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Here is the 18th issue of our Parents Newsletter. I hope you all had

an enjoyable Christmas and the New Year is being kind to you. The

Parent Carer Forum have had a busy few months since the last

issue - we had the PCF event in November alongside the monthly

meetings of the Parent Carer Forum and other groups. We are also

currently planning and designing some new training for Parent

Carers who may wish to expand their knowledge. We are hoping to

have a large range of speakers from across services and

community projects across the borough. Details, dates and times

will be advertised via the Data Hub, Facebook page and web page.

Like us on Facebook

@ facebook.com/wiganparentforum where we upload lots of

interesting information and articles.

WIGAN PARENT CARER FORUM

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February 2016

SEN & D

Special

Education

Needs &

Disability

Meeting third Tuesday of the month term time only

For venue and times contact Embrace on 01942 233323

IN THIS ISSUE:

Duke of Edinburgh - Embrace

2

Wigan Early Years Key

Working Service

3

It’s Better Together

3

Embrace Events

4

Wigan Early Years Key

Working Service

Leisure For All

5

6

support and advice for

families

th

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

from 1pm to 6.30pm at Leigh Sports Village.

Leisure For All - Skate Night

7

Hop, Skip & Jump

8

Stephanie - Supported

Internship

9

help for school leavers

Transition-Beyond-Event

It’s Better Together

9

@TransitionEvent

Wigan and Leigh Carers

Centre

10

You are invited to this event on:

Frankies

11

Disability Data Hub

12

Wigan

carer


Duke

of Edinburgh

Embrace run our Duke of Edinburgh

sessions every Wednesday during the

school term. Anyone can attend our

sessions and we will do our best to support

them through their award. As a group we

are constantly adapting and changing to

provide the best environment for the young

people in the borough of Wigan and Leigh

to complete their awards.

We believe that doing this award has

significant benefits to everyone who

attends including making friends, learning

new skills and improved confidence and

self-esteem.

Our group has limited places so it is difficult

to fit everyone in and there is always a high

demand. We believe this is evidence of the

good work we are doing and we hope to

continue improving this group for many

years to come.

Holly’s Blog

My blog on my experience at Duke of Edinburgh: I started Duke of Edinburgh

as a participant doing my awards. I was shy at first and did not want to join in

or do anything. I had no confidence in myself and I refused to do everything. I

sat on my own in the corner but then I started getting a bit more confidence in

myself and started trying really hard. I tried the best I could but it was hard for

me, but I did it in my own way and in my own time with the help of Chris

Hamnett and Michelle Ryan who run it all.

Also, all the volunteers who helped me, like

Francesca Turrisi who helped me while I was

doing my awards. I have got my silver and gold

awards now and it was worth it. I am now using

all my experience to help others get their

awards and for them to know that I did it so

they can do it too! I still need a bit more

confidence in my life and to believe in myself,

but I know I can do it with everyone at Duke

of Edinburgh as we are all one big family

and are all there to help each other.

From Holly X

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Special Educational Needs & Disability Newsletter

ISSUE 18

February 2016


Wigan Early Years

Key Working

Service

In order to promote and encourage a holistic Key Working approach to offering

support to children with additional needs and their families, Wigan Council’s

Special Education Needs and Disability (SEND) Team are continuing to provide

an Early Years Key Working Service.

The Early Years Key Working Service is available for families who have children

between 0-5 years old who have been identified as having additional needs;

however, children are not required to have a formal diagnosis in order to meet

the eligibility criteria. Families must live within the Wigan and Leigh borough

and have ongoing advocacy needs in which the Early Years Key Working

Service can support with. The child must also be receiving support from two or

more services from across Education, Health and Care to meet their individual

needs. Examples may include paediatricians, speech and language

therapists, physiotherapists, educational psychologists or social workers.

An Early Years Key Workers primary role is to ensure that the support and

services a family receive are coordinated and to act as a single point of

contact that the family can approach for practical and emotional support.

Some of the functions that an Early Years Key Worker may support with

include attending appointments, meetings and reviews, informing families

of benefit entitlements and completing applications for these, supporting

families to submit grant applications for specialist aids and equipment,

making referrals to specialist services across Education, Health, Care and

Leisure, supporting families to submit their views, wishes and aspirations

as part of processes and assessments and developing and implementing

low level interventions such as visual timetables and reward charts.

If a family wish to access the Early Years Key Working Service they can

request for a professional who knows their child well to make a referral

into the service (a referral form can be requested from Matt Lowe, Key

Working Coordinator)

If you would like more information about the Early Years Key Working

Service or you are a professional who would like to discuss an

individual case, please do not hesitate to contact Matt Lowe on 01942

486780 or matt.lowe@wigan.gov.uk. The document ‘Wigan Early

Years Key Working Service: Information for Parents and Carers’ can

be made available on request and will be available to access on the

local offer in the near future.

