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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! ” Parent July 2016                        


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

New Hosts Siobhann and Maria are trained Families in Focus facilitators and are running Parent Network Support.  For Autism, PDA and/or Anxiety in Hemel Hempstead.

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

Monday 11th November – Sensory world through the eyes of a child

Monday 2nd December – A parents story of PDA and their family

Monday 20th January – Relationships issues and SEND

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

Monday 30th March – Fussy Eaters Tips & Ideas from a SEND parent


Hemel Hempstead Mornings – 9.30am to 11.30am

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

Monday 4th November – Managing your stress & anxiety

Monday 25th November – Guide to helpful services in Hertfordshire

Monday 13th January – Helena Marks-Dwyer:  What are reasonable adjustments and how to use them

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  

Monday 4th November – YC Herts:  Parents guide to body changes during puberty & hygiene

Monday 25th November – Fussy Eaters tips & ideas from a parent of a child with SEND

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 and 1:1 SENDIASS appts (BOOKING ESSENTIAL:  Francine@familiesinfocus.co.uk)

Monday 2nd March – Beverley Hamilton:  Sensory

Monday 23rd March – Using Empathy successfully

“Through their tried and trusted techniques I have a new toolbox of tricks (as I like to call it) to get us through the good days and those now what do I call them, ah yes, the challenging days. I was able to meet people – yes, there really are others ‘out there’ – and when I had the courage to speak, they got me. Without looks or judgements, or long winded explanations, they just got me and it felt empowering and that’s not left me, and what’s more I don’t want it to. Thank you, truly.” Feedback Parent July 2016


Stevenage Mornings – 9.30am to 11.30am

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

Thursday 7th November – PDA Society speaker Q&A

Thursday 28th November – Managing your stress and anxiety

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

Thursday 5th March – School exclusions with Helena Marks-Dwyer and 1:1 SENDIASS appts (BOOKING ESSENTIAL:  Francine@familiesinfocus.co.uk)

Thursday 26th March – Sleep solutions


Harpenden Evenings – 7pm to 9pm – Maria & Hayley covering Autism and ADHD

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

Thursday 7th November – Relationship tips & parenting a child with SEND

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:  Strategies to manage behaviours that challenge


Biggleswade Mornings – 9.30am to 11.30am

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

21st November – EHCP First Steps with Helena 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

Oxlease House, Travellers Lane, Hatfield, AL10 8TJ

First Thursday evening of each month

Thursday 7th November – How to make your child’s EHCP work for you with Helena + SENDIASS 1:1 appts (bookings essential: Francine@familiesinfocus.co.uk)

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 – PDA Society Speaker Q&A

Thursday 5th March – Beverley Hamilton:  Managing 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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