Useful Information

For Professionals

Top Myths Information Sheets - The SEN Information Organisations Group, a group of organisations that give information to parents and carers of children and young people with SEN (which National Parent Partnership Network (NPPN) facilitates) have written four ‘top myths’ information sheets for parents covering:

Worcestershire Parent Carer Group

The Worcestershire Parent Carer Group would appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to complete a survey on your SEND experiences as a parent or carer. The County Council have been consulted throughout the development of this survey and have expressed an interest in the results.

High Needs Commissioning Review - consultation with education providers

Find our more information on the consultation

Two new short animations on the EHCP planning process

With support from the Department for Education, Independent Support has produced two short animation films, which can be used by local authorities, IAS services, IS agencies, professionals and parent groups in their communications with parents and young people.

These helpful and explanatory films have been developed by Martin Bull at the National Children's Bureau. Council for disabled children - EHCP animations

Reach4Wellbeing  

Reach4Wellbeing is a new mental health service for young people aged 5 to 19 years who may be feeling anxious and stressed.

Following a referral we can run groups in your school. You can gain skills to manage your emotions and keep talking about mental health. You can also improve your emotional wellbeing

Find out more information at the Reach4Wellbeing website.

We're reshaping the children's and young people's plan and want your say to help influence the way Worcestershire works for you?

We want feedback from parents, carers and practitioners who work with them on what's important to them, and their children. Are you a parent, carer or practitioner who works with children and young people? Or are you a child, young person Worcestershire? There are only a few days left to complete this survey. The results will help influence and shape the way Worcestershire works for children and young people for the next five years.

Complete the survey

Mentorlink

Mentor Link is a charity dedicated to supporting vulnerable and distressed children and young people by providing them with a volunteer mentor. Using Safer Recruiting techniques, fully trained adults will offer listening support and guidance to these young people during difficulties in their lives, which may include self-harm, bullying, traumatic bereavement and family breakdown. The aim of mentoring is to help these young people achieve positive changes and remain engaged with their families, learning and community, and achieve a successful transition to adulthood. The wellbeing of these children and young people forms the focus of our work. Telephone 01299 822336 or email enquiries@mentorlink.org.uk.

Kooth

Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people. On this site, young people can chat to friendly counsellors, read articles written by young people, get support from the Kooth Community, Write in a daily journal. Visit the Kooth website for more information.

Hot Off the Press!

A new NHS led service has started this week to support anxiety call "Reach for Wellbeing." This is to support low to moderate anxiety ages 5-19 years. (Symptoms of anxiety on the website). (Note this is a separate service to CAMHS). Visit the NHS website for more information.

Our Way Self- Advocacy Group Regular Session

DY10 Dates at the Nu Bar, DY10 1AE
Cost £5.00
Most Mondays 7:00pm to 10:00 pm

Coffee Shop
Every Thursday 11:00am to 1:00pm

Sports Sessions
Cost £2.00
Most Mondays 4:00pm to 5:00 pm
Sports Hall, Youth House, Kidderminster


Football Training
Cost £2.00
Sunday mornings 10:30am to 11:30am 
Wyre Forest Leisure Centre DY11 7DT

Safe Play Scheme
Contact 01562 820262

National Autistic Society's Parent to Parent Service 

Parent to Parent is the NAS’ confidential emotional support phone service, provided by trained volunteers, who are all parents of autistic children and adults. The volunteers are based across the whole of the UK. Volunteers all have personal experience of autism and the impact it has on their own families. They are there to give parents and carers the opportunity to talk through any issues, feelings or problems they’re experiencing. They can suggest helpful strategies, signpost them to other sources of information and support, or just provide a non-judgmental listening ear. 

Call 0808 800 4106, at any time, day or night, and leave a message on our 24-hour answerphone. Visit the National Autistic Society website to complete and enquiry form.  

More information available on the National Autistic Society website.

Danceability 

Dance classes for wheelchair users and non-wheelchair users to take part in fun, beginners level sessions run by qualified tutors.  Every Tuesday from 5:00pm to 6:00pm at Barbourne Ex-servicemen's Club, The Moors, Worcester WR1 3ED.

Cost: £3 per session for those aged 14 and over.

Email Andy Wheeler, Disability Sport Worcester telephone 01905 542380   

Worcester Goalball Club

A team sport designed for the blind and visually impaired. Beginners are welcome. Delivered by qualified coaches.

Every Wednesday from 8:00pm to 9:00pm taking place in the Activities Room, Riverside Building, University of Worcester, Hylton Road, Worcester WR2 6AJ.

Cost: £3 per session, age 14-25 years

Email Andy Wheeler, Disability Sport Worcester telephone 01905 542380    

Review of Provision for Pre-School Aged Pupils with Special Educational Needs in Worcestershire

Worcestershire County Council completed a tender exercise to identify preferred providers to deliver Early Years Specialist Language provision across Worcestershire. Find out more information on the consultation.

Boomerang Youth Group

Boomerang is an ASD friendly and ADHD youth group for young people aged 10 years and above, taking place on Thursdays (term-time) 6.30pm to 8pmb at The Warndon Hub.

They offer Young people a variety of work-shops including Arts, Dance, Cooking, Sports, Construction and Technology. The sessions are supported by qualified youth workers enabled to support and encourage participation in a relaxed and fun way. Siblings over 10 years are also invited to the group and encouraged to get involved

The group also invite professionals to provide support and training such as Autism West Midlands, SENDIASS and Mencap.

Parents are welcome to stay and become part of the support group and enjoy a cuppa and a biscuit. The group also has space for parents to meet and talk to help support each other and share experiences and knowledge.

For more information on activities and the group please contact Kelly Leach on 01905 453453 or by Email: mailto:kelly@worcestercommunitytrust.org.uk.

Kaleidoscope Worcestershire

Kaleidoscope is a unique respite scheme for pre-school children in South Worcestershire who have severe special needs. Typically this includes children with cerebral palsy, Down's syndrome, autism, epilepsy, various genetic disorders and severe development delay.

The children and their families are disadvantaged by physical, social and financial constraints. We aim to meet their needs by offering the children a range of new experiences and for the parents, some valuable time to themselves. Priority is given to families where there are siblings or where there is no regular extended family support.

Sessions take place at Osborne Court, Osborne Road, Malvern, Worcestershire WR14 1JE

Connect with the group on their Facebook Page.

Independent Supporters Service

Guide and Crib sheet to the Independent Supporters Service which helps and supports families and young people with the EHCP application process;

The information on this page includes a range of information sources and links to websites that appear to be educational in nature and appropriate when last reviewed. However, SENDIASS Worcestershire does NOT endorse or recommend any of the contents, commercial products, processes or services presented in or by any of the information sources or websites within this leaflet.

IPSEA Foundation Send Law Training day for parent and carers

IPSEA are running training sessions in London, Birmingham and Manchester for parents and carers with SEND children over the next few months.

It will provide parents, carers and family members of children and young people with all types of special educational needs and/or disability (SEND) with an introduction to the law relating to the education and training of children and young people with SEND. 

They do not need any previous knowledge of SEND Law, but must be the parent, carer or family member of a child with SEND. 

  • Manchester - 28 September
  • Birmingham - 29 September
  • London - 6 October

The cost of the day is £65 and will run between 9.30am and 2.30pm.

For more information please contact the Training team on Training@ipsea.org.uk