Monthly Archives: November 2015

I know you are all very busy and completing a survey is not top of your list of things to do, but please complete the Sign Hi Say Hi Survey. There are only 10 question’s to complete. It is important to us that we are providing the activities your deaf children/young people want and this survey is an  mportant way for us to obtain your views and as it is anonymous if you want to be critical you can be. It is also very helpful when we try to gain funding for activities as we can show that we are taking your views into account. As you know the more funding we can secure the better activities we can provide.
The link to the survey is below

The Link  – Fylde Libraries events for Nov 15

Ansdell Library

Regular Events

Every Monday. Toddler Rhyme Time,10.30am-11am. Singing and stories for toddlers and their parents, grandparents and carers

Every Tuesday. Knit & Natter, 10.30am. A warm welcome awaits from this fun group.

Every Thursday. Baby Bounce and Rhyme, 10.30am. Enjoy action songs and rhymes with your baby.

Every 2nd Thursday., 12-1pm. Police Community Open Surgery. Pop in to meet your local PCSO.

Every Friday. Computer Basics, 2pm-4pm. Get started on line. Booking required.

Every Saturday. Family Games Club, 10am-12.30pm. Visit the library as a family and play traditional board games.

Other Events

Tuesday 17. Friends of Ansdell Library Quiz Night: General Knowledge, 7.30pm. Tickets £1 (£2 FOAL).

Saturday 21. Friends of Ansdell Library Sewing: Christmas Wall Hanger. 10am-12noon. Tickets £1. All ages and abilities welcome.

Thursday 26. Friends of Ansdell Library Tea & Coffee Hour, 2-3pm. Everyone is welcome for refreshments and friendly chat.

Saturday 28. Grown Up Colouring Club, 10-12.Last Saturday of the month. Materials and refreshments provided. 50p a session. Great for health, wellbeing and relaxation!

Contact Details

Email Tel 0300 1236703



Lytham Library


Regular Events


Every Tuesday. Baby Bounce and Rhyme, 10.30am-11am. Fun for babies and their parents, grandparents and carers

Every Wednesday. Toddler Time, 10.30am-11am. Singing and stories for toddlers and their parents, grandparents and carers,

Every 2nd Tuesday. Police Community Open Surgery: Pop in to meet your local PCSO. 12-1pm

1st and 3rd Tuesday. Family History Group, 2.30pm-4.30pm.

1st and 3rd Monday. Knit and Natter, 11am-12noon.

Every Wednesday. ‘Art Circle’ wilt local artist Christine Stringfellow. 11am-12.30pm. Develop your creativity. £2.40 to £4 charge depending on activity.

Every 4th Wednesday. Teen Time, 4.30-5.30pm.

Every 4th Wednesday ‘Bridging the Gap’ – Free support and advice on your hearing aid. Drop in between 1.30-3.30pm.

Every Friday. 10-12 Computer Online basics session, 10am-12noon. Booking essential.

Contact Details

Email  Tel 0300 1236703


St Annes Library

Regular Events

Every Monday. Toddler Time, 10-10.30am. Singing and stories for toddlers and their parents, grandparents and carers

Every Monday. Baby Bounce and Rhyme, 11-11.30am. Fun for babies and their parents, grandparents and carers

Every Monday.2-4.One to one help with online forms and CV writing. Booking essential.

Every Tuesday. Storytime,11-11.30am.

1st and 3rd Tuesday. Together Wii Play, 10-11. Supported WiiFit Sessions aimed at older people to discover the latest fun way to keep active

1st Wednesday 10am and 2nd Thursday 2pm each month. Reading Groups. Come and join in the discussions.

2nd Wednesday: 10-12: Police Community Open Surgery: Pop in to meet your local PCSO

Every Thursday. Online basics session, 10am -12noon. Booking essential.

Every Thursday: Art Circle at the Library:11-12.30, £2.50 per Thursday session.

1st and 3rd Friday every month. Knit Together, 10am-12noon. All welcome to knit, crochet, chat and enjoy a brew.

