Forest Pulse is a local registered charity, which supports families living in the Forest of Dean who have a child with disabilities. The Charity is run by a group of trustees, mainly parent members, who form the management committee.
Parents can contact the Charity Manager to discuss any aspects relating to the care of their children – we won’t know the answer to everything, but hopefully will know someone who does. Issues might include benefit applications, contacts for other services, grants for equipment, holidays etc, statementing, respite, behaviour issues, out of school activities – anything anyone wants to know more about really! Or perhaps just to meet other parents in a similar position.Summer Activity Club
A varied programme of activities including arts and crafts, music, sport, circus skills and animation as well as free play and organised games. Above all, it is a chance for children to make new friends and meet up with old ones during the long school holidays. Experienced staff supervise a core of volunteers from the local community to ensure all children have the support they need to take part in any of the activities they choose. Young people are split into two groups and are entitled to come along to up to ten days spread over four weeks. The club ruins Monday to Friday, 10am to 3:45pm and is held at Heart of the Forest Community Special School. In addition, activities are held during most of the shorter holidays.Family Trips
To places such as soft play centres, swimming centres and farm parks. Trips give parents the chance to meet and chat, give the children chance to have fun with their friends, and brothers and sisters the chance to join in the treat. Family Social Events such as discos, line dancing, etc are also held periodically.
Bream ‘Devils’ An integrated Youth Club held on Thursday evenings at Bream Community Centre. The club is open to any young person aged between 13 and 19 who lives in the Forest of Dean, and transport which can be provided from most areas of the forest. As well as a chance to meet friends, young people help plan an interesting and varied programme of activities including games, sports, music, dance, outdoor adventure etc, all of which are accessible to everyone. Click here to view the current programme. Independence Projects
An independence building project, which helps young people develop skills to access mainstream community activities in small groups with discreet support. These activities are held throughout the year and past trips have included bowling, the cinema, going out for meals, shopping, visits to zoos and theme parks, pottery and lots more. After School Club
Our After school club runs term-time on Wednesdays with young people aged 6-13 travel by bus to Whirlikidz in Chepstow where they have lots of fun burning energy on the soft play equipment, socializing with their friends. We pause for a cooked meal, when children can develop skills needed to ‘dine out’. Please see table below for dates:
|Term 1||13th September 2017 - 18th October|
|Term 2||8th Novemeber 2017 - 13th December 2017|
|Term 3||17th January 2018 - 7th February 2018|
28th February 2018 - 21st March 2018
|Term 5||25th April 2018 - 23rd May 2018|
|Term 6||13th June 2018 - 18th July 2018|
We are very proud of our Fused Dance Company, which grew from an after school dance session. Disabled and non-disabled dancers choreograph their own pieces and frequently perform both locally and county wide, and their achievements are inspirational. The company is aimed at dancers over 16 years of age. Our junior group Fusion helps younger dancers develop their dancing and choreography skills. Both groups are held on a Wednesday. The dates are the same as the After school Club (above).Music sessions
Weekly music sessions for children and young people with disabilities aged 4 and upwards. Our wonderful teacher Jane uses specialist equipment and techniques to allow young people to create their own music. Held at Heart of the Forest School, 3pm - 5.30pm on Fridays during term-time.
PLEASE NOTE THE MUSIC SESSION ON FRIDAY 1ST DECEMBER HAS BEEN CANCELLED
|Term 1||15th September 2017 - 20th October 2017|
|Term 2||10th November 2017 - 15th December 2017|
|Term 3||19th January 2018 - 9th February 2018|
|Term 4||2nd March 2018 - 23rd March 2018|
|Term 5||27th April 2018 - 25th May 2018|
|Term 6||15th June 2018 - 20th July 2018|
Weekend Activity Club
We have two Activity Clubs which are held on alternate Saturdays. The two sessions are held at Heart of the Forest school. The first session runs 10am – 3pm and is primarily aimed at young people 12+. The second group is for those aged 6 - 11 years and runs from 10:30am - 1:30pm. There are a variety of activities on offer such as art and craft, soft play, music, dance and much more.
Please note the session on 27th January has been cancelled and is being replaced on 10th February
The dates for both groups for the next academic year are:
4th and 18th November
2nd and 16th December
13th and 27th January
10th and 24th March
5th and 19th May
9th and 23rd June
Forest Friends - As a result of consultation with our members we have just starting piloting a fortnightly Social Club for those 19 and above. The club is held every other Monday, 6.30 – 8.30, at The Main Place in Coleford and young people not only have a wonderful time catching up with friends, playing pool, doing art etc but also learning a variety of skills from such as writing CVS, social skills, basic cooking, money handling and lots more.
We aim to plan to organise trips/social events/activity sessions for those young people who have a brother or sister with a disability on a termly basis (approx. every 6 weeks) These sessions will not only be fun and exciting for those involved but also a chance for young people to meet others who also have a sibling with a disability, share experiences and make new friends. Please contact the office if you would like more information.