Friends of Wightwick Hall School

Friends of Wightwick Hall School

This is a page to keep you updated with dates, events and support groups for parents and carers of children/young adulats who attend Wightwick Hall School

Operating as usual

04/07/2023
11/06/2023

Im after a PA

If anyone is looking for a part-time job please let me know. This is not for every week.
And to do 3 (3 days) out of 6 weeks holidays.

Message or comment

30/03/2023

Easter breaking up tomorrow normal time back monday 17th April.

Hope you all have a lovely break and cone back ready for Summer term ,already !

30/03/2023

Coffee morning tomorrow at school starts 9.30am

06/02/2023

WEBINAR ARCHIVE - Enjoy

PCSG - Our History - Parent and Carer Support Group
Parent and Carer Support Group Part 1
Parent and Carer Support Group Walsall, Wolverhampton and Surrounding Area | The first part from our webinar last night detailing our achievements and how we became the best and thriving support group to survive the pandemic | Facebook
Parent and Carer Support Group Part 2
Parent and Carer Support Group Walsall, Wolverhampton and Surrounding Area | Facebook
The feeding Trust - Lucy Bates
https://www.facebook.com/groups/461418850936504/posts/886043071807411/
SEND Advocacy ad Support
SEND SUPPORT - Talking Sense - Ken Upton
Parent and Carer Support Group Walsall, Wolverhampton and Surrounding Area | Facebook
EHCP Targets and Outcomes Settings - Rebecca Lynch - Ready Steady Communicate -
(2) Parent and Carer Support Group Walsall, Wolverhampton and Surrounding Area | Facebook
SENDIAS Team - Walsall Sendiass
Parent and Carer Support Group Walsall, Wolverhampton and Surrounding Area | Facebook
Walsall SENDIASS - Send support in Schools
Parent and Carer Support Group Walsall, Wolverhampton and Surrounding Area | Webinar - SEND SUPPORT IN SCHOOLS | Facebook
Walsall Sendiass - Applying for an EHCP
Parent and Carer Support Group Walsall, Wolverhampton and Surrounding Area | Walsall Sendiass | Facebook
Wolvehampton IASS -Meet the Team
(1) Facebook
Q and A with Wolverhampton Iass( Part 1)
(1) Facebook
Q and A with Wolverhampton Iass( Part 2)
(1) Facebook
Local Parent Carer Forms & Activities
Voice for Parents - Wolverhampton Parent Carer Forum
Parent and Carer Support Group Walsall, Wolverhampton and Surrounding Area | Wolverhampton Parent Carer Forum | Facebook
FACE Walsall Parent Carer Forum
Parent and Carer Support Group Walsall, Wolverhampton and Surrounding Area | Facebook
Walsall Holiday Activity Fund
Parent and Carer Support Group Walsall, Wolverhampton and Surrounding Area (facebook.com)
School Transitions
Autism & School transitions
Parent and Carer Support Group Walsall, Wolverhampton and Surrounding Area | School transition webinar with Reachout ASC - Autism Support | Facebook
Autism Support
Anxiety and Autism
Parent and Carer Support Group Walsall, Wolverhampton and Surrounding Area | Webinar - Anxiety and Autism | Facebook
Autism and Girls (Autism West Midland) - https://www.facebook.com/groups/461418850936504/posts/1210598216018560/
Acceptable Behaviour - Aaron Yorke
1) Parent and Carer Support Group Walsall, Wolverhampton and Surrounding Area | Wednesday webinar - Accepting Behaviour | Facebook
Tigger Pritchard - Autistic Coffee Shop
Parent and Carer Support Group Walsall, Wolverhampton and Surrounding Area | Webinar - Tigger Pritchard | Facebook
ADHD
Supporting children with ADHD - Multi Skills Council
(1) Facebook
ADHD Sheppey
Parent and Carer Support Group Walsall, Wolverhampton and Surrounding Area | The full video from ADHD Sheppey webinar this morning, enjoy | Facebook
Pathological Demand Avoidance
Pathological Demand Avoidance - Webinar
Parent and Carer Support Group Walsall, Wolverhampton and Surrounding Area | Pathological demand avoidance - Webinar - with Tigger Pritchard | Facebook
What is PDA - PDA Socety
