The following information about groups and events may be useful for parents who have children with additional learning needs.
Sparkle Youth Club
Click HERE for more information about Youth Club at Serennu Children's Centre for young people age 11-18 with a disability or developmental difficulty who are from Newport, South Torfaen and South Monmouthshire.
Citizens Advice Bureau
See the attachments listed at the bottom of the page for information about CAB assistance with the completion of Child DLA forms, appeals and general advice regarding benefits for children with disabilities.
The links below contain information on sports events and clubs in our catchment area and are regularly updated by Disability Sport Wales:
For the Newport Area click here
For the Monmouthshire area click here
For the Torfaen Area click here
Newport Austism Support Group
The Newport Autism Support Group meet regularly to provide support for families living with autism. For more information about the group please click here
ASD Focus Group
Caerleon Comprehensive has achieved ASD friendly status. The report from the Inclusion Team has made further recommendation which the school will work towards implementing to further enhance our ASD provision.
A new sensory provision has opened in Usk called 'The Therapy Den'. The provision is located at 35 Maryport Street, Usk, Monmouthshire, NP15 1AE.
GAVO (Gwent Association of Voluntary Organisations) - Parent Involvement Officer
The role of the Parent Involvement Officer is to help engage and involve parents and carers with children of all ages in Newport. It aims to encourage them to participate in decision making at all levels, and encourages them to have their say on parenting issues, locally and nationally.
As a result of this role a Parent Network has been established for Newport. This provides all parents and carers with a forum to voice their views and opinions regarding services they use in their everyday lives. Parents act as representatives on various steering groups and forums in Newport and feedback to the Parent Network.
The Parent Involvement Officer works closely and in partnership with local statutory and voluntary organisations, in order to ensure that information is communicated effectively from them to parents in Newport. Working in this way also enables parents to become engaged and involved in decision making right from the start.
For more information, please click here. Or alternatively you can contact:
Parents for Change
Parent group supporting families and carers of disabled children and young people aged 0-20 years. Meet at Belle Vue Park Pavilion on the first Wednesday of each month at 10.30am (excluding January and August).
Gwent Autistic Society - www.gwentautism.org.uk
Gwent Autistic Society (GAS) provides support and information to people with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and their carers in the Gwent area. The GAS hosts meetings with interesting and informative guest speakers. Past speakers have included Wendy Lawson and Mike Collins. A quarterly newsletter is sent out to all GAS members that contains local information about support groups and events in each borough, as well as any forthcoming events. The GAS supports a number of coffee mornings for parents and carers of children of any age with an ASD, where they can chat and support each other.
Newport Support Group - 10am-12.30pm on 1st Tuesday of every month at the Salvation Army Hall, Hill Street, Newport.
Chepstow Support Group - 10am-12pm on 1st Thursday of every month at the Methodist Church Hall.
Contact: Jayne Peniston on 01291 627908 regarding both Newport and Chepstow groups.
Torfaen Support Group - 3rd Friday of month at the Congress Theatre, Cwmbran. Contact: Pam Preece 0777 3895142
Caldicot Support Group - meetings are 1pm-2.30pm, on the 1st Tuesday after a school holiday and then fortnightly on a Tuesday until the next school holiday. Held at Bethan Baptist Church, Neddern Way, Caldicot. Contact: Claire Jones on 01291 431063
All groups are funded by Gwent Autistic Society (GAS) and supported by The National Autistic Society. Groups are friendly and informal - drop in for a chat and coffee at any time during the 2 hour meetings. Your children, friends and family are also welcome.
Newport SpLD Parent Support Group
The SpLD parent support group will continue to meet on a termly basis.