Support events

Family Action offer regular support groups and information sessions covering a range of topics around the subject of Autism and ADHD in Gorleston and Lowestoft.

Gorleston dates (Tuesdays):

  • 16 January (sleep and eating issues)  
  • 6 February
  • 20 February
  • 6 March
  • 20 March

Time: 10am-12pm

Venue: The Macey Room, Shrublands Youth and Adult Centre, Magdalen Way, Gorleston NR31 7BP

Lowestoft dates (Wednesdays):

  • 10 January (ADHD information) 
  • 7 February (out and about)
  • 7 March (sleep and eating issues)

Time: 10am -12pm.

Venue: St Andrews Parish Church, Roman Road, Lowestoft, NR32 2DG

Cost: Free

Contact Sonia Poulton or Donna Beales on 01493 650220 for more information.

If you are a family relative, partner or carer of an adult with Asperger syndrome (or high functioning autism), and would like to meet other people in a similar situation, or would like to find out more information, please come and join us at any, or all, of the following free drop-in meetings:

Dates (Monday):

  • 11 December, in the Lounge
  • 22 January 2018, in the Study
  • 26 February 2018, in the Study
  • 19 March 2018, in the Lounge

Time: 10am-12noon

Venue: Charing Cross Centre, 17-19 St. John Maddermarket, NR2 1DN

Cost: Free

For more information please contact Jan Cole - j.cole@asperger.org.uk or 01603 598944 / 07786 547202.

Refreshments provided – car parking at Pay and Display, Westwick Street or St. Andrews multi-storey, Duke Street nearby.

If you are a family relative, partner or carer of an adult with Asperger syndrome (or high functioning autism), and would like to meet other people in a similar situation, or would like to find out more information, please come and join us at any, or all, of the following free drop-in meetings:

Dates (Wednesdays):

  • 13 December
  • 24 January 2018
  • 28 February 2018
  • 21 March 2018

Time: 10am-12pm

Venue: Sainsbury’s cafe, St. Nicholas Road, Gt. Yarmouth, NR30 1NN

Cost: Free

For more information please contact Jan Cole - j.cole@asperger.org.uk or 01603 598944 / 07786 547202

Refreshments available to purchase and pay and display parking at supermarket.

Are you and your children struggling to get a good night’s sleep?

Thanks to funding from the Flux Foundation we are delighted to offer a free Sleep Hive for parent carers of children with sleep deprivation.  The Sleep Hive is designed for all exhausted parents and is also suitable for parents of children with complex and additional needs.

The Sleep Hive is fun, interactive and covers the following:

  • The physiology of sleep
  • Play sleep bingo
  • Sleep quizzes
  • Why is my child not sleeping?
  • Sleep information and strategies
  • Keeping a sleep diary
  • Developing a good bedtime routine
  • Maintaining a good sleep pattern

Date: Thursday 25 January 2018

Time: 9.30am-12noon

Venue: Fakenham Children’s Centre, Norwich Road, Fakenham, NR21 9DY 

Cost: Free

Follow-on support is offered by our drop-in sleep clinic:

Date: 21 February and 7 March 2018

Time: 10.00

Venue: Fakenham Library, 22 Oak Street, Fakenham, NR21 9DY 

To book: contact Joy Bishop on 01692 402240 or joybishop@sleepeast.co.uk.

This is an accredited course and suitable for anyone who provides support for those who use Signalong as part of their communication.  It aims to develop the skills learners already have and to understand the communication process and develop their ability to communicate with those who have communication impairment.

Course objectives:

  • To discuss the early development of language, social interaction and communication
  • To consider how sign supported communication supports children and adults with speech, language and communication needs
  • To practice using signing skills and signs to interact and communicate with others

All learners will be required to complete a written test at the end of the course and throughout the course their practical work will be observed.

Certification: accredited certificate (if failure of examination at end of course a certificate of attendance will be given) 

Maximum number of learners: 12 learners

Dates: Saturdays – 13 January, 20 January and 27 January 2018, 15 hours duration

Time: 10am–3.30pm

Venue: 221 St Leonards Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 4JN

Cost: Now reduced to £75 per learner plus £19 for a Signalong phase 1 book

For more information or to book a place please contact Tanya Hubbard, training coordinator on 01603 765405 or trainingteam@thehamletcharity.org.uk

Understanding your child’s behaviour - a Solihull Approach group for parents and carers of children aged 11-16.

  • Would you like to know more about your child’s development during their adolescence, and why they behave in certain ways?
  • Do you know why your child gets angry and how to help them to calm down?
  • Would you like to build on your confidence as a parent/caregiver?
  • Would you like a chance to meet with other parents of similar aged children in a relaxed and safe environment?

A ten week free programme designed to help you (parents and carers) develop a way of relating to your child that supports their healthy development and helps you to manage their behaviour.

“I am calmer and more confident. Now I think about how my children are feeling more and the reason behind their behaviour” (Solihull Programme participating parent).

