Sunday 18 May 2014

Up and Comming Events

Will try and make this a regular feature for events and activities that are coming up that may be of interest.  Do let me know of any events that you wish to share.  To ensure you get the information you can follow the blog by email, on facebook and on twitter.

We went to see this during the olympics in London and thoroughly enjoyed it.  For the visually impaired, it involves throwing a ball with jingles across a court to score a goal.

Goalball UK together with key partners are launching a new club in Edinburgh so are holding an initial free ‘have a go’ session for anyone to attend – visually impaired or sighted, young or old, male or female, new or experienced. Come along to learn all about this exciting Paralympic Sport!

Date: Saturday 31st May

Time: 2pm to 4pm

Venue: Edinburgh College, Sighthill Campus, Bankhead Avenue, Edinburgh, EH11
4DE. (Participants can be met at Edinburgh Park station at 1.30pm).
For more information, and to register your interest, please contact Kathryn Fielding.
Tel. 07795 263642 or email  

 Latest activity news from the High Flyers and Jump in Team at Edinburgh Leisure.


Thursday 15 May 2014

Music Makers

It was with some excitement that we read in the Enable Young Families Support Network newsletter  details of music sessions for children and young adults (age 6 - 20) with additional support needs.

Play On music sessions  are run by Paragon Music in partnership with ENABLE Scotland and Strathclyde University.  The sessions give everyone an opportunity to try a variety of instruments and create a piece to play together in public performance.  For those who find an instrument they particularly like, there is also the opportunity to take that further. The instruments they teach include piano, bass, guitar,drums,  percussion and saxophone.  Students get the opportunity to work their way round the instruments finding the one that suits them best.

The sessions currently run in Glasgow in 6 week blocks with each class lasting 3 hours.  The most recent block started on 10 May.  The sessions are open to all and cost £5 per session you are asked to pre book.    The next block is planned to start in the early autumn of this year.  The great things is that family members can also join in the group sessions too if they want and enjoy making music with their siblings/parents - there's no charge for family members because the sessions are primarily aimed at the young person with additional support needs.

We have not yet attended the classes but have a session booked for 31 May and hope to tell you more after that.

Paragon are an inclusive music group.  They identified noticeable lack of opportunity within schools for children with ASN to take up an instrument.  in schools.  Through obtaining funding and support from a variety of sources, they set up these classes to meet that need.  In addition, they are also looking to support music teachers/ instrument instructors to develop the skills and confidence to teach children with ASN to play an instrument too.

If you want to know more please contact Paragon Music directly. 

Saturday 10 May 2014


If your child wears splints then you probably know the slight feeling of dread when they get a new pair. Immediately shoes don't fit and so starts the hunt for splints friendly shoes.

Based on our past experience I can recommend kids kickers, Lelly Kelly s and if all else fails pull the insole out.  I know you will all have your own recommendations and please do share.

However for a girl of 11 you want more than to pick shoes that fit. There's a shop full of shoes that you can't even look at and just once in a while it would be fun to get shoes purely on look.  Well today we did it, managed to fit splints into a pair of vans - purrfect

So come join in the hashtag and share your #shoesandsplints pics, whether they are functional, stylish or anything in between. That way we will all know where to look the next time new shoes are needed