News & Blog News Your August 2020 Children and Young People newsletter Coffee & Chat With everything going on at the moment we felt it was important to take a step back, slow down, and bring everyone together for a coffee and a chat. Taking place online, we’re offering an opportunity for you to talk to us about how you're feeling and what you're going through, ask us any questions about how we are continuing to support you, and to just be kind. Receive updates about direct payments, ask questions about the impact of the pandemic on you and your PA, and share hints and tips about how you’re coping during the COVID-19 crisis. Whether you pop in for 15 minutes, or stay for the full hour discussion, we’d love to see you. There’s no pressure to stay for the duration, just come along and say hi. Most importantly, don’t forget your coffee or tea! A link to the meeting will be emailed to you after you’ve registered, so keep an eye on your inbox and your junk email box as it may be sent there. To register for our next Coffee & Chat event on 19 August, please click here. If you want to submit any questions beforehand, please email us at [email protected]. Face Mask Exempt Badges In England it is a legal requirement to wear a face covering when travelling on Public Transport, and a face covering must be worn in all shops, unless you are face mask exempt. The charity Euan’s Guide have created badges for people who are face mask exempt and who are concerned they may be challenged for not wearing one. You can request a badge by clicking here. A list of people who are face mask exempt in England can be found by clicking here. West Sussex Mind Training Courses The Mental Health Charity West Sussex Mind are running a series of virtual events over the next few months specifically for Parents and Carers. Events include topics such as: Social Anxiety and returning to school after lockdown Demand Avoidance Sensory Processing Behaviours of concern Some events are free to attend, but most are priced at £5 for those who live within West Sussex and £12.50 for people outside of the county. To view their Eventbrite page, where you can find out more about individual events and book your place, please click here. Changing Places toilets to become compulsory And finally, after some excellent and hard-fought campaigning, Changing Places toilets will be made compulsory for new buildings in England from 2021. All Shopping centres, supermarkets, sports and arts venues will be required to include at least one Changing Place. There are currently 1,400 Changing Places across the UK, so this new policy should see the number increase dramatically over the next few years, which is great news for the 250,000 people who rely on them when out and about. To find out more, please click here.