Children’s Quarter AGM – 19 May 11am

Welcome to our AGM!  Children’s Quarter is a cooperative with: Members that are groups or organisations – they get a vote in decisions Individual supporters – they don’t get a vote but can join in everything else we do a set of Rules – which describe our organisation as a non-profit company based on cooperative…Read moreRead more

Funding Focus – Friday 29 April 10.30am online

Join the next CQ Funding Focus Zoom call online on Friday 29th April 10.30-11.30am.  We will be looking in particular at: small grants you could use to match funding for play and youth services during school holidays a quick review of current grant opportunities for West Midlands based groups. The session is led by CQ…Read moreRead more

Fit for All Update and Benefits & Food Advice

CQ Members and groups delivering Bring it on Brum sessions for children during the Easter holidays in Birmingham are welcome to join us for the weekly Zoom update on preparations for delivery.  As well as a catch-up, we’ll be looking at signposting families to benefits advice and sharing tips for including nutrition messages in sessions…Read moreRead more

There is No One to Help You

B came to Birmingham from another EU country with her son.  It was clear – though she was too polite to say it directly – that she found her experience in this city a real contrast to the help she received elsewhere.  B reflected back to us a nightmarish picture of the system in Birmingham…Read moreRead more

We Need to Know How Many Unlawful Exclusions There Are…

J  told us about her struggle to get to her son educated in a mainstream school.  She made it clear she believes the school acted without regard to the law; and saw inclusion as an add-on it couldn’t afford.  J, however, stuck to her demands and, eventually, it has been the school that has changed. …Read moreRead more

Delivering Inclusive Activities During Ramadan

Come and join other Children’s Quarter members to discuss how to provide activities and food during the month of Ramadan – which includes the Easter school holidays.   In the month leading up to Eid al-Fitr at the start of May, many young people, families, staff and volunteers will be observing a fast during daytime hours. …Read moreRead more

The Shame of Seeing Money Wasted

G has two children with additional needs.  Her daughter is 21 and has global development delay.   She is still battling to get her the support she needs.  G’s non-verbal autistic son does get extra support – Birmingham City Council pays for him to go to a private school outside the city .  But G feels…Read moreRead more

‘I Couldn’t Believe There Were No Resources…’

  C’s child has autism.  He is now 13 and at a special school in Birmingham, but the move to special school took more than a year.  During the time he was in mainstream school and whilst the family waited for the assessments and reports to be done to get him a place at special…Read moreRead more

A Hellish Journey…

  K told us about a 4 -5 year journey during which her daughter Q had little, or no, access to school.  Laura commented: ‘I have rarely seen such inappropriate assessment and responses to a very bright, capable young girl who just needs a customised approach’. K’s daughter Q is now at a special school…Read moreRead more

School-Community Partnerships Could Coproduce Better Outcomes for SEND Children

Children’s Quarter is promoting the case for formalising and supporting the school-community partnerships that some of our members – both schools and community groups – have been coproducing for years.  What we mean by a school-community partnership is an arrangement between one or more schools and one or more community groups to collaborate to support…Read moreRead more