Who Is West Yorkshire CANN?
‘CANN’ stands for ‘Children Additional Needs Network’.
West Yorkshire CANN is formed of third sector, voluntary community and statutory organisations working with families and carers with children and young people with additional needs, in West Yorkshire.
It has been established so that Member Organisations can share best practice, resources, ideas and opportunities, in order to improve access to information, training and support for families and carers across the West Yorkshire area and the region, and to help to create a more efficient and effective ‘market place’ to the benefit of all users of our services, and the organisations involved.
The aim of this website is to share those good practices and resources with the families who need them!
West Yorkshire CANN Locations
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Some Upcoming Events
Communication Matters is pleased to announce the opportunity to meet in person suppliers of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) products and related services. The world of AAC is constantly changing – new software and technology, new strategies, new evidence about use of AAC, and new social and political developments. The day is open to AAC users, parents, carers, and professionals, and will be an opportunity to: Get hands on with the latest communication aids and see the latest product demonstrations Discover the latest developments in AAC products and get up-to-date information on the range of AAC products available in the UK All direct from many of the UK’s leading suppliers of communication aids, equipment, software, and symbol systems The companies and organisations booked onto exhibit so far are: Jabbla UK Liopa Smartbox Assistive Technology Smile Smart Technology Therapy Box Tobii Dynavox Widgit Software The exhibition is free to attend, and tea/coffee will be available. Please book your place in advance below. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/communication-matters-exhibition-day-more-than-just-talking-tickets-488639944227
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Exhibition Day
We are running a set of courses with KokoPie. You are welcome to book on as many as you feel would be suitable for you. We will be running each course both in-person and online to try and make it accessible for everyone. Each in-person course will be held at Leeds Mencap, LS9, and will have a max of 15 attendees and will be in a Workshop format. Workshops will include printed material for attendants such as a workbook and/or definition of terms. Zoom sessions are to provide a follow-up opportunity for those attending the in-person workshops. Those unable to attend the in-person education event are also welcome to join in on the zoom session. The course will run 10am-12pm and there will be lunch provided afterwards as well as time for questions for the in-person course. When booking, please do let me know of any dietary requirements.In person sessions are £5pp to help cover venue costs and food. Online courses are free. We apologise – but these courses are not suitable for children and there is no childcare available. Courses and dates Intro to Autistic Children, Distress Behaviours and Providing Support In Person: Tues 14th March 2023 Online: […]
Family Support Courses
Join us as we launch the NEW Leeds Parent Carer Forum! The forum is run by a group of parents & carers who are passionate about making a positive difference to improve the quality of life for children and young people with additional needs, and their families, across Leeds. Find out more about: the role of Leeds Parent Carer Forum our aims how we will be representing the voice of parents and carers in Leeds how to get involved Parents & Carers, Education, Health & Social Care professionals and Third Sector organisations all welcome. Refreshments will be provided. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/leeds-parent-carer-forum-launch-tickets-568173902437
Join Leeds Parent Carer Forum for their launch
Join Communication Matters for a special evening of celebration at the AAC Awards 2023. Hosted at the University of Leeds on the 24th of March 2023 the awards ceremony will include a drinks reception, dinner, as well as the announcement of the winners of the ten award categories. Entertainment will include a set from Communication Matters Patron, Lost Voice Guy, and a live DJ. Tickets for the awards ceremony are available to purchase online. There are a limited number of subsidised places available for AAC users and their personal assistants. Who do you know in your AAC community whose work or achievement should be shared and recognised? Communication Matters needs you to nominate them! Do you know an AAC user who should be recognised for their contributions to the arts? A teacher, therapist or parent who deserves acknowledgment for their commitment to AAC? Do you attend a group or club that supports the use of AAC in a unique way? Someone who has created an innovative AAC solution? Do you know an AAC user who has been a trailblazer for others? To nominate an individual, group, team, setting, or organisation, please complete the online form. Supporting statements can be submitted […]
Communication Matters AAC Awards 2023 – Nominations Now Open
