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Welcome to Parent Carer and Family News - March 2022

Welcome to the SEND Parent Carer and Family Newsletter for March.

Firstly, I would like to highlight the SEND Newsflash from the Department for Education, the Government’s SEND and alternative provision green paper was published on Tuesday 29 March 2022. This paper sets out a vision for SEND and a system that will introduce new standards in the quality of support for children and young people. The paper is now out for public consultation and I would like to encourage parents, carers and families to take this opportunity to share their views and shape how the new system will work in the future, please do take a look at the full article for more information.

In Telford & Wrekin we truly believe that families lived experience is key to developing services, therefore we have been developing ways that families can share their experiences and feedback. The starting point for this project is a refresh of the Education Health and Care Needs Assessment Feedback Form, please do complete the feedback form and return to the service so we can continue to make improvements. If your child or young person has recently had an Annual Review, please can we encourage families to complete the Annual Review Feedback Form, this is available to complete online. Further information on this project will continue to be shared over the next few months as we continue to look at how families can be involved working together to develop and improve SEND services.

Over the last couple of months new sections have been developed on the SEND Local Offer, a new Activities & Events area is a quick and easy place for families to find out more about clubs and activities in the community. A new section has been updated to bring all the information about Travel Assistance into one place, this area is still undergoing development and we would love to hear your feedback. If you would like to share any feedback on the SEND Local Offer, please email: localoffer@telford.gov.uk.

Finally, please can I encourage you to sign  up and receive the SEND Parent Carer and Family Newsletter direct to your Inbox, through this Newsletter we aim to keep families up to date with all the current developments in Telford & Wrekin.

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Best Wishes,

Natalie

Natalie Bevan
SEND Service Delivery Manager


Included in the update:

Your Views Matter - ECHNA and Annual Review Feedback Forms
We are updating our Feedback Forms for ECHNA and Annual Reviews – please see the new ways that Feedback can be provided.

Shout Out for SEND – Young Persons Forum
Shout Out for SEND (SOS) is a group of 11-25 year olds who meet every month to ensure they have the chance to have their voice heard and to influence the decisions in Telford & Wrekin SEND and the Information Advice and Support Service (IASS service)

SEND Local Offer What’s New?

Annual Health Checks
Annual health checks are for adults and young people aged 14 or over with a learning disability.

Independent Living Centre
Telford and Wrekin’s Independent Living Centre (ILC) is a purpose built environment to provide a ‘showhome’ with built in features to both physically and digitally promote independent living in your own home to reduce costs of care and support needs using modern technology and Assistive Equipment.

Telford 16-19 Website Post 16 Prospectus
The Telford 16 - 19 prospectus has information on the post 16 offer in Telford & Wrekin including almost 300 A - levels, BTECs and Apprenticeships across six schools and colleges, making Telford an inspirational hub for learning, opportunity and achievement.

Short Breaks Forum
The forum is an opportunity for parents, children and young people that use Short Breaks services, working together with Local Authority colleagues to talk about what is working well, what isn’t and how we can make improvements to the Short Breaks offer. 

My Options Young People's Service
Available to download is the calendar of events for the My Options Young People's Services.

PODS Helpline
Supporting families with disabled/Additional need children aged 0-25 years

PODS Family Groups and Befriender Groups

Telford & Wrekin Children’s Autism Hub 0-18
The recently launched Telford Children’s Autism Hub provides information, advice and guidance to families whose child has been diagnosed with autism.

Ambitious about Autism
Ambitious about Autism has today launched the UK’s first online platform for autistic young people.

SENDIASS
The IASS Service provides a wide range of impartial and confidential information, advice and support to parents, children, and young people 0-25, relating to Special Educational Needs and Disability. 

New Support Webinars
Telford SENDIASS have produced a comprehensive NEW Information, Advice and Support webinar exploring how pupils with special educational needs and disabilities are supported in school. 

Workshops and Question & Answer Sessions
Relaxed SEND Support Workshops and Q&A Sessions, both virtual and face-to-face are now taking place – if you’ve got any questions you need answering, big or small, relating to Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, please pop along. 

Steering Group
It’s really crucial for the service to have Parent/Caregiver Steering Group members to give a voice to parent and child issues and concerns. 

Feedback on Annual Reviews
Please take a look as we have recently updated our Feedback Form! 

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Annual Health Checks

Annual health checks are for adults and young people aged 14 or over with a learning disability.

An annual health check gives people time to talk about anything that is worrying them and means they can get used to going to visit the doctor.

To help explain what is involved in an annual health check, a group of inspiring young people from Derwen College have created the following video to raise awareness of the importance of annual health checks.

The video is aimed to help young people with learning disabilities to understand the process of an annual health check in a simple, easy to understand format.

Watch the video


SEND Local Offer – What’s New

SEND Local Offer - Preparing for Adulthood

The Preparing for Adulthood section has been updated on the Local Offer with a new look and additional information, please take a look. 

Preparing for Adulthood

SEND Parent Carer and Family News

Keep up to date with the current news on the SEND News section for Parent Carers and Families.

