Warwickshire SEND Information, Advice and Support Service
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.
Who we are
There are six members of the team.
Sue Robus (Service Manager), Dawn Lamont (Caseworker), Dawn Rowley (Support Caseworker), Wendy Griffin (Caseworker), Linda Saw (Caseworker) and Jo Gordon (Support Assistant).
What we do
We support parents and carers of children with SEND in a variety of ways, for example, by providing:
- one-to-one educational support
- impartial advice and information about special educational needs
- support at meetings (eg with schools or the local authority)
- support during assessment for a statement of SEND
- 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
Better Together! Conference – 13 May 2017
We were delighted to welcome 84 parents, carers and professionals to our Better Together! Conference on Saturday, 13 May in Rugby. The conference was aimed at parents, carers and professionals who would like to find out more about supporting children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Warwickshire.
The event was a great opportunity to hear from a range of guest speakers, as well as take part in interactive workshops, get practical ideas for supporting a child with SEND, browse an exhibition of resources and support organisations and network with other parents, carers and professionals.
Read a full roundup of the day here.
Sensory Workshop for Parents
Two sessions delivered by the IDS Occupational Therapy and Teaching & Learning teams.
Sports Based Workshops
Come along and enjoy a variety of sports. The programme will support disabled young people aged between 11-19 to access a wide range of outdoor sports to improve levels of fitness through exercise. See information and booking form below.
Coffee & Chat
The Entrust Care Partnership are hosting a number drop-in sessions for parents or carers. See their upcoming dates and information flyers below.
Thursday 2nd March 2017 10am-11.30am
Tuesday 21st March 2017
Cerebra 1,000 Families Study
If you are the mother, father or caregiver of children with a learning disability, this is your opportunity to inform research and policy for coming decades!
We understand that families play a vital role in their children’s lives. By listening to what families tell us we are able to help families see past barriers and discover a better life together.
Together with the Cerebra Family Research Group at the University of Warwick we are exploring the experiences of family members who live with a child with a learning disability aged 4 to 11 years. You can also take part if your child has a learning disability and other conditions such as Down syndrome, autism, or other genetic syndromes.
The study involves taking a short survey and we are really keen to hear from at least one person in the family. We would like to hear from fathers as well as mothers.
We want to make this the largest study ever of families of children with learning disability in the UK. The 1,000 families study will further understanding of what it is like to raise a child with a learning disability and will help shape future information and support for families and children – so please get involved.
If you have any questions please email: email@example.com
Thank you for taking the time to consider taking part in this important family research project. We would be very grateful if you could forward this email on to anyone else you think might be interested and help us to reach 1,000 families!
We’re the charity dedicated to helping families with children with brain conditions discover a better life together. It’s an incredibly rewarding journey for everyone involved. Why not be part of it? You never know what we’ll discover together.
Disability Play Sessions
We are hosting play sessions at Bermuda Adventure Soft Play World on one Friday each month from 6pm-7.30pm.
Autism Alert Cards
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.
SEND Voice newsletter
Read the new Warwickshire SEND newsletter her
Tea, chat and living with autism
Come along to our parent peer support group. Join us on the third Thursday of every month at Bedworth Heath Community Centre.
Why not join us every Monday evening for lego club?
Autism Friendly restaurant
Seasons Restaurant are now offering an early meal option for children and families to experience eating out in a safe environment.
1st and 3rd Friday of the month, 5 – 7pm
Autism Friendly Trampoline Sessions
Jump In Trampoline Arena in Warwick will be offering Autism Friendly Sessions in association with Rugby Autism Network.
These will start on 28th June 2016, from 6.30-8.00pm. Please email Fay McSorley at the Rugby Autism Network for advanced tickets.
Rugby Autism Network Newsletter May 2016
Rugby Autism Network have produced their first Charity members newsletter.
Your Voice Magazine
CAMHS – the first ever Your Voice magazine, written by young people sharing experiences of the CAMHS service within Warwickshire and Coventry.
MindEd for Families
MindEd for Families provides expert information and practical advice on supporting yourself, your child and your family through challenging circumstances.
ILEAP – Stay, Play and Network Cafe
This new ILEAP session will run once a month on a Saturday (10.15am -12 noon) in the lovely new pavilion at Stratford-on-Avon High School.
