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Weekly E-Bulletin 226 week
ending 10.02.2017 

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.  Booking  is 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.
Parent Carer workshop – Support for children and young people in education

Last week (3rd Feb), we delivered our parent carer workshop “Support for children and young people in education”.  The workshop focused on support for those children and young people with special educational needs receiving help at a school/setting based level.  Parents were informed about the duty on schools and settings to identify the special educational needs of pupils and use their best endeavours to ensure provision is in place to meet those needs known as a “graduated approach or Assess, Plan Do, Review” and the importance of parents and their children to participate in this process.
Parents told us after the workshop that they feel they have more information about the way school can support their child’s educational needs:

“good information, fully informed”
Parents found most helpful “explaining what we can do…what school should do…what to expect from school and what they expect from me the parent”
“I found the workshop beneficial and the information was delivered and explained well”

Read the presentation hand-outs

For parents and carers who would like to find out about the next steps to support children and young people in education our next workshop is:

“Education Health and Care plans” on Thursday 25th May 9.30-11.30

All you need to know about:

Education Health and Care (EHC) Plans, the EHC needs assessment process and what outcomes may look like for your child.

This workshop will be particularly helpful if your child is currently going through the Education, Health and Care needs assessment process or has a statement of special educational needs, or if you simply want to know more.  Bookings essential.
2017/18 Events

Find out what events are planned for 2017/2018.  Please click on the flyer to the left for dates and information for workshops on:

 Education, Health and Care Plans
 Support for children and young people in education
 The key to positive communication
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Deaf-Friendly Swimming Lessons

NDCS and Birmingham Wellbeing Service are running deaf-friendly swimming sessions at Handsworth Leisure Centre.  The lessons are suitable for all ages and all abilities from complete beginners to confident swimmers.  NDCS has provided deaf-awareness and BSL training to support the fully qualified swimming teachers to adapt their activities to make them more inclusive and fun for deaf young people.   Handsworth Leisure Centre, B20 2BY
Starting 15 February 2017; Every Tuesday after school for 12 weeks; Specially trained swimming teachers.   Introductory Offer: £25 for 12 lessons
Deaf-Friendly Taster Session

Deaf children aged 6-12 and their siblings are invited to take part in a water polo and synchronised swimming taster session.  No previous experience is necessary but children must be able to confidently swim 25 metres. The instructors have had specialist training in deaf-awareness and some activities will be led by deaf swimming teachers.  The taster session will be followed by a play session which parents are welcome to join.

Tiverton Pool, B29 6BU; Monday 20 February 2017 1pm – 3pm
Water Polo and Synchronised Swimming Taster Session, Activities led by deaf swimming teachers.  Fun session for deaf young people, siblings and parents  - Free!

If you have any questions or need more information about any of these events, please contact:  Ashleigh Scott, Swimming Development Officer, Email:  Tel: 0121 234 6225
In the news!

Wolverhampton Art Gallery to host wondrous LEGO® show  -  Lego lovers young and old will be blown away by a major exhibition coming to Wolverhampton Art Gallery between Friday 7 April and Wednesday 5 July 2017. To read more, please click here.

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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.

How can you help to improved services in Wolverhampton? - The answer is, very easily!  Just complete a survey designed by Voice4 Parents to gather the views of parents and carers to try and improve services in Wolverhampton.
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