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Babble Dates

Please find Babble dates for your diary going forward:

9th Feb
23rd March
20th April
11th May
8th June
13th July

Many Thanks

Vanessa

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DADS NIGHT OUT

Calling all dads/carers……
I’m in the process of organising a dads night out. After a discussion with some of the dads and most people in the poll voted for a meal.
The plan for the evening is Lazeez Indian restaurant https://www.lazeez-restaurant.co.uk
on the Barratt road (bring you own alcohol) followed by a 5 minute walk to the Barratt’s snooker club for further drinks and a few games of pool.
Date: 10th February 
Time: 7.30pm
Please let me know if you can make it, so I can book a table

Contact Kirsty Curtis

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New Facebook group Page

Please find below the link for a new page for our group. This a open group page to allow information about the groups activities to be widely available to everyone. Items that are of a more sensitive nature will continue on the closed group page.

Please like and follow the page and encourage all to use it

https://www.facebook.com/DownSyndromeGroup/

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Sunday at the Picturedrome

We would like to invite you to our

 

MOVIE AFTERNOON

With SING

 

Sunday 8th October 2017, please arrive by 3pm Movie to start at 3.15pm @ The Picturedrome Pub, Kettering Road, Northampton NN1 4BN

 

We will be providing a meal for all of the children/young adults who attend (siblings inc). Food will be served after the movie at 5pm. Please complete the menu form below and return it by Sunday 1st October latest

 

Drinks can be purchased from the bar.  If you wish to eat with your family please look at The Picturedrome menu (online) and include this on your order below, you will need to pay for this yourselves.

 

 

We will be selling bags of sweets for a £1 donation before the movie.

 

May we please remind you that your children are your responsibility during the event.

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BOOKING FORM  (return by SUNDAY 1st OCT 2017)

MOVIE AFTERNOON – SING

 

Sunday 8th October 2017, please arrive by 3pm

 

FAMILY NAME:……………………………………..

PHONE NUMBER: ………………………………………

 

  1. OF PEOPLE WITH DS…….. NO OF OTHER CHILDREN…….. NO. OF ADULTS……..

 

ANY DIETRY REQUIREMENTS …………………………………………

 

Menu Choices, please add child/young person’s name next to their choice :

Sausage & Chips…………………………………………………………………………

Chicken & Veg with mash/chips ………………………………………………………

Homemade Burger & Chips…………………………………………………………….

Homemade Cheese Burger & Chips …………………………..………………………..

Fish Fingers & Chips…..………………………………………………………………..

Tomato & Basil Pasta ……………………………………………………………………

PARENT/CARER FOOD: ………………………………………………………………

……………………………………………………………………………………………

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Summer BBQ

We would like to invite you to our annual

 

SUMMER BBQ

 

Sunday 10th September 2017 – 1pm – 4 pm

Freemans Hall, Sheaf Close, Duston NN5 7UL

This is a FREE event for all the family

 

There will be a bouncy castle, soft play equipment, Magician, face painting and other activities.

 

The BBQ is a fantastic opportunity for getting to know each other, swapping stories and supporting each other, while the children/young adults play.

 

BBQ menu available, please inform us if you have any dietary requirements.

 

We will supply juice, but there is also a bar for you purchase drinks.

 

May we please remind you that your children are your responsibility during the event,

especially when on the bouncy castle or soft play equipment

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BOOKING FORM

 (please return form no later than 31st August2017)

 

SUMMER BBQ

 

Sunday 10th September 2017, starts at 1pm – 4pm

 

FAMILY NAME:……………………………………..

 

PHONE NUMBER:……………………………………..

