HIGH NEEDS FUNDING CONSULTATION FOR PARENTS AND CARERS
Please see attached document regarding the consultation on the new guidance document for SEND and high needs funding arrangements for children with special educational needs and EHCPs. The formal consultation period will run from Monday 23rd November under Sunday 20th December 2020.
EARLY HELP INTERACTIVE ONLINE PARENTING OFFER NOVEMBER/DECEMBER TERM 2020
Parents and Carers may like to take advantage of the courses on offer as detailed in the flyer below.
LAUNCH OF FAMILY ACTION BY SEND IASS
Details of this new national charity that delivers support services helping to transform lives and build stronger families are on the flyer below.
WALSALL INFORMATION ADVICE AND SUPPORT SERVICE (SEND)
Parents and carers can get free impartial and confidential information as well as support/guidance from the SEND Department at the EDC – see information below for more details.
Walsall Council SENDIASS are able to provide free, impartial, confidential advice and support about education, health and social care to children, young people and their parents on matters relating to special educational needs and disability.
Ordinarily they are based at the Education Development Centre in Pelsall but are currently available by email and telephone from home. Please see contact details below.
Aileen Overton. Aileen.Overton@walsall.gov.uk. Mobile: 07827 311786
John Bird. firstname.lastname@example.org Mobile 07384821795
A number of on line zoom meetings have been organised by the SENDIASS team – details of which are on the flyer below.
THE WALSALL FOR ALL COMMUNITY DIALOGUE PROJECT
Are you a resident living in Walsall and interested in meeting new people from across the borough? This may be just the project for you: The Walsall For All Community Dialogue Project. Across three online dialogue sessions, facilitated by us, you will have the opportunity to:
- Share your experiences and stories with others
- Talk about the things that are important to you about living in Walsall
- Meet people from different backgrounds
If you are interested in getting involved as a participant or you would like a group that you are currently involved with to be part of the project, please register your interest by signing-up here and we will be in touch.
Schools Programmes Officer, West Midlands
The Faith & Belief Forum
T: 0748 300 8153
FAMILY RESOURCES FROM EARLY HELP
Please find details below of a number of workshops organised by Early Help which parents and carers may find useful.
TOP TIP SHEETS AND VIRTUAL SESSIONS FOR PARENTS AND CARERS
Below are a number of coronavirus inspired information sheets that have been provided from the Early Help Team at Myplace which parents and carers may find useful.
The Rainbow booklet has been designed as part of the Black Country Rainbow Hour Campaign which seeks to provide all children and young people with access to one hour of wellbeing and physical activity each day. This booklet provides a range of wellbeing and physical activities for delivery in schools as part of their Rainbow Hour or can be shared with pupils still learning from home so everyone can be involved. This booklet will be updated regularly with new activities for each of the 7 rainbow strands – please click on link below to access this resource.
A third edition of the rainbow book has produced to cover the last few weeks of term – see link below.
AUTISM GROUP FOR PARENTS/CARERS
On 8th October 2019 and on every second Tuesday from then on an autism group, Supporting the Rainbow, meets at lunchtime from 1:30-2:30 pm in the Community Centre (The old Annex, or Central Boys School), Brownhills, just off the Miner Island). The group is open to parents and carers for those with autism, and aims to offer a welcoming, helpful and supportive network to those coping with the condition.
Supporting the Rainbow is now an official charity affiliated with Rethink Mental Health! The new venue is in a beautiful room on the ground floor so it makes it easier for people with pushchairs and people with disabilities to manage.
The group are looking forward to this new change and for the lovely group to progress and move onward: workshops and so much more are being looked into.
The fortnightly meetings make it easier for some people who are unable to attend weekly and a raffle as well as tea and biscuits are also on offer.
AUTISM NETWORK FOR PARENT/CARERS
Free online courses for residents of WALSALL:
- Understanding your pregnancy birth labour and your baby
- Understanding your baby
- Understanding your child
Walsall Council are delighted to announce that we have purchased a multi-user licence for three Solihull Approach online courses, for all parents and parents-to-be living in our borough. This means every single resident can access the courses completely free of charge!
These courses are for everyone who wants to be the best mum, dad, grandparent, carer that they can be.
The Solihull Approach aims to improve emotional health and wellbeing by supporting relationships (www.solihullapproachparenting.com ). The courses are written by CAMHS professionals with other health and education workers. They are evidence based and accredited by the DfE.
Together we are aiming to change the culture around parents‘ self-development and improve children’s wellbeing at the same time. A smoother home life is good for concentration, learning and performance at school.
Further information can be obtained from Bev or James in our Family Welfare department.
TALKING THERAPIES SERVICE
The flyer below gives information on the above service available to anyone over 17 who would like to access the service.
NEW ON LINE PARENTING COURSE
Parents and Carers may be interested in this on line course, Understanding Your Teenager’s Behaviour. Further details are on the flyer below.