One of the most important things we do at Unique Ways is to offer training courses for parent carers, helping you to build your skills and resilience, learn tools and tactics for dealing with schools, health services and Local Authorities, and develop a person-centred method of dealing with your child’s additional needs.
Courses are free for Unique Ways members, and are led by our own fully trained and qualified practitioners. Most of our team are also parent carers themselves, so you can be sure that our courses are being led by someone who knows what you’re going through, and really is there to help.
A number of the parents who complete our courses also go on to help our practitioners deliver sessions, passing on what they’ve learned and ensuring we bring as many perspectives and experiences as we can to the table.
Our courses and workshops
The Insider’s Guide
Our Insiders’ Guide courses focus on what it means to be a parent of a child with additional needs. They aim to build parents’ resilience so you are well placed to enjoy the journey bringing up your children.
The courses offer a mixture of practical skills for things like dealing with professionals or responding to behaviour, as well as some time to look at how it feels to have a child with additional needs and how to build your own resilience.
All Insiders’ Guide courses are a 6 week course, co-delivered by a professional and a parent carer who has been there too. The courses bring together parents with things in common – either those who have children of a similar age or those whose children share a particular need.
The Insider’s Guide – NeuroDevelopmental Pathway
Specifically for parent carers with children or young people on the Neurodevelopmental Pathway (waiting list). This course will help you LEARN how to manage stress and build resilience, FIND ways to support and help your child at home and at school and SHARE your stories and feelings with others who understand.
Empowering Parent Carers
Our brand new course aims to inform and empower parent carers, helping you become more confident when dealing with professionals, in accessing the information you need and how you can help shape and influence the services that matter to your family.
Bring your young children along to find out about the many benefits of sensory play to our inclusive Christmas Themed Play Session, filled with play ideas and cost effective sensory based activities you can replicate at home. Enjoy explorative sensory play and simple crafts with resources to take home. A great opportunity to find fun ways to support your child’s development and meet other families in the area. Siblings welcome.
BOOKING TERMS & CONDITIONS
Unique Ways is a small charity and our programme of training courses which we provide free of charge to parent carers have a significant cost to us. To secure a place you will be required to pay a £5.00 refundable deposit for all of our training courses when booking. Upon completion of the course, this will be refunded to you in full. Any retained fees will contribute to deposit and refund processing and administration costs.
All our Training Courses need a minimum of 8 parent carers to go ahead (maximum of 12 for each course) except Sensational Me! which has more spaces available and is a family session. Unfortunately, we have experienced a high volume of parent carers signing up for our courses and then not attending. We understand that there will be genuine reasons why you cannot attend a course, or all sessions of a course, you signed up for, but we ask that you please advise us in advance if possible as a courtesy to other parent carers who are on the waiting list, otherwise, you are preventing other parent carers getting on the course. Refunds are available up to 7 days before the beginning of the course. Refunds within 7 days will be at Unique Ways discretion. By cancelling your place and receiving your refund, you will open up a place for another parent carer.
“…what an absolute invaluable course the insiders guide has been. I’ve come to the end of my 6 week journey and it’s honestly been the best decision to join. Not only have I gained more information and knowledge but I have since gained new friendships who understand me and our situations albeit all different but very much the same on an understanding level. If anyone is indecisive about joining the course I will wholeheartedly say they should join! Both trainers have been amazing, caring, understanding and positive throughout. ” Parent carer quote from IG: NDP 2021