 

  1. OF PEOPLE WITH DS…….. NO OF OTHER CHILDREN…….. NO. OF ADULTS……..

 

Please specify any dietary requirements (Adult/Child)…………………….……………………

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Aiden’s Ball

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Inspection of Northamptonshire County by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission

Letter to be circulated to parents and carers by Northamptonshire County Council
Inspection of Northamptonshire County Council local area’s effectiveness in identifying and meeting the needs of, and improving outcomes for, children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities from 15 May 2017 to 19 May 2017

 

Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) will carry out jointly an inspection  of your local area. Under the Children and Families Act 2014, the government placed new duties on the local health, social and education services that provide for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities. The inspection will evaluate how effectively the local area:

 

  • identifies the needs of children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities
  • meets the needs of these children and young people so that their outcomes and chances of participating fully in society improve.

The views of children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities, and the views of their parents and carers will be gathered during visits to a number of early years settings, schools, colleges and specialist services. These views are critical to the inspection process. During the inspection, Ofsted and CQC inspectors will be keen to speak to as many children and young people and their parents and carers as possible.

 

The inspection will also include an online webinar to allow other Northamptonshire County Council parents and carers to contribute. The webinar will take place at 7.30pm on Monday 15 May 2017. It will led by the lead inspector, who will ask parents and carers about their views and experiences on how effectively Northamptonshire County Council is fulfilling the above responsibilities.

 

If you would like to take part in this webinar then please follow this internet link http://bit.ly/LASENDNorthamtonshire

 

While we understand that many parents and carers may have views on their experience that extend before the introduction of the reforms in September 2014, it is important that this date is used as the start for gathering evidence about the impact of the reforms. We would also like parents and carers to understand that we will not be able to follow up or comment upon individual cases.

 

 

Information on local area duties toward children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities can be found on the Department for Education’s website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/send-guide-for-parents-and-carers.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Diana Choulerton

Her Majesty’s Inspector

 

 

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Newsletter

Newsletter 2017

Summer SENDsation at Northampton College, Booth Lane Campus

Sunday 11th June 2017 – 12-4pm

Summer SENDsation is back! The exciting FREE event for local families (who have a child or young person with special educational needs and disabilities) .
Summer SENDsation welcome local families for a fun-filled day of sports, activities, music, and relaxation with the chance to learn about the county’s best services for children and young people with SEND.

DSGN will be holding a stall on the day, we are looking for volunteers to help, please contact Kirsty if you could offer a bit of time.

Fundraising

Thank you

Black Tie Ball held on

18th March 2017  

Raised £30,000

 

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO RAISED MONEY FOR DSGN IN 2016/17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cobblers Down Syndrome Football Coaching, continuing every Sunday morning 10.30-12pm – term time only, there is a small charge per week.  The team are looking for new players to join, age 5-25 years, girls and boys.  This is run by Russell Lewis from Football in the community.

 

Sports4Fitness CIC, a disability multi-sports club for all children with SEN or SEND and their families to participate in a variety of sports,  £4 per child or £6 per family. Venue: Fernie Fields Sports and Social Club, Fernie Fields, Moulton, NN3 7BD.  Held on Sunday 28th May, 9th and 23rd July, 6th and 20th August 2017.  Please contact Mark Flaxman 07811371569, or email info@sports4fitness-cic.co.uk. Website www.sports4fitness-cic.co.uk

 

Northampton Sailability, Pitsford Reservoir, Brixworth, Northampton  NN6 9DG –  Sailing for the Disabled.  Sailing is available every Monday and Friday (except Bank Holidays) from April to the end of October for individuals.  Sailing is also usually available on the first and third Saturdays of each month from April to October. www.northamptonsailability.org.uk

Berzerk Indoor Play Area 4 Clayfield Close, Moulton Park NN3 6QF – Friday 23rd June from 6.30-8.30. This event is FREE to all the family.  We are hiring the venue for DSGN’s exclusive use (hence the late time). This will be a great chance for the children to play and get to know each other and also an opportunity for parents to chat, share stories and offer support, refreshments will be provided. Please contact: 07952 579 380 or email: sec@northamptonsailability.org.uk.  Website: www.northamptonsailability.org.uk

