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'Little Portesberries'

What do we do?

We are a stay and play for families who have a child they may think is not developing in the way they would expect.

We have lots of activities set up; from play-doh, puzzles, cars, farms, climbing, bouncing, messy play and all sorts. Once we get to know your child we can tailor it to suit what they like.

We play from 10-11am, then drinks and snacks, tidy up and an attention autism session and some singing. We celebrate achievements and birthdays.

We finish at 12 noon.

What support is there?

Little Portesberries is run by Clare Walker (Deputy Head Teacher at Portesbery School) and Alison Morris (Early Years Support Service). They are supported by an experienced teaching assistant Virginia Adam.

We can help with advice from helping your child to eat, sleep, toilet training, behaviour, sensory need and communication.

If we can’t help, we can sign post you to services that can help you.  We have regular visits from Emma Collyer (Braiin) and other professionals.

Other parents are a great support and a fountain of knowledge and advice. Lots of ex parents come back to support on a regular basis- we never like to say goodbye and their support as they walk further down the road of SEN is invaluable.  

Who can come?

Your child does not need a diagnosis to come. If you believe they are delayed in their development, come along. Siblings under 5 are welcome. Grandparents welcome! We really do not mind where you live!

We generally have approx. 6-8 families come so it is a small, quiet group unlike a busy playgroup. All the parents that come have a shared understanding about the needs of all the youngsters so no judgements!

How Much?

We ask for a contribution of £2 per family (Happy to accept more or less- depends entirely on you). We are not funded and we all give our time in addition to our jobs.

The Knights Foundation kindly help us with costs of hall. We ask for help with drinks and resources so we can keep the activities fun and replenish the sand, play-doh and coffee for parents

Do I Need to Book?

No - you can just turn up! If it is at the start or end of a term please check Portesbery School website of Facebook page to check we are running. Otherwise every Friday Term Time. No commitment necessary.

Dates for the Autumn Term 2019

September 13th, 20th, 27th

October 4th, 11th, 25th

November 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th

December 6th, 13th

First session of Spring term will be Friday 10th January

Where?

The Garrison Community Centre, opposite Portesbery School, Deepcut. GU16 6TA.
Fridays (term time) from 10am-12pm

 

What to do if I think my child has special needs?

Details will be added soon!

How do I negotiate the EHCP process?

Details will be added soon!

How do I get my child into school?

Details will be added soon!

'Cygnet' and Parent Workshops

Details will be added soon!

LinkAble

People with learning disabilities face exclusion from many aspects of mainstream life.  They have fewer friends, poor employment prospects and are more likely to be affected by poverty, ill-health and loneliness.

LinkAble works hard to overcome these issues for adults and children with learning disabilities in Surrey.  We support people to learn new skills, form lasting friendships and lead fulfilling, independent lives.

Through a combination of support from local and county councils, charitable trusts and foundations, local community groups and businesses we can make life better for even more people who need us.

https://www.linkable.org.uk/

You can view their timetable of weekly activities here.

 Action for Carers (Surrey)

Action for Carers Surrey is led by carers, run by an executive committee of carers and supported by professionals from Health, Social Services and the voluntary sector.

Our main aim is to raise awareness of carers’ needs and concerns throughout the county and to work in partnership with statutory services such as health care and social care teams to promote how best they can serve carers within Surrey. This includes GPs and Primary Care professionals.

Action for Carers Surrey also works closely with national carers’ organisations including Carers Trust and Carers UK, ensuring Carers get better access to services and support throughout the UK.

In addition we also provide a number of specialist services: information, advice and activities for young carers, moving and handling information and advice and support on issues relating to learning and work.

https://www.actionforcarers.org.uk/

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