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If you would like to discuss any of the events & courses below, to ask for advice & guidance or to arrange a home visit please contact Jackie, our Family Liaison Advisor at Shaftesbury on
020 8428 2482 ext 236, on her mobile phone on 07714 182042 or by email: johanlon@shaftesburyhighschool.org


This page is for parents and carers of students at Shaftesbury. Information about E-Safety, out of term activities and events at Shaftesbury, such as Parent Coffee Mornings, will be made available here.

If you have any concerns about E-Safety or would like to know more about the risks young people might face online please click this link or click on the purple E-Safety button on the menu to the left of your screen.


A brief description of Jackie’s role within the school:

  • I provide intensive support and advice to young people and their families who attend Shaftesbury High School.
  • I help enable parents, carers and their children to access a range of appropriate services and other agencies which will enhance and improve the quality of life for those families before they leave Shaftesbury High School.
  • I work directly with families and the young people in a confidential and non-judgemental way, empowering young people to get the most out of the educational opportunities available.
  • I work alongside staff, parents, carers and the young people to help identify early intervention with the involvement of specialist services and other agencies.
  • I support the families and the young people with clear transition information from Children’s Services to Adult Services and on to further education.

Guide to travelling with children and individuals with autism

Aer Lingus have produced a guide to travelling with children and individuals with autism. Please click here to view the guide.


Upcoming events

We are pleased to announce that Deloitte, in collaboration with the Working for Carers programme, will be facilitating this session for all Working for Carers Participants. “Deloitte” is the brand under which tens of thousands of dedicated professionals in independent firms throughout the world collaborate to provide audit, consulting, financial advisory, risk management, tax and related services to select clients.

Please click here for more information about Deloitte

The session will talk about the following:

  • CVs, including what makes a good CV
  • your individual strengths and the strengths that are needed for different jobs
  • the routes available to get into certain jobs
  • understanding and practice of concise writing

Working for Carers is a London-wide project that supports unpaid carers, aged 25 or over, to move closer to employment. The project is led by Carers Trust and delivered by its network of 24 partners across London. Working for Carers is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund.

We hope you are able to attend this workshop which would be of great benefit to you.

Refreshments will be provided.

Please book using the link below or contact the office on 020 8868 5224 Ext 218 or email: workingforcarers@harrowcarers.org
Book event link

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday.

Kind Regards

Working for Carers

Harrow Parents 4 Disabled Children are holding an SEN and Disability (SEND) Information Day on Friday 2nd November between 10.30am and 2pm at the Harrow Arts Centre, 17 Uxbridge Road, Hatch End, Middlesex, HA5 4EA.

The event will take place in Hatch End suites 1, 2 and 3. There will be a question and answer session along with guest speakers and panelists.

For more information and to book a free place please click here to view the event PDF or visit HP4DC’s website. You can also call them on 020 8421 6022 or 07928 577689.
Hope Harrow are running a 2 hour workshop for parents to improve their understanding of their child’s anger and how to help manage it better.
The workshop is on Monday 12th November between 6.30pm and 8.30 at 65 Pinner Road, Harrow, Middlesex, HA1 4HZ. The cost of the event is £15r or £7.50 concession with proof. Please click here for a PDF flyer about the event and booking/contact information. The registration form for Hope Harrow events can be found here.
The 11th District Youth Celebration for Disadvantage and Disabled Young People party takes place on Sunday 25th November at Allum Hall, 2 Allum Lane, Elstree, Hertfordshire, WD6 3PJ from 1.30pm until 4.30pm. There are 450 places available for 12 to 18 year olds and their carers on a “first come, first served” basic. Closing date for bookings is Saturday 10th November.

To book a place please contact Lion Vijay Arora by email: lionsdyc@hotmail.com or phoning either 020 7495 3202 or 07712 447408. You can also apply using the booking form here to be posted.
Understanding Relationships
Session 1: Introduction and naming problematic patterns
Session 2: Understanding your own reactions using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Session 3: Emotions, assertiveness and balancing needs
Session 4: Bringing it all together

Sessions run on Tuesday afternoons between 1.30pm and 3.3pm. Session 1: 9th October, Session 2: 16th October, Session 3: 23rd October, Session 4: 30th October

Understanding CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy)
Session 1: Understanding CBT and it’s benefits
Session 2: Understanding your thoughts, feelings and behaviour
Session 3: Using CBT in day to day life.

Sessions run on Tuesday afternoons between 1.30pm and 3.3pm. Session 1: 30th November, Session 2: 27th November, Session 3: 4th December.

For either of the courses above, either email wellbeing@harrowcarers.org or phone 020 8868 5224 ext 219. You must fill out an IAPT form to attend either course.


On-going and long-term events & clubs and information

The London Northwest University Healthcare NHS Trust want to help people with learning difficulties when they are at any of the trust’s three hospitals. They have produced a form to be printed off and filled out to explain what support people might need when they go to Northwick Park, Central Middlesex or Ealing Hospital. Please click here to view and download the form.
The Carers Trust has produced a flyer to offer one-to-one advice and support to unpaid carers aged 25 and over living in London. Please click here to view the PDF flyer.
The Children and Young People’s Advocacy service has been set up to provide young people with knowledge about their rights and to ensure their views and wishes are heard at all times. The advocates can help young people say that they want to say and make sure their wishes and feelings are heard. They can listen, help make complaints, make sure young people understand their rights and attend Looked After Children’s reviews, child protection conferences and other meetings either with or on behalf of young people. For more information ring the Advocacy team on 020 3948 0559 or email them.
A new service, called Swish, which stands for “Support & Well-being Information Service Harrow” has been set up to provide information and advice to anyone in Harrow aged 18 or older about local support services and ways to keep safe and well. To find out more go to Harrow CA or email Mind In Harrow.
Cerebra and Mencap have collaborated with other organisations to create a guide for parents of young children with learning disabilities. Please click here to view the guide.
Cerebra have produced a factsheet to help parents and carers of young children with learning disabilities with their own emotional well-being. Please click here to view the guide.
Phab are open to applications for their summer 2018 residential projects. To see what activities were on offer during the 2017 residentials please click here. To view information about the 2018 residential projects and to apply please click here.
The Yum Yum Cooking Class with Jeannie is held on Thursdays evenings between 6pm and 8pm at the Redbrick Care, High Street, Wealdstone, HA3 7AE. Each session costs £5. Please click here to view the event flyer.
Harrow Mencap have produced a flyer showing the facilities on offer at their adult day centre at Cedars. Please click here to view the flyer.
Hillingdon borough are offering sport clubs for young people with special needs. Please click here for more information.
Please click here to see the upcoming events at Harrow Carers.
All In Activity Hub have a new address. They are now based at the Harrow District Masonic Centre, Northwick Circle, Kenton, Middlesex, HA3 0EL.

The All In Activity Hub have produced a flyer showing the events they offer. Click here to view the flyer in PDF.

New* group for adults on the autism spectrum

Third Tuesday of the month from 7pm until 9pm

CAAS are delighted to be able to announce that we’ve managed to secure funding to add another group to our adult autism services. We will be offering a therapeutic/social group thanks to funding from London Catalyst and the Hospital Saturday Fund through their Partners in Health Initiative.

*The group had been run by the NAS in Harrow for many years but was unfortunately due to end. Several adults approached CAAS and asked if we’d be able to support the group and it was a resounding yes from us. We’d support the group from unrestricted funding until such time we could secure funding, which happily happened very quickly indeed.

The group will, like our other adult autism groups, be facilitated by Janet Gothelf, a highly specialised psychotherapist.

It will meet every second month at our Centre where a therapeutic discussion group will take place from 7pm till 9pm. It will allow a space where individuals can discuss any issues in their lives, their worries and anxieties in a safe, non-judgmental environment. Discussions will focus on issues impacting attendees lives on a daily basis.

On alternative months there will be a social outing which will be predetermined by the group. This will allow individuals to get together in a safe, pre-planned activity supported by a therapist and facilitator.

New attendees should contact the centre before attending.

A new 18+ choir called ‘Xcite’ is looking for participants in Harrow. The choir is completely free to join and is run by the non-profit organisation Find Your Voice. We are looking to bring the community closer with the choir, and improve the confidence and well-being of those who attend. You don’t have to be an amazing singer; the idea is to have fun, meet new people and try something new.
For enquires please call 0207 837 8066 or email enquires@findyourvoice.org.uk.
Please click on this link to view a PDF about the Centre for ADHD & Autism Support’s new National Lottery funded project.