It is for ILEAP Members old and new aged from 4 – 7 years.
Parents can bring their children along and ILEAP Staff will deliver a creative play session with arts and crafts, music and movement, story telling, role-play, sports and games.
Parents will be able to network and relax with a cake and a coffee whilst their loved ones are having fun and making friends.
Curly Hair Project
Our latest newsletter is now available here
Level Water – Free one-to-one swimming lessons for disabled children in Stratford-upon-Avon
We are working in partnership with Everyone Active to provide free one-to-one swimming lessons for disabled children in Stratford-upon-Avon. These lessons will be held at Stratford Leisure Centre and are available to:
– Children aged 4-11
– Who cannot currently swim ten metres
– With a physical disability or sensory impairment
– Who do NOT have a substantial learning or behavioural difficulty
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Autism West Midlands – Free E-Learning Course – Dating & Relationships
Intimate relationships can be difficult for people with autism as they contain a lot of social rules. Our brand new e-Learning course explains different aspects of dating and relationships and features a range of personal perspectives from men and women with autism.
- What to do before you start looking for a relationship
- Consent in relationships
- Finding someone
- Online dating
- Challenges in dating and relationships
- Advice from others on the autism spectrum
Disability Football Sessions
Free sessions for young people 5 – 16 years every Tuesday 5 – 6pm, Nuneaton Academy Sports Centre.
Autism, A.D.H.D. / A.D.D. & other associated conditions
Are you a parent or carer of someone with any of the above?
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 -2nd Monday of the Month; 8pm start (finishing times vary)
Windmill Sports and Social Club, Mancetter Road
Nuneaton; CV10 0HW
Coffee Mornings – Last Thursday of the Month; 10am – 12pm
Guidepost Community Cafe, 44-45 Church Street (opposite Wilkinsons)
Nuneaton; CV11 4AD
For further information or just a reassuring ear, please come along to one of our meetings or contact us.
Tel: 07580 522 338 E-mail: email@example.com
Call 024 76366054 if you would like us to include your organisation in these listings.
Warwickshire employment support team
Nuneaton and North Warwickshire Equestrian Centre
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.
024 7639 2397 or 07960 209562
Remap custom-makes equipment to help disabled people live more independent lives
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!
People with sometimes severe physical limitations are helped by Remap volunteers in a thousand ways. Thanks to Remap, many more of them can perform day-to-day tasks, eat, drink and manage their personal care independently, move around more easily both in their homes and outside and look after their families. They can continue to work and earn money for longer than would otherwise have been possible. They can go to the shops, bring their shopping home and prepare and cook meals. They can go on enjoying much-loved hobbies that they feared were lost to them.
Local Warwickshire contact – firstname.lastname@example.org
National website – www.remap.org.uk
Get Together – Joining Families Living with Autism – Trustees needed!
We are looking for trustees to join our organisation. If you are interested please contact Mrs Kelly Mills
07943 556329 10am til 4.30pm
Warwickshire Employment Support Team – latest leaflet
Take a Break!
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. Please visit the Take a Break website for more information.
The Curly Hair Project
The Curly Hair Project – a social enterprise – is offering training for professionals and families to help women and girls with Asperger’s Syndrome and their neurotypical loved ones communicate and understand each other better. The sessions provide both an autistic/neurotypical perspective which has proved invaluable to many in the past.
Workshops will be held at Learn Warwickshire – The Hub, 6 Mitchell Court, Castle Mound Way, Central Park, Rugby, CV23 0UY
Entrust Care Partnership – Let Entrust Care Partnership manage your Short Break
Entrust Care Partnership is a recently established 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.