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EMBRACE WIGAN AND LEIGH

EVENTS SUMMER 2016

This summer we have two fantastic events coming up in Wigan

so please either call us on 01942 233323 or visit our website to

book your place!*:

Stars in Their Pies:

www.embracewiganandleigh.org.uk/stars

Lancashire Do

www.embracewiganandleigh.org.uk/lancashire

* Tickets sell fast so please book early - Our online ticket bookings are

taken through PayPal

The table layout for Stars in Their

Pies 2016 - We are again holding

the event at St Peter’s Paviion,

Hurst Street, Hindley.

We have full use of the large

stage area and bar on the night.

BA

Our 2015 Stars in Their Pies photos - we

had a fully sold out event with fantastic acts

performing from The Blues Brothers to

Steps and Oasis!

This year we have a whole new line up of

stars performing, including some fantastic

surprises!

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Special Educational Needs & Disability Newsletter

February 2016


STAGE

EXIT

RECEPTION

Embrace Wigan and Leigh is a local user-led organisation which works

with a whole variety of people at different stages of their lives. We assist

people with any disability of any age to ensure they have a voice to be

heard, a life to live and a community that values them.

EXIT

We help families of children who have been newly diagnosed with

a disability, right through to connecting adults together through

our many projects that truly make a difference.

We reduce loneliness and isolation, help families who are in

real crisis to become a family again and support individuals

and families to navigate their way through ‘service land’.

Disability will affect every person in one form or another

at some point in their lives, and is a subject that

everyone at Embrace is passionate about. We are a

small local charity that makes a BIG difference.

Just £5 - The Lancashire Do includes a Hot

Pot Supper!

Our Lancashire Do is a fun packed musical

event with local musicians Ken Scally,

Colin Winstanley and Lawrence Hoy

playing old favourite Lancashire tunes!

The venue is the Sacred Heart Social Club

in Springfield on Sunday 28th February

2016.

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Leisure For All East

We have planned the activities for the Easter 2016 break. If you would like to apply for places on any of the

activities please contact Kelly or Lynne on 01942 486062 or 01942 486236 or email k.piper@wigan.gov.uk,

lynne.harrison@wigan.gov.uk before 12 noon on Friday 26th February 2016.

Please note: Whilst we try to accommodate everyone’s requests, due to the volume of requests we receive it is

not always possible to give everyone their first choice, we therefore recommend that you give more than one

date.

WEEK 1

Activity

Details Times Cost

Tuesday

29th March

Penson St, Arts & Crafts

Activity Day

Various arts and crafts activities at Penson St.

Packed lunch required

9:30am – 4pm

£13

Wednesday

30th March

Thursday

31st March

Friday

1st April

Penson St, Space

Multi-sensory

Knowsley Safari Park

Penson St, Hop, Skip and

Jump Visit

We will leave Penson St at 8:45am for a two hr session at Space

Multi-Sensory before returning to Penson St for lunch and the

afternoon. Wheelchair accessible transport provided.

Packed lunch and drinks required.

We will leave and return to Robin Park Arena car park on

wheelchair accessible transport.

Packed lunch and drinks required.

We will walk to the Youth Zone to use Hop, Skip and Jump

multi-sensory room and soft play / ball pool area for 2 hrs. We will

have sole use of these areas.

Packed lunch and drinks required.

8:45am – 4pm

9:30am – 4:30pm

9:30am – 3:30pm

£23

£17

£14

WEEK 2

Activity

Details Times Cost

Monday

4th April

Penson St, Baking Activity

Day

The group will shop for ingredients before making treats to take

home and share. Packed lunch and drinks required.

9:30am – 4pm

£14.50

(includes

Tuesday

5th April

Cinema and Pizza Hut

(approx.) definite times to be confirmed once cinema releases film

times. Lunch provided.

12noon – 4pm

Ingrediants)

£15

Wednesday

6th April

Thursday

7th April

Friday

8th April

Lowry Theatre

Horrible Histories

St Helens Theatre

Peter Pan

Penson St, Activity Day

(local walks etc)

Groovy Greeks and Incredible Invaders. We will leave and return to

Robin Park arena car park on wheelchair accessible transport.

Please have lunch before arriving for activity. Spending money

may be brought for a programme / refreshments.

Easter Panto of a classic story. We will leave from and return to

Robin Park Arena car park on wheelchair accessible transport.

