Parent and Carer School Events
Below is a list of upcoming and memorable school events where different members of our community have come together to learn new things, discuss issues or just have chat over a coffee and cake.
Please click here for information on our once a month Contact a family Coffee morning. This coffee morning allows you to come and meet other parent carers, share information and talk about the issues affecting your family!
Please click here for information about the Wednesday Makaton Parent Sessions. These sessions are weekly and welcome all members of our community who hope to improve their Makaton skills.
Coffee Mornings (Timetable)
We run regular coffee mornings on Tuesday mornings, this is a great opportunity to meet other parents, and it can be incredible supportive to hear how others might manage different issues with their children. However, we also invite various professionals and organisations in to host the coffee mornings to provide professional advice and support.
Feedback from Young Carers Coffee Morning.
At the coffee morning on Tuesday 15th November Joshua joined us from the Young Carers Project Team in Lambeth.
A young carer is someone under the age 18 who helps look after a relative who has a disability, illness, mental health condition, or a drug or alcohol problem.
Most young carers look after one of their parents or care for a brother or sister. They do extra jobs in and around the home, such as cooking, cleaning, or helping someone to get dressed and move around, being a carer includes emotional support.
Josh provided information about the activities available for young carers e.g. holiday activities or 1-2-1 support in school.
Furthermore, a new service is starting for young adult carers from the age of 17-25 years old. This was relevant to some of our parents who have older children who have been affected by having a family member with a disability. One of the first activities for young adult carers would be an outing to go and watch Star Wars at The Ritzy Cinema.
There was a discussion about the work of carers and how it is undervalued and no one would really understand how hard it can be both psychologically and physically e.g. because of sleepless nights. It was suggested that people should try and experience to be a carer for a day to get some understanding of what it is like to be carers.
It is Carers Rights Day 2016 is on Friday 25 November, and this year's theme is:
Missing out? Know your rights as a carer
Carers Hub Lambeth are inviting carers in Lambeth to a winter event please see poster
Feedback from Contact a Family Coffee Morning
Great conversations were had and useful information shared when Meram, from Contact a Family, hosted the coffee morning.
Parents/ carers were discussing public attitudes, when out in the community with children and young people, with ‘invisible’ disabilities like autism. There was also an interesting conversation about the difference in people’s acceptance and understanding of disabilities depending on the country.
Meram shared information about the different services run by Contact a Family:
Family Day trips the next one is the Christmas Pantomine
2nd Thursday of the months Coffee Morning at 336 Brixton Road
1-2-1 Drop in Sessions at The Mary Sheridan Centre every other Friday from 10am-12.30pm
Workshops to look out for, a session on puberty at the beginning of 2017
A family found out about benefits they were entitled to which they previously had not been applying for. As well as about grants e.g. Family Fund which might offer grants to families raising a disabled or seriously ill child – see link for more information http://www.familyfund.org.uk/
Meram gave some feedback from the Transitions Workshop Contact a Family ran recently at 336 Brixton Road, some of the discussions were about the Mental Capacity Act (MCA). The act has been put in place to protect and empower individuals who may lack the mental capacity to make their own decisions about their care and treatment. The law applies to individuals aged 16 and over. Students could be assessed to establish whether they are able to make decisions about what college to go to.
Furthermore information was shared on:
Cinema card https://www.ceacard.co.uk/
Liberty Card, former known as ‘I Count’ http://www.younglambeth.org/local-offer/landing-pages/cyp-disability-register-and-liberty-card.html
There are many ways parents and carers can get involved to help your child to have an enjoyable and enriching time in school, whatever background or skills. We are currently setting up a PTA here at The Michael Tippett School and hope for many parents to get on board. Parents/carers views are important and have an enormous influence on children’s learning and well-being.