External Workshops, Events & Support

At William Byrd we know that our parents/carers sometimes need advice on how they can support their child with Special Educational Needs, or any other concerns that they may have regarding their child’s development. 

As a school we will always try our best to provide support and advice to our parents/carers, but we appreciate that there are more experienced and qualified professionals that you can access.

This is where we hope this information helps.

Keep checking this page regularly for updated information regarding events and workshops occurring within school and the local community, which you may find useful and beneficial for you and your child.

Click on the links below for events and activities taking place in our local area: 

Funweeks Easter Active Camp 

Parent and Carer Support 

Hillingdon Playday
 

Join us on Tuesday 13 February for our free family fun event at the Pavilions in Uxbridge - with games and activities for primary-school-aged children from 10am to 4pm.

https://discover.hillingdon.gov.uk/playday

Futsal Sessions 

Uxbridge February Half Term Camp
 

AT: SWAKELEYS SCHOOL
Clifton Gardens, Hillingdon, UB10 0EJ
HELD ON MONDAY 12th TO FRIDAY 16th FEBRUARY 2024
9AM – 3PM FOR BOYS AND GIRLS AGED 4 – 13

WE HAVE BEEN RUNNING OUR FOOTBALL CAMPS AND COURSES IN YOUR COMMUNITY FOR OVER 24 YEARS!

Exciting news! We are running our annual February Half Term Camp on Monday 12th to Friday 16th February 2024.

  • The Camp is for 5 days from 9am-3pm. Lunch is 12.15pm-1pm, children must bring their own packed lunch and plenty of drinks.
  • The camp is held on Grass football pitches and Sports Hall (If bad weather) therefore children may wear trainers or moulded sole plastic studs if playing outside.
  • On Friday at 2.15pm we hold a presentation, whereby EACH CHILD WILL RECEIVE AN ENGRAVED TROPHY as well as many opportunities to win extra trophies, including the FA Cup Tournament, penalty shoot out competition, skill point winners.
  • The camp is run by FA qualified coaches, who are DBS checked and are currently working with children in schools daily, enabling them to learn essential football techniques, building CONFIDENCE, improving FITNESS and providing the most important ingredient of all ‘FUN’!
  • The cost of the 5 day camp is £100 per child (£60 for additional brothers and sisters). £25 daily rate.

There will be consent forms to complete on arrival and payment should be made on the first morning of the camp or in advance via payment link.

 www.prosoccercoaching.org
TO RESERVE FEBRUARY CAMP PLACES PLEASE TEXT:
UXBRIDGE CAMP+ CHILD’S FULL NAME + AGE
 to 07880 798762

February Half Term Summer Camp 

QPR Weekly Soccer Schools 

Adolescent Development Services 

Adolescent Development Services continues to offer support, advice and interventions for children, adolescents and young adults who live, learn, earn and are Looked After by the London Borough of Hillingdon.


#DoSomethingThisHalfTerm February 2024 
Half term is here, and the Adolescent Development Services has activities to enjoy, educate and entertain. #DoSomethingThisHalfTerm February 2024  

School Years 7+ 
Get active this half term with two fun-filled days of creative arts, sports, cooking and activities. Over the two days we will focus on fun, fitness, wellbeing and learning new skills. Join the Theatre for Life Wellbeing Workshop then turn up the music with a DJ skills workshop run by Yeah Youth.

Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th February (2 days) | 10:00-15:00 | for school years 7+ | Ruislip Young People's Centre, Bury Street, Ruislip, HA4 7SX 

School Years 4 to 6 
Get active this half term with two fun-filled days of creative arts, sports, cooking and other activities. Over the two days we will focus on fun, fitness, wellbeing and new skills. “I love to code!” did I hear you say? Then come and join us and Jam Coding for 2 hours of coding heaven! Wait- that’s not all! If music is your passion try your hand at being a DJ with Yeah Youth. 

Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th February (2 days) | 10:00-15:00 | for school years 4 to 6 | Ruislip Young People's Centre, Bury Street, Ruislip, HA4 7SX 

Need help getting to the location? Minibus pickup is available for all dates from both a central Hayes and a central Uxbridge location. Please note that spaces are limited. 

Please provide a packed lunch, a refillable water bottle and weather/activity-appropriate clothes that your child can move in/get messy in. 

#InspiringYoungMinds #BuildingConfidence #DoSomethingThisHalfTermFeb2024  

Book your place now, limited spaces available. 

To get involved use LCS to make a referral to Adolescent Development Services for #DoSomethingThisHalfTerm and our year-round offer. If you do not have access to LCS then you can make a referral via EHM. 

