Staffordshire Umbrella Network - SUN

Staffordshire Umbrella Network - SUN

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Did you know that working parents in Staffordshire can get 30 hours funded childcare for their 3-4 year old children?

Nicole's son has special educational needs. His 30 hours funded childcare has made a big difference to his development.

Apply now at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk
I run a closed support group for Grandparents of children with special needs. We have recently started an open community page in the hope that we can spread the word about our support group (SNUG) and welcome new members and also share relevant information and ideas with regards to SEN families amongst the wider community. If you would like to support us then please like our community page and share with others. You are also welcome to post any relevant information you think might be useful on our page. Thank you www.facebook.com/SNUGinfo/
Re: *Orthotics*
The local NHS Orthotics Service for North Staffordshire is currently delivered by Blatchfords. Their contract is coming to an end. The commissioners who buy the service for patients want to know what people think about the orthotics service. This is to help them decide whether Blatchfords should keep the contract or if it should move to a different provider. I would be really grateful if those of you who use the Orthotics Service in North staffs could fill in this online survey https://tinyurl.com/OrthsurMar2018. If anyone has anything particular to say then you can contact me at the North Staffs Orthotics Campaign at [email protected] and I can pass on comments to the commissioners if you would like this. Thanks, Rebecca Loo, North Staffs Orthotics Campaign.

Run by SEND Family Partnership, Staffordshire Umbrella Network (SUN) looks at issues affecting disabled or special needs children and their families.

SUN is a networking group of parents and carers of children with additional needs, voluntary groups and agencies, coordinated by Staffordshire Parent Partnership Service.

Operating as usual

Aiming high - Search Results | Staffordshire Connects 25/05/2021

Aiming high - Search Results | Staffordshire Connects

Aiming High Summer Activities

Some Aiming High Summer Activities have been added to their website:

• Caudwell Children is restarting face to face sessions for their Purple Explorer Clubs across Staffordshire.
• Let Us Play is running lots of fun sessions at their centre as well as day trips to places including Trentham Monkey Forest, bowling and the Wildside Adventure Centre.
• Chuckle Productions is running a Sound Connection session for young people with complex needs who need 1:1 support.
• Gartmore Riding School is offering sessions in family bubbles as well as an introduction to their Pony Club.

Activities are open to young people who have a disability or additional support need and their families in Staffordshire.

Full details of all of the activities are available at the link below:

https://www.staffordshireconnects.info/kb5/staffordshire/directory/results.action?localofferchannel=6-1-8&sr=0&nh=10

More sessions from our other Providers will be added to the website as soon as they are available.

To try to make it as fair as possible, young people can access 4 free activities during July and August.

Bookings for these activities are open from 1st-11th June by calling 0300 111 8007 (option 5).

Following this you are very welcome to book more places on any extra activities by calling our booking team after 11th June.

June Aiming High Activities

There are still some places available for June activities - these can be booked now by calling 0300 111 8007 (option 5).

Aiming high - Search Results | Staffordshire Connects

Aiming High - Let Us Play - Mad Science Day | Staffordshire Connects 17/05/2021

Aiming High - Let Us Play - Mad Science Day | Staffordshire Connects

Let Us Play – Science Show

Let Us Play is running a Science Show during half term from its centre in Wolverhampton.

Lots of fun activities including slime and potions will be taking place and there will also be an outdoor activity (weather permitting).

This activity is open to 8-18 year olds with a disability or additional needs and full details are available at the link below:

Aiming High - Let Us Play - Mad Science Day | Staffordshire Connects https://www.staffordshireconnects.info/kb5/staffordshire/directory/service.page?id=75PPjBlCFnE&localofferchannel=6-1-8

To book places please call the booking team now on 0300 111 8007 (option 5).

For information on other Aiming High activities please follow the link below:

Aiming high - Search Results | Staffordshire Connects

Aiming High - Let Us Play - Mad Science Day | Staffordshire Connects Tuesday 1st June (Time TBC) Join us for a science show with slime making, rockets, gravity and potions themes, followed by a craft activity.  An outdoor activity will also be included (weather permitting).   COVID-19 secure guidelines are in place - the provider will discuss these in....

