Break into Spring by wuzhenguang


									 Break into Spring
Short Break Information for Parents and Carers of Disabled Children and
                      Young People in Plymouth
                                                                           Editors note:
                                       Hello All
                                       Spring is finally here and we can see sunshine on the horizon,
                                       with the holidays coming we are all looking to fill Springtime
                                       with stimulating and fun activities. As ultra busy parents
                                       looking around can be stressful, time consuming and some-
                                       times very frustrating!
                                       This newsletter contains some gems that will help with this
                                       problem, and provide some really lovely spring breaks for you
                                       and your children.             Keep emailing me, I love to hear how
                                       things went! Regards Sarahx

                  February—March 2011 - Issue 11
                                          In this Issue

    From left… anyone for tennis (page 11); Routeways gardening project brings the outdoors to all; Wheelfever wows again.

Government news on short breaks funding…….2                             Inclusive Breaks with a Twist…. 7
Inclusion Works better support for your child… 2                        Days Out & Discounts...………..8
Makaton Training—Communication now………..3                                Wellbeing Club…... …………….9
Diggin the Outdoors and Devonport Park……….3                             Parent Short Break Q&A………..9
Parent Groups and Support in Plymouth………..4–5                           Sibling/Young Carer Pages…....10/11
Wheelie Wonderful Breaks………………………..6                                    Feb/Mar Short Break Ideas…….11-13
Mad March Ideas……………….……………..                  14                        Sing Up!!........................……….15
Street Factory ………………………………………15                                         Register for info ………………..16

             Contact Sarah Flay on 01752 319886 or
         Long awaited news from the Government
         about the future of Short Breaks Funding
In December 2010 the Government announced           Authorities from 2011/12.
new funding for short breaks beyond March
2011. The announcement follows                      The Government has also announced that
a new evaluation of the Aiming                      there will be £40 million capital investment
High short breaks investment,                       in short breaks in 2011/12.
which shows how positive
outcomes have been for                              The Government wrote to all Local Authorities in
families with disabled children.                    December, stating that it is up to them how they
                                                    decide to use the new Early Intervention Grant,
The Government is investing £800 million            based on local needs and pressures. However,
of funding for short breaks over the next four      the Government also stated that they still expect
years. However, although this is an increase        key areas to be supported – one of which is
in revenue funding compared to the current          short breaks for disabled children.
year, this funding will not be ‘ring fenced’
as it has been previously. Instead, the money       We will keep you updated via this newsletter
will be included in the new Early Intervention      and the forthcoming website Short Breaks
Grant, a Grant which is being given to Local        website when we have more news.

    Inclusion Works Free Training – Better Support for your child…

    To promote the inclusion of all children and young people, Inclusion Works will be offering
    free inclusion training to providers working with disabled children and young people;
    Child-minders, Leisure and sport e.g. dance/football clubs, Before and After School care,
    Community groups e.g. Beavers/Rainbows, Holiday care providers. or youth workers. The
    training is offered to two members of staff.

    Each course will equip staff with the knowledge and skills to enable the Out of Schools
    workforce to include disabled children with a range of complex health and social care needs.
    The sessions will be interactive, mainly structured around group exercises, discussions and
    case studies. The sessions are designed to be information based, and to have a practical
    focus, that should equip participants with ideas and strategies for implementing useful and
    relevant changes

    'Aiming High to Include All'. Provided by Inclusion Works in partnership with Plymouth
    Psychology Service. 6 evening sessions.

    Content of the sessions include:

                  Child development 5-16
                  Working with teenagers
                  Understanding children and young people with additional needs
                  Attachment and resilience
                  Working with parents and carers

    All sessions will be held at Windsor House between 6-8.30pm on the following dates:1 March,
    15 March, 23 March, 7 April.

    Please contact Jude Odell at for a booking form and for further
    details. Inclusion Works 01752 307559

                      MAKATON TRAINING COURSES:
BEGINNERS: Two day training: Sat 2nd & Sun 3rd April. 9.30am - 3.45pm (both days). Cost:
                                           £95 per person.
The two day beginners course is designed for people who wish to start using Makaton signs and
symbols on a regular basis. This course will take you up to sentence level signing and symbol
use. You will learn all the most needed and most frequently used signs and the training holds
lectures and practical sessions, with lots of hands on practice. We train in a very informative but
informal style which caters for the more experienced to the more nervous learners. Each participant
leaves with a Makaton certificate and two comprehensive manuals which hold notes on all the
practical's and lectures, and also holds copies of all the signs and symbols taught on the course.

