Lambeth Parent Forum Events
Come Together! Coffee Morning this Wednesday, 24th March, 10 - 12 via Zoom.
We'll be joined at 10.30am by Natalia Sali, Engagement Manager at Healthwatch Lambeth to discuss their research into Transitions from Children's services to Adult Mental Health Services for children and young people with complex mental health needs and/or Learning Disability. And there will be opportunities to catch up with what's happening in Lambeth and share your experiences, so bring your coffee and cake, stay for as long or as little as you like. Please register in advance for the Coffee Morning using this link: https://family-action.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcqceqgqDkuH9NRfcFAn3bwVQriOZ9hw0RE After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Please note, this confirmation email will come from email@example.com
Understanding Social Care - Wednesday 28th April 2021, 10 -12 via Zoom
Representatives form Lambeth Children's Social Care team will be talking about what SEND families can expect from social care -Children's Social Care, CWD, Short Breaks, Early Help, Transition to Adult Social Care, with opportunities for questions.Please register in advance for this event using this link:https://family-action.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUtdeCprzojGd1WOxzZED2l_pa082ZbUclL After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Please note, this confirmation email will come from firstname.lastname@example.org
As we move out of lockdown, more activities will become available face to face. Please remember that all face to face activities will follow Covid-secure guidelines and will have to be booked in advance.
Lambeth Get Ready for an Easter of Food and Fun! gives details of activities taking place over the Easter holidays for children who are eligible for free school meals. More information on the programme here
Willow Tree Club
https://www.thewillowtreeclub.com/ offers online activity sessions for people with additional needs, from cooking and languages to music and dance. There is a charge for each session.
All Aboard Club (formerly Engine Shed South London) offers child-led play sessions & activity packs for autistic/ADHD children who love trains and they're back every Saturday in Streatham from 17th April 2021. More information, booking details and costs are on their website
Young Carers at Carers Hub Lambeth - Young Carers aged 5 - 21 can get help and support from Carers Hub Lambeth, including homework clubs and holiday activities. For more information contact Carers Hub Lambeth email@example.com
Workshops and Other Information
Contact By Your Side Virtual Coffee Morning - Thursday 25th April 2021, 10 - 11.30am
If your child is staying in or visiting hospital, Contact's By Your Side Parent Adviser is available for advice and support by email firstname.lastname@example.org Toni is usually based at Evelina Hospital but can help wherever your child is attending hospital or you can join their Coffee Morning on Thursday by registering here
Lavender support group for families with Neuro Diverse Girls are running a webinar on Monday 29th March 2021, 7.30 - 9pm looking at ADHD and Girls: Why are they Missed, Misdiagnosed and Misunderstood with Dr Jo Steer. More information and booking details are available here
Autism Voice is running a workshop on Wednesday 14th April 2021 looking at Autism and Sleep: strategies for promoting a healthy night. For more information and to book please contact Autism Voice email@example.com
Healthwatch Lambeth is holding its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday 30th March 2021, 5 - 6pm. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for joining information.
Autism Learns, from the organisers of the Autism Show, are providing online learning for parents and carers as well as professionals who support children and young people on the autism spectrum. The March series looks at 'Supporting Girls on the Spectrum'. You can find more information here. Other topics coming up in 2021 include 'Understanding Sensory Processing Disorder', 'Understanding Pathological Demand Avoidance' and 'Managing Anxiety and Mental Health'. Please note: There is a charge for this online learning.
Free childcare provision for 2,3,4 year olds - Some families with two-year-olds and all families with three and four-year-olds can claim up to 15 hours a week of free registered childcare. Many working parents of three and four-year olds can claim up to 30 hours of free childcare each week. More information can be found here. To receive funding for the summer term you must apply by 31st March 2021
Universal Credit for young people in education Claiming Universal Credit for a disabled 16-20 year old can be a complicated process, and this is particularly true if they are still in education. To help, Contact’s helpline have produced new resources. These include a set of templates that parents can use to challenge the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) delays in processing claims and in organising medical assessments.You can find these on Contact’s new webpage on claiming Universal Credit for a young person in education. Plus a special Q&A on this issue in Contact’s closed (private) Facebook Group on Thursday 25 March from 10am-12noon.
Lambeth SEND and Inclusion Strategy 2021 - 24
Lambeth have opened a consultation on the new draft SEND and Inclusion Strategy 2021 - 24
The strategy outlines how Lambeth plans to further develop the SEND and Inclusion offer in the borough over the next three years, leaflet attached. We have discussed some of it at our Come Together! Coffee Mornings over the last few months. It also includes a draft strategy for Preparing for Adulthood. There is an online survey on the Lambeth website here where you can read the strategy document and answer some questions. You can also send any comments you have to us and we will pass them on to the council. The consultation on the draft SEND and Inclusion Strategy will close on Friday 2nd April 2021 Please do have your say if you can, and share this information with parents and carers you know and within your networks.
Census Day was Sunday 21st March 2021.
Local areas use the information collected by the Census to plan and fund services such as education, healthcare and transport, so it is important everyone responds, as well as being a legal requirement. There is also a particular question (Q24) which asks if you are an unpaid carer. There is still time to complete your Census form if you haven't done so already and there is help available if you need it. Here's some information from the Census Engagement Manager, North Lambeth: We are pleased to announce that local Census Support Centres in and around Lambeth are now open. These centres have IT equipment that people can use to complete their census forms, and trained advisers to assist. These centres will be open throughout March and April.
Your health, and that of our support centre staff, is very important to us. All our census support centres will follow government safety guidelines about coronavirus (COVID-19).
You can either bring your own device, or use a laptop or tablet provided at the centre. All equipment and furniture will be sanitised between visits. You don't need to bring ID with you, or to prove any information about yourself.
People will need to bring the access code that is printed on the letter they have been sent from the census. Alternatively, our advisers can help people to get a new code.
Centres in Lambeth:
UnitB14. 49 Effra Road, Brixton, London, SW2 1BZ
020 3411 6962
Open Mondays to Fridays, 10am to 6pm
You will have to book an appointment in advance
Al-Nagashi Mosque & Centre (EMCA)
283-291 Wandsworth Road SW8 2ND, London, SW8 2ND
020 8432 6422
Please contact for opening times
Bricklayer Community Centre (in Southwark)
Kingsley Flats, Kingsley Square, Old Kent Road, London, SE1 5XB
Currently only offering support via telephone
Has Spanish and Portuguese speaking advisers
Details of other support centres can be found here: https://census.gov.uk/en/find-a-support-centre/
Join Lambeth Parent Forum
Lambeth Parent Forum is open to all parents and carers of children and young people with additional needs and disabilities aged 0 - 25 in the London Borough of Lambeth. Our aim is to provide opportunities for parents and carers to contribute to developing services that meet the needs of their families, whilst sharing experiences and knowledge with other parents and carers. If you know anyone who would like to join Lambeth Parent Forum, please ask them to complete our joining form on our website www.lambethparentforum.com