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Free Direct Payment sessions

CAIL - Cambridgeshire Alliance for Independent Living - has four information and awareness events about Direct Payments running in June and July.


18th May 2017

Sensory workshops in Cambridge

Ely-based support group Square Peg is hosting half-day workhops that explore the senses, how to spot sensory needs, and how to address them at home, in the community and at school.

The Sensory Spectacle Workshops will look at

  • Exploring Senses and how to interpret them
  • Supporting Children with Sensory Needs

Sessions run on June 6 at Centre E, Barton Road, Cambridge CB7 4DE - either 10am to 12.30pm or 1.30pm to 4pm

Professionals £35

Parents/Carers £20 

Concessions £10

17th May 2017

Helping children with Maths difficulties: recruits wanted for focus group

How can children with Maths difficulties be better supported?

The Local Authority wants to improve practise and create a guide for parents.  And as part of the process, it wants to hear from parents about their experiences.

There's a focus group at St Ives on June 15 at 11am, hosted by Pinpoint.  Would you like to share what you know?

If you can't make the session, the county council would welcome your views on the following questions.  

16th May 2017

CP footy session with Peterborough United Foundation

Peterborough United Foundation is hosting a free football taster session on Saturday (May 20) for people with Cerebal Palsy.

The event will be for players of all ages and abilities and will be led by FA and UEFA-qualified coaches.

It's at Nene Park Academy Sports Hall (indoors), Oundle Road, PE2 7EA, from 12noon to 1pm.

Players should wear suitable footwear and clothing and bring their own drinks.

16th May 2017

Talking Mental Health on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Pinpoint joined Cambs County Council and Centre 33 as guests on today's Jeremy Sallis show on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire to discuss young people's mental health - as part of Mental Health Awareness Week 2017.

Eve Redgrave, our Partnership & Participation Co-ordinator for Health & Social Care, joined Claire Harris, Mental Health Promotion Lead at Cambridgeshire County Council, Sam Feeney from Centre 33, which offers confidential counselling to young people in the county, and Cambridgeshire GP Dr Emma Tiffin.

12th May 2017

New Cambs report on young people's mental health

Healthwatch Cambridgeshire and Peterborough has published a new report into young people’s mental health.  

Launched this week - Mental Health Awareness Week 2017 - the report Being Happy, Being Me highlights what their experiences of services have been and how they would like to get help if they need it.

12th May 2017

Help influence Mental Health in Cambs for young adults

Like to have a say on Mental Health for young people aged 17-plus?

Sun Alliance is hosting two workshops at Huntingdon later this month, on Wednesday May 31. And has limited places available.

Both run at the Maple Centre, 6 Oak Drive, Huntingdon, CAMBS, PE29 7HN


Workshop 10am to 1pm  

Discuss, influence and decide what the priorities are for mental health in the next 5 years and how mental health care can be integrated into NHS services you receive. 

8th May 2017

Anonymous donation via London research consultancy

Thank you so much to the anonymous donor who recently arranged for a £50 cheque to be sent to us.

It came via London-based research consultancy ComRes, which has donated £millions to charity over the last decade on behalf of research participants.

We're hugely grateful for the donation - and sorry we can't thank our mystery donor in person.

Wherever you are based, thank you so much for thinking of our work with Cambs families.


5th May 2017

May half-term activities

Cambridge United Football Club are running FREE impairment specific disability football sessions during the May half-term holiday.  And Cambridgeshire Deaf Association and SportWorks are also running sessions in Cambridge and Ely.

CUFC sessions run on Friday June 2 at Bottisham Village College Sports Centre, Lode Road, Bottisham, Cambridge CB25 9DL.

  • 11 am - 12 pm - Ambulant Cerebral Palsy session
  • 12.30 pm - 1.30 pm - Down's Syndrome session
  • 2 pm - 3 pm - Autistic & Learning difficulties session
2nd May 2017

Stay vigilant: parents urged to monitor children's Web usage and viewing

Cambridgeshire parents and schools are being warned by police to be aware of an online "game" circulating on social media in the UK, targeting young and vulnerable people.

The Blue Whale Challenge assigns daily tasks to members, which they have to complete over 50 days. Most involve self-harm, and challenge 50 urges teens to commit suicide. The "game" has been covered widely in the UK media.

2nd May 2017