Join us at our evening discussion group

March 28th 2019!


What does this All mean ?

We have asked for the Local Authority to attend one of our discussion group so that they can explain to you what it is , what it looks like and to answer questions that you may have.

The Ready Reckoner is a new tool that the Local Authority have introduced and will be using this tool to help cost out what is written into EHC plans. We have been invited to have a Parent Rep take part in a Quality Assurance group where the group will look to see how the tool is working etc .

The Local Authority also would like to get feedback about the SEND Cluster Fund. This is a new fund that the LA are trialing to a cluster of schools with the view that the cluster of schools will use this funding at an earlier stage ( support provided by schools known as SEN Support) to help meet needs of children with SEND. Sorry this part of the meeting has been to cancelled due to very low numbers

Want to find out more ?


28th March 2019


Doors open at 6.45pm for 7 pm start - Finish 9pm


Baileys Court Community Centre

Baileys Court Road, Bradley Stoke, Bristol BS32 8BH

Bookings now closed

What do you need to know about transition planning into adulthood?

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Booking line now open

As our children get older, they will move out of children’s health, social care and education services into adulthood. Services will expect them to make decisions for themselves wherever possible. But what do we do as Parents and Carers to help our children ?

We are Teaming up with the transitions team from South Gloucetsreshire Council and invited Paul Harper a Parent from another area who has written a workshop for Parents Carers based on his own expereinces.

This one-day course will provide a timeline for transition and show you how to get the best for your teenager – and yourselves – as they move towards adult independent living.

We have invited colleagues from South Gloucestershire Council to answer general questions on topics like learning and employment, social care and housing


Bradley Stoke Jubile Centre

Savages Wood Rd, Bradley Stoke, Patchway, Bristol BS32 8HL

14th March 2019


£5 per person

Light Refreshments will be provided but please bring a packed Lunch.

Local Offer Get Involved !!!

Couldn’t join us on our engagement event ? Then why not try our Local Offer Survey !

Sometimes in life, we find what we want by experiencing what we don’t like, or something that meets some of our needs, but not all. We realise by a process of elimination what we truly want is often a combination of all the good stuff we experience put together in a new way that makes us the most content we can be.

Our big project passion is redesigning and developing the SEND Local Offer to improve access to information and support for SEND families and the professionals who support them, and some of you are with us for the ride by joining us for our events.

How can you know what you like if you don’t know what is possible?

We already know that in it’s present form the South Glos Local Offer just doesn’t work, but what other examples are out there? We have picked out a few that OpenObjects (the contracted platform providers) have created for other local authorities.

Cornwall SEND Local Offer

Rochdale SEND Local Offer

Hackney SEND Local Offer

Plymouth SEND Local Offer

For a basis of comparison to Open Objects work: South Glos SEND Offer

We would like you to explore as many as you have the time for

Before you join us for our events or take part in our Local Offer surveys it would be really helpful if you could explore all of the links above to see how you respond to them. Some of the things you may want to consider is:

  • What you like / don’t like

  • Was the navigation easy and intuitive?

  • Was the content and information what you needed there?

  • Was the information organised and displayed in a helpful, attractive way?

  • Was it visually overwhelming?

  • Can you ‘search’ effectively?

  • Do you feel welcomed and as though the info is for you? Does it feel personalised or corporate and distant?

  • Do you have a preference for tone and style?

  • Are there jargon busting terminology pop ups or simple, clear language?

  • Are you getting really valuable information or just a directory list?

  • If you didn’t know which service you needed, could you find information to help? Are you guided by the headings and links?

  • Can you give feedback easily?

Scenarios you might want to play with

You may have your own personal or work related situtation in mind as you explore the websites, but if you are stuck with that we have put together a couple of typical parent carer scenarios you might want to use as a start pointing.

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