Dee Banks Parents Group

MENCAP – Planning for the Future – Monday 6 February 2017


Feedback from Mencap sessions

Mencap Session on supporting your child through puberty

I will bring my notes from this to the next meeting for anyone who is interested. It was a really interesting course and I will keep a lookout for its return.

In the meantime there were suggestions of resources that could be used: Talking about sex and relationships: the views of young people with learning disability.

www.sexualhealthsheffield –Puberty and sexuality for children and young people with a learning disability Puberty and sexuality for children and young people with a learning disability Sexuality education for children and adolescents with developmental disability- an instruction manual for parents or caregivers


Hopefully these will be of some help tackling an issue that can be very difficult to know how to approach and deal with.


Mencap session on making Wills and Trusts- preparing for your children’s future.

This was an excellent session and again I will look out for a return visit.

I will be bringing my notes to the next session.

The Mencap website is well worth looking at and they have a number of helpful guides and booklets full of advice and information.

They also have a list of solicitors who they feel have the relevant knowledge and experience to deal with your specific requests.


Both sessions were very impressive and it would be good to visit regularly the MENCAP website or




If you have any further suggestions whether about the format of the meetings or useful links etc please email the school:

Hope you find the following link useful, it has lots of local and national services available to you.

National and Local Useful Links

Parents Group 11/6/15

We had a really good Parents’ Group meeting last week,

Jemma Gregory, who has a young child at Dee Banks, has set up a charity SPACE (Sensory Play Area for Chester and Ellesmere Port), which aims to provide Sensory play facilities for children with disabilities and additional needs and also provide a place for families and carers to support each other. 07849110343

They will be having stay and play sessions at Upton Youth Club CH2 1HB on June 20th, July 4th, 18th, August 1st, 15th, 29th 1-4pm.

We also discussed other activities and facilities that might be useful to parents during the Summer:

  • Warrington Play and Sensory Centre
  • North Staffs Special Adventure Playground. This is a purpose built complex. (
  • For those of you who live in East Cheshire or that end of the county, Alsager Hanfa Association put on a summer play scheme. Applications are being considered now. 01270 763492.
  • Just So Festival at Rode Hall Sandbach is a family friendly festival starting on Friday August 21st. Carers can have a free ticket.
  • Cinema Exhibitors Association (CEA) card enables carers to have free admittance to cinemas with their child/young adult with special needs. They can be applied for online.
  • Chester Zoo also produces a card for carers.
  • is a useful site with information about activities. Click on Cheshire and the disabled children sections.

The Special Educational Needs and Disability Local Offer is now launched. This will hopefully be a really valuable and informative website. It will have information about facilities, activities, services that are available for children and adults with Special Needs. Please check it out, they are keen for it to be interactive and you can leave comments, further information etc on the site. The website address is:

Emma Walker, who has been instrumental in getting the Local Offer up and running in Chester West and Chester, came to get feedback on the site. This is a site set up by the CWAC to list organisations etc that might be of assistance. It can be accessed by going on the CWAC website and then clicking on Local Offer.

It was also mentioned that Facebook can also be very useful. There are numerous support groups with Facebook sites e.g. Contact-A-Family, Family Fund, Every Disabled Child Matters, Educational and Social Care Plans Support Group.

These sites could put you in touch with other parents with similar concerns.