 FOLLOW - UP: Two day training: Mon 18th & 19th April. 9.30am - 3.45pm (both Days). Cost:
                                          £130 per person.
The two day follow-up course is for anyone who has completed the Beginners course (all four
modules). The Follow-up uses the same concept for teaching as the Beginner course, but obviously
takes your signing and symbol skills to the next level.

      ENHANCEMENT: Two Day training: Mon 23rd & Tues 24th May. 9.30-3.45pm (both
                                  days). Cost: £130 per person.
The two day Enhancement course is for anyone who has completed the Foundation course (all four
modules). The Enhancement course uses the same concept for teaching as the Foundation. It does
include more in depth detailed training on sign and symbol use, as well as detailed lectures about
Makaton.           Any       questions        contact:    Wendy        Devine:       07525429583

Diggin It!
Since launching the Diggin‘ It Devonport Park project in January 2011, The Saturday Family
Gardening Club has been a great success.

Disabled young people from across the city have taken part in a number of activities, including seed
sowing, preparing a vegetable patch, fire lighting, decorating plant pots and growing healthy
vegetables ready for a spring harvest.

Development of the exciting forest school area is well underway, with the construction of a wooden
shelter. The Family Gardening Club will be designing a clay oven to site under the shelter, enabling
us to cook yummy pizzas, bread, quiches and roast all outdoors.
On Friday 4th March 2011 we will be working with a specialist, who will run a course on how to build
the clay oven. This will be a fun and interactive course, which will be available to members of the
public at a cost of £15 per person. Spaces are very limited and will be allocated on a first come first
served basis.
We also have volunteering opportunities within the project developing areas such as the vegetable
garden, greenhouse, wildlife and secret gardens. The opportunity to work with groups may also exist,
depending on experience and CRB checks. You can gain recognition for your volunteering hours and
a record of tasks/achievements completed. This is a great opportunity for personal development,
CV‘s or working towards awards/qualifications.

If you are interested in the clay oven course or volunteering then please contact for more details.

Due to the success of the Saturday Family Gardening Club, we are creating a second group, to run
on alternating weekends. If you know a disabled young person, who might benefit from taking part in
horticultural activities (as well as other outdoor based activities) with the support of a family member
or 1:1 worker, then please contact for more information.

Groups and Parent Support within Plymouth
National Autistic Society
                                                      ADHD Parents and Carers Support.
The Plymouth Parent Group continues to grow in
                                                      Do you care for a child with diagnosed ADHD,
number and is in contact with the National Autistic
                                                      maybe you are going through the process of
Society to try and form a new committee to move
                                                      diagnosing or maybe you suspect your child has
things forward in Plymouth.
                                                      symptoms of ADHD?
The Communication Interaction Team (CIT) will
                                                    Parents and carers of children with ADHD can
continue to provide support to the parent group
                                                    feel isolated and unsupported, so we have set up
during 2011. Presentations will be led by a variety
                                                    a new informal PARENT / CARER ONLY group,
of speakers from CIT and other agencies.
                                                    where we can discuss ideas, ask each other‘s
                                                    advice and to simply know that we are not alone.
Meetings will be on Friday mornings usually once
a month. Meetings will begin slightly early this
                                                    Come for a coffee and biscuit, if you need ideas,
coming year from 10.30am. All sessions begin
                                                    advice and share as much or as little as you like
with coffee at 10.30am and finish by 12.30pm.
                                                    in confidence - with people who know what you‘re
The venue for the meetings will be at Plymouth
                                                    going through.
Parent Partnership, Old Treasury Building,
Catherine Street, Plymouth, PL1 2AD
                                                    Please call to check venues, dates and times as
                                                    this is a new group these might vary to begin with.
The Parent Partnership building is at the back of
the Guildhall facing St Andrews Church.
                                                    Come along and join other parents and carers.
Unfortunately there is no parking available so
                                                    Contact your PSA or Catherine on 07854 921811
please use on street parking or car parks.
                                                    for more info.
                                             SALS Parent Group - Speaking And Listening
Date; Focus for session;
11th March 2011 Accessing Social Activities
                                            Are you a parents/carers worried about your
13th May 2011 Sensory Challenges
                                            child‘s (0 - 19) talking, listening or understanding?
10th June 2011 Sleep Difficulties
                                            This group offers a place to share information and
8th July 2011 Preparing your child for new
                                            experiences.; Whilst finding out about services
classes/new schools
                                            that might help.
                     Contact :-
                                                         Meeting are held at Old Treasury Building,
    Jane Modica- Cliff / Theresa Baldry-Lee PSA
                                                      Catherine Street, Plymouth. PL1 2AD. To find out
             Longcause 01752 231789
                                                         more contact Plymouth Parent Partnership
    Claire Layland/ Mary Pittman; C I T Douglass
                                                                  01752 258933 or email
                House 01752 308751
            Check out the new website

                                                               Wednesdayz Welcomes
                                                            Running from 4.15pm - 5.15pm at Mutley
                                                            Baptist Church, Plymouth with a cost of
                                                            £1.50 per family.     Wednesdayz is for
                                                            children with ADHD and/or ASD and BSED,
                                                            and their families.

