SPECIAL NEEDS INDEX


                                                                              ISSUE 55 Spring 2015

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  a newsletter for children with special
  educational needs or disabilities and                            SNIX NEWS is compiled by the
  their families.                                                  Local Offer Team.

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The Local Offer Team                          How to support us:                      Information Advice                               Free School Applications in
One Page Profile                               • Get involved
                                                                                      Support Service for SEND                         the County
We are:                                        • Tell us about your service           in Northamptonshire                              The Secretary of State for Education
                                                                                                                                       has decided that the following Free
                                               • Tell us what you want                • Does your child have a Statement               School applications within our authority
A service for children and young                                                        of SEN?                                        should proceed to the next stage of the
people aged 0-25 years with Special            • Give us feedback                                                                      process (pre-opening stage):
                                               • Tell other people                    • Do you want to know how the law
Educational Needs and Disabilties                                                                                                      Wootton Park School is a 4-19 mixed, non-
                                              		 about our service                      around SEN has changed?                        faith school due to open in September 2016 and
 •   A single point for information on                                                • How will these changes affect you              grow to full capacity of 1,260 by 2022;
		   services and provisions available to                                               and your child?                                Daventry Special Academy is a 4-18 special
		   children, young people, their families                                                                                            school for pupils with profound and multiple
		   and professionals                                                                Find out more about the system for               learning difficulties, severe learning difficulties
                                                                                      transferring Statements of SEN into              and autistic spectrum disorders. The school will
 • Easy to understand and easily
		 accessible                                 What’s important to us:                 the new EHC system.
                                                                                      Booking is essential – please choose a session
                                                                                                                                       open with 65 FTE in 2016 and grow to capacity of
                                                                                                                                       175 FTE in 2019.

 • Created with and for young people,
                                               • Consulting with children, young      and contact us to book your place before         Green Oaks Academy Special School
		 parents and professionals                  		 people, parents and professionals    Monday 16th February 2015.
                                                                                                                                       is a 3-18, mixed, non-faith school for pupils
                                                                                                                                       with autistic spectrum disorders, Asperger’s
                                               • Receiving feedback on the service    Email:     bcolby@northamptonshire.gov.uk        syndrome and severe learning difficulties. The
                                                                                      Phone:     01604 636111                          school is due to open in September 2016 and
                                               • Creating an accessible portal        Website:   www.npps.info                         grow to full capacity of 100 in 2022.
                                              		 that’s easy to use/understand                                                         Next steps
                                                                                      When booking, please indicate which of the
                                                                                                                                       The pre-opening stage is the period between the
                                               • Spreading the word about what        following sessions you would like to attend.
                                                                                                                                       approval of free school applications and when
                                              		 we do                                Abbey Centre, Northampton NN4 0RZ                the free schools open. During this phase, the
                                                                                      Tuesday 24th February                            free school proposer groups will finalise plans,
                                               • Our information is trustworthy and   Registration/Coffee 9.30am                       develop policies and undertake a statutory
                                              		 reviewed regularly                   Session 10 – 12am                                consultation.

                                                                                      Daventry Leisure Centre, NN11 4FP
                                                                                      Monday 2nd March
                                                                                      Registration/Coffee 12 noon
                                                                                      Session 12.30 – 2.30pm
                                              What people like                        Tithe Barn, Wellingborough, NN8 1AH

                                              and admire                              Tuesday 3rd March
                                                                                      Registration/Coffee 6pm

                                              about us:
                                                                                      Session 6.30pm – 8.30pm

                                                                                      Corn Market Hall, Kettering, NN15 7QA
                                                                                      Wednesday 4th March
                                               • Information all in one place         Registration/Coffee 10am
                                                                                      Session 10.30am – 12.30pm
                                               • Easy to understand and
                                              		 easily accessible
                                               • Friendly and approachable team
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Information Advice and Support Service for SEND
in Northamptonshire
(Previously Northamptonshire Parent Partnership Service) is an impartial and
confidential service which gives free information, advice and support about matters
relating to Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. The service operates at arms
length from the local authority and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) through
independently trained staff.
The service is for parents or carers of children       • Individual casework which may include support      Independent Supporters can help young people
aged 0-25, and young people up to 25 with special        with meetings and contributing to assessments      and their parents/carers in a range of ways
educational needs and/or disabilities. You can           and reviews                                        including accompanying families to meetings,          Please contact us if you
self-refer or with your permission someone else                                                             explaining the role of the Local Authority in the
can refer on your behalf. As a result of the changes   • Help with writing letters                          process or supporting with the transfer of existing   wish to find out more
                                                                                                                                                                  or access an Independent
young people (aged 16-25) can ask for support          • Help with understanding and interpreting           SEN statements to the new system. They aim to
separately from their parents or carers if required.     information and applying it to your situation      work with families to find the best solution.

