Email to members 01.05.2020 Useful Info


Allsorts Health and Fitness 

We want to keep you fit, happy and healthy during the COVID-19 emergency, whilst we all stay safe at home. Social interaction is really important for your mental health and we love to see smiles on faces! Plus, by accessing our digital health and fitness programme, you are supporting yourself and Allsorts!

There are lots of different ways we can help you to stay fit at home, with Fitness Instructor Gemma and Sports Coordinator Max:

  • £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.
  • £5 – join in with our weekly Family Fitness Fun sessions from home on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 4.00 – 4.50pm
  • £15 – £30 – Boxing Master Class with Gemma Wilks! This one is great to do with a partner!
  • £30 – 1 hour bespoke Personal Training for one person or the whole family!
  • £15 – 30 minute bespoke Personal Training for one person or the whole family!
  • £5 – 20 minute video call with Gemma to discuss training ideas and how you can keep yourself fit and healthy during this period.

Would you like support with any other forms of health and well-being? Please let us know and we will help in any way that we can!

For more information or to make a booking, please contact max on 07872562777 or email [email protected]


Story Time – read aloud with Allsorts

You asked us to read your favourite stories aloud and we are sharing these on Youtube every Monday morning. This week: Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss. Penguin Random House publishers have relaxed their copyright permissions during lockdown, but to comply with guidelines the reading is unlisted on Youtube so please email Clarissa for links to access stories.

Tuesday Toddler Tunes 

Our toddlers group love Ann’s gentle music making and nursery rhymes at the end of our weekly sessions. We are sharing these on Facebook and Youtube every Tuesday morning but will also share here. This week: This Old Man and more.

Wednesday Family Music Time – filmed sessions with Croc n Roll

We can’t meet up for our usual sessions, but one of the musicians who often works with us is offering a weekly film for you to enjoy at home. Steph from Croc n Roll is sharing her filmed music sessions free of charge to Allsorts members.

Watch this taster session and email Clarissa to get the link and password for a new music session emailed to you every Wednesday! This week the theme is Pirates.

🏆Family Challenge – a fun Facebook challenge posted every Thursday morning

This week, Allsorts families were making a musical instrument out of something at home! Turn saucepans into a drum kit, fill a plastic jar with pasta to create your own maracas, make a guitar by wrapping elastic bands around an empty tissue box…what will you do?

Send us a photo of your family band! What tune are you playing?

Zoom Meet Ups for parents, carers and young people

We already have regular Zoom meet ups for Tewkesbury Young Adults Group, Football Club, Grandparents Group and the Friday morning coffee/playdate – if you would like us to host other Zoom groups let Clarissa or Max know!

NEW: 11+ Youth Club make music with Lee Chaos – 4pm on Wednesday 6th May by Zoom – space available for non-youthclub members, contact Clarissa for details and an invite.


Online Group Chat 
Join our “Allsorts Community” group chat on Facebook. It’s just for Allsorts parents and carers and is a way to keep that supportive community going when we can’t see each in person. To join the group, just click HERE

NEW! Friday morning Zoom coffee and play dates!
Get together for chats and coffee with other Allsorts members on Fridays from 10am – approx 11am.  Children, pets and general household chaos are all welcome! Email Clarissa for a weekly invite.

Grandparents Group by Zoom – Monday 11th May 10.30-11.30 am. Email Clarissa for an invite.

Firming up friendships
If you’ve become friendly with other Allsorts parents or carers but never got around to swapping contact details, email Clarissa who can contact them on your behalf to offer your contact details.  Talking with other people who “get it” has always been at the heart of what we do and it’s never been more important than now.  And for the children and young people – even a quick wave at a familiar face can make a real difference!

Talk with the Allsorts team – by phone, skype or zoom
For emotional support and signposting call Clarissa Maidment, our Family Coordinator on 07794 009663.

For conversations around activities and fitness call Max Pemberton, our Sports Coordinator, on 07872 562777.

Useful Info shared by the Allsorts community, just click on the links 

11am-1pm TODAY! Live youTube broadcast by Musicworks

Are you a family carer for someone with a learning disability who is over 14? Find out about a range of resources that will help you keep your family member well.

Prodigy Maths game recommended by Allsorts parents

Gympanzees Youtube channel ideas for inclusive activities

Dazzle dance workshops with new routines to learn – adults and children

FAQ factsheet #2 from Council for Disabled Children – email to submit a question.

Partnership Board easy read bulletin issue 3

Every Mind Matters mental health campaign with advice and resources.

Gloucestershire Carers Hub Zoom mindfulness and yoga sessions – free to carers.

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

Gloucestershire Young Carers phone lines staffed Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm. Call 07773 331889, 07592 794504 or 07773 331654.

Free train travel to those escaping domestic abuse

New Grants for families needing technology, play equipment, exercise equipment etc  aimed to support families through lockdown and you can apply more than once

Information and activities from Contact (previously Contact A Family)

We are using Facebook to offer a mix of activities including the new parent/carer support group, fitness challenges, music and games. Most of these are also listed above and see the website news page and You Tube Channel for fitness challenges, toddler tunes and more. If you have any information or links you think other members would find useful please email Clarissa.

Many of our online activities, resources, links, and daily fitness challenges are free to get involved with. However, 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,