growing UP!

One in four children is disabled or has mental health or other additional needs that make them vulnerable. Helping them handle transitions to adulthood depends on families, communities and services working together. As schools go back this September, Childrens Quarter is focusing on how co-operative working, initiatives and projects are helping vulnerable children and young people…Read moreRead more

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Do We Need a Better Local Offer?

We think SEND children, young people and their families in Birmingham should have a better Local Offer. Join us by Zoom on 8th and 22nd July to share your experience… The City Council has been given funds by government to improve the Local Offer. The Council says it wil use most of this money to…Read moreRead more

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Member Meeting – Here Comes The Summer!

Here come the Summer Holidays – and a chance for CQ Members to share plans and preparations beforehand.  More than 20 CQ Members will be working on Fit For All over the holidays – providing a summer of adventure for more than 500 vulnerable children and young people in Birmingham.  In Solihull, CQ Members are…Read moreRead more

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Do We Need a Better Local Offer?

We think SEND children, young people and their families in Birmingham should have a better Local Offer. Join us by Zoom on 8th and 22nd July to share your experience… The City Council has been given funds by government to improve the Local Offer. The Council says it wil use most of this money to…Read moreRead more

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Step Up for CQ’s AGM!

Wednesday 26 May 2021 10-11.30am Sign up now for the Children’s Quarter AGM online on Wednesday 26 May at 10-11.30am from All Saints Centre, Kings Heath, Birmingham.  If your group or organisation is a member of the co-op, then you can nominate a representative to serve on the Children’s Quarter Board. On the day, we’ll…Read moreRead more

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Celebrating Communities Grants

Celebrating Communities is a £2m fund run by Birmingham City Council which provides small grants (£100-£10,000) for projects to help mark – and connect communities to – next year’s Commonwealth Games in the city.  The deadline for round 1 proposals is 1 June 2021 for projects starting from October 2021.  There will be a further…Read moreRead more

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Commonwealth Games Small Grants Workshop

Tuesday 11 May 2021 10am Children’s Quarter wants the Birmingham Commonwealth Games in 2022 to welcome and inspire children and young people in the West Midlands including those who are disabled, socially excluded or otherwise part of the 1 in 4 who the Children’s Commissioner says are vulnerable.  One way of making this happen is for grassroots…Read moreRead more

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HAF Fund Members’ Update 2

Thursday  6 May 2021 10-11am online Children’s Quarter has been campaigning to make sure government-funded holiday clubs are inclusive and  that groups with commitment and expertise in inclusive services are involved in delivering them.  This session is an update for members and supporters on the progress we have made in making sure: there can be…Read moreRead more

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New Local SEND Offer

Tuesday 4 May 10-11am Much-needed additional money for the Local Offer for SEND Children might not be enough to ‘fix’ mainstream schools which off-roll and persistently exclude children who ‘don’t fit the box’.  Instead, CQ says, the SEND Local Offer could be made co-operatively between schools and communities. Join the Zoom chat online to look…Read moreRead more

Develop Local Potential to Serve SEND Children Right

Councils are working out how to spend an increase in the higher needs block funding they get to provide education to SEND children.  In Birmingham, the Council is encouraging mainstream schools to improve the way they serve vulnerable children through partnerships aimed at developing local potential.  In the light of widespread off-rolling of SEND children…Read moreRead more

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