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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.

Autism Berkshire Chop & Chat courses for autistic young people and adults (16+)

Chop & Chat is a new course, running over 12 sessions, taking place fortnightly, for autistic young people and adults (aged 16+) who live in the Borough of Slough. Starting  Tuesday, November 19, at Langley College, from 6pm to 8pm. Click here for further information.

Special Voices SEND Information Day - 21 November

SEND Information Day - Thursday 21st November 2019, 9.30am  - 1.30pm @ Singh Sabha Sports Hall. Lots of information stands & free gift bag on entry. Click here for details.

Special Voices Family Participation Day - 7 December

FREE entrance gift for children & parents, free raffle, free parking & finger buffet lunch
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 of: The services in Slough that you use. YOU WILL NEED TO BOOK YOUR FAMILY FOR THIS EVENT: 07990693439 or email info@specialvoices.co.uk
This will be a very simple & short interactive session using our post it notes system where all family members can take part. This will then be used anonymously in the future planning and delivery of those services here in Slough that our children, young people & adults use. Venue: P. A. L. S - 225 – 227 Northern Road. Slough. SL2 1LU. Saturday 7th December 2019 1.30pm – 4.00pm

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.

Autism Berkshire early November newsletter

The early November Autism Berkshire newsletter provides information on Autism Berkshire's office move, details of the drop in advice sessions, fund raising winter ball and Understanding your benefits workshops.

Special Voices Newsletter - November 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.

Parenting Special Children - Newsletter October 2019

This term's newsletter is packed with up-to-date opportunities, so don't miss out on courses, events and the latest news from Parenting Special Children.

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 - Attachment-focused Time Out for Special Needs

This 7 week course is an adapted version of our ‘Time Out for Special Needs’ course and has attachment theory underpinning all modules. It is aimed at parents and carers of children affected by trauma through adverse childhood experiences like domestic violence, family break-up, bereavement, parental mental health issues and/or substance misuse. Click here for details.

Autism Berkshire - Free autism advice workshops available to East Berkshire parents

The workshops in Slough will be held at The Curve library and cultural hub, in William Street, as follows: Thursday, October 10: Managing Anger. Thursday, November 7: Understanding Autism. Monday, December 2: Meeting Sensory Needs. All the workshops run from 10am to 2.30pm. Full details and booking information are available at www.autismberkshire.org.uk/workshops-parents-carers/  or by calling the Autism Berkshire office on 01189 594 594 or emailing admin@autismberkshire.org.uk  

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, 10 Oct, 7 Nov, 5 Dec, 16 Jan, 13 Feb 2020, 9.30am-11.30am. VENUE : Monksfield Way Childrens Centre, Monksfield Way, Slough, SL2 1QX. COST : FREE. Booking and Information: Charlie Taylor 07810 689679, supportgroups@parentingspecialchildren.co.uk . 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.

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.

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