Sunflowers for ages 2-8 on a Saturday morning, every 2 weeks. The session is now longer to allow families to stay for a cuppa and a chat. A team member will be there providing refreshments, and please feel free to bring a packed lunch. There will also be some craft for the children during this time- see structure below. You can book onto the session here. These sessions encourage children to explore their imagination and use their bodies through play and movement. Accessible to all – we use props, craft, music and singing to promote a creative environment full of fun. Katie Aynsley, who runs the sessions, has experience of working with children, young people, and adults with disabilities. She has volunteered, assisted, and taught a wide range of accessible and inclusive dance sessions within the community. She is now the academy dance tutor for Mind the Gap theatre company in Bradford and a dance support worker for Mesh Dance an inclusive youth dance company in Leeds. Katie is also a support worker providing support in the community for families and young people with additional needs. Siblings are welcome and feel free to bring lunch/snack to have afterwards. Bookings will close at […]
Service Description Come and try the fully inclusive sport of Boccia! Session 1 of 4 in Jan-Apr block. We encourage youngsters to come to all 4 sessions if possible if they’re interested in a competitive pathway and/or building on their playing skills & technique. SIGN UP FOR EACH SESSION SEPARATELY. Whether you’re just looking to start something new, make friends, or if you’re even looking to start an elite Paralympic career, come and join us. The Community HUB, Technique Stadium, Chesterfield, S41 8NZ. Ample disabled parking right outside. Fully accessible. Changing Places facility. 1:30-4:30pm. FREE to attend. Cafe on site PLEASE NOTE: Open to our core age group (8-25) only. If there is a demand for CP+ (26-years & over) Boccia, we will consider this and deliver it separately.
Website: https://www.circusleeds.org.uk To replace the Ninja Warrior event, we have managed to book the wonderful Circus Leeds to come and teach our children Circus Skills. They are all about accessibility and say that children of all abilities will be able to come and have a go. I’ve spoken to them on the phone and they are very excited to meet our families. CircusLeeds was established as Leeds Children’s Circus in 1989 and provides circus workshops, classes and events for young people and, in more recent years, adults. It’ll be a circus party to remember where partygoers can have fun with their wide range of circus equipment from diablo to juggling, hoop to poi. There’ll be short demonstrations from their circus artist, circus games, crazy tricks to learn and a chance to have a go at everything. Circus Leeds offers an alternative physical activity that is uniquely accessible and inclusive. Their classes often appeal to young people who cannot access traditional sports, because of mental health, social anxiety or physical barriers and who gain huge benefits from a physical practice which is noncompetitive, affordable and non-judgemental. Circus Leeds practice builds physical skills and confidence in hand-eye co-ordination, balance, teamwork, flexibility and strength. […]
Sunbeams is our youngest group and is for any children from birth (or even before!) to 4 years along with their siblings, parents and carers. It is a lovely time for playing, chatting and sharing a cuppa with other familes. We always end the group with a time of singing and signing which is popular with the little ones. If you are planning to attend could you please let us know via WhatsApp or email (email@example.com) including how many parents or carers will be coming along. The group takes place in a hall with plenty of space, and we will provide hand sanitiser and encourage mask wearing and distancing. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like to chat with someone before joining a session. Every other Monday, 12:30-14:00 Address Stainbeck Community Hall 162 Stainbeck Lane Leeds LS7 2EA Contact Phone: 07725 041601 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Children’s Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Services run opt-in sessions for pre-school aged children who would benefit from extra input. See the flyer below for upcoming dates and how to book. Online resources can also be found at LCH Integrated Children’s Additional Needs Service (ICAN), select Physiotherapy or Occupational Therapy from the list at the right hand side.
Therapy Support for Pre-School children with Down Syndrome
We are excited to announce that on Tuesday 28th March 2023 we will be hosting Leeds Local Offer Live 10am till 2pm at Pudsey Civic Hall. The event will be a market place style event for families with a child with special educational needs and/or disabilities to come and find out about SEND services and support available to them within the city. We have the space for 60 service stalls available on the day
Leeds Local Offer Live!
This will be the first of out fortnightly cricket sessions for young people aged 12 – 25, and will be held on 26th May at St Chad’s Cricket Club in Headingley. We have 10 places available for each session and we are aiming to have 3 or 4 support staff from Sunshine & Smiles so that young people can take part independently of parents and carers if we have sufficient support in place for the young people attending. We will send out a consent form for more information from you once places have been booked so we can plan for each session. The sessions are being coached by a qualified Yorkshire Cricket Board coach. We do need people to book onto the sessions in advance so that we can plan support & staffing needed and so that we know who we are expecting to attend. The booking form is here and it is now live for bookings. Please email email@example.com if you have any questions.
