A host of international experts to speak at ADHD Foundation Conference 2015

ADHD Foundation is to host internationally renowned experts in childhood and adolescence mental health at its annual conference, taking place at ACC Liverpool on November 5 and 6, 2015.

November 5 will see the UK’s leading clinicians and commissioners come together to explore ‘Innovation and Service Transformation in ADHD and ASD in Mental Health and Education’ as part of a two day conference curated by ADHD Foundation. Day two (November 6) is focused for school leaders, teachers, SENCOs and social care professionals.

Dr Tony Lloyd, chief executive of ADHD Foundation and curator of the conference, said:

Have a ball for Heart of England Mencap

IT’S lights, camera, action as tickets go on sale for a night of Hollywood glamour in aid of a local charity. Heart of England Mencap will host the ‘Hollywood Ball’ in Stratford on Friday November 20th, all to raise funds to support local people living with learning disabilities.

The black-tie event will take place at The Stratford Hotel in Arden Street starting at 7pm. Guests will enjoy a three-course meal and charity auction, with live music.  Tickets cost £50 per person, or £500 for a table of ten.  The price includes all food and entertainment plus a drink on arrival.

Young Driver gears up for a visit from the Special Friends Club

22 disabled local teens get behind the wheel of a car on a special driving course
A group of disabled youngsters made some of their dreams come true when they got behind the wheel of a car for the first time at Bristol Cribbs Causeway.

Twenty two youngsters, along with parents, from the Special Friends Club visited Young Driver on 12th August, to give them the chance to try driving in a safe and controlled environment.

Because Young Driver lessons take place on private property it can teach anyone aged 11 and over, including those with disabilities which may mean they will never be able to legally drive on the roads.

A positive step forward for Autism East Midlands as they align with PR expert to manage media liaison and promotion of campaigns.

Autism East Midlands is the largest specialist autism charity in the East Midlands and has been providing support to people affected by autism for over 47 years. Formally known as NORSACA (Nottingham Regional Society for Adults and Children with Autism) the charity rebranded to Autism East Midlands in 2014.

To support the charities growth and positive future planning Leicester based PR expert Cristie Herbert of CiCi PR has been appointed to manage media liaison and the promotion of campaigns, and news stories of the charities work with families and businesses.

Third World aid brought to Malaysia from Brewood!

Thirteen pupils from St. Dominic's Brewood recently returned from Malaysia after completing an insightful World Challenge expedition.

Each pupil from St. Dominic’s Brewood raised £2400 through various fundraising initiatives in order to pay for their travel and expenses to participate in the once in a lifetime experience.

The team, led by World Challenge representative Dave Evans, focussed on five distinct phases of planning and preparation, acclimatisation, trekking, project work, and rest and relaxation.


The Dyspraxia Foundation teams up with Rotary Club to distribute specialist book to promote awareness of the condition.

The Dyspraxia Foundation is delighted to announce that over 200 schools in the Hertfordshire area will be receiving a free, educational resource for the start of next half term!

The delightfully fun yet touching and insightful book, “You’re so clumsy, Charley” (written by Jane Binnion - an author who herself has been diagnosed with dyspraxia) will be mailed out to 225 local primary schools thanks to a grant from Hitchin Tilehouse Rotary Club, with a further £1,000 matched funding from the District Rotary Foundation.

Exciting developments (and discounts) for Max Card families

Legoland, Virgin Experience Days, Go Ape!, Warwick Castle and Reel Cinemas are just a handful of high profile attractions showing their support for fostered, special educational needs and disabled children across England.

The exciting attractions are some of 800 across the country to offer exclusive discounts to a national discount scheme for young people with additional needs aged 0-19 years. Max Card is a local authority commissioned discount initiative which enables families to visit hundreds of attractions nationwide at a fraction of the cost.

36,000 families are already benefiting from the scheme, with a number of local authorities offering the scheme to families of children with additional needs.

A lasting impression for an East London school

Reverse graffiti’ artwork at Rosemary Works School in Hackney showcases new EcoBlasting service from Rentokil Specialist Hygiene

Rentokil Specialist Hygiene has unveiled its new environmentally friendly graffiti removal service, called ‘EcoBlasting’, which cleans graffiti from walls and other surfaces quickly, effectively and without the use of harmful chemicals.

LimbPower’s ever-popular Junior Games returns to Stoke Mandeville Stadium

LimbPower are proud to be holding the fantastic Junior Games event once again at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, birthplace of the Paralympics. The event will introduce amputees and young people with limb impairment aged 11-18 years to a range of sporting activities in a safe, friendly and inclusive environment.

This year, the children and young people will be able to try a wide range of Paralympic sports under the guidance of coaches and mentors from the relevant National Governing Bodies. These will include wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, athletics, table tennis and handcycling. The emphasis is on fun while encouraging the children to have a go at sports and socialise with their peers, and we may even spark interest and create a future Paralympian!

City College students' fundraising is a cut above the rest

Hair and beauty students at City College Southampton have raised more than £1000 for the Countess Mountbatten Hospice Charity.

Julie Burrows, coordinator of level 3 hairdressing, apprentices and barbering, said: "It seems like our fundraising efforts get more and more outrageous with every new year of students. We're so proud of how they all get behind the chosen charity each year and the Countess Mountbatten Hospice Charity could not be more deserving. The students have raised an absolutely staggering amount of money."

Oxfordshire’s First Dyslexia Specialist School to Offer GCSEs

Unicorn School dyslexia-specialist day school in Oxfordshire

The Unicorn School is delighted to welcome Andrew Day, who joins the School as Head Teacher this term.  Under Andrew Day’s leadership The Unicorn School will be undergoing ground breaking developments, becoming the only dyslexia-specialist day school in Oxfordshire to provide GCSE education.  Developments will start immediately, with Year 9 provision starting this year and GCSEs introduced from September 2016.  This is an exciting change for us, enabling us to extend The Unicorn School's unique ethos to encompass secondary education.

Credo Care Carer Awarded BEM in Queen’s Birthday Honours List

An experienced carer working with Credo Care, the renowned fostering agency for disabled children, has been named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Julie Nixon, 47, is to receive the British Empire Medal (BEM) granted for her services to children and families, after an incredible record in making a difference to the lives of many disabled children.

The agency celebrated with a buffet and drinks at its national headquarters at Lydd, Kent, on Friday with Julie and her husband Robin; Credo Care MD Neil Annis said:

£50m of Pupil Premium funding for disadvantaged pupils remains unclaimed by London schools

“£50million of Pupil Premium funding from the DfE, designed  to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers, is lying unclaimed by London schools”, says Brian Durrant, CEO of not-for-profit education trust  The London Grid for London (LGfL).

National children's hospital survey finds most children have good experiences of care – but highlights inequalities for those with specific needs

The experiences of almost 19,000 children and young people who stayed in hospital overnight or were seen as a day patient reveal that the majority of children and young people said they were happy with the care received, thought staff did everything possible to control their pain and they understood the information given to them by staff.

However, children with physical or learning disabilities, or mental health needs reported poorer experiences of care than those without.