                                                            The group gives the children a place to play,
                                                            be themselves and meet other children with
                                                            similar problems. The parents get a chance
                                                            to meet and talk with other parents in the
                                                            same position in a friendly and informative

                                                            There will be fun and games, arts and crafts
                                                            and parent support.

                                                            Please contact Claire on 245646 for more
                                                            sessions that will be running and to book a
                                                            place. Please feel free to visit the website:

Friends and Families of Special Children (FFSC) - Spring Updates

FFSC provides information, support and advocacy services for families with children with special
needs in the Plymouth area. Supporting families via parent and carer groups, holiday clubs, short
break opportunities and young carer groups and activities.

Why not join them for a fun day at...

Family Activity Day at Dame Hannah School - Tuesday 22nd Feb 10am to 11am & 11am to 12pm
Hydrotherapy and Rebound Therapy sessions – booking essential time slots will be given. Cost - TBC
Family Activity Day at Woodlands School - 19th March 10 to 1pm with use of the Hydro Pool, soft play
room and sensory rooms. Booking essential and cost is £5 per family.

There are also the following coffee mornings (all free to attend) for parents and carers:

March 3rd 10-12pm at Virginia House Centre – Irwin Mitchell Solicitors discussing legal support for
statementing, statutory guidance and other legal matters.
April 7th 10-12pm at Virginia House Centre – Helen Bear from Cerebra discussing the work Cerebra
do and how it can help your child and family.

                  Wheelie wonderful breaks….
Wheelfever Magic.                The regular                         Ice Mobility
Wheelfever Inclusive Dance sessions are
going from strength to strength Weekly dance
workshops are now running along with the
monthly sessions in the drama theatre at UCP
Marjon on Saturdays.

The next Wheelfever weekly session dates

8th January, 5th February, 5th March
11am-12.30pm                                                    Thursday 12-1.30pm
An accessible creative dance session with an                     Sunday 6-7.30pm
emphasis on enjoying moving together. Most                 Ice Mobility Users £5.50 each
suitable for 6 - 16 yrs, but up to 20 yrs           Carers £1.50 each (1 carer per Ice Mobility
welcome. (£2.00)                                                        user)
1.30pm-3.30pm                                            Additional Adult £6.40/Child £5.50
An integrated dance group exploring and                          (including skates)
developing creative skills. Most suitable for 11   These sessions are for disabled and
- 20yrs. Delivered by Tonic Project. (£3.00)       wheelchair users, along with the carers, family
Each session is supported by inclusion             and friends accompanying them.
workers, therefore young people can be left
independent if parents wish to do so. Booking      The first Thursday of every month is a Disco
is essential.                                      session with music and disco lights!
                                                   Sunday sessions are Discounted Ice Mobility at
February half term Holiday Dance Club!             just £2.50 including skate hire.
21st and 23rd February
@ Woodview Campus Dance Studio                     Ice Mobility is the new fun way for wheelchair
Woodview Drive (off Tamerton Foliot Lane)          users to enjoy Ice Skating. This session allows
Whitleigh,                                         wheelchair users to join in the fun on the ice, in
Plymouth, PL6 5ES                                  the comfort of their own chair. The session
10am - 1pm                                         lasts an hour and a half with music, lights and
The workshops are targeted at young disabled       snow!
people, offering a relaxed morning of fun and
creativity to encourage confidence and             Each session holds a maximum of 25
expressive exploration, with an emphasis on        wheelchairs, so please book early to avoid
enjoying dancing together. Each session is         disappointment.
supported by inclusion workers, therefore
young people can be left independent if            Ice Stewards are available to hire at £20 per 90
parents wish to do so. Booking is essential.       minute session. This is subject to availability
                                                   and must be booked at least one week in
Suitable for young people between 8 - 16yrs        advance. Carers are required to push the
                                                   wheelchairs unless an Ice Steward is hired.
 Further information about Wheelfever can be
              found on the website                 No changes to wheelchairs will be necessary. or by contacting      Wheelchairs can be pushed straight onto the
    Paula Hocking 01752 367246 or email            ice.


