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

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

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

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

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

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

Celebrating Communities – Grant Update

Wednesday 14 April 2021 6.30-7.30pm online 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…Read moreRead more

HAF Fund Members’ Update

Thursday 1 April 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.  Member groups were invited to submit outline expressions of interest to be part of provision of holiday activities and food in…Read moreRead more

Make Holiday Clubs ‘Fit For All’

Children’s Quarter wants SEND children to be able to take part in inclusive holiday clubs funded by government and organised by local councils.  These services are being funded for the most vulnerable young people through government’s Holiday Activities and Food Fund.  We say they should include disabled children and that groups that are committed to…Read moreRead more