Would you like a local handwriting interest group?
After witnessing the power of local action to transform a region at Members Day, we are more enthused than ever about supporting members to set up local groups. These will vary from region to region, but usually consist of about three meetings a year of local professionals (OTs, Physios, Eps, Teachers, TAs, SENCOs etc.) sharing ideas, talks, Q and A sessions and discussions about inspiring local change. The NHA has a small pot of money allocated to helping with set-up costs.
Current Local Interest Groups
West of London Handwriting Interest Group
This group was launched in November 2015 by a group of local professionals in West London including Dr Mellissa Prunty (Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy at Brunel University London), Caroline McHugh, Nidhi Kharbanda & Ying Herng Heng (Local Occupational Therapists) and Dr. Geeta Ludhra (Lecturer in Education at Brunel University London). The group was created in order to bring together local teachers, therapists, psychologists, students & parents to discuss all things handwriting. The group had its launch event in November which was attended by 110 people from all across London. The event saw three very interesting presentations from Dr. Angela Webb, Prof. Anna Barnett and Dr. Emma Sumner on the topics of handwriting assessment and dyslexia. Feedback was gathered during the event to ascertain what the attendees wished to gain from the group. The feedback was used to plan a second event in April 2016 which saw an interesting evening on the topic of continuous cursive writing. The main aims of the group are to share knowledge surrounding best practice in the teaching and learning of handwriting and serve as a forum for discussion. They run 2-3 events a year (next one January 2019). For more information, please email Mellissa Prunty, email@example.com
Brighton and Hove handwriting group
Launched in 2018 by Lesley Harding, a Senior Specialist Occupational Therapist. The group meets twice a year for handwriting related training and networking. Their next session is in February 2019 and will focus on motivating the reluctant writer. For more information, please email Lesley Harding, firstname.lastname@example.org
What if I live somewhere else?
We would to have local groups all over the country. If you are interested in setting one up, please e-mail email@example.com and we will let you know if anyone else nearby may be willing to help.