              Inclusive Breaks - with a twist...
International Sport and Dance
Barefoot and Plymouth Sports Academy have been working in partnership to provide sports and
dance activities during the school holidays for young people across the city following 12 successful
days during the summer. Aimed at 5-16 year olds with the idea of getting kids moving, the Interna-
tional Sport and Dance days have been attended by over 500 young people.

Staff have been trained in inclusion and young people with disabilities will be supported, however
parents may wish to discuss individual needs with staff prior to the event, in the past parents and
carers have stayed for a short time, while the child/young person become comfortable. However
if parents wish to stay this is fine too!

The themed days have included sports and dance from America, New Zealand, Ireland, Brazil,
Australia and South Africa. During the days participants are able to improve their sporting
knowledge, skills and teamwork whilst having lots of fun. Young people also stand to the countr y‘s
national anthem and perform their new-found skills to an audience of family and friends.

Activities during half-term are planned for the 21st,22nd and 23rd February. These will be themed
on the Six Nations - venue TBC. The cost to attend is £8 per child per day or £20 if attending all
days. For further information or to book a place please contact Barefoot or Dan Pengelly at
Plymouth Sports Academy on 07515 416304 or email

Sailing For Disabled Children on the 100 year old Cornubia…
CORNUBIA is a hundred years old and been fully rebuilt incorporating modern safety features.
Her sturdy 30 tons provide the ideal stable environment for the young people and their carers to
experience sailing and the local marine environment. Three certificated sailors run the boat. The
balance of carers to children depends upon levels of disability, the maximum party size being eight
persons total. Siblings and enablers are most welcome and costs are offered on a sliding scale.

CORNUBIA is coded by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. Day sailing in the pilot cutter,
CORNUBIA around Plymouth Sound and adjacent rivers and estuaries offers disabled youngsters
challenging opportunities to increase their self confidence and to step outside the comfort zone.
No sailing experience is necessary. As one teacher/carer of a severely autistic child with visual
problems put it: "she absolutely revelled in the elements of wind, sail noise, salty air and the
sounds of Plymouth Sound and Estuary - a full-on sensory experience to beat anything we could
provide on shore."

This is how a typical trip goes.
Before leaving the marina the crew tell the young people about safety on board, what is likely to
happen, and help them fit their lifejackets.
They motor upriver past the dockyard to the road and rail bridges at Saltash. After setting the sails
they sail downriver past Drake's Island, with lunch under way, before anchoring in Cawsand Bay.
There they might collect plankton for microscopic examination.
Once the anchor is up, the voyage continues alongside the Breakwater, and past Jennycliff. Off
the Hoe the crew drop the sails to motor back to the marina.
While at anchor, or back alongside, the young people can explore the marine environment

For more information contact : Tony Winter, Trustee, Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter Trust, Westcliff
Old Court, Talland Bay, Looe, Cornwall PL13 2JA. Telephone 01503 272575 - email djwin-

                    Days out and discounts for Parent/Carer Pages

This section could indeed fill a newsletter in itself! So each edition I will focus on providing info that I feel is relevant to looming
challenges on parents/carers i.e.. Half term, Summer, Christmas etc. . If there is something you would like me to look into email or
call me on 319886 or

    Movies : The Cinema Exhibitors' Association Card . This is a national card that can be used to
    verify that the holder is entitled to one free ticket for a person accompanying them to the cinema.
    Terms and Conditions of use apply which can be downloaded at To apply for
    the card you will need submit proof to show that you meet one or more of the following criteria:-

    Be in receipt of Disability Living Allowance or Attendance Allowance. Or be a registered blind
    person. You will also need to supply a passport-sized photo with your application to appear on the
    card. There is a processing fee of £5.50.

    A large number of the centres seem to require sight of a blue badge—for those that don't
    have one some info:-

    Anyone over two years old may be eligible for a Blue Badge, if they either:

    Have a permanent and substantial disability which means they cannot walk, or makes walking very
    difficult Ed*I was recently informed by a Mum of a 6 yr. old with ASD that she was given a Blue
    Badge due to her sons behaviour (due to lack of hazard/danger perception he would fling himself
    into the road etc.).
    Or, If you are a parent of a child who is less than two years old, you may apply for a Blue Badge for
    your child.

