Monthly meetings the third Wednesday of every month at The Swan Hotel, High Street, Coleshill, B46 3BL – Conference Room 1 from 6pm to 8pm. There is no charge for attending and complimentary drinks, sandwiches and cakes are provided as a light tea.

21st February – 6-7pm Square Peg Foundation, a, will be talking about the services they provide and work they do with families, which includes clubs, holiday caravan, clothing range. Opportunity to visit mobile sensory room. 7-8pm Sensory assessments and managing sensory processing difficulties – Louise Baudet, Occupational Therapist currently working in CAMHS.

21st March – Autism West Midlands will be providing a parent training session on autism and anxiety.  The workshop is aimed to help understand how anxiety builds up, the impact it can have, coping strategies and how to reduce it – as well as looking at understanding and managing behaviours. 

18th April – Sarah Roberts, Dietician currently working in CAMHS and mother of a special needs young adult, will be talking and answering questions about dietary issues with special needs children.

16th May – Bradley Turner, musical performer, star of Autism’s Got Talent and his mother will be talking about the challenges of being diagnosed with autism as an individual and as parents. Bradley will share his experience of his own diagnosis to the inequalities faced during his life, to his successes including showcasing his talent on Autism’s Got Talent and life afterwards.   

20th June – guest speaker will be Gill Leno a specialist sex and relationship educator, writer, advocate and researcher. She is priviledged to work with teenagers and young adults who have a wide range of complex learning and physical disabilities, sensory impairment and autism spectrum disorders. She teaches about pleasure, intimacy, communication, meaningful and inclusive sex and relationships education which helps support equality and autonomy, as well as consent, compassion and self-esteem. Gill is the Personal and Sexual Health Lead at Queen Alexander College,

18th July – tbc 

15th August – tbc 

19th September – Rhoda Paddick, from Core Assets Children’s Services will be talking about supporting young people, parents and carers through the Education Health Care Plan assessment and planning process. Core Assets Children’s Services has been commissioned by the Council for Disabled Children to deliver Independent Support to young people and their families in partnership with local Information, Advice and Support Services, Local Authorities and Parent Carer Forums.  

17th October – guest speaker with be Janet O’Keefe, author of ‘The Ordinariness of Impairment’, transformational speaker at The Clarity Partnership and organiser of SEN Conferences.  Janet also leads ‘The SEN Revolution’, an online community which aimts to revolutionise the way we think about those with special needs by empowering and inspiring their parents, the teachers and therapists who support them, to create a more inclusive place for all.

21st November – Circles Network, a national voluntary organisation will be talking about their ground breaking expertise in the development of Circles of Support for individuals with additional needs, Independent and Collective Advocacy work, Person Centred Planning and inclusion into the mainstream of life. They will also talk about their ‘Taking the Rein’ equine project using innovative Equine Facilitated Learning Techniques. 

12th December – Group Christmas Meal at Swan Hotel at 7pm