                                                       • Help when things go wrong, including resolving
                                                                                                            Getting Involved
What information and advice can the                      disagreements and providing support to
service give us?                                         manage mediation, appeals, exclusions, and         A key principle of the SEND reforms is that
                                                         complaints on matters related to SEN               families are at the heart of decision making about
We offer information, advice and support about
any issue related to special educational needs and     • Information about other services or sources of
                                                                                                            both their own individual situations as well as
                                                                                                            strategic planning and decisions about the
                                                                                                                                                                  Contact us
disability including:                                    support locally or nationally
                                                                                                            services that support them. Northants Parent
                                                       • Advice through parent/carer support groups,        Forum Group (NPFG) is an independent parent-led       Telephone: 01604 636111
• Local policy and practice
                                                         youth groups or training events                    group formed and run by volunteers to represent
• Northamptonshire’s Local Offer                                                                            the views of all families of children and young       Website:       ww.npps.info
                                                       • Access to an Independent Supporter if required     people up to aged 25 with special education
• Educational support as well as health and social       for support with an Education Health and
  care matters                                           Care Plan
                                                                                                            needs and/or disabilities in Northamptonshire.
                                                                                                                                                                  Email:         contact@npps.info
                                                                                                            They support by empowering parents in effective
• Statements/Education Health & Care Plans                                                                  participation with partners in Education & Social
                                                                                                            Care within Northamptonshire County Council,
• Personal Budgets and personalization                 Is there any other support available?
• Additional information about these topics is         Independent Supporters (IS) are an additional
                                                                                                            Health partners throughout Northamptonshire
                                                                                                            and other local organisations to positively
                                                                                                                                                                  Information Advice and
  available on our website.                            resource, independent of the Local Authority, to     improve services for children and young people.       Support Service for SEND
                                                       help families navigate the new Education Health
                                                       and Care (EHC) planning process. Core Assets
                                                                                                            They would love to hear from you if you feel that     in Northamptonshire
                                                                                                            you want to get involved by participating directly
What kind of support is available?                     have been commissioned through Government
                                                       funding to work with local stakeholders to provide
                                                                                                            in this work or just by registering for their         Springfield
                                                                                                            newsletter to keep yourself updated – you can get
We give practical, factual and impartial information   the service in Northamptonshire until 2016. You
                                                                                                            involved at the level that you want to.               Cliftonville
advice and support to enable you to participate        can find out more about Core Assets and this
fully in decisions about education, health and         work on their website:                                                                                     Northampton NN1 5BE
social care. This may include:
                                                       www.coreassets.com/what-we-do/                       or phone 07745 249094
• Advice and support by telephone or email             independent-support-service/
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Shooting Stars Group
The Shooting Stars Group held their Annual General Meeting                                                  Core Assets
on 25th September 2014 at Greenfields School and Sports College in
                                                                                                            Core Assets Children’s Services has
Northampton. They called it The Big Meeting. The group formally reported on their
                                                                                                            been commissioned by the Council
work over the last year and this is an extract from the Chairperson’s report.
                                                                                                            for Disabled Children to deliver
                                                                                                            Independent Support to young people
“The role of the group is to produce work and make   As a group, we make it our responsibility to say       and their families in partnership with
decisions on what could be done to help those        what we think should be done to help young
with reduced mobility and other special needs in     disabled people living in Northamptonshire ,           local Information, Advice and Support
Northamptonshire.                                    and make sure the facilities are suitable to them.     Services (IASS), previously known as                  How can an Independent Supporter help parents
                                                                                                            Parent Partnership Services (PPS),                    and/or young people?
Ever since we all met in 2011, we’ve done many       To be honest, I just enjoy the group as a whole,
things together and we have produced many            having laughs and fun, working and using               Local Authorities, and Parent Carer                     • Help to understand the Local Offer and local
impressive pieces of work. Some examples include;    teamwork to make changes.                              Forums (PCF).                                         		 referral processes
   •   Making Newsletters                            It’s a really nice group, where friendships can be
                                                     encouraged further. Hopefully some of you think        Independent Supporters are an additional                • Help to understand the EHC needs
   •   Supporting County Council staff interviews    its a good idea for young people to join this group,   resource, independent of the Local Authority          		 assessment process and timescales
                                                     we’d be more than happy for more young people          and other professionals, to help families navigate
   •   Mystery Shopping                                                                                                                                             • Act as a named contact throughout the EHC
                                                     to join our Network, and it can give young people      the new Education, Health and Care (EHC)
                                                                                                                                                                  		 assessment and planning process
   •   Visiting Grendon Hall                         experiences and confidence.”                           assessment and planning process during:

  •    Attending training including                  Josh Armand                                                                                                    • Help to express their views in relation to the
                                                                                                              • Education Health and Care needs
		     Young Inspectors                                                                                                                                           		 EHC process
                                                     Shooting Stars Group Chair                             		 assessments
   •   Training and Easy Read Training                                                                                                                              • Liaise across a range of services to help
                                                                                                              • Transfer of Statements of Special Educational
                                                                                                                                                                  		 gather and interpret information required for
  • Attending other meetings like ;                                                                         		 Needs to an EHC Plan
                                                                                                                                                                  		 an EHC plan
			        • Children’s Rights meetings,
                                                                                                              • Transfer of Learning Difficulty Assessments
			        • Shadow Board Meetings                                                                                                                                  • Help to understand personal budgets
                                                                                                            		 (LDA) to EHC Plans
  •    Inspections on public places, like local                                                                                                                     • Signposting back to the Information Advice
		     libraries and leisure centres                                                                        An Independent Supporter is a time-limited
                                                                                                                                                                  		 Support Service when the issue is outside the
                                                                                                            resource available during the EHC assessment
                                                                                                                                                                  		 remit of an Independent Supporter
                                                                                                            process and their support ends when an EHC
                                                                                                            Plan is finalised or if it is decided that an EHC
                                                                                                                                                                  In order to access an Independent Supporter
                                                                                                            Plan is not necessary.
                                                                                                                                                                  (for the parent/carer, the young person or both)
                                                                                                            Independent Supporters are there to offer             please contact:
                                                                                                            support that is tailored to the needs of individual
                                                                                                            parents and young people. This support may be         Information Advice Support Service for SEND
                                                                                                            offered through face to face contact and/or via       in Northamptonshire
                                                                                                            telephone or email, and attendance at meetings        Springfield, Cliftonville, Northampton. NN1 5BE
                                                                                                            with you. Although they may give advice and
                                                                                                            support, Independent Supporters cannot                Tel:			        01604 636111
                                                                                                            make decisions for you or attend meetings             Email: 		      contact@NPPS.info
                                                                                                            in your absence.
                                                                                                                                                                  An Independent Supporter will be
                                                                                                                                                                  allocated as soon as possible and you
                                                                                                                                                                  will be contacted by them directly.
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Six Things you might not
know about your local
Library Plus.
Your local library is a vibrant community              6)   Some of our libraries have regular job clubs
hub tailored to the needs of local                     supporting jobseekers to write CVs, complete
people. It is a safe place with lots to                job applications and prepare for interviews. We
offer. If you haven’t been in a library                also offer free workshops and drop-in sessions
for a while the range of services might                for anyone looking to become self-employed and
surprise you.                                          set up a new business through our award-winning
                                                       Enterprise Hubs.
1)   As well as books, large print, audio books
and DVDs we offer E-Books, E-Audio,                    More information on what is offered at
E- Magazines, E-Library, E-Music for free to           your local library can be found on our
library members (including virtual members             webpage below or why not visit, we’ll be
who do not use libraries in person.)
                                                       really pleased to welcome you.
2)  All Northamptonshire Libraries are open            www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/libraries
1pm – 4pm on Sundays. The Central Library is
open from 11 am – 4pm. We are open when our
customers need us every weekend.

3)  FREE Wi-Fi is available in every library for all
to use at all times. We also offer use of our PC’s
(FREE on Fridays). Our Customer Advisors are
happy to help you get online. You can access the
“Local Offer” website for free at any time and print
outs from the site are also free.

4) Our Libraries are now called ‘LibraryPlus’.
Our services include, Concessionary Bus Passes
and help with online Blue Badge applications.
We also deal with many hardship enquiries
signposting customers to the correct help and
support and library staff have been trained by the
Citizen’s Advice Bureau to provide assistance for
anyone worrying about debt problems.