Cricket for young people aged 12-25
SNOOP are running a number of Zoom meetings for parent/carers who have a child or young person in year 9 or above. Weds 29 March (7.15pm)Josh Wadsworth, Preparation for adulthood workstream lead – leading a session about PFA and EHCPs and post 16 lived experience of parents. Weds 19 April (7.30pm)Claire Reeves and Jack Skinner from Bradford MDC social care team will be doing a session on Learning disability assessments, direct payments and adult social care. Weds 10 May (7.15pm)Vicky Donolly from Waddiloves, a locally commissioned services for people with learning disabilities will be running a session about annual health checks and social prescribing. Weds 14 June (7.15pm) Lucy Smith from Shipley College will be running a session about transitioning to college and college life. For more information or to book on any of the sessions please contact Sophie Turnball at Snoop, email: Sophie.Turnball@snoopcharity.org Please also remember the Preparing for Adulthood, PfA Prospectus is now live on the Local Offer website, please share with children, young people, families and professionals. This is a fantastic prospectus which we are sure will help many people learn about what is available in Bradford.
Preparation For Adulthood (PFA) Zoom meetings
AWARE will be holding a World Autism Acceptance Event (WAAD) at Bradford City AFC on Thursday 30 March (10am – 2pm). The day is a drop-in event (tickets required) for families with autistic children or young people (no diagnosis needed). This is an unmissable chance to meet a whole host of services including, but not limited to, education and health care, speech and language, social care, sports and activity clubs and much, much more! You can attend the event any time that suits you between 10am and 1.30pm (the event closes at 2pm). You are more than welcome to bring children with you – the plan is to have a sensory/chill out room that they can access if needed. We have Urdu and Bengali speakers available. There is free parking available on site and the surrounding roads. More information & bookings
AWARE World Autism Acceptance Day 2023
Thursday 30 March 2023 – 10am to 2pmMcCall Suite, Bradford BD8 7DY AWARE will be holding a World Autism Acceptance Event (WAAD) at Bradford City AFC on Thursday 30 March (10am – 2pm). The day is a drop-in event (tickets required) for families with autistic children or young people (no diagnosis needed). This is an unmissable chance to meet a whole host of services including, but not limited to, education and health care, speech and language, social care, sports and activity clubs and much, much more! You can attend the event any time that suits you between 10am and 1.30pm (the event closes at 2pm). You are more than welcome to bring children with you – the plan is to have a sensory/chill out room that they can access if needed. We have Urdu and Bengali speakers available. There is free parking available on site and the surrounding roads. More information & bookings
AWARE World Autism Acceptance Day 2023
Smilers for ages 8-18 on a Saturday morning, every 2 weeks. This week with a drum workshop with Matt Evans. The session is now longer to allow families to stay for a cuppa and a chat. A team member will be there providing refreshments, and please feel free to bring a packed lunch. You can book onto the session here. These sessions encourage children to explore their imagination and use their bodies through play and movement. Accessible to all – we use props, craft, music and singing to promote a creative environment full of fun. Katie Aynsley, who runs the sessions, has experience of working with children, young people, and adults with disabilities. She has volunteered, assisted, and taught a wide range of accessible and inclusive dance sessions within the community. She is now the academy dance tutor for Mind the Gap theatre company in Bradford and a dance support worker for Mesh Dance an inclusive youth dance company in Leeds. Katie is also a support worker providing support in the community for families and young people with additional needs. Siblings are welcome and feel free to bring lunch/snack to have afterwards. Bookings will close at 9am Saturday and please remember to cancel […]
Smilers (age 8-18)
Swimming sessions for Sunshine Families Sessions are 40 minutes long and we will run 2 sessions of 4 pods on a fortnightly basis. The 1st pod will run from 3.15pm to 3.55pm followed by 20 minutes between sessions, with the 2nd session being from 4.15pm to 4.55pm with 20 minutes to exit the baths. Each pod will be a 1/4 of the pool – 2 shallow end pods & 2 deep end pods (your child must be able to swim without arm bands or floats for the deep end pods) with a maximum of 6 people from the same family or support bubble in each pod. All sessions must be booked in advance and spaces are released for booking the Saturday before the swim session. The link to book is: Sunshine & Smiles Swimming We will then ensure we pass family details to Bramley for the purposes of NHS track & trace & for checking into the session. There will be two teachers available on the poolside to give advice & guidance to families during the session, unfortunately teachers cannot be in the water with children due to ensuring social distancing & the session being Covid secure. You will be allocated poolside changing cubicles on arrival and will need […]