Parent and Carer Support Group Walsall, Wolverhampton and Surrounding Area | Webinar - PDA Society | Facebook
PDA Parenting
(2) Parent and Carer Support Group Walsall, Wolverhampton and Surrounding Area | Facebook
Hypermobility and Physical Disabilities
Bumble Bee Physio
Parent and Carer Support Group Walsall, Wolverhampton and Surrounding Area | Facebook
Hypermobility Syndrome Association
(1) Parent and Carer Support Group Walsall, Wolverhampton and Surrounding Area | Wednesday Webinar - Hypermobility Syndrome Association | Facebook
Down Syndrome
T21 Project - America
Parent and Carer Support Group Walsall, Wolverhampton and Surrounding Area | Webinar - Down Syndrome - T21 Project | Facebook
Sensory Processing/Sensory Integration
Low Arousal Approach - Libby Hill
(2) Parent and Carer Support Group Walsall, Wolverhampton and Surrounding Area | Facebook
Sensory Diets & Sensory Circuits - Occupational Therapist - Laura Graham
Parent and Carer Support Group Walsall, Wolverhampton and Surrounding Area | Wednesday Webinar | Facebook
Introception - Occupational Therapist - Laura Graham
Parent and Carer Support Group Walsall, Wolverhampton and Surrounding Area | Facebook
Sensory Processing (sensory integration) - Alison Hart (children’s choice therapy)
Parent and Carer Support Group Walsall, Wolverhampton and Surrounding Area | Facebook
Social Communication and Selective Mutism
Selective Mutism (all ages) - Libby Hill
Parent and Carer Support Group Walsall, Wolverhampton and Surrounding Area | Webinar - Selective Mutism - Libby Hill (facebook.com)
Selective Mutism (Teenagers)
Social communication - Libby Hill
Parent and Carer Support Group Walsall, Wolverhampton and Surrounding Area | Webinar - SEND SUPPORT IN SCHOOLS | Facebook
Libby Hill - Blank Levels
Parent and Carer Support Group Walsall, Wolverhampton and Surrounding Area | Wednesday Webinar - Libby Hill | Facebook
Libby Hill - Speech, Language and Communication
Parent and Carer Support Group Walsall, Wolverhampton and Surrounding Area | Webinar - Smalltalk Speech & Language Therapy | Facebook
Puberty, S*x and Relationships
Puberty, S*x and Relationships - Reachout Autism - Lynn Mccann - https://www.facebook.com/groups/461418850936504/posts/1045843285827388/
Adult Support
The Motivation Hub
(1) Parent and Carer Support Group Walsall, Wolverhampton and Surrounding Area | Facebook
School Nursing
Introduction Walsall School Nursing
Parent and Carer Support Group Walsall, Wolverhampton and Surrounding Area | Webinar - Walsall School Nursing | Facebook
Incontinence Services - Walsall School Nursing
Parent and Carer Support Group Walsall, Wolverhampton and Surrounding Area | Incontinence - Workshop | Facebook
Carer Support
The Mindkind Project
Parent and Carer Support Group Walsall, Wolverhampton and Surrounding Area | Webinar - The Mindkind Project | Facebook
Sue Larkey - Parenting beyond Anxiety
(1) Facebook
Steve Guy - Caring for Carers
(1) Parent and Carer Support Group Walsall, Wolverhampton and Surrounding Area | Take 5 and listen to Steve Guy tips for carers | Facebook
Mindfulness - Sally Haynes Preece
Parent and Carer Support Group Walsall, Wolverhampton and Surrounding Area | Facebook
National Organistions
Diabled Children’s Partnership
Parent and Carer Support Group Walsall, Wolverhampton and Surrounding Area | Webinar - Disabled Children's Partnership | Facebook
Local Projects
Wildside Activity Centre
Parent and Carer Support Group Walsall, Wolverhampton and Surrounding Area | Webinar - Wildside Activity Centre | Facebook
Gazebo Project
Parent and Carer Support Group Walsall, Wolverhampton and Surrounding Area | Find out about Gazebo project (facebook.com)

27/01/2023

Moving from DLA to PIP can be stressful for parent carers — who must face a whole new assessment system while worrying their disabled child’s award could be downgraded.