5)   We have many volunteer roles on offer in
our libraries. We understand that volunteering
can offer work experience, build confidence and
change lives. By getting involved at your local
library you can help us to deliver great services
to your community.
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Sporting Opportunities for Disabled People                                                                              Daventry Disability                                 Discounted Swimming
                 I’m Graeme Wilson
                 and I am the Disability
                                                             for information about sporting opportunities in this and
                                                             future editions of SNIX as well as the other Local Offer   Forum                                               Lessons for Adults
                 Development Officer for                     online platforms.                                                                                              A new scheme to offer discounted
                 Northamptonshire Sport.                                                                                The Daventry Disability Forum was
                                                             I’m extremely proud of the number of sport                                                                     swimming lessons for eligible adults in
                 In this role my aim is to get                                                                          setup by Everyone Active in July 2013 to
                                                             and physical activity opportunities available to                                                               Daventry has been launched by Everyone
                 more disabled people and                                                                               discuss district wide opportunities to
                 those with a visual and or                  disabled people of all ages and impairments in                                                                 Active at Daventry Leisure Centre.
                                                             Northamptonshire. They cover everything from               provide sport and physical activity for
                 hearing impairment in the                                                                                                                                  The aim of the scheme is to increase the amount of
county participating in sport/physical                       mainstream opportunities to multi-sport clubs who          less-abled people.                                  adults taking up swimming lessons in the area. It is
activity on a regular basis. All of this work is             cater for all, and impairment specific opportunities                                                           open to adults claiming benefits, in social housing,
a legacy of the 2012 Paralympics in London                   such as Wheelchair Basketball for those with a             The forum is an open meeting and includes           with mental health problems or learning disabilities.
which demonstrated to the world exactly                                                                                                                                     Participants will receive qualified coaching on their
                                                             physical disability and Goalball for those with a visual   representatives from local sports clubs, schools,
                                                                                                                                                                            stroke technique as well as being able to swim to
what disabled people are capable of as                       impairment to name just two.                               Northamptonshire Sport, local councillors, youth    improve fitness. Funding for this scheme has been
opposed to what they can’t do which is                                                                                                                                      provided by the Swimathon Foundation and is
                                                             Sport and physical activity are a very powerful tool       clubs and parent support groups, amongst other
sadly so often the case!                                                                                                                                                    supported by the Amateur Swimming Association.
                                                             through which so much can be achieved. Aside from          organisations. The group has been setup to
There has been a slight and steady increase in levels        the obvious physical benefits there is also the social                                                         Councillor Alan Hills, Community, Culture and
                                                                                                                        discuss current opportunities for disabled sport,
of participation in sport/physical activity by disabled      and mental wellbeing as well as breaking down                                                                  Leisure Portfolio Holder at Daventry District
                                                                                                                        what further opportunities can be provided, and     Council, said:
people in England since London 2012! However recent          of social barriers. I’m extremely keen to see more
research by The English Federation of Disability Sport                                                                  advertising opportunities to the local community.
                                                             disabled people in Northamptonshire benefit from all                                                                “Swimming is a fun and healthy activity, so
showing the gap in participation levels between non          of these things and many more besides but can’t do                                                                  it’s really pleasing to be able to offer these
– disabled people of whom 60% currently participate                                                                     The forum would welcome more groups and
                                                             it alone! Therefore if you’d like more information about                                                            discounted lessons. Hopefully it will
in any sport/physical activity at least once a week                                                                     organisations to be involved in the meeting and
                                                             what’s available around the county then please                                                                      encourage many more people across
compared to only 20% of disabled people is a very                                                                       the next meeting will be held on:                        Daventry District to take up and
                                                             contact me:
worrying one!                                                                                                                                                                    enjoy swimming.”
                                                             • either by phone on 01604 367953
The same research however also shows that 70% of                                                                        Thursday 5th March 2015 at Daventry Leisure
                                                             • or email gwilson@northamptonshire.gov.uk.                                                                    Lessons available for customers to book will
those disabled people who are currently inactive would                                                                  Centre from 10.00 am-11.30am.
                                                                                                                                                                            be as follows:
actually like to participate in some regular sport, or
physical activity. However one of the main reasons that                                                                                                                     Tuesdays
these disabled people and their families/Carers said                                                                                                                        10.00-10.30am- Adult Beginners
that they didn’t participate in anything was that they
                                                                                                                                                                            10.30-11.00am- Adult Improvers
weren’t aware of any opportunities available to them.
This is a key area that I’d like to target for improvement
                                                                                                                                                                            6.00-6.30pm- Adult Beginners
in Northamptonshire as if people don’t know sports/
physical activity sessions are happening then they’ve                                                                                                                       6.30-7.00pm- Adult Improvers
got no chance of participating in them, finding they                                                                                                                        Anyone interested in joining the scheme will need
enjoy them and wanting to do more.                                                                                                                                          to speak to Louise Lawrence, the Swim Lesson
                                                                                                                                                                            Manager at Daventry Leisure Centre and will
The SNIX newsletter has been a key promotional                                                                                                                              need to bring some from of identification that
resource that I’ve used to promote opportunities to                                                                                                                         demonstrates their entitlement to the discount.
young disabled people and their families/Carers and
encouraged other partners to do the same. I’m hoping
                                                                                                                                                                            To book onto the course please contact the
that with Northamptonshire County Council’s Local
                                                                                                                                                                            leisure centre on 01327 871144.
Offer team taking on the running of SNIX it will only
help to improve this great resource. Therefore look out
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Odeon – Kettering                                       Vue – Northampton                                          Cineworld – Northampton
Facilities:                                             Facilities:                                                Facilities:

