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14th Annual Disability Lecture in Cambridge

Microsoft software engineer Saqib Shaikh will give the 14th annual disability lecture in Cambridge on March 23.

Saqib, who works in artificial intelligence and research, will talk about Innovating Towards a More Inclusive Future. The focus will be on the power of technology to include everyone. And, in particular, how developments for specific groups, like disabled people can lead to mainstream technologies creating more inclusive environments.

16th Mar 2017

Pinpoint Parent Survey 2017

Thank you to all the parents and carers who took part in our annual parent survey about Pinpoint's work.

We really do appreciate your time and your feedback -  and will be working on your comments and suggestions.

Congratulations to Karolyn Slack of Chatteris who has won the £40 shopping vouchers in the survey draw.  Karolyn, who has two children - now aged 28 and 17  - has attended our discussion groups and conferences in the past.Thank you Karolyn for your time and support ... and happy shopping!

16th Mar 2017

Challenging Behaviour sessions

Pinpoint and parent group meetings are running a series of sessions this month (March) around challenging behaviour.

You're invited to come along and share your experiences of your child with SEND Specialist Services Manager Marian Cullen.  You will also learn about the new training for workers and parents that will be coming to Cambridgeshire and can help develop this service with your knowledge and expertise.

15th Mar 2017

Ofsted inspection: letter to parents

A letter to parent carers has been sent out today by Ofsted about next week's SEND area inspection.

The letter - read a copy here - highlights the remit of the inspection team. And invites all parent carers to join an online webinar on Tuesday March 21 at 7pm, which will be led by the lead inspector.

It also makes clear that evidence gathered during the week-long inspection must be from September 2014 onwards - when the SEND reforms came into effect - not earlier. 

14th Mar 2017

Volunteers wanted for Channel 4 autism programme

TV production company betty  is looking for people to take part in a new Channel 4 programme about autism.  

The company - makers of The Autistic Gardener and The Food Hospital -  wants to recruit people who think they show autistic traits, but have not been diagnosed.   

6th Mar 2017

Support your teenagers' relationships

Would you like to know more about supporting your teenagers to recognise healthy & unhealthy relationships? 

Tough Love is a play, followed by a discussion on the issues raised, being shown in mainstream secondary and special schools across the county.

And Pinpoint parent carers can get a special viewing all to themselves - at our next Preparation for Adulthood meeting on Tuesday March 21.

Come along at 10am to Tesco Bar Hill community room - but please book ahead as spaces are limited.

1st Mar 2017

Self Harm Awareness Day

Today, March 1, is self harm awareness day.  Does your son or daughter self harm? Do YOU need support?

In Cambridgeshire, Pinpoint runs monthly support groups for parents whose children and young people are self-harming.  So if you need help and advice, please come along.  

What parents say about our group

"Very relaxed and friendly atmosphere."

"Lovely not to be judged."

"I liked how we all spoke about ourselves and listened to everyone else too and tried to help with questions and answers."

1st Mar 2017

Do you use our website? Help us improve it!

Do you use Pinpoint’s website?  

We have recently won a £10,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund to redevelop our website and we’d love parent carers to help us do it!

We want to get users’ views on making our new website easy to use, relevant and interesting for Cambridgeshire parent carers.

Please come along to our Website Focus Group meeting on Wednesday March 15, 10.30am to 12.30pm in the Board Room at Carers Trust Cambridgeshire, 4 Meadow Park, Meadow Road, St Ives PE27 4LG.

28th Feb 2017

Eddie's gardening group - new members welcome!

two people gardening

Eddie’s gardening group provides supported volunteering opportunities for adults (aged 18+) with learning disabilities. And is open to new members.

27th Feb 2017

Mums-to-be-wanted for Autism Research Centre project

Cambridge autism researcher Ezra Aydin wants to recruit mums-to-be- for a new project.

Ezra, who works with Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, is researching whether there are any physical characteristics in pregnancy that might be related to later autistic traits in childhood. The overall aim is to help support children who might be later diagnosed with ASC and their families from as early as possible. 

Ezra wants to contact pregnant mums who:

 

27th Feb 2017

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