October Half Term Holiday Club News

October  2019 Half Term Holiday Club

It’s an exciting day here today at FUN HQ as we are delighted to announce that our October Half Term Holiday Club brochure is now available to view on our website.

Please download a copy of our October Half Term Holiday Club Brochure

We have lots of FUN activities and events planned for our families to enjoy, holiday club will be running in the half term holidays on Monday 21st October, Tuesday 22nd October and Thursday 24th October, and finishing with the FUN Halloween Fancy Dress Party on Friday 25th October 2019.  Tickets for the party must be pre-booked – BOOK NOW!

Holiday club is for members only and is designed so that the whole family can attend together. Sessions run from 10am to 4pm. The cost is £6.00 per child per session or £15.00 per family.

To become a member, please contact FUN HQ on 01582 420800 or see our website www.familiesunitednetwork.org.uk for more information. Membership is completely FREE

Summer Holiday Club News

Summer 2019 Holiday Club

It’s an exciting day here today at FUN HQ as we are delighted to announce that our Summer 2019 Holiday Club brochure is now available to view on our website.

Please download a copy of our Summer Holiday Club Brochure

We have lots of FUN activities and events planned for our families to enjoy, holiday club will be running in the Summer holidays on selected dates in August 2019.  Please see our brochure for dates and information.

Holiday club is for members only and is designed so that the whole family can attend together. Sessions run from 10am to 4pm. The cost is £6.00 per child per session or £15.00 per family.

To become a member, please contact FUN HQ on 01582 420800 or see our website www.familiesunitednetwork.org.uk for more information. Membership is completely FREE

Phone Lines

Unfortunately Families United Network is experience problems with the phones.

Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

We have an engineer trying to fix the problem but we are not sure how long this is going to take.

Job Opportunities at FUN

Sessional Support Workers Required

Families United Network (FUN)
is a local charity that supports children, young people and their families living with disability throughout Bedfordshire.

FUN are looking for Support Workers for our Saturday Club.
Saturday Club runs from:  Unit 5, Britannia Estate, Leagrave Road, Luton, Beds, LU3 1RJ
on alternate Saturdays, offering full support to young people with disabilities.

Are you the right person for the job?
Do you have:

  • Personal or professional experience in interacting with children & young people with additional needs and disabilities
  • A strong desire and commitment in promoting disabled children & young people’s individual needs, skills, abilities
  • Must be proactive and be able to participate in activities alongside the young person such as swimming, bowling, music etc
  • Be committed, punctual & reliable
  • Must be enthusiastic and approachable and a good team player

If the answer is YES then we would be delighted to hear from you!  Please see our vacancies page for full details and to download an application form.  Please contact FUN HQ on 01582 420800 if you require further assistance.

 

Job Opportunities at FUN

Job Opportunities at FUN – Coffee Shop Assistants Required

FUN are looking for Coffee Shop Assistants to work in our Coffee Shop during school holidays.  Working hours will be 9.30am to 3.30pm – 2 to 3 days per week.  Pay will be depending on age and experience.

Duties to include:

  • preparing & serving hot and cold food
  • making and serving snacks and refreshments
  • serving customers, cash handling & clearing up

Are you the right person for the job?

Are you:

  • Available to work 2 to 3 days per week in the school holidays?
  • Able to be committed, punctual and reliable?
  • Enthusiastic and approachable and a good team player?

If the answer is YES then FUN would be delighted to hear from you!

Pleased download an application form and return to FUN HQ as soon as possible, or contact us on 01582 420800 for more information.

Please take a look at our vacancies page for more Job opportunities available at FUN

 

February 2019 Holiday Club News!

February 2019 Half Term Holiday Club

It’s an exciting day here today at FUN HQ as we are delighted to announce that our February Half Term Holiday Club brochure is now available to view on our website.

Please download a copy of our February Half Term Holiday Club Brochure

We have lots of FUN activities and events planned for our families to enjoy, holiday club will be running in the half term holidays on Monday 11th February & Tuesday 12th February 2019 and Monday 18th February & Tuesday 19th February 2019.

Holiday club is for members only and is designed so that the whole family can attend together. Sessions run from 10am to 4pm. The cost is £6.00 per child per session or £15.00 per family.

To become a member, please contact FUN HQ on 01582 420800 or see our website www.familiesunitednetwork.org.uk for more information. Membership is completely FREE

Great News For FUN and Families

Great News for FUN and Families.

After the challenges that FUN has faced over the last few months, it is with great pleasure that we can inform you of the following good news:

Funding from Central Bedfordshire Council, that had previously been withdrawn from FUN and other short break providers in the county, has now been re-instated by the Council.  Everyone at FUN HQ is delighted with the change of heart from Central Bedfordshire Council.  The Council’s commitment to continue to provide funding for our services into the future, can help us to remove the postcode lottery that Central Bedfordshire families have been experiencing with some of our most popular services.  Further discussions about this will take place when the FUN Board of Trustees meet next month, after which time we should be in a position to notify you about our plans going forward for increased access to our services for our Central Bedfordshire members.

