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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.

News from Contact For families with disabled children

The 'news and blogs' page of Contact For familes with disabled children provides information on the steps you need to take to make sure your tax credits payments don't stop, the Carer's Allowance, the government launch of the school transport consultation, the Universal Credit managed migration pilot and how to get a copy of the 'Helpful Guide for families with disabled children'.

Parenting Special Children - Summer Newsletter

The summer newsletter of Parenting Special Children is packed with up-to-date opportunities on courses and Pre and Post Assessment workshops, events such as the Family Fun Day at Camp Mohawk and the latest news.

Slough Summer Holiday Activities

Slough has lots to do, this summer, including fun, free activities for you to enjoy, so there is no need to hear “are we there yet?” when activities are so close at hand. Services with the Local Offer symbol are suitable for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Information on summer holiday activities in Slough is available here. 

Autism Berkshire Mid July newsletter

The mid July Autism Berkshire newsletter provides information on Understanding your Rights workshop which looks at benefits for over-16s and employment support, availability of tickets for the next Autism Berkshire members' Family Fun Day and up to date information on forthcoming activities around the country. The newsletter is available here.

Contact for families with disabled children

At last summer is here and with the school holidays fast approaching we wanted to share some top tips to help make your summer as stress-free and as fun as possible. Contact's guide to holidays, play and leisure is packed with useful information to keep you and the family occupied this summer. Click here for further information.

Enjoy the best of Butlin’s this Summer Holidays with an extra £40 off!

We believe a beautiful ocean, fresh sea air and plenty of space to play are the essential ingredients of a brilliant family break. All three of our resorts are right next to some of Britain’s loveliest beaches, and each host our famous fun-filled Skyline Pavilions, surrounded by landscaped gardens and family places to stay. And whether it’s indoors, outdoors, day or night, there will always be plenty for you to say ‘yes you can’ to during your stay because so much of the fun at Butlin’s is ‘all part of the price’ – hip hip hooray! Click here for booking details.

The Autism Group - Programme of Free Parent Toolkits 2019

The Autism Group is committed to supporting and enhancing the lives of young people on the spectrum, their parents, and carers. The Charity is led by a team of qualified autism professionals who have family members on the spectrum, offering autism training, 1-1 home autism as well as social opportunities for young people aged 9-25. These toolkits are open to parents and carers living in East Berkshire and are funded by the NHS East Berks CCG. The Programme of Free Parent Toolkits is available here.

Special Voices Events

Coffee Day - 12th July, Participation Day - 13th September, AGM - 11 October, SEND Information Day - 21 November. Click here for details.

Special Voices Newsletter - July 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.

Slough Early Years Service -“Special Thursdays” for families of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

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

Explore Slough - download our free app today!

Slough residents now have all the latest offers, deals and events in Slough Town Centre at their finger tips with the new free, Explore Slough app, available for IOS and Android. Explore Slough which was officially launched on June 25, features special deals and vouchers that can be redeemed from participating shops, cafés, restaurants, bars and other businesses in the town centre and high street.

Haven & Max card exclusive extra savings!

Escape to the beach and enjoy a fun filled holiday with the whole family with Haven this summer.  Max Card Members can save an extra £20 off plus their Max Card saving on breaks arriving between the 28 June – 22 July incl. Book before the 12th July to enjoy a beach break with the whole family. To book online, find your chosen Haven park on the Max Card website, enter your card number and follow the links provided.

 

New Pearl social group for autistic adults in Slough

Autism Berkshire is delighted to be able to announce a new social group for autistic adults who live in Slough. The group, which will be called Pearl, is for anyone aged 18+ and will meet on alternate Tuesday evenings at the Earl of Cornwall pub, in Cippenham Lane, Cippenham. The meetings will run from 7pm to 9pm. Click here for further details.

Slough accessibility guides launched

A fantastic resource with information on accessibility in Slough venues has been launched. The council has partnered with AccessAble to create access guides for residents and visitors in Slough who have a disability, hidden or otherwise. The guides were launched during an event at The Curve on 14 May. The access guides for Slough contain more than 1,000 pieces of information for more than 200 venues, with a pan-disability approach. Every piece of information is included because someone with a disability has suggested it would be useful for them to know. The guides are free and available from the AccessAble website www.accessable.co.uk/organisations/slough-council and via a mobile app. On the website you can change the text size, colour and language and there is an easy read option for each guide that gives the key information and pictures. You can download the AccessAble app from the Apple or android app store. It allows you to create an account and save your favourite places. The council’s webpages include AccessAble links where there are guides available, such as for our parks, car parks and community centres.

Young People Focus Group on the SEND Strategy

As part of the new SEND strategy, youth workers from Young People’s Service, met with Arbour Vale’s Youth Council for a 90 minute workshop. The core aim of the workshop was to capture the voices of young people, a means by which their views could positively influence the SEND strategy. 10 young people of mixed ages and abilities participated and themes discussed in the workshop included ‘what makes a good day’, ‘dreams and aspirations’ and ‘barriers’’. This is the first intervention  of continued plan to ensure young peoples needs and views are at the forefront of the Slough SEND strategy. The Slough Youth Voice SEND Consultation report - 12 February 2019 can be read here.

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).

Slough SEND Service Transfer of Statements of SEN

The SEND Service has worked closely with colleagues from health and social care, education settings, parents and carers and children and young people to transfer all  statements of SEN to Education, Health and Care plans  in a person-centred and multi-agency manner. All remaining transfers were completed by December 2018.

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

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.

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.

Slough Short Breaks Statement & Activities - 2019

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.

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.

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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