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Code: SGC/21/1017 FCSG: Foster carers own children

Hi all,

I hope you are all well. It sounds like you all had a fun time at the bowling.
Right, so now for our festive event in December. This group is for birth children who are part of a fostering family. On the 3rd of December we are planning on going to Avon Valley Christmas Nights this will be around 5ish, times to be confirmed, and the end of the evening will be around 7ish, again be confirmed.

We have to confirm numbers for this event by 5/11/21 so please email me or Katie with your interest for this event. This group is aimed at 5-18 year olds. If your child is younger due to support requirements we would ask that a parent come along to the event to support their child. I have requested some carer tickets but they are limited so we may ask for a contribution towards paying for this.

At Avon Valley we can follow and interact with the light trail around the park with the lake and trees creating a spectacular backdrop. The Enchanted Village is open for fun festive photo opportunities along with the Post Room for anyone wishing to post a letter to Santa and use the Avon Valley SMS (Santa Messaging Service). The Polar Express Miniature Steam Train is ready to ride you through the Snowy Forest. There will be festive food on the way round which we will find out more information about.

Please let us know if this is something you would be interested in. Please let us know by 5/11/21.
Any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Grace Beckett Katie Pearce
07742400212 07789087130

This is group ran by the FACs team to support foster carers own children. We realise that fostering can be difficult for your children and the important role they play in a fostering family.
This group is ran 4 times a year in different venues with different activities so your children can come along and met others who are part of a fostering family.
Our aim is to enable your children to talk freely and openly about their emotions regarding fostering, make new friends and have fun.
Although these will be informal meetings, each session will have a brief agenda, attendance list, and agreed group rules. This is to help those who don’t know anyone feel welcome and less awkward about coming along to a new meeting, also to feel that they won’t be left alone on the side-lines.
Sometimes there will be speakers and topics as requested by the group/children, this will hopefully make it as relevant and fun for your child/ren.

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1 03 December 2021 10:00 - 11:30 TBC Map

Code: SGC/21/0684 Therapeutic Life Story Work


In this training programme for South Gloucestershire, Richard Rose will work with practitioners to enhance their engagement with children and young people affected by early life trauma. Through his innovative and creative techniques, Richard will demonstrate ways of working that enable placements to become healthy and nurturing through enhanced understanding and attachment, with the goal of helping these young people achieve their full potential.

Who Should Attend?: Life Story Therapy will greatly benefit all those working with children affected by early life trauma including: those working with children in care; teachers; youth workers; therapists; and those who are involved in recovery work with children and families in need. If you are a professional working with children and young people affected by early life trauma in child protection, out of home care, youth work, education or involved in recovery work with children and families in need, this is a wonderful opportunity not to be missed.

This workshop provides participants with an introduction to the Life Story process and how this work helps children make sense of the past, so that what has happened to them does not dominate, control, or inhibit the present. Based on Richard's Rose book 'Life Story Therapy with Traumatised Children - A Model for Practice', attendees will be shown techniques that have been successfully utilised to assist children to communicate their trauma.

The workshop will be led by Richard Rose, Director of Child Trauma Intervention Services Ltd (CTIS) which seeks to engage with children affected by early life trauma and to help them achieve their full potential. Richard undertakes consultancy and training on Life Story Therapy and working with 'hard to reach' children and adolescents and develops academic training programmes in the UK and internationally. Prior to founding CTIS in 2011, Richard worked in the UK in local authority child protection and in the highly regarded residential therapeutic treatment agency SACCS, including four years as the Clinical Practice Director of the Mary Walsh Institute. Throughout his career, Richard has worked with children and their carers in out of home care and family placements, with the aim of enabling placements to become healthy and nurturing through enhanced understanding and attachment. He is the author of three books including Life Story Therapy: A new therapy for traumatised children – A model for practice, published in 2012 and Innovative Therapeutic Life Story Work 2017. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Social Work and Social Policy at La Trobe University.

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1 03 December 2021 10:00 - 16:30 Webinar: Zoom Map

Code: SGC/21/1133 Wellbeing Coaching - South Glos staff only (Sally Norris) (EVENT FULL)

These 50 minute coaching sessions with coaches will assist council staff in coming up with strategies and action plans to maintain and build their wellbeing and resilience. Unlike counselling which provides a safe space to explore worries and concerns, these confidential coaching sessions will help staff come up with individual plans to help them build their resilience, understand what they can do to enhance their wellbeing and overcome current and future obstacles. There are activities and exercises that wellbeing coaches can also give people to work through in their own time if they would find it useful.

Please note these sessions will be delivered by skype or telephone.  Your coach will contact you to confirm the best method for you.

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 03 December 2021 09:00 - 10:00 Skype/Telephone Map