Most school in Hampshire now use the Internet extensively both for their pupils education and homework. Research has shown that over 112,000 people in Hampshire have very slow broadband or even worse, none at all. These families and businesses are missing out on the ever-increasing range of services driven through the Internet.
Hampshire County Council is running a campaign to secure Governemnt funding, to help end this digital divide and bring faster boradband to vast areas of rural Hampshire which are likely to be missed out by commercial telecoms companies.
We understand that this funding will only go to a handful of areas across the UK and we want to ensure that Hampshire is one of them. As part of our bid, we need to prove that families and communities in rural areas want faster broadband and are willing to pay a one-off connection charge and the monthly charge.
You can help by registering your interest before 15 April 2011 at http://www.hants.gov.uk/broadband or call 01962 846381
News from your Parent Support Adviser
As Parent Support Adviser I am currently working with parents offering different levels of support including information on a range of services and a chance to talk through issues and concerns about their children in their own home.
Following requests from parents for more help and ideas for managing their children’s behaviour I will be working with your school to offer Triple P which is an 8 week programme designed to help parents get the best out of parenting. There are two levels of the programme, 0-12 and Triple Teen. Another great course for parents being offered from September will be SHARE which is an exciting, hands-on way to help your child with their learning whilst making new friends, (just look out for the badger!)
Parentline Plus offers 24/7 support to parents of any age child, via telephone, email and e-forums on any parenting issue such as bullying, relationships, risky behaviours, boundaries and lots more. This is a great resource for parents and can be accessed either by internet at: www.parentlineplus.org.uk or telephone: 0808 800 222. It is definitely worth a look.
As I am working with some families who have children with special needs, I have just ordered copies of a new booklet listing local services in Hampshire for children and young people with special needs/disabilities which are available to any parent. If you are a parent and would like to meet other parents with children with special needs there are some local support groups and I am attending the launch of the National Autistic Society branch in Alton. If you would like any information please let me know.
The Herons Leisure Centre in Haslemere are currently offering free swimming for all children under 16. If you are interested in this great scheme, then please collect an application form from them direct. Once registered, the child will get their own ID card which will be valid for 2 years.
I shall be working in partnership with Tree Tops & Hillside Children’s Centre during the summer holidays, so look out for me on their new mobile bus called Daisy. If you have a child under 5, then look out for information on events such as First Aid Courses, Toothbrush Exchange (don’t worry you do get a new one!), Baby Massage Courses and Music/Rhyme groups or call them on: 01428 729387 (Liphook, Headley & Grayshott) or 01730 269663 (Petersfield, Liss, Greatham & Hawkley).
If you would like any information on any of the services mentioned, please give me a call on: 07525 482042 and I will be happy to help you in any way that I can.
Sarah de Marcos – Parent Support Adviser (Bohunt Cluster)