13/05/2021

Survey Login

Public survey to review the child and adolescent health services (CAMHS) in south Staffordshire

The current contract for the child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS) in south Staffordshire, delivered by Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (MPFT), is being refreshed.

An online survey is open until Sunday 20 June, 2021 to gather views. An easy read version is also available.

The main aims of this engagement are understanding which services are currently being used and to help shape children and adolescent mental health services for the future.
It will also help to review existing services from a service user perspective and to identify any areas that need improving.

https://lnks.gd/l/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJidWxsZXRpbl9saW5rX2lkIjoxMDQsInVyaSI6ImJwMjpjbGljayIsImJ1bGxldGluX2lkIjoiMjAyMTA1MTEuNDAyNzA4MzEiLCJ1cmwiOiJodHRwczovL25ocy5yZXNlYXJjaGZlZWRiYWNrLm5ldC9zLmFzcD9rPTE2MTYwMTUyNjIyMCZ1dG1fbWVkaXVtPWdvdmRlbGl2ZXJ5JnV0bV9zb3VyY2U9ZW1haWwifQ.JDbL9b4DidO_6X2Unm_LZrYiHRHSWBnw5vNrATZJnZc/s/633933423/br/106189682377-l

Survey Login

Aiming high - Search Results | Staffordshire Connects 11/05/2021

Aiming high - Search Results | Staffordshire Connects

Some new Aiming High activities have been added to their website:

Chuckle Productions

Join Chuckle for their fun after school sessions on Wednesday 26th May. Sessions are open to 7-11’s and 12-18s who have a Special Educational Need or Disability.

To book places please contact Sharon from Chuckle Productions directly on 07580 016993 or email [email protected]

Caudwell Children Family Trips

Several fun family trips are available over May/June Half Term to Drayton Manor, Ammerton Farm, Rodbaston and Trentham Monkey Forest.

Activities are open to 8-18 year olds who have a Special Educational Need or Disability and their families including siblings.

To book places please contact our booking team now on 0300 111 8007 (option 5).

Full details of these and all of our other activities are available at the link below:

Aiming high - Search Results | Staffordshire Connects
https://www.staffordshireconnects.info/kb5/staffordshire/directory/results.page?localofferchannel=6-1-8

Aiming high - Search Results | Staffordshire Connects

Pandemic - returning to normal... 10/05/2021

Pandemic - returning to normal...

Healthwatch Staffordshire we are currently running a new, quick 10 question survey which is open until 19th May. This survey aims to investigate how Staffordshire residents are feeling now things begin to 'return to normal'

https://engagingcommunities.researchfeedback.net/s.asp?k=162030654869

Pandemic - returning to normal...

28/04/2021

Wellness Wednesday update, we're changing to Check in and Chat. See flyer for details

Wellness Wednesday update, we're changing to Check in and Chat. See flyer for details

26/04/2021

The dates have been set for the Summer SUN sessions. If you would like to join us and find out what's happening in your district email us at; [email protected] to request a booking form :)

The dates have been set for the Summer SUN sessions. If you would like to join us and find out what's happening in your district email us at; [email protected] to request a booking form :)

01/04/2021

Warm Homes is a scheme which aims to help families with disabled children better manage their energy bills and keep their houses warm. Working in partnership with Auriga, a specialist advice organisation, Caudwell Children can provide:
Family support service
Home energy survey to assess whether we can support you with:
Energy efficiency and income maximisation guidance
Home bill and debt advice
Benefit checks: helping you access the benefits you’re eligible for
Funding for household appliances
Priority Services Register: priority energy supplier support
It is available to eligible families in Birmingham, Nottingham, Stoke-on-Trent, East Staffordshire, Liverpool and The Wirral.
For more information or to complete a short online referral form, go to www.caudwellchildren.com/warmhomes”

https://www.caudwellchildren.com/warmhomes/

01/04/2021

Wellness Wednesday sessions were set up during lockdown, and as restrictions ease, we will be carrying on with the sessions for now, however they will be TERM TIME only therefore the next session will be on Wednesday 21st April.
We hope you have a cracking Easter Break, and that the SUN shines for us all 😊 take care.

