Kids First events

Kids First organises a variety of different events which include workshops and meetings with local service providers.

Events for 2017

Autumn 2017

Tell our health service commissioners about your views on autism diagnosis in Merton

Friday 15 September, 10am to 12pm
Chaucer Centre, Room B, Canterbury Road, Morden, SM4 6PX
Christa Blankenberg & Sarah Blair, Commissioning Managers for Children Services, & Abbas Mirza, Senior Associate from Merton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). Pre-engagement meeting for parents of children. Only 30 places available!

Mental Capacity, and Enduring Power of Attorney

Thursday 21 September, 10.15am to 12.45pm
Chaucer Centre, Room D, Canterbury Road, Morden, SM4 6PX
Philip Warford, Managing Director of Renaissance Legal

If a person lacks the ability to make a decision then their mental capacity is questioned. Philip will explain the principles around mental capacity & what you need to consider. He will also talk about Powers of Attorney, the appointment of someone to make decisions on behalf of another person & how they can be used. Only 30 places available!

Learn how to give First Aid

Friday 29 September, 9.30am to 12.30pm
Chaucer Centre, Room M, Canterbury Road, Morden, SM4 6PX
Lucy Kiddle, Freelance First Aid Trainer
A First Aid session covering CPR, Recovery Position, Choking, Bleeding and Burns. Please note this is not a certificated course. PRIOR BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL FOR THIS SESSION AS THERE ARE ONLY 15 PLACES AVAILABLE! First come, first served!

SEN update

Tuesday 12 October, 10am to 12 noon
Chaucer Centre, Room B, Canterbury Road, Morden, SM4 6PX
with Karla Finikin, Merton’s Head of SEN & Disability (SENDIS)
An opportunity to discuss SEN issues. Topic to be arranged. Come along and ask your questions. Only 30 places available!

Anger management and techniques for managing anxiety & stress

Friday 10 November, 10am-2pm (lunch included)
Chaucer Centre, Room B, Canterbury Road, Morden, SM4 6PX
Janey Bell, Professional Trainer
Learn anger management and practical coping skills for dealing with anxiety and stress which can affect a person psychologically and physically. This practical workshop explores different strategies & techniques that you can use at home on yourself, or with your son or daughter. Only 30 places available!

Staying safe online

Thursday 23 November, 10am to 12pm
Chaucer Centre, Room M, Canterbury Road, Morden, SM4 6PX
with Mark Brown, Special Needs Advisor, Special Help 4 Special Needs
Many children and young people with SEN can spend hour’s online using chat rooms, social media and other sites of interest. Sometimes this is the only social outlet they have. Mark will explain some of the hazards and will offer tips on what you can do to minimize risk, and keep your children safe online. Only 25 places available! Chaucer Centre, Room M, Canterbury Road, Morden, SM4 6PX

Sensory Integration & OT Techniques

Monday 4 December, 10am-2pm (lunch included)
with Sheena Rufus, Merton Children & Young People’s Occupational Therapy, Central London Community Healthcare
A practical session on sensory integration & occupational therapy techniques you can use at home with your child. Find out what the OT service provides, plus information on referrals, waiting lists, assessments & OT in schools. Only 30 places available!

Spring 2018

Wills and Trusts

Thursday 1 February 2018, 10.15am to 12.45pm
Philip Warford, Managing Director of Renaissance Legal

Phil will be able to help you make informed decisions and choices about what you can do to look after your child after you are no longer here. Includes: Free advice on planning for the future; What will happen to your child after you are gone? Why do you need to make will? Things to consider when making a will; What is a Trust and how do they work?

How to book

If you are interested in finding out more or attending any Kids First events, please book your place by contacting Tracy Blackwell, Kids First Administrator, on 020 8687 4644, or email us.

Sometimes places are limited, and we do need to know numbers for catering purposes.

If you are visiting Kids First for the first time, just call us and ask to meet a friendly face before the meeting so you are not alone!

Download maps to all our venues:

Chaucer Centre
Lavender Children’s Centre (Steers Mead)
Intergenerational Centre & Adventure Playground
The William Morris Function Room
Polka Theatre
Mitcham Parish Centre/Village Hall

Future events

Workshops are intended to help parents develop a particular skill or technique or learn more about a topic which is relevant to their child. This is to make life easier when caring for a child or young person with a disability. Workshops regularly include topics such as Behaviour Management, Special Education Needs and Disability Law, Nutrition, Paediatric First Aid, Growing Up / Sexual Development, Signing, Sleep Problems, and Occupational Therapy / Brain Gym.

Meetings with local service providers are your chance to meet the people who could work with your children face-to-face, to find out more about their services, to raise any concerns or queries, and to meet other Kids First parents. Meetings with local service providers regularly include professionals from Children’s Social Services, Community Police, Education Psychology Service, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, Parent Partnership Service (educational advice), and local MPs.

Social events are your chance to get out, have fun, and meet with other Kids First parents. Normally you can just turn up on the day, no need to book.

Family events provide an opportunity for your whole family to have fun together including children, grandparents etc.

Kids First events are for you. What would you like to know more about?

Please let us know if there is anything which would help you. Tell us if you know about anything which other parents might benefit from. Please contact us.

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