For all those who have never been able to have children, whose children have died or moved away, who never wanted children, who are estranged from their children… the question is

“Who will speak up for me and lend a hand when I can no longer cope on my own?”

Is the state the answer, charities, self-help?

December: Review meeting and Christmas Dinner!

Meetings are every second Wednesday of the month, at the Cross Keys pub, Goodramgate, York; alternate afternoons (2-4pm) and evenings (5:30-7:30pm) – for more information phone Sue 01904 488870

For all those who have never been able to have children, whose children have died or moved away, who never wanted children, who are estranged from their children… the question is

“Who will speak up for me and lend a hand when I can no longer cope on my own?”

Is the state the answer, charities, self-help?

November meeting guest speaker: Sandra Barratt, York Learning

Meetings are every second Wednesday of the month, at the Cross Keys pub, Goodramgate, York; alternate afternoons (2-4pm) and evenings (5:30-7:30pm) – for more information phone Sue 01904 488870

The IKnowFood programme (funded by the Global Food Security programme) working with YESI (York Environmental Sustainability Institute) is holding the ‘York Citizen Food Assembly’ to raise awareness and to get your views on the future of the UK food system. We will submit our findings to the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to help inform food policy.

On Friday pop in to the main event for a series of presentations from University of York academics, policymakers, local industry and charities about their work in this area. Whilst you are there browse the exhibition showcasing projects at York and chat to the experts themselves. Have your say during our series of interactive sessions and speak to fellow attendees over a sustainable lunch.

This is a great opportunity for the general public, businesses, and the public sector to explore food systems research at York and to have a real impact on future policy.

NOTE: We would like to have a variety of audience members. As a result you will see that we have set up a range of ticket types.

 

Our Senior Cycle Rides run on the last Sunday of the month and are open to all abilities.

Meet at Get Cycling at 10am, set off at 10:30am.

Rides are approximately 8-12 miles long with a refreshment break half way through, and make use of York’s amazing network of flat cycle paths and quiet country roads.

If you don’t have your own bike, that’s not a problem – we can lend you one free!

We offer a wide range of conventional, specialist and adapted cycles and can match almost any disability or support need. Loan cycles need to be organised in advance of the ride so the right size and style can be booked and ready for a fitting.

To pre-book a loan cycle, please call us at least 3 days ahead of the ride, on 01904 636 812 or email events@getcycling.org.uk.

Rides are funded as part of the City of York Council and i Travel York initiative ‘Travel Together’. For more information visit: www.itravelyork.info/events/senior-cycling-rides

#GetCycling #GetCyclingEvents #SeniorCycleRide

This year The Open Nest Charity will host a non profit collaboration between a group of individuals and organisations who are concerned about some child protection practices that lead to the traumatic and permanent severance of parents and families from their children via adoption.

Of interest to parents, carers, social workers, teachers, youth workers, politicians, lawyers, midwives, judges and experts by experience and of course any combination of the above.

Based upon years of their research, academics Anna Gupta, Brigid Featherstone and Andy Bilson will set the scene for why these conversations and collaborations need to be had at this precise moment in political and social history. This will be followed by round table discussions with parents and their professional allies from supportive organisations (Announcement of organisations and collaborators coming soon)

Delegates will be able to balance the research they hear with direct life experiences and the opportunity to speak with parent and ally collaborators in smaller groups at THE OPEN IDEAS CAFE.

With closed adoption being the current governments preference for permanence, millions of pounds of funding has been pushed in favour of adoption recruitment and support. Many children have been severed from their family roots and personal history within that process. Parents and their families are left in living grief with little support available. The voices of adult adoptees remain scare and are often excluded in consultation and policy.

Research shows women are more likely to have their children removed if they live in certain areas of the country, are care leavers, are learning disabled or because they themselves are victims of violence. Some women are multiply disadvantaged.

Collaborators will share their stories and discuss ways in which the right support makes positive outcomes for families more possible.

Mothers will discuss experiences of having their children placed for adoption and how they are using their experiences to educate others. Adopted people will talk about their experiences of adoption and what they feel services should focus upon. Adopters will give their experiences of positive open adoption and co parenting in the best interests of adopted children. Parent and family allies will discuss ways that working together across divides and creating safe spaces for dialogue can bring about positive cultural and systemic change.

Information will be shared in RESEARCH, CONVERSATIONS and through ARTWORKS that reflect diverse experiences as well as common threads and show that individuals and groups working together to make positive change is the best way and most powerful way forward to make adoption a safe and very last resort.

The day will offer opportunities for professional collaboration and information sharing.

Lunch and regular refreshments are provided. See the venue website for the days beautiful settings.

We will start late enough for those travelling distances to not miss anything and the venue is directly next to York Station.

Get ready to put 12th October in your diary as a day when you help to make an incredible difference to the future of mental health in the city of York and beyond.

We’ll collect a few details from you to make sure we can make your experience the very best it can be, we can’t wait to welcome you for The Great York Walk 2019 on 12th October!

Notes:

  • The £25 entry fee is a contribution to the running of the event and is consistent across both distances to support the specialist outdoor team on the day, who charge on a ‘per head’ basis. We encourage you to take on the full walk to make the most of the challenge, but we also want to be flexible, and allow you to choose the most challenging option for you.
  • The £2.54 booking fee supports the services of our booking provider, Eventbrite. A little extra from you helps us to put on the best event possible for you!

