Employment opportunity


Redbridge Forum

Are looking for holiday staff to assist with in the running of a new respite service for young people aged 5-13 years with a mild to moderate disability.

 The ‘Ain’t Misbehavin Project’ aims to help young people to access community activities.  The days are great fun and you will achieve great personal satisfaction in enabling the young people to achieve their full potential through;


  • peer socialisation / friendship circles;
  • access to community-based activities;
  • improvement of social skills; and
  • developing self-confidence and esteem – improving mental health / wellbeing.


Job Title                   Youth Respite Assistant

Contract                   To March 31st 2015.

Pattern of work       Up to 3 Days per week during school holidays, Core hours 9am to 5pm  some flexible hours for administration or as activity requires.

Salary Scale £ 11.50 per hour.

 For a full job description and application form please contact us on 020 8478 7571 or by email to Chris@redbridgeforum.co.uk.

 Closing date for applications is  Wednesday 15th October 2014

And interviews will be held on Thursday 23rd October 2014



Play Days!

inclusive play day image

We would like to draw your attention to three exciting disability friendly family play events that Play

Association Tower Hamlets are organising on behalf of Victoria Park

Each of the three themed events offers a chance for disabled children, their carers and family a

chance for a day out in the park to catch up with friends and enjoy some fun in a safe and nonjudgemental

atmosphere. There is no need to book in advance and there is no charge for

attendance or materials.


Sat 4th October – Treasure

Sat 6th December – Elves

Sat 7th March Dens

Each session will be based in the Hub building (Where youll find a lovely café and accessible

toilets too). The Hub is next to the skate park on the east side of the park.

Well start at 11.30 am and finish at 3.30pm. As well as 4 dedicated playworkers. PATH will also

have resources and ideas on hand ready for families to play with and to help them explore the play

spaces on the east side of the park.

Families can reserve a treasure bag for the 4th October, just email Suzannah Walker

suzannah@playtowerhamlets.org.uk by 30th September to confirm your attendance and it will be

ready for collection in the Hub on 4th October.

Wed really appreciate it if you could forward the news of these events to your staff, service users

and others that you think would be interested.

Heres some more detail:

Whats on offer on the day?

Play Association Tower Hamlets have booked the community space in the Hub building enabling

children and young people a warm comfortable play space for when they tire of being outside

Four playworkers from Play Association Tower Hamlets will be supporting the session. They will

be on hand to deal with enquiries, help with the play resources and play with children and families.

you can see pictures of the team here


There will be resources in the Hub to take out and play with on each session. These will fit the

themes of each day treasure, elves and dens.

The indoor space in the Hub building will be a space to relax and enjoy some indoor play


There is also a café in the building http://www.theparkcafeinvictoriapark.com/ where you can get

food and drinks.

Who can come?

This is an open session targeted at disabled children, young people and their families and friends.

Do I need to pay?

No this is a free service funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Can I drop my children and pick them up later?

No, this session is designed for all the family and we do not have enough playworkers and

volunteers to offer such a service.

Each drop in disability friendly family play event is themed and facilitated by skilled playworkers

who cannot offer 1 to 1 support but can support your family to have a great time.

Can I get there by public transport?

You can take the tube to Mile End and then the 277 or 425 bus to Victoria Park rd. It is then a

short walk in to the centre of the east side of the park. There are downloadable maps and further

information on this webpage: http://www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/default.aspx?page=12670.

Can I drive in to the park?

If you are a blue Badge holder you can access the east side of the park. A Radar key will grant

access through St Mark’s Gate South Car Park, off Cadogan Terrace. (E9 5HT) Go through the

car park at St Mark’s Gate South and the electronic gate is at the back. Alternatively, when at the

gate call and a ranger will be happy to open the gate for you. We recommend you arrange this

with the park rangers team in advance 020 8985 5699 more information about the park


Park users in any vehicle are asked to follow the same 5mph speed limit observed by staff and

works vehicles.

For more information on the accessibility of Victoria Park, please see the Victoria Park DisabledGo

page. http://www.disabledgo.com/access-guide/tower-hamlets-council/victoria-park note the Hub

Building is not currently on DisabledGo, but they hope to change this is December 2014.

Who can I talk to about these events?

Contact Suzannah Walker at PATH for more details suzannah@playtowerhamlets.org.uk

You can also find information on the PATH website: www.playtowerhamlets.org.uk and

our Keep playing website www.keepplaying.org.uk (look in the events section)

Look for us on twitter @playPATH


Visioning Session Workshop opportunity

You are warmly invited to take part in a visioning session workshop to help us understand your experience and view of the current health services for children and young people in Redbridge.