    Jump Soft Play Centre— - Carers and parents have free entry. If
    you visit Jump Monday - Friday during the school term time you will receive can also get adult entry
    completely for free and 1year olds will only pay £3.00. Handy if you have other children and
    partners are also around!

    Drakes Den - - Parents and Carers are free during
    the week £1 at weekends– on Tuesdays the is a 2 for 1 offer. No reductions for Blue badge or

    Plymouth Pavilions– Offers carers the opportunity to swim free, disabled children and YP pay
    either £2.90 of peak and £3.10 peak times. There is a disabled changing room and parking. There
    is reduced skating price for children registered as disabled of £3.80—Ice Mobility is £5.50 with
    carers paying £1.50.

    The National Trust– Carers and parents are allowed in free with the Blue Badge or proof of DLA.
    This is weather dependent but there are often free activities see
    main/w-global/w-localtoyou/w-devoncornwall.htm. Children under 5 are free to if you have siblings
    this can work out really well!

    Dartmoor Zoo— Carers and parents have free entry—Blue Badge holders have reduced price of

                               Wellbeing Club
                Harewood House, Plympton, Meeting Room 2, 10.15 - 11.45am

  Would you like to spend time relaxing, having fun with other people, while learning more
  about Health and Well Being? From Wednesday January 26th I‘ll be looking for others to join
  me once a month to form a Well Being Club.

  The session will include:
      A short warm up exercise to music
      Discussion time about our health concerns and ways to help
      Gentle stretching to music
      A guided relaxation session.

  Each month we will tackle a different topic starting with ‗Motivation and Goal Setting‘,
     February 23th - Nutrition
     March 30th - Exercise,
     April 27th - Managing Stress
     May 25th -Work Life balance
     June 29th - Positive Thinking.

  Janet Wise, award winning owner of WiserHealth, a local Complementary Therapist, will use
  her considerable knowledge of health and related well being topics to provide interesting and
  challenging sessions. If you want to make your health a priority in 2011, come along and try
  this new approach.

  A warm welcome guaranteed. Only £3 per session, for more information and to reserve your
  place, contact Janet on 01752 283953.

Parent Q&A Parent Q&A Parent Q&A Parent Q&A Parent Q&A Parent Q&A Parent Q&A

Trisha:- Does anyone know any where in Devon we can look at / try / hire a disabled bike ( 3
wheeled ) my son with ASD is scared to get on a normal bike so we would like to try one out before
purchasing . Thank you.

Ed : do lovely bikes, and they do have hire centres
all over. They are not cheap, the Family Fund might be able to help as they fund play equipment, section=0001000100010017&sectionTitle=Grant+items

HJ : Hi, thinking of booking euro Disney, just wondering if the do any carers discounts if you buy
your tickets there of if it works out cheaper to pre-book?

Ed : Carers go free if you buy a ticket on the day. Exit passes you can get from City Hall on the day
of your visit even if you bought tickets in advance. You need diagnosis letter/ letter from GP dated
in the last 3 months.

Lyn: My son has ASD (he is 17) I have two other children (both girls), I struggle to access loos
while we are all out, and I don't like my son using the gents alone, can I get a Radar key?

ED )Yes you can get one from the Tourist Information Office (bring proof of DLA) from most shop
mobility shops and also from
2Fdefault.aspx&h=eb3cc. They are even sold on ebay! The most you should have to pay is
around £3.00.

        Family Support 2 Break—Young Carers/Siblings
      An exciting new project running in partnership with Plymouth City Council and the National
        Trust. Offering young carers aged 4 to 21 years the opportunity to enjoy a Woodland
     Adventure at Plymbridge Woods. The taster day is during half term on 24th February 11am to
     2pm this day is free! After this day young carers can sign up for the course on the taster day
      which runs every month until August. The course costs £12 and if 4 out of 6 sessions are
                                attended you will get your £12 refunded.

                                                                      the B programme
                                                        The ultimate pick n' mix of dance and theatre
                                                                 training for 12-18 year olds
                                                                        ALL TRAINING;
                                                                Under one roof, On one day,
                                                          No experience needed, Affordable prices!
                                                                           YOU WILL;
                                                                       * Learn new skills
                                                                      * Make new friends
                                                                 * Develop your confidence
                                                                          * Be creative
                                                            Easy access DANCE and THEATRE!!
                                                                         TASTER DAY!
                                                       Sunday 6th March FREE CLASSES between 10-
                                                                   B Programme Classes
                                                       5 week block Sunday 20th March - Sunday 17th
                                                             Body Connect a creative fusion of
                                                         contemporary, technique and ballet training
                                                       BLAST a high energised physical theatre session
                                                          Break Through a dynamic combination of
                                                                  theatre and vocal training
                                                          BOUNCE a powerful mix of breaking and
                                                             challenging dance moves for boys
                                                              Book now for the 5 week block!
                                                                           1 class £18
                                                                         2 classes £30
                                                                         3 classes £45
                                                                         4 classes £55
                                                                  All 4 classes in a day £12
                                                                    Arts Awards Available!

