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16-06-2024 Holidays, activities and local support Facebook Q&A

To help your family make the most of Summer together, Contact (the Charity for Families with Disabled Children) would like to invite you to join their 'Holidays, Activities & Local Support' Facebook Q&A session, where you can get advice about accessing holidays, activities and short breaks for your disabled child.
This is a great opportunity to get advice on issues such as:
- Getting help with holiday costs
- Disability-friendly venues
- Accessing short breaks
- Finding suitable play schemes
- Accessing special equipment and toys
The Facebook Q&A will take place on Thursday 20 June, between 10 – 11:30am, in our private Facebook Group for parent carers. You can join here: https://ow.ly/9Ti150SazOL
Find out more here: https://ow.ly/YyfC50SbAgp

13-06-2024 Travel assistance to school or college - deadline 1st July

The cut off date for applications for travel assistance, or changes to travel assistance, from this September, will be 1st July. Please make sure that you apply by this deadline to ensure that arrangements can be put in place in time for the start of the new academic year. 

Eligibility 

School: You may be eligible for assistance for your child to travel to and from school if it is not reasonable for them to walk to school because of their Special Educational Needs or mobility difficulties and if the Local Authority has not offered a closer school. You can see more details on eligibility on the Local Offer ‘Getting to School Policy’ here.

 

College and further education: If your young person attends college or further education, applications for travel assistance are considered on an individual basis if the young person has Special Educational Needs, and a disability or mobility problem which affects their ability to walk and needs to travel more than 3 miles from your home to college. See here for more information (please note – you do not need to apply on an annual basis – the Travel Brokers Team have confirmed that the information on the Local Offer is incorrect in this respect and we have asked for it to be changed asap).

 

Applying for travel assistance or changes to travel assistance

If you need to apply for travel assistance or for a change to existing travel assistance (e.g. if your child is moving to a different school or college, or changing campus, the cut-off date for applications will be on Monday 1st July. Please make sure that you make your application before this date, to ensure that transport can be put in place ready for the new term.

 

New applications: Information and the application form for new applications can be found on this page (apply for travel assistance pdf).

 

Changes to travel arrangements: If you need to make a change to your existing travel arrangements (for example because your child is moving to a different school or college or changing campus) please use the form here

 

No change to arrangements: If your child/young person is already in receipt of travel assistance and they are staying at the same school and campus you do NOT need to make a new application.  

10-06-2024 What's On - play and leisure

Our guide to What's On - Play and Leisure in and around Enfield has lots of information on local SEND-specific and inclusive activities in and around the area (including some days out in Central London and further afield). The guide was last updated on 10th June 24. 

This guide focuses on ongoing term-time activities (although some continue during school holidays), and will be regularly updated with the latest activities and dates, so do check back regularly. We will also let you know about relevant one-off events via our weekly updates to members - please join our mailing list to receive these, if you haven't already done so. 

In addition, we usually publish a short 'What's on?' guide during each school holiday, featuring information about specific activities during the next holiday period.  

If you know about any relevant local, accessible activities that aren't included in our guide, please do let us know - email us at info@ourvoiceenfield.org.uk 

26-05-2024 Independent Travel Training

The First Route Travel Training scheme supports access to public transport for young adults and adults with learning disabilities.

The scheme was set up by Enfield Council in partnership with the Metropolitan Police, Transport for London and Arriva buses, to help support individuals who were not confident with using public transport, including young adults before they transition to adult services, and adults with a learning disability.

Their sessions take place on the first Thursday of each month and give an opportunity for individuals to gain confidence to travel independently and safely, including looking at the kinds of scenarios that they could encounter on public transport.

The next sessions will be on 6th June, 4th July, 1st August, 5th September, 3rd October, 7th November and 5th December 2024. Sessions are for those who wish to travel independently using public transport. There are morning sessions from 10.30 am to 12 noon and afternoon sessions 1 pm to 2.30 pm. 

More details are on: 

Poster for First Route Independent Travel training 

Bus Day factsheet

More detail about the development and aims of the scheme here

For further information or to book please contact Claire Fenwick on 0208 132 1476 or claire.fenwick@enfield.gov.uk

22-05-2024 Positive Behaviour Support

Our Voice are currently running a series of Positive Behaviour sessions: 

  • Introduction to Positive Behaviour Support workshop on 22nd May, 12th June and 26th June. You can see the presentation from this session here. More details are on our events page and the flyer here
  • Positive Behaviour support drop-in sessions where you can discuss individual questions relating to your child/young person's behaviour. Sessions take place on 7th June, 5th July, 6th September, 4th October, 8th November, 6th December, 10th January, 7th February and 7th March. See our events page and the flyer for more details. 

