31 Oct 2007
We've heard that the Corfe Medical Centre is giving free flu jabs to carers. Don't know about other places: please post comments if/when you find out more.
NHS advice is: (from http://www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk/articles/article.aspx?articleId=2405)
"If you're the parent of a child (over the age of six months) with a long-term condition, speak to your GP about the flu jab. Your child's condition may get worse if they do catch flu.
If you're the carer of an elderly or disabled person make sure they've had their flu jab. If you are in receipt of a carer's allowance, or are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you get flu, ask your GP for advice."
25 Oct 2007
Information? Post a comment if you have some information that you think may be useful to others.
Ideas? If you have any ideas or things to add, please add a comment.
22 Oct 2007
At Harman's Cross village hall; £2 to include tea/coffee & biscuits
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17 Oct 2007
11 Oct 2007
1 Oct 2007
Parent Partnership is funded by Dorset County Council but offers a confidential service with no information being passed on to anyone without parent’s permission. It is a parent and school partnership and every county has a statutory right to offer the service although the service differs between counties. Julie can be contacted not only for help with children on the S.E.N. register but also for, for example, dyslexia and behaviour problems. However she is not an expert and has no specific powers. Often people find the service useful to ‘let off steam’ without feeling they’ve offended anyone e.g. school. Parents can also be matched with those who have similar needs if they wish, so forming a network of help. Parent Partnership recommend Wessex Mediation to chair meetings where there has been a breakdown in communication which is especially effective with school situations. They prefer to start this is as soon as there is a problem rather than as a last ditch effort. They also recommend A.C.E. - Advisory Centre for Education. This is an independent advice charity who train the parent partnership advisors. Both A.C.E. and Parent Partnership have a wide range of reading resources that are available for loan. Julie endeavours to return phone messages within 48 hours and can arrange personal meetings, but this would probably not be at the person’s home but somewhere like a cafe. Julie is also a choice advisor helping with school selection and admission policies.
Coping with Chaos have withdrawn their offer of support as they feel the group do not have a problem with transport. Those at the meeting did not think this was the criteria for initially contacting CHAOS.
Swanage Middle School have agreed to the use of the school minibus by allsorts. We have 2 people qualified to drive it.
British Institute for Brain Injured Children - Sam is going to arrange for a representative to come and give a talk at the next meeting. However, BIBIC have said that at least 10 people must attend. Areas to be covered will include nutrition, sensory therapy and behaviour.
We have been selected to receive a donation and the cheque will be presented at Swanage Bay View, 12th October at 7.30pm. Do go along if you can (they provide refreshments!)
Julie of Parent Partnership suggested Allsorts contact Cerebra. It is well funded, based in Dorchester, has a sleep nurse who goes to people’s homes and there is a cottage that can be used f.o.c.
We have funds for a website and Sam asked for ideas on what to include. Suggestions were a forum, blogs, links. www.specialfamilies.org have a
very good site so that will be looked at.
Date of next meeting Tuesday 30th October 2007, 7.30pm, Methodist Hall