SEND Local Offer: Parent Carer & Family News

SEND Activities & Events

The Activities & Events page is a quick and easy place for families to see what is going on in their community. Take look at the pages below to find art, dance, drama, music, clubs & activities for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

SEND Local Offer - Activities & Events

How to add or update your activity details

Do you provide a service for children & young people with special educational needs and disabilities, please complete the form (available to download) below or contact us at localoffer@telford.gov.uk to add your service to the directory.

Download: SEND Local Offer – Activities & Events

Travel Assistance

A new section has been updated on the SEND Local Offer that collects together information on Transport Assistance in one place, please take a look. This section is still undergoing development and we would love to hear your feedback.

SEND Local Offer - Travel Assistance

SEND Local Offer Feedback

Specialist Provision Hubs

Updates have been made to the section for Specialist Provision Hubs, further detail has been provided about the secondary Specialist Provision Hub and a new section added for Parent Carers and Families. This section is still undergoing development and we would love to hear your feedback.

SEND Local Offer - Specialist Provision Hubs

SEND Local Offer Feedback


Feedback on Annual Reviews

Did you know you can share your feedback with us about Annual Reviews?

Please take a look as we have recently updated our Feedback Forms!

Annual Review Feedback

A short feedback form is available to complete at the end of each Annual Review.

Annual Review Feedback Form

Thank you for your assistance in providing your feedback, your views help us to continue to develop and improve our service.


Short Breaks Forum

The forum is an opportunity for parents, children and young people that use Short Breaks services, working together with Local Authority colleagues to talk about what is working well, what isn’t and how we can make improvements to the Short Breaks offer.  It is a place where we can share knowledge for the benefit of all, including inviting guest speakers on particular issues or services.

Download: Short Break Forum Notes


My Options Young People's Service

Available to download is the calendar of events for the My Options Young People's Services.

Download: Young People's Calendar of Events


PODS Parent Carer Forum

PODS Helpline

Supporting families with disabled/Additional need children aged 0-25 years

  • Are you in need of some guidance or information?
  • Would you like to access our Befriending service or maybe receive a call from one of our staff?

Phone: 01952 458047
Email: support@podstelford.org

Calls will be answered between 10am-4pm Monday-Friday, outside these hours please leave a message.

Download: PODS Helpline Flyer

Website: PODS Telford

Family Groups and Befriender Groups

Available to download are the dates and times of the next family groups and befriender sessions for April, May, June and July.

Download: Family Groups and Befriender Sessions April and May

Download: Family Groups and Befriender Sessions June and July

All events available to book via the PODS Eventbrite page: select 'follow us' to be notified of any events as soon as they go 'live'.

Save the Dates!

Upcoming events include:

Thursday 2 June 2022 Jubilee Celebration Event

Monday 1 August 2022 Annual Picnic in the Park

PODS Parent Carer Forum Events | Eventbrite


SOS Group - Shout Out for SEND

Shout Out for SEND (SOS) is a group of 11-25 year olds who meet every month to ensure they have the chance to have their voice heard and to influence the decisions in Telford & Wrekin SEND and the Information Advice and Support Service (IASS service).

The next Shout Out for SEND Group is on: Tuesday 23 August 2022, 2-4pm. The group meets in the Family Zone at Hazeldine House, Central Square, Telford Centre, Telford, TF3 4JL. 

To find out more information and to book your place you can call Telford & Wrekin SENDIASS on 01952 457176 or email info@iass.org.uk.

Shout Out for SEND on Facebook: You can find out more about the group by joining the SOS Facebook page.

Search for Shout Out for SEND on Facebook and request to ‘Join Group’ (young people will need to be over the age of 13 to access this Facebook Group). 

SOS Group - SEND Local Offer

 


Mental Health Services

Download an overview of the BeeU Children’s & Family Mental Health Services.

Download: BeeU Children’s & Family Mental Health Services

Bee U is the emotional health and wellbeing service for people, up to the age of 25, living in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin. Previously known as CAMHS the service offers a range of support depending on the needs of the child or young person. 

BeeU Website 


Telford 16-19 Website – Post 16 Prospectus

The Telford 16 - 19 prospectus has information on the post 16 offer in Telford & Wrekin including almost 300 A - levels, BTECs and Apprenticeships across six schools and colleges, making Telford an inspirational hub for learning, opportunity and achievement.

Telford 16-19 Website

For more information please contact Future Focus by email: Future.focus@telford.gov.uk or, by phone: 01952 388988.

For young people with an EHC Plan, please take a look at the guidance for young people applying for post 16 education (with an EHCP).


Preparing for Adulthood Events

Adult Social Care are hosting a series of Preparing for Adulthood (PfA) events at the Independent Living Centre. The events will be hosted by Adult Social Care - Autism and Learning Disability team, SEND and Future Focus.

This is an opportunity for young people, their families, and/or carers and the people important to them moving from Children’s Services and/or SEND into adulthood to discuss their future options.

Learn about the roles each service will have in supporting you to be aspirational about your future. 

Our Preparing for Adulthood staff will support discussions around the 4 PfA areas:

  • Employment
  • Independent Living
  • Community Inclusion
  • Health

The next dates for the drop In’s are:

  • Thursday 21 April 2022

All the events will be held 2pm to 6pm. 

