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Warwickshire SEND Information, Advice and Support Service supports parents and carers of all Warwickshire children with special educational needs and disability (SEND), whether they are of pre-school age, or in a mainstream or special school. We also support young people with SEND who are aged up to 25.

Who we are

Sally Grieff (Interim Service Manager), Dawn Lamont (Caseworker), Dawn Rowley (Support Caseworker), Wendy Griffin (Caseworker) and Linda Saw (Caseworker).

What we can offer

We can offer:

  • individual caseworker support
  • impartial advice and information about special educational needs
  • support at meetings (eg with schools or the local authority)
  • support during assessment for an EHC Plan
  • liaison with schools, the LA, support services, local statutory and voluntary organisations
  • written information on SEND procedures
  • workshops for schools, governors, early years providers and statutory agencies
  • representation on strategic groups to promote parents’ views
  • liaison with the West Midlands SENDIAS Network and the National SENDIAS Network

SENDIAS Warwickshire flyer

What's on

NEW!! FREE AND LOW COST ACTIVITIES FOR THE SUMMER

Asperger’s United (Autism, A.D.H.D. / A.D.D. and other associated conditions) updated 24.1.18

Are you a parent or carer of someone with any of the above conditions? Even if you have not had a formal diagnosis, or are in the early stages of an assessment, you are more than welcome to come along.

  • Group Support Meetings – second Monday of January, February, May, August and November 8pm start (finishing times vary), Windmill Sports and Social Club, Mancetter Road, Nuneaton CV10 0HW
  • Coffee Morning – First Friday of Month (term time only) 9.30 – 11.30, Discovery Academy, Vernons Lane, Nuneaton CV11 8SS
  • Additional coffee morning held at Nethersole Academy, High Street, Polesworth, B78 1DZ (term time only)  10.00 – 12.00 (dates and times vary)
  • Kids Social Club – Second Saturday of the Month 2.30 – 4.30, CHESS Centre, Cedar Road, Camp Hill, Nuneaton CV10 9DN

Download the 2018 events planner.

For more information email Asperger-united@outlook.com, tel 07580 522 338 or find us on Facebook www.facebook.com/groups/868181189892975/  

Autism Friendly restaurant updated 13.12.17

Seasons Restaurant in Leamington Spa offers an early meal option for children and families with learning difficulties so they can experience eating out in a safe environment. 1st and 3rd Friday of the month, 5 – 7pm. www.seasons-restaurant.co.uk

Autism Friendly Screenings updated 13.12.17

Autism-friendly screenings take place in Stratford on Avon Picturehouse cinema: www.picturehouses.com/cinema/Stratford_Upon_Avon

Autism Friendly Trampoline Sessions updated 13.12.17

Jump In Trampoline Arena in Warwick is offering Autism Friendly Sessions in association with Rugby Autism Network. Please email Fay McSorley at the Rugby Autism Network for advanced tickets. www.gojumpin.com/locations/warwick

Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC) ‘First Steps for Parents’ updated 7.12.17

We are offering a series of 3 hour information sessions for parents of children who have recently received a diagnosis of an Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC). The sessions, led by members of the SEND Supported team, will explore the characteristics of ASC and highlight some basic strategies. Date and venue to be confirmed. There will be a charge of £10, which will be collected on the day. To express an interest it this event please visit the News Section of our website and complete the application form: www.sendsupported.com Please note there will be limited spaces for these sessions.

Bedworth Disabled Swimming Club  updated 13.12.17

The club meets every Friday evening at Bedworth Leisure Centre, 6pm to 7pm. www.bedworthdisabledswimming.co.uk

Blaze Community Foundation updated 29.11.17

Offer different holiday schemes. Email Sam@blazecommunityfoundation.org for details or visit www.coventryblaze.co.uk/news/blaze-community-foundation-summer-scheme-20170711

Disability Play Sessions updated 13.12.17

Play sessions at Bermuda Adventure Soft Play World. See their Facebook page for details.

IDS Sensory Workshop for Parents updated 4.12.17

IDS runs parent workshops across the county. Contact: 024 7636 8812

Level Water – Free swimming lessons for disabled children in Stratford-upon-Avon updated 29.11.17

We are working in partnership with Everyone Active to provide free one-to-one swimming lessons for disabled children in Stratford-upon-Avon. Email: dan@levelwater.org

The Parenting Project updated 2.1.18

The Parenting Project is a voluntary organisation, which works across the Stratford District for families with children from 0-19 years. Find out what is on at the eight children’s centres across the district:

Rugby Autism Network support meeting  updated 7.12.17

Please check our website for up-to-date details of our events here: www.rugbyautismnetwork.co.uk/

Springfield Mind Parent Support Group updated 17.4.18

This Parent Support Group meets on Wednesday evenings at Cygnet Court, Stratford, from 6.15 to 8.15pm. The group is open to all parents/carers who support children/adults with mental health difficulties. It offers the chance to meet and swap information and to support each other in a friendly and understanding environment. Email Stanley Gordon to find out more: stanley.gordon@springfieldmind.org.uk

Local support

Call 024 76366054 if you would like us to include your organisation in these listings.

