Events

Events

'Frame of Mind' Photography Project 

The ‘Frame of Mind’ mindful photography project has been designed jointly by the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery (RAMM) and Youth Arts & Health Trust (YAHT). 

The detail on museum objects sparks fresh ideas for looking about with a camera. No special equipment required – a smartphone is all you need. 

The four sessions on Tuesday evenings online, begin in October and are fully funded and open to applications from all 14-18 year olds. They are especially hoping to offer places to anyone experiencing anxiety/depression.

Contact Youth Arts & Health Trust for more information and an application form via email .

Parents United

Parents United are a group of parents/carers with young people or persons on the Autistic Spectrum and/or ADHD. Diagnosed or going through the process. They are a friendly casual group of parents meeting at the Great Western Hotel in Tiverton every 2 weeks, 10am to 11.30am on Friday’s during term time. Forthcoming dates are:

  • Friday 17th September 2021
  • Friday 1st October 2021
  • Friday 15th October 2021
  • Friday 5th November 2021
  • Friday 19th November 2021
  • Friday 3rd December 2021
  • Friday 17th December 2021
  • Friday 7th January 2022.

If you require any more information, please contact Hayley via email .

DiAS FREE sessions 'Listening to your Child's views'

Helping your child to express themselves and tell you how they feel about life at school (and life in general) is important. It helps to make sure they get support that’s going to work for them.

This short session aims to signpost and highlight pathways for supporting SEND children and their families to ensure the aspirations, needs and hoped for outcomes of their child and young person are being heard and used effectively.

This is a two-hour free online session with the opportunity for questions at the end.

Monday 18th October 10.30-12.30

Tuesday 16th November 10.30-12.30

To find out more and book a place on these events visit the eventbrite website

 

Family Ties - Free Parental Conflict Programme for Parents

As part of their work supporting children in families, the Anna Freud Centre have developed Family Ties Online Help, a programme for parents, together or separated, who want to reduce the impact of parental conflict and/or communication difficulties on their children.

Family Ties is an online 10 week intervention aimed towards parents who want to work together more effectively as co-parents to support the well-being of their children. They accept referrals directly from parents or through professionals, social workers or GPs.

At the moment, they have a small number of FREE places available on this programme. Places will be offered on a first come first served process. For more information, or to make a referral, email familyties@annafreud.org.

Pathological Demand Avoidance

The PDA for Parents and Carers  event will run over two online Zoom sessions, with dates in September and October 

  • 16th September and 23rd September 10:00-12:30 -  £22.15
  • 9th October and 16th October             13:30-16:00 -  £22.15
  • 15th November and 22 November       10:00-12:30  - £22.15

This course is for parents and carers of children or young people with the autism profile of PDA. Each session is packed with information but is not designed as an interactive workshop, although opportunities for discussion and questions will be available. During the course the following will be discussed: ‘What is PDA?’, consider what demands are, and their effects, then explore how to help using a variety of different approaches. There will also be the chance to look at siblings, diagnosis and education.

Click here to visit the PDA Society Website for more information and to book a place, or if you have any questions about this course, or any other sessions, please e-mail the training team

Demystifying SEND

  • 28th September 10:30
  • 20th October      10:30
  • 30th November  10:30

These free sessions are aimed at parent/carers new to the journey of supporting their child with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Often parents do not know where to find the information they need to support their child or what to expect in terms of support.

These 2 hr sessions aim to signpost and highlight pathways for supporting SEND children and their families.

The sessions will be delivered in a varied virtual format, a combination of presentation and participation with a questions segment at the end.

If you would like to know more or to book on a session, please go to  Demystifying SEND ( Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) 

Reviewing an EHC Plan Support Session

Free 2 hour support session by Devon Information Advice and Support service (DiAS).

  • Thursday 23rd September 10.30 - 12.30
  • Tuesday    2nd November  10:30 - 12:30
  • Tuesday   23rd November  10:30 - 12:30

Your child will make progress and get older and their situation and goals will change, so, their EHC plan will need to change too. For this to happen the plan will need to be reviewed,usually once every 12 months.

