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Community events & information

Events being held in the local area such as Parents Coffee mornings at Shaftesbury and local charities holding workshops will be listed here.

Upcoming events

Brent Specialist Academy Trust - Summer Conference 2019

BSAT are holding their summer conference for 2019 on Saturday 29th June at Manor School, Chamberlayne Road, NW10 3NT between 9:15am and 12:30pm. The topic is learning about proven approaches to dealing with barriers to learning and socialisation while sharing your experiences in a supportive environment.

The conference is free to attend for parents of children with ASD. Unfortunately creche facilities are not available. Otherwise the cost is £20 for education/behaviour professionals. Places are limited so booking is essential.


For more information, click here to view the event flyer in PDF format.

Prospects Transition event - Future Pathways

SEND information event for students in Years 10 to 14 and their parents/carers at Harrow Arts Centre on Wednesday 29th May. For more information please click here.

CVSS training for volunteers interested in sailing

CVSS is a voluntary organistation which helps people with disabilities to go sailing. They are looking for new recruits to join them in support young people at Bury Lake at the Aquadrome Ricksmansworth

Click here to read their advice to parnets, assistants and sailors. CVSS are running a training event on Tuesday 30th April.

Centre for ADHD & Autism - Talking to your child about their diagnosis

Monday 20th May from 10 am till 1 pm, Ticket Price: £20 Members / £30 Non-Members

This session will be delivered by Sarah-Jane Critchley of "A Different Joy".

Who Should Attend: 

Parents, carers and professionals supporting them.

Why you should attend: 
Sharing a child’s diagnosis with those around them in a caring and positive way can make a huge difference in their wellbeing and impact their well-being in the long term. This session will help you to do that better.

Session Aims:
To support parents in sharing a diagnosis with their child, siblings, wider family and professionals

When you have finished this session, you will be able to: 
  • Play the waiting game
  • Understand how the diagnostic process works and why timing matters
  • Know why it’s good to share the diagnosis
  • Understand the impact that a diagnosis can have on parents
  • Know where you are in the process of moving towards acceptance 
  • Understand what your child needs to know
  • Understand what to say at each age and stage of your child’s development
  • Know about age-appropriate resources
  • Understand about sharing the knowledge with siblings
  • Understand how to help your child know when to share that information with others and how to do it
  • Know how to tell members of your wider family
  • Understand who else needs to know and how to tell them.

To book click the following link: https://sharingadiagnosis.eventbrite.co.uk

Centre for ADHD & Autism - The Low Arousal Approach

Thursday 6th June 2019 from 9.30am till 2.30pm, Ticket Price: £45 Members / £55 Non-Members

We are delighted to be able to offer a Low Arousal workshop delivered by Studio 3, internationally recognised for managing signs of stress which can be presented by children and young people diagnosed with ADHD and/or Autism.

The outcome of this workshop is aimed at helping to improve family life in a very practical way by reducing levels of stress that are often experienced within the home environment.

Facilitated by: Steve Allison, Director of Training at Studio 3

To book click the following link: https://lowarousal.eventbrite.co.uk

Centre for ADHD & Autism - Sleep Success

Monday 15th July 2019 from 9.30am till 2.30pm, Ticket Price: £30 Members

This session will be delivered by Lynne Laverty, Director of Autism Services and Zeena Bishop, Family Support Worker. Both are qualified Sleep Practitioners.

The workshop includes:
  • Understanding sleep cycles
  • Common sleep issues and strategies to manage these
  • Establishing appropriate routines
  • Keeping sleep diaries and interpreting the data
  • Environments
  • Delegate resource pack 
With this workshop parents will also get ongoing sleep support from the CAAS team for up to six weeks via phone, email or text whilst you are implementing any changes.  

To book click the following link: https://caassleepjul2019.eventbrite.co.uk

Centre for ADHD & Autism support information

CAAS have been nominated for the National Diversity Awards. To vote for them please click here. You will have to register to be able to vote.

CAAS have a flyer of their services for March 2019 - April 2020. Please click here to view the flyer.

Living with a teenager

Hope Harrow are running an 8 week program for parents with teenage children. The course starts on Tuesday 30th April and finishes on Tuesday 25th June. There is no session on Tuesday 28th May as it is the half-term week. For more information please click here.


Long-term Events & Information

Extra support at London Northwest University hospitals for people with learning disabilities

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.

Carers Trust advice for unpaid carers over 25

The Carers Trust has produced a flyer to offer one-to-one advice and support to unpaid carers aged 25 and over who are living in London. Please click here to view the flyer.

Children and Young People's Advocacy service

The Children and Young People's Advocacy service has been set-up to provide young people with knowledge about their rights and to ensure that their views and wishes are heard at all times. The advocates can help young people say what they want to say. The advocates listen, help make complaints and make sure that young people understand their rights as well as attending Looked After Children's review meetings, child protection conferences and other meeting either with or on behalf of young people. For more information please ring the Advocacy team on 020 3948 0559 or email them at advocacy@harrowmencap.org.uk.

Swish (Support & Well-being Information Service Harrow)

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 over about the local support services on offer and ways to keep safe and well. To find out more please click here to go to the Harrow CA website or email Mind In Harrow at info@mindinharrow.org.uk.

Cerebra - A parent's guide: Improving the well-being of young children with learning disabilities

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 - Emotional well-being for parents/carers of young children with learning disabilities

Cerebra have produced a factsheet to help parents/carers of young children with learning disabilities with their own emotional well-being. Please click here to view the guide.

Hillingdon Disability Multi-Sport club

The London Borough of Hillingdon run a fun multi-sports community club for young people with special needs. Sports include trampolining, football, volleyball, table tennis and boccia. Please click here to go to the Hillingdon website for more information.

Harrow Carers' upcoming events

Harrow Carers' have many events coming up. Please click here to view a list of the events that you might be interested in attending.

4 Ways You Can Use Technology to Support Young People on the Autistic Spectrum - Video from the Ineqe Group

The Ineqe Group have produced a video showing 4 ways parents and carers can use technology to support young people on the Autistic spectrum.

In no way does Shaftesbury approve or endorse any of the products featured in the video. Some of the products are paid for and we do not want parents and carers to think they must buy the products.