We look forward to welcoming you to the Independent Living Centre, more information and directions are available by following the link below.

Independent Living Centre

Information about Preparing for Adulthood 


SENDIASS

 The IASS Service provides a wide range of impartial and confidential information, advice and support to parents, children, and young people 0-25, relating to Special Educational Needs and Disability. 

It is important for parents and young people to receive appropriate information to increase their confidence and understanding of the SEND processes. We support parents, children and young people to express their views, participate fully in their education and support positive relationships with those professionals involved in your child’s education, health and social care support. Our small and friendly team offer opportunities for families to access the service through telephone email, training workshops and individual information sessions  We can also ensure that you are able to receive the appropriate information and also be signposted to wider services that may be able to help. 

If you require any further information, please get in touch by,

Phone: 01952 457176  
Email: info@iass.org.uk          

Website: Telford SENDIASS 

New Support Webinars

Telford SENDIASS have produced a comprehensive NEW Information, Advice and Support webinar exploring how pupils with special educational needs and disabilities are supported in school. 

The link for this is at the top of the website home page.

Website: Telford SENDIASS 

Workshops and Question & Answer Sessions

Relaxed SEND Support Workshops and Q&A Sessions, both virtual and face-to-face are now taking place – if you’ve got any questions you need answering, big or small, relating to Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, please pop along. 

  • Face to face
    Tuesday 15 February 2022
    10am—11.30am
  • Face to face
    Wednesday 23 March 2022
    10am-11.30am
  • Virtual
    Wednesday 27 April 2022
    1pm-2.30pm
  • Face to face
    Thursday 26 May 2022
    10am-1130am
  • Virtual
    Tuesday 21 June 2022
    4.30pm 6.30pm

SEND Support Workshop Dates

  • Tuesday 10 May 2022
    4.30pm-6.30pm
  • Thursday 23 June 2022
    10.am-12.30pm
  • Tuesday 12 July 2022
    4.30pm-6.30pm

If you require any further information, please get in touch by,

Phone: 01952 457176  
Email: info@iass.org.uk          

Website: Telford SENDIASS 

Steering Group

It’s really crucial for the service to have Parent/Caregiver Steering Group members to give a voice to parent and child issues and concerns.  If you would like more information about being a Steering Group member, please get in touch with Julie Collins on julie.collins@tandwcvs.org.uk


SEND Coffee Mornings

Prior to the pandemic IASS supported schools with their Parent SEND coffee mornings, they have been working with schools to re-introduce coffee mornings / afternoons.

Currently there are 3 secondary schools and 3 primary schools that will be holding SEND coffee mornings for parents and family carers whose children attend the school.

Parents can contact SENDIASS for any further information regarding SEND coffee mornings and to see if their school has one or is interested in setting one up.

To find out more please email: info@iass.org.uk 

Or, by phone: 01952 457176

New Offices, IASS have recently moved offices, they are now based at:

Telford and Wrekin CVS
Suite 12 & 15 Hazledine House
Central Square
Telford Centre
Telford
Shropshire
TF3 4JL

Contact Email: info@iass.org.uk 

Contact Phone Number: 01952 457176


BeeU Children’s & Family Mental Health Services

Download an overview of the BeeU Children’s & Family Mental Health Services.

Download: BeeU Children’s & Family Mental Health Services

Bee U is the emotional health and wellbeing service for people, up to the age of 25, living in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin. Previously known as CAMHS the service offers a range of support depending on the needs of the child or young person. 

BeeU Website 


Live Well Telford

Live Well Telford is an online directory of support / groups in Telford and this includes lots of mental health support groups. 

Live Well Telford


SilverCloud

If you are experiencing low mood / anxiety you can access support from Silver Cloud. SilverCloud offers secure, immediate access to online supported CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) programmes, tailored to your specific needs.

There are a range of programmes to choose from to suit your needs.  This includes  Depression, Generalised Anxiety, Stress, Sleep and Perinatal Mental Health.  We also have a range of programmes for people who are dealing with low mood and anxiety whilst living with a long-term condition.  These are designed for those with Chronic Pain, Diabetes, Respiratory Disorders and Heart Disease.

There are optional modules to complete in each programme on sleep difficulties, relaxation, self-esteem, grief, relationships, employment support and anger management.

These programmes have demonstrated high improvement rates for depression and anxiety.

It’s flexible – access it anywhere, on your computer, tablet or mobile phone.

It's easy to use - interactive tools and activities make your experience interesting and motivational.

SilverCloud


Branches Listening

Has there been a recent life event that has affected your mental wellbeing?

Things such as, stress, external pressures, recent bereavement, breakdown of a relationship or daily worries. If so the Listening Service may be able to help.

All listeners are counselling skills trained. If you qualify, you will be offered one session a week for three to four weeks. Sessions can last up to fifty minutes. Branches Listening Service is a free and confidential support service.

Offered to individuals aged 18+ that reside within the Telford and Wrekin area. We aim to aid individuals with gaining a better sense of wellbeing and mental health.

Please call for more info: 01952 899205