This is free a 2-hour on-line session for parent /carers in preparation for the ECHP Review process in Devon. This session is aimed at parent carers of a child with an active EHCP and is delivered by Devon Information Advice and Support service (DiAS).

To find out more, and book tickets, go to the Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) Review Mythbusting Tickets webpage.

Space Rushbrook YC Totnes

Juniors - Year 7

Rushbrook YC is based at Rushbrook Centre, Station Road,Totnes, Devon TQ9 5HW.

This is a session for young people in year 7. This session welcomes young people into the youth space where they have a dedicated, creative team of youth workers and volunteers making the sessions a fun and vibrant learning environment. They offer information, advice, and support on a range of concerns.

Juniors Year 7

Tuesday’s 6:30pm - 9pm

£1 Entry. Please bring face masks. Book via Facebook @TotnesSPACE or Instagram @TotnesSPACE

You can find out more on the Space website or if you have questions, either by email  or telephoning 01803 849 200.

Space Rushbrook YC Totnes

Inters - Year 8 and 9

Rushbrook YC is based at Rushbrook Centre, Station Road,Totnes, Devon TQ9 5HW.

Rushbrook YC Inters is for young people in years 8 & 9! They provide loads of activities aimed to appeal to a wide range of young people in the community including: table tennis, pool, music recording, DJing, dodgeball, arts, crafts, as well as improvised activities inspired and thought up by the club members.

Inters - Years 8 and 9

Thursday’s 6:30pm – 9pm

£1 Entry. 

Please bring face masks. Book via Facebook @TotnesSPACE or Instagram @TotnesSPACE

You can find out more on the Space website or if you have questions, either by email  or telephoning 01803 849 200.

Space Rushbrook Seniors Totnes

Seniors

Rushbrook YC is based at Rushbrook Centre, Station Road,Totnes, Devon TQ9 5HW.

This is the session for year 10+. They run activities like arts / crafts, music sessions, pool and table tennis competitions, dancing and other fun competitions. They have a regular hair and nail session (see Instagram) and a regular Rushbrook Bake Off with prizes and loads more! The first session is free and 50p thereafter, snacks and drinks are available to buy

Seniors - Year 10+

Wednesday’s 6:30pm - 9pm

50p Entry. Please bring face masks. Book via Facebook @TotnesSPACE or Instagram @TotnesSPACE

You can find out more on the Space website or if you have questions, either by email  or telephoning 01803 849 200.

Space The Station Youth Centre Newton Abbot

The Station YC - Newton Abbot

The Station Youth Centre at Wain Lane, Newton Abbot, Devon TQ12 2SH offers a safe space for young people to hang out, have fun, get information and support, as well as meet new people. They offer a wide range of activities and opportunities for young people and there is something for everyone. Youth workers are available to answer any questions you may have and if they don’t know the answers to your questions, they will help you to find them!

  • Tuesday       No Limits SEND 11-19yr olds 6pm-8.30pm
  • Wednesday Juniors yr 7's and 8's 6.30pm-9pm
  • Thursday     Seniors Yr 9+ 6.30pm-9pm
  • Friday          Inters Yrs 8,9 and 10 6.30pm -9pm

You can find out more on the Space website or if you have questions, either by email  or telephoning 01626 369 283.
 

 

 

 

Space The 100 Youth Club Youth Centre Exeter

Juniors

The 100 Club youth centre in Exeter is based in Countess Wear at Wear Barton Road, Exeter, Devon EX2 7EH.

They offer a wide range of exciting opportunities for young people from sports activities to pool competitions or just the opportunity to chill out and spend time with friends in the American Diner. The centre is split up into 3 big spaces; the sports hall, Games room, and American Diner, as well as smaller rooms for 1-2-1 support or meeting spaces.

All of the sessions have a mixture of fun, group games and challenges, curriculum-based activities.

Juniors - Year 7 and 8

Tuesday’s 6:30 – 9pm

£1 entry fee - Please bring face masks. Book via Facebook @Exeter100SPACE or Instagram @ExeterSPACE

You can find out more on the Space website or if you have questions, either by email  or telephoning 01392 662 227.

