Useful Info Email to members 23.10.2020

What’s on at Allsorts – including family tickets to Westonbirt Arboretum during half term and indoor play sessions on Friday and Saturday mornings.


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

Do you need a clean, safe space to play and find it difficult to visit other venues?
Email [email protected] to book our bright, 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 – you choose whether to share.
Saturdays during November and Half Term sessions are almost full but Fridays are now available or you can ask to be added to our waiting list.

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 is back from furlough leave!  He can recommend toys and help you book them out.

Special access to Westonbirt Arboretum during half term
New Date added: Friday 30th October
Space still available on Saturday 31st October
A limited number of Allsorts families can use the staff car park (avoiding the main car park and entrance 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.

Weekly Toddler Tunes 
Our toddler group keeps in touch with a weekly sing along on zoom and are trialling some 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.

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.
10.30am and 12pm 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 at 12.45pm and 2.15pm.

Parent Carer coffee and catch up
By Zoom
Friday 23 Oct; 13 Nov and 20 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: 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: Archway School, 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. (please contact Max to check yoga dates/times during half term)


Exclusive access to Prinknash Gardens on Wednesdays including half term – 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. Details here.

Half term fun with Cheltenham Borough Homes  – pick up a craft or cookery pack and watch a live demonstration as you do the activity at home.

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

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

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

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

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