Brighter Beginnings workshops

Our workshops and information sessions cover a range of topics around caring for your child.


Our virtual workshops provide additional support for families during this pandemic. They take place via Zoom.

Thanks to a range of funding sources, we are able to offer our suite of workshops as free virtual one-off sessions.   However, we do look forward to being able to offer in-person workshops again in the future, once it is appropriate to do so.  

You might also be interested in our regional events for families who live in those areas only, due to funding arrangements.

Click on the workshop links to book onto your chosen workshop/s. We are continually adding new dates, so if there is not a workshop suitable for you, please come back again later. 

Workshop topics

New! Speech Language and Communication

Workshops on Speech, Language and Communication for parents of children with communication difficulties associated with hearing impairment, language impairment and autism.

Further dates to follow.

Speech Language and Communication for Primary School Children

Thursday 4 November 10.00am to 12.00pm

Fully Booked

Thursday 25 November 7.30pm to 9.30pm

Fully Booked

Speech Language and Communication for Secondary School Children

Tuesday 9 November 7.30pm to 9.30pm

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Wednesday 8 December 10.00am to 12.00pm

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Anxiety

NEW! Support for parents/carers of children with anxiety (aged 0 to 5)

What are the causes of anxiety and how does it make your child feel? Strategies to help you and your child/ren recognise and manage their anxiety.

Thursday 18 November 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

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Tuesday 23 November 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

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Toilet Training

NEW! Toilet training: for parents/carers of children aged 0 to 5

Children with additional needs may not be ready to start toilet training until they are older. This workshop will help you to understand when they are ready and how to start.

Tuesday 23 November 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

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Wednesday 2 December 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

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Money Matters

Money matters – for parents/carers of young children with additional needs

An overview of benefits, DLA, Carers Allowance, grants available, discounts on utilities, leisure, discounts for carers. Accessing services for support with financial applications. Local information and helplines. Dispelling myths around benefits. Also covers Covid 19-related financial updates.

Dates to be announced

Money Matters – for parents/carers of children aged up to 16 with additional needs 

An overview of benefits, DLA, Carers Allowance, grants available, discounts on utilities, leisure, discounts for carers. Accessing services for support with financial applications. Local information and helplines. Dispelling myths around benefits. Also covers Covid 19-related financial updates.

Dates to be announced

Handling meetings

Handling meetings: for parents/carers

It’s very natural to feel overwhelmed about attending a meeting to discuss your child’s specialist needs and get the right support for them. You may be finding this even more challenging during the disruption of Covid-19. This workshop will help give you the confidence to help you get the best from a virtual or face to face meeting.

Wednesday 3 November 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
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Encouraging Positive Behaviour

Encouraging Positive Behaviour in young children (aged 0 to 5)

Gain a better understanding of why young children with additional needs behave the way they do. Learn ways to handle difficult situations in a calm, stress-free manner. Explore ways of supporting and encouraging your child and how to get support and help.

Wednesday 3 November 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

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Thursday 11 November 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

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Encouraging Positive Behaviour in children aged up to 16

Gain a better understanding of why children with additional needs behave the way they do. Learn ways to handle difficult situations in a calm, stress-free manner. Explore ways of supporting and encouraging your child and how to get support and help.

Dates to be announced

Education workshops

Educational support for young children with additional needs

Understand what support is available for your young child (aged 0 to 5) in Early Years settings (in England). Understand SEND provision and Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans.

Tuesday 9 November 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

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Educational support for school age children with additional needs

Understand what support is available for your school aged child in educational settings (in England).  Understand SEND provision and Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans.

Dates to be announced

Speech and language

Speech and language for parents/carers of young children with additional needs 

Suitable for parents of young children (aged 0-5) with speech, language and communication issues. This workshop will help you to think about how you can best communicate with your child and how you can share this knowledge with those in their early years and school settings. Written and delivered by a very experienced speech and language therapist and adviser to the children’s communication charity, I CAN.

Tuesday 16 November 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

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Wednesday 1 December 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

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Sleep workshops

Helping your young child sleep

During the disruption of Covid-19, it can be extra challenging to manage young children’s sleep patterns. This online workshop gives the opportunity to hear other parents’ experiences, learn new strategies and share as much or as little of your story as you wish.

Dates to be announced

Helping your child (aged up to 16) sleep

Gain a better understanding of sleep processes, why sleep problems may occur and possible causes. The importance of sleep and the effect on the whole family. Suggestions for what might help and where to get support.

Dates to be announced

Siblings workshops

Explore any issues and concerns you face with managing the needs of all your children, when one or more has additional needs.

Dates to be announced

Growing up workshops

Explore how best to support your child as they experience puberty and adolescence.  Support with managing their educational, practical and emotional needs, and helping them to develop positive relationships.

Dates to be announced

Wellbeing workshops


Wellbeing for parents/carers of young children with additional needs

Understand clearly what stress is & how it affects you. Identify new ways of coping with stress & reducing your stress levels. Try new stress busting ideas until you find ones that fit with you! 

Dates to be announced