                                     Platform 51 Plymouth
                                      Graffiti Course
                                      with Arts Award Accreditation
                              Every Thursday 4-8pm from March 3rd to April 7th

                          Exciting 6 week course for girls and women aged 11-25
            Find out what inspires you, explore your creativity, develop your confidence, have
          fun new experiences, share your talent and walk away with a valuable Level 1 national
                qualification that makes a real difference in the world of work and the arts!
In a supportive environment you will learn how to use graffiti marker pens, design stencils and paint these
   using aerosols onto canvas and design and paint a mural using aerosols for a wall or similar surface.
               You‘ll attend events, research your heroes and share your skills with others.

                       For more information or to book a space please contact us.
                  Platform 51, Alfred Street, The Hoe, Plymouth, PL1 2RP
                                       01752 671080
            Spaces are limited so please book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment!
 February & March 2011 Quick Flick Activity Page
                    Every effort has been made to ensure details are accurate.
If you have trouble contacting any group contact—

19th Feb                                Cost: Free                          Location: Dartmoor
Devon Wildlife Trust : Visit to         Transport :None                     Cost: £none
the National Marine Aquarium            Contact: the Sports                 Transport: Minibus provided
A guided tour of the Aquarium           Development Unit on 01752           Booking: Yes
Time: 1pm                               307140                              Open to young people with
Age : 0-25                                                                  special needs/disabilities.
Location: Coxside, Plymouth.            Climbing                            Contact Emily Canon on
                                        Age: 8 to 14
Cost: Adults £9, Seniors £8, children                                       01752 519780 or
                                        Location: Plymouth YMCA Kitto
(five-16 yrs) £5.50. Aged four years                                        07740899655
and under-free.                         Centre, PL3 5NG
Contact: Fran McMurray on 01822         Time: 6pm to 7.30pm                 19th—30th March 2011
612460.                                 Cost: Free                          Beckly Youth Club. being
                                        Transport :None
19th February                                                               included and going out!
                                        Contact: Sports Development
Plymouth City Museum -The                                                   Thursdays drop in mix of
                                        Unit 01752 307140
Write Stuff                                                                 centre based and community
Try your hand at quill pen                                                  activities to encourage social
writing and see if you can                                                  interaction, personal
                                        19th Feb—7th June 2011
read old handwriting in a                                                   development, skills and
fun workshop session                    Get Creative                        confidence have fun!
connected to our 'History               film making, arts, crafts,          Age : 12-20
Matters' exhibition.                    dance and graffiti art. Build       Time: 7pm - 9pm
Age Group: 0-19                         your confidence, gain new           Location the Beckly Centre
Location Plymouth City Museum           skills & meet new people.           Mayers Way Hooe Road
Time: 10-12.30 pm                       Age: 11-25                          Plymstock Plymouth PL9 9DF
Cost (£): Free                          Location: GK Centre Alfred St The   Cost: £3.00 per session
Booking : No                            Hoe PL1 2RP                         Transport: No
                                        Time: 12pm –2pm                     Booking Required: Yes
21 February 2011                        Cost: £free                         Contact Details: sarah noble
Karate                                  Transport:No              
Age: 8 to 16                            Booking: No                         01752 484433`
Location: Lipson Community    
College Sports Centre, PL4 7PG                                              19th Feb - 26th Feb
                                        01752 671080
Time: 6pm to 7pm                                                            Holiday Playscheme at Beckly
Cost: Free                                                                  Activities, play and social
                                        19th Feb—30th June 2011
Transport :None                                                             opportunities in small peer
                                        Street Dance Youth club
Contact Sports Development                                                  friendship groups and open to
                                        a youth club, with hip hop
Unit on 01752 307140                                                        all.
                                        nintendo wii/pool etc
Ultimate Frisbee                                                            Location: the Beckly Centre
                                        Age: 10 - 25
Age: 8 to 16                                                                Mayers Way Hooe Road
                                        Location street factory studios
Location: Mayflower Leisure                                                 Plymstock Plymouth PL9 9DF
                                        cobourg st, plymouth pl11sp
Centre, PL2 3DG                                                             Time 10.30 to 3.30