Family swim at Bramley Baths
The Sunshine & Smiles Youth Club is having an Easter outing! We’re having a Gravity Trampolining session on Monday 3rd April (9:40am – 11am). This event is for young people of high school age 11-18yrs. We have initially booked 15 places but more can be added. We do not have exclusive use of the park but it is the first session of the day so should be quieter. For this event young people must be supervised and supported by a parent or carer at all times. Parents/Carers must be happy for their young person to take part at their own risk. We cannot be held responsible for any injury sustained during the activity and parents & carers who sign up must understand the risks associated with the activity particularly in relation to atlantoaxial instability. In addition parents/carers must sign the Gravity disclaimer. This can be done in advance and we will then need to link it to our booking on the day. Gravity Trampolining is at Cardigan Fields Leisure Park, Kirkstall Rd, Leeds LS4 2DG Sunshine & Smiles are funding the outing, and bookings can be made here through the normal booking system where voluntary donations can also be made. We are looking […]
Sunshine Youth Club
On Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th April we will be running open craft sessions at The Old Fire Station for everyone. There will be lots of different craft activities, each costing £2 to do. We will also be revealing the name of the bear! Please come along, or let people know who might be interested. Monday 3rd April – 1.30 – 3.30pm Tuesday 4th April – 10.30am – 12.30pm
Bear Craft Days
Service Description Chit & Chat is one of our most popular initiatives! Join us for informal chat, laughs & fun from wherever you are! This block will run until Easter. Online informal, interactive and fun social sessions! Meet and chat with like-minded youngsters from the comfort of your own home and in a supportive, safe space. Under-18’s must have a parent/carer present in the room. Maximum age limit – 25-years. Recommended minimum age – 11-years. Chat box feature available for non-verbal participants/participants who struggle with speech or prefer to use written communication. Participants very welcome to just sit & listen if they wish. Book now: https://www.cpteensuk.org/service-page/chit-chat?referral=service_list_widget#:~:text=Book-,now,-Service%20Description
Chit & Chat
We will be hosting a Karaoke singing group every 2 weeks. How will the new session work? People due to take part in the group can send a song request to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the day of the session. Throughout the session we will provide music & lyrics and individuals will have the chance to sing their song while others in the group sing along at home. If you / a young person is interested, please let us know and send in your song request. You can email email@example.com with the information. https://sunshineandsmiles.org.uk/news-and-events/events/smilers-singing-postponed
Smilers Karaoke Session
Service Description Come join us for a fundraising quiz for ‘CP Teens’, family, friends & supporters. Raising funds for CP Teens UK. Friday 21st April 2023. Twin Oaks Hotel – J29, M1 7:00pm for a 7:30pm start. Hot roast pork sandwiches with all of the trimmings. Vegetarian alternative available. £12 for ‘CP Teens’ (youngsters & people with a physical disability). £15 for standard. Includes quiz entry.
CP Teens UK Quiz 2023
When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s amore! Your House! Service Description When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s amore! We will send you a FREE pizza kit to create & make your own pizzas! Kits make 2 pizzas (10-12 inches) and contain: 2 Dough Balls Fresh Basil Tomato Sauce Fior De Latte Mozzarella ’00’ Flour Parmesan Extra Virgin Olive Oil You buy your own toppings. Vegan kits available on request. Prizes: Most Luxurious Pizza Most Imaginative Pizza T&C’s – as this is completely free, we do ask for feedback on the virtual evening. This can be in the form of a photo/video and/or quote for those who prefer not to be photographed. We will use the photos and videos on CP Teens UK official social media and website unless you ask us not to. We only ever use first names and not surnames. We completely understand that sometimes unavoidable things crop up, e.g. illness, that mean you can’t participate on the night. Pizza kits can be kept for up to 3 days refrigerated. We recommend making your kit ASAP and DO NOT CONSUME AFTER 3 DAYS. It is […]