Other Events

Saturday 28. Made in Lancashire Fair. 10am-4pm. To celebrate Lancashire Day, St Annes Library is hosting a Made in Lancashire fair. There will be stalls selling all manner of homemade crafts, art, jewellery and more besides, so come and have a look!

Contact Details

Email  Tel 0300 1236703


Kirkham Library

Regular Events

Every Monday. Baby Bounce and Rhyme, 10-10.30 am. Fun for babies and their parents, grandparents and carers.

Every Wednesday 2.00-3.00 Online Basics session. Booking essential.


Alternate Saturdays. Game on! Junior Games Club, 9.30am-12noon. Board games for 5-16 year olds. Free membership.


Alternate Thursdays. Knit and Natter, 10.30am-12noon.


Every 1st Wednesday of month, 5pm-6pm and every 3rd Friday, 11am-12noon. Kirkham Library Reading Groups


Alternate Saturdays. Creative writing group, 12noon-1pm.


Other Events

Friday 27. The King who loved Lancashire: A History of Britain and Lancashire 1066-1216, a talk by Graham Kemp. 7.00pm. Places limited: contact library to book a place.


Contact Details

Email tel 0300 1236703


Freckleton Library

Regular Events

1st Monday of each month 3.45pm   Trailblazers children’s reading group, suitable for 6-10 year olds.

2nd  Monday of each month  2-3pm  PCSO Open Surgery


Every Tuesday.  Tea, Talk and Scrabble, 2pm-2.30pm.  Come and join us for friendly chat, a cuppa and maybe test your word skills with a game of scrabble!

Every Tuesday. Family History group, 10am-12noon. Searching for your ancestors? Help with your family history- all queries welcome.

Every Thursday. Knit and Natter, 2-3.30pm Come along and have a knit and a natter. New or experienced members welcome – friendly atmosphere guaranteed.


Every Friday   Online Basics, 2.30pm-4pm. Computer Basics. Booking essential


1st Friday each month. Freckleton Reading group, 10.30am.


3rd Friday each month. Readers Corner reading group, 10.30am.


Every Saturday. Games Galore, 10am-11.30am, Family games club. Come along to the library and

have fun playing games such as Connect 4, Jenga, Junior Scrabble, Dominoes and more.


Other Events

Thursday 12.  ‘Prisoners, Aliens and Belgium Refugees’, 2pm.  This illustrated talk from the Community Heritage team looks at what happened to the imprisoned, the dispossessed and enemy aliens as war broke out and progressed through Europe from 1914.  FREE event.  Tickets available at the library in advance.

Saturday 28.  Lancashire Day Dialect Talk. 11am  Celebrate Lancashire day with our talk by local man Harry Whiteside who will be entertaining with his tales and recitations.                                                                    Enjoy coffee and Lancashire Fayre while you listen.  FREE event.

Contact Details

Email  Tel 0300 1236703



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District: Fylde Parent Carer Forum

Notes from the meeting held on: Wednesday 21st October 2015

At: Oak Tree Children’s Centre, Sydney Street, Lytham St Anne’s


Time: 1pm – 3pm




4 Parent carers

Lorraine Moody              Independent Support, Barnardo’s

Christine Harrison          Independent Support, Barnardo’s

Rachel Shatford             Child and Family Support Liaison Officer, Special Educational

Needs and Disability Service (SEND)



None given


1 Introduction

Everyone was welcomed to the meeting and thanked for attending. Introductions took place

Rachel – Chair and note taker


2 Guest Speaker

The guest speakers from the Independent Support Service, Barnardo’s provided an overview of their service and responded to parents’ questions


Independent Support has been commissioned by the Council for Disabled Children to support children, young people (CYP) and their families through the Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan process.


Support for parents can be offered in a number of ways including telephone calls, home visits, attending meetings and liaising with professionals.

The service has developed a number of workshops for both parent carers and for CYP. Further dates to be confirmed for the CYP workshops. Independent Supporters can work with CYP on a 1:1 basis or as a group setting; and use a range of aspirational games and child friendly paperwork.


Discussion held on the parental advice form and the support available from Independent Support in completing this form.