                                        Time: 6.30pm - 8pm
Time: 6pm to 7pm                                                            Cost £ Call for details
                                        Cost (£): £1
Cost: Free                                                                  Transport: No
                                        Booking Required: No
Transport :None                                                             Booking : Yes
                                        Contact Details:
Contact: Sports Development                                                 Contact:sarah noble
                                        07775533750 for info
Unit 01752 307140                                                 
                                        19th - 26th Feb                     01752 484433`
Kick boxing
                                        Forest School Sessions
Age: 8 to 13                                                                19th Feb—30th March
                                        Friendship, fresh air,
Location: Eggbuckland                                                       Brickfields Sports Centre,
                                        bushcraft, art and cook outs!
Community College Sports                                                    Offer the SHOKK Youth Gym
                                        Age: 16-19 years
Centre, PL6 5YB
designed for children. With a    Weekly                             Forest Friends on Tel 01752
climbing wall, dance matts       Age: 10-21 years                   204922
and much more.                   Location: Catherine Street
Age : 8-16                       Baptist Church Hall, Catherine     21st Feb
Cost : call for details          Street (off Notte Street, The      Play Rangers
Locations: Brickfields,          Barbican, Plymouth, PL1 2AD        Sports, games and art & craft
Devonport                        Cost: £3.00                        activities. (11 am 3pm)
Booking : no                     Transport: No                      Age: 5-16 years
Transport :no                    Booking: Yes                       Location: Leigham Open
Contact: Tel: (01752) 563320     Dance workshops with an            Space – Leigham, Knowle
                                 inclusive approach for young       Battery – West Park
                                 people with and without            Cost: £none
21st – 25th Feb                  disabilites. Sessions run weekly   Transport:No
YMCA – Fantastic February        on Tuesdays 4.15pm - 7.15pm        Booking: No
Holiday Club
All staff have received          book for this session by           22nd Feb
inclusion training and offer a   contacting Paula Hocking on        Play Rangers
welcoming and inclusive          01752 367246.                      Age: 5-16 years
place. Activities include                                           Location: Kit Hill - Barne
football, basketball,            21st Feb - Dec 2011                Barton St. Levan‘s Road -
dodgeball, team challenges,      Activity Club for Disabled         Keyham
netball, uni-hockey, circus      Young People                       Cost: £none
skills, street surfing,          Horticultural activities such      Transport:No
trampolining, climbing, arts     as: planting; grow your own        Booking: No
and craft, games room.           vegetables; outdoor family
Age: 5-16 years                  cooking; woodwork; seasonal        22nd Feb
Location: YMCA John Kitto        activities                         Badminton
Cost: £3.00 - £20.00             Age: 4-25                          Age: 8 to 14
Transport: No                    Location: Devonport Park.          Location: Plymouth YMCA Kitto
Booking: Yes                     Cost: £                            Centre, PL3 5NG
Open to all. 20 19 18            Transport:No                       Time: 5pm to 6pm
Contact Alex 01752 20 19 18      Booking: Yes                       Cost: Free     Please contact Chris               Transport :None
                                 Wilshire on 01752 856713           Contact: Sports Development
21st Feb—25th Feb                                                   Unit 01752 307140
Inclusive Dance Workshops        21st—25th Feb
The workshops are targeted       Forest Friends play scheme         Street Dance
at young disabled people,        This half term why not             Age: 11 to 18
offering a relaxed morning of    become a nature detective          Location: Marine Academy
fun and creativity to            and hunt for the signs of          Plymouth Sports Centre
encourage confidence and         Spring? We will also be bug        Time: 6pm to 7pm
expressive exploration. Each     hunting, camp fire cooking,        Cost: Free
session is supported by          whittling wood, making dens        Transport :None
inclusion workers, therefore     and playing wild woodland          Contact: Sports Development
young people can be left         games. Lunch, hot chocolate        Unit 01752 307140
independent if parents wish      and marshmallows will be
to do so                         included in the days               23rd—24th Feb
Age: 8-16                        activities.                        Secret Objects
Location:                        Age: 6-12 years                    Try exciting sculpture
Cost: £free                      Time : 9.45—2.15pm                 techniques and have fun
Transport:No                     Location: Mount Edgcumbe           making surreal objects from
Booking : Yes                    County Park                        clay, wood, card and other,
Contact Paula on 01752           Cost:                              more unusual materials. The
367246 / 07815285208.            Transport:No                       workshop will test your sense
                                 Booking: Yes                       of touch, space, memory,
21st Feb—1st April               contact Carol Wride at             communication and trust.
Wheelfever Workshops –                                              Age: 8-13

