Useful Info 27.11.2020 email to members

What’s on at Allsorts – the post-lockdown return of sports and fitness sessions, connecting to other parent carers with crafts, walks and zooms this December, small youth group sessions at Allsorts.

We are following government guidance around permitted activities.  Our sports clubs are able to return and small support group activities for parents and carers can go ahead next month. 


At the Allsorts Activity Hub (Brunel Mall, Stroud)

NEW Stroud Young Adults ‘Friday Night Take Away Club’ (ages 18-25)
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 – last chance!
Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th 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.  We will offer more dates soon but a final few bookings are available for this weekend – book with [email protected] before 2pm today.

Christmas Sensory Play Sessions
Fridays and Saturdays throughout December
At Allsorts, Brunel Mall, Stroud
Almost fully booked with just a couple of Friday morning sessions now available –  but you can still 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 and video message from Father Christmas.

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
Monthly** Toddle in the Trees**
Wednesday 9th and Tuesday 15th December at Westonbirt Arboretum
Meet other parents and toddlers in this small group setting outside in the fresh air for fun and support.  Contact Clarissa for details.

Siblings Group Christmas Party
By Zoom on Friday 10th December at 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 decide which fun challenges and games to play each month.


Crafty Christmas Carers – tree decorations.
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.

Parent Carer coffee and catch up
By Zoom on Friday mornings
27th November, 11th and 18th December at 10-10.45am
Get together for regular chats and support with other Allsorts members.

Christmas Walks at Westonbirt Arboretum
Friday 4th and Wednesday 16th December
Small and socially distant parent carer walks in beautiful surroundings.
Christmas jumpers and flasks of hot chocolate optional! 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.

We reintroduce face to face fitness and clubs from Monday 7th December but have one more week of online fitness so that you can stay active and have fun with Allsorts at home!

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).


Have your say!  Several consultations are currently underway:

Visiting your GP – a Healthwatch survey
Using public transport, including barriers to getting around Gloucestershire
Young people’s experiences submit a short film to Child Friendly Gloucestershire saying what it’s like to be a young person right now

Trust in Wills  Parent Carer information session hosted by Irwin Mitchell – watch the recording here for advice about setting up a Will or creating a Trust for your young person.

Allsorts has become an organisational member of a new charity – Access Social Care – which means you can benefit from bespoke advice and advocacy regarding social care.  Read more here – Allsorts can refer you for information and support, just contact Clarissa to enquire.

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

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

*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 workshops and activities – a good source of information for all parent carers

Parent-led information on Special Needs Jungle

Mental health support for adults with Qwell and for young people with Kooth

If you are experiencing domestic abuse you can seek support and advice from GDASS or chat to our families coordinator Clarissa who can make a referral on your behalf

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

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