Useful Info 2.10.2020

What’s on at Allsorts – including family tickets to Westonbirt Arboretum during half term, EHCP advice surgery with Langley Wellington, exclusive use of the sensory room and indoor play space in half term.


Indoor Play Sessions – use our Play Space and Sensory Room! 
Saturday 3rd; 10th; 17th; 24th; 31st October – all fully booked
Saturday 7th; 14th; 21st; 28th November
Monday 26th; Tuesday 27th; Wednesday 28th October during half term.
9.30-10.30am or 11am-12pm.
At Allsorts, Brunel Mall, Stroud
Do you need a clean, safe space to play and find it difficult to visit other venues?
Email Clarissa to book our bright and clean play space including use of our super sensory room. We can accommodate one or two families at a time with up to six individuals and you choose whether to share. Booking up fast so reserve a session or ask to be added to our waiting list.

Special access to Westonbirt Arboretum during half term
Tuesday 27th; Thursday 29th; Saturday 31st October
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.
Email Clarissa to book a visit.

New***Toddler Walk at Westonbirt Arboretum
Wednesday 21st October
10.30am-approx 12pm
Westonbirt Arboretum, nr Tetbury
Our toddler group keeps in touch with a weekly 10am Tuesday Toddler Tunes on zoom but we can’t wait to meet in the fresh air!  Contact Clarissa for details. Booking essential for Westonbirt as group size is limited and new members welcome to sing along on zoom.

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).


Contact [email protected] for all parent carer bookings, zoom invites and enquiries

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 – 11.30am appointment still available.

Parent Carer Walk & Talk
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.

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.

New***EHCP advice surgery: “In person” advice from Langley Wellington
Thursday 12th November 9.30am – 12.30pm
At Allsorts, Brunel Mall
Rukhsana Koser, a solicitor with the education team at Langley Wellington LLP, is returning to Allsorts to answer your questions about Education, Health and Care Plans.
Timed, pre-booked advice slots.

Parent Carer coffee and catch up
By Zoom
Friday 2 Oct; 23 Oct; 13 Nov and 20 Nov at 10-10.30am
Get together for regular chats and coffee with other Allsorts parent carers.

Grandparents Group
Monday 5th October at 10.30am
By Zoom
Allsorts grandparents group previously met monthly in pubs or cafes around the county.  For now, we meet by zoom and new members are welcome to join this friendly, supportive group.

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

For bookings onto any parent carer activity, emotional support or signposting to services call Clarissa Maidment, our Family Coordinator on 07794 009663 or email [email protected]


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


General advice and information on Covid:19, including easy read versions, from Inclusion Gloucestershire

*New* Positive Behaviour Support service for Gloucestershire – run by the Affinity Trust. Read more here.

Gloucestershire Carers Hub – Autumn Newsletter including an ASD and puberty workshop, yoga and mindfulness sessions for parent carers.

Allsorts families are invited to The Music Works Inclusion Fest music event – see it live on Thursday 15th October at 11am or watch again on YouTube. Contact Clarissa for a zoom invite to the live event which also goes out to local SEN schools or watch this space for a link to the recording.

Updated benefits information re Universal Credit, PIP and DLA

Opportunities to reapply for a Family Fund Grant

Parent-led information on Special Needs Jungle

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

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

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