Movie Afternoon at The Picturedrome – Sunday 21st M ay and Sunday 8th October, please arrive for movie to start at 3pm  – The Picturedrome, 222 Kettering Road, Northampton NN1 4BN for a family movie, suitable for all ages.  Meals and juice will be provided for the children/young adults, there is also an opportunity for parents/carers to purchase meals at their own cost.  This is a FREE event for all the family.  Sweets will be sold at these events raising money for DSGN.  Invites for these events will be sent separately. Please contact Vanessa email:  NDSGN007@yahoo.co.uk

 

Whipsnade Zoo  – Sunday 2nd July –  Adult price £11, Child price £8, on this occasion we ask that you pay for person with DS but each family will receive one free carer. A Coach is being provided at a small cost of £2 per person, leaving Northampton at 9 am and Leaving London Zoo at 5 pm collection point will be The Upper Mounts car park, coach bay, if you prefer to find your own way to the zoo that is fine.  DLA proof may be required.

Summer BBQ – Sunday 10th September, Venue:  The Freemason’s Hall, Lodge Farm Industrial Estate, Duston, Northampton NN5 7UL.  1-4 pm.  A separate invitation will be sent nearer to the event.

Halloween Party – Friday 27th October 6.30-8.30 pm at Berzerk Indoor Play Area, Invitation will be sent nearer to the event.

Cadbury’s World – Saturday 11th November, Adult price £4 (15 years and over), Child price £3 (up to 15 years), person with DS goes FREE.  A coach will be provided for this event at a price of £2 per person, leaving Northampton at 9 am and leaving Cadbury’s World at approx. 3pm, collection point will be The Upper Mounts car park, coach bay, if you prefer to find your own way that is fine.  DLA proof may be required.

Christmas Party – Saturday 9th December, 12-3pm at County Cricket Ground Old Speckled Hen Suite Invitations will be sent nearer to the event.

Panto – ALADDIN – Sunday 17th December 1pm – Jump aboard a high-flying magical carpet headed for Old Peking. Starring musical and television star Paul Nicholas, Union J’s Jaymi Hensley and Three Degrees singer Sheila Ferguson, follow Aladdin, his hapless brother, and of course his mother Widow Twankey, on a spectacular adventure featuring a beautiful love story, flying carpets, a wish-granting genie, an evil sorcerer and a lamp packed full of spectacular family entertainment.  Emails will be sent for this event separately.

 

Please find booking form attached.

We look forward to seeing your family at some of this year’s events.

 

Please return all booking forms to:

Down Syndrome Group Northamptonshire

152 Spinney Hill Road, Parklands, Northampton NN3 6DN

Telephone: 01604 786320

Email: kirstycurtis4@hotmail.co.uk

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EVENTS PLANNED FOR 2017

Bowling at Tenpin – Sixfields, Northampton

Date: Sunday 29th January 2017

Time: arrive at 2:45pm, ready to start bowling at 3pm

Unfortunately as our bowling event has become so popular with approximately 90-100 people attending, Pizza Hut can no longer fit us in as the restaurant has recently been refurbished and the seating plan has changed. The other restaurants in the area, including Tenpin, are also unable to book for that amount of people. So this time we will be bowling only, playing one game which usually last around one hour.

This event will be free for all on this occasion and will be booked on first come first served basis.

There are restaurants close to Tenpin Sixfields if you would like to book it yourself, or Tenpin have a food menu available online.

BERZERK SESSIONS

 

24 February 2017

28 April 2017

23 June 2017

Further dates added

Summer BBQ 1300 to 1600 Sunday 10 September 2017 Venue The Masonic lodge Lodge Farm details to follow.

Cadbury’s  World Saturday 11 November 2017

Christmas party Saturday 9 December 2017 1200 til 1500 at the County Cricket Ground

Panto Aladdin Sunday 17 December 2017 Start 1300 Royal and Derngate

The list is not complete and any other events that are planned will be put on here and on our Facebook page

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