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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.

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. Date & time : Wednesdays - 24 April, 22 May, 19 June, 17 July - 9.30am - 11.30am. Venue : Monksfield Way Children's Centre, Monksfield Way, Slough SL2 1QX. Booking and information: supportgroups@parentingspecialchildren.co.uk , Charlie Taylor  - 07810 689679.

FREE – British Sign Language level one course - 29 April

Do you know someone who is deaf? Level 1 British Sign Language course will give you the knowledge, basic skills and confidence to communicate with deaf people in British Sign Language. You will learn simple, everyday sign language on a range of topics which could transform communication within your family and with the outside world. When - 6.30 - 8.30pm, Mondays, 29th April 2019 - 30th March 2020. Where - Slough CVS Main Hall, 29 Church Street, Slough SL1 1PL. (Access to the hall is via the side black gate from the left hand side of the building as you face it). For more information: www.deafpositivesaction.org. To enrol on this course: admin@deafpositivesaction.org

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).

Special Voices Newsletter - April 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 - April 2019

Parenting Special Children April Newsletter provides information on Dual Diagnosis (Autism & ADHD) Workshop , Attachment-focused Time Out for Special Needs – Parenting/Caregiving course and workshops and courses offered by the Autism Service.  Read the newsletter for further information.

AccessAble - Launch of our new Accessibility Guide - 14 May

Join us at the launch of our new Accessibility Guide on Tuesday, 14th May 10am to 12pm at The Curve, William street, Slough SL1 1XY! The Guide is all about taking the chance out of going out. It's for anyone who needs to know more about accessibility. It includes over 200 venues in Slough. You can check out everything from parking to hearing loops, walking distances and accessible toilets.  Refreshments available. Come along to find out more!

Autism Berkshire late March newsletter - Autism Awareness Week

The late March Autism Berkshire newsletter provides information on  All About Autism conference in Slough on 2 April, activities around Berkshire during Autism Awareness Week and programme of special activities for Autism Awareness Week at The Curve, Slough. The newsletter is available 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.

State of Caring Survey 2019

Carers UK has launched its annual State of Carers survey for 2019. Carers UK will use the results to help push for national changes to improve the lives of carers. The survey is available on carersuk.org.

 

Max Card Newletter - discount at Butlin's

The Max Card newsletter shares some upcoming events over the Easter holidays. Click here to read to read the newsletter.

Waving not drowning newsletter - February 2019

The February 2019 Waving not drowning newsletter provides information on 2019 Modern Families Index, top 10 tips for succeeding as a working carer, benefits increase and transition guide. Click here to read the newsletter.

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 - 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.

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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