• CEA Card accepted                                     •   Disabled Access                                        •   CEA Card accepted
• Guide dogs welcome                                    •   Assistance dogs welcome in all Vue cinemas.            •   Automatic front doors
• Hearing loops                                         •   Lift and escalator access from street level            •   Disabled parking spaces
• Designated car park spaces for blue badge holders     •   14 designated car park spaces for blue                 •   Wheelchair access
• Level access to the box office, refreshment stand         badge holders                                          •   Disabled toilets
  and ticket machines                                   •   Two sets of accessible toilets                         •   Guide dogs welcome
• Ramped access to main concourse, waiting area         •   All screens are located on flat level
                                                        •   Full wheelchair access throughout the cinema and       Screening Types:
  and screens.
• Fully accessible washroom                                 into all theatres.                                     Autism Friendly Screenings: Cineworld host an
• Wheelchair bays in all screens                        •   Induction loop at our counters                         Autism Friendly Film at 11:00am on the 1st Sunday
                                                        •   Lowered counter available                              of every month, at over 70 participating cinemas
Screening Types:                                        •   Lowered automatic ticket machines available            across the UK. These are special performances of
Autism Friendly Screening - at over 95 ODEON            •   CEA Card accepted                                      recently released films which have subtle changes
cinemas across the UK. Autism friendly films are        Screening Types:                                           to the cinema environment that means people who
special screenings of children’s films - Lights are                                                                have sensory differences may have a more positive
left on low; the sound is turned down; Trailers and     Autism Friendly Screenings; Autism friendly films are      experience than they would in a traditional cinema
adverts are not played; It’s ok for people to move      special screenings of children’s films - Lights are left   setting. Changes include the lights being kept on
around during the screening and make a bit              on low; The sound is turned down; Trailers and             at a low level, the sound being turned down and
of noise.                                               adverts are not played; It’s ok for people to move         there are no trailers or advertisements - just
                                                        around during the screening and make a bit of noise.       the film.
http://www.dimensions-uk.org/support-services/autism-   Autism friendly films are screened at this cinema at
care/autism-friendly-screenings/                        10.00am on the last Sunday of every month. Social          http://www.dimensions-uk.org/support-services/autism-
                                                        stories can be downloaded for all Vue Autism               care/autism-friendly-screenings/
Hearing Impaired and Visually Impaired                  friendly films.
Screenings:                                                                                                        Hearing Impaired and Visually Impaired
                                                        http://www.dimensions-uk.org/support-services/autism-      Screenings: Audio description performances for
Audio description dialogue track where the action,                                                                 the sight impaired are available at certain cinemas.
scene changes and the actors body language is           care/autism-friendly-screenings/
                                                                                                                   Subtitles for the hearing impaired are available at
described in addition to the dialogue. This is          Hearing Impaired and Visually Impaired                     certain performances. Hearing loops (either infra
played via a lightweight headset.                       Screenings: Subtitled (ST) and Audio Described             red or induction) are installed at all our cinemas
Subtitled performances are available and Infra Red      (ADesc) films are available at this cinema; for details    auditoria. Please check with the box office which
headsets also available to improve your hearing of      please call: 08712 240 240.                                facility is available. Type Talk calls are available
the film soundtrack. Please enquire at the cinema                                                                  on our telephone booking service.
                                                        Every auditorium is equipped with Infra Red
Box Office.                                             technology to provide hearing assistance; for              For more information please contact our
Disability and Accessibility Helpline –                 headsets to utilise this facility and Audio Description,   Disability and Accessibility Helpline on:
0800 138 3315 or text phone 18001 0808 1560 609         as mentioned above, please contact a member of             0800 188 4044 between 10am – 10pm.
                                                        staff. Audio description is for visually impaired
                                                        people and describes what is happening in the film.
                                                        They can also still hear the soundtrack and dialogue
                                                        of the film.
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Autism Concern Activity                               Deafconnect
Days and Youth Clubs                                  The Deafconnect Tinnitus Support Group                                                                                  Giggles
Do you have a child with an autistic                  meets at 2pm on the following dates
spectrum disorder? Looking for social                 in 2015:                                                                                                                Giggles Play is a non profit social
                                                                                                                                                                              enterprise set up to provide
groups and activity days for evenings                                                                                                                                         sensory & soft play for children
                                                         9th February
and weekends?                                                                                                                                                                 with additional needs. We are
                                                         13th April
Autism Concern runs days where children and              8th June                                                                                                             inclusive, for the whole family.
young people are supported according to                                                                                                                                       There is no age limit for children
                                                         10th August
their needs.                                                                                                                                                                  with special needs and are also
                                                         12th October
                                                                                                                                                                              great for all children up to five
Saturday Clubs                                           14th December                                                                                                        yrs old. No pre-booking required.
A wide variety of activities including arts and                                                                                                                               £5 admission.
                                                      Admission is £1.50 for members £3.00 for
crafts, sports, sensory play days, cooking and
                                                      non members to help with refreshment and                                                                                We are set up and run by parents
much more
                                                      administration costs. New members are                                                                                   and people with experience of
For young people aged 8 – 18 with ASD                 always welcome.                                                                                                         children with additional needs and
Venue: Kingsthorpe Grove Primary School,                                                                                                                                      are mobile so you need to check
St David’s Road, Kingsthorpe, Northampton,            Coffee Mornings                                                                                                         out our website or Facebook to see
NN2 7QL                                                                                                                                                                       where we will be on different days.
                                                      10am-1pm on the first and third Wednesday of
Time: 10:00 – 15:00                                                                                                                                                           We are open every Saturday and
                                                      the month.
Cost: £10 per day                                                                                                                                                             Sunday and school holidays too.

