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About Taking Part:

Taking Part is an overarching organisation who provides advice, information, advocacy and guidance to people with health and care needs throughout Shropshire including Telford and Wrekin. The core aims of Taking Part are to promote choice, increase independence and inclusion and uphold individual rights.  Our activities are wide and varied but all are designed to provide a supportive and engaging environment that allows participants to enjoy themselves and join in as it suits them best. Taking Part deliver Moving & Grooving as part of the All In Short Breaks offer.

Parent Carers are welcomed to join our private Facebook Group where you can connect with and support each other,  engage with us, and where we can share resources and more with you too.

Contact us: 

Jamila Walker Thomas - 07974 078919 

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Session Information:

What we do in our sessions: We will start and end each session in a calm and inclusive manner, to set the tone and expectations of the session, and provide a safe environment for any concerns to be discussed one to one or within the group. We will provide a ‘chill out’ area for when participants need to have some quiet time. We will provide a FAQ resource (to include travel, price, toilets etc information) to all families so they are aware what to expect from Taking Part and our programme of events. We will provide a separate room for parents and carers to continue to offer each other peer support whilst their children are engaged.  The Community Centre also has good kitchen facilities which will be used for planned activities and for refreshment provision for the children and families.

Who is this activity suitable for: 

Venue: Mereside Community Centre, Shrewsbury, SY2 6LH

Cost: £4 per child or £10 per family (3 children+)

Age Range: 7-14 Years - we can be flexible on age range, please get in touch.

Date/Time: Two Saturdays per month (where venue facilities permit)


Spring Term 2024:

6th & 20th January | 3rd & 17th February | 2nd & 16th March | Half Term - April 6th

Summer Term 2024:

4th & 11th May | Half Term - 25th May | 1st & 15th June | 6th & 20th July | Summer Holiday - 3rd & 17th August

Autumn Term 2024:

7th & 21st September | 5th October | Half Term -26th October | 9th & 23rd November | 14th & 21st December

Spring Term 2025:

4th & 18th January  | 1st February | Half Term -15th February 1st & 15th March

Frequently Asked Questions:

Who can attend?

Siblings are welcome to join us, but they need to be booked in.

Can I leave my child?

Parent carers can choose to stay on site or leave their child for the duration of the session. If parent carers choose to leave their child we ask families make staff aware of this decision when booking sessions and share any important information with us to help keep your child safe and engaged.

What happens if my child needs 1:1 support?

If your child / young person requires 1:1 support to allow them to participate in our activities, we kindly ask that you make contact with us to discuss this further. It may be that a Personal Assistant or family member attends with them to provide any support needed, or we may be able to meet you before you join us for your first session.

My child needs help with personal care, can you support this?

If your child / young person requires a full changing facility with hoist, please check with us about facility access. With regards to personal care needs, please speak to us directly as you may need to provide assistance yourself or through a PA.

Can I come and take a look around or come early to help my child settle in?

We are more than happy for you to come a little early and take a look around. We also have a video available here (link to come) that you can watch with your child where we explore our space and what we do.

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