During the past few months we have come to realise that our ‘normal’ face to face interaction had to be paused. Most of our social interaction is now happening online, and that, whilst keeping everyone safe, has brought up many issues including families becoming even more isolated.
Last summer, PaCC made sure that some under-spend on the BHCC Inclusion budget (that pays for one to one support for children and young people in mainstream schools to attend after school clubs and holiday clubs) was allocated to PaCC partners, to organise some extended summer activities, which were hugely successful.
At beginning of January this year, PaCC secured a small amount of funding to support our Partners on running some online activities and support sessions during February and March. The funding, managed by Contact is part of the ongoing support that parent carer forums in England receive every year from the Department for Education. This additional grant is all about (mostly virtual) activities and support groups that our Partners will be able to organise for you during the next two months.
A series of online activities and support sessions are coming your way! You can expect, among other things, online training, signposting and information shared around sensory processing for parents of children on the autistic spectrum, online activities for children with Down syndrome, virtual art and craft sessions and supported safe spaces for families including Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) families.
More information will be made available by our PaCC Partners as soon as possible.