Useful Info – 20.11.2020 Email to members

What’s on at Allsorts – taking our fitness sessions online, small youth group sessions and parent carer Christmas crafting.

We are following government guidance around permitted activities.  Our sports clubs have gone back online for now, whilst some of our in person activities are able to continue eg play sessions and support groups. 


At the Allsorts Activity Hub (Brunel Mall, Stroud)

NEW Stroud Young Adults ‘Friday Night Take Away Club’ (ages 18-25)
Weekly on Fridays at 5pm-6.45pm
Open to 4-6 young people at a time, supported as a group to socially distance. In the club we might have a gaming corner, music and karaoke with the main focus of having a take away, chosen by the young people.

Youth Club Sessions (ages 6-18)
Saturdays at 1-2.30pm & 3-4.30pm:
Open to two children at a time. An opportunity to play, use the sensory room, get crafty and interact in a safe way with one other child (both are assisted by support workers).

Zoom Hang Outs!
Stroud Young Adults Zoom Call on Tuesdays at 4.30-5.10pm
Tewkesbury Young Adults Zoom Call on Wednesdays at 5-5.40pm

Zoom calls are free, Friday Night Take Away is £10 subs and Saturday Youth Club Sessions are £5 per child. Contact Dee for more information or to book on.


Special access to Westonbirt Arboretum for Allsorts members – now including all weekends throughout November!
We have a limited number of parking spaces for Allsorts members to enter the arboretum via the staff cark park, avoiding the busy main entrance and allowing a flexible entry time.  Contact [email protected] for booking info.

Christmas Sensory Play Sessions
Fridays and Saturdays throughout December
At Allsorts, Brunel Mall, Stroud
Wow – we emailed our members with the dates and what a response!  Only a few Friday morning sessions are still available, but you can be added to our waiting list for cancellations.
Email [email protected] to book your Friday session or join the waiting list  for exclusive use of our bright, clean Christmassy play space including a super sensory room.

The Toy Library remains open for lending
Reserve toys or equipment online and collect them the following week, allowing us time to clean and prepare your toys. Click here to see the socially distanced borrowing process or email [email protected] to chat with Toy Library manager Andrew Voss who can recommend toys and help you book them out.

Allsorts Toddlers  
Tuesday weekly sing along on zoom
New** Toddle in the Trees**
Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th November at Westonbirt Arboretum
Meet other parents in this small group setting outside in the fresh air for fun and support.  Support groups are still permitted to meet and we are happy to discuss any queries about our small group size and social distancing measures.
Contact Clarissa for details

Siblings Group
By Zoom on Thursday 26th November 5pm
Hang out with the siblings of children with additional needs at this monthly group where the focus is on fun and friendship.  Our group are aged around 8-10 years and share a love of lego, quizzes, show & tell and yet more lego!

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

Crafty Carers 
By Zoom – Monday 23rd November 10am
We postponed the in person, artist led session this month and instead we’re getting together for an informal, fun. festive session in which you can chat with other parents as you work on your own craft project at home. We will share simple craft ideas using easily available materials.

In person – Thursday 10th December 10am-12pm at Allsorts, Brunel Mall
Get together with other parents for some socially distant, small group Christmas crafting guided by a professional artist.

Self Care Workshop – Awareness, Balance and Connection
Tuesday 24th November 7-8.30pm by Zoom
If you often put everyone else first and run out of time for yourself, join other parent carers for a look at the ABC of self care.  In this workshop run by Gloucestershire Carers Hub, we’ll be learning about the importance of Awareness, Balance and Connection and taking a moment to think about the needs of the carers.

Parent Carer coffee and catch up
By Zoom
Friday 20th and 27th November, 11th and 18th December at 10-10.30am
Get together for regular chats and coffee with other Allsorts parent carers.

Walk and Talk Group
Westonbirt Arboretum
First Friday of the month at 10.30am – next walk on 4th December
Small and socially distant parent carer support group walks in beautiful surroundings.
Booking essential due to group size.

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]


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

Sadly all face to face fitness provision has been paused, but we will update you when we return.  In the meantime stay active and have fun with Allsorts at home instead!

Monday – Football Club Zoom
Tuesday – Family Fitness Fun
Wednesday – Zoom Sports
Thursday – Mixed Martial Arts
Saturday – Yoga

All sessions at 4.30-5.30pm, with the exemption of yoga which is 3.30-4.10pm & 4.20-5.00pm.
We welcome a voluntary donation of £4 per session, apart from yoga which is £7.50 per session (when block booked or £9.00 for pay and play bookings).


Contact Caudwell Children to apply for a low cost box of sensory toys  – grants available to make these great sensory packs accessible to more families.

Trust in Wills – Parent Carers information session hosted by Irwin Mitchell – if you missed the live session last week, watch the recording here for advice about setting up a Will or creating a Trust for your child or young adult.

Share your story! Barnwood Trust are gathering stories from across Gloucestershire, creating a series of videos on social media about people’s experiences of 2020 and
shining a light on the challenges/positives of what this year has meant for them. Contact [email protected] for an informal chat about getting involved.

Of Course We Can autumn and winter brochure – find inclusive activities here including forest school, music, fashion and foodie activities

Advice and resources about anxiety, stress and mental health from Cerebra

Wide range of Workshops and Listening Ear advice/support slots available from Contact – a national charity offering support, advice and information to any parent/carer of a child with additional needs age 0-25.  You can book a one to one advice session or just sign up to their newsletter to keep yourself well informed.

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 about how a limited number of families can receive bespoke help and advice to work with challenging behaviour.

Gloucestershire Carers Hub – Autumn Newsletter with lots of new workshops and activities for parent carers

Updated benefits information re Universal Credit, PIP and DLA

Parent-led information on Special Needs Jungle

New charity offering Advice and Advocacy for accessing Social Care with Access Social Care – Allsorts can refer you for support.

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