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Our October E- Bulletin has been released!

Discover the latest news, school updates, cost of living support, training opportunities, guidance and accessible activities for children and young people with SEND in Wolverhampton.

Don't miss out and sign up to our E- Bulletin mailing list via: https://wolvesiass.org/ebulletin.html

View the full article at: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKWCC/bulletins/32b5225

Its your last change to register for our tomorrow's 10am webinar detailing 'The Graduated Approach for SEN Support'.

Discover what support should be in place for children with SEND in a mainstream nursery, primary, secondary or college setting:


Do you dream of a career in the theatre and arts industry?

Gazebo theatre supports unemployed Wolverhampton 18- 24 year olds through mentoring, training and accredited qualifications to find their ideal career.

Email [email protected] for more information.

Treat yourself to the magic of musical with the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre's accessible performances upcoming for the remainder of 2022.

Performances including The Commitments, The Cher Show and Aladdin offer BSL, audio described, relaxed and captioned performances to make theatre accessible to the whole community.

Book your tickets at: https://www.grandtheatre.co.uk/access/

Feature Friday! We want to celebrate the organisations and schemes which are available in supporting the needs of children and Young People of our wonderful city!

The Challenging Behaviour Foundation offers parents of children with severe learning difficulties valuable information on specific challenging behaviours and what strategies can be implemented to reduce and minimise such behaviours including self injury, spitting, running off, sexualised behaviour and Pica.

Find out more at: https://www.challengingbehaviour.org.uk/understanding-challenging-behaviour/specific-behaviours/

Join the Wolves IASS on 13 Oct at 10am for our free webinar detailing the EHCP Annual Review process.

Discover more about the process, who is involved and what you should expect to happen.

Register for free at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ehcp-annual-review-the-process-and-outcomes-tickets-403416548757

Wolves IASS are here to detail the meanings and processes behind frequently used terms to help you navigate the support your family needs.

If you need our support, please contact 01902 556945 or email [email protected]

Switch midlands are delivering professional coaching programmes to teaching staff through their 'Switch On Schools'.

Staff in pastoral, mental health and inclusion roles will receive monthly 1:1 coaching to develop their skills in supporting students emotional wellbeing.

Find out more at: https://switchmidlands.com/support-for-school-staff/

The Cost of Living Crisis disproportionally affects families with disabled children who simply cannot stop using energy for essential equipment such as electric wheelchairs, oxygen machines, feeding pumps or nebulisers.

Sense has launched its Cost of Living Support Fund to help families in need by distributing grants of up to £500. Applications close 30 September.

Find out more and check if your family is eligible at: https://www.sense.org.uk/our-services/sense-cost-of-living-support-fund/

Join Wolves IASS on 4 Oct at 10am for our free webinar detailing 'The Graduated Approach for SEN Support'.

Find out more about what support should be in place for children with special educational needs in a mainstream nursery, primary, secondary or college setting.

Understand graduated approach to identifying a child or young person’s needs, planning and implementing support and how it is monitored.

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-graduated-approach-for-send-support-tickets-403380681477

Connexions Wolverhampton host regular drop in sessions at IGNITE on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10am to 1pm.

Team members are on hand to offer advice, information and guidance for young people aged 16-19 (up to 25 with a learning difficulty or disability) to help them with their future options after leaving education.

For more info, call the team on 01902 554499 or visit: https://www.wolvesworkbox.com/directory/organisations/connexions.html?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

If you are struggling with your mental health currently, there are many organisations across the country, available both online and by telephone that can offer around the clock support and guidance.

Don't suffer in silence. Reach out and contact any of the following organisations.

Join the Wolves Foundation Head 4 Health Coffee afternoon taking place at Molineux stadium on 4 October.

For further details, contact Email - [email protected]
Call - 07443 268842 or 07423 687464

Switch Midlands are delivering a free course over October for young people aged over 16 for help with their next steps in education, training or work.

Attendees to the programme will achieve an Open Awards Accreditation and gain valuable skills in positive communication, CV writing and interview techniques.

To register visit: https://switchmidlands.com/post16/

With autism affecting one in every 100 children, discover BBC's top tips to support your child's schooling; including routine, visual cues, preparation of change, environment and communication.

