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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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.
Some Upcoming Events
Using an inclusive approach the Mini Movers Dance Sessions are created to encourage the children to explore their imagination and use their bodies through play and movement. Props, music and singing are used to promote a creative environment where the children can have fun and the sessions are made accessible to all. Katie Aynsley, who runs the sessions, has four years’ experience of working with children, young people and adults with disabilities. She has worked towards becoming a freelance dance teacher where she has volunteered, assisted and taught various dance sessions within the community. She now works with local dance organisations Mesh Dance and Phoenix Dance theatre who provide dance within the community for children and young people with additional needs. Join us! Mini Movers is a free session you can access via the Zoom app. If you would like to join the online session, please email email@example.com to confirm your attendance and please let us know the names of who will be attending. Get Zoom Download the app – Click here – Zoom Create an account Log in via the device you would like to use for the session (laptops are more compatible than mobiles and iPads) How to join the sessions […]
Online Mini Movers aged 2-8
Our swimming sessions are back on 17th April – bookings will open on Saturday 10th April. 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 […]
Swimming returns for Sunshine Families
April 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm |Free This friendly, informal group brings carers together to have a chat and discuss a new novel chosen by the group each month. Until recently the Leeds central library provided the group with books, and we met in person. As this is no longer possible, the group now meet virtually through Zoom, about every six weeks on a Wednesday. We also keep in touch with each other through email. At the moment we are buying our own books, once we have all agreed on a title; we’ve found that good second hand copies can be found at a reasonable cost and there are often bargains available for new copies. We’d love to welcome more carers with a love of reading to the group. 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, please contact Valerie Banks.
We are very excited to announce the June Zoom for 2021, an inclusive virtual event for all abilities! Though we’ve had to postpone the SNAPS Superhero Zoom, our inclusive fun run, until 2022, we’re not letting that stop us! Instead we will have the June Zoom, giving you the opportunity to take part how you want, when you want during June 2021. Taking part in the June Zoom is easy: Sign up to receive a welcome pack. Pick your activity – this could be running, wheeling, walking, cycling or even a challenge in your back garden! Complete your activity at your own pace throughout June. Send a photo or GPS route of your challenge to us. Receive a medal for taking part! This is a donate-what-you’re-able-to event, meaning you can donate any amount you want to sign up. To find out more and sign up for the June Zoom, click here: