Thank you Morrisons!

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.

Local charities are encouraged to visit www.morrisonsfoundation.com to find out how to apply for a grant

New Dyslexia Guidance

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.

To view this new guidance, click on the link:  www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/localofferpathway

Welcome new staff members Laura and Linda

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.

Pinpoint Trustees Wanted

Ever thought of becoming a trustee for Pinpoint? Fancy getting involved and making a difference? Now could be your chance!

If this is of interest and you’d like more information about what’s involved, come and chat to a member of the Pinpoint team at the conference on 1st February 2019

Pinpoint needs you!!

Cambridgeshire Accessibility Guide

accessibility guide on iphoneA accessible guide to Cambridgeshire is launching – listing over 2000 places in Cambridgeshire. You can check out everything from parking to hearing loops, walking distances and accessible toilets.

It’s totally free and available at www.AccessAble.co.uk where you can also download the AccessAble App from the Apple and Google stores.

Free health checks for young people with LDs

stethoscope iconYoung 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.

Continue reading “Free health checks for young people with LDs”

SEND disagreements – guide for young people

SEND disagreements?
This guide is aimed at young people aged 16-25 but is a good resource for parent carers.
It contains information on:
  • what to do if your son or daughter is unhappy with school or college
  • not getting the right support from the health organisations or the local authority
  • how to challenge decisions
  • preparing for  mediation and tribunals.

Download a copy