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Local Offer - News and Events

In this section of the Local Offer you will be able to find out what’s new and what’s going on. This will be specific information for children, young people and families with special educational needs and disabilities. It will also include information about any consultations that you can get involved with by contributing your views. 

Children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities and their families must be able to contribute to the Local Offer by feeding back their views about the Local Offer itself and about the services that are advertised. You can use the Contact Us link at the bottom of the website page.

Support for SEND in Slough - Have your say - survey 

Slough Borough Council wants to hear your views on changes it wants to make to how it provides additional (top up) funding for children and young people with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). Click here to join the survey and have your say. Further details available on 'Support for SEND in Slough - Have your say'  THE CONSULTATION PERIOD ON THE SEND BANDING MODEL HAS BEEN EXTENDED BY 1 WEEK - CLOSING NOW ON FRIDAY, 22nd FEBRUARY.

Autism Berkshire early February newsletter - free places available at NAS Autism Seminar workshops in Slough

Parents and carers in Slough have already booked many of the free places available at our forthcoming series of NAS Autism Seminars workshops but if you live in the borough, we still have spaces at workshops on Meeting Sensory Needs on Fridays March 8 and March 29 and Managing Anger on March 15 and April 5. Click here for more details and to book free places at these workshops, which all take place at The Curve library and cultural hub in Slough town centre and will run from 9.30am to 2.30pm. Click here for further information and to read Autism Berkshire's early February newsletter.


Max Card Newletter - discount at Butlin's

Enjoy double discount at Butlin's with your Max card.  Click here to read the Max Card newsletter and get the code to receive your £40 Max Card discount.

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Trust and NHS East Berkshire Clinical Commissioning Group Commissioning of Healios Autism Assessments - January 2019

As well as looking at ways of offering support whilst families are waiting for an assessment, Berkshire Healthcare NHS Trust and NHS East Berkshire Clinical Commissioning Group also strive to continuously improve our services and reduce waiting times wherever possible. Therefore, as part of a new pilot, Berkshire Healthcare is contacting a number of families to offer them the option of a more immediate appointment through Healios. Berkshire Healthcare NHS Trust and NHS East Berkshire Clinical Commissioning Group Commissioning of Healios Autism Assessments - Information sheet for parents/carers/professionals January 2019 is available here

Special Voices Newsletter - February 2019

Welcome to Special Voices. Special Voices is a group of parent/carers of children, young people & adults with disabilities/additional needs. We are all volunteers working in partnership with voluntary and statutory organisations to help shape and develop future services in Slough through participation where all of your views are taken into account that you have been sharing with us, without you we couldn’t have changed things for all children/young people/adults in Slough.  Our mission is to raise awareness about the rights and needs of children/young people/adults with additional needs and to ensure that they and their families are consulted and participate in any decisions made during the planning and delivery of services for all our additional needs children/young people & adults. Click here to read our Newsletter.

FREE – British Sign Language level one course - 29 April

Do you live in the Slough area and know someone who is Deaf? Want to be able to communicate with them in Sign Language? Exciting news – we have a free British Sign Language level one course starting Monday 29 April, 6.30-8.30pm at Slough CVS, 29 Church Street, for 30 weeks! Led by Mark Hopper, founder of Deaf Positives, and Shazia Haniff, founder of Slough Sign Language Club. Limited spaces. Contact admin@deafpositivesaction.org to book your place, or visit deafpositivesaction.org for more information.

Contact - What's new - special edition

Welcome to your special edition of What’s new from Contact, the charity for families with disabled children. We wanted you to be the first to hear about our plans for our 40th year and our Together at 40 Awards. We're celebrating being 40 - Contact is celebrating our 40th birthday this year and we want everyone to be involved. 40 years ago we started as a charity when a group of parents recognised the benefits of getting together with other families like theirs for friendship and to share experiences and advice. We are excited to announce that as part of our 40th anniversary festivities this year, we are holding an Awards event - and nominations are now officially open. Get your nominations in for Contact's Together at 40 Awards - celebrating the achievements of families with disabled children.

Active Slough - New offer for 2019

Anyone in possession of a Slough Carers Discount Card will be entitled to half price (50% off) Active Slough sessions. This offer is valid across Active Juniors, Active Teen, Active Adults and Active Seniors (but excludes Active Tots). To redeem the offer, the participant must present the card to the Coach/Instructor alongside another form of valid ID. For sessions at Jubilee Riverside Centre anyone in possession of Slough Carers Discount Card will be entitled to 25% off. The offer can only be redeemed by the actual session participant (i.e. a parent in possession of the discount card can’t redeem it against their son/daughter participating in a junior session).

Disabled Living Newsletter - December 2018

The Disabled Living Newsletter December edition provides information on Christmas gift ideas for the family and free 'Just can't wait' cards - for people who need to use the toilet urgently. Click here to read the newsletter.

The Curve - Visual Guide

Welcome to this visual guide of The Curve. The Curve is lots of different things at the same time. It is a library, a theatre and a place people come to attend groups and meetings. This guide is to help you visit The Curve for a performance in the theatre space called ‘The Venue’. This guide will help you, especially if this is your first visit to a theatre.

Parenting Special Children Newsletter - January 2019

Parenting Special Children's January 2019 newsletter is packed with up-to-date opportunities, so don't miss out on courses, events and the latest news from PSC. The newsletter is available here.

