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ending 03.03.2017 

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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Staffing News

This week we said farewell to Pauline Williams our Casework and Service Support Assistant.  Pauline has been the friendly voice at the end of the phone for 11 and a half years.  We thank her for her hard work and all that she has done for local families.  We wish her every happiness in her next chapter.  Recruitment is underway for a replacement, please be patient with us as we will be short staffed for a while.

"During the 11 and a half years I have worked here things have been constantly changing, with my role developing from an admin role to the casework and service support worker that I am today.  The role is varied, extremely busy and can be very challenging and also emotional but I can honestly say it has been the most rewarding role I have ever done.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all.  I have had the privilege of speaking to some amazing people and hearing about their children.  I have loved my time here, working with other professionals and being a part of a team that can make so much difference is a wonderful experience.  I will miss my 'family' at work but I will also miss the parents I have come to know, albeit by voice only in some cases!

My leaving will of course have an impact on the amount of work the others will have to do until a replacement is found, so please do bear this in mind when you call them.  I am sure they will cope admirably but as we are such a small team to start with, being short on another member of staff does make quite an impact.   I would like to say a personal goodbye to you all."  Pauline Williams

Education, Health and Care Plans: Examples of good practice

A message from the Council for Disabled Children

"This resource has been produced to help practitioners write good quality EHC plans that meet both the letter and the spirit of the Children and Families Act 2014. 

The first part of this document includes excerpts from real EHC plans. In the second part there are two EHC plans which draw on real examples but the plans themselves relate to fictional children.

We expect these examples to be useful to those contributing to EHC needs assessments and to those writing plans as well as to parents, children and young people and those supporting them."

Education, Health and Care plans: Examples of good practice

Spring 2017 Magazine
Spring 2017

Welcome to the Spring 2017 edition of our magazine.  Please click here   
Other Services news letters

Disability Grants  - For the February edition of the Disability Grants News, please visit their website by clicking here.

Council for disabled children (CDC) - To read the new look newsletter from CDC, please click here.

Contact a Family - Click here to read Contact a Family’s What’s new: benefits special, a  quarterly e-publication focusing on all the latest benefit and welfare news.

Carer Support Wolverhampton - Click here to read the latest news bulletin.

Working Families - Waving not drowning, Working Families' Project for Carers and Parents of Disabled Children who work or wish to work.  Please click here to read their latest e-bulletin.
Contact a Family Job Vacancy

Contact a Family currently has a vacancy for a parent adviser in the Midlands. Early Years project.   If you know anyone who might be interested in this post, please pass this information on.  An information pack is available by clicking here.   

Queen Alexandra College (QAC), Birmingham will be hosting an Open Evening on Tuesday 28th March 2017, 5pm – 7pm. QAC is a national college for people with disabilities.
Visitors will have the opportunity to meet the staff and students and discover more about QAC.  Attendees can pre-register by visiting the attached link:

For more information please call 0121 428 5041 or email


We have received the following message from James, Casting Producer at Studio Lambert.

"My name is James – I’m a Casting Producer at Studio Lambert, the BAFTA-winning TV production company behind Gogglebox, Tattoo Fixers, Doctor in the House and Big Life Fix.
We are currently producing the second series of the hit BBC Two show “Big Life Fix”, an exciting and innovative science series that sees a skilled team of scientists, engineers and designers create bespoke technology for individuals and groups to transform their lives for the better.
In the first series, our team came up with solutions for a range of issues affecting individuals and communities, including creating a device to counter the effects of Parkinson’s disease for a young graphic designer, building a bicycle for a boy born with no hands or feet, and connecting a remote village in Wales up to the internet.  
We’re now planning a second series and looking for more people who feel they could benefit from a tailor-made invention. Perhaps it’s a daily task, a hobby or a lifelong dream that’s proving to be a challenge. Or maybe a disability that needs help managing, or a problem that you and your family, or even your whole community face. We’d love to chat to anyone who would like to apply. If selected, our team will work with them to tackle their problem or challenge using ingenious design and technology.
If anyone is interested in applying, they can call the casting team on 0203 040 6908 or email us at All calls are treated in the strictest of confidence. Alternatively, a short contact form can be filled out here to express interest in the show:
If you would like to have a further chat, please don’t hesitate to give me a call on the above number."

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