Visit www.hillingdon.gov.uk/targeted-programmes for information on our term-time and holiday offer all year round. 

With thanks,

Chamila Somaskandan
Transition Support Programme Coordinator
Adolescent Development Services
Children Services
London Borough of Hillingdon

Office Based at:
Civic Centre- 2 South
High Street
Uxbridge UB8 1UW
Office Telephone: 01895 277222 ext 7222
Mobile Telephone: 07958 121123
Email: csomaskandan@hillingdon.gov.uk
Website: www.hillingdon.gov.uk

Winter Wellness Directory 

Hayes & Uxbridge Football Coaching Course 

Dear Parents,

I am pleased to inform you that, due to the huge success of our football courses over the last 24 years, we are following up the football coaching programme for the season starting in September 2023. The course will run for 12-14 weeks and the programme is for boys and girls aged between 4 and 12.

Triple P Seminar: Positive Parenting Programme 

English Classes 

A 'Taste' of Community Interpretating 

Community Interpreters Training
 

Sandgate Football Club 

Organised events and activities in Hillingdon 

Scouts  

Funweeks Winter Active Camps 

We Make Footballers Slough! 

Dear Parents,

We are excited to announce the launch of We Make Footballers Slough! Located at Langley Academy. Our coaching sessions cater to kids aged 4-12, regardless of their football abilities.

Here's why you should consider us:

1. Expert Coaching: Our experienced team fosters skill development, tactical understanding, and a passion for football in a supportive and positive environment.

2. All-Weather Training: We provide both indoor and outdoor facilities, ensuring year-round training comfort. In winter, we focus on skills in confined spaces, preparing kids for larger fields in summer.

3. Flexible Options: Busy schedule? No problem. We offer weekly training sessions and flexible block schedules, no long-term commitment needed.

4. Proven Success: Over 200 players have progressed to professional ranks through our program, showing the effectiveness of our approach.

Best of all, we're offering a FREE TRIAL SESSION that you can book on our website at https://www.wemakefootballers.com/slough or by phone. Let your child experience the excitement firsthand.

Join us at Langley Academy every Sunday and Monday, fitting your family's schedule seamlessly. Whether your child is a beginner or dreams of professional football, We Make Footballers Slough is the place to be.

Don't miss out on this opportunity. If you have any questions or need more information, please contact us on 07440788105.

Warm regards,

WMF Slough

Irish Dance Classes 

QPR Weekly Soccer School 

Rugby Club 

Autistic and Non-Autistic Children Research 

Help with Holiday Childcare Costs  

Working families with children aged 0-11 years old (up to 16 years old if the child has a disability) can get help with their childcare costs through Tax-Free Childcare. With a Tax-Free Childcare account, families could save up to £2000 per child per year. Tax-Free Childcare can be used for approved childcare including holiday clubs, after school clubs and childminders.

Find out more about eligibility and how to apply: Get Tax-Free Childcare: step by step - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

The PSD Football Academy
 

Swimming Sessions 

Listening Ear Service 

Just a reminder about our Listening Ear Service.  The service is available to any family across the UK and we offer appointments on a Saturday morning too.

We have a video of Shona, our Senior Parent Advisor, talking about the service https://youtu.be/aClU6tRspRI and Noreen and Michele have made a podcast What is Contact's Listening Ear service? by The helpful podcast for families with disabled children • A podcast on Anchor – please feel free to share and promote.

Families can book an appointment by following this link to our website https://contact.org.uk/help-for-families/listening-ear/ then register on Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/contact-for-families-with-disabled-children-30452924652 - we have daytime, evening and weekend appointments available.

Free help, advice and urgent mental health support for children, young people and families 

Every NHS mental health trust in London has put these in place, so children, young people and their families can get help quickly when they need it. The crisis lines are supported by trained mental health practitioners, who can offer advice and signpost other sources of support as needed.

Please click here for a brief information pack with details of these crisis lines as well as other support available

HIllingdon Family support Services (Stronger Families) 

Please click here to view Stronger Families Flyer.

Hillingdon Brilliant Parents 

‘We at Brilliant Parents and Hillingdon Council are here to help you as a parent/carer living in Hillingdon. We offer a wide variety of FREE online and face to face parenting courses and workshops for parents with children aged 2-11 or teens, 12-16 years and those parents whose children have additional needs.  The courses are held over a duration of 6-8 weeks and the workshops are one off and last for two hours each.  They cover specific subjects on common behaviour problems which you might be facing. These can range from dealing with challenging behaviour for the 2- 11 year olds or, reducing family conflict and coping with teenagers’ emotions.

