Horsforth Children’s Services

Help to make a brighter future

Winter Newsletter 2013

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Newsletter Winter 2013

Bright, fresh ideas are what our Cluster Council is all about’
Horsforth Cluster Council; making a difference

Our Cluster Council gives children and young people from all the schools within
Horsforth the opportunity to have a voice and that is why Ellie Staves the
shadowing chair, and Jemma Bowers the Chair are currently working to
strengthen the involvement children have to improve their School and in the bigger picture, Horsforth. We meet four times a year; the meetings are relaxed
and have an enjoyable atmosphere meaning we can truly underpin any issues
within our schools and community.
Horsforth School organises and drives forward the council. Our team consists of Tessa Freer and our five cluster council reps, Fliss Chaplin, Hanlon Keane, Joe Wallace, Leanne Avery and Thomas Madeley. The Cluster Council often work in groups to discuss the issues that they would like to raise and solve thus improving their confidence and team building skills. In one of our meetings the children raised the point that littering and speeding around their schools was an issue they wanted to tackle. This led me to invite Councillor Dawn Collins and PCSO Sally Bisset to our
summer meeting to discuss these issues further with the children.
At our November meeting the children then created vibrant and very impressive posters promoting their concern for littering, speeding and graffiti in Horsforth. They were a great success and so are now looking to be presented outside schools; well-​done everyone! Bright, fresh ideas are what our cluster council is all about; the children themselves created Horsforth Children’s services new slogan ‘Help to make a brighter Future’. We feel that to get the most out of the Cluster Council the children will each sit for two years on the council, resulting in new friendships being made and real progress achieved by the children. Article written by Jemma Bowers and Ellie Staves

Horsforth Children’s Services wishes everyone a
Merry Christmas
& celebrates our new website.…. check it out! www​.hors​forthchil​drensser​vices​.co​.uk

What’s On over Christmas?

Parenting Support
One of the most effective ways that Horsforth Children’s Services supports parents and children is through facilitating the highest possible standard parenting courses. As a service, we offer a selection of parenting programmes in partnership with Horsforth Children’s Centre and in January we are delivering an ESCAPE course.

The parenting programme offers a flexible framework
for working with parents and young people age 10 years +.
This programme promotes a problem-​solving approach in helping
parents establish a positive relationship with their teenagers.

If you would more information about the ESCAPE course
or to sign up please contact Amy Shaffrey on 0113 336 7724

Horsforth Cluster Parent’s Forum

We meet twice a month and all parents are welcome. The forum provides an opportunity for parents to share experiences, make new friends and offer support and advice. We aim to empower parents to seek out funding for community activities within the cluster. The Parent’s Forum allows you to have your say about the events and activities that you would like to see within your local community.
So come and join us, we look forward to hearing from you! For more details please contact Lucy Gaunt on 0113 3367724

Welfare reform updates: Family Finances
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