Go 4 It Youth Groups                                  Not just a coffee morning but an opportunity
                                                      to meet other members of the Deaf, deafened,                                                                            www.gigglesplay.co.uk
Senior Go 4 It (13-18 year olds) and Junior Go 4 It   hard of hearing, and local community, have a                                                                            www.facebook.com/giggles.play
(8-12 year olds) run on alternating Tuesday nights    chat and enjoy homemade cakes. We welcome
in Northampton                                        everyone who wants to come and join us.
A wide ranging variety of activities whilst being
supported by autism specialist staff                  Why not give it a try? Come along bring a
                                                      friend and make some new ones at the
These groups then do trips out in the holidays;
past excursions have included the Leicester           same time.
Space Museum, the London Eye and the Harry
                                                      Spencer Dallington Community Centre,
Potter Studios
Time: 18:00 – 20:00
Cost: From £3
                                                      Tintern Avenue, Northampton NN5 7BZ
                                                      07817006817 or 01604 589 011
                                                                                                     Thursday mornings 9.45–11.30am                          • Natural Material Play
To register your child on the appropriate scheme                                                     At Kingsley School, Churchill Way                       • Hello Singing Session
contact us on: 01604 239404,                                                                                                                                 • Access to the Foundation Department and all the
                                                                                                     Pre-school group - for children with additional needs     activities on offer in the department including the
email: Marieanne@autismconcern.org
or visit: www.autismconcern.org -                                                                    Alternate land and water sessions                         ‘nest’ covered outside area
                                                                                                                                                             • Playground Play (in warm weather)
for further details.                                                                                 Call Kingsley School on: 01536 316880
                                                                                                     or email: Ali Everitt on                                • Parachute Activities
Autism Concern, Suite 39 – 42 Burlington House,
369 Wellingborough Road, Northampton, NN1 4EU                                                        alisone3@kingsley.northants.sch.uk                      Swimming Sessions:
                                                                                                     Land Session Activities:                                • 1/2 hour session in our Hydrotherapy Pool
                                                                                                     • Sensory Toys                                          • Small group of children with their parent/carer
                                                                                                     • Cause & Effect Toys                                   • Water Songs
                                                                                                     • Use of our Therapy Room which includes trampette,     • Water Toys
                                                                                                       swing tunnels etc                                     Both groups join together for drinks and snacks
                                                                                                     • Soft Play Room                                        before saying goodbye
                                                                                                     • Creative Activities
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Children’s Centre Services                                  Commissioned children’s centre services –
                                                            the children’s centre services that are delivered by
                                                                                                                             Contact a Family                                    Time 4 Support
In October 2013 Northamptonshire County Council’s           external organisations will continue to support the
                                                            delivery of some universal services to all families (such        0808 808 3555
cabinet agreed to re-organise how children’s centre                                                                                                                              An informal support group for all
services in the county are delivered. This was to ensure    as health services and Job Centre Plus advice) but will
                                                            primarily focus on activities for families who need extra
                                                                                                                                                                                 parents/carers of disabled children.
consistent delivery of support for young families across                                                                     Advice and information guides
the county, to increase access to children’s centre         support or ‘early help’. This will enable more resources to                                                          We meet every second Tuesday 9.30-11.30 at
services and to improve outcomes for young children.        be used in supporting families with higher levels of need.       Did you know that Contact a Family has an           PLACC Spinney Hill Road Northampton
The new model has two main elements:                                                                                         extensive range of resources packed full of         NN3 6DW
                                                            Contracts were tendered in ten procurement lots
                                                            covering ten geographical areas. Nine of the contracts           useful advice? They’re free to download or
Libraries                                                                                                                    parents can get a free print copy by calling the    Call Cindy Baylis on 07428610871
The Northamptonshire County Council LibraryPlus             have been awarded as follows:
                                                                                                                             free-phone helpline:                                www.time4support.org
service will provide the enhanced universal services part   Daventry District – Action for Children
of children’s centre services for children under five and   East Northamptonshire District – Spurgeons                       Monday-Friday,                                      We have a group on Facebook which is a
their families, including:                                                                                                                                                       very good way for parents/carers to share
                                                            Kettering Borough – Action for Children                          9.30am-5pm
