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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.

Physical activity for children with complex disabilities - online survey

Sense and the ukactive Research Institute are partnering together to understand in more detail how families with a child or children with complex disabilities engage in physical activity.

Parents of disabled children are encouraged to feed back on the challenges they face when it comes to accessing sport and physical activity, by completing an online survey by Sunday 15th March.

The project will explore the barriers and motivations of the families, and also look at access to provision, the challenges of families being active together, the impact on siblings with no disability, and if there are differences between community and education provision.

Following the initial research, Sense will establish a national activity programme for disabled children and evaluate the impact of it on the child and the wider family.

Are you a parent of a disabled child? Our friends @sensecharity are interested to hear your family's experiences of accessing sport and physical activity. This will help them develop new services and support. Take part in their survey today!


Special Voices events in 2020

Special Voices & Slough Carers Support working in partnership offer First Aid Training (15 places for carers), Cippenham Baptist Church Hall, 11 Elmshott Lane. SL1 5QS, Friday 17th January 2020 11.30am – 1.30pm.

Special Voices Information Day - Friday 28th February 2020 drop in anytime between 9.30 – 1pm, Cippenham Baptist Church Hall. 11 Elmshott Lane.

Coffee Days 2020 at Cippenham Baptist Church Hall, 11 Elmshott Lane. SL1 5QS. Drop in anytime between 9.30am –1pm. You choose what time & how long you wish to stay. Fridays - 17th January, 14th February, 13th March, 3rd April, 15th May, 12th June, 10th July, No Aug, 11th September, 16th October, 13th November, 11th December

Future events coming in 2020 as well as our coffee days from Special Voices. January - Twitter & Facebook, how to do this. February -  Twitter & Facebook how to do this. March -  Family Participation Day, March - What you should expect your EHC Plan to have.

Special Voices Newsletter - January 2020

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.

Autism Berkshire January 2020 newsletter

The Autism Berkshire January newsletter provides information on the 11th Henley Choir festival, free Understanding your rights workshop, relaxed concert at the University of Reading and Austism Berkshire's home visit service.

Parenting Special Children Newsletter - January 2020

Parenting Special Children's January 2020 newsletter is packed with up-to-date opportunities and information on courses, events and the latest news.

Freephone support for Carers

Do you have caring responsibilities and would like some support and help?

Do you feel that you are simply carrying out ordinary responsibilities as a friend or family member?

If you are looking after a relative, there is help for you.

East Berkshire and Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), together with Signal4Carers offer a Berkshire wide Freephone number to support those who maybe looking after someone.

If you are looking after someone, you can call the Freephone number on 0800 1337851 where you will be offered support and information. The service is available from 10am until 4pm Monday to Friday (message facility for evenings and weekends).

Sleep workshop for young people (ages 10-19) with additional needs and their parents

The sleep workshop has been designed specifically to teach children with special or additional needs about sleep and has been taught successfully with children in special needs schools and schools with SEN Units. The workshop is suitable for children with learning difficulties and includes activities that help strengthen what is learnt. Date: Saturday 11th January 2020, 10:30 – 12:00 (the workshop will run for about 40 minutes and the rest of the time will be for settling in, breaks and questions).  1 Parent/Carer must attend with each child.

Disability Sports

If you are interested in getting active or taking part in disability sport there are a wide range of opportunities across Berkshire. Click here for further information.

Contact - for families with disabled children

Welcome to your latest edition of What’s new - your regular update of important news and information for you and your family from Contact, the charity for families with disabled children. The edition provides information on

  • School transport survey – how does the school transport loophole affect you?
  • the impact of our support for families with disabled children up and down the country as part of our Changing Lives appeal.
  • New Blue Badge rules making it easier for children to qualify in England
  • the Government reassessing Personal Independence Payment awards

Visit Contact - for families with disabled children website for details.

CAPS (Children’s Activities, Parental Support) - for families of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

SEND Support, Information and Advice Sessions - Book a 1 to 1 session with one of our professionals who can help with a range of SEND issues including education, finance, behaviour strategies and specialist activities. SEND Sessions - led by Specialist SEND early years practitioners. Targeted learning sessions in four week blocks.  9.30am – 11.00am & 1.00pm – 2.30pm. ROOTS - Support group for parents/carers - relaxed, informal get-togethers with refreshments. Play and Learn Session - By invitation. For more information and to book a session please contact: Sanji Bains: 07500 785578, Kiran Mattu: 07736 122145, Office: 01753 476554

Parenting Special Children - Community Parent / Carer Support Group Slough

A support group for family members who have children/young people with additional needs living within Slough. A safe and supportive space for sharing experiences and gaining support with the unique challenges faced by families of children with additional needs. Each session will include a half hour talk about being a parent of a child with additional needs. The remainder of the session will be for discussion of the topic and social support time. Thursdays, 16 Jan, 13 Feb 2020, 9.30am-11.30am. January topic: Catch up chat. VENUE : Monksfield Way Childrens Centre, Monksfield Way, Slough, SL2 1QX. COST : FREE. Booking and Information: Charlie Taylor 07810 689679, . Children welcome under parent supervision.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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