If you have any final questions that you need answering, please visit our webpage, read through our FAQs and Event Guidance Document, or send us an email on yustart@york.ac.uk.

The Great York Walk 2019 is organised by the University of York in association with Kuta Outdoors.

For all those who have never been able to have children, whose children have died or moved away, who never wanted children, who are estranged from their children… the question is

“Who will speak up for me and lend a hand when I can no longer cope on my own?”

Is the state the answer, charities, self-help?

October meeting guest speaker: Alyson Scott, CEO of York Mind

Meetings are every second Wednesday of the month, at the Cross Keys pub, Goodramgate, York; alternate afternoons (2-4pm) and evenings (5:30-7:30pm) – for more information phone Sue 01904 488870

Join us at Millennium Fields for free, weekly fitness sessions in partnership with York Mind.

These sessions are fun, informal and for all abilities. Whether it’s the first time you’ve exercised or whether you’re a regular, we will ensure you have a great session and get a lot out of it.

Taking part in physical activity not only keep you physically healthier, but supports good mental health too – we reckon you’ll definitely finish the session with a smile on your face so come along and get involved.

We’ll meet on the Eastern end of Millennium Bridge (near the end of Maple Grove) before having a short walk over to the equipment.

Join us at Homestead Park for free, weekly fitness sessions in partnership with York Mind.

These sessions are fun, informal and for all abilities. Whether it’s the first time you’ve exercised or whether you’re a regular, we will ensure you have a great session and get a lot out of it.

Taking part in physical activity not only keep you physically healthier, but supports good mental health too – we reckon you’ll definitely finish the session with a smile on your face so come along and get involved.

PLEASE NOTE: There are limited places available per local area. If you register and find you cannot select your local area please contact us and you will be added to a waiting list.

The Council for Disabled Children invite you to the second Yorkshire & the Humber action learning set for the EYSEND Partnership programme to improve access and inclusion in the early years. The programme is funded by the Department for Education and you can find out more about the new partnership on our website:

https://councilfordisabledchildren.org.uk/early-years-send-partnership

The day is designed to support you with the review and development of local plans, which you may have started at ALS1 in December 2018. We will also share information about the ongoing programme of training and hear from local areas who have received specialist support to their local action learning sets from the EYSEND Partners.

Please note: Part of the day will involve reviewing local action plans that were started at the first ALS in February 2019. If you require a copy of your plan or a new copy of the toolkit please get in touch with Georgia Zimmer at eysend@ncb.org.uk

Please note the following:

If you have any colleagues in your area who did not attend the last Yorkshire & the Humber regional ALSs (February 2019), but might benefit from being involved, please do forward this invitation to them. We particularly welcome representatives from different services and agencies, including health and social care.

Why attend this Action Learning Set?

  • Celebrate good practice across the region and learn from each other;
  • Review local progress on early years, SEN and disability;
  • Learn about the training being provided by our partners;
  • Learn about additional support that may be available to you in progressing local plans;
  • Take a strategic approach to access and inclusion in the early years.

Key to our success will be the extent to which we can bring together different teams, from education, health and social care, and from each local area. Our goal is a high level of joint attendance at regional workshops and joint action plans to support a strategic approach.

Who should attend?

There are three available for each local area. It is for each local area to decide who should attend, and we understand that attendance will be partially determined by availability. We would recommend attendance is drawn from:

  • Health, for example, health visitor, therapist, DMO, DCO;
  • Local authority SEN team;
  • Local authority early years team;
  • Early years providers;
  • Social care;
  • Information, Advice and Support Services;
  • Representatives of parents/carers

For more information contact eysend@ncb.org.uk

Our Senior Cycle Rides run on the last Sunday of the month and are open to all abilities.

Meet at Get Cycling at 10am, set off at 10:30am.

Rides are approximately 8-12 miles long with a refreshment break half way through, and make use of York’s amazing network of flat cycle paths and quiet country roads.

If you don’t have your own bike, that’s not a problem – we can lend you one free!

We offer a wide range of conventional, specialist and adapted cycles and can match almost any disability or support need. Loan cycles need to be organised in advance of the ride so the right size and style can be booked and ready for a fitting.

To pre-book a loan cycle, please call us at least 3 days ahead of the ride, on 01904 636 812 or email events@getcycling.org.uk.

Rides are funded as part of the City of York Council and i Travel Yorkinitiative ‘Travel Together’. For more information visit: www.itravelyork.info/events/senior-cycling-rides

#GetCycling #GetCyclingEvents #SeniorCycleRide

Join us at Millennium Fields for free, weekly fitness sessions in partnership with York Mind.

These sessions are fun, informal and for all abilities. Whether it’s the first time you’ve exercised or whether you’re a regular, we will ensure you have a great session and get a lot out of it.

Taking part in physical activity not only keep you physically healthier, but supports good mental health too – we reckon you’ll definitely finish the session with a smile on your face so come along and get involved.

We’ll meet on the Eastern end of Millennium Bridge (near the end of Maple Grove) before having a short walk over to the equipment.