August evening and daytime Pinpoint workshops ( exploring the Local Offer together)

Throughout August we will be running some evening and daytime workshops where we will be exploring the Councils ‘Local Offer’ together. Ideally these needs to be booked in advance, however feel free to just pop in if no time to book! Dates, venues and times are as follows:

WHITTLESEY 

12th August – Whittlesey Library , 31 – 35 Market St, Whittlesey, Peterborough PE7 1BA

Pinpoint drop-in – Exploring the Local Offer 10.30-1.30

BOTTISHAM 

14th  August  – Bottisham Village College  Lode Road, Bottisham, Cambridge CB25 9DL
Pinpoint drop-in – Exploring the Local Offer 10.30-1.30

WISBECH 

15th August  – Queen Mary Centre  Queens Road, Wisbech PE13 2PE
Pinpoint drop-in – Exploring the Local Offer 10.30-1.30

CHATTERIS 

26th August –  King Edward Community Centre, Cranes Yard Railway Lane, Chatteris PE16 6NF

Pinpoint drop-in – Exploring the Local Offer 5pm-8pm

LITTLEPORT 

28th August – Family gathering with Highfield Ely and Littleport at Pocket Park, Ely 11-2

MARCH 

29th March Community Centre  34 Station Road, March PE15 8LE

Pinpoint drop-in – Exploring the Local Offer 5.30 pm-8.30 pm  

All sessions are free, we provide refreshments as well! To book one or more of the above sessions, email esther@pinpoint-cambs.org.uk   or simply drop in!                            

If there is subject that you think would make a perfect future workshop that you would attend, let Esther know: esther@pinpoint-cambs.org.uk

Cambridgeshire Parents’ Guide to PIP

Personal Independence Payment (PIP)- help for Cambridgeshire parents

Is your son or daughter approaching 16?  If they already receive Disability Living Allowance (DLA) benefit, they will soon be invited to apply for  PIP. Here are some useful pointers and information from the Pinpoint PIP session held in September 2017 for our Preparing for Adulthood Group.

Continue reading “Cambridgeshire Parents’ Guide to PIP”

Communication tips for parents

Communication Top Tips!

Good communication is good for everyone.  And if you’re a parent of a child with additional needs, you are likely to be attending extra meetings with professionals   –  which can be extremely stressful.

1. Be prepared

Make a checklist of what you want/need for your family

2. Go with someone

If possible, take a friend with you for support.  While you talk, they can listen and write down a summary of what was discussed and any action points.

3. Stay calm

Try not to tense and stress while you’re having a conversation. If you feel overwhelmed, take a minute and regroup.

Think about the body signals you’re sending.  If we don’t like what’s being said, we can cross arms, avoid eye contact and tap fingers or feet but these signals can make the other person defensive.

4. Listen and engage

Really concentrate on the person talking.  Hear them out instead of thinking about what you’re going to say next.

Even if you disagree with their view, try to connect and understand rather than criticise.

Ask questions so that you understand what’s being said and what’s doing to happen next.  If something seems hard to understand or complicated, ask for it to be explained again or simplified. Simple, plain English is best, so ask for any jargon or terms to be explained.

5. Speak clearly and make a point at a time

Try to keep your request or response brief and do it a point at a time. This makes it clearer for the other person to understand what you want and to stay interested in what you are saying.

5. Miles apart or is there middle ground?

Are you ready to compromise? Or will you agree to disagree?  Finding a middle ground can be a good outcome. But accept that there are times when you may end up poles apart.