A pack of information  was distributed and discussed


Further information on the EHC Plans can be found on the Local Offer website


The Independent Support Team can be contacted on 01772 629470 or email






Rachel to attach PowerPoint presentation to notes


3 Notes from previous meeting

The notes were e-mailed to all attendees and discussed at today’s meeting.


  • Barnardo’s Lancashire Young Carers Service can support children from the age of 6/7 years dependent on individual needs. A representative from this service will be attending the local forum in February.


Parents also mentioned Blackpool Tiggers:


  • Red Cross Emergency Card – the criteria has recently changed and the card is now available for over 18s. Contact details: 01772707332


  • Request for an update from Fylde Coast YMCA re: sports and positive activities programme.




















Rachel to contact YMCA.

4 Updates from the Lancashire Parent Carer Forum (LPCF) and the working groups

This was held on Tuesday 14th July 2015  and the minutes will be available on the Local Offer via the following link:

direct link:



Lancashire Break Time (LBT) –Information for October and Christmas holidays has been sent out and is available on the Local Offer website, via the following direct link:


Local Offer – the new flyer was distributed





















Rachel to attach flyer  to notes

5 Any concerns /issues raised

The group discussed the following concerns:


  • Parent raised concerns regarding the Disability Living Allowance form and the Carer’s Allowance.


  • Discussion held regarding children’s lace up shoes and trouser belts.



  • Service provision from the Speech and Language Therapy Service and Occupational Therapy Service.

Rachel mentioned that the Team Leader of the Children’s Integrated Therapy & Hearing Team will be attending the local forum in January as a guest speaker.








Rachel to source information

6 Any other business


  • Family event – Discussion held on the family event which was held on Wednesday 14th October, the feedback received on the evening and how to reach more families for any future events.


  • Discussion held re: small group funding that the Fylde Parent Carer Forum could apply for.



  • Parent mentioned See-Saws support group and their activities within the Fylde and Wyre area




  • Parent mentioned the Making Sense of Special Needs course – The Special Educational Needs and Disability Information Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) are running this course at Oak Tree Children’s Centre, Lytham St Anne’s on Mondays 1pm – 3pm from November 2nd to December 7th


Information given on the following:


  • Local drama groups


Mini Children’s Theatre 4-6 years

Children’s Theatre 7-12 years

Youth Theatre 12-17 years

Adult Company 18+

The groups meet on a Tuesday evening during term time

Re-locating to Woodlands school from Monday 2nd November


  • Phoenix Youth Theatre – Friday’s 6-8pm 9-19 years. Held at Cardinal Allen High School, Fleetwood.

Further information can be found in the Autumn edition of the FIND newsletter




  • Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) have launched a consultation on their proposals for inspecting how local areas are meeting their responsibilities to disabled children and young people, and those with special educational needs (SEND).

The consultation will close on 4th January 2016


  • Websites:


  • Fylde libraries – for local events please see attached flyer





  • Local forums

December Forum – Wednesday 19th and the guest speaker is the Patient Experience Officer, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust








Rachel to source information.


Rachel to e-mail for further information


Rachel to send flyer out to all parents
















































Rachel to attach list of events.



7 Date and time of next meeting


Wednesday 18th November


Oak Tree Children’s Centre, Sydney Street, Lytham St Anne’s  FY8 1TR


Guest speaker – representative from Parks and Greenspace Department, Fylde Borough Council










District: Fylde Parent Carer Forum

Date: Wednesday 18th November 2015

At: Oak Tree Children’s Centre, Sydney Street, Lytham St Anne’s


Time: 1pm – 3pm



  1. Welcome and housekeeping
  1. Introductions and apologies


  1. Guest Speaker : Representative from the Park and Greenspaces Department, Fylde Borough Council.


  1. Notes from the last meeting
  1. Updates from Lancashire Parent Carer Forum.


  1. Any concerns/issues that you want to raise
  1. Any other business
  1. Date, time and location of next meeting


Wednesday 9th December 2015

1pm – 3pm

Oak Tree Children’s Centre,        Sydney Street,        Lytham St Anne’s


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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.

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If you would like to find out more please contact:

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07437 335655

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