Autism West Midlands updated 4.12.17

Autism West Midlands is the leading charity in the West Midlands for people with autism.

  • Support people with autism to live as independently as possible, in residential care, or in their own or the family home
  • Provide activities and events and support for families, and an information helpline
  • Help people with autism to find and keep a job
  • Offer training for parents of children with autism, and the professionals who help them … and much more!

Visit www.autismwestmidlands.org.uk/aboutus

Autism Alert Cards updated 2.1.18

The Curly Hair Project has created its own Autism Alert Cards. You could keep the card in your wallet or pocket, wear on a fob around your neck or put it on your keyring. https://thegirlwiththecurlyhair.co.uk/autism-alert-cards/

Autism Connect updated 29.11.17

An online social network for people with autism and their families. https://autism-connect.org.uk/

Autism Links updated 2.1.18

Autismlinks.co.uk is dedicated to making helpful and sometimes vital links – it covers who to talk to, where to go and contains lots of helpful advice all in one place. www.autismlinks.co.uk

Benefits Advice Service  updated 2.3.18

A new specialist benefits advice service for vulnerable residents funded by Warwickshire County Council will be delivered by Citizens Advice Warwickshire from 1 April 2018. The service will provide high quality advice, support, advocacy and representation to Warwickshire residents regarding applying for benefits, completing forms, accessing Digital by Default Government services, interpreting official forms and letters etc.

www.warwickshire.gov.uk/benefitsandwelfare

ChatHealth updated 31.1.18

If you are the parent of carer of a school aged child, you can text a school nurse on 07520 619 376 Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. All chats are confidential. You can message for advice on health issues such as: general health; child development; behaviour; toileting advice; emotional health and wellbeing.

Find out more: www.warwickshire.gov.uk/healthchat

Dimensions updated 13.12.17

Search for autism-friendly screenings and libraries: www.dimensions-uk.org

Embrace Special Needs updated 4.12.17

This friendship group for parents of children with SEND meets monthly to provide friendship and support.

Entrust Care Partnership updated 13.12.17

Entrust Care Partnership is a not for profit organisation whose vision is to meet the needs of disabled children, young persons, adults and their families and carers through the provision of short break activities, care, support, training, advice and brokerage tailoring services which are bespoke to the individual.

Healthwatch updated 12.2.18

A consumer organisation for all those accessing health care in the local authority.

www.healthwatchwarwickshire.co.uk

ILEAP (Inclusive Activities) updated 29.11.17

ILEAP is a local charity that works with people with additional needs and their families and carers. Operating in South Warwickshire, ILEAP has set up an affordable programme of community based leisure activities where our members can meet up with their friends, old and new, and have fun in a safe and positive environment.

If you would like more information about the ILEAP charity please give the CEO a call on 01789 260644 / 07980 004381 or drop an email to ileapcharity@icloud.com and we will send you a registration pack and an activity selection form. Please visit our website www.ileap.co.uk  or follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/ILEAPCHARITY to keep up to date with developments.

Leamington and Warwick Parent Carer Group updated 2.1.18

A self-run group for parents or carers of disabled children. Find out about local meetings. https://m.facebook.com/LeamingtonAndWarwickParentCarerGroup/

Nuneaton and North Warwickshire Equestrian Centre updated 29.11.17

We offer lessons for both children & adults who experience a wide range of disabilities. Riding presents a stimulating, enjoyable challenge and helps to improve co-ordination and balance. When newly found capabilities begin to overtake previously excepted disabilities, a greater degree of confidence and happiness is attained. In addition we have recently introduced Horse Therapy sessions for people who cannot or do not wish to ride. sandra.haddon@nnwec.org.uk / 024 7639 2397 or 07960 209562

Remap custom-makes equipment to help disabled people live more independent lives updated 29.11.17

We design and make equipment to enable disabled people to: live more independent lives; manage their own personal care; enjoy sport or hobbies. Our work is carried out and checked by expert engineers, carpenters, technicians and occupational therapists. And is all provided free of charge!

Roots to Branches Autism Network (formerly Get Together) updated 29.11.17

Roots to Branches Autism Network is a local charity which provides support and help in preventing isolation for those in Coventry and Warwickshire with a diagnosis of autism and their families (eg via support sessions).

