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.
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.
Emergency food parcels – SEND families only
Over 100 emergency parcels have been received and distributed in five weeks and over 300 regular parcels through third party providers. Walsall and Wolverhampton Parent and Carer Support Group are still accepting applications for Emergency Food Parcel Applications for referral to third party providers and a phone Service for those needing emergency food parcels. These are for families struggling and in need in Walsall or Wolverhampton who are families in need with SEND children/young adults or families caring for adult children with disabilities. You can apply either by completing the online form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YRNH2VB, telephone 07939487052 (Julieth/) between 10am – 2pm or 6pm – 7:45pm Daily or email to request a form from email@example.com 7. The group are connecting those families in need by delivering an emergency parcel and connecting and applying to 3rd party providers of regular food parcels in the Walsall and Wolverhampton area. You do not have to be a member but you do need to be a family of a child with additional needs to use the referrals service. Limited food is available and all applications for support will be considered, but not guaranteed; if food is not available the service will be closed. The group aim to respond to all requests within 24-48 hours. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Parent and Carer Support Group (Walsall, Wolverhampton and surrounding areas). To apply to be a member join via their website www.walsallwtonPCG.co.uk. This service will end on 31st July 2020.
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.
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.
TALKING THERAPIES SERVICE
The flyer below gives information on the above service available to anyone over 17 who would like to access the service.
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.
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.