Brighter Beginnings FREE workshop 

Siblings workshop for parents/carers

Thu 21 Jan 2021 at 19:30-21:30 

Supporting the needs of a child with additional needs can often seem the focal point of family life and you may be concerned about how this affects their siblings, and your relationship with them.

This workshop for parents and carers offers a non-judgemental, confidential space to explore common issues parent carers face with managing the different needs of their children, and hear strategies that could help. You can hear other parents' experiences and share your own as much or little as you wish to.The workshop will be held on Zoom. If you prefer to not be visible or audible on screen that is fine.

Please click here to book a place or visit the website for more information.

Brighter Beginnings FREE workshop

Managing your child's sleep

Tue 26 Jan 2021 at 10:00-12:00

A workshop for parents of children with additional needs - explore how you can support your child’s sleep.

It is common for all children to have sleep issues when they are young or at particular times in their lives, but it is more common for children with additional needs.

This workshop will be held on Zoom. They will give advice on how to install and use Zoom before the workshop is held, if you require this.

Please click here to book a place or to find out more go to the website 

Pathological Demand Avoidance – Part of the Autism Spectrum

The PDA for Parents and Carers (Online) event will run over two online Zoom sessions, 28th January and 4th February 2021 (10.00am-12.30pm) £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 for more information and to book a place or if you have any questions about this course, or any other sessions, please click here to e-mail the training team. 

Bis-net Webinar

Keeping everybody safe while your child is distressed

Thu, 21 January 2021

10:00 – 12:00 GMT


This course is designed to help parents who are supporting children whose distress and emotional dysregulation is leading them towards very unsafe or physical behaviour in the home.

Click here to book a place 

Demystifying SEND – Dates for January

This session is 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.

This 2 hr session aims 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 click here or to send an email click here 



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.

Click here to find out more information about the webinars below and more.

  •  9th Jan    Managing anxiety as an autistic child
  • 12th Jan   Meltdowns and Shutdowns
  • 15th Jan   ASD & Executive Function
  • 18th Jan   Understanding Challenging Behaviour
  • 22nd Jan   Emotions & ASD


Selective/Situational Mutism Webinar

How can we best support young people who have selective/situational mutism at home and during their learning?

Feb 9th 2021 20:00-22:00

'Understanding and Supporting Selective/Situational Mutism + Children' - Speech and language therapist Libby Hill presents during the webinar, covering the following: causes, traits and presentations, assessment and diagnosis, along with suggesting practical ways to support a young person with Selective/Situational Mutism. Click here to find out more and book a ticket

Family Virtual Workshops

'Encouraging Positive Behaviour in Young Children' - Gain a better understanding of why young children with additional needs behave the way they do. Learn ways to handle difficult situations in a calm, stress-free manner. Explore ways of supporting and encouraging your child and how to get support and help. 

Thursday 28th January 19:30-21:30.  Find out more and/or book now via Eventbrite

'Helping your young child sleep' - Gain a better understanding of sleep processes, why sleep problems may occur for young children and possible causes. The importance of sleep and the effect on the whole family. Suggestions for what might help and where to get support.

Tuesday 2nd February 10:00-12:00. Find out more and/or book now via Eventbrite

Check out the website by clicking here to find more. 

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:

22nd Feb  Introduction
1st Mar     Autism overview
8th Mar     Sensory
15th Mar   Communication
22nd Mar  Understanding behaviour
29th Mar   Supporting behaviour

To access the Programme please click here to send an email  and you will be asked to complete a reply slip.

The 2 Minute Foundation Beach Sessions

Join the 2 Minute Foundation for a day on the beach, in Bude, exploring our coastlines and its inhabitants and learning how to protect them.

Bring your children or group to the beach for a day of extended environmental education and fun in an imaginative and inspiring setting. Activities may include rock-pool rambles to discover local sea life; beach games; beach bingo; how to beach clean - making use of our finds and more. 

The sessions are free of charge due to funding kindly provided by the National Lottery Community Fund.

They can be flexible around days and times, in January and early February, and spaces are limited so get in touch as soon as possible.

For further information, to register your interest along with your preferred date(s) and times, please send Helen an email by clicking here. Covid regulations at the time of delivery and social distancing will apply.

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:

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

Emotional Logic

Online Parent Introduction Session

28th Jan 7:30pm

The Emotional Logic team is running a free online parent training / intro session again on the 28th Jan at 7:30pm. The last one before Christmas was very popular so they have decided to run another.

The Emotional Logic technique you will be introduced to, will show you new ways for your family to communicate and discuss tricky emotional issues.

Click here to register your interest in advance and they will send you a Zoom link the day before, and a reminder one hour before.



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