Read the article at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zb7vn9q?fbclid=IwAR2bmo-VWrvuQ-Ok7X4rgf17VPyn5yUnMLLsl8pls13F-dmB59-OLfizcGI

Children aged 8 - 15 years old and living in Wolverhampton can swim for free at WV Active Centres!

Simply bring your recent City of Wolverhampton Council Tax bill to a centre reception to register your child.

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Cerebra offers a library postal service where families can access sensory toys, equipment, communication aids and children's books.

The service is free for anyone in the UK caring for a child with a brain condition and is easy to use.

There are also books for adults on a range of topics relating to brain conditions and additional needs.

To find out more visit: https://cerebra.org.uk/get-advice-support/library/


Through Access to Work, disabled people can benefit from grants to cover the cost of specialist equipment needed to support them to do their job.

A passport can offered to students who already receive extra support while studying at university, capturing information about their condition and the adjustments they already benefit from, avoiding repetitive disclosures when it comes to applying for the grant once they start work.

Find out more at: https://www.gov.uk/access-to-work


Feature Friday! We want to celebrate the organisations that are available to the young people of our wonderful city!

The Witherslack Group welcome parents and carers of children with ASC to attend their 27 Sept 10am session on 'Understanding Autism Within the Family'.

The webinar offers advice and top tips on helping family members understand and embrace your child's autism traits & behaviours, to foster positive sibling relationships and enjoy whole-family participation.

Register for free at: https://www.witherslackgroup.co.uk/resources/understanding-autism-within-the-family/?utm_campaign=Understanding%20Autism%20Within%20The%20Family&utm_content=264168624&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&hss_channel=tw-540772830


IPSEA have over 20 template letters available on their website to support parents and carers of children with SEND in making requests; including request for EHC Needs assessment, asking for help in exams and asking for an early annual review.

Access the resources at: https://www.ipsea.org.uk/model-letters


If you are a teacher or learning assistant staff the ADHD Foundation offers guidance on how to support learning, achievement & well being for pupils with ADHD.

Access at:https://www.adhdfoundation.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/ADHD_Found_Takeda_RefocusingOnADHDInEducation.pdf


If you are a child, young person, or you are supporting a child who has experienced the loss of a loved one, Child Bereavement UK offers a live chat service on its website, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm:

Access at: https://www.childbereavementuk.org/


Feature Friday! We want to celebrate the organisations that are available to the young people of our wonderful city!

With many families struggling with household bills rising and the winter months closing in, Contact offers families its 'cost of living advice'.

Find out what government support is available, help with your household bills, energy saving tips, welfare benefits, dealing with debt and available grant:



IASS will be holding drop in sessions and workshops each month for parents and carers whose children have or may have additional needs at Low Hill Family Hub.

Our 21 September session includes 'how to prepare for a meeting' and 17 October session is 'positive communication'.

Book your place at: https://wolvesiass.org/iass-training-events.html


Many children may experience anxiety in the new school year, but for children with SEND, this can be a particular challenge.

IPSEA offers parents and carers its guidance on school anxiety, how you can help and what to do next: https://www.ipsea.org.uk/school-anxiety


Parents and carers of children transitioning to secondary school in September 2024 are encouraged to complete the application for school preferences. Schools across the city will be holding open events.

Application deadline is 31 October 2023. Dates and applications can be accessed at: https://www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/education-and-schools/school-admissions


‘How to share your views in your EHCP annual review’ is a resource created by a member of the Council For Disabled Children youth advisory group FLARE.

It provides advice to children and young people for annual review meetings & how to prepare for them.

Find out more at:https://councilfordisabledchildren.org.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/files/CYP.4pp.HI-RES.pdf


Across Wolverhampton, residents can access community shops offering discounted foods to support families to be to be more resourceful with their incomes during the challenges linked to the cost of living.

Shops are located in Bushbury, Bilston, Low Hill, Eastfield, with new stores opening soon.

View at: https://www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/cost-of-living-support/community-shops


Feature Friday! We want to celebrate the support which is available to the young people of our wonderful city!

