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9 Jul Short breaks videoconference

Our 'Short Breaks' videoconference for parents and carers will be on Thursday 9th July 1 - 2.30 pm. 

We know that many parents have been under a huge amount of pressure over recent months and some of you may be worried and anxious about what to do with your children and young people over the summer holiday period. 

To help us talk about some of the issues about Short Breaks, additional activities and more, we have asked Sue Roberts (Head of Service Joint Service for Disabled Children) to join us for a videoconference along with Matt Gratton (Team Manager) and Clare Redrupp (Cheviots Short Breaks Manager). 

Sue Roberts and the panel will be updating you on what they have put in place to support parents, answering your questions and listening to your concerns. 

The event is free but must be pre-booked on Eventbrite here

Please submit any questions in advance, either using the booking form or emailing us at info@ourvoiceenfield.org.uk by 12 pm on Wednesday 8th July at the latest. 

You will also have an opportunity to ask questions by chat during the event and we will answer as many as we have time for. 

For more details see our event flyer here

8 Jul Cuppa and Chat (morning)

Our next daytime 'Cuppa and Chat' session will be on Wednesday 8th July 10.30 - 11.30 am 

These informal online sessions give parents and carers of children with Special Needs and Disabilities an opportunity to connect with others who may be facing similar challenges (including members of the Our Voice team), to share experiences and ask questions. 

The sessions are completely informal so don't worry if you need to arrive late, start early, or face regular interruptions from your children. 

No need to book - just join us on your computer, tablet or smartphone here. If you have not used 'GoTo Meetings' before you will need to install the app first here

For full details see our flyer here

7 Jul Cuppa and Chat

Our next evening 'Cuppa and Chat' session will be on Tuesday 7th July 8.30 - 9.30 pm 

These informal online sessions give parents and carers of children with Special Needs and Disabilities an opportunity to connect with others who may be facing similar challenges (including members of the Our Voice team), to share experiences and ask questions. 

The sessions are completely informal so don't worry if you need to arrive late, start early, or face regular interruptions from your children. 

No need to book - just join us on your computer, tablet or smartphone here. If you have not used 'GoTo Meetings' before you will need to install the app first here

For full details see our flyer here

28 Jun Mr Marvel's Zoom Party

Our next exclusive Mr Marvel Zoom party will take place on Sunday 28th June 3 - 4 pm

This is a great opportunity to provide some fun and entertainment for your children via Zoom. It's a live, interactive show containing a mix of magic, puppets, games, live animation and of course the real magic bunny. 

Have a sneak peek here

This event follows the success of our last Zoom party which was a huge hit with all the children. One parent said "I just wanted to say a big thank you to Our Voice for organising this afternoon's Mr Marvel Zoom. Our son absolutely loved it, listening to him laugh and chuckle at Mr Marvel's antics was so lovely". 

The event is free but places must be pre-booked and are exclusive to Our Voice mailing list members. If you would like to join but are not already on our mailing list, please email us at info@ourvoiceenfield.org.uk, with your name, email address and telephone number, and ask to be added to our mailing list and receive details of how to book this event. 

19 May Videoconference for parents with EPS and CAMHS

Our Voice has organised a videoconference for parents and carers on Tuesday 19th May 11 am to 12 noon. We will be joined by experts from Educational Psychology, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), SEMH and Positive Behaviour Support coaches. 

Whilst we are all unable to meet face to face it is even more important for us to keep in touch. We know that many parents and carers will have concerns about the impact of having their children away from school for a long period, disrupted routines and the difficulties of managing their child's mental and emotional health and providing educational support. Many of us will be struggling with our own stress levels too, as we try to deal with challenging behaviour from our children and providing support for them as well as juggling our own work or other responsibilities. 

Our panel from EPS, CAMHS, SEMH and positive behaviour support will be on hand to tell us about what support they are putting in place, answer your questions, and listen to your concerns. 