Being a parent is not always easy but you are not alone if you find it tough at times. We are here to help you be the best parent you can be! 

Please follow/like our Hillingdon Brilliant Parents Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/HillingdonBrilliantParents for regular updates on available workshops and events. You will also find handy information on how to deal with common parenting problems, useful tips, links, information on health and wellbeing and much more!

Centre for ADHD and Autism Support 

Click on the button below to view information from the Centre for ADHD and Autism Support (CAAS) who are offering a workshop for those of you with year 6 children. Details on how to book onto the workshop are within the flyer.

Free Parent Support 

‘’We at Brilliant Parents and Hillingdon Council are here to help you as a parent/carer living in Hillingdon. We offer a wide variety of FREE online and face to face parenting courses and workshops for parents with children aged 2-11 or teens, 12-16 years and those parents whose children have additional needs.  The courses are held over a duration of 6-8 weeks and the workshops are one off and last for two hours each.  They cover specific subjects on common behaviour problems which you might be facing. These can range from dealing with challenging behaviour for the 2- 11 year olds or, reducing family conflict and coping with teenagers’ emotions.

Being a parent is not always easy but you are not alone if you find it tough at times. We are here to help you be the best parent you can be! 

Please follow our Hillingdon Brilliant Parents Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/HillingdonBrilliantParents for regular updates on available workshops and events. You will also find handy information on how to deal with common parenting problems, useful tips, links, information on health and wellbeing and much more!

If you are worried that your child may be at risk of exploitation we are also running a private Facebook Hillingdon Brilliant Parents Support Group. Just type this in your search bar and each request to join will be accepted.’’ https://www.facebook.com/groups/583142055942719

Kind regards

Alex Kidson

Hillingdon Children's Integrated Therapy Service 

Dear parents/carers,

Please see attached flyer, where you can access Speech and Language Therapists, Physiotherapists & Occupational Therapists.

You can keep up to date with Hillingdon Talks, Moves and Plays across social media:

If you have any questions, please contact 01895 488 200 or email citsadmin.cnwl@nhs.net.  

Best wishes,

Hillingdon PCF
On behalf of the Steering Committee

Affordable Sensory Equipment 

Dear parents/carers,

In response to parents nationwide, the Caudwell Children charity are providing affordable sensory equipment through their "Get Sensory Packs" scheme

Sensory Packs

Parents/carers are required to pay £20 to cover 20%. Eligibility criteria is provided in the above link.

Best wishes,
Hillingdon PCF
On behalf of the Steering Committee

Centre for ADHD and Autism Support Digital Offer 

Dear parents/carers,

Please click here to view details of what's digitally on offer, in terms of support service and education during COVID-19 lockdown.

Best wishes,
Hillingdon PCF
On behalf of the Steering Committee

SEND & Inclusion at Hillingdon - COVID-19 update 

Dear parents/carers,

Please click here to read the letter from Vikram Hansrani, Assistant Director for SEND & Inclusion at Hillingdon. The letter is a direct communication to you as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak and the consequent temporary amendment to legislation. The document ends with a useful Frequently Asked Questions section, but please reply if you have further questions or uncertainties and we will forward these to the SEND & Inclusion team.

Best wishes and stay safe.
Hillingdon PCF
On behalf of the Steering Committee

Hillingdon Educational Psychology Service Resources 

Dear parents/carers,

Please see below for some very useful links and book listings circulated by our Education Psychology Service, to encourage and assist you with conversations with your children and young people at this time.

Best wishes,

Hillingdon PCF
On behalf of the Steering Committee

Resources for Schools and Parents

We all realise how difficult it can be trying to talk to children and young people about global crises. As psychologists we are often asked about how much to tell children, how and when to talk to them, and how we can feel prepared for challenging conversations. We have therefore started to compile a list of resources and helpful websites for you to use over the coming weeks.

American Psychological Association: Information on Pandemics (a wide range of resources)
https://www.apa.org/practice/programs/dmhi/research-information/pandemics?utm_source=linkedin&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=apa-pandemics&utm_content=pandemics-resources


Anna Freud: Self-Care and Coping Strategies
https://www.annafreud.org/selfcare/ 


BBC: How to protect your mental health
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-51873799


CBBC: Video and Questions
https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/51861089 


ChildMind: Talking to Children
https://childmind.org/article/talking-to-kids-about-the-coronavirus/


ELSA: Coronavirus Story for Children
https://www.elsa-support.co.uk/coronavirus-story-for-children/


National Association of School Psychologists: Parent Resources
https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/health-crisis-resources/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-(coronavirus)-a-parent-resource


Young Minds: Feeling Anxious about Coronavirus
https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/what-to-do-if-you-re-anxious-about-coronavirus 

Books

Something Bad Happened: A Kid’s Guide to Coping with events in the News
Dawn Huebner. How to process different world events (ages 6-12).


