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
FIND FUN ACTIVITIES
Enjoy new experiences and meet other families on fun days out.
Learn about available courses and get support whether you are a parents/carers or a professional.
Find out where you can hire equipment.
Some Upcoming Events
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
Carers Leeds, in partnership with Leeds City Council and the NHS are helping to host a roadshow event for carers at Kirkgate Market on Friday 8th December 2023, 10am – 4pm. Come along and meet other carers, health and social care professionals plus organisations that can help you with your caring role.
Carers Leeds Roadshow
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 […]
OPEN with Made with Music is a new inclusive ensemble in Leeds for anyone who might need extra support to make music with family and friends. Starting Saturday 7th October for 8 weeks (no sessions on 28th October and 4th November) 2-4pm, including breaks. Venue: Leeds Conservatoire, 3 Quarry Hill, Leeds LS2 7PD Places are limited. You can bring your own instruments or we can provide them. Advised age 8+. https://www.madewithmusic.co.uk/open
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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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: email@example.com
This friendly informal group, run by our volunteers Fiona and Sue, brings carers together to chat and discuss the book the group have read. Leeds Central Library provide the group with books and they currently meet about every six weeks on a Wednesday at the Carers Leeds ofice. They also keep in touch with each other through email. Carers at the group enjoy having time for themselves and the social aspect of the meetings. There is always time for a chat and a catch-up. If you are interested in joining the group, please contact Valerie Banks, Volunteer Coordinator on 07985 754 570 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carers Leeds book group
Do you work with children with a vision impairment aged 0-4, including those with complex needs? Join our webinar on Thursday 14 December 4-5pm, to hear how Guide Dogs’ Children and Young Peoples team are supporting children with a vision impairment and their families with early years development through Guide Dogs My Time to Play sessions. Guide Dogs My Time to Play sessions are fun and supportive small group sessions that help children aged 0-4 to develop the practical skills and confidence to explore their world through play. The sessions are delivered free of charge by our Habilitation Specialists and focus on five key areas of development: concept development, sensory skills, fine and gross motor skills, self-help / first steps to independence and communication skills. The webinar will give you the opportunity to hear from those involved in delivering sessions, a Habilitation Specialist who leads the session, and feedback from parents who have attended. So, you can understand how Guide Dogs My Time to Play might support the children and families you work with and ask any questions you may have. We are also keen to work in partnership with organisations, if you support a group of children with a […]
Guide Dogs Webinar
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with the information. https://sunshineandsmiles.org.uk/news-and-events/events/smilers-singing-postponed
Smilers Karaoke Session
Last Tuesday of the month. 6.30pm – 8.00pm – Adults with (suspected) ADHD 7.30pm – 9.00pm – Parents/Carers of children with (suspected) ADHD There is no charge for attending any of the sessions, although donations are always welcome. All sessions are 18+
ADHD Peer Support Sessions – Bradford
Speak to services and receive information and advice about SEND Services in Leeds: Leeds Local Offer SENDIASS Scope Leeds Parent Carer Forum 10.30-12.30pm Sanderson Room, Leeds Central Library Contact email@example.com for more information and to request a visual walkthrough of the venue.
SEND Information Drop In For Parents and Carers
Carers UK and Carers Leeds are delighted to be hosting two free online seminars for working carers in Leeds. These two, one hour online sessions in February are for working carers in Leeds. The sessions will be led by Katherine Wilson, Head of Employment at Carers UK. These will cover your rights as a carer, flexible working, protection from discrimination and balancing caring with employment. Please click on the date you would like to attend to book the session. The sessions will be held on Tuesday 6 February at 6.30pm and Thursday 8 February at 12.30pm.