• quick connection to a range of information and                                                                                                                                 information and find support in their area:
  advice, resources and support to access further           Northampton Central – Action for Children                        on 0808 808 3555.
  children’s centre services,                               Northampton East – Action for Children                                                                               https://www.facebook.com/
• children’s centre registration services,                                                                                                                                       groups/191625904220388/?ref=br_tf
                                                            Northampton North – Spurgeons
• universal activities such as stories, song and
  rhymetimes etc.                                           Northampton West – Spurgeons
• recruiting and co-ordinating volunteers for children’s    South Northamptonshire – Action for Children
  centre services.
                                                            Borough of Wellingborough – Action for Children
This will take advantage of the council’s existing
36 library facilities and resources (including seven        Corby Borough - A contract for the Corby Borough area
                                                            was not awarded and will be re-tendered in the coming
                                                                                                                             Face 2 Face
days a week opening), improving access to children’s
                                                            months. Service level agreements with existing providers
centre services.                                            will be extended in the meantime.                                Face 2 Face is an expanding network                If you would like to meet a
                                                                                                                             of local befriending schemes, providing            befriender please contact...
                                                                                                                             emotional support to parents whose
                                                                                                                             children have been recognised as
                                                               A.C.E. (Autistic                                              having a special need or disability. Local         Diane, on: 07528 365429
                                                                                                                                                                                or email:
                                                               Children Embraced)                                            schemes recruit and train volunteer
                                                                                                                             parents, who themselves have disabled              Diane.Rayner@Scope.org.uk or
                                                               Do you look after a child or young adult                      children, to act as “befrienders”.                 Nicola.Corazzo@Scope.org.uk
                                                               with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder?                           Befrienders are able to share and
                                                               We are a new Parent Support group in Kettering                empathise with new parents because
                                                               and we offer help, support, information and                   of their own emotional experiences,
                                                               friendship to make life easier for you and your child.        and support them to make positive
                                                               We provide speakers, information evenings, private            adjustments to their child’s disability.
                                                               1-1 consultations with the Autism Outreach Team
Stay ‘n’ Play                                                  and we want to know what we can provide for YOU!
                                                                                                                             Each befriender is carefully trained and
                                                                                                                             supervised by a professional Face 2 Face
                                                               We meet on the 2nd Tuesday in every month at:                 coordinator, who is always on hand to
at Kingsley School
                                                               Kingsley Special School, Churchill Way, Kettering.
                                                                                                                             offer support and guidance.
Every Monday during term time from                             NN15 5DP. 7.30 – 9.30pm
1.30-2.30pm, at Kingsley School, Churchill Way                 2015 Dates: Jan 13th, Feb 10th, March 10th,
                                                               April 14th, May 12th, June 9th, July 14th
Pre-school group for children with
additional needs                                               For more information call or text your details to:
Call: 01536 316880 or email Ali Everitt                         (If no reply, leave a message and we will get back to you)
on: alisone3@kingsley.northants.sch.uk
                                                               Everyone welcome, we look forward to seeing you.
For Parents
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Support for Carers                                  Autism Concern’s Family
Support for Carers include:                         Support Team
                                                    Autism Concern’s Family Support Team
• Holistic therapies
• Gym membership                                    can advise and support parents, carers,
• Carers’ Cafés                                     professionals and people about the
• Carers’ Support Groups                            autism spectrum. It is not necessary to
• Carers’ Lunch Clubs                               have a diagnosis to access our services,
• Carers’ Choir                                     which include:
                                                    • Emotional support
How to find out more about the services we
provide for Carers in Northamptonshire as well      • Behavioural advice
as Lutterworth and surrounding area’s, please       • Signposting to community services
contact us by one of the following ways:
                                                    • Understanding autism spectrum conditions
General Enquiries      Tel: 01933 677837            • Support with filling in benefits forms and
Carers’ Support Line   Tel: 01933 677907              applications
Email: carers@northamptonshire-carers.org
Website: www.northamptonshire-carers.org            To contact the Family Support Service:
Carers’ Support Line                                iag@autismconcern.org
The Carers’ Support Line provides a confidential    or call:
service to support the needs of Adult, Parent       0808 808 9090 (free from landlines)
and Young Carers. The service can be
accessed by Carers, professionals or anyone
with a Carers related enquiry or issue providing:

• A listening ear and emotional support             Charity number:
• Signposting and referral to other organisations
• One-to-one telephone support
• Access to Northamptonshire Carers services
 and support
• Information and access to Carers’ Assessment
• Information and access to Peer Support
                                                    Apprenticeship and Job
                                                    Fairs 2015
                                                    Horizons in partnership with Connexions will
                                                    be holding seven Apprenticeship and Job Fairs
                                                    across the county in February/March to help
                                                    match young people with local employment and
                                                    training opportunities.
                                                    The events are aimed at 16-19 year olds including this
                                                    year’s school and college leavers and young people
                                                    currently unemployed and looking for work or training.
                                                    The events provide a unique opportunity to visit career
                                                    stands and talk to employers, training providers and
                                                    colleges about their opportunities all in one place.
                                                    Young people can also take part in a series of brief
                                                    three-minute interviews with our Speed Networking.
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                                                                                                                                                        Northampton                                                   Wellingborough
                                                             Autism Training Sessions
                                                                                                                                         The Doddridge Centre, 109 St James Road, St                  TESCO The Community Room, Victoria Park,
                                                                                (No diagnosis necessary)                                       James, Northampton, NN5 5LD                            Turnells Mill Lane, Wellingborough, NN8 2EF

                                                                                                                                      Tues 27th Jan     Autism Awareness - What is Autism?         Mon 19th Jan       Autism Awareness - What is Autism?
                                                                                                                                      09.30 – 11.30                                                09.30 – 11.30
     Autism Concern is pleased to announce our new training programme for 2015 which is being
                                                                                                                                      Weds 28th Jan     Autism Awareness - What is Autism?         Mon 26th Jan       The Importance of Visual Structure
   released across the county, starting in Northampton and Wellingborough in January through to                                       19.00 – 21.00                                                09.30 – 11.30      and How To Implement It
           April. Each session costs just £9.50 per person and can be bought online at                                                Tues 3rd Feb      Sharing Your Child’s Diagnosis With        Thurs 29th Jan     Autism Awareness - What is Autism?
                                                                                                                                      09.30 – 11.30     Them and Others                            19.00 – 21.00
   www.autismconcern.org/training or by calling 01604 239404. If you book 5 sessions                                                  Weds 4th Feb      Dealing With Challenging Behaviours        Mon 2nd Feb        Social Interactions and Relationships
                                                  you will get one free.                                                              19.00 – 21.00                                                09.30 – 11.30      (For parents/carers of over 10’s)
                                                                                                                                      Tues 10th Feb     Encouraging Emotional Awareness in         Thurs 5th Feb      Sensory Sensitivities in Autism
            The child or young person in your care does not need to have a diagnosis of autism                                        09.30 – 11.30     People With Autism                         19.00 – 21.00
                                                                                                                                      Weds 11th Feb     Writing Social Scripts                     Mon 9th Feb        Facilitating Play and Social
                An Introduction to 123 Magic                                  Dealing with Challenging Behaviours                     19.00 – 21.00                                                09.30 – 11.30      Interaction (For parents/carers of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      under 10’s)
   An introduction to the behaviour management technique             Find out what challenging behaviours are, why they might         Tues 24th Feb   Social Interactions and Relationships        Thurs 12th Feb     An Introduction To 123 Magic
    known as 123 Magic which encourages children to stop             occur and how to support someone displaying challenging          09.30 – 11.30   (For parents/carers of over 10’s)            19.00 – 21.00
  unwanted behaviours and start appropriate behaviours, this                          behaviour effectively.                          Weds 25th Feb   Facilitating Play and Social Interaction     Mon 23rd Feb       Dealing With Challenging Behaviours
     programme encourages an autism friendly approach.
                                                                                                                                      09.30 – 11.30   (For parents/carers of under 10’s)           09.30 – 11.30
                                                                                                                                      Tues 3rd March The Importance of Visual Structure and        Thurs 26th Feb     An Introduction To 123 Magic
              Sensory Sensitivities in Autism                                          Writing Social Scripts                         09.30 – 11.30   How To Implement It                          19.00 – 21.00
                                                                                                                                      Weds 4th March Sharing Your Child’s Diagnosis With           Mon 2nd March      Emotional Awareness
   Find out more about what sensory sensitivities are and              Learn more about what social scripts are, why they are         19.00 – 21.00   Them and Others                              09.30 – 11.30
     how they affect someone with autism. Learn useful                   a useful tool for communicating with people on the
                                                                                                                                      Tues 10th March Dealing With Challenging Behaviours          Thurs 5th March    Writing Social Scripts
   strategies and approaches for sensory stimulation and              autism spectrum. You will learn about what formats are          09.30 – 11.30                                                19.00 – 21.00
                how that can help your child.                                     best used and for what situations.
                                                                                                                                      Weds 11th March An Introduction To 123 Magic                 Mon 9th March      Sensory Sensitivities in Autism
                                                                                                                                      19.00 – 21.00                                                09.30 – 11.30
                                                                       The Importance of Visual Structure and How to                  Tues 17th March Sensory Sensitivities in Autism              Thurs 12th March   Facilitating Play and Social
        Facilitating Play and Social Interaction (For                                                                                 09.30 – 11.30                                                19.00 – 21.00      Interaction (For parents/carers of
                 parents/carers of under 10’s)                                         Implement It
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      under 10’s)
  Learn how to encourage your child to play and interact by             Here you will learn about the importance of visual            Weds 18th March Encouraging Emotional Awareness in           Mon 16th March     Sharing Your Child’s Diagnosis With
  understanding what social impairments are and how they              schedules to somebody on the autism spectrum, ideas             19.00 – 21.00   People With Autism                           09.30 – 11.30      Them and Others
   can manifest themselves. You will learn skills and tips to         for different formats which will empower you to go on           Tues 24th March Writing Social Scripts                       Thurs 19th March   Dealing With Challenging Behaviours
        help your child play and foster relationships.                             and make your own resources.                       09.30 – 11.30                                                19.00 – 21.00
                                                                                                                                      Weds 25th March Social Interactions and Relationships        Mon 23rd March     The Importance of Visual Structure
                                                                                                                                      19.00 – 21.00   (For parents/carers of over 10’s)            09.30 – 11.30      and How To Implement It
                                                                                                                                      Tues 14th April An Introduction To 123 Magic                 Thurs 26th March   Emotional Awareness
  Autism Awareness - What Is Autism? (£5 per person)                Sharing Your Child’s Diagnosis with Them and Others               09.30 – 11.30                                                19.00 – 21.00
                                                                                                                                      Weds 15th April   Sensory Sensitivities in Autism            Thurs 16th April   Social Interactions and Relationships
  This is an opportunity for parents and carers to learn about     After your child has been diagnosed it can often be difficult to
                                                                                                                                      19.00 – 21.00                                                19.00 – 21.00      (For parents/carers of over 10’s)
   autism and how it affects those on the autism spectrum.        know where to turn, what to do next and what the implications
  We will discuss autism theory and then what you can do as          in the future might be. This course will help answer those       Tues 21st April   Facilitating Play and Social Interaction   Mon 20th April     Writing Social Scripts
       a parent or carer to support your child effectively.          questions as well as give tips as to how to share an autism
                                                                                                                                      09.30 – 11.30     (For parents/carers of under 10’s)         09.30 – 11.30
                                                                                      diagnosis with your child.                      Weds 22nd April   The Importance of Visual Structure and     Thurs 23rd April   Sharing Your Child’s Diagnosis With
                                                                                                                                      19.00 – 21.00     How To Implement It                        19.00 – 21.00      Them and Others

        Social Interactions and Relationships (For                     Encouraging Emotional Awareness in People with
                                                                                                                                                                If you book 5 sessions you will get one free
                parents/carers of over 10’s)                                              Autism
                                                                                                                                              For further details on what the courses entail and to purchase your tickets please
     Learn how to encourage your child or young person to              This session will enable you to understand how to help
  interact by understanding what social impairments are and             someone with autism process their emotions, what                                Visit our website www.autismconcern.org/training
  how they can manifest themselves. You will learn skills and                emotions mean and how to deal with them.
  tips to help your child or young person foster relationships.
                                                                                                                                                      Or email iag@autismconcern.org Or call 01604                             239404
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