Wellness Wednesday sessions were set up during lockdown, and as restrictions ease, we will be carrying on with the sessions for now, however they will be TERM TIME only therefore the next session will be on Wednesday 21st April.
We hope you have a cracking Easter Break, and that the SUN shines for us all 😊 take care.

Photos from Staffordshire SEND IASS's post 31/03/2021

Photos from Staffordshire SEND IASS's post

[03/19/21]   Healthwatch Staffordshire are an independent watchdog formed to make local health and social care services better for people by ensuring that their views and experiences are taken into account by those entrusted to design and run services. We are really interested in hearing any feedback (good or bad!) about any service provided by the NHS or Staffordshire County Council.

We also offer information, support, advice, and signposting for health and social care issues within Staffordshire. For example, we may be able to offer help if you are struggling to access appointments, if you are unhappy with treatment options offered to you, or follow-up with commissioners if a service is not available in your area. We try to follow-up with all issues raised with us, but we may signpost to other organisations where necessary.

We are currently running weekly coffee mornings which are open to all Staffordshire residents. These aim to allow people the opportunity to share and discuss their health and social care experiences as well as seek advice and support.

To get in touch with us, please feel free to call our freephone number 08000518371 or email [email protected].

I am also more than happy for people to email me their concerns or queries directly at [email protected]."

11/03/2021

Open Court Tennis Programme

The Open Court programme is a national led programme led in partnership by the LTA and Sport England whose main aim is to develop local grassroots tennis opportunities for disabled people, no matter their impairment or ability. We work in partnership with local agencies up and down the UK to enable this to happen through local venues, coaches and volunteers trying to serve the need of the local audiences. Our programme is looking to begin delivery of any kind at/with Burton Tennis Club and their coaching team, no matter the disability or long term health condition, especially in the Burton-Upon-Trent area.
The Open Court programmes has specific offers including:
• Small grant funding/Start-up funding to allow people begin their tennis journey
• Access to specialist equipment to enable adaptation of our game, through grant aid
• Access to specialist support from Regional disability specific staff
• Wider partnership engagement to other national funding agencies and equipment providers
Please find the link below for more information: https://www.lta.org.uk/workforce-venues/coach-teach/programme-development/open-court/
We believe tennis is for everyone it’s just that people don’t know it. We have offers, products and specialist equipment. If you or any of your partners are keen to get involved in tennis please do not hesitate to get in touch. Please contact Alison Smith on, [email protected] or 07970 403 079.

Open Court Tennis Programme The Open Court Programme is a national programme funded by Sport England & the LTA, promoting opportunities for disabled people to get involved in tennis.

Education Banding Tool Launch | Staffordshire Connects 11/03/2021

Education Banding Tool Launch | Staffordshire Connects

Staffordshire County Council have asked us to send out information on the new Education Banding Tool on their behalf. The Education Banding Tool will support the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Team to calculate the education costs of the “top up” funding for Children and Young People (CYP) with an Education, Health and Care Plan.

Special educational needs top up funding for children and young people with Education Health and Care Plans
Staffordshire County Council Local Authority is aiming to introduce a new Education Banding Tool. This will support the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Team to calculate the education costs of the “top up” funding for Children and Young People (CYP) with an Education, Health and Care Plan.
How is top up funding allocated by the local authority?
Government guidance says schools should provide up to the first £6,000 of additional or different support for those children who need it. This includes pupils with an Education Health and Care Plan.
For Children and Young People, who have an EHCP, top up funding is allocated by the Local Authority. It is based on where the child or young person lives, even if they attend a school or college in a different area outside of Staffordshire.
What is the amount of top up funding based on?
The amount of top up funding is based on:
• A child or young person’s special educational needs, and
• the level of support required to achieve the outcomes detailed in their Education Health and Care Plan.