     February & March 2011 Quick Flick Activity
Location: Plymouth Arts Centre,                                   Transport :None
                                  Green                           Contact Sports Development
38 Looe Street, Plymouth, PL4     Cost: £none
0EB                                                               Unit on 01752 307140
Time :10.30-2pm                   Booking: No
Cost: £4.00                                                       Climbing
Transport:No                                                      Location: Lipson Community
                                  23 Feb                          College Sports Centre, PL4
Booking: Yes                      Kick boxing
Contact 01752 206114.                                             7PG
                                  Location: Eggbuckland           Time: 6pm to 7pm
                                  Community College Sports        Age: 8 to 16
23rd Feb                          Centre, PL6 5YB                 Cost: Free
Play Rangers                      Time: 4.45pm to 5.45pm          Transport :None
Age: 5-16 years                   Age: 8 to 13                    Contact Sports Development
Location: Patna Park –            Cost: Free                      Unit on 01752 307140
Stonehouse, Yealmpstone           Transport :None
Farm - Plympton                   Contact Sports Development      Trampolining
Cost: £none                       Unit on 01752 307140            Location: Lipson Community
Transport:No                                                      College Sports Centre, PL4
Booking: No                       25 February                     7PG
                                  Badminton                       Time: 6pm to 7pm & 7pm to
24th Feb                          Location: Mayflower Leisure     8pm
Play Rangers                      Centre, PL2 3DG                 Age: 8 to 16
Age: 5-16 years                   Time: 4.30pm to 6pm             Cost: Free
Location:Victoria Park –          Age: 8 to 16                    Transport :None
Stonehouse Ernesettle             Cost: Free                      Contact Sports Development
                                                                  Unit on 01752 307140

 Some Mad March Ideas
 Mount Battern Saturday Sailing Club
 The Saturday sailing club provide the opportunity to be coached by qualified RYA instructors
 on a regular basis, allowing for continuity to develop with an individuals sailing ability. These
 sessions are a great way to sail in a friendly club environment. Contact Tim on 01752 404
 Plymouth Pisces Swimming Club
 Swimming sessions for people of all ages with any type of disability. Providing a friendly and
 safe environment where our members, families and carers, can swim in comfort and privacy.
 Session most Sundays in the year from 11am until 1pm at Central park Leisure Pool,
 Milehouse. Contact Mary on 01752 558168 for info.
 Theatre Royal Young Company – Perform it!
 Especially for young people aged 14-19 with disabilities who feel they would who enjoy per-
 forming arts and would benefit from working in a smaller group with additional support. The
 group will explore theatrical styles such as acting and expressive movement in a fun and
 friendly atmosphere. Thursday evenings 5.30-7pm at TR2.
 £30 for a 10 week term plus £6 young company membership
 Call 01752 230379 for more information and to book a place.
 Granby Island Community Centre—Devonport
 Saturday football session for 5-11yr old boys and girls on the Brickfields Astro Turf Pitch.
 Cost is £2 per child. Holiday camp during each school holiday. The camp runs Mon-Fri
 (not bank holidays) 8am-5pm at a cost of £2 per hr or £10 per day or £40 for 5 days. The camp
 is open to 8-16 yr olds. The camps focus is on sports, arts and ICT. Contact Lee Swabey

:: New
Delve into Plymouth Music Zone's Bag of Tricks
Plymouth Music Zone, as Area Leader host of Devon Sing Up, is joining forces with Wren Music,
Pathfields and Woodlands SEN schools to invite SEN Teachers and support staff in schools to a
day‘s music training, (with thanks also to Woodlands Learning Community). Called the ―Bag of
Tricks‖, the day will furnish all participants with a creative music making toolkit. If you‘re struggling
to find new ideas in the classroom, need a confidence boost when it comes to teaching music or
think you‘ve got some great ideas to add to our Bag of Tricks then this course is for you. The day
will be jam packed with fun, inspirational ideas and practical, creative approaches to music in the
classroom and will cover a range of repertoire, skill-sharing, technology tips and planning. We‘re
running the same day twice between 9.30am -4pm so you can attend either the first day on Friday
March 18th at Woodlands Special School, Plymouth, or alternatively, the second on Friday March
25th at Pathfields Special School, Barnstaple. There are limited places on each day, so please book
as soon as possible. The cost per person is £150, which includes free original resources for you to
take back and use with your students, as well as a tasty buffet lunch. To register your interest and
for further details, please contact or call 01752 213690 .

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