Choose from their caravans at picturesque Skegness, set in parkland close to this eternally popular seaside destination, with plenty to occupy your days or beautiful Burnham on Sea, for family-friendly sandy beaches, traditional seaside amusements and great water sports. Alternatively, sample the delights of their beautiful lodge set in traditional surroundings at Wicksteed Park, Northamptonshire
All our properties are:
Comfortable and fully equipped
Available for hire between mid-March and November
Hire costs include:
Water, gas, electricity and cleaning
Full use of extensive site facilities
Prices start from as little as £400 per weekly hire. A full quotation is available upon request. For more information and details of hire charges call 07549 495474, email: email@example.com or visit: www.entrustcarepartnership.org.uk
Nuneaton and Bedworth
Short Breaks Club – for children with additional needs
Come and join the fun every Monday evening from 4.30pm – 6.30pm at Nuneaton Academy Sports Centre. The sessions, delivered in partnership between Nuneaton & Bedworth Leisure Trust and Sport Works are designed to provide young people with disabilities and additional needs a fun, relaxed and supportive place to enjoy sports and make new friends. To book, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, call 07970 067 913 or visit: www.sportworksltd.co.uk/midlands
Embody dance classes
Interested in dance? Embody offer classes for all disabilities and ages, click on the link to find a class near you.
Want to play football?
The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Centre in Rugby is running a football club for young people with mental disabilities.
The sessions place on Tuesdays from 7:20-8:20pm for young people aged 11+ years old. It is £2 per person, free for carers. The sessions are drop ins so no need to book. The football is being led by Sky Blues in the Community, which is registered charity and part of Coventry City Football Club. It is also in partnership with Rugby Borough Council.
For more details take a look at the attached flyer.
Cerebra – A forum to help young people, parents and carers gain a basic awareness of teenage sleep and good sleep practice.
+44 (0) 1267 244200
A monthly group for families with additional needs – last Wednesday of every month.
For more information please ring: 01789 764093
Rugby Autism Network support meeting
Please check our website for up-to-date details of our events for the rest of Autumn Term here:
Little Sunflowers Sensory & Play Centre Kenilworth
The newly opened centre has been designed for all children aged 0-4 years and children of all ages with special and additional needs, to develop, play and have fun.
On Sundays, we offer an exclusive session for children with special and additional needs. Please see our website for times and further information.
Get Together – Autism and Aspergers Support Group
Union Place Baptist Church & Community Centre, Oban Road, Longford, Coventry CV6 6HH
This group is for people with a diagnosis of Autism/Aspergers and their families. We provide a caring and sympathetic environment. The children are able to play safely under their own parent’s supervision. We have computers, toys, Lego, books.
Admission: £2.00 for a person diagnosed & a carer, any additional members of your group 30p each.
For more information please contact: Kelly 07943556329, Mon – Fri, 10am till 4.30pm.
All children must be accompanied by an appropriate adult.
Admission fee goes towards the hire of the room.
Additional Needs Support Group
Opportunities for parents/carers and children with additional needs (0-12) to socialise and have fun at Play World, Everyone Active, Daventry Leisure Centre.
Cost per child: £2.40
To find out when the next sessions will be held contact 01327 300 317 / email@example.com
Come and join in the fun at Whoberley Youth Centre
Are you ages 11-18? Do you find yourself stuck for something to do during the holidays? Are you a sports minded individual? Would you like to meet some new people? Then come and join in with our school holiday activity programme at the Whoberley Youth Centre during each school holiday.
The programme will be free of charge to all that attend and will also include a trip to the ice rink for a chance to skate as well as many other incentives.
To book or for more information please contact Jade Smith:
Rugby Autism Network
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Double R Playscheme
New website: www.doublerplayscheme.org.uk
Fundraising: Please do get in touch with fundraising ideas.
IDS Sensory Workshop for Parents
IDS is running parent workshops across the county, which involve attendance at two three-hour sessions. Cost of two workshop sessions: £25.
Contact: 024 7636 8812
The Parenting Project
Support for families affected by additional needs
‘Little Octopuses’ for 0–5s: the last Wednesday of the month at Alcester Children’s Centre, with different themes of play (messy play, soft play, sensory play etc), guest speakers, trips during the holiday, a summer LEGO event, etc
For parents: chance to have a coffee and chat in Stratford once a term at a coffee house
www.parentingproject.org.uk / 01789 764 093
Autism Friendly Haircuts
Mopp Heads (Leamington Spa), recommended by Rugby Autism Network (RAN)
07771 984 361
Discounts for members of RAN.
Call 01788 550 202 (quote Rugby Autism Network)
Autism-friendly screenings take place in Stratford on the last Sunday of every month and are exclusively for people on the autism spectrum and their families, friends and carers (£3pp).