For a child with additional needs, School anxiety which leads to non- attendance can be a challenge at the start of a new school term.

BBC Bitesize details the possible causes, how this can present, what you can do and further support.

Read at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zdkn3qt


Join the Wolves IASS this Autumn for our webinar events!

Topics include Introduction to IASS, the Graduated Approach, understanding EHCP's and annual reviews as well as Makaton signing parent session.

Book your free place at: https://www.wolvesiass.org/iass-training-events.html


With this being the first week back to school for many children, it may bring its own challenges for a pupil with Autism.

The National Autistic Society have some really useful guidance to support parents and carers with topics around education including break times, homework, exams, extra help and resolving differences.

Access at: https://www.autism.org.uk/advice-and-guidance/topics/education


Our September 2023 E- Bulletin has been released!

Discover the latest IASS training opportunities, community events, information resources and back to school support for children and young people with SEND in Wolverhampton.

View the full article at: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKWCC/bulletins/36d577d


IASS will be holding drop in sessions and workshops each month for parents and carers whose children have or may have additional needs at Low Hill Family Hub.

Our upcoming sessions include 'how to prepare for a meeting' and 'positive communication'.

Book your place at: https://wolvesiass.org/iass-training-events.html


Feature Friday! We want to celebrate the organisations that are available to the families of our wonderful city!

The start of the school year can be an exciting time but may also cause anxiety and concerns for many children with special educational needs and their families.

Parents and carers may find the IPSEA Back to School Hub helpful. Covering topics including setting support, transport, without a placement, exclusion, transitions and school anxiety.

Access at: https://www.ipsea.org.uk/Pages/Category/back-to-school-hub


Join the Wolves IASS this Autumn for our webinar events!

Topics include Introduction to IASS, the Graduated Approach, understanding the EHCP process and annual reviews as well as Makaton signing parent session.

Book your place at: https://www.wolvesiass.org/iass-training-events.html


On Sunday 3 September, Cineworld Cinema in Bentley Bridge Wednesfield will be hosting an Autism Friendly screening at 11:00am of ‘Barbie’.

During the film lighting will be kept on during the screening, volume levels will be reduced and there will be no advertisements or trailers. Seating will not be allocated. Customers are allowed to bring in their own food.

Book your tickets: https://experience.cineworld.co.uk/select-tickets?sitecode=025&site=025&id=225741&lang=en-GB


The City of Wolverhampton Council has distributed toothbrushes and toothpaste for vulnerable families and groups at locations across the city.

Simply call the reception desks across any of the highlighted locations below, and staff will be able to provide you and family members in your household with a toothbrush and toothpaste each.


Feature Friday! We want to celebrate the organisations that are available to the children of our wonderful city!

Adaptive Clothing UK provides accessible clothing items for toddlers and children. Products are developed to meet a range of a specialist needs. Items include swimsuits, school wear, onesies, t- shirts and leggings.

View at: https://adaptiveclothing.uk/


Good luck to all Wolverhampton pupils collecting their GCSE results today!

There are lots of avenues open to you and to help you make the right choice Wolves Workbox Career Advisors are available throughout the summer at The Way Youth Zone.

Find out more at: https://www.wolvesworkbox.com/events/index.html


From September 2023 Zebra Access offers online courses in BSL levels 1,2 and 3, as well as free BSL classes for parents and carer's of a deaf child.

For further information email [email protected]


CAMHS are running a series of free virtual workshops to help parents and carers support their child in navigating mental health challenges.

This is open to any parent or Carer with a young person accessing Black Country CAMHS services.

Sessions include anxiety, self harm, OCD, depression, trauma and communication. To book call Andrea on 01902 444021.


The Witherslack Group offers parents and carers its 30 August webinar on 'preparing your child for the new term'.

The free session will offer strategies and advice to enable a positive start to the new term for your child. Understand likely responses, ideas to build positive relationships and tips to help your child succeed in their learning:



Throughout August Wolves at Work is hosting drop in sessions for you to develop your skills in preparing for interviews.

Available every Tuesday 9:30am to 12:30pm at The Way Youth Zone.

For further details access: https://wolvesworkbox.com/events/

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