Useful Info Email to Members 04.09.2020

USEFUL INFORMATION 04.09.2020 – including parent carer craft sessions, after school softball and football clubs, siblings group.

You should have received your membership renewal form this summer.  To continue to access support and activities please renew now or tell us if you need a new form, an extension or fee waiver here


We look forward to carrying on with some of 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.

Monday starting weekly from 7th September
5.00 – 6.00pm
Location: Stroud venue to be confirmed on booking
Recommended fee: £5.00 pay and play or £20.00 block booking (£4.00 per session)
Allsorts Football Club is back for pre-season! Join us for fun, skills and fitness as we look towards the new season.

Family Fitness 
Tuesday starting weekly from 8th September
Location: Stroud venue to be confirmed on booking
Recommended fee: £5.00 pay and play or £20.00 block booking (£4.00 per session)

Thursday starting weekly from 10th September
5.00 – 6.00pm
Location: Stroud venue to be confirmed on booking
Recommended fee: £5.00 pay and play or £20.00 block booking (£4.00 per session) 

Fitness by Zoom returns in September:

  • £7.50 (recommended fee) – join Claudia for weekly Yoga Classes on Mondays: 3.30pm for those who can stand and sit and lie, 4.15pm 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


Indoor Play Sessions – use the Toy Library Play Space and Sensory Room 
If you need a clean, safe space to play and are finding it difficult to visit other venues, contact us for a discussion about booking the Toy Library during office hours. Use is limited to one family at a time (or two if you book together).

The Toy Library is open for the borrowing of our very clean toys and equipment.  Click Bookings to see our socially distanced borrowing process with weekly collections or delivery on Tuesdays.  Please return or renew toys that were borrowed before lockdown by emailing [email protected]. And if you’re tired of doing everything online, no problem! We can call you to chat about which toys to borrow.

Siblings Group by Zoom
Thursday 17th September
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)


NEW Parent Carer Walk & Talk
Friday 11th September 10.30am at Westonbirt Arboretum
Friday 25th September 10.30am at Westonbirt Arboretum
Monday 5th 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 express interest for these dates or to suggest other times and locations.

NEW Crafty Carers
Wednesday 16th September 12pm-2.30pm at Kingshill House, Kingshill Lane, Dursley
Wednesday 30th September 12pm-2.30pm at Kingshill House, Kingshill Lane, Dursley

Join Allsorts parent carers for an afternoon of creativity and chat in the spacious grounds of beautiful Kinghill House.  We have a marquee in case of rain and enough space for a small group to meet without compromising social distancing guidance.  Free Craft activities including leaf printing and bunting making led by a professional artist from ArtSpace and emotional support is available from our families coordinator Clarissa.  Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy together before getting crafty!
Contact Clarissa to express interest and see more details here.

Coming soon – Compassion Fatigue workshop for parent carers
Join us as we explore this commonplace but challenging aspect of being a parent carer, hosted with Gloucestershire Carers Hub.
Evening session by Zoom with date to follow.

Coming soon – SENDIASS surgery
Provisional date Friday 9th October 10am -12pm
Special Educational Needs and Disability Information, Advice and Support Service are joining us to answer your questions about personal budgets, EHCPs, school transport, SEN funding for children and young people aged 0-25.
We hope to offer this “in person” at the toy library with bookable advice slots.
Contact Clarissa to express interest

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
Friday 21st, 28th August and 4th September at 10-10.30am on Zoom
Get together for regular chats and coffee with other Allsorts parent carers.
Email Clarissa for an invite

Grandparents Group Zoom
Monday 7th September at 10.30am
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 really 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.


Back to School information and advice from Contact

Kingshill House available for groups – safe social spaces in Dursley

Looking for a personal assistant? Glos Assistants Noticeboard

Irwin Mitchell legal webinars archive with advice on a range of topics including EHCPs, changes to the care act and issues around returning to work. To influence the range of topics, share your ideas for future training with Clarissa and we will pass them on.

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!

Peaceful Pony Paddock – spend time with a pony and walk in the sensory garden at Cotswold RDA – more info here Cotswold RDA

Information and advice about supporting siblings on Youngsibs and 

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.