Workshops, Training and Information events for Parents

Derbyshire Parent Voice regularly receives information on event, training and local activities which you may find of interest.

Derbyshire Parent Voice are not responsible for these events

and you should refer to the providers for information on bookings, times etc.


Check out this link below to find out what Special Needs Jungle have been looking at in relation to Autism and Anxiety:  Autism & Anxiety What Helps?


Share your views on the POET Survey, follow the links on the letter.  This is a national survey for any parent, young person or professional that has been involved with the EHCP process.

POET Survey Letter


Disabled Living Newsletter July 2019



Brighter Beginnings

Contact is running a series of four FREE workshops in Derby for parents of special needs children aged 0-8 who want to learn more about how they can get the best outcomes for their children as they grow and develop.   A number of places will be reserved for parents of children aged 5 and under.

The workshops will run in Derby City Centre (at St Peter’s Church Centre, 10 St Peter’s Churchyard, City Centre Derby, DE1 1NN)  on Thursday mornings from 10am to 12 pm.  Thy start on Thursday, February 28 and run for four consecutive Thursdays up to Thursday, March 21.

During the sessions parents will learn:

  • where to get local information and support;
  • how to prepare for meetings with professionals about their child and to feel confident about making decisions for their child
  • tips for building resilience and taking care of yourself as we as your family
  • how to get the best outcomes for your child including learning about how young people with special educational needs are supported in school, Education, Health and Care Plans, person-centred planning, resources and how Contact can help.

Please see attached flyer:  Brighter Beginnings, East Mids 2019

To book your free place on the Brighter Beginnings series of workshops, please email with the following information:

  • Your name address and telephone number
  • The age of your child with special needs and the nature of his/her special need
  • Would you like to be added to the Contact database

If yes, please say what you would like to receive:

  • Contact Midlands e bulletin and information
  • Our campaign updates
  • Our fundraising updates
  • Our national e bulletin
  • What’s New


Contact Webinar on Local Area Inspections

Local Area Inspections

Join us for a webinar on Feb 25, 2019 at 12:00 PM GMT.

Register now!

This webinar will be led by representatives from CQC/Ofsted, DfE, and the SEND Adviser team

It provides an opportunity for Parent Carer Forums to hear more about the SEND inspection process.

Issues covered will include:

• The inspection – process, including engagement with parent carers, and outcomes
• Written Statement of Action (WSoA) – what happens where a local area is required to produce a WSoA, and the support provided
• Revisits – further detail on this process

Webinar presenters will be:

• Lea Pickerill – CQC Lead Children’s Services Inspector (to be confirmed)
• Gareth Ashcroft – DfE, Lead for local authority accountability
• André Imich – DfE SEND Professional Adviser

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

View System Requirements

New to webinars?

A webinar is a presentation live on the internet. You will be able to hear presentations live, follow the slides and submit questions for the presenters to answer. You will need a home computer, laptop, tablet or smart phone. You can also join via telephone, although you won’t be able to see the presentation or submit questions. Read this information and guidance document [PDF].

Details of further upcoming webinars are regularly updated on our Learning and Events page.

Please note if you are unable to attend on the day, a recording of the webinar sessions along with relevant documents will be available the week following the webinar on our Resources page.


Freeman College Open Days

Freeman College offers places to young people with complex learning difficulties.  They have both day and residential places available and are holding Open Day tours on Tuesday 30th October 2018 and Tuesday 19th February 2019.

For more details and to book a tour please see below:



Autism East Midlands

Chesterfield Family Support Hub

Soft Play and Sensory Sessions – Starting September 2018

Click here for full details

Soft Play Sessions at Lea Green

Lea Green are now offering dedicated soft play sessions which allow groups of children and adults with additional needs to explore an accessible and inclusive soft play area.

For full details, dates and booking details please clink on the link here

Derbyshire Carers Association

For up to date information on Derbyshire Carer’s Association latest Training and Events please click here

For more details on individual events please follow the links below:

Dementia Walks 2018

Jack and the Beanstalk


Dick Whittington

Derby Relaxation and Therapy Day

Manual Handling Belper 2018

Manual Handling Chaddesden 2018

First Aid Chesterfield 2018

Carers Celebration Service Derby Cathedral 2018

Carers Celebration and AGM Chesterfield 2018

Christmas Crafts and Candle Making

Half Term Club

Provided by Progress Care

Progress provide a range of services across Derbyshire (and the wider East Midlands) to children and young people (including young adults).  For details on their half term clubs in Cotmanhay please click the link below:

Cotmanhay October Half term clubs 2018

ASD/ADHD Support Group

For all parents/carers who have children/young people with ASD/ADHD and any other hidden disabilities, with or without a diagnosis.  Free to attend, donations towards refreshments welcome.  Positive peer support information and friendly chats.  Please share with anyone you think would be interested or like to attend.


Go Kids Go

Go Kids Go are holding a Wheelchair Skills Workshop at Nottingham Girls High School, Balmoral Rd, Nottingham NG1 4HX on Saturday 3rd November 2018 from 10 am to 3pm.

On the workshop they teach skills such as coping with slopes and rough ground, back wheel balancing, road safety and emergency evacuation techniques. The also play games like wheelchair basketball and try out wheelchair dance. They bring extra chairs so mums, dads and siblings can get involved and join in the games. Whilst the objectives are serious the workshops are good fun! The young people will need to be able to self propel to gain fully from the workshop however they often have a mixed range of abilities and find that everyone gains some new skills from the workshops. They’ve had children as young as 2 years of age on our workshops and welcome young people up to the age of 18.

Their patron, Paralympic TV presenter Ade Adepitan MBE was one of the first young wheelchair users to come on one of their courses and he is now a great role model for a lot of the children who currently attend the workshops.

Go Kids Go run free manual & powered wheelchair workshops and also run practical wheelchair skills workshops for professionals and disability awareness workshops in mainstream schools. Go Kids Go work in partnership with a number of wheelchair services to deliver our training. Please get in touch with them if you would like any further details about our training.



Special Needs Circle

Support Meetings

SEN Circle East Midlands


 Little Swimmers Autism Group

Watermeadows Leisure Centre – Mansfield

6.45pm – 7.45pm arrive 10 minutes early to pay

£12 for up to a family of 5 (all children need to be supervised)

For more information contact Kathryn Brown 07825 396378


Fairplay Positive Arts Group

Ideal for siblings or child/young person at risk of mental health issues.

No membership necessary £4 per session

Positive Arts Group


Open access project for young people with disabilities or additional needs

Activities include: games, sports, informal learning, life skills, socialising, team games and special event parties


Friday Night Project

Inclusive group for ages 11 – 17 years old

Friday Night Project poster