Parent Training - SkillShare

SkillShare provides training and information events for parents and carers of children with special educational needs.

The project consults with local communities and existing voluntary groups about the events they would like.

We can then set up training and information events needed in accessible locations throughout Staffordshire.

Who do I contact?

Lottery Funded

If you run a support group or attend one and would like free training to help your group please contact us:

Email: skillshare@staffordshire.gov.uk
Phone: 01785 356930

Feedback

Tracy Munday, SkillShare coordinator, is always happy to receive feedback from parents about the type of workshops they would like in the future. You can share your ideas and suggestions by emailing us directly or completing the questionnaire below.

Email it to: skillshare@staffordshire.gov.uk

Whilst we are always looking for new events to stage, if you missed one of the previous events it may be possible to repeat a workshop if there is enough interest. Please let us know. 

Previous SkillShare events

  •  Autism Awareness: Navigating the Spectrum.

This event for parents and carers of children and young people on the autism spectrum in Staffordshire took place on Saturday 2 July 2016 at Uttoxeter Racecourse. The morning consisted of 8 workshops of which parents/carers were given the opportunity to attend two. Following a free lunch, the afternoon was a session about  'Managing  Meltdowns'  delivered by guest speaker Geoff Evans.

  •  Everyday First Aid for parents of children and young people with special needs. 
  • ‘Why Does My Child Do This?’ Webinar.
  • Stress..... Signs, Symptons and Solutions Workshop.
  • Dyspraxia Experience, Gadgets and Gizmos workshop 
  • Promoting Positive Behaviour with Children and Young People with Autism.
  • Dyslexia Workshop 
  • Supporting Siblings 
  • Coping with Change
  • Getting There!
  • Family Signing Workshop.
  • Stress - Signs, Symptoms and Solutions.
  • Dads In The Driving Seat.
  • Time To Talk Teens
  • Makaton Workshops

SkillShare independent evaluation

It was back in 2007 that Staffordshire Parent Partnership Service were successful in obtaining Big Lottery funding to run the first 5-year SkillShare project.  The purpose of the project was to facilitate training sessions and workshops for parents and carers of children with special educational needs in Staffordshire.

We would like to say a huge thank you to those people who helped with the external evaluation of the project as the five-year funding came to an end, either by filling in forms or speaking to Deb James from Charity Evaluation Services.

Please see below the summary and full evation of the project:

What happened next?

We submitted a further bid to the Big Lottery Fund. We were successful in getting another 5 years of funding from April 2013 under the Reaching Communities Programme.

We were awarded another £241,000 to further develop the SkillShare Project and build on the success of the previous 5 years.

Since April 2013, Tracy Munday has been out and about around the county consulting with parents, service providers, community and support groups and network groups to find out what events parents and carers want from SkillShare, when they want them and in what areas.

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