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

The government have launched today a consultation on Health and Social Care Staff.

The government wants to know how they can make sure that Health and Social Care staff have the right training to understand the needs of people with a learning disability and autistic people, and how they can make adjustments to do better and support them better.

If you have some spare time, please do click on the link below and send the government some feedback. They also have an easy read format that you can use to involve your child with and fill it out together.


Harrow Parents For Disabled Children are hosting an event on Friday 8th March 2019 for parents who would like an introduction to the special education needs and disabilities law. The event runs from 9:30am until 2:30pm and costs £15. For more information, click here.

Harrow Parents For Disabled Children are hosting a coffee morning on Friday 1st March 2019 between 10:00am and 12:00pm. It is a free event. For more information, click here.

What is the Max Card Scheme?

The Max Card is provided to children and young people, living in Harrow, with special needs, whether it is a physical, sensory, or learning disability. The card which is shown to certain organisations as proof of your child’s disability. Families will also benefit from discounts at over 3000 attractions nationwide, including Legoland, Alton Towers, Go Ape, Butlins etc. A full list of supporting attractions can be seen at www.mymaxcard.co.uk. Please select an area e.g. London, to find out what attractions are available in that location.

Exercise and Fitness

Indian Fusion Dance – Every Monday – 11.30am to 12.30pm Tai Chi – Every Monday – 1.45pm to 2.45pm Yogalates – Every Tuesday – 9.45am to 10.45am Yoga – Every Wednesday APART FROM 20th February where yoga will be happening from 1.00pm to 2.00pm

Social Groups

Mental Health Support Group – no need to book, please drop in. Friday 22nd 1.30pm – 3.30pm Multiple Sclerosis Support Group – no need to book please drop in. Tuesday 26th 11.00am – 12.30pm Lunch Club – Every Monday 12.30pm – 1.30pm


Arts and Crafts – Thursday 14th February 11.00am – 2.00pm – Button Art Thursday 21st and 28th – 11.00am – 2.00pm DIY Picture Frames Outing – British Museum 26th February 10.00am – 3.00pm


Coping with change course

Being a carer you go through a lot of life changes. These changes can be overwhelming and can led to stress, anxiety or depression. These 4 sessions will help you to understand the life changes and losses that happen over time like loss of independence, loss of future, loss of relationship etc. Learn how to build resilience and strength to help you to take care of your wellbeing. Understand what is causing guilt and how to overcome it.

Topics Date Day & time Understanding Change and grief 12th February 2019 2:00-4:00 Tuesday Building Resilience 19th February 2019 Optimism & positive psychology 26th February 2019 Understanding ABC steps and coping strategies 5th March 2019 Registration & filling out IAPT form is a must. Please ensure you can attend all the dates. Venue: Harrow Carers Office

Sleep-Well – 18th February 2019 2:00-4:00 Monday If you are having trouble falling asleep and staying asleep, this session is for you. Get some practical tips on how to improve the quality of your sleep.

We are hosting a drop-in session at Shaftesbury on Tuesday 26th February between 10am and 12pm to chat about the early signs of mental health, how to spot them and where to go for help and support. For more information click here.
Hope Harrow are running a course on Living With A Teenager over 8 sessions between March and June 2019. For more information and to book a place, click here.
Hope Harrow are running a course for parents who feels they would like to spend less and save more money. The course runs between March and April 2019. For more information and to book a place, click here.
Hope harrow are running a 7 week course for parents with children between 3 and 12 years. The course starts on Thursday 31st January 2019 and finishes on Thursday 28th March 2019. There are no sessions during the school holidays. For more information click here.
Hope Harrow are running an 8 week program for parents with teenage children. The course starts on Tuesday 30th April 2019 and finishes on Tuesday 25th June 2019. There is no session on Tuesday 28th May 2019, during the half-term week. For more information click here.

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

Please click here to view a PDF of the Harrow Law Centre’s Legal Action For Our Community flyer.
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.
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.