What We Do
Walk & Talk
Here’s a novel idea – join one of our walking groups to chill out and get some fresh air and exercise all at the same time!
Funded through WPH Charitable Trust we’ve already enjoyed walks over the past couple of year’s at Ryton Pools and Stratford-upon-Avon, and we’ll definitely be looking to get more arranged for 2020 in these and other delightful locations. So dust off the walking boots and keep an ear out for news of dates!
If you’d like to express interest in these groups, complete and return the application form in the download below.
Dad to Dad
Funded by Leamington Town Trust this project established a support group for fathers, grandfathers, step-fathers and male carers of a disabled child, young person or adult. We knew a direct Dad to Dad support group would meet the needs expressed by male carers, providing a safe space for fathers to benefit from a gender specific approach. In an informal and relaxed setting and hosted by skilled male facilitators who are fathers themselves, sensitive issues were explored through a dozen sessions which we hope will continue long after our funding ends. You can read the project reports here.
This friendly group welcomes parents & carers of children under five providing a safe, secure, and happy environment for all children with parents being actively involved. There are plenty of toys which help to develop children’s skills and the opportunity to engage with other families.
We’ve been involved with running the Toddler Group for quite a while now and we like to keep abreast of things to see how we’re doing – so like last year, we again asked one of our volunteers to examine our attendance sheets and collate some facts us. Once again we’re delighted with the results View Them Here.
Want to see what we’ve got planned for 2019? Our calendar is now available to download! Keep it handy so you never miss a treat!
Entrust Care Partnership loves working with Arts professionals so teaming up with Arts Uplift and the Wriggle Dance Theatre last year to provide inclusive movement sessions for parents and children under five was a joyful experience. Big thanks to the Arts Council who funded our project. This year, 2019, we’ve worked with Arts Uplift and Anjali, a Banbury-based Dance Company whose marvellous first-class dancers all have Learning Disabilities. They provided a teacher and an artiste for sessions in July, with a sharing performance at the end. PLUS we did a day session in October half term for a refresher in preparation for the visit to Anjali’s show ‘Genius’ at Warwick Arts Centre on Thursday 7th November. Great fun!
Tall Dance Christmas Tales
Our Christmas-themed inclusive dance sessions were an instant hit with 8-13 years old who just love dance and story!
They join us at Tiddington for three exciting workshops led by Mary Savva, a skilled dance artist and supported by our own Care Partners, all experienced in meeting the needs of disbaled young people. If you’d like more information about our forthcoming dance sessions and workshops, contact Lynne – details below.
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Telling of Us
We will use the money we receive from Asda Green Token Scheme to act as leverage for a larger grant application to run some inclusive dance sessions with the delightful Mary Grigg, with whom we worked before. The Telling of Us will be the children and young people’s stories in the medium of free dance. Contact Lynne firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
Thanks to the Boparan Charitable Trust for their generous funding plus a lovely donation from Perivale Community Centre (West London).
The Big Family Sleepover!!
Our dream to organise a Community Social ‘Big Family Sleepover’ became a reality last August! We brought together our community to have fun, reduce isolation and be in a place by sharing experiences in an in-depth way by having time together, building new friendships and interacting without the pressure of para medical appointments and other stresses. The sleepover was an opportunity for disabled children to just be themselves, not be judged for their different response to life – ‘just to be’ whether that is active and physical or creative and chilled. The choice is theirs and their families.
Accommodation was in the two tented villages and some rooms in the Manor House at Blackwell Adventure Centre, a scout camp offering accessible group camping and activities. The fabulous grant from Boporan enabled us to subsidise the cost of the weekend so that it was affordable, along with a lovely donation from the Perivale Community Centre (West London) towards this! We know how lucky we are …… .
We offered a range of activities that all families could take part in together- zip wire, climbing wall, archery, art & craft, face painting, sports, swimming,tree climbing, singing around the camp fire, rambling along nature trails and much more and we provided all the food, a cooked breakfast, Barbeque, sandwich lunch and a hog roast.
It was joyful, not too muddy or messy thanks to good weather and was such a different experience, one big family gathering in celebration of children of all abilities. Thank you to all who joined inthe fun, we had a ball!!
Who Cares We Care
We know that Carers can suffer from poor health and back pain, find it difficult to maintain healthy diet and exercise, experience the pressures of juggling family life, be emotionally drained, stressed or sleep badly, feel emotions of guilt, resentment, anger, lifelessness and depression. Not everyone ticks all these boxes but a part of it seems to strike a chord with some of the families we talk to.
We are always keen to support families in any way we can and with this service you will be the ‘centre of attention’ for a change. Our Who Cares We Care programme of seven sessions do just that, ask any of the carers and parents who’ve joined in over the past years! Our latest sessions ran in May 2019, funded by the King Henry VIII Endowed Trust. These inspiring Parent and Carer Workshops not only celebrated the joys of caring for a child, young person or adult but also consider the emotional and practical stresses and what strategies can be helpful. We all learned from each other as well as the experienced practitioners.