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In a change to our previous annual events, due to COVID 19 this festival will take place online over three days - 4th, 5th and 6th Feb 2021

There will be talks by key speakers and online workshops* about areas of concern or interest, for parent carers and their families.

Theme: "Support for SEND in the Virtual World"

to include the challenges for those who cannot access the virtual world.

*All workshops will be delivered using Microsoft Teams or Zoom.

Day 1

Thursday 4th February 2021

10:00 AM

Opening Ceremony / Keynote Address

Opening Ceremony by Councillor Andrew Geary

The Mayor of Milton Keynes

Keynote Speech: Natasha Baker MBE

Natasha Baker MBE is a British para-equestrian who won two gold medals at the London 2012 Summer Paralympics, and three at the Rio 2016 Summer Paralympics.

This will be broadcast LIVE right here while a recording of the event will be available on YouTube after the event as well.

11:30 AM

Positive Behaviour Support / Parent Carer Workshop

Positive Behaviour Support: Parents are invited to join MKC Inclusion and Intervention Team Specialist Teachers to learn about the benefits of Positive Behaviour Support. During the session you will:

  • Be given an explanation of Positive Behaviour Support

  • Understand the possible functions of/reasons for behaviours of concern

  • Explore behaviours of concern you may see /experience from your child

  • Know possible strategies to support behaviours of concern

This workshop will be delivered via Microsoft Teams platform.

1:30 PM

Pandemic Parenting / Parent Carer Workshop

Pandemic Parenting: How to support your child overcome loss.


Parenting always has its challenges, and with a pandemic this past year has likely been extra stressful at times for children and parents alike. In this workshop we are offering:

  • Space to reflect on parenting during a pandemic,

  • Time to consider the losses (from hugs and beyond)
    felt by parents and our children

  • Top tips to overcome losses - possibly finding some positive alternatives.

Join us to find some solace that you are not alone.

Session led by Dr Yvonne Bancroft (Educational & Child Psychologist & Parent of 2)

This workshop will be delivered via Microsoft Teams platform.

4:00 PM

Music & Movement / Family Workshop

Ragdolly Annas Music & Rhyme Session: Children can enjoy singing and dancing to a range of different musical beats. This encourages a positive musical experience for both the children and their 'grown up' helpers.

While being lots of fun, our sessions are cleverly designed to support key learning and development areas. >> Read More >>

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom platform.

Day 2

Friday 5th February 2021

10:00 AM

Supporting Siblings / Parent Carer Workshop

Support for Siblings: Participants will gain an insight into siblings’ needs and experiences and will also gain ideas for giving siblings attention.


Time is available for parents to ask questions.


All participants will receive a follow up handout /activity ideas.


This workshop is being run by Sibs, the only UK charity representing the needs of young and adult siblings.

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom platform.

11:30 AM

Dyslexia / Parent Carer Workshop

The workshop will include:

  1. Identifying the different main types of Dyslexia

  2. Short cuts to spellings

  3. We shall also be exploring what is not Dyslexia

  4. Questions and Answers

Note: Should you wish to keep your questions confidential, you may forward your question in advance to:

Questions will then be collated to ask anonymously at the end of his presentation.

This workshop will be delivered via Microsoft Teams platform.

1:30 PM

What's new in Health? / Parent Carer Workshop

Health Workshop: Support, resources and advice at your fingertips.


Amanda Bousaki, the DCO (Designated Clinical Officer) in Milton Keynes, will guide you through many new resources available online and CYP and parents, including Health Visiting, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom platform.

4:00 PM

Craft Workshop / Family Workshop

Crafts with Girlguiding UK: But not just for girls!

Come and join us at our Craft workshop, you will be making:

  1. Air dry clay keyring - design your own keyring using air dry clay.

  2. A choice of either a Fabric shopping bag you can decorate / a pencil case - you will have stencils to do this along with Fabric crayons. You will then need to iron the design to make sure it stays on the bag.

Kits will be delivered to you before the workshop. Suitable for primary age children.

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom platform.

4:00 PM

Post 16 Options / Parent Carer Workshop

This workshop will provide information for young people and parents and carers about post 16 options for education, training, employment and support available in Milton Keynes.

This workshop is hosted by SENDIAS and include presentations from TRACK, Youth:MK, SEMLEP and Supported Employment MK

  • TRACK - aim to ensure autistic people have access to employment and provides training for employers. >> Read More >>

  • Supported Employment MK - a council service supporting people with a learning disability and or autism to find meaningful employment. >> Read More >>

  • Youth:MK - a council service providing information for young people up to 25 with learning difficulties or disabilities about education, employment and training. >> Read More >>

  • SEMLEP - a local enterprise partnership supporting young people with the skills and attitudes needed by employers. >> Read More >>

This workshop will be delivered via Microsoft Teams platform.

8:00 PM

Groovy Gecko Disco / Family Workshop

Groovy Gecko meets MK SEND Celebration Party: Groovy Gecko is a club night for learning disabled adults that usually takes place with a live DJ at Popworld in the centre of MK.

For ONE NIGHT ONLY, DJ Jamie Stimpson and host Jesita from Inter-Action MK will be bringing you the hottest tunes of 2020. Complete with live chat, dance moves and lots of fun.

Sign up for your free ticket here, through Eventbrite to join in our zoom celebration party. Don’t worry, you can join in as much or as little as you want in this relaxed fun final event.

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom platform.

Day 3

Saturday 6th February 2021

10:30 AM

Online Safety / Parent Carer Workshop

Reducing Risks to Children Online


Lawrence Jordan will present strategies for keeping your family safe in the virtual world.

This will be a one hour basic awareness workshop which aims to provide some context to online harm to children. Delegates will be informed about where to access information regarding applying security settings, increasing your child’s awareness of online risks, responding to concerns as well as a section on online grooming.


*Please be advised this workshop is for parents only and contains subject matter that some may find distressing and upsetting, as it covers child abuse including online sexual exploitation of children.

This workshop will be delivered via Microsoft Teams platform.

11:30 AM

Yoga Workshop / Family Workshop

Join Rona Burt for a fun, beginners’ yoga session for the whole family. 


Yoga is for everybody and this session will introduce simple yoga stretches, breathing techniques and relaxation to help self-regulate and find calm.

This workshop will be delivered via Microsoft Teams platform.

1:30 PM

Cooking Workshop / Family Workshop

Join us in making delicious melt-in-the-mouth Lemon Butter biscuits.

>>  Download Recipe Card  <<

This workshop will be delivered via Microsoft Teams platform.

2:30 PM

Cooking Workshop / Family Workshop

Join Moorlands Family Centre team as they reveal the ingredients in the Food Buddy Bags demonstrating how easy it is to create a meal for four very quickly.


Food Buddy Bags are put together by a generous company Givaudan, they donate them to MK Food Bank who kindly distribute to our family centres in support of the ongoing issue of food poverty. We would like to thank Louisa Hobbs from MK Food Bank and Givaudan for their kind support. 

On the menu will be Veggy Cowboy Chilli followed by Strawberry Triffle.

>>  Download Recipes Here  <<


This workshop is available on YouTube platform
>>  Watch Here  <<


3:00 PM

Family Fitness / Family Workshop

Martial Arts: Come and have a go at a fun new activity including Taekwondo with instructors from Star Martial Arts >> Read More >>

The exercises are designed to strengthen the mind and the body and the club run classes in Wolverton, Furzton, Broughton and Brooklands.

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom platform.