Why is the Education Banding Tool being introduced?
We are introducing an Education Banding Tool to help us to calculate top up funding in a fair and consistent way. The tool allows us to:
• make calculations based on the support a child or young person needs to meet their educational outcomes and
• to secure the special educational provision to meet their special education needs as detailed in their Education Health and Care Plan.
How does it work?
The Education Banding Tool uses a needs profile. This captures a child or young person’s special educational needs using the information in their Education Health and Care Plan. The scored answers in the needs profile are used to calculate an individualised funding band for each child or young person. This is based on a complete picture of their needs linked to the four areas of need as detailed in the SEND Code of Practice.
What are the benefits of the Education Banding Tool?
Staffordshire carried out research on ways of funding before moving ahead with the Education Banding Tool. We wanted a tool which can accurately capture each child or young person’s needs. A key benefit of the Education Banding Tool is that it:
• looks at the holistic needs of the child and young person and
• provides a fair and consistent way of calculating funding which can be revisited when a child or young person’s needs change.
The Education Banding Tool will be used across all sectors of education. We want to reassure parents, carers, children and young people that this is a needs led tool. It is not about reducing funding but making it fair across the whole system.
How are views represented and updates provided?
We recognise that there is much work to be completed before the Education Banding Tool can become live. To ensure that all views are represented, we are drawing on the skills and knowledge of many partners. Representatives from parents, carers, schools and further education sit on the Project Steering Group and the Implementation Reference Group who will track progress of the project.
Part of the Group’s remit will be:
• to develop the Education Banding Tool and
• support the Local Authority to agree the processes to achieve fair funding arrangements for all children and young people with an Education Health and Care Plan
Regular updates will also be provided at Schools Forum, Schools E-bag, Local Offer, Parent/Carer Forum and via the SEND and Inclusion Hubs.
We understand that the introduction of the Education Banding Tool may raise lots of questions. There will be opportunities for parents, carers, children, and young people to share their views so please recheck these pages on the Local Offer for updates.
Launch event
Partners from Education Providers were recently invited to a live launch of the Education Banding Tool. A video of the launch event can be viewed. Presentation slides and questions and answers raised at the live launch are also available below or as a downloadable PDF.
https://www.staffordshireconnects.info/kb5/staffordshire/directory/advice.page?id=Zl4zG1wL0dU

Education Banding Tool Launch | Staffordshire Connects Staffordshire County Council Local Authority is aiming to introduce a new Education Banding Tool.   This will support the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Team to calculate the education costs of the “top up” funding for children and young people with an Education Health and Care Pla...

11/02/2021

PLEASE NOTE:- Unfortunately due to lack of responses, we have had to cancel two of the 'Looking After Yourself' workshops see flyer below.

There are still a few places remaining on;

5th March 10am - 11.30am session.

If you would like to book a place please email;
[email protected]

PLEASE NOTE:- Unfortunately due to lack of responses, we have had to cancel two of the 'Looking After Yourself' workshops see flyer below.

There are still a few places remaining on;

5th March 10am - 11.30am session.

If you would like to book a place please email;
[email protected]

[02/10/21]   NEW TIME! 1.30pm - 2.30pm

WELLNESS WEDNESDAY!

We know it’s a difficult time right now for everyone, we also understand it can be particularly stressful for parents of children with SEND who are in lockdown.
Parents have told us how much they appreciate being able to chat to other parents who are in similar situations to them, so we have been running informal sessions each week.
There’s no agenda this is just an informal opportunity to chat to other parents, make friends, support each other share tips, cry, laugh or just sit and listen and be listened to.

Continuing after half term

Wednesday 24th February 2021

at the NEW TIME of 1.30pm -2.30pm

via microsoft teams

It doesn’t matter if your children are sitting on your knee, running around in the background or sitting quietly by your side.

If you’d like to join us, please email;

[email protected]

you will then be sent you a joining link.

If something unexpected comes up (as often does) and you can’t make it on the day, don’t worry, you can always join another session.

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