Please note - it will normally be possible for Cheviots to provide creche facilities and/or a translator for any of these sessions. Please give as much notice as possible if you need either of these.  

22-05-2024 Positive Behaviour Support

Our Voice are currently running a series of Positive Behaviour sessions: 

  • Introduction to Positive Behaviour Support workshop on 22nd May, 12th June and 26th June. You can see the presentation from this session here. More details are on our events page and the flyer here
  • Positive Behaviour support drop-in sessions where you can discuss individual questions relating to your child/young person's behaviour. Sessions take place on 7th June, 5th July, 6th September, 4th October, 1st or 8th November (to be confirmed) 6th December, 10th January, 7th February and 7th March. See our events page and the flyer for more details. 

Please note - it will normally be possible for Cheviots to provide creche facilities and/or a translator for any of these sessions. Please give as much notice as possible if you need either of these.  

15-05-2024 Workshop for parents of children who find it difficult to attend school

Enfield's Educational Psychology Service is running a two-part workshop (with either online or face-to-face options) for parents and carers of children and young people who find it hard to attend school for emotional reasons.

The sessions are:

Online on Tuesday 4th June and Tuesday 18th June

Face-to-face Monday 10th June and Thursday 4th July.

See the flyer here for more details and the link to sign up. 

For any queries please Email eps@enfield.gov.uk

02-05-2024 Positive Co-parenting of Neurodiverse Children

'Positive Co-Parenting of Neurodiverse Children' is an 8-week online facilitated group designed for parents living together or apart who are facing conflicts and struggling to find common ground in raising their neurodiverse child. 

The two courses will run via MS Teams on Tuesdays from 14th May to 9th July from 7 pm to 9 pm or on Wednesdays from 15th May to 10th July from 9.30 am to 11.30 am

Details and QR code to sign up are on the flyer here or call 0204 522 8700 or 0204 522 8699. 

02-05-2024 Healthy Parent Carer Programme June -July 24

Do you need help for YOU to be healthier and happier in caring for your family?

Our Voice are delighted to be offering our Healthy Parent Carer course to anyone who is the parent-carer of a child or young person with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities who lives or attends school in the London Borough of Enfield. This course has been designed specifically for parent-carers and is about your own well-being – it is not a parenting course or about how to get support for your child.

We are running this course every Tuesday morning from 11th June until 16th July, in person at the Craig Park family hub, over 6 weeks, 10 am to 1 pm. The course is run by facilitators who are parent carers themselves.

We will be providing a Turkish-speaking translator for this course, and we particularly welcome Turkish speaking participants, and will give priority to this group.

Please see the attached flyer for more information, or call us on 07516 662315 or Email ourvoice.hpc@outlook.com. You can sign up here

For Turkish speaking parents

Flyer in Turkish

24-04-2024 Preparing for adulthood

If your child has an EHCP and is now in year 9 or above, it is important to start thinking about what will happen when they get to the age of 16 and become legally responsible for making their own decisions, and perhaps start to think about their future in terms of getting a job or living more independently. We know that this can be a worrying time for parents and carers, and it is important to start thinking about the transition as early as possible so that you will be well-informed and ready to support your young person through the changes.

The Local Authority's Preparing for Adulthood booklet is a key document to help you understand the process and support. You can see this booklet on the Local Offer here and there is an easy-read version here and additional information about the process here

We recommend that you should attend as many of the Preparing for Adulthood online events as you can. It is worth starting as soon as possible and you may wish to repeat some of the sessions over the next few years.

Preparing for Adulthood events

Full details of the Preparing for Adulthood sessions are available here.

The next session is:

Going to College and Getting a Job 3rd May 10 am - 1 pm at Waverley School 

This session will look at SEND careers, supported internships, college courses and Equals Employment service, and you can meet representatives of local colleges, SEN Services, Equals Employment, West Lea Supported Internships and Travel Training, Waverley School Business Enterprise, SEND Careers Service, DWP/Job Service and Our Voice. 

If you are unable to attend a session, the presentations will be added to the Local Offer Preparing for Adulthood page here shortly after each session. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to see links to each presentation. 

Drop in sessions

On the first Friday of every month, parents and carers of young people aged 16 and over can join the monthly drop-in sessions 10 am - 12 pm at the Integrated Learning Disability Service in Hertford Road, where you can talk to a member of the ILDS team, and Jane Richards from Families in Transition to Adulthood. More information on the flyer here. The next session will be Friday 3rd May. If you would like to attend please book an appointment by noon on the previous day. If this day does not work for you, please contact Jane to discuss an alternative timing.

You are welcome to bring your young person along with you.