We will explore issues such as:

  • Physical and emotional changes
  • Continuing to enjoy each other’s company as your children grow up
  • Communication and behaviour
  • Parenting styles

Dates:  Monday mornings from 15 January to 26  March, with a break for half term

Time:  9.30-11.30am

Venue:  Swaffham Community Centre, The Campingland. PE37 7RB

Cost:  Free

For more information, please telephone Kathy Cargill or Natalie Webb (01760 720302) from Family Action.

Signalong is a system of signs based on British Sign Language which is designed to help people with communication difficulties to understand and express their needs, choices and desires.

The six-week Signalong foundation training course will teach participants all the skills necessary to gain access to the entire Signalong vocabulary.

Dates:

Course 1 (Tuesdays)

  • 16 January 2018
  • 23 January 2018
  • 30 January 2018
  • 6 February 2018
  • 20 February 2018
  • 27 February 2018

Course 2 (Fridays)

  • 19 January 2018
  • 26 January 2018
  • 2 February 2018
  • 9 February 2018
  • 23 February 2018
  • 2 March 2018

Time: 10am-1pm

Venue: Onward Enterprises, Thetford IP24 1HU

Cost: £75 which includes an adult learning disability core vocabulary manual and a Signalong certificate.  Participants will be invoiced for the fee.

If you are interested in attending, please do not hesitate to contact Tina Allen if you require further information. Email tina.allen@nchc.nhs.uk or call 01553 666680.

Come along and learn more about Education, Health and Care plans, annual reviews and SEN support.

If you wish to discuss your child’s needs on a personal basis we will be joined by:

  • Victoria Federico, SEN specialist, Access Legal solicitors
  • Dawn Stilwell, Parent Adviser at Contact
  • Natalie Webb, Family Action Health Champions project
  • Representatives from Norfolk services

Refreshments and light lunch provided

Date: Tuesday 30 January 2018

Time: 9.45am-2pm

Venue: The Assembly rooms, Market Place, Swaffam PE37 7QH

For more information or to book your place please contact Dawn on 01733 811 993 or eastofengland@contact.org.uk, or Natalie on 01760 7203 02 or Natalie.Webb@family-action.org.uk

Are you and your children struggling to get a good night’s sleep?

Thanks to funding from the Comic Relief Community Grant we are delighted to offer a free Sleep Hive for parents/carers of children with sleep deprivation

The Sleep Hive is designed for all exhausted parents and is also suitable for parents of children with complex and additional needs.

Follow-on support is offered by our drop-in sleep clinic at 10.30am (for Bounce & Rhyme) on 7, 14 and 28 February and 14 March at North Walsham,Library, New Road, North Walsham.

The Sleep Hive is fun, interactive and covers the following:

  • The physiology of sleep
  • Play sleep bingo
  • Sleep quizzes
  • Why is my child not sleeping?
  • Sleep information and strategies
  • Keeping a sleep diary
  • Developing a good bedtime routine
  • Maintaining a good sleep pattern

Date: Thursday 1st February 2018

Time: 10am-12.30pm

Venue: The Hub - North Walsham Infant, Junior School and Nursery, 2 Manor Road, NR28 9HQ

Cost: Free

For more information or to book you place please contact joybishop@sleepeast.co.uk

An event organised by the Build Charity promoting advice, opportunities and services available for people with disabilities, aged 14-25 and those who support them.

With presentations from family “experts by experience” and advice and information providers sharing good practice and directions towards further support.

Date:  Saturday 3 February

Time: 10am-2pm

Venue:  The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich

Cost:  Free information seminar 10am to 1pm

Free Advice and Information Market Place Drop-in between 10am and 2pm - opportunities from local service providers in the Gallery Area which can be found just beyond the BBC Reception area.

For more information or to book visit the Eventbrite website.

East Coast Community Healthcare hold regular drop-in sessions across Norfolk and Waveney to advise parents concerned about their children’s communication skills.

They last about 20 minutes and are a chance for parents to have a friendly, informal chat with a speech and language therapist who can offer specialist advice as well as follow-on appointments if needed.

  • If your child is under five and not attending full time school they can access our drop-in service
  • Parents can drop in for a chat with a speech and language therapist
  • You do not need to complete a referral form for your child to attend a drop-in
  • No appointment is needed and they are held regularly within local children centres

For details of the latest dates and venues please visit the East Coast Community Healthcare website.

All training days are designed to support young people with autism and any social communication difficulties.

Training days are ideal for professionals working in an education, health or social care field and parents/carers of children with autism or other related conditions.

This training looks at ways we can help a young person understand different feelings – what they look like, sound like and the words we use.  It looks at developing strategies to help young people understand what they are feeling and support the development and use of their emotional vocabulary and expression.  We will also look at different visual resources to help us teach children how to respond to different emotions.

Date: Wednesday 7 February 2018

Time: 9.30am-3.30pm

Venue: To be confirmed, but will be in the Norwich area

Cost: £100 maximum per delegate.*  All prices include a catered lunch and a resource pack to take away.

For more information please contact Alpha Inclusion, call 01603 926170, book online at www.alphainclusion.co.uk/training or email info@alphainclusion.co.uk

*Alpha Inclusion courses will work on a sliding scale and for 2017-2018 they promise to reduce the cost for each delegate as the numbers increase.

