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Free 1-2-1 counselling for young people up to 25

YMCA Cambridgeshire & Peterborough has been offering FREE confidential 1-2-1 Counselling Services to young people for over 25 years.  In 2016/17 it received over 500 referrals for young people across the county.  

The service offers young people aged up to 25 6-8 sessions initially (although this is flexible depending on needs of individual clients). A young person is assessed within 48 hours and, in most cases,see a counsellor within a month. 

27th Apr 2017

Anyone for ... Baskin?

Baskin, an inclusive basketball sport invented in Italy in 2003, is coming to Cambridge on Saturday.

Men and women, able and disabled people all play together - and there's a demonstration at the Cambridge University Sports Centre on April 29 from 10am to 12 noon.

University basketball teams will be taking part and guests include Paralympic Wheelchair basketball player Wendy Smith. It is a demonstration event but people can join in and have a go.

26th Apr 2017

Direct Payments: new Cambridgeshire service

Cambridgeshire has a new direct payment support service.

Waterbeach-based Purple has won a support services contract from Cambridgeshire County Council to provide information, advice and guidance to those users considering a direct payment; a comprehensive payment service for those employing PA’s or using agency care; and a full employment service for those wanting to recruit and retain PA’s. 

26th Apr 2017

Free EHCP info session at Cambourne

Does your child have ADHD/ASD?  Like to find out more about Education, Health and Care Plans?

A free information session is running at Cambourne Children's Centre, South Cambs, next week, on Thursday May 4, 10am to 1pm.

Speakers are Dawn Stilwell  from UK charity Contact a Family and Victoria Federico from Access Legal.

Full details and how to book on our events calendar.

25th Apr 2017

April newsletter - just out!

The April issue of our monthly newsletter is out today.

You can read a copy online.  You can also subscribe by emailing and we'll ping a copy direct to your inbox every month.

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20th Apr 2017

Places on offer for St John's Catering Course

Spaces are available for the 2017/18 Catering and Hospitality Course running with St John's College in Cambridge.

The course is a partnership project operated by Eddie’s, Huntingdon Regional College and St John’s College, Cambridge. And is a full-time work-based programme in catering and hospitality, similar to an Apprenticeship, for young people with learning difficulties aged between 18 – 24.

For more information, download the information sheet at the bottom of the page.

19th Apr 2017

Green light for new ASC school in Cambridge

The Department for Education has given "approval to open" status to the planned Cambridge ASC school The Cavendish.

It's one of eight new free schools that have been approved to open in Cambridgeshire.  

The Cavendish, a new special school, is being set up by the Morris Education Trust, and is due to on Impington Village College site in 2019. 

18th Apr 2017

Dosco grants for Cambridgeshire music projects

The Dosco Foundation is offering grants to Cambridgeshire individuals and organisations involved in music making.

Organisations, families and individual young people are all invited to apply for the grants, ranging to £300 for individuals and up to £1000 for organisations.  

The Foundation can contribute up to 50% towards project costs. The only requirements are for the project to take place in Cambridgeshire and to have the potential to enhance lives though music, particularly in these four areas:

18th Apr 2017

Expressive arts therapy centre opens in Ely

A new, expressive arts counselling centre opens in Ely this month, offering support and well-being to children and young people as well as adults and families.

Cambridgeshire Expressive Arts and Counselling Centre integrates therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Expressive Therapies, Person Centred Therapy, Systemic and Psychodynamic Therapy. And incorporates art, dance, drama, movement, music and writing. 

6th Apr 2017

Research project seeks-mums-to-be with autism

The Autism Research Centre at Cambridge University is looking to recruit pregnant women with autism to take part in a new study.

The study is looking at early infant brain and behaviour development. Researchers are also exploring wellbeing for autistic mothers, to identify the positive aspects of being an autistic mother as well as areas where support might be needed in future. 

Full information is on the flyer at the bottom of the page.  Contact is PhD student Sarah Hampton Tel: 01223 465230.


6th Apr 2017