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Local Offer Big Fortnight 2021 programme

The Local Offer Big Fortnight takes place 15-26th November, with a range of online presentations and workshops on the information and services that are available in and around Swindon for our children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) and their families.

Details of the sessions currently available and links to book a place are listed under the dates below, and the full programme of events is also available to download: Local Offer Big Fortnight programme

Monday 15th November

Early Years Childcare Entitlements and Support (10:00 - 11:00)

Information and support around Early years and Childcare for parent/carers and professionals including 2 year funding, 3&4 year funding, PEEP and Hungry Little Minds campaign.

Book a place on this session: Early Years Childcare Entitlements and Support

The Local Offer: What it is and how can it help me? (13:00 - 14:00)

Online session about how you can access the information and services available in Swindon and how we can make this information more accessible.

Book a place on this session: The Local Offer: What it is and how can it help me? 

Tuesday 16th November

Helping you to help your child manage anxieties/worries (11:30 - 12:30)

The aim of this online session is to help you to help your child to manage anxiety and worries along with a question and answer session.

Book a place on this session: Helping you to help your child manage anxieties/worries

What is the SEND Citizen Portal? (14:00 - 15:00)

This session is for parents/carers and young people who would like to find out more about the benefits of the SEND Citizen Portal; Swindon Borough Council’s online secure information sharing resource for Statutory SEND.

Book a place on this session: What is the SEND Citizen Portal?

Person-centred planning (16:30 - 17:30)

This session is suitable for anyone who has an interest in person-centred planning including young people, parents/carers and professionals. Join us to hear about:

  • what person-centred planning is
  • the main principles and importance of person-centred planning
  • what that should look like for children, young people and families
  • what the impact of person-centred planning should be
  • resources available to support person-centred planning

Book a place on this session: Person-centred planning

The role of the Transitions Team in Adult Social Care (18:30 - 19:30)

This session, hosted by the Service Manager of the Transitions Team in Adult Social Care at Swindon Borough Council, will cover Care Act criteria, Referring into the Transitions Service, Roles in the Transitions Team, Planning Live, and will include a question and answer session

Book a place on this session: The role of the Transitions Team in Adult Social Care

Wednesday 17th November

UET Short Breaks, local respite centre for Children with SEND (10:00 - 11:00)

An informative session about UET Short Breaks, providing information on: who we are, what we offer, where we are, how children can access the provision. There will be opportunity for Q&A.

Book a place on this session: UET Short Breaks, local respite centre for Children with SEND

SIAS - The SEND information, advice and support service – How can we help? (16:30 - 17:30)

An information session about the SEND information advice and support service – who we are, what we do and how we can help families, children and young people with SEND.

Book a place on this session: The SEND information, advice and support service – How can we help?

Thursday 18th November

Swindon Neurodevelopmental Conditions (NDC) Pathway update and Q&A session (10:00 - 11:00)

The aim of the session is to provide an update on the progress of the NDC pathway so far and ongoing developments and improvements along with question and answer session.

Book a place on this session: Neurodevelopmental Conditions (NDC) Pathway update and Q&A session

Understanding Educational Psychology Assessments (11:30 - 12:30)

This online session will provide an overview of the types of assessments that Educational Psychologists may use when working with teachers, parents, or young people.

Book a place on this session: Understanding Educational Psychology Assessments

Routes to Apprenticeships (13:00 - 13:30)

This session will provide information on the various routes to apprenticeships, including where to find vacancies and support available.

Book a place on this session: Routes to Apprenticeships

Friday 19th November

Helping you to help your child manage anxieties/worries (11:30 - 12:30)

The aim of this online session is to help you to help your child to manage anxiety and worries along with a question and answer session.

Book a place on this session: Helping you to help your child manage anxieties/worries

Ensuring that the voice of children and young people is heard (13:00 - 14:00)

Information around the benefits of a ‘person centred approach’ in schools, how their voice can help shape improvements, and ensuring children and young people’s voice is heard in a meaningful way within annual reviews.

Book a place on this session: Ensuring that the voice of children and young people is heard

Monday 22nd November

Swindon Neurodevelopmental Conditions (NDC) Pathway update and Q&A session (13:00 – 14:00)

The aim of the session is to provide an update on the progress of the NDC pathway so far and ongoing developments and improvements along with question and answer session.

Book a place on this session: Neurodevelopmental Conditions (NDC) Pathway update and Q&A session

Developing the Care Leavers Local Offer (16:30 – 17:30)

Members of the Voice and Influence Panel (VIP) will be discussing their work on developing a Care Leavers Local Offer that is made ‘by Care Leavers, for Care Leavers’. Our presentation will talk about the work we have done so far, the changes we hope to see and why working in co-production with young people is so important.

Book a place on this session: Developing the Care Leavers Local Offer

Tuesday 23rd November

Practical strategies and approaches to promote school attendance (10:00 – 11:00)

Online presentation outlining the key points from recent research and literature about the causes of school non-attendance and an overview of the practical strategies and approaches we can use to support children and young people to attend school.

Book a place on this session: Practical strategies and approaches to promote school attendance 

What is Voluntary Action in Swindon? (11:30 – 12:30)

Voluntary Action Swindon (VAS) supports local community and voluntary groups across the borough. Come along and find out how VAS can support new and existing voluntary groups, and how you can get involved.

Book a place on this session: What is Voluntary Action in Swindon?

Statutory Assessment for an EHCP and Annual Reviews – what to expect? (14:00 – 15:00)

The presentation will cover what parents and professionals should expect once the Local Authority agrees a statutory assessment for an EHCP and talking through the Annual Review process timeline.

Book a place on this session: Statutory Assessment for an EHCP and Annual Reviews – what to expect?

Wednesday 24th November

An Introduction to the Visual and Hearing Impaired Services in Swindon (10:00 – 11:00)

An overview of the advisory teacher role, what we do, who we work with and what support we provide for our children, young people, families and settings in mainstream and Special Schools in Swindon.

Book a place on this session: An Introduction to the Visual and Hearing Impaired Services in Swindon

How we support children with learning difficulties in Swindon schools (13:00 – 14:00)

Advisory Teachers from The Cognition and Learning Advisory Support Service (CLASS) will be presenting a virtual session looking at:

  • What is expected of the school before the service is involved?
  • What this Service does to support children with cognition and learning difficulties – working with schools
  • What can parents do at home to help?

Book a place on this session: How we support children with learning difficulties in Swindon schools

Let’s talk money: where to keep it, how to get it and where to spend it (16:30 – 17:30)

Managing money can be challenging whoever we are. In this session we will discuss things such as opening bank accounts, claiming benefits and managing budgets. 

Book a place on this session: Let’s talk money: where to keep it, how to get it and where to spend it

Thursday 25th November

Aiming High – social & leisure activities for children and young people with disabilities (10:00 – 11:00)

Aiming High provide opportunities for children and young people (aged 0-18) with disabilities to enjoy a range of social and leisure activities outside of school hours.

Book a place on this session: Aiming High – social & leisure activities for children and young people with disabilities 

Pathway to employment for young people with a support need (13:00 – 14:00)

An opportunity to discover an alternative route into employment for young people with a support need. This will include information on the new EET (Education, Employment & Training) service being offered by Swindon Borough Council along with some key partners detailing their specific programmes and how they can support young people into EET.

Book a place on this session: Pathway to employment for young people with a support need

Friday 26th November

SIAS - The SEND information, advice and support service – How can we help? (11:30 - 12:30)

An information session about the SEND information advice and support service – who we are, what we do and how we can help families, children and young people with SEND.

Book a place on this session: The SEND information, advice and support service – How can we help?

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