Additional Needs

Serennu August 2015 Newsletter
Please click here to view Serennu's latest news.

Autism Support Group
Are you a parent or carer of a child with Autism? Click on the below image for dates of the group running in Abergavenny.

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Downs Syndrome Support Group
Are you a parent of a child with Down Syndrome? Would you like to meet with other parents in your area? Please click on the below image for further details.

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Sibling Group at Serennu
Serennu Children's Centre are run a group aimed at siblings of children with disability or developmental difficulty. For more information please click on the below poster.

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Leisure Activities
For activities/groups/clubs suitable for adults and children with additional needs please visit the Disability Sports Wales website:

NEW Sparkle football sessions at Serennu Centre
Click here to download a poster with full details.

Speech and Language Therapy in Gwent - new website
View the launch flyer below or click here to visit the new website.


Update on PIP from Contact A Family
As you may be aware the government wants to make some big changes to our benefit system in the UK. One of the biggest to be changed is to move from the Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to the new Personal Independence Payments (PIP) for disabled people aged 16-64.
Please click here for the latest bulletin from DWP which includes information on how PIP’s are going to be implemented and some tools to help parents and support organisations to see how the benefit changes will affect disabled people and their families. You can also find more information on how the benefit changes might affect you on our website and select ‘making sense of the benefit changes guide’. You can also contact our helpline on 0808 808 355 and we can help with any information need or queries you might have about how the benefit changes might affect you and your family.

Contact A Family FREE parent workshop - Confidence at Meetings
Please click here to open flyer with information on the workshop.

Contact a Family
If you woud like to receive Contact a Family's weekly bulletins or Wales newsletter please contact them at or call 02920 396624.

Disabled Children Parents’ Guide: Money Matters
Cerebra's latest Disabled Children Parents’ Guide: Money Matters is available now. It contains guidance for parents on what financial help may be available for them and what arrangements they may need to put in place to manage their children’s finances from birth and as they get older.

Cerebra Ambassadors
We have a team of Cerebra ambassadors who are committed to actively promoting awareness of Cerebra and our work through their work and personal lives so that the charity can benefit from their enthusiasm and skills. Ambassadors can be individuals who are recognised talents in public life. They may also be people who the charity has supported and who already have close links with our work. We are currently looking for new ambassadors to join our small team. If you can suggest anyone who you think would be a strong advocate for Cerebra, please do get in touch with Elaine Collins ( / 01267 242583). Please note that this is a voluntary role.

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Click on the flyer for details of Torfaen's Young Carers Forum and Support Service.

National Deaf Children's Society It Starts Here Project
The It Starts Here project will provide a three-year programme of events, for families of deaf children across Wales in order to support each other with parenting and sign language. How will the project do this? Events such as weekends for families of deaf children, Family Sign Language courses and parenting support groups to help families find appropriate information and support each other. Interested? For more information please visit or contact a It Starts Here Project Officer: Sian Wilson on 01495 740 602 or 07814 850 412 (Email: or Jill Bartlett on 01248 670 139 or 07545 208 590 (Email:

NDCS Parenting A Deaf Child Course-click on the poster for details
Parenting a deaf child.bmp Better Advice, Better Off Campaign from Citizens Advice Bureau
Please click on the below image for advice on benefit take up from the Citizens Advice Bureau.

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Volunteer required at Serennu Children's Centre in Newport
For full job vacancy details please click here.

Serennu Parents Forum

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Serennu Children's Centre is a purpose built centre that provides care, treatment and activities for children and young people with disabilities and developmental difficulties from Newport, Monmouthshire and South Torfaen. Serennu has developed a parents forum, which will enable parents to voice their opinions on the services delivered at the centre. The Group has already met once, but would welcome others to join them at Serennu Children’s Centre, High Cross, Newport, to discuss the development of the forum. Please click here for further details.

Serennu Children and Young People's Forum
Meetings are held at Serennu on the second Thursday of every month at 4pm. You can email the Youth Ambassador for further details at:

Disabled Children's Newsletter
Download the summer edition of Torfaen Disabled Children's Newsletter produced by TCBC's Disabled Childrens Team.


Special Education Needs - a helpful booklet for parents and carers of children with special education needs
Click on either the English or the Welsh version of the booklet below to view the PDF document.

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For information on services and activities for children and young people with additional needs, please contact us at The Family Information Service. We aim to hold information on all providers who can provide facilities or care for children with different needs, and we can give you information on other agencies who can offer support.

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Useful links
You can also contact the following organisations for information and advice:

Contact a Family
Freephone 0808 8083555

Snap Cymru - charity that offers information and support to families of children and young people who have special educational needs.

Torfaen Social Services
01495 762200

The National Autistic Society Helpline
0845 0704004

Independent Panel For Special Education Advice (IPSEA)
0800 0184016

Young Minds
For parents with a concern about their child's mental health.
0800 0182138

Children In Wales
For booklets on how to cope with children's challenging behaviour.

Family Lives (formerly Parentline Plus)
Freephone 0808 8002222

Holiday Information
Please click on the links below for some suggestions on holiday locations and accommodation that may meet the needs of your family.

Disabled Holiday Directory
Free phone 0800 993 0796 for information on holiday locations which may have amenities to meet your families requirements.

The Thomas Centre
The Thomas Centre is a holiday provision for families of a child with Autism, Asperger's, ADHD, Tourette's or for those suffering from other forms of Sensory Impairment, Cerebral Palsy or other forms of Complex Needs. 01507 363463.

Calvet Trust
Calvet Trust offer family breaks at 3 separate locations in Exmoor 01598 763 221, Kielder 01434 250 232 and the Lake District 017687 72255.

Please visit the Early Support Wales website. Early Support Wales is funded by the Welsh Government. It aims to improve the lives of children with additional needs and their families. It is specifically aimed at children aged 5 years or under.

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