Pinpoint Charity receives £5,000 from Morrisons Foundation
The Morrisons Foundation has donated £5,000 to Pinpoint a local charity that helps parents who have children with additional needs and disabilities in Cambridgeshire.
The support from Morrisons Foundation will enable play and activity sessions to be arranged for younger service users for a 12 month period. The additional activity sessions will provide some much needed support for parents of children with special needs, where they can get advice and information from the staff at the charity whilst their children have a great time playing with other youngsters in a safe environment.
Sarah Conboy, CEO of Pinpoint was thrilled to receive the donation, “Thanks to this great support from the Morrisons Foundation, not only can we offer more opportunities for children to play, but we can take the time to speak to parents to offer our support on how they can help their youngsters to achieve their potential.”
“This very generous donation will make a significant positive difference in helping us support more parent carers and help them to find the right services for their children earlier. It can be a real challenge to know who to ask for what help and we will use this money to help get information to families when they need it. On behalf of all those Morrisons will help us reach through this money, a huge ‘thank you’”.
Denise Gable, Community Champion at the Morrisons store in St. Ives presented the donation to the charity, “I’m really pleased that we were able to help such a great local charity. Knowing that our support will make a genuine difference to children with additional needs and disabilities and their parents really does make me proud. Helping local charities is at the heart of what the Foundation is all about and I’m so happy that we can provide this grant.”
The Morrisons Foundation was set up by Morrisons supermarket in 2015 and awards grants for charity projects which help improve people’s lives. Since launching over £26 million has been donated to hundreds of charities across England, Scotland and Wales.
We are delighted to announce Cambridgeshire Dyslexia Guidance has been updated
Thank you to all who responded to the Local Authorities Dyslexia survey. As a result of this the Cambridgeshire Dyslexia Guidance has now been updated. The main changes include: separating the guidance from the research document, writing a ‘quick guide’ for parents and improving links to the most up-to-date websites. We are delighted that the British Dyslexia Association (BDA) continues to commend the Cambridgeshire literacy difficulties/dyslexia guidance.
This document has been written to provide guidance to professionals and parents on the most current approaches to support the successful inclusion and attainment of children and young people with dyslexia. The document forms part of the wider Cambridgeshire Local Offer which covers information on the local provision for Special Educational Needs (SEN) and Disability. It is a working document and will be reviewed biennially, or sooner if there is significant new research.
A warm welcome to two new team members for Pinpoint in 2019!
Linda Green is former Pinpoint Trustee and spent fourteen years with Papworth Trust. She will be joining us as our Volunteer and Engagement Manager, working alongside new and old Pinpoint volunteers, ensuring parents voices continue to be heard, whilst engaging in activities to increase awareness in the wider community. Did we also mention she is Jonnie Peacock’s mum?!
Laura Potter has previously worked for Core Assets as an Independent Supporter and joins us as our new communications officer. She will be working on all things communication, increasing our reach to parents and carers, and also ensuring that parents and professionals work together and all voices are heard.
We look forward to working alongside them both in the future.
Young people with learning disabilities can get free health checks with their GP once they reach the age of 14. Has your son or daughter had theirs?
Cambridgeshire Learning Disability Partnership wants to boost the take-up of health checks. Only about one in three 14-18 year olds who are eligible have had their check and it wants to make sure that rises to three out of four (75%) by 2020.