Useful Info Email to Members 28.08.2020

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For families who have children with additional needs
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USEFUL INFORMATION 28.08.2020 – including membership renewals, football club, siblings group and parent carer walks at Westonbirt Arboretum.

Thank you to those who have returned their membership forms. As more of the team return from furlough over the coming weeks, we’ll be updating our records and you will receive acknowledgement of your renewal.  We look forward to welcoming you back and to announcing activities for the Autumn term!

You won’t be able to access support and activities if you haven’t renewed your membership and will soon stop receiving our email updates. Please let us know if you need a new form, an extension or fee waiver here


We look forward to carrying on with some of our outdoor Sports and Fitness Clubs during the Autumn, whilst the weather is kind! Digital fitness sessions are also full steam ahead, so keep your eyes peeled for updates early in September for club dates, times and booking details. We eagerly await announcements from the Government with guidelines to return to indoor sports activities – the moment we know, we will be in touch

Outdoor Play Sessions
Would you like to talk to us about 1:1 or two/three family outdoor play sessions, delivered in a safe space? If you are finding it difficult to access safe outdoor play experiences Email or call Max for details 07872 562777.

Monday starting weekly from 7th September
5.00 – 6.00pm
Location: Stroud venue to be confirmed
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.

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 (new earlier time)


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. 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.  It helps us if you can arrange to return or renew toys that were borrowed before lockdown by emailing [email protected].
If you’re tired of doing everything online and would rather chat about which toys to borrow, we will call you.

Siblings Group by Zoom
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.
The September meet up will be after school on a weeknight – date to be confirmed
Contact Clarissa for details (current members are all primary school age)


Grandparents Group
Monday 7th September 10.30am
The Allsorts grandparents group are a welcoming and supportive network who usually meet monthly for coffee and cake in local pubs around the county.  For now, we’re meeting by Zoom. Contact Clarissa for an invite.

Parent Carer Walk & Talk
Friday 11th September 10.30am at Westonbirt Arboretum
Friday 25th September 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 first walks or to discuss other times and locations.

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

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

Opportunities for young adults to join sessions at Guideposts

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

Parenting support during lockdown local services on the glos families directory and extended opening hours on helpline

Family Fund website – grants plus support with your digital skills and general information and links to other useful websites

Grants from Tree of Hope to support healthcare needs

If you have any information or links you think other members would find useful, please email Clarissa.  We also post this email on our website news page.

Much of what we are currently offering is free, but if you wish to make a donation then please click HERE. We all want Allsorts to be here long after the virus has gone.

Stay safe and stay in touch.

Thank you,