Space The 100 Youth Club Youth Centre Exeter

Inters

The 100 Club youth centre in Exeter is based in Countess Wear at Wear Barton Road, Exeter, Devon EX2 7EH.

They offer a wide range of exciting opportunities for young people from sports activities to pool competitions or just the opportunity to chill out and spend time with friends in the American Diner. The centre is split up into 3 big spaces; the sports hall, Games room, and American Diner, as well as smaller rooms for 1-2-1 support or meeting spaces.

All of the sessions have a mixture of fun, group games and challenges, curriculum-based activities.

Inters - Years 8, 9 and 10

Friday’s 6:30pm – 9pm

£1 entry fee - Please bring face masks. Book via Facebook @Exeter100SPACE or Instagram @ExeterSPACE

You can find out more on the Space website or if you have questions, either by email  or telephoning 01392 662 227.

Space The 100 Youth Club Youth Centre Exeter

Seniors

The 100 Club youth centre in Exeter is based in Countess Wear at Wear Barton Road, Exeter, Devon EX2 7EH.

They offer a wide range of exciting opportunities for young people from sports activities to pool competitions or just the opportunity to chill out and spend time with friends in the American Diner. The centre is split up into 3 big spaces; the sports hall, Games room, and American Diner, as well as smaller rooms for 1-2-1 support or meeting spaces.

All of the sessions have a mixture of fun, group games and challenges, curriculum-based activities.

Seniors - Year 9's to 19 yrs

Wednesday’s 6:30pm – 9pm

50p entry fee - Please bring face masks. Book via Facebook @Exeter100SPACE or Instagram @ExeterSPACE

You can find out more on the Space website or if you have questions, either by email  or telephoning 01392 662 227.

Space Youth Project Cranbrook

Monday & Thursdays 7-9pm

Space YP Cranbrook can be found in the car park opposite the Co-Op and young hayes centre.

They have a great mobile street based youth work offer in cranbrook, with all of the same opportunities young people would get in a youth centre but instead in our mobile provision with many of our activities being outside.

Book via Facebook @Exeter100SPACE or Instagram @ExeterSPACE

You can find out more on the Space website or if you have questions, either by email  or telephoning 01392 662 227.

Space Georgies YC - Barnstaple

Georgies Youth Centre at 21 St George's Street, Barnstaple, Devon EX32 7AU provides a unique & safe space for young people aged 11 – 19 from across the Barnstaple area. With a wealth of creative activities including, cooking, games, pool competitions, table tennis, music studio, outdoor games and loads of fun.

The youth club offers a number of targeted provisions to provide additional support to those who need it.

  • Monday       Juniors Years 6 & 7        6.30pm-8.30pm
  • Tuesday       Inters   Years 8, 9 & 10  6.30pm-8.30pm
  • Thursday     Seniors Yr 10+               6.30pm-8.30pm

You can find out more on the Space website or if you have questions, either by email  or telephoning 01271 343 762.

Space Tiverton YC

Tiverton Youth Centre is based at Bolham Road, Tiverton, Devon EX16 6SG and provide a unique & safe space for young people aged 11 – 19 from across the Tiverton area. With a wealth of creative activities including, cooking, games, arts and crafts, outdoor games and sports to name but a few.

The youth club offers a number of targeted provisions to provide additional support to those who need it.

Wednesday  Juniors Years 7 & 8               6.30pm-8.00pm  £1.00
Monday         Inbetweeners   Years 8 & 9  6.00pm-8.30pm  £1.00
Thursday      Seniors Yr 9- Aged 19           6.30pm-9.00pm  50p

Face masks will be required indoors.

You can find out more on the Space website or if you have questions, either by email  or telephoning 01884 252 642.

Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary and Trail

It is free to visit the sanctuary, but there is a charge of £5 if you choose to take part in the fun family activity trail, which includes a prize and sticker. The Trail is running until 30th September from 9am – 5pm. No booking required.

Simply find the A-Z of fun donkey facts around the sanctuary, and complete the trail activities as you go, to claim a prize and sticker.