As part of a steering group we are making recommendations to Redbridge’s Clinical Commissioning Group to help shape the future of children and young people’s health services in the area. To help make these recommendations we are speaking to a number of children and young people with different needs and their parents and carers. We believe it is important to involve the people who will be using these services when producing recommendations and would be grateful for your input.

 On Friday 3 October, 10.15am-1pm at Boardroom, Becketts House, 2-14 Ilford Hill, Ilford




The workshop will take approximately two hours and we’ll be covering the following topics;

          What are the good things about the care your child receives?

          What are the challenges/frustrations you experience when they are receiving care?

          How involved do you feel in managing your child’s care?

          How involved would you like to be?

We will also be discussing what you want to see from the children’s services in the future.


More information available from:


Please let us know if you are happy to take part and feel free to contact Alex Stephens at the CCG Commissioning Support Unit for more information and to confirm your place Alex.Stephens@nelcsu.nhs.uk, 0203 688 1674


We asked for families with children with SEN and disabilities to have this session as our children are such heavy users of health services. We are looking for about 15 -20 parent carers to take part. We look forward to seeing you on the day.



Fun 4 all

Our Fun 4 all mailing has been sent out and should be arriving to you soon. If you have not received your fun 4 all information package please contact the office as we have a wide array of activities planned for spooky Halloween- wouldn’t want you all to miss out on the fun- The booking date is the 23/09/2014!

We have now changed the way that we will be sending information out to our service users- we will are now converting a large part of our communication electronically. If you would like to receive our newsletter and information through the internet please do not forget to update your email address with us if you have changed it or give us your email address if you have not already.


Partnership Board/Individual Budgets

Partnership Board/Individual Budgets

There is a new user friendly description of how to apply for a individual budget. If you would like a copy- please contact Chris at the office- 02084787579.

Training sessions will be run to help people using individual budgets. Below are details of the days that the sessions are run on:

‘AMP’ Ain’t Misbehavin Project

If you are a parent of a young person aged 5-13 years with a mild/moderate disability we are hosting a new project. We are running activity weeks during school holidays where we will support the young people to access community activities. The weeks are for 3 days, times vary but are mainly starting at 10am and finishing at 3 or 4pm at a cost of £30 for the 3 days. Our first week will be Golf activities at the Cranfield Golf Academy on Whalebone Lane. During this week you will get the chance to experience Moby Golf Adventure, Fun Golf Course, Foot golf as well as some instruction on the driving range. Other activities we will be running will be Drama Workshop at the Kenneth More Theatre, Football at Power league in Hainault, Sailing at the Fairlop Sailing Centre and Multi Sports venue to be confirmed. We are open to suggestions as to what other activities your young person would like to experience.
Please call the office to register your interest in the project or to book for the upcoming sessions.

Fun for All

You should have now received your advertising for Fun for All activities for the summer holidays. Remember to return your completed forms by Thursday 26th June 2014.
We are not asking for payment at this time we will allocate places and then call you to let you know what trips you are booked on to and the total cost.

Disability Rocks

Hi All, You may have heard of the Disability Rocks Festival taking place at Lambourne End this Saturday 28th June 2014.
From 11am to 7.30pm packed full of Music and Comedy entertainment. Lots to see and do.
Tickets are available from our office today and tomorrow for the much reduced price of £5!!!!!
Give us a call at the office to reserve your tickets or pop in before 2pm.
020 8478 7571.

Special Cinema – Down Syndrome

We have been contacted by Dr Patwardhan in regards to a new film:
Below is details of the film:

Please note this is an indian film with English subtitles.

“Yellow” is inspired by a true story. Gauri, a girl born with down syndrome. Her dad an ambitious man, who fails to accept the fact that his daughter is ‘Special’, and disowns her. Gauri’s mom, Mughdha is stranded all alone with the responsibility of raising her daughter without any support from her husband. Mughdha, determined to raise her daughter and make sure she gets dignity and respect in this society, relocates to her brother, Shridhar’s place. Shridhar, a god fearing simpleton is the source of positive energy in Mughdha and Gauri’s life. With the realization that a normal school is not appropriate for a special child, Mughdha enrolls her daughter in a special school, and things begin to change for good. Yellow is fun, Yellow is positivity, Yellow is an inspiration. Yellow is an attempt to answer the oft asked question ‘What happens to my child after me?’. Every child has a unique ability and as a parent one should explore this with patience and determination. Success, respect and dignity will follow.

If you or someone you know is interested in attending this screening it will be on Sunday 15th June @ Ilford Cineworld.
Places are limited so you you would like to attend please contact Dr Patwardhan on 07956524213.