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Dates in Hertfordshire & Bedfordshire 2019-2020 support groups for parents caring for a child with additional needsNo need to book just turn up!

Support, information & learning groups for parents caring for children with special educational needs and/or disabilities – no need to book just turn up!  Delivered by experienced, trained facilitators with over 25 years of personal experience and professional knowledge to share.

Non-judgemental, caring support groups for parents by parents (Facilitators trained by Families in Focus CIC) caring for a child with any additional need.

Someone with whom you can share your thoughts and feelings with. It’s about knowing your not alone. I have gained so much knowledge and strength from all whom I’ve met and things I’ve learnt during my time at the Parent Networks. Thank you! ”                       


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South Hill Centre, Hemel Hempstead Mornings – 9.30am to 11.30am

With Facilitators Siobhann and Maria covering Autism, PDA and/or Anxiety in Hemel Hempstead.

The South Hill, Cemetery Hill, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 1JF

Monday 2nd December – Tips for SEND Parents to survive christmas

Monday 20th January – Relationships issues and SEND

Monday 10th February – YC Herts:  Parents guide to body changes & hygiene for young people with SEND

Monday 9th March – Managing children’s anxiety

Monday 30th March – Helen Allan:  An experienced parents strategies to support Fussy Eaters


Hemel Hempstead Mornings – 9.30am to 11.30am

With Facilitators Lesley and Francine

The South Hill, Cemetery Hill, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 1JF

Monday 25th November – Parenting children with SEND & how to maintain healthy relationships

Monday 13th January – Helena Marks-Dwyer, Indepndent SEND Advisor:  What are reasonable adjustments and how/when they can be used to support children

Monday 3rd February – Helen Allan:  An experienced parents strategies to support fussy eaters

Monday 2nd March – Connective Play Therapists:  Learning through play

Monday 23rd March – Strategies to calm children’s anger meltdowns


Watford Evenings – 7pm to 9pm

Stanborough Centre, 609 St Albans Road, Watford, WD25 9JL

With Facilitators Lesley and Francine 

Monday 25th November – Helen Allan:  An experienced parents strategies to support Fussy Eaters

Monday 13th January – Effects of parenting a child with SEND on relationships

Monday 3rd February – How to make your child’s EHCP work for you with Helena Marks-Dwyer, Independent SEND Advisor and 1:1 SENDIASS appts (BOOKING ESSENTIAL:  Francine@familiesinfocus.co.uk)

Monday 2nd March – Beverley Hamilton SEN consultant at Ask Bev Consultancy:  Sensory and how it may impact on your child’s behaviour and learning

Monday 23rd March – Using Empathy successfully to increase emotional intelligence 


Stevenage Mornings – 9.30am to 11.30am

With Facilitators Lesley and Francine

The Phoenix Centre, The Hyde, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG2 9SE

Thursday 28th November – Managing your stress and anxiety

Thursday 6th February – A guide to Hertfordshire services

Thursday 16th January – YC Herts:  Parents guide to body changes during puberty & hygiene

Thursday 5th March – School exclusions with Helena Marks-Dwyer, Indenpendent SEND Advisor and confidential 1:1 appointments with Herts.  SENDIASS (BOOKING ESSENTIAL:  Francine@familiesinfocus.co.uk)

Thursday 26th March – Sleep solutions with Lesley and Francine SEND Sleep Practitioners


Harpenden Evenings – 7pm to 9pm 

Maria & Hayley covering Autism and ADHD

The Harpenden Trust Centre, 90 Southdown Road, Harpenden, AL5 1PS

Thursday 12th December – Christmas tips 

Thursday 9th January – Reasonable adjustments with Helena and SENDIASS 1:1 appts (BOOKING ESSENTIAL: Francine@familiesinfocus.co.uk)

Thursday 6th February – Managing your stress and anxiety with guest Francine and Lesley

Thursday 5th March – Guide to helpful services in Hertfordshire

Thursday 2nd April – Beverley Hamilton SEN consultant at ASK Bev Consultancy:  Strategies to manage behaviours that challenge


Biggleswade Mornings – 10:30am to 12:30am

With Facilitators Siobhann and Marcia

The Orchard Community Centre, Kings Reach, Sullivan Court, Erlensee Way, Biggleswade, SG18 8SZ

21st November – EHCP First Steps with Helena Marks-Dwyer Independent SEND Advisor & Central Beds.  SENDIASS 1:1 appts (booking essential:  Francine@familiesinfocus.co.uk)

19th December – Christmas tips and children with SEND

16th January – Understanding & supporting Siblings & Central Beds.  SENDIASS 1:1 appts (booking essential:  Francine@familiesinfocus.co.uk)

27th February – Supporting Transitions when moving up in school

19th March – Empathy:  helping children communicate

21st May – Central Beds SENDIASS Speaker & Central Beds.  SENDIASS 1:1 appts (booking essential:  Francine@familiesinfocus.co.uk)

18th June – A guide to local SEND services

16th July – Tips and ideas for a happy school holidays


Hatfield Evenings – 7.00pm to 9.00pm

With Facilitators Siobhann and Billie-Jean

Oxlease House, Travellers Lane, Hatfield, AL10 8TJ

First Thursday evening of each month

Thursday 5th December – Practical Tips for a calm Christmas

Thursday 9th January – YC Herts Parents guide to body changes during puberty & hygiene, young people with SEND

Thursday 6th February – EHCP Q & A

Thursday 5th March – Stratagies to Manage behaviours that challenge

Thursday 2nd April – Understanding & Managing Sibling issues


No need to book just turn up!

To contact Families in Focus CIC: Email: info@familiesinfocus.co.uk

Tel: 01442 2219720

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