The event is free but places must be pre-booked via Eventbrite here

18 May Videoconference for parents with EPS and CAMHS

Our Voice has organised a videoconference for parents and carers to 'meet' with EPS (Educational Psychology), CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service), SEMH, and Positive Behaviour Support Coaches. 

The videoconference takes place on Tuesday 19th May 11 am to 12 noon. It is a free event but places must be booked via Eventbrite here

Whilst we are all unable to meet face to face it is even more important for us to keep in touch with parents and carers, and to make sure your concerns are fed back to the Local Authority. 

We know that parents and carers will have many questions at this especially challenging time - how to support their child's mental and emotional health, how to maintain their own mental health and stress levels whilst juggling 24-hour childcare with work and other responsibilities, how to support their child's learning at home, and many more. Our panel of experts from EPS, CAMHS, SEMH and Positive Behaviour Support coaches will update us on what support they have been putting in place, answer your questions, and listen to your concerns. 

15 Mar Cancelled : Spring Party

We are sorry to announce that we have had to cancel Our Voice Spring party which was scheduled for Sunday 15th March 2020 as a result of concerns about the spread of Coronavirus. 

We are very sorry for any disappointment caused. 

28 Nov 2019 Our Voice Parents' Conference

Booking now open for Our Voice Parents' Conference Thursday 28th November 

Our next Parents' Conference will take place on 28th November 2019 at the Dugdale Centre in Enfield, registration from 9.30, finish at 2.30

Booking for the conference is currently open - please book your place via Eventbrite

Following a successful third conference in February, we continue to listen to your feedback. You told us you would rather have a longer Q&A session and no presentations, and we have arranged the agenda accordingly. Additionally, we will have a choice of workshops, and the opportunity to book one-to-one appointments with key professionals from across different service areas.

See the attached booklet for more details including the full agenda, workshop options and booking link for the one-to-one sessions (please make sure that you book your place at the conference first).

What's Happening? 

Introductions we are keeping our introductions short this time, as we know parents find our interactive sessions most valuable.

We will have a short introduction from Our Voice Chair Fazilla Amide. We are also delighted to welcome Dame Christine Lenehan, Director of the Council for Disabled Children and a prominent campaigner on disability and inclusion.

Q&A panel session with SEND Heads: we will have an extended Q&A panel session where you will have the opportunity to ask our panel any questions. The panel will include Our Voice Chair Fazilla Amide, Dame Christine Lenehan and each of the Heads of Departments responsible for SEND services in Enfield (Social Care, Short Breaks, Integrated Learning Disabilities Service, Education, Health, Educational Psychology and Emotional Well-being Service, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) and Transport). This session replaces the formal updates from SEND Heads which have been a feature of our previous conferences.

Workshops: We have a choice of 4 different workshops each lasting an hour, chosen following a survey of our members.

One-to-one sessions: We will again be offering the opportunity for parents and carers to book one or more 15-minute one-to-one sessions with professionals, to allow you to discuss any specific questions and concerns regarding your child. A separate booking link for these sessions and instructions on how to book are available within the main Eventbrite booking form. 

 We look forward to seeing you there. 

27 Oct 2019 Halloween Fun Day

Our next Family Fun day will take place on Sunday 27th October 2.30 to 4.30 pm at Russet House School. 

See our flyer for more details  

23 Jun 2019 Summer Birthday party

The Our Voice Summer party 2019 will be taking place on Sunday, 23rd June, from 2.30 to 4.30 pm at Russet House school. 

This event is open to children and young people with disabilities and special needs, living in the Borough of Enfield, and their families. 

Join us to celebrate our wonderful children! 

We will have a bouncy castle, Didi-car racetrack, entertainer, refreshments, soft play, sensory room, playground (weather permitting) plus birthday cake and a goody bag for each child. 

The event is free but places must be pre-booked via Eventbrite here

Alternatively, you can email info@ourvoiceenfield.org.uk  or phone 07516 662315. 

See more details here.