Visit Slade House Farm, Sidmouth, EX10 0NU to take part or to find out more go to the Donkey Sanctuary Events Page  

 

The Curly Hair Project – Autism Webinars

The Curly Hair Project’s autism training events are designed and delivered by people who are all highly experienced in ASD. The webinars are aimed at supporting boys as well as girls and cater to people of all backgrounds, from people without a diagnosis, newly diagnosed adults, parents, grandparents to teachers and health professionals.

Find out more about the webinars below on the  Life Changing" Asperger's and Autism Training and Webinars (thegirlwiththecurlyhair.co.uk) website.

  • 15th September  Communication and Autism
  • 16th September   A Day at Secondary School (animation and discussion)
  • 22nd September  A Day in the Reception Class (animation and discussion)
  • 23rd September   Understanding Masking
  • 4th October          Eating and Autism

North Devon Forum for Autistic Spectrum Conditions and ADHD


The Forum are currently updating their website and will soon be in a position to open up applications for membership – but please wait until you are invited to apply to ensure a smooth transition.
Feel like a chat? Why not join the Forum’s Zoom virtual coffee mornings on Thursday 22nd July and Thursday 26th August – email info@ndfautism.co.uk to be included in receiving the link.

In Our Place

Free Online Parenting Courses for all parents-to-be, parents, grandparents or carers of any child from the antenatal period to age 18 years in Devon. You don’t need to be struggling. The courses are relevant to parents of all children, including those with special needs, autism, ADHD etc.

To find out more, go to Ourplace Online Parenting Child Education Courses (inourplace.co.uk) and apply the 'access code'  TAMAR, and fill in some details to create an account for FREE access. 

X-PLORE LGBTQ+ for ages 13+ Devon

X-Plore is dedicated to supporting young LGBTQ+ people, aged 13-19, Devonwide, offering them the chance to meet others in a safe space . A chance to meet, chat, go on trips, join an online club and also to speak privately to a youth worker if needed.  

Find out more by visiting the following:

Find details of all of Space Youth Centres on the website Space Youth Services.

South West Autism Support Services Girls Group

Due to high levels of demand, South West Autism Support Services will be facilitating another monthly Girls Group starting on Saturday afternoons from June. These sessions are for females over the age of 11 and under 18 who would benefit from meeting other girls who may have similar challenges in friendships, anxiety and enjoy similar activities (often art, music, manga, fashion). The groups are held at the South West Autism Support Services Exeter base and are open to those diagnosed or awaiting diagnosis.
For an information pack please send an email to enquiriesswautism@gmail.com

SPACE Youth Groups at Georgie’s, Barnstaple, are now reopening!

Looking for a safe space to chill with friends? Or somewhere to make new ones? With exciting opportunities, activities and competitions, there’s always something on…..
Juniors (Yr6-Yr7),      Mondays 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Inters (Yrs 8,9 &10),  Tuesdays 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Seniors (Yr9–19 yrs) Thursdays 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Booking essential as numbers will be limited.
Facebook @BarnstapleSPACE
Instagram @Barnstaplespace
Tel: 01271 343762
Find out more about Space Youth Services here.

 

Kids Matter – South Molton

Kids Matter is run through some local churches to equip parents and carers facing disadvantages with confidence, competence and community, enabling their children to thrive.

The Kids Matters programme is for parents and carers of children aged 0-10. Each programme lasts for 6 weeks, meeting in small groups of 4-8 parents, working together with Kids Matter user-friendly and evidence-informed booklets. Sessions are very relaxed and informal, sitting together with a cuppa. Sessions are free of charge.

The next programme is due to start at the Methodist Hall in South Molton in June. To find out more visit the Kids Matter southmoltonmethodistchurch.org.uk webpage and to book a place, call Linda on 07895 904778.

 

The 2 Minute Foundation Free Beach Sessions

Join the 2 Minute Foundation on the beach in Bude, exploring our coastlines and its inhabitants and learning how to protect them. The fun beach experiences delivered by qualified teachers, start on 19th April.

Meet at the 2minute shop, Crooklets beach, Bude.

