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Information sessions for parents…

Families caring for a child with additional needs or disability are invited to book places for welcoming and informative themed sessions held by Contact a Family in partnership with Pear Tree Children Centre at


Pear Tree Children Centre,

29 Station Road





Each session will be held in the evening.



Sessions and dates are as follows:-

Introduction -Tuesday 28th January 6.30-7.30pm

Tuesday 4th February 2014

Tuesday 11th February 2014

Tuesday 25th February 2014

Tuesday 4th March 2014

Tuesday 11th March 2014

Tuesday 18th March 2014

The sessions cover an introduction to Contact a Family, Behaviour, DLA & Benefits, Sleep and Coping & Support.

 Limited places advance booking only.


To book a place or for further information please contact Pear Tree Children Centre, telephone 01772 687629


Includes refreshments

Contact a Family working in partnership with Children’s centres, Lancashire

Contact a Family provides support, advice and information for families with disabled children, no matter what their condition or disability.

The Access to Work scheme has set aside £2 million to help disabled people
take up work placements.

Hundreds are set to benefit as a scheme that provides financial support
towards the extra costs faced by disabled people at work is rolled out to
cover work experience placements that they arrange from today (9 December

In a move designed to give disabled people the same opportunities as
non-disabled people, £2 million has been set aside through Access to Work to
help them take up placements as they prepare to start out on their chosen
career path.

Until now Access to Work has only offered this support to disabled people
who engage in work experience placements that have been organised through
Jobcentre Plus.

Minister of State for Disabled People Mike Penning said:

This is great news for disabled youngsters who need to build up valuable
experience in their chosen trade or profession with a view to securing a

Most people undertake work experience at some point and it is only right
that disabled people have access to the same opportunities as everybody

This change will put them firmly in control of their own careers by removing
a barrier that prevented them from making their own arrangements in the

It is the latest phase of a rollout to the scheme that began in September,
when Access to Work was opened up to disabled people embarking on
internships and traineeships.

Paralympic double-gold medallist and Goldman Sachs intern Sophie
Christiansen, said:

This is great news. Internships, traineeships and work experience are a
really good stepping stone into employment.

And both employers and disabled employees learn valuable skills when working
together, with less risk involved.

Helping disabled people get onto schemes like this is an important step
forward in helping more disabled people into work and in making more
employers Disability Confident

Although it is expected that it will mainly benefit younger adults, the
latest development is open to everybody who has a disability and needs extra
support in taking up a work experience placement.

Access to Work provides financial help towards the extra costs faced by
disabled people at work, such as support workers, specialist aids and
equipment and travel to work support.

This latest development further underlines the government’s commitment to
help disabled people into the workplace.

Last month the DWP held the first of 9 Disability Confident roadshows for
employers, designed to bust myths surrounding employing disabled people,
while outlining how their business could benefit by hiring someone with a

More information

Last year Access to Work supported more than 30,000 disabled people get or
keep employment.

The latest changes are aimed primarily at sector-based work academies, which
offer pre-employment training and work placements in growth industries with
a guaranteed job interview, and self-made work trials, which enable disabled
people to set up their own trial with a local employer if there is a
realistic prospect of a job at the end of it.

Supported internships are a Department for Education initiative aimed at
young people who have complex learning difficulties. They provide a
structured learning programme at an employer that is tailored to their
individual needs.

Traineeships are a new Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
programme supporting youngsters, including disabled people, to develop the
skills they need to secure employment, including gaining apprenticeships.

The “disability pound” is worth £80 billion to the GB economy, and 1 in 5
customers are likely to be disabled.

There are about 3.6 million disabled people currently not in work.

The employment rates for disabled people have increased gradually over the
last 10 years, from 44.5% in 2002 to 48.9% in 2012.

Fylde, Wyre & Blackpool DCS

c/o PIP

Office 1 & 2

13-15 Preston Street



Registered charity 1037445

About Us

We're a group of parents and those working with deaf children who want a better deal for deaf children and their families.

We feel that it is helpful to come together to share information and meet others in the same position because by coming together we are able to give support and swap ideas.

At Fylde DCS, you'll find both deaf and hearing parents with a wealth of experience of deafness. They may have experienced some of the difficulties you may be facing. We may be able to help or, if not, we can put you in touch with others who can.

Contact Us

If you would like to find out more please contact:

Karen McLeod – Secretary

07437 335655

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