SEND Space – a place for parent carers 3 December, 2019

There’s a new drop-in group for parents/carers of children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities. SEND Space takes place from 11 December and will run on a monthly basis at the Wellington Youth Centre. It’s for all parents/carers of SEND children diagnosed or undiagnosed –  all will be welcomed (including…

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You’d better watch out, Accessible Santa is coming to town 28 November, 2019

There’s a unique festive experience coming up in the heart of Taunton, at Compass Wellbeing. Accessible Santa is now in its third year and is always hugely popular with families from across the county. What makes Accessible Santa different?  Many children and parents can find that meeting Santa is not…

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Somerset’s virtual school – supporting children to achieve to the best of their ability 28 November, 2019

Somerset’s Virtual School supports Children Looked After in education, helping them to attend and achieve to the best of their ability. We have recently joined up with Somerset’s Learning Support Service, which offers training, advice and support to schools in meeting the needs of their pupils with SEND. This new…

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2019 28 November, 2019

Next Tuesday, 3 December, marks the International Day of Persons with Disabilities –first established in 1992 by the United Nations. It aims to promote the rights and well-being of those with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of their situation. As part of raising…

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Black Friday online shopping tips for parent carers 28 November, 2019

If you’re a busy parent carer you may rely on online shopping – especially during the Christmas rush when shopping centres are crowded, noisy, and less accessible. Going hunting for Christmas bargains online is of course helpful – and this Friday, 29 November is Black Friday, but you need to…

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Spoken language in the spotlight 21 November, 2019

Pupils in schools across Somerset put their pens away for the day last week and focussed on spoken language activities. It was all part of  No Pens Day Wednesday; a national speaking and listening event run by children’s communication charity I CAN and The Communication Trust. The aim of the day…

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Learn how to make information easier to understand 21 November, 2019

The Learning Disabilities Specialist Health Team at Musgrove Park Hospital is running a training session on making information accessible each week. There will be resources and support available to help you do this. It takes place every Tuesday from 9pm to 5pm in The Hub (the old League of Friends…

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Carers Rights Day 2019 20 November, 2019

Whether you are a new carer or have been caring for someone for a while it’s important that you understand your rights and are able to access the support that is available to you as soon as you need it. This Thursday (November 21), is Carers Rights Day. The aim…

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Queries and issues with the SEND Portal? Sort them via the Self-Service Portal 19 November, 2019

If you’re a SENCO or based in a school You can now submit issues and queries for the SEND Portal, via the Somerset County Council Self-Service Portal. The benefit of this new service is that your calls are immediately logged and can then be assigned to the appropriate SCC team,…

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World Children’s Day 2019 18 November, 2019

The rights of the child are the focus for World Children’s Day this week (Wednesday 20 November). World Children’s Day was first established in 1954 as Universal Children’s Day and is celebrated on 20 November each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children’s welfare. It’s…

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