Spending money may be brought for a programme / refreshments.

Packed lunch suitable to eat on the mini bus and drink (no cans)

required.

Out for walks in Mesnes Park, Haigh Hall and local area.

Packed lunch and drinks required.

12:45pm – 6:15pm

11:30am – 4:30pm

9:30am – 3:30pm

£18

£15

£12

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February 2016


er Break Activities

We have planned the activities for the Whit Week 2016 break. If you would like to apply for places on any of the

activities please contact Kelly or Lynne on 486062 or 486236 or email k.piper@wigan.gov.uk,

lynne.harrison@wigan.gov.uk before 12 noon on Friday 29th April 2016.

Please note: Whilst we try to accommodate everyone’s requests, due to the volume of requests we receive, it is

not always possible to give everyone their first choice, we therefore recommend that you give more than one

date.

Activity

Details Times Cost

Tuesday

31st May

Wednesday

1st June

Penson St, Hop, Skip and

Jump Session

Penson St, Activity Day

we will walk to the Youth Zone to use Hop, Skip and Jump

multi-sensory room and soft play / ball pool area for 2 hrs. We will

have sole use of these areas. Packed lunch and drinks required.

On and off-site activities, arts and crafts, DVD’s, local walks etc.

Packed lunch and drinks required.

9:30am – 4pm

9:30am – 4pm

£15

£13

Thursday

2nd June

Friday

3rd June

Blackpool Zoo

Penson St, Ten Pin Bowling

Watch the shows and see the wide variety of animals at Blackpool

Zoo. We will leave from and return to Robin Park arena car park

on accessible transport.

Packed lunch and drinks required.

Penson St and optional Ten Pin Bowling. The group will walk to

and from the Bowling Alley.

Packed lunch and drinks required.

9:30am – 4pm

9:30am – 3:30pm

£19

£12+

£6 if

bowling

Leisure for All Skate Night

In 2016, Leisure for All will again operate Skate Nights on the following Tuesdays:

• 9th February

• 29th March

• 10th May

• 21st June

• 26th July – during the summer holidays

• 30th August – during the summer holidays

• 11th October

• 13th December – Christmas Jumper night

Skate Nights run from 6:30pm – 9pm. There is full wheelchair access including a hygiene suite with hoist.

There is a small snack bar serving refreshments. The cost is £6 per child / young person. This includes one free

friend, carer, parent or PA. All other skaters are £6 each. Family and friends are welcome.

For further details, please contact Kelly or Lynne on 01942 486062 / 486236.

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Come Along to

EVENTS SUMMER 2016

Hop Skip & Jump

EMBRACE WIGAN AND LEIGH

This summer we have two fantastic events coming up in Wigan

so please either call us on 01942 233323 or visit our website to

Hop book Skip your and place!*: Jump provide flexible and immediate respite care for

children and young adults. We have four large centres (Bristol,

Cheltenham, Stars in Their Swindon Pies: and Wigan), providing a variety of indoor and

outdoor www.embracewiganandleigh.org.uk/stars

activities to engage and inspire children with disabilities and

special educational needs.

Lancashire Do

At Hop www.embracewiganandleigh.org.uk/lancashire

Skip and Jump, children and adult users experience a sense

of space and freedom within a safe, supervised environment where

* Tickets sell fast so please book early - Our online ticket bookings are

they are actively encouraged to take part in activities that build

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self-confidence, social skills and self-esteem. Our high quality care

provides parents and carers with some much needed respite: time to

rest; spend time with their other children; or simply go for a coffee

with friends.

There are no waiting lists for respite care at HS&J – it’s a flexible

system where you can drop in for just an hour or for a whole day if

that’s what you need. Our experienced staff members work closely

with parents, care workers and local authorities to ensure that every

parent receives the full range of support services to which they are

entitled.

HS&J’s simple vision is to prevent family collapse, to encourage and

promote the development of children with disabilities and special

needs, and, most importantly, to provide the highest quality respite

care for those who need it most.

The table layout for Stars in Their

Pies for 2016 - We are again

holding the event at St Peter’s

Paviion, Hurst Street Hindley.

We have full use of the large

stage area and bar on the night.

OPENING TIMES

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

PRICE LIST*

1:1

1:2

1:3

9:00 - 18:00

9:00 - 20:00

9:00 - 20:00

9:00 - 18:00

9:00 - 18:00

9:00 - 17:00

Closed

£14.00 per hour

£7.50 per hour

£5.00 per hour

BAR

Here at Hop Skip and Jump, Wigan we have; huge soft-play, kitchen and utility

equipment, changing facilities, two sensory rooms, ball pool and more, we also

offer alternative education!

