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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

Pride in Our Carers Awards

There's still time to nominate someone for the 2017  Pride in Our Carers Awards in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

So if you know a special family carer or a carer-friendly organisation who has gone the extra mile, pass on the details to Carers Trust Cambridgeshire. Nominate someone online

The deadline for nominations is 7 April. 

31st Mar 2017

Free Easter party in Cambridge

The David Hardie Project and Student Community Action have joined forces and gained support from local businesses and Trinity College to host an afternoon of fun for families receiving support from Student Community Action, social services or other local charities. 

Activities include an egg hunt, sports, face painting, bouncy castle, biscuit and cake decorating, arts and crafts, and much more. Thanks to the generosity of local businesses, all food and activities are FREE!!

31st Mar 2017

Bounce! Free Activity Club is back for 2017

This free, inclusive club runs in Cambridge every Saturday between April 29 and June 10 from 12.30-2pm.

It's held at St Luke’s Barn - The Barn is situated behind St Luke’s School, French’s Road, Cambridge CB4 3J and is for children aged  5 - 11 years. 

31st Mar 2017

Charities unite to fight for families with disabled children

A new coalition of 28 leading charities have come together to fight for better health and social care for disabled children, young people and their families. 

The Disabled Children's Partnership (DCP) forms as research reveals that 69 per cent of families never receive support caring for their disabled child beyond close friends or family. 

The DCP is chaired by Amanda Batten, chief executive of Contact a Family.

29th Mar 2017

SEND area inspection: thank you parents!

Thank you parents for your contributions to last week's SEND area inspection by Ofsted and the CQC.

  • We had 547 responses to our web survey
  • 72 parents taking part in the inspection webinar
  • 27 emails from parents to the inspectors
  • Positive feedback from 11 parents
  • Other feedback from six parents
  • Pinpoint/parent representation at 12 meetings throughout the week, including one with 15 parent reps.
28th Mar 2017

Carer's Allowance earnings limit - benefits lower paid workers

Many carers won’t benefit from the upcoming increase in Carer’s Allowance earning limit.

Carer’s Allowance is the main benefit for carers. You can still get it even if you are working, so long as your earnings are no more than a weekly amount known as ‘the earnings limit’. From April 2017 the earnings limit is going up to £116 per week.

While this should be good news for carers in low paid work, many of those on the National Living Wage (NWL) will not benefit. This is because the NLW is also increasing from £7.20 to £7.50 per hour.

28th Mar 2017

Home-school SEND transport meetings

Pinpoint and SENDIASS are arranging meetings with parents and the local authority to discuss transport   -  the process, parent involvement, development of a charter, quality assurance, individual surgeries, and more.

Please join us at:


28th Mar 2017

Exclusions: your views wanted

The Department for Education has launched a consultation on changes to the statutory guidance on the exclusion of pupils in England.

 Find out more about how to get involved.


Need advice on exclusions?

Contact A Family advises: It’s important to remember that a child can only be legally excluded from school for disciplinary reasons.

28th Mar 2017

Bar Hill Butterflies group

Butterflies, a new play and support group for children with social and communication difficulties and their siblings (and parent/carers), is starting after the Easter break.

Their first meeting is April 19 at Tesco Community Room, Bar Hill, 4pm-5pm. £1.50 per child (up to £3 max. per family). For more information contact:

28th Mar 2017