Central Bedfordshire Council have released the following statement:

We hugely value the work that our local voluntary sector do to support children and young people with special education needs and/or disabilities and their families, and are committed to support them in their work in Central Bedfordshire. 

Over the last few weeks we have been positively engaging with local voluntary sector organisations and the SNAP Parent Carer Forum in order to ensure continuity of short breaks provision for children and young people in Central Bedfordshire as we move towards a model of personalisation and direct payments.

As a result, we can confirm we have now stabilised funding to March 2020 to ensure children, young people and their families can continue to access this provision.

During this period we will continue to work closely with families and voluntary sector organisations to co-develop a personalisation strategy for Central Bedfordshire, with a view to implementing from April 2020.

Trustees and staff would like to say a huge thank you to SNAP, the Central Bedfordshire Parent Carer Forum, and acknowledge the vital work that they have done to bring about this change of direction from Central Bedfordshire Council.  SNAP have been instrumental in ensuring that SEND children and their families are at the forefront of local government decisions; and have championed the role that key charities play within the county in providing vital services that disabled children and their families need.

Beyond 2020, we know that there are going to be changes in the way that funding is provided to us and other local charities, as Central Bedfordshire Council plans to move towards more personalisation in the way that it funds short breaks for children with additional needs and disabilities.  SNAP, Central Bedfordshire Council and the voluntary organisations will be working in partnership over the next 18 months to develop a strategy and plan for this change, to ensure that vital services are not lost during the transition.

It is critical that as many parent carers as possible are involved in this future planning, and we would strongly encourage you to make contact with SNAP and ensure that your voice is heard during this process of change leading up to 2020.  Please follow the link below to register as a member of SNAP, so that you can be kept up to date with developments and be given opportunities to provide your thoughts and feedback on any changes that may affect the services that your family uses.

To register as a member of SNAP please follow the link below:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MembershipformtojoinSNAP

Attached is the latest SNAP Newsletter

Website:  www.snappcf.org.uk

To follow SNAP on facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/snappcf.org.uk/

Christmas Holiday Club News

Christmas Holiday Club 2018/2019

It’s an exciting day here today at FUN HQ as we are delighted to announce that our Christmas Holiday Club brochure is now available to view on our website.

Please download a copy of our Christmas Holiday Club Brochure

We have lots of FUN activities and events planned for our families to enjoy, holiday club will be running in the Christmas holidays on Thursday 27th December and Friday 28th December 2018 and also Wednesday 2nd January and Thursday 3rd January 2019.

However, the FUN starts with our FUN Christmas Party on Friday 21st December 2018 form 4.30pm to 6.30pm at FUN HQ

Tickets cost just £6 per person (children under 2 years are FREE)

BOOK NOW – places are limited and tickets can only be pre-booked up until 12th December 2018. Members only please

Holiday club is for members only and is designed so that the whole family can attend together. Sessions run from 10am to 4pm. The cost is £6.00 per child per session or £15.00 per family.

To become a member, please contact FUN HQ on 01582 420800 or see our website www.familiesunitednetwork.org.uk for more information. Membership is completely FREE

FUN Christmas Party – BOOK NOW!

FUN Christmas Party Tickets on Sale NOW!

Tickets are now on sale for our FUN Christmas Party 2018 on Friday 21st December 2018 at FUN HQ from 4.30pm to 6.30pm

Tickets cost just £6.00 per person (children under 2 years go FREE!)

The cost includes, music, food, games and a visit to Santa’s grotto.

Please note this event is for members only and must be pre-booked in advance.

*Our party will take place in the main hall – however, there will be no access to the soft play, ball pond or play areas at this event

The closing date for bookings is Wednesday 12th December 2018 – So don’t miss out – book your tickets NOW!!! 

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GOOD NEWS!

FUN to remain OPEN!

Dear Members,

It is with great pleasure that we can announce that Families United Network had their EGM last night and it was decided to keep FUN open, and to continue to run the charity’s services for our members beyond December.

FUN has received a pledge from Luton Council in conjunction with London Luton Airport for some further funding to enable the charity to continue its work.  We have also had a great response to our crowdfunding campaign and we would like to thank all of you who have already generously donated to this campaign.

Although the extra money raised is not the full amount needed for the next two years, we have secured enough additional support to secure the charity in the short to medium term.

However, we must emphasise that there is still an urgency for FUN to find alternative and more affordable premises going forward, and the trustees and staff will be working hard over the next year to secure a new home for the charity, and to raise funds for any necessary refurbishments.

We also urgently need more members who are willing to become trustees of the charity.  A charity can only exist where it has an appropriate number of serving trustees on its board.  Our board of trustees are currently a very small team, with our Chair and Vice Chair having served for ten years.  These two trustees are leaving the charity within the next six months, leaving an insufficient number of trustees to enable the charity to continue.  This coming year will be a period of change and transition for the charity and we need more members who are willing to help meet the challenge of finding a new home for FUN and securing its services for the longer term.  If you would like more information about how you can become a trustee of FUN, please contact the office.

Many thanks again to everyone who has supported us over the last few weeks, and helped us to ensure that our services can continue for all of our members.

Regards,

Diane – Charity Manager