Our 2015 Stars in Their Pies photos - we

had a fully sold out event with fantastic acts

performing from The Blues Brothers, to

Steps and Oasis!

Every Tuesday

4:00pm -7:30pm

Ages 5-12 years

Arts & Crafts, Sports, Games, Baking and much more on offer.

Parents, carers & sibings are welcome to stay.

This year we have a whole new line up of

stars performing, including some fantastic

surprises!

Contact the centre for more information:

Parent and Toddler Group

073980 14948

Every Wednesday

9:30am - 11:30am

£5 per session

Messy play, Sensory play, Music & Movement

and full use of the centre.

Contact the centre for more information:

Senior Nights

073980 14948

Every Wednesday

4:00pm - 7:30pm

Come and join in with our many activities or simply chill out in our centre.

*(Price increase due 1st January 2016,

please enquire for more details)

Support in lower ratios - £5.00 per hour

After School Club - £14.00 per

session

(After school until 6pm) including a

meal

Stay & Play - £5.00 per family

Drop in (Individuals, schools, groups)

£5.00 per hour/young person,

£2.00 per hour/adult

Transport – 90p per mile (in addition

to above fees)

www.hopskipandjump.org.uk

FREE FIRST TASTER HOUR!

Drumcoon House

Parsons Walk

Wigan

WN1 1RU

Contact the centre for more information:

073980 14948

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STAGE

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Hello, my name is

Stephanie Howard and I am

the Supported Internship

Coordinator for the Wigan

and Leigh area. Please read

below a brief overview of a

Supported Internship and

who is eligible.

Embrace Wigan and Leigh is a local user-led organisation which works

with a whole variety of people at different stages of their lives. We assist

people with any disability of any age to ensure they have a voice to be

heard, a life to live and a community that values them.

Confident Place, Confident People

We help families of children who have been newly diagnosed with

If you require any further information,

a disability, right through to connecting adults together through

please contact me on 01942 877715 or

our many projects that truly make a difference.

07921 887147 or alternately you can

e-mail

steph.howard@supportedinternship.org We reduce loneliness and isolation, help families who are in

STEPHANIE

Howard

A Supported Internship is a programme of study and vocational work

experience specifically aimed at young people aged 16 to 24 who

have a statement of special educational needs, a Learning Difficulty

Assessment or an EHC plan, who want to move into employment

and need extra support to do so. All young people deserve the

opportunity to develop their skills and experience and achieve the

qualifications they need to succeed in their careers. The

overwhelming majority of young people with special educational

needs are capable of sustainable paid employment given the right

preparation and support and all professionals working with them

should share this presumption.

Supported Internships are individually structured programmes of

study with young people undertaking supported work placement

activity (minimum 6 months) with employers. The aim of

Supported Internships is to prepare young people with learning

difficulties and/or disabilities for paid employment by supporting

them to develop the skills and experience required by employers.

This also enables them to demonstrate their value within a

workplace and develops their confidence in their own abilities to

perform successfully at work.

WHY NOT GET INVOLVED WITH

Gain valuable experience

real crisis become a family again and support individuals

and families to navigate their way through ‘service land’.

Give back to your

community

Just £5 - The Lancashire Do includes a Hot

Pot Supper!

Wigan & Leigh

Disability will affect every person in one form or another

at some point in their lives, and is a subject that

everyone A at volunteer’s Embrace is passionate Perspective about. We are a

small local charity that makes a BIG difference.

I went back into education two years ago and

realised that gaining some practical experience to

go alongside my Health and Social Care course

was something I wanted to do. It is then that I came

to Embrace and became involved with the Duke of

Edinburgh Award scheme.

From this point on I have learnt about the families

and individuals in Wigan who need help accessing

services and general activities.

I have now started doing work for an ongoing project

called ‘It’s Better Together’ which connects people

together who are lonely, isolated or have a disability.

I enjoy helping to match people up and access their

community to gain independence and confidence.

Finding the right match really gives me a great sense

of achievement.

Tanya Ash

Our Lancashire Do is a fun packed musical

event with local musicians Ken Scally,

Colin Winstanley and Lawrence Hoy

playing old favourite Lancashire tunes!

The Supported Internship is a one year course that combines

real life workplace learning, along with classroom based

education including vocational qualifications alongside English,

Maths and employability skills equipping young people with a

rounded learning experience and the essential skills they need

for work and where relevant will enable the young person to

move into sustainable, paid employment.

