Useful Info 30.10.2020 – Email to members

What’s on at Allsorts – including new multi sports club on Wednesdays, parent carer craft sessions and online advice about Wills and Trusts this Thursday lunchtime.


Indoor Play Sessions – use our Play Space and Sensory Room! 
9.30-10.30am or 11am-12pm every Saturday and now available on Fridays too!
Friday 6th; 13th; 20th; 27th November
At Allsorts, Brunel Mall, Stroud

Email [email protected] to book exclusive use of our bright, clean play space including a super sensory room. Have it to yourselves or partner up with another Allsorts family to play together. We can host one or two families at a time with a maximum of six individuals and two households.

Saturdays during November are full but you can ask to be added to our waiting list – we often have cancellation slots – lots of Fridays free!

Click here to see a video about how these sessions work and what the Playspace looks like now.

The Toy Library is 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.

Weekly Toddler Tunes 
Our toddler group keeps in touch with a weekly sing along on zoom and occasional small group “in person” activities including a toddle around the trees of Westonbirt. Contact Clarissa for details.

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

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.

Parent Carer Walk & Talk
Friday 6th November at 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.

Grandparents Group 
Monday 9th November at 10.30am
On Zoom
Our welcoming and supportive grandparents group meet online until we can get together for coffee, cake and in person conversations again.  Meeting online offers the opportunity for grandparents from outside the county to join in – pass this on to the grandparents in your family and ask Clarissa for a zoom invite.

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.
Appointments still available.

Crafty Carers
At Allsorts, Brunel Mall
Get together with other parents for some socially distant, small group Christmas crafting guided by a professional artist.  Join us for an informal artsy morning!
Monday 23rd November – Christmas Cards
Thursday 10th December – Tree decorations

SENDIASS Advice surgery  
Friday 27th November 12.45-3pm
At Allsorts, Brunel Mall
Bring your questions to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Information, Advice and Support Service. Topics can include EHCPs, school transport, tribunals and appeals, personal budgets.
Appointments still available.

Parent Carer coffee and catch up
By Zoom
Friday 13th, 20th and 27th Nov at 10-10.30am
Get together for regular chats and coffee with other Allsorts parent carers.

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.

Mondays weekly
5.00 – 6.00pm
Location: Inside Football, Brimscombe nr 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)

NEW Multi Sports
Wednesdays weekly
Location: Archway School, Stroud
Recommended fee: £5.00 pay and play or £32.00 block booking (£4.00 per session)

Thursdays weekly
4.30pm -5.30pm
Location: Stratford Park Leisure Centre, Stroud
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.


Exclusive access to Prinknash Gardens on Wednesdays – not suitable for all, but may be of interest to some Allsorts members.  Individual families can book to use the outdoor space and enjoy this unusual opportunity. They will also try to support requests for Saturday access where possible.  Details here

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

Listening Ear advice and 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

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

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