The Rhondda Cynon Taf Parent and Carer Network provides help and support to parents and carers who are bringing up a disabled child and who live in Rhondda Cynon Taf.
To register with the Network, the person you care for must be aged between 0 & 25 but you don’t have to be receiving services to be eligible for support.
The Network aims to support parents in a variety of ways and includes:
Provision of information about services, events and activities in the area.
Opportunities for training, which may help to support you in your caring role.
Signposting to services with other agencies, which may be able to help with specific difficulties or issues that you are experiencing.
Age Range: 0-25
Referral to Service: No referral is necessary just completion of a registration form
Contact: Network Officer
Telephone: 01443 668839
LATEST INFORMATION, TRAINING & EVENTS
Latest editions of our SMALLTALK newsletter and up to date information about training and events for parent carers to get involved in, is available below. To take part in current consultations please see the "Have Your Say" section below.
October 2013 Smalltalk newsletter now available. To view the newsletter click here
Carers Newsletter Winter Edition Click here to view
Click here for flyer for Prof Luke Clements’ event : Carers & Their Rights event – Tuesday 13th May 2014.
LEVEL 1 PECS Training Workshop (formerly known as PECS BASIC): Cardiff - 27 & 28 January 2014
You will learn:
everything you need to know to begin successfully implementing PECS
the theoretical background, including how to develop effective educational environments
a review of visual strategies useful for communication
the six phases of PECS, where to start and when to move on
strategies for motivating your child/student to communicate
how to move from a single picture exchange to sentences
how to teach picture discrimination with two or more pictures
the criteria for transitioning from PECS to other communication modalities
2 Day Workshops 2013 - Parent rate £174 Click here to book a place. Funding may be available through RCTParent and Carer Network
Don't miss out! Contact a Family Cymru’s free family fun day at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff still has spaces. Click here for more information. Phone 02920 396624 / 01978 351769 or text 07904 672614 now.
To celebrate the launch of Ask Autism training courses half price courses are being offered. For more information please follow the link. http://www.autism.org.uk/
The Early Bird Healthy Minds programme is a six-session parent support programme to help promote good mental health in children with autism (including Asperger syndrome). Please email your details to RCTParentandCarerNetwork@rctcbc.gov.uk for referral onto the EralyBird Course.
Autism2013 is now open and will run from December 2 until midnight (UK time) on Friday, December 6, 2013, twenty-four hours a day.
Please take advantage of this unprecedented chance to put your questions directly to many of the world's leading autism authorities - as well as individuals on the autism spectrum - and to read their papers.
Click here for more information
Carers Relaxation Pamper Voucher Scheme.
The voucher (is a one-off and not a course or an ongoing service), is designed to provide support to carers experiencing stress, anxiety, tiredness or who may have physical problems in relation to their caring role. The vouchers can be offered in combination with a sitting service to ensure the carer has a respite break. For an opportunity to receive a voucher please contact Caroline Poole on 01443 668839
Real Opportunities Project – FREE Training Sessions!
The Real Opportunities Project supports young people with a learning disability aged 14-19 through the transition from school and into adulthood. We use person-centred planning tools, peer mentoring and transition key working to support young people to have more choice and control over decisions that affect them in the future. Click here for more information and click here for booking form
St Fagans National History Museum Making History project, Consultation with Disabled People: 2pm, 10th December, Cathays Park, Cardiff
Visionsense are an organisation of disabled people seeking the views of disabled people, disabled peoples groups, carers, family and associated groups and visitors on access and the future of Wales's most popular heritage attraction, the excellent St Fagans: National History Museum. We want to meet disabled people, their carers, groups and organisations.Come and tell us what you think of our plans for new galleries and exhibitions. Please contact us or book online now at www.visionsense.co.uk
Learning Disability Wales will be running a Communicating Through Touch workshop on the 15th January which aims to help those that care for someone with an Autism Spectrum Disorder or learning disabilities use touch to help communication, relaxation and the relief of stress and anxiety. This session will provide tools that carers and parents can use in everyday situations. The Carers support project may be able to assist with contributing towards the cost of the course. Click here for booking form
Upbeat Music Specialist, which is currently based in the Cardiff area provides music sessions to both adults and children with learning disabilities. Due to its popularity in Cardiff,there will be sessions running in the Pontypridd area in the next couple of weeks.
The sessions are an hour long and are priced at £5 per student, to be paid at the session. They include opportunities to develop musical skills, work individually and as part of a group, develop social skills and communication, gain confidence and self-esteem, perform at organised concerts and work with qualified/experienced staff.
If you would like any further information regarding the music sessions, please feel free look on the website: www.upbeatmusicspecialist.co.uk
Creative Dance and Movement Classes
Young people aged 14+ living with disabilities and additional learning needs in Rhondda Cynon Taff have an opportunity to take part in a brand new creative dance and movement class every Tuesday in St Catherine's Church, Pontypridd. The class will be run by Artis Community and our Service has been guaranteed a small number of places so hurry up and book your place because they will run out quickly!! For more information email Lowri on Lowri.M.Owen2@rctcbc.gov.uk
Santa's in Town
Father Christmas is setting up a temporary residence in Rhondda Cynon Taf once again this year - right up until Christmas Eve. So get along to Santa’s Christmas Cottage at the Dare Valley Country Park in Aberdare and let him know what you would like this year!
