plan for the future with NDTi Time to Talk project

Challenging Behaviour Foundation online support and quick read guide

Looking for a personal assistant? Glos Assistants Noticeboard

New charity offering Advice and Advocacy for accessing Social Care with Access Social Care

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

Free parent carer support, advice and activities this September with Gloucestershire Carers Hub – including yoga and mindfulness sessions.

Of Course You Can September/October inclusive activities from Active Impact – outdoors and at weekends!

Resources and advice for young mental health needs at Young Minds

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

Local support for those experiencing domestic abuse from GDASS

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

If you have any information or links you think other members would find useful, please email Clarissa.