Cineworld host an Autism Friendly Screening at 11am on the first Sunday of every month, at over 50 participating outlets across the UK.
Independence Buddies Project
For young people in South Warwickshire who have a disability or SEN. The group meets fortnightly on a Thursday evening.
The Westbury Centre, Westlea Road, Leamington Spa CV31 3JE
email@example.com / 07792 969 245
Play and Stay Group
Have you recently been told that your child has an additional need or a disability? Is he or she under five? This group will provide support and friendship for you as a parent/carer (information, advice, companionship, play opportunities for your child, signposting to services, counselling, lunch). The group will meet on the first Friday of each month (10am to noon).
Lillington Children’s Centre, Lillington, Leamington Spa CV32 7QE
Call 01926 337506
ILEAP (Inclusive Activities)
Dimensions (Autism Friendly Screenings)
Bedworth Disabled Swimming
You can download a range of useful information leaflets from this page. If, however, you would prefer us to post them to you, please call 024 7636 6054.
Please call 024 7636 6054 if you would like to be added to the Warwickshire SEND Information, Advice and Support Service mailing list to receive regular updates.
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.
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.
Leamington and Warwick Parent Carer Group
A self-run group for parents or carers of disabled children, held on the last Friday of the month at Asda Leamington Community Room. Search for ‘Leamington and Warwick Parent Carer Group’ on Facebook.
Empowering Families is now offering a live telephone and web chat service. The project targets parents and carers of young people with SEN and/or disabilities (SEND) who have a realistic chance of making the transition from full-time learning to employment and/or training.
0845 408 5088 (Monday to Friday, 3.30pm to 7.30pm)
Please call 024 7636 6054 if you would like to be added to the Warwickshire SEND Information, Advice and Support Service mailing list to receive regular updates.
Warwickshire Welfare Rights Helpline
Warwickshire Welfare Rights Advice Service (WWRAS) has launched a new dedicated helpline to help people with disabilities make sense of changes to the benefit system.
Central Government is removing the existing Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and replacing it with the new Personal Independence Payments (PIPs). This change will affect a large number of disabled people across the country; however there are concerns that some people currently eligible for DLA may not be eligible for a PIP.
The WWRAS telephone hotline is open Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 2 to 4pm (0845) 241 0396 and is for anyone who wants help to challenge a PIP decision. Any Warwickshire residents can also contact WWRAS by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or write to them at 1 Stratford Street, Nuneaton CV11 5BS.
Meningitis Now – support services
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
Connect: Social Network for Autism
This free autism-specific online community aims to bring together members of the autism community to share stories, thoughts and ideas.
PAWS (Parents Autism Workshops and Support)
The NAS Parent to Parent Service (Autism Helpline)
National Helpline (including Welfare and Benefits): 0808 800 4104
Education Rights Helpline: 0808 800 4102
Parent 2 Parent Support: 0808 800 4106
Atherstone Support Group
Tel: 024 7638 5888
LEAPS (Listening Ear and Parent Support)
Tel: 01788 565675
Autism West Midlands (information, events and training)
ILEAP (leisure activities for children with SEN)
SHINE (for those affected by spina bifida and hydrocephalus)
Warwickshire Family Information Service (FIS)
Take a Break Warwickshire (provide breaks for people with a disability or life-threatening illness)
Warwickshire Council (SEN page)
A programme of events for the school holidays, including a day at the beach, a drama workshop, and a trip to the Midland Air Museum.
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.
Local News and Updates
Warwickshire Parent Carer Forum, Autism Listening event 17th October
A chance for parents and/or carers to discuss their experiences. Download the event flyer here.
Home to school transport consultation
Find out more about the upcoming changes and how you can have your say here.
Have your say on Warwickshire SEND services
Warwickshire County Council are currently reviewing their SENDIAS service and want to find out what you think. Click here to take their survey and let them know what you think has worked and what could improve over the coming 4 years.
Helpline: 024 7636 6054
The helpline is generally open Monday to Friday 9.15am to 2.30pm. There is an answering service outside these times, or if we are out in meetings or dealing with other calls. Please do leave a message and we will call you back as soon as we can.
Warwickshire SEND Information, Advice and Support Service
Canterbury House, Exhall Grange Campus
Easter Way, Ash Green
Coventry CV7 9HP