Santa’s Christmas Cottage opens its doors once again this year at the Dare Valley Country Park, Aberdare, on Saturday, November 23, and it will remain open up until Tuesday, December 24. Visiting times are from 9.30am until noon and from 12.30pm until 4pm each day. There will be ‘Morning Only’ visits on Christmas Eve, as Santa prepares for the busiest night of the year!
Take the little ones along to spend some time chatting to the man himself and even receive a gift off him as well. Visitors will also get a photograph with Santa as a special reminder of their magical trip.
8th December: 5km Santa Fun Run ( Dare Valley Country Park) - Accessible to wheelchair users. Click here for poster.
Peter Pan Christmas Panto 13th December 2013
The Carers Support Project has a limited number of tickets for carers and their immediate families to see this year's panto at the Muni Arts Centre on the 13th December at 7pm. For further information click here
NEW - Spectrum Support Group for Parents of Children with Additional Needs
Parenting a child with additional can come with its challenges and sometimes families find themselves not knowing where to turn for help or support. Through sharing experiences and knowledge, parent support groups can help to empower parents, improve confidence and self esteem as well as reducing isolation and providing a few hours respite and a cuppa with likeminded people.
The aim of the group is to provide practical and emotional support to parents who have children with Learning Disabilities, Autism, ADHD, Challenging Behaviours and Communication Difficulties. Guest speakers are also a regular feature at the group sharing valuable information that you might not otherwise hear about.
The group meet at 10am on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at Hirwaun YMCA, Manchester Place, Hirwaun, Aberdare, CF44 9RB
For more information about the group contact Zoe Parfitt on 07916294001 or just turn up on the day. The group is friendly and welcoming so you needn’t be worried about coming along.
Cerebra Pro Bono Programme
The laws of the four nations of the UK place enforceable duties on public bodies to provide education, health and social care support for disabled children. The research evidence suggests that disabled children and their families experience considerable difficulties in accessing these rights and, in consequence, in receiving good quality health and social care, and educational provision. It is against this background that the Cerebra Pro Bono Programme has been established at Cardiff Law School. The Programme will provide legal support for disabled children and their families. Cardiff University law students will be the programme’s advisers. This work will be supervised by qualified staff as well as by firms of solicitors. If more specialist advice is needed guidance will be given about getting that support. The service is free of charge.
Please contact our helpline for more information 0800 32 81 159 or email info@Cerebra.org.uk
Please note that the Cerebra Pro Bono programme is not able to help with clinical negligence or personal injury claims.
National Autistic Society Newsletter focuses on Adults and Employment. Click here to view the newsletter
Click this useful link if you have a child with a disability who is looking at going into further education or about to look for employment. http://www.greatwithdisability.com/index.php
Caudwell Children’s Family Support programme offers families with a disabled or seriously ill child (0-18) the support they need. The free service works around the needs of families, using skilled volunteers to help with practical necessities like applying for grants, finding local support groups and information about medical conditions. Click here to download their leaflet
Autism Friendly Films in a cinema near you. For more information click here to visit the Dimensions website
Contact a Family have produced an information guide on benefits, tax credits and other financial help, focussing on those aspects that affect families with disabled children. Click here to view the guide
Learning Disabilities, Autism and Internet Safety: A Parents Guide. Are your children safe online? Dowload Cerebra's information booklet for more information
Social Group for young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder aged 12+ living in Rhondda Cynon Taf. For more information click here
Disability Dance Class in Tonyrefail. New members are always welcome. Download information now
Team Around the Family (TAF) is a way of working together with children, young people and their families to overcome challenges and to bring about positive change and in April 2012 the first phase of TAF was launched in two areas of the Cynon Valley. January 2013 sees the roll out of the service to the Rhondda and Taf areas. Click here to find out more, or Click here to download the TAF leaflet for Parents and Carers.
Children's Disability Swimming Class at Abercynon Sport Centre Sundays 4pm - 5pm - please contact Angela Ellis telephone number 07814905096 if you are interested in attending. The class has free admission and siblings are welcome too.
Wmff! is a new and unique bilingual website and mobile app for 14-25 year olds in Wales for your Apple or Android device. It offers practical solutions via their survival guides, live messaging and secure forums. To find out more click here.
Deaf for Equality and Fair Opportunities (DEFFO!) has produced a DVD called Children and Young People’s Rights, which explains young deaf people’s rights under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in British Sign Language. It includes youth-led filming with examples of real life scenes made by deaf young people. For more information, click here.
Are you aware of the Code of Practice for Social Care? The Code of Practice sets out the standards of conduct that service users can expect to receive from a social care worker. To find out more visit the Care Council for Wales website by clicking here
Adult Autism Advice is a new information service designed for adults with High Functioning Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome living in Rhondda Cynon Taf, who do not meet the criteria to access traditional support services. You do not need a diagnosis to contact Adult Autism Advice. Click here for more information
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