Impartial information, advice and support on matters relating to a child or young person’s special educational needs or disability from birth to 25 years

Weekly E-Bulletin 225 week
ending 03.02.2017 

A round up of the week’s news and information from the Information, Advice and Support Service and our local parent/carer forum Voice4Parents Wolverhampton.  

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Free Parent and Carer Workshop - Don't miss out!

Do you worry about what would happen if you are not around to care for your child?

Perhaps you have thought about would would happen if you were ill and needed help managing your affairs - and safeguarding your child.

Experts from Anthony Collins Solicitors will be joining us to discuss the options and answer your questions. Wednesday 9th March at 9.30am - please click on the flyer above for more information.  Bookings are essential.

Our events are paid for by our service and remain free to parents and carers. We kindly ask that if you are unable to attend to let us know as soon as possible so that your place can be allocated to someone else as places must still be paid for irrespective of attendance.
Voice4Parents helps to arrange swimming sessions for children with additional needs.
WV Active to host family swim sessions for SEND children - WV Active Central and WV Active Bilston-Bert Williams are launching new swim sessions for children with additional needs. Click here to read the full article.
Early Years Strategy 2017-2021

Have your say on the new Early Years Strategy for the city.   People are being encouraged to have their say about a new Early Years Strategy for Wolverhampton.
The City of Wolverhampton Council is encouraging professionals, parents and other stakeholders to help shape the strategy, which will guide provision for children from birth to school age. Click here to read more. 

Your views on the strategy are sought.
 The survey can be taken by clicking here.
Calling young people – would you like to join the Young People’s SEN and Disability Board?

Changing Our Lives is looking to recruit passionate young people  to help improve outcomes for young people in Wolverhampton.   Find out more by reading the letter for young people and the letter for parents and carers.

Seeking parental views on Special Educational Needs and Disability in Wolverhampton.

Voice4Parents is Wolverhampton’s parent/carer forum.  We are a group of parents whose children have a range of additional needs. We work closely with the Information, Advice and Support Service to gather the views of parents and carers to try and improve services in Wolverhampton.
We work with decision makers across education, health and social care to make sure that services meet the needs of local families.  In order to do this, we need to know what works well and what doesn’t.  We collect feedback in a number of ways but we have complied a survey to try and gather views and experiences.  The return can be anonymous but we really would encourage you to take a few minutes to complete it.  Your views and experiences are really important. 
Wolverhampton is preparing for an inspection on how well it is implementing the new legislation on special educational needs and disability.  The inspectors will want to hear from parents and carers.  This is one way that we can ensure your experiences are shared.
You can complete the survey here.
Albrighton Trust 'Me & You' programme

It is the last year of funding from the Big Lottery Fund to run the ‘Me & You’ programme for those aged 15 to 25 years with disabilities and/or special needs/learning difficulties.

The ‘Me & You’ programme is an opportunity for young people to discover new interests and learn new skills by engaging in positive outdoor activities in the peaceful environment of the Albrighton Moat and Gardens.  The programme comprises of daily sessions run over six weeks and includes two sessions of gardening & horticulture, two sessions of conservation & wildlife and two sessions of angling.  If you know of any individuals who would like to sign up to this project or if you would like to make the most of this opportunity and bring a group please get in touch.   
Below is information regarding their holiday activities which are open to all young people of all abilities/disabilities aged from 3 years upwards.
Tuesday 21st February - ‘Free Art’ sessions
Young people will be able to choose their preferred art medium to come up with their own creations throughout the session.  Morning 10-12 and afternoon 1-3  £4 per person.
Thursday 23rd February - ‘Coached Angling’ sessions
Qualified coaches will be on hand to help young, novice or inexperienced anglers have a go at fishing.  Morning 10-12 and afternoon 1-3  £5 per person (includes all fishing equipment required)
To book please call 01902 372441 or email
Monthly e-bulletins from other services

 'What's New', the monthly e Newsletter from Contact     a Family, is now available to read by clicking here.

Waving not drowning, Working Families’ Project for Carers and Parents of Disabled Children who Work or Wish to Work.  Click here to read.

Carer Support Wolverhampton, you can read they news bulletin by clicking here.
Make sure you're claiming everything you're entitled to

Because money’s usually tight at this time of year, Contact a Family has put together a range of resources to help you check that you’re claiming everything you’re entitled to this winter. Their Money Matters - checklist when your child has additional needs lists financial help available to families in England, Scotland and Wales.  They also have a new UK-wide booklet Help with fuel bills and keeping warm and have redesigned their guide to Claiming Disability Living Allowance for children (UK).

These are just a few of the parent guides they produce. Take a look at their resource library or read the full list of all their parent guides.  They are free to parent carers -  just calltheir Freephone helpline to order. And don’t forget, they have lots of online advice and support available to you too.
In the news!

Parents group presents "buddy benches" to school pupils - Two unique benches have been presented to pupils at Northwood Park Primary School following a fundraising drive by members of it's Parents Association.  For more information click here.

Top tips to help young stay safe online - Young people are being encouraged to make themselves aware of how to stay safe online and avoid risky or dangerous situations. To read more, click here.
Disabled Living

Disabled Living - Practical solutions supporting disabled adults, children and older people.

Disabled Living organises Kidz to Adultz Middle  - One of the largest FREE UK events supporting children and young adults up to 25 years with disabilities and additional needs, their families, carers and the professionals who support them.event on Thursday 16th March 2017 9.30am-4.30pm at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, CV6 6GE.

Register for your visitors' FREE entry tickets at, call 0161 607 8200 or email - Tickets are no compulsory you can register on arrival.
Wolverhampton Information, Advice and Support Service Magazine

Our latest magazine is currently with the printers and should be with you before the end of this month.  
Autism Friendly Cinema Screenings

For the February autism friendly screenings, please click here.
Your views are important to us!    

Please take a few moments to complete our short survey if we have helped you, it should take you no longer than 5 minutes, thank you.

Professionals - your feedback is import to us too.  Please complete a short survey, it should take no longer than 5 minutes, thank you.

To read feedback that has been left already, please visit our website.
Voice4Parents wants to know that the services and information provided through Wolverhampton’s Local Offer for Special Educational Needs and Disability reflects the needs of parents, carers and young people.   Let us know so we can make it better for you.  Please share your views by leaving your feedback.
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