Let children with disabilities have a voice

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Just like everybody else, children with disabilities have the same right to express their views and be consulted about decisions which affect their wellbeing. Sounds simple and straight forward enough, doesn’t it? However, there are barriers that children with disabilities encounter when communicating their needs. This makes necessary the development of certain key listening skills […]

Young people speak out about their mental health

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As part of the MQ Speak your Mind series, young people who have experienced mental health problems share their stories in the hope that they will raise awareness and change attitudes. Holly, aged 22, from Sydney Australia says that she has suffered from depression and suicidal ideation since she was about 12 years old. She […]

Mental Health Professionals Speak Out After PM’s Speech

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Last week the Prime Minister gave a speech outlining the Government’s new policies on mental health in the UK. Many mental health professionals were quick to comment, prompting The Guardian newspaper to print a series of open letters from members of the public, mental health charities and psychiatric experts. Retired consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist, […]

Gaming for Disabled Children

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Gaming for Disabled Children is a way for differently abled children to experience gaming technology when they have a disability. Ceyda’s story is an example of what can be achieved. Read it here. Video Gaming Ceyda’s having fun playing her favourite video game. “Booyah!” she shouts as another baddie hits the dust. But she’s not […]

New Training for Parents Improves Communication Skills in Autistic Children

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New study reported as “potential breakthrough” and “the first successful treatment for autism” The Parent-mediated social communication therapy (PACT) study looked to train parents of children with severe autism to pick up on and interpret communication cues. These cues, such as small shifts of the head, can be very subtle and much harder to spot […]

Elementary School: Arthur Conan Doyle’s home becomes special needs school

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After years of uncertainty over its future, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s former home Undershaw will finally open as a special needs school. Undershaw is located in Hindhead, Surrey, and was built by Doyle to accommodate for his wife Louise’s tuberculosis.  The building was designed by architect Joseph Henry Ball.  Undershaw has 14 bedrooms and has […]

Olympic themed “knitted teddy making” competition

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Olympic themed “knitted teddy making” competition by Local Hospitals Get ready to assemble at the starting blocks ahead of a race to the finish line for an Olympic themed “knitted teddy making” competition. This competition is being run at Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust. The team will be accepting entries for the Rio 2016 […]

PARC’s Charity Football Match

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PARC’s Charity Football Match Come along to PARC’s Charity Football Match on Sunday 17th July 2016. Are you disappointed with England’s recent performance in the Euro 2016? Do you think you could do much better? Then why not sign up and play in PARC’s Charity Football Match . It takes place on Sunday 17th July! […]

Send a Cow, Leigh on Sea

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Send a Cow, Leigh on Sea After ‘Three Acres And A Cow’ (Cecily Morris was there), she’s now opening her garden in aid of ‘Send a Cow’ ‘Send a Cow is about raising funds to help people in Africa grow their own fruit and vegetables and farm their own animals to provide food for their […]

The Radcliffe Trust – Music Grants (deadline 31st August 2016)

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The Radcliffe Trust has announced that the next deadline for applications to its Music making grants programme is the 31st August 2016. Through its music grant making programme, the Radcliffe Trust supports classical music performance and training especially chamber music, composition and music education. Particular interests within music education are music for children and adults […]

News from International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus – February 2016

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#Nigeria Continence management for children Brenda Cheer, paediatric specialist continence nurse from Wales, teaches the importance of continence management for children with spina bifida in Nigeria. Take a look at the photo album on Festus Fajemilo Foundation‘s Facebook page. #International Conference IF’s Turning Points conference has a new date The 27th International Conference on Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus, […]

Funding for Music Making Projects (England)

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Youth Music, England’s largest children’s music charity, which provides funding for music-making projects, has announced new application deadlines for its grant making programmes.Grants are available to fund developmental music-making projects for children and young people up in challenging circumstances as well as projects that support the development of the workforce, organisations and the wider sector. […]

Rochford District Holidays Activities Programme

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The Leisure Team at Rochford District Council has introduced a new online system for the Rochford District Holiday Activities Programme, which aims to offer a variety of sports, arts and leisure activities during the school holidays for children, families and teens in venues across the Rochford District. Further Reading Fit For Sport Holiday Camps Follow […]

Short Break Grant Process for 2016/17

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Short Break for Children and Young People with disabilities Grant Application Process for 2016/17 has now begun. Short Breaks grants (Community and Main) 2016/17 are focussed on supporting disabled children resident in Southend Borough Council. Grants can provide additional equipment or support workers to allow children to attend mainstream activities with their friends, or can […]