The Day the Sea Went Out and Never Came Back
Margot Sunderland. A story for children who have lost someone they love (ages 4-12).


Draw on Your Emotions
Margot Sunderland. A resource to help people express and communication their emotions. 


What To Do When You’re Scared & Worried: A Guide for Kids
James Crist. A help guide to processing fears and worries (ages 9-13).


Have You Filled A Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids
Carol McCloud. Encourages positive behaviour and expressing kindness and appreciation.


How are you Peeling: Foods with Moods
Saxton Freymann & Joost Elffers. Explores how emotions look through pictures of Foods. A good way to talk about emotions with young children.


The Way I Feel
Janan Cain. Explores feelings and a helpful way to talk about emotions with young children.


A Terrible Thing Happened
Margaret Holmes. A story for children who have witnessed violence or trauma (ages 4-8).
 

To find out more information on Hillingdon EPS Service, visit our EPS Local Offer page: click here

British Dyslexia Association 

Dear parents/carers,

The subject of dyslexia has been raised by a parent, so we thought we would share some useful information with you all. 

The British Dyslexia Association (BDA) uses the Rose (2009) definition for dyslexia - "a learning difficulty that primarily affects the skills involved in accurate and fluent word reading and spelling". People with dyslexia process information in a different way. The website says that 10% of the population are believed to be dyslexic and that a child can only be diagnosed with dyslexia through a diagnostic assessment but these are usually only carried out from 7 years old.

The BDA website can be accessed here:
https://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/

Please watch this 3 minute video, because it is important to remember that there are positives to thinking differently. Many dyslexic people show strengths in areas such as reasoning and in visual and creative fields.

https://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/dyslexia/about-dyslexia/what-is-dyslexia

BDA advice

https://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/advice/children

National Disabled Identification (DID) Card 

Dear parents/carers,

One of our members kindly wrote to us with the below link to share with you all:

https://www.did-card.co.uk/

The National Disabled Identification (DID) Card was introduced in response to disabled people posting comments in a number of social media sites that they were getting tired of constantly having to carry their paperwork proving they were entitled to some form of disability benefit in order to obtain a concessionary rate.

Not every disability is visible. Parents of children with disabilities and special needs, whose children's disability is not immediately obvious, such as autism, global developmental delay and other disabilities, find it hard to explain their disability, especially if the children present may be unaware that they have a disability.

Disabled individuals often do not want to request or highlight the fact they have a disability when they would be entitled to concessionary rates. There can be stigma attached to requesting disabled rates. Hopefully, this card is beneficial to you.

Autism Alert Card and Passport Scheme 

Dear Hillingdon Parents & Carers

An Autism alert card and passport scheme, has been introduced across London, as a result of a collaboration between the Metropolitan Police Service, City of London Police and British Transport Police. It has been developed following extensive consultations with individuals with autism and their parents, the National Autistic Society, Autism Partnership Boards, and supported by the National Police Autism Association.

The cards will alert officers to the fact that the individual may have difficulty with communication and exhibit unusual or unpredictable behaviour. In turn, officers will be able to make appropriate and reasonable adjustments and interact with the individual appropriately. The larger passports will include the same information and can be carried in bags or rucksacks for the individual to produce when required.

For further reading, please use this link: Launch of Autism Alert Cards

To receive your own card & passport, please send your full postal address in an email to: Autism@met.police.uk

Hillingdon Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy (SALT) 

We have been asked to spread awareness about the following website, Hillingdon Talks: Hillingdon Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy (SALT)
https://www.cnwl.nhs.uk/hillingdon-talks/

You can access information about the three specialist SALT teams (Early Years, Mainstream, Hearing Impairment), including making a referral. Three teams but one service!

Please take a look at what the teams can offer, and to access information and support. We hope all our parents/carers make full use of this service.

Hillingdon Borough SEND Local Offer 

The purpose of the local offer is to enable parents and young people to see more clearly what services are available in their area and how to access them. Knowing what is available and how it is accessed gives more choice and control over what support is right for your child. Parents need to know how to access provision: whether through a statement (or an Education, Health and Care Plan) or not.

The offer includes provision from birth to 25, across education, health and social care and has been developed in conjunction with children and young people, parents and carers, and local services, including schools, colleges, health and social care agencies.

For more information click here