Unlike DLA, Personal Independence Payment is based on a scoring system. To increase your child’s chances of getting the right score, it’s important to know how the DWP interprets certain words in the form.

To help, we’ve put together a little dictionary below explaining some key words — but you’ll find more definitions in our PIP Guide 👉 contact.org.uk/pip-guide

As well as question-by-question guidance and detailed advice on the points system, our guide also has information on how to claim PIP, its effects on other benefits, PIP reviews, and how to challenge decisions.

For definitions of words used in the DLA form, see page 9 of our DLA Guide 👉 contact.org.uk/dla-guide

23/01/2023

📆February Half Term Under £10 📆

Here is a daily guide for what's on across Staffordshire and beyond this February Half Term under £10 per child or FREE:

📆 𝗠𝗼𝗻 𝟮𝟬𝘁𝗵 𝗙𝗲𝗯
📍 National Memorial arboretum unofficial, Interactive Storytelling, Arts & Crafts, Daily screening of Stickman (20-24th Feb) ⏰️11-3pm, 💷 FREE, 🅿️ car park charges apply
📍 Royal Air Force Cosford Museum, (18-26th), 💷FREE, 🅿️ Carpark charge apply
📍Wolesely Centre night time walk ⏰️ 6-8pm 💷 FREE

📆 𝗧𝘂𝗲 𝟮𝟭𝘀𝘁 𝗙𝗲𝗯
📍 Museum of Cannock Chase , Lego Masters 💷 £5 per child ⏰️11am 3+, booking essential
📍 Biddulph Grange Country Park, Wildfamilies Drop in, ⏰️ 1-3pm, £4 (all ages)
📍 Hawkstone Park Follies, Shropshire (18-26th) 💷Half price for half term, Adult £6.12, child £4.37 under 3 free

📆 𝗪𝗲𝗱 𝟮𝟮𝗻𝗱 𝗙𝗲𝗯
📍 Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Arty Fun, (22-24th) ⏰️ 10.30-1.30pm, 💷£3, recommend age 5+
📍 Tittesworth Water Wildfamilies Drop in, ⏰️ 10.30-3pm, build dens, explore nature, crafts,💷 £4 per child (all ages)
📍Wolesely Centre Staffordshire Wildlife Trust night time walk ⏰️ 6-8pm 💷 FREE

📆 𝗧𝗵𝘂𝗿 𝟮𝟯𝗿𝗱 𝗙𝗲𝗯
📍 Mitchell Arts Centre Children's films Tots club (22nd - 24th),⏰️ 10am, 💷£3.50 per child, 1 Adult free per paying child
📍 Middleport Pottery Play with Clay, (18-26th), ⏰️10-4pm, 💷 £3

📆 𝗙𝗿𝗶 𝟮𝟰𝘁𝗵 𝗙𝗲𝗯
📍 Family activities - Staffordshire Wildlife Trust Wolesely Wildlife Centre, Wildlings Outdoor Classroom, ⏰️10.30-12.00,
💷£6.50, £3.50 for additional children (6months-5years)
📍 The Children's Country House at Sudbury NT , (11th-26th) Feb celebrating spring with music, dance, games, crafts and more. Booking essential,💷Craft from £2, free entry for National Trust members, otherwise non member entry fees apply

Candle Making Sesssion 23/01/2023

Maybe of interest for some of you. Ive booked on so if you fancy joining follow the links below # # #

Candle making sesssion and wax melt making sesssion in march limited spaces

Candle making

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/candle-making-sesssion-tickets-517434930807

Wax melts
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wax-melt-sesssion-tickets-517463927537

Candle Making Sesssion Is to learn new skills and meet new people in a relaxed inviroment and is very good for mental health and wellbeing refreshments provided

03/01/2023

Happy New Year to everyone.