Mondays

  • 09:30-11:30 Home Educated
  • 13:00-15:00 Grown Ups Only
  • 15:30-17:00 7-12 year olds

Wednesdays

  • 09:30-11:30 Families
  • 13:00-15:00 Holidaymakers
  • 15:30-18:30 12-16 year olds

 

For further information, to register your interest along with your preferred date(s) and times, please send an email to claire@2minute.org Covid regulations at the time of delivery and social distancing will apply.

Mums4achange

Mums4achange are offering a free 8 week Zoom group on Wednesdays, especially for mum's of children with additional needs. A chance to build a toolkit to help navigate lifes ups and downs in a small, friendly group of others who 'get it'.

It is run by Jo Ball, a life and career coach, trainer, mum of two, with an Arts Therapy background. Supported by Clare Gale, a trained counsellor who has a son with complex medical needs.

12.30-2.30 from 21st April 2021

To book a space please email jo@mums4achange.org

Babcock Cygnet Parent Autism Awareness Course

The Cygnet courses are for families of Children and Young People who are currently on the Autism Assessment Pathway, or who have received an autism diagnosis. The programme is for parents/carers of children aged between 7 and 18 and will be accessed online due to CV19 restrictions.

There will be 6 weekly sessions (approx. 2hrs each) related to the following topic/themes:

19th July       Introduction
26th July       Autism overview
2nd August   Sensory
9th August    Communication
16th August  Understanding behaviour
23rd August  Supporting behaviour

To find out more go to Babcock LDP - Cygnet Parent Autism Awareness Programme July August 2021. To access the Programme please send an email to LDP-LearnerSupport .

'Stamma' -  Free Workshops for Parents and Young People.

This  March Stamma are offering free online workshops for parents of children and young people who stammer. This is thanks to a grant from the Pears Foundation, part of the Government's £750m charities package. Places are limited, so book fast if you are interested. 

Find out more by going to the STAMMA Free Workshops for parents & young people webpage.

Proud2Be LGBTQ+  

Social Enterprise Proud2Be currently run a weekly online youth group for LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and/or questioning+) young people aged 11-19 (up to 25 if you have special educational needs and/or disabilities) where you’re able to meet with other young people in a comfortable and safe environment, access information, and join in with fun activities.

It is running between 17:00-19:00 every Monday via Zoom

Discord Proud2Be Youth Workers also offer 1-2-1 practical and emotional support.

For more information and/or to request a call-back from a youth worker either visit the proud 2 be youth website, send an email to hello@proud2be.org.uk or call 01803 362083

The National Deaf Children’s Society

The National Deaf Children’s Society is carrying out a small project for home educated deaf children, offering them the chance to take part in an online series of careers skills workshops to broaden career aspirations.The students must either be permanently home educated, or have elected not to return to formal educational settings for at least 3 months, beginning before 31st December 2020. Candidates should be 13 – 25 years old.

This includes families who have recently opted for home education for reasons related to the coronavirus pandemic. It does not include those children who will be returning to schools once the current national lockdown ends.

We will run this for 13-16year olds starting March 1st and for other age groups in March conditional upon numbers.

Any questions can be directed either to Courtney.Sherwell@ndcs.org.uk or to the National Deaf Children's Society inbox youngfutures@ndcs.org.uk.

Space* sessions for young people with SEND

Space*, who deliver our youth services, offer online sessions for young people in Devon with special educational needs and disabilities.

‘No Blocks’ offer SEND young people aged 11-19 a safe place to go online, connecting them to other young people and giving them something to do in a fun supporting environment. There are a wide range of activities, fun and games on offer, so there should be something for everyone! Sessions are supported by youth workers and run every Monday 4.30-5.30pm and every Friday 5pm-6pm on Zoom.

For further information on how to join, or for any queries, please email here  or check out the website.

Young Devon Wellbeing Café

Young Devon have set up three Wellbeing Café’s in some of their centres across Devon.  A Wellbeing Café is somewhere young people can go to find a menu of activities and resources available to them that help and support them with their wellbeing. From mindfulness and relaxation workshops, to cooking and healthy eating, right through to structured weekly workshops delivered by trained professionals dealing with issues such as anxiety, low mood and self-esteem. 