The venue is the Sacred Heart Social Club

in Springfield on Sunday 28th February

2016.

e-mail: ibt@embracewiganandleigh.org.uk

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Wigan and Leigh Carers Centre

Carers Autism Support Group

Do you look after someone with Autism? Here at Wigan and Leigh Carers Centre we hold a

Carers Autism Support group every 4th Friday of the month from 10am to 12pm. The group

provides an opportunity to meet other carers, to exchange ideas, information and offer

support to each other. On occasions there will be guest speakers invited to the group to talk

about topics of interest. It is a relaxed and informal group, and open to all family carers.

Please just come along, if you would like more information about the group please contact

Carmen or Anne at Wigan and Leigh Carers Centre on 01942 705959.

Opportunities for carers to join in and learn something new

Wigan and Leigh Carers Centre new training programme is now available for registered

carers to access a wide range of training and activities. Over the next couple of month’s new

opportunities include Introduction to Nail Art, Moving and Assisting sessions, Stress Buster 3

week course.

We are also delighted to offer family members who care for someone with a learning disability

and or autism the opportunity to come along to the new Introduction to Mind fullness session

on Thursday 24th March.

To find out what’s available please visit Wigan and Leigh Carers Centre website

www.wiganandleighcarerscentre.org.uk or contact Gail Byrne on 01942 705959 .Alternatively

you can request a training programme by emailing gail@wiganandleighcarerscentre.org.uk

Is there any short courses at your local high school or community centre you would like to

access, if so there may be funding available.

Training from External

Providers

Did you know… the Carers centre can also refer

carers to access free training relating to your

caring role from the Talent and Learning section at

Wigan Council? For more information contact Gail

on the above number.

Registered Charity Number: 1138908

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Designed by Donna Andrusyak

Social Evening for Adults with Disabilities

Just be yourself!

We also have access to a

sensory room, communal

room and quiet rooms.

We cater for ages 17-80

Bring your own support!

Contact

Lesley - 07799 054923

Carol - 07725 305435

Join us each

Thursday

from 4.30pm-7.30pm

for fun, chat, crafts, pool, karaoke

.. and a chance to meet your mates!

NO PRESSURE!

It costs just £4.00 subs

We are based at Broadmead Day Centre, Golborne Road, Golborne.

SNACKS

• Beans/ravioli on toast-£1.00

• Hot/cold drinks-50p each.

• Cakes/yoghurts 50p each.

Disability DataHub

The Children Act 1989 requires that every local authority maintains a register of children and young people with disabilities

living in its area, in order to help plan for future services and ensure families receive up to date appropriate information. In

Wigan this was formerly known as the CDR (Children’s Disability Register).

What information will it hold?

It will hold data on your child such as: name, date of birth, address, ethnicity, gender, child’s disability / additional need and

the services they receive.

Plus some basic details about you such as: name and address (if different to your child) and if

applicable an e-mail address.

Inclusion on the database is voluntary and all personal information is kept confidential.

Names can be deregistered at any time.

Who will have access to my information?

Wigan Council and NHS Ashton, Leigh and Wigan will have access to your information, but this will be on a need to know

basis only.*

What are the benefits?

You will receive up-to-date information.

We will be able to consult with you on the development of disability services.

We will have better information that can be used

to plan the right services for the right people.

If you do not start to receive emails from me within a fortnight of registering please send an email to liz.saunders@

wigan.gov.uk stating your child’s name and D.O.B. to ensure I have the correct address.

The Data Hub Form is available on the back page

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Data Hub for Children and Young People with a Disability / Additional Needs

Registration Form

Details of Child

First Name:

Date of birth:

Surname:

Gender:

Address:

Post Code:

Ethnicity:

Details of Primary Carer

First Name:

Relationship

to Child:

Address:

Surname:

Gender:

Post Code:

Ethnicity:

Tel Number:

Email:

First Language:

Mobile Number:

If you do not start to receive emails from me within a fortnight of registering please send an email to

l.saunders@wigan.gov.uk stating your child’s name and D.O.B. to ensure I have the correct address.

Disability/Additional Needs

In what ways does your child’s disability / additional need affect them? (tick all that apply)

Physically Learning Sensory Behavioural / Emotional

Other (please state)

Does your child have a formal diagnosis? Yes No

If yes, what is this

Does your child have a Statement of Educational Need or EHC plan Yes

No

The data will be held by Wigan Council and shared with professionals across the local authority and health service to

assist with planning and providing services. Information will be shared on a need to know basis only. By registering on

the Data Hub you are recognised as participants of the Wigan Parent/Carer Forum.

Please sign to agree to your data being stored by Wigan Council

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DATE

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Please return to: Parent Participation, Platt Bridge Community Zone,

81 Ribble Road, Platt Bridge, WN2 5EG

February 2016

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