Welcome to our latest issue with a round up of SEND-related news from around the city and beyond. If you don't get the newsletter directly into your email inbox and would like to, you can sign up here.
We return to The Manchester College for our next Drop In on Wednesday 18th October, 10am-12.00pm, Openshaw Campus, Ashton Old Road, M11 2WH. Our monthly free events are for parent/carers living in the Manchester City Council area, offering a chance to talk to a range of services and get support from other parents. Look out for a Drop In newsletter nearer the time!
Future Drop Ins, 10am-12 noon:
Wednesday 15th November, Woodhouse Park Lifestyle Centre, Wythenshawe
Wednesday 13th December, Moss Side Powerhouse
SEND Community Offer
Relaxed Cinema Screening
Manchester Parent Carer Forum’s next free relaxed cinema screening is coming up. It's for SEND families living in the Manchester City Council area, at GRUB, an independent cinema venue in the Red Bank area of Manchester city centre. The next screening is on Saturday 7th October 10am-12 noon. If you would like to vote for the film, see the poll, closing at 6pm on Wednesday 27th September. Booking opens later that evening at 9pm through Eventbrite.
There is free skateboarding and scootering fun this half term with Projekts MCR Skatepark, 97 London Road, M1 2PG from Monday 23rd to Friday 27th October, 2-4pm. It’s for SEND young people aged between 5-25 living in the Manchester City Council area and their families and friends. It’s free and each participant gets a cookie and a drink from the café too! Booking essential - call the Specialist Resource Team on 0161 219 2125, Monday-Friday, 10am-3pm. One booking per family at this stage. Let the team know if you would be interested in places on other sessions if they become available during the half term.
The SPACE Group are holding four free inclusive spooky parties for families living in the Manchester City Council area:
Thursday 26th October, The Grange Community Resource Centre, Pilgrim Drive, Beswick M11 3TQ
Party 1 from 12-2pm will be relaxed, with reduced noise
Party 2 from 2.30-4.30pm will be a busy SPACE party
Friday 27th October, St Nicholas Church, Kingsway, Burnage M19 1PL
Party 3 from 12-2pm will be relaxed, with reduced noise
Party 4 from 2.30-4.30pm will be a busy SPACE party
There are two ways of booking tickets. To book by text SEND ONE TEXT ONLY to 07749 116211 on Wednesday 18th October from 5-7pm. Please include your name, children’s name, postcode and preferred party (1, 2, 3 or 4). Alternatively, book face to face at one of the following venues.
Venues for face to face booking
Friday 29th September, 11am-1pm, The SPACE Group parents’ session, St George’s Community centre, Bothwell Rd, M40 7NY
Wednesday 4th October, 10am-12pm, The SPACE Group parents’ session, St Margaret’s Church, Kingsway M19 1PL
Wednesday 18th October 10am-12pm, Local Offer Drop In, Manchester College Openshaw Campus, Ashton Old Rd, Manchester, M11 2WH
Free ice-skating is back by popular demand – with more places available this year! If you are a SEND family living in the Manchester City Council area, join The SPACE Group and Manchester Ice Skating in the city centre this November:
Thursday 16th November, 5pm-6pm and 6-7pm
Wednesday 22nd November, 5pm-6pm and 6pm-7pm
Thursday 23rd November, 5pm-6pm
There are two ways to book. Go to one of the venues to book face to face - find the list above the ice rink picture. Alternatively, SEND ONE TEXT ONLY to 07749 116211 on Saturday 21st October from 4pm-6pm. Please include your name, additional adults names, children’s names, postcode, and preferred date.
Additional information: Sessions are with Skate Manchester at Cathedral Gardens. SPACE parent carers will be there half an hour beforehand to meet you and help with getting ready in time. The site is wheelchair accessible and lights and music will be low. Children need to be aged 3+ (3-9yrs to be accompanied on the ice by an adult, 10-12s with an adult who is watching at all times). See the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). The SPACE Group are putting together a Social Story to support your experience.
Manchester Youth Zone Trip
Manchester Youth Zone in Harpurhey is organising a free trip to Hollywood Bowl in Ashton. It’s aimed at 14-25 year olds with SEND, living in the north of the city. Transport is by the Youth Zone bus on Wednesday 25th October, leaving 11.30am, returning 4.30pm. Places are limited, so please consider carefully whether young people can commit to the date before registering. Reserve places by contacting Tia on 0161 203 5333 or email@example.com.
Other Stuff To Do
Super 1s Cricket
Super 1s is a Lord’s Taverners programme designed to give cricketing opportunities to young disabled people aged 12-25. There is a new free session starting at Abraham Moss Leisure Centre, Crescent Road, Crumpsall M8 5UF on Wednesdays 6-7pm. It is also on Friday evenings, 7-8pm, at Denmark Road Sports Centre in Moss Side, M15 6FG (free or £2 if young people join the multi-sports with Champion’s Sports Club from 6-7pm). Not too far away in Swinton at Moorside High School, M27 0AP, there’s Disability Cricket on Thursday evenings, 6-7pm, a free session with opportunities to take part in competitions, festivals and workshops. Find out more on the Lancashire Cricket website. The contact is Amlyn Layton, 07799 639838, firstname.lastname@example.org.
SEND Stay and Play
There is a free weekly SEND Stay and Play on Thursdays 10am -11.30am and 12-1.30pm, term time only, for children aged 6 months to 5 years. It’s at Manchester Settlement, St Clements Sure Start, Mellville Close, Openshaw M11 1LR. No booking required. Just turn up or contact 0161 974 1300, email@example.com for more details.
Story Time In Libraries
Library story times for little ones and their grown-ups have started again with silly songs, stories, rollicking rhymes and lots of fun and play. It's a great chance for you and your children to socialise and relax and you can collect stickers, certificates and free books if you attend regularly. Story times run weekly at 11am in libraries across the city. Check with your local library to see what they offer.
Free Fun Palaces
Fun Palaces is a celebration of culture at the heart of every community. With arts, science, craft, tech, digital and heritage activities, it's a chance for people to share their passions and for everyone to try something new. Join the following libraries for a feast of free fun - Saturday 7th October 2-4pm at North City Library, Forum Library Wythenshawe and Longsight Library, and 1-4pm at Central Library.
The SPACE Group Shine
Congratulations to The SPACE Group for getting shortlisted for the Community Organisation Award for Disability in the National Diversity Awards 2023, aired on 12th September. They may not have won in their category but they are winners in our eyes! Thank you to all the parents/carers involved in the group. You make such a difference to families in the city and are fantastic role models for parents new to the world of SEND. Find out why they were nominated.