Disability Programme - Active Slough

In March Active Slough will be launching a dedicated junior/teen disability programme. This will include yoga, bounce therapy, football, wheelchair basketball and dance. For more information contact Ciaran Crean via 01753 875784 or email ciaran.crean@slough.gov.uk 

2 Hour Parent First Aid Course - 7 February

Join us on the 7th February 2019 to learn how to preserve lives for those closest to you. On this course you will learn - How to manage a child or baby who is unconscious and still breathing, Resuscitation for child and baby, Choking, Minor injuries and more if there is time! Seats are only £10 a person & £15 for 2 family members who attend. There are 16 places on this course. This course is run independently of Slough Borough Council, so to book your slot please log on to www.skfirstaid.co.uk, and click on book courses online then select the parent first aid course for Monksfield Way Children's Centre.

Special Voices Family Participation Day - 16th March

FREE entrance gift parents, free chocolate egg for children, free raffle, free parking & finger buffet. Special Voices would like to invite families with SEN/disabled/additional needs children, young people & adults in Slough to a participation event where we would like you to tell us your experiences & views of the services in Slough that you use.  Topic & guest speaker to be confirmed. YOU WILL NEED TO BOOK YOUR FAMILY FOR THIS EVENT. Venue: P.A.L.S, 225-227, Northern Road, Slough SL2 1LU. Date: Saturday 16th March, 1.30pm – 4.00pm. Contact: Special Voices- 079 9069 3439, Email info@specialvoices.co.uk

Free digital resource for carers in Berkshire

There is an online resource for carers in Berkshire to support them in their caring role. It is free to use and includes specially tailored Apps, guides and training courses: jointly - a mobile App to help make caring a bit easier, less stressful and more organised. About Me - an e-learning course for carers that aims to help build resilience for caring. Upfront Guide to Caring - this is an online assessment tool that directs carers to specific sections of Carers UK's website for information relevant to their situation, and then produces a short action plan to help carers plan their next steps. For access, create an account on carersuk. Professionals can also access the digital service by following the same registration process for carers.

AccessAble App and website

Do you spend hours planning a trip out? Have you visited somewhere and found access was not what you expected? Are you anxious and stressed when visiting a new place? AccessAble is here to take the chance out of going out. To give you the detailed information you need to work out if a place is going to be accessible to you. Visit AccessAble for further information.

Slough Children's Services Trust - Short Breaks Tender

We are preparing to go out to tender for our short break services. Prospective providers will submit a tender document to provide short breaks for children and young people within Slough. The information they provide will be evaluated by a panel devised by Slough Children’s Services Trust. If the providers meet the criteria for providing short breaks they will be invited to come along and make a presentation in front of a panel of people which will include: Professionals from Slough Children’s Services Trust, Parents and carers of children and young people with disabilities in the Borough, A member of staff from Special Voices. If you are interested contact Amina Ali, Commissioning Short Breaks Coordinator, Slough Children’s Services Trust, commissioning@scstrust.co.uk. 01753 787673. Further details available on Slough Children's Services Trust website.

Slough Short Breaks Statement & Activities - 2018-19

A short break is a good quality, fun, positive activity that your disabled child or young person attends where they can do things they enjoy, have new experiences and develop new skills with or without you. Slough Short Breaks Statement & Activities for 2018-19 is available here.

Feedback on Short Breaks

If you have been on any Short Break activities, please complete the online form to provide feedback and help us improve the service we offer you.

Speech and Language Therapy Services for Children & Young People in Slough

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust will provide Speech and Language Therapy Services, in Slough, for school age children and upto 25 years with SEND, from 1st November 2018 for an intial period of 3 years with an option to extend for a further 2 years. Further information is availabe here.

Parenting Special Children - Sleep Course for parent/carers of children & young people

A two week course for parents/carers who have children and young people (aged 0-18) with Special Needs who struggle with their sleep. Topics covered include: Children’s sleep cycles and sleep needs, the reasons behind night settling and night waking, strategies to feel less stressed when sleep training, new parenting strategies for settling your child to sleep, and staying asleep. Duraton:4 hour course, split over 2 sessions. Free course (£10 for the course handbook). This course is typically delivered once a term, in each Local Authority area. Contact Tel:  0118 986 3532, website http://www.parentingspecialchildren.co.uk/courses/sleep-course-for-parentscarers-of-children-and-young-people/

Discounts

There are various local and national schemes and charities which can help save money if your child has an additional or special need.  Max Card is a national, local authority-commissioned discount initiative for looked after children and children with additional needs aged 0-25 years. The scheme enables families to visit hundreds of attractions across the UK at a free or discounted rate. Sign up to our Children's Disability Register and receive a card for free! Merlin's Magic Wand arrange magical days out at Merlin Entertainments attractions, such as LEGOLAND Resort® theme parks, SEA LIFE Centres and Madame Tussauds. They welcome applications on behalf of children aged 2-18 with a confirmed serious illness/long term illness, disability or disadvantage, who would benefit from a day out at a Merlin attraction. CEA Card enables a disabled cinema guest to receive a complimentary ticket for someone to go with them when they visit a participating cinema.

SEND Support at Slough Children's Centres

Slough Children's Centres offer support for families of children with special educational needs and disabilities. Click here for further information.

The Safe Place Scheme in Slough

The Safe Place scheme is a national initiative that has been launched locally. The scheme works by asking local businesses, who have signed up to the initiative, to place a Safe Place sticker in their window. The sticker identifies a business as a place where vulnerable people can seek help should they feel uncomfortable or unsafe when out and about. This usually means making a telephone call on the person’s behalf; to the police, a parent, carer or support worker and providing a temporary safe haven until support arrives. It may be as simple as offering someone a place to sit and a glass of water. Click here for further details.

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