Information about what to do and how to stay safe during the summer holiday
We know that 6 weeks feels like a long time for many parents, so we’ve had a look at some things you can do with your child over the holiday! Birmingham is a great place for free or cheap activities, so we hope that you find these links useful and they help you to have an enjoyable summer break. Some of them are aimed at specific groups, so do make sure you read the information carefully.
You will also find some information here about how to keep safe or where to go if you are concerned about a child or your child needs to talk to someone about any issues they might have. (You can always access safeguarding and referral information on our usual safeguarding page.)
Although we are happy to share this information with you, we must stress that it has come from organisations which are not under the control of Queensbridge School. We have no influence over the events they organise and provide this information on the understanding that parents and carers ensure themselves that they are happy with the quality and safeguards of the service or activity that is provided. Queensbridge School cannot be held liable for any concerns that arise in relation to any of the activities or support services listed.
- The Birmingham Mail has decided to help us out by giving us an idea of 19 free things to do in Birmingham this summer! Click here for info.
- Visit Birmingham gives you an idea of some of the places you can visit for free in Birmingham and Solihull. Click here for info.
- Live Brum gives you the heads up on free events in the City Centre and its surrounding areas. Click here for info.
- There are also a number of free events on throughout the summer at the Town Hall and Symphony Hall…take a look!
- Trip Advisor’s suggestions of the top ten things to do in Birmingham might also be worth checking out.
- All Saints Community Centre offers a range of activities throughout the summer time; take a look at their calendar or this list of their activities.
- Queensbridge have recently begun to build links with Summerfield Stables, Yardley Wood. If your child is interested in attending Summerfield Stables at any point over the summer or as we begin the new year, you can contact them via their website.
- Creative Courses in Music for 15 to 24-Year Olds: for dates and further info, download the information.
- Northfield Beach: Wednesday 26th July to Sunday 30th July 2017
- Birmingham Museum Morning Explorer Sessions (for children on the Autistic Spectrum): Saturday 5th August 2017
- Blackpool Coach Trip (for families with SEN children): Wednesday 9th August 2017
- Malachi Summer Fayre: Saturday 19th August 2017, 2-5pm at Billesley Ark, 752 Yardley Wood Road, B13 0TP.
Pupil Course Opportunity 16-18 Year Olds
Pupils aged 16 to 18 can take part in a two-week course in August exploring employability. Successful completion will earn them a £100 voucher. For more information, email email@example.com.
Parent/Carer Wellbeing Course: for parents or carers of a child with a disability or special educational need; held on 3rd, 10th and 17th August 2017.
Keeping Safe over the Summer
As we step into the Summer holiday, we want to signpost you to a couple of sources of information that should help keep you and your children safe.
- If you have significant concerns about a child’s safety, please ring Birmingham Children’s Advice and Support Service on 0121 303 1888 or 0121 675 4806 for the Emergency Duty Team (outside of normal office hours). You can also contact the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000.
- For tips on how to keep safe over what we hope will be a hot summer, please go to the NHS website.
- For information on how to keep safe when out and about, please visit the citizenAID website. CitizenAID have developed an application for mobile devices which can be downloaded for free from any application store.
- For advice on how to keep safe around water this summer, please read this article from The Birmingham Mail. You might also want to check out this presentation put together by the Birmingham Children's Safeguarding Board (sorry, the videos don't work, but there is a lot of important information still available in this document, including useful websites).
- West Midlands Police have issued a letter on how to keep safe, which you can download here.
Mental Health and Wellbeing
Forward Thinking Birmingham
Anyone can refer a child or young person to Forward Thinking Birmingham, formerly CAMHS (Children and Adult’s Mental Health Services). Forward Thinking Birmingham work with children and young people between the ages of 0-25. Referrals can be made via the Forward Thinking website.
If you are a parent and want advice about your child’s emotional or mental wellbeing, you can also attend the PAUSE drop-in centre, Digbeth. For opening times please refer to their website. Children and young people can also attend PAUSE at any time and will be greeted by friendly youth workers, counsellors and mental health professionals. PAUSE also run workshops relevant to the issues children and young people face, so it is worth keeping tabs on what’s going on!
If you have serious concerns or consider your child to be at serious risk of harm, please call 999 or take them straight to A&E and ask for the Crisis Team. You can also contact Forward Thinking’s Crisis and Access centre on 0300 300 0099.
Queensbridge have built a strong relationship with Malachi Family Support over the past year. You can find out more about them by going to their website.
Our key worker, Charlie Goodwin, will be available for advice and support drop-in sessions in the week of the 14 – 19th August. Sessions will take place at the Billesley Ark Centre, Yardley Wood Road, B13 0TP.
Malachi are also putting on their summer Fayre on Saturday 19th August, 2 – 5pm. Charlie is in need of volunteers who will be rewarded with Vivos when they arrive back at school in September! If your child is able to help out please drop Charlie a message on her work mobile: 07506 247 086.