The longest running Wellbeing Café is in the Exeter YES Centre (39 George Street, Exeter, EX1 1DA) 

They have opened their second Café in Barnstaple at Georgie’s Youth Centre (21 St Georges Road, Barnstaple, EX32 7AU).

And  one at The Change Academy in Newton Abbot.

Please call 01392331666 or click here to send an email 

Young Carers

It was National Carers day on 26th November 2020, but support is available all year round to ensure that young carers are aware of their rights and know they have a right to an assessment of their own needs. In Devon, that is undertaken by Devon Young Carers (Westbank), who, after receiving a referral  for an assessment , will consider the following:

  • Whether it is appropriate for the young carer to provide, or continue to provide, care.
  • The young carer’s needs for support, their other needs and wishes
  • If any of the young carer’s needs for support could be prevented by providing services to the person cared for, or another member of the young carer’s family

The referral form can be found here and further information about the services, which may be available following assessment, can be found here.

The Young Carers Service Team can be contacted on 03456 434 435 or here via email 

Proud2Be Youth Group

Social Enterprise Proud2Be has recently launched a weekly youth group in Newton Abbot, for LGBTQ+ young people aged 11-19 (up to 25 if you have special educational needs and/or disabilities).

The group is free to attend and runs every Monday between 5 pm and 7 pm. The group is physically distanced and numbers are limited. Young people need to sign up before attending the group by getting in touch with a youth support worker on the contact details below.

For more information or to sign up please email here  or call 01803 362083. The venue address will be provided after sign up.

Time for YOU - 12-week supportive Zoom groups for Mums of Children with Additional Needs

A small, safe group offering you time to share with others who really get what it means to be a mum of a child with additional needs, from the comfort of your own home via zoom. You can choose to join the Wednesday or Friday  group at 9.30-11.30am by clicking on the relevant link. To register interest in the Wednesday group  click here  or for Fridays group click here

Alternatively you can send Jo an email by clicking here 

 

 

Dangerous Dads Groups - Fun, activities, chat and pizza

Dangerous Dads run regular, fun activities for fathers and male carers (step dads, uncles, grandads…..) with children of all ages, both daughters and sons. They offer opportunities to make new friends and enjoy fun FREE activities with their children on Saturdays, giving opportunities to discuss the challenges and successes of being a dad at Tuesday Conversation Cafes (a safe place to talk all things dad and eat pizza)

To find out what sessions are available near you, check out the website here 

Book a FREE place by sending an email  or call/text 07934 739098

Turning Heads - A 10-week cooking skills programme called 'Imagine This'

Turning Heads have been given a grant by the Torbay Development Community Trust to develop a short and interactive cooking skills programme for young people in Torbay as we move out of lockdown. (This can be accessed by anyone using the link below).

The grant is to produce a 10-week programme, called Imagine This, consisting of cooking videos, recipes and easy-read guides to help provide a resource for young people of all abilities to access.

Find out more by clicking on this link: https://www.turningheads.org.uk/imagine-this/

Tiverton Adventure Playground

The playground will be open on Friday 30th October between 1pm and 4pm for families with children who have additional needs. If there is interest and it is well supported this may become a regular event.

Find out more about Tiverton Adventure Playground on their Facebook page by clicking here 

The RFU Families Fund Project

The RFU Families Fund Project is all about creating a community hub at the Newton Abbot RFC, bringing families together to take part in activity as opposed to just doing nothing, or dropping kids off and leaving for an hour. All activities are free of charge in order to help encourage people to join in.

‘Families’ with children aged 11-18 are invited to attend, on Tuesday evenings 4.30pm-5.30pm. They want to ensure anyone who has an interest in this programme can attend. The word ‘family’ is a loose term as the word family is different to everyone. Grandparents, foster families, one parent or two. Whatever your family unit looks like you are welcome to get involved.

As you will see from the poster, there will be a range of supported activities that will hopefully appeal to all genders and ages. Some of these activities are inside. There will be qualified instructors for these and the premises are fully COVID safe with equipment being cleaned, sanitising station, social distancing, and track and trace in place.

To book on a session or if you have any questions please contact Alice Upcott. Click here to email her or call/text on 07736 294820

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