Rugby Autism Network updated 4.12.17

Find out about autism-friendly cinema showings, soft play sessions, support group meetings, social events and much more at: www.rugbyautismnetwork.co.uk  To find out when the next support meetings are being held email rugbyautismnetwork@live.co.uk

Sport Works updated 2.1.18

Sport Works operates several projects that use sport to enhance lives and build confidence from an early age. Our work comprises of specialist sports coaching projects for able and disabled people, educational work for disadvantaged groups or disengaged youngsters and ensuring children receive a positive introduction to sport from an early age. www.sportworksltd.co.uk/midlands-2/

Take a Break Warwickshire updated 2.1.18

Take a Break Warwickshire provides community based short breaks for children and young adults who have a disability or life threatening illness, and adults with a learning disability. This support enables people to live their lives to their full potential, gain skills and move towards independence with confidence. www.tabw.org.uk/

The Curly Hair Project  (CHP) updated 2.1.18

The Curly Hair Project is a social enterprise which aims to help people with ASD and their loved ones. The services and products provided include: books and ebooks; podcasts and videos; counselling; workshops for individuals and families; training for professionals; posters; blog; social media feeds. https://thegirlwiththecurlyhair.co.uk

Warwickshire Welfare Rights Advice Service (WWRAS) updated 2.1.18

WWRAS aims to raise awareness of benefit entitlement via a number of key services, including appeal representation, take-up campaigns, telephone guidance, training and information materials. www.wwras.org.uk

Warwickshire Local Authority weblinks

Our SENDIAS service is commissioned by the Local Authority and operates independently from the Council. We adhere to the Quality Standards for Services providing Information, Advice and Support’. Find out more about IAS services, support and standards on the national Information, Advice and Support Services Network (IASSN) website.

Warwickshire SEND Local Offer

The Local Offer for SEND brings together information about education, health and care services for children and young people from 0 to 25 with special educational needs and disabilities. www.warwickshire.gov.uk/send

Warwickshire Family Information Service (FIS) www.warwickshire.gov.uk/fis

We are committed to ensuring we follow Warwickshire CC website guidelines www.warwickshire.gov.uk/websitestandards

Warwickshire Parent Forum

Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) Outcomes
Making sure that the Outcomes written for your child are effective and easily understood by everyone!

Parents to get involved in the Rise service

Engagement with, and involvement of, service users and their families in the development with our services is vital. We are particularly keen to get parents and carers in Warwickshire more involved in developing the Rise service.  To explore how we can do this we are having a set of engagement sessions with our Commissioners. For more information on the Rise service, please visit www.cwrise.com 

National organisations

Below are just a few of the many national organisations that can offer specialist support. See also A to Z of specific SEND Conditions: useful links to sources of support and information

Cerebra updated 2.1.18

A forum to help young people, parents and carers gain a basic awareness of teenage sleep and good sleep practice.

Dogs for Good updated 2.1.18

Workshops and support. www.dogsforgood.org

Meningitis Now – support services updated 2.1.18

Did you know, often additional learning needs and social issues can be attributed to a past case of meningitis! To find out more about how Meningitis Now can support you please visit their website

MindEd for Families updated 2.1.18

MindEd for Families provides expert information and practical advice on supporting yourself, your child and your family through challenging circumstances. www.minded.org.uk/families

NAS Parent to Parent Service (Autism Helpline) updated 2.1.18

  • www.autism.org.uk
  • National Helpline (including Welfare and Benefits): 0808 800 4104
  • Education Rights Helpline: 0808 800 4102
  • Parent 2 Parent Support: 0808 800 4106

SHINE updated 2.1.18

For those affected by spina bifida and hydrocephalus  www.shinecharity.org.uk

Information booklets

Information booklets

You can download a range of useful information leaflets below. If, however, you would prefer us to post them to you, please call 024 7636 6054.

The Local Offer

EHC

Needs Assessments

School Support

Personal Budgets

Funding for SEN Support

Contact us

Our service is fully available during weekdays in term time, and is flexible to include occasional evenings e.g. where parents and carers have an urgent need that cannot be met during office hours.

Phone us on 024 7636 6054.
Email wias@family-action.org.uk

Write to us:
Warwickshire SEND Information, Advice and Support Service
Canterbury House, Exhall Grange Campus
Easter Way, Ash Green
Coventry CV7 9HP

To compliment our service or to make a complaint visit www.family-action.org.uk/contact-us/

View our Safeguarding policy.

Please contact us if you would like information in a different format/language.

Go online

Website: www.family-action.org.uk/wias

Facebook page:  click on the WIAS group at www.facebook.com/familyaction

Twitter: @family_action

Please call 024 7636 6054 if you would like to be added to the SEND Information, Advice and Support Service mailing list to receive regular updates.