  • Up to 15 delegates - £100 each
  • 16-20 delegates - £95 each
  • 21-25 delegates - £86 each

Delivered by East Coast Community Healthcare Speech and Language Therapy Service.

This course is suitable for parents/carers and staff working with pre-school, infant and junior school aged children who stammer.  You will look at what stammering is and learn how children can be supported.  You will find out about where to get further information and when it is appropriate to refer to speech and language therapy.

Date:  Wednesday 21 February

Time:  1-3pm

Venue: The Pod, Colman Juniors, South Park Avenue, Norwich, NR4 7AU

Cost:  £30 (including VAT) per delegate

Email ECCH.SALTtraining@nhs.net or telephone 01493 808630 for further information

This is an accredited course and suitable for anyone who provides support for those who use Signalong as part of their communication.  It aims to develop the skills learners already have, to understand the communication process and develop learners abilities to communicate with those who have communication impairments.

Who should attend: Anyone who has previously completed a Signalong phase 1 course.

Course objectives:

  • Develop skills
  • Further understand how sign supported communication supports children and adults with speech, language and communication needs
  • Practice using signing skills and signs to interact and communicate with others
  • Learn 346 new signs

Certification: Accredited certificate (if the examination is not passed at end of course a certificate of attendance will be given).  All learners will be required to complete a written test at the end of the course and throughout the course their practical work will be observed.

Dates: Saturdays – 3, 10 and 17 March 2018.  Total duration 15 hours

Time: 10am–3.30pm

Venue: 221 St Leonards Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 4JN

Cost: £85 per learner plus £19 for a Signalong phase 2 book

For more information or to book please contact Tanya Hubbard, training coordinator - telephone: 01603 765405 or email: trainingteam@thehamletcharity.org.uk

All training days are designed to support young people with autism and any social communication difficulties.

Training days are ideal for professionals working in an education, health or social care field and parents/carers of children with autism or other related conditions.

The training day helps to demonstrate how Lego® and other construction blocks can be used as a tool for communication for children and young people with communication difficulties.

Level 2 is for those who are already running groups and would like to learn how to adapt, monitor and review progress of the children and young people in the group.

New activities are introduced and all attendees will have the chance to share their ideas and experiences.

Date: Wednesday 7 March 2018

Time: 9.30am-3.30pm

Venue: To be confirmed, but will be in the Norwich area

Cost: £100 maximum per delegate.*  All prices include a catered lunch and a resource pack to take away.

For more information please contact Alpha Inclusion - call 01603 926170, book online at www.alphainclusion.co.uk/training or email: info@alphainclusion.co.uk.

*Alpha Inclusion courses will work on a sliding scale and for 2017-2018 they promise to reduce the cost for each delegate as the numbers increase.

  • Up to 15 delegates - £100 each
  • 16-20 delegates - £95 each
  • 21-25 delegates - £86 each

Save the date for the informative Family Voice annual conference.  Find out about all things SEND from:

  • Over 30 information stands
  • Ten workshops
  • Chance to speak face-to-face with professionals
  • Keynote speaker

Date: Saturday 10 March 2018

Venue: John Innes Centre, Norwich NR4 7UH

Cost: Free

Find out more by visiting the Family Voice website or Facebook page.

Speech and language therapy training for teachers and teaching assistants.  Facilitated by East Coast Community Healthcare Speech and Language Therapy service.

Two-day workshop, Level 1 PECS course delivered by Pyramid Consultants.

The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) is used to teach communication skills to those with limited functional speech.

Participants will learn how to implement the six phases of PECS, plus attributes through presenter demonstrations, video examples and role play opportunities.

Participants will leave the workshop with an understanding of how to implement PECS with individuals with autism, related developmental disabilities and/or limited communication skills.

This workshop is the basic accredited training in PECS and recommended for parents as well as professionals.

Date: 22 and 23 March 2018

Venue: Professional Development Centre, 144 Woodside Road, Norwich, NR7 9QL

Cost: Parents/Carers - £185, Professionals - £330 (Includes manuals and lunch)

To express an interest in this courses please complete an application form and send it to ECCH.SALTtraining@nhs.net.  ECCH will contact you when the course date and venue is confirmed.

Applications forms can be downloaded from the ECCH website.

Please email ECCH.SALTtraining@nhs.net or telephone 01493 808630 for further information.

Signalong is a system of signs based on British Sign Language which is designed to help people with communication difficulties to understand and express their needs, choices and desires.

This Signalong Foundation Training course will teach participants all the skills necessary to gain access to the entire Signalong vocabulary.

This is a six week course and participants will be expected to attend all sessions.

Dates (Wednesdays):

  • 18 April
  • 25 April
  • 2 May
  • 10 May
  • 16 May
  • 23 May

Time:  9.30–12.30pm

Venue:  Park View Resource Centre, Birch Tree Close, King’s Lynn, PE30 5QD

Cost:  £85 which includes an Adult Learning Disability Core Vocabulary Manual and a Signalong Certificate.  Participants will be invoiced for the fee.

Booking:  Please book by 13 April

For more information or to book please contact Tina Allen (Communication Development Worker) - 01553 666680 or email tina.allen@nchc.nhs.uk.