09 March 2016

The last month has been busy for the Local Offer, out and about meeting and talking to lots of people.

Meeting parents at a special school

I was invited to talk to the parents at Isebrook Special School in Kettering and received a warm welcome from them especially when they realised that I wasn’t going to be listing cuts to services and that I was there to tell them about the Local Offer, a  free web site  with  information about Special Educational Needs (SEN) and disabilities in Northamptonshire. There was some talk about Papworth Trust clubs closing down, but it was interesting that a volunteer with Young Inclusive People club (YIP) was there and this was a resource a lot of the parents hadn’t heard about. This emphasises that having a Local Offer is a really good idea.  

I received some spring tulips as a thank you which was really unexpected.

Commissioners statement

There is a statement from our commissioners on the Local Offer feedback page.

It discusses the Guideposts and Papworth Trust youth clubs decisions to end their contract with Northamptonshire and the efforts that the local authority is making to find suitable alternative providers for these clubs.

East Hunsbury Special Unit

A few days later I went to talk to parents at the special unit in East Hunsbury in Northampton. These parents were really interested in looking at the Local Offer live and all agreed that this is a resource that they will be using in future. One parent told me a problem that they had experienced at a local sports centre and I have been able to ask my colleague in Northamptonshire Sport to investigate and see if we can improve the staff’s knowledge on how to provide suitable support for children with disabilities.

Special Educational Needs Index (SNIX) magazine February edition

The Spring edition of the SNIX magazine was produced and distributed during February. The magazine is one of the ways that we make the Local Offer available for people who aren’t on line. Everything that is in SNIX is on the Local Offer, but of course the Local Offer has much more to explore. If you have any articles or good news stories that you would like to share in the next edition of SNIX, please let us know and send them in.

Moving on Up - an event for young people

IASS white.pngOur partners, IASS (Information Advice Support Service) held an event for young people called “Moving on Up”.  Nearly seventy youngsters were invited from various schools to come along to the Saints Rugby Study Centre. They attended workshops covering e-safety, finance and budgeting, choices, relationships and got a tour of the Saints stadium with staff. All the feedback I have seen suggested that the delegates really enjoyed their time and learnt lots of information. We were really impressed by them, their attitudes, behaviour and effort were without fault.

The Local Offer team were there supporting groups of young people access the workshops and the stadium and I talked about banks, credit and debit cards and planning a day out at the rugby with a budget. I talked myself hoarse.

Bright Futures event

Following on from the young people’s event, IASS are putting on a Bright futures event for parents on 22 March 2016 at the Park Inn in Northampton. All the parents of the young people who attended the Moving On Up day have been invited, but it is open to any parent whose son or daughter is in year 9 or above. There will be information about future options both for the young people and their parents. Jane Friswell who has been the CEO of Nasen is coming along to open the event and talk about her experience as a parent and professional. She should be really interesting. To book your place contact IASS direct. 

Local offer logoLO Tree.pngThe Local Offer will have their information stand at the event  (look out for the tree and the bunting). We are also supporting the Learning Disability Partnership Board Its all about you event on the same day in Kettering to think about what people with a learning disability might want to know about housing, finance and other adult concerns.

Come and use our photo booth to take your own photo.