4us2 Annual General Meeting 25th May – all welcome!

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4us2 will be holding it’s Annual general meeting on Thursday 25th May 10.30 – 12.30 at Faversham Gym (Jubilee Centre, 23 Whitstable Road, Faversham). All members are welcome to come.

The Annual General meeting is when we report back to members on what the charity has done over the last year and what we’re planning to do in the future. We’ll also take a quick look at the finances and welcome in new trustees.

We will have guest speakers from the Tizard Centre (specialists on intellectual and developmental disability).

Tea, coffee, and a light lunch after the meeting.

Supervised soft play will be available for the kids.

If you’re planning to come, please drop us a line on manager@4us2.org or phone Victoria on 01843 446030 so that know how many to cater for.

Music Makers at Orchards, Sittingbourne, starting 26 April

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Join 4us2 for fun, friendly and relaxed sing and sign sessions for children with additional needs.

Every Wednesday 26th April – 21st June, 10.30 – 11.30. £2 per child.

To find out more please contact Louise on louise@4us2.org or phone 01795 227171

NEWS FLASH: It’s Red Nose Day!

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We had a very special guest join us this week for a special Comic Relief Red Nose Day play session and to talk about our work supporting disabled children and their families! If you’re watching the fun on the BBC tonight, watch out for us – BBC South East Today, 6.30 pm.

Breaking Stories: ASD Workshop 20 & 27 March, Easter Hols Event 6 April

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4us2 is very pleased to announce two up-coming events for families of disabled children / young people.

Two-part ASD Workshop

4us2 welcomes parents / carers to our two-part workshop at Green Banks, Margate on 20th and 27th March. The sessions are for parents / carers of children or young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (whether diagnosed or as yet un-diagnosed), and will help attendees understand the causes of behaviours that can be part of ASD, and identify strategies to manage them. You must book to attend the workshop, and you must be able to attend both dates. Please email Jemma@4us2.org for more information and to book, or call 01843 446030. We invite a donation of £5 per attendee for this event.

Easter Holiday Family Fun Morning at the Jubilee Centre, Faversham

We’ll be hosting a family fun morning at the Jubilee Centre Faversham on Thursday 6th April 10.00 – 12.00 with exclusive use of the soft play area, trampolines, ball pits, slides and all the gym area. £3.50 per child for members, £5.00 per child for non-members.

You must book in advance for this event. Please email events@4us2.org or call 01843 446030 or 01795 227171

4us2 half-term fun sessions at Green Banks and Orchards!

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4us2 will be holding two fun sessions for children with disabilities this coming half term – one at Green Banks Margate on Thursday 16th February, and one at Orchards, Sittingbourne on Friday 17th February.

Both sessions will run 10.00 – 12.00 and include use of the soft play and sensory rooms, and there will also be other activities such as face-painting, crafts, play dough and biscuit decorating.

No need to book – just come along! There is a small charge per child – £1.50 for members and £2.00 for non-members.

To find out more about the Margate session please email manager@4us2.org

To find out more about the Sittingbourne session please email louise@4us2.org

 

 

4us2 Announces Comic Relief Funding!

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4us2 is celebrating an award of nearly £40,000 over two years from major national charity Comic Relief. The money will be used to provide training, support and fun events for families across Thanet, Canterbury and Swale. The Comic Relief team themselves will be visiting the charity’s drop-in at Margate on Thursday 19th January to interview parents and staff about the services the charity provides, with a view to including a piece in the next Comic Relief fundraising campaign this spring.

Victoria Elliott, charity manager and mum of a disabled teenager, said, ‘We’re thrilled about the award. Unfortunately, the local authority cut our funding last year and we have been fighting for survival. This support from Comic Relief means we can expand services and work on ensuring a stable future.’

Chair of Trustees Justine Gates, who is mum to two disabled youngsters, said, ‘Demand for our services will only grow as other providers disappear. This money gives us the chance to respond to the need that is out there and also to strengthen our charity.’

Justine added that 4us2 is currently recruiting more trustees to help with specific areas such as marketing and fundraising. ‘We have to raise our game,’ said Justine, ‘for the sake of all the families out there who need our help.’

To find out more about how you can help by volunteering to be a trustee, please go to the ‘work with us’ pages.

 

Announcing Music Makers in Jan – Feb!

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‘Music Makers’ has been developed for children with additional needs from a programme developed by Pie Factory Music.  It involves singing along to nursery rhymes and songs using actions, Makaton, puppets and other props to engage young children.  It is designed to help young children develop speech, language and communication abilities and to enable parents to develop their skills and knowledge in supporting this.

Join us for fun, friendly and relaxed sing and sign sessions every Wednesday from 11th January for 8 weeks. The eight week course costs £24.

Booking is essential. To find out more and to book, please contact Victoria@4us2.org or phone 01843 446030

Two-Part ASD Workshop from 4us2 at Green Banks, Margate – 6th Dec and 12th Jan

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4us2 is offering a two-part workshop (part one on 6th December, part two on 12th January) looking at understanding Autism – an introduction. The sessions run from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm.

This two-part workshop will give an overview of ASC / ASD and explore strategies for managing challenging behaviour.

It is free of charge for all parents and carers, but you must book in advance.

Professionals will be charged a fee of £10.

For more information and to book, please contact victoria@4us2.org or telephone Victoria on 01843 446030 / 07519 716186

Free presentation on Autism & Aspergers by Steve Vincent

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SPOTS are hosting a presentation on Understanding Autism and Asperger Syndrome with guest speaker Steve Vincent on Monday 5th December from 10 am at Green Banks, Margate. Steve has over 30 years experience in the field of Autism and Asperger Syndrome, including teaching and delivering outreach and training for many Kent and countrywide schools. Steve is a retired Headteacher of an Autism-specific school.

The presentation will focus on:

What ASD is and is not

Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder

Developing basic strategies to help people with ASD

To book your FREE place please call or text SPOTS on 07717064944 or email spotspectrum@talktalk.net

4us2 Visit to Port Lympne Animal Park Thursday 27 Oct

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4us2  has secured a great deal for our members to visit Port Lympne with us in October Half Term – Thursday 27th October – including the Animal Safari!

Advance booking & payment is essential, so book now to avoid disappointment!  One carer free per disabled child, Special Member rates: £13 per adult, £10 per child.

You can pay by Cash or Cheque at Green Banks, Margate or at Orchards, Sittingbourne, or by BACS to Acc No: 00020477 Sort: 405240, including your name in the payment.

Transport is available by mini-bus from Green Banks or Orchards at only £10 per person!

To find out more and book your places, phone Victoria on 01843 446030 or email events@4us2.org