Hope you all had an enjoyable break over Christmas and New Year

03/01/2023

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=550066030481866&id=100064354222585

Pamper Yourself Session –

Come and join our Pamper Yourself Session at Greets Green Children’s Centre.

The session will be run by Donna and Body Shop Beauty Consultant Kerry
Bassett. This is a wonderful opportunity to Sample products and meet other
parents and carers who have children on the Autism Spectrum.
(Diagnosis not required)

FREE to attend for parents and carers

Thursday 5th January 2023
10:00am – 11:30am

More info and booking here: https://autismwestmidlands.org.uk/events/pamper-session-sandwell-5jan/

11/12/2022

Just a reminder school is closed tomorrow Monday 12th december 2022.

Thanks

Timeline photos 18/09/2022

May be usedful for some parents now or coming up to the 16th birthday

Here's an important Universal Credit tip: when your disabled child turns 16, they should consider making a credits-only claim for 'new-style' Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).

They won't qualify for the benefit itself, but submitting a credits-only claim will force the DWP to carry out a work capability assessment to establish if your child is unfit for work.

By establishing a limited capability for work (LCW) early on, your child will later be able to claim Universal Credit in their own right if they stay in non-advanced education after turning 19 — or if they leave one course and then start another.

Due to a recent change in the law, most disabled students who haven't established LCW *before* starting a course won't qualify for Universal Credit. It's no longer possible to qualify by establishing LCW *during* a course.

That's why it is a good idea to trigger this assessment by making a credits-only claim for new-style ESA when they turn 16. If the DWP agrees that your child has LCW, that decision will also be binding on Universal Credit later on.

And because a credits-only claim won't lead to any actual ESA being paid, it won't impact on Child Benefit, tax credits or any other benefits you get for them as a dependent child.

For more detailed advice on this, visit our page about Universal Credit for disabled students 👉 contact.org.uk/universal-credit-for-young-people

07/09/2022

Welcome back to everyone hope you had a great summer holidays.

iOi Imagination Box Sign Up Form: June 2022 23/07/2022

Are you looking for ideas for activities to do over the summer holidays with a child who has additional needs?

The Institute of Imagination are, once again, offering FREE Imagination activity boxes for families and children with special educational needs. These boxes are packed full of creative activities that you can do with your child giving them as much, or as little support as they need.

Register here (UK addresses only) for your free activity box: https://bit.ly/3uY4xbp

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15/07/2022

Thanks to everyone who came to the BBQ this evening. Was lovely to see everyone old and new to our events.

Id like to say a big thank to Miss Morris and her team of staff for their support to all the children and their families again this year.

And a Huge Thank you to Miss Morris for her 26years helping all the children in this time, being a wonderful Head teacher . Im sure you will all join me is wishing all the best for her future, she will be missed.

22/06/2022

I will be going if anyone else fancies this let me know x

We have been asked to share the below information for the Carers Pub Lunch on July 11th at the Bradmore Arms.

Please see the contact information below if interested

Timeline photos 07/06/2022

Here's a useful Universal Credit hack: if your disabled child plans on staying in education, they should consider making a credits-only claim for 'new style' Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) when they turn 16.

They won't qualify for the benefit itself, but simply submitting a credits-only claim will force the DWP to carry out a work capability assessment to decide whether your child is unfit for work.

By establishing a limited capability for work early on, your child will later be able to claim Universal Credit in their own right if they end up staying in non-advanced education beyond their 19th birthday — or if they leave one course and then start another.

Due to a change in the law, most disabled students who haven't established a limited capability for work *before* starting a course can no longer qualify for Universal Credit.

That's why it is a good idea to trigger this assessment by making a credits-only claim for new-style ESA once they turn 16. If the DWP agrees that your child has a limited capability for work, that decision will also be binding on Universal Credit later on.

And because a credits-only claim won’t lead to any actual ESA being paid, it won't impact on Child Benefit, tax credits or any other benefits you get for your son or daughter as a dependent child.

For more detailed advice on making credits-only ESA claims, visit our webpage about Universal Credit for disabled students 👉 contact.org.uk/universal-credit-for-young-people

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