Giant print picture books

BooksThree libraries in Hampshire now have collections of high quality early years books in dual format – giant print (75pt) and Braille. The books are available at Basingstoke, Fareham and Farnborough libraries. The idea for them came from a grandmother who was unable to read standard print books to her grandchildren, and wanted something that both child and adult could share. The result are sturdy books with delightful illustrations that would suit a whole variety of needs. Click here to go to the Access2books website or call 01525 853825 or contact your local library in the named areas.

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Disability awareness event – Havant

On Sunday 1 December St Faiths Safer Neighbourhood Team are holding a free disability awareness event at the Horizon Leisure Centre, Civic Road, Havant between 11:00 – 15:00.

Come along and take part in some of the following activities:

  • Meet the police
  • Try on uniforms
  • Learn about disability hate crime

A range of support services and charities are also attending this event and more information can be found on the attached flyer: Disability Awareness Event

Please contact St Faiths Safer Neighbourhoods Team for details. Call 101 or email:

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Which Hampshire services do you value most?

logoAs tough budget decisions are being made for 2014/15, Hampshire County Council asks residents which services they value the most.

Hampshire County Council wants residents’ views to help inform the final budget decisions for next year. Faced with the challenge of finding a further £90 million savings by 2015 (12 per cent of the Council’s budget), the Council is asking residents to rank services according to which they value the most.

For more information on what the Council is asking, and for a chance to have your say, please read the following and take part in the survey: Hampshire Services Survey

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Bereaved Parent Support Day

Care for the Family has been running Support Days and Weekends for bereaved parents for almost 15 years. They are holding a Bereaved Parent Support Day on Saturday 23 November in Pinhoe Road Baptist Church, Exeter. This event is suitable for any parent who has lost a son or daughter of any age or in any circumstance, no matter how long it is since their death.

For more information on this even please follow this link:

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2013 Autism Seminar

Autism Hampshire is presenting the 2013 Autism Seminar on Wednesday 6 November at the Botleigh Grange Hotel in Hedge End.

The seminar will cover autism and learning techniques and will be attended by speakers from Upper Shirley High School in Southampton. Founder of Attention Autism and specialist speach and language therapise, Gina Davies, will also be joining the session.

Prices: people with autism and HAS members – £15.00/parents and carers – £20.00 and professionals – £35.00 – tea and coffee included in the ticket price.

To book and for more information please see the attached form: 2013 Autism Seminar

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Poster for parents – Ofsted’s responsibility to childcare

OfstedOfsted have a new poster for parents that can be downloaded from their website. This poster outlines the responsibilities that Ofsted has for childcare. To access the poster please follow this link :

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Parent’s Week – 21 – 27 October 2013

parents' weekNext week is the Family and Childcare Trust’s Parents’ Week (21 – 27 October 2013).

Change for the better often happens by taking small steps. The Family and Childcare Trust’s theme this year is about the ONE change parents, businesses, employers and childcare providers could make to improve the quality of family life.

Visit the website to see how to get involved:

There’s daily
competitions with more fabulous prizes to be won next week too! Check the
Family and Childcare Trust Facebook page for more details (use the image

Make one change

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