Monthly Archives: November 2010

SignHealth Counselling

Approximately 40% of profoundly deaf people will experience mental distress at some time or other. If you are very unwell then you may be prescribed medication and even admitted to hospital. But, for most of us, this is not necessary. Psychological therapy is often the best way of overcoming our mental health problem. You might want to think about psychological therapy because you are:

  • Worried Depressed Confused/identity issues
  • Having feelings of panic or anxiety
  • Feeling bad about yourself
  • Wanting to make changes to your life
  • Having to cope with changes that you have no control over
  • Have problems with your relationships at home/work/school/college
  • Someone important to you has died

We all know that talking to someone about a problem can often help. We all speak to friends or family about things that are bothering us. However, sometimes the problem can be too ‘big’, and the support from our friends may not be enough. Psychological therapists are trained to help people overcome their problems. This often involves ‘listening’ and asking the ‘right’ questions. In this way, we begin to see our experiences differently and make sense of what is happening. We may realise, for instance, that we have become very focused on part of our life, and forgotten about some of the things that make us happy and are more important to us. The counsellor helps us to take a step back and look at what might be causing the problem. The therapist will not tell anybody else what you say. It is confidential. Therapists are:

  • Qualified
  • Can use BSL
  • Have an awareness and understanding of Deaf culture
  • Work within a professional and ethical framework

North Salop Wheelers

North Salop WheelersWebsite:

  • Provides accessible, affordable transport to the less fortunate members of society in North Shropshire.
  • Through Whixall Parish Council, obtained funding to purchase a minibus which has wheelchair carrying capability. Increased carrying capability in 2009 with the purchase of a further 17 seater minibus.
  • Also runs a black cab with wheelchair carrying capability.
  • Available to all our members and member groups. Membership is also available to tourists and visitors to the area.

For further information telephone John Harrison on 01948-880037, or fill in the contact form on the website.

Related website: The Shropshire Community Transport Consortium

PPS Parent Network Project

  • New Family Group in South Shropshire, based in Craven Arms
  • Provides opportunities for families of children with disabilities or additional needs to meet and participate in a range of activities.
  • The group called ‘Empathy’ will aim to provide positive social experiences for young people with special needs and their families and will meet at Craven Arms Community Centre every other Saturday between 2pm and 4pm.
  • There will be a range of activities available at every session, including games, sports, cooking, computer access and craft activities, there will be a quiet zone that can be used at anytime throughout the session if needed.
  • In addition to this sessions will provide an opportunity for families to receive information, in a relaxed and informal way, from organisations such as PACC, Parent Partnership and Autism West Midlands, about services, consultations or helpful tips that might be of interest to them.
  • Refreshments will be provided during the sessions for both children and parents or carers.
  • All children will need to be accompanied while at the session but there will be lots of helping hands and siblings are very welcome to attend.
  • There will be a nominal charge of £5 per family for attending each session, this will be reduced to £3 per family for PACC members.
  • The group will be parent led and any suggestions for activities or how the sessions should develop will be very welcome.

If you are interested in attending the sessions or want any more information please phone or text Sam on 07790584987. If you would be interested in setting up a similar group in your area please contact PACC on 08456012205 or by e-mail to [email protected]

SIBS Groups for Brothers and Sisters

  • A new SIBS group for brothers and sisters of children with disabilities is starting in Oswestry, following up the group in Bridgnorth which started summer 2010.
  • The groups are open to brothers and sisters aged 8 – 12 years who would benefit from being part of a Siblings Group.
  • The groups will be meeting monthly.
  • The groups are arranged by Harry Cade, the Service Development Officer at the Shropshire Children with Disabilities Team who has secured funding from HSBC Bank to run the groups. He would also like to start a group in Market Drayton in the near future and would like to hear from parents/carers of children who would be interested.

If you would be interested in any of these groups then contact: Harry Cade, Service Development Officer, Disabled Children’s Team Tel: 01743 282370 E-mail : [email protected]


ADDiSS The National Attention Deficit Disorder Information and Support Service.


Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 020 8952 2800 Fax: 020 8952 2909

Address: ADDiSS, P O Box 340, Edgware, Middlesex  HA8 9HL

  • Provides information, training and support for parents, sufferers and professionals in the fields of ADHD and related learning and behavioural difficulties.
  • Activity is supported by a Professional Board of expert advisers.
  • Supports a multi-disciplinary assessment and treatment protocol, including education and behavioural interventions, with or without medication.
  • Helps families find their own most appropriate approach to intervention.
  • The ADDISS Resource Centre has a large range of books and videos covering all aspects of ADHD and related conditions, as well as a reference library where you can look up articles.
  • Holds a 3-day national conference each year, bringing together professionals and people living with ADHD.

ADDiSS is a Registered Charity 1070827

Options Group

Options GroupWebsite:

Offers services for:

  • People with autistic spectrum disorders – Person-centred programmes for people with ASD integrating the key elements of care, education and therapy. Providing stimulating learning environments and comprehensive clinical support. Promoting social, communication and life skills development alongside educational achievement. ASD-specific services include three schools, two Adolescent to Adult Preparation Services (AALPS), and a range of residential options for young people and adults which focus on community integration.
  • People with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties – Adopting a highly individualised approach to integrating care, education and therapy in BESD services, focussing on continuity and consistency of service from childhood to adulthood. Personalised programmes are designed to enable people to feel nurtured and secure as they make tangible, measureable progress towards independent living. BESD services include Young Options, residential and educational services for children and young adults; Family Options, a specialist fostering service for young people aged 7 to 17; and Further Options, ongoing community based accommodation and support for young people and adults aged 16+.

Talk About Autism

Talk About Autism

Talk about Autism is a new campaign by autism charity TreeHouse, supported by TalkTalk. The campaign aims to increase public understanding of autism, so that children and young people with autism and their families do not have to feel isolated, excluded or judged.

The site includes a useful guide for parents on how to cope when a child is first diagnosed with autism.

Shropshire Council Family Information Directory

Shropshire Family Information Service (FIS) has developed this on-line directory featuring local and national organisations and services that exist to support children, young people and families.

The directory contains information on groups which can offer advice and support on some of the issues or concerns any family may encounter. It can also help you find activities in your local area for children and young people to take part in where they can learn new skills and make new friends.

Click here for Shropshire Family Information -Early years and childcare:

Shropshire Council’s Family Information Service (FIS) has launched a new Facebook page for parents and carers of children and young people aged 0-19 years to access information. Users should logon to their Facebook account and search ‘Shropshire Family Info’ for more details.