1:02 pm, Friday, 23rd July 2021

SEND weekly parent/carer update

This is the SEND weekly parent/carer update for 19 to 25 July. This week:

Covid-19 in North East Lincolnshire

There has been a significant increase in confirmed cases of Covid-19 in North East Lincolnshire.

Please continue to follow the ‘hands, face, space’ precautions.

If you or someone you’ve been in close contact with tests positive for the virus you need to self-isolate for ten days.

When you are invited to, you should get both doses of the vaccine.

Read the official statement on the Covid-19 vaccination for children and young people aged 12 to 17.

Visit a local drop-in clinics for the vaccine.

5 minutes to have your say!

What do you want from SENDIASS?

Help us make sure your SENDIASS service is relevant and suited to your needs.

It takes less then five minutes to complete the SENDIASS Survey.

The Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Advice and Support Service offers information, advice and support for parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). This service is also offered directly to young people.

As the contract with Barnardo’s comes to an end, it is an opportunity to seek the views of parents and carers who have, or may access the service to share their thoughts, ideas, and views.

Everything you share makes a big impact. If more people take a few minutes right now to do this, we get a picture we have of what you want and need.

Financial support to self-isolate

As part of the Government’s plan to support families when they self-isolate a payment of £500 is now available.

People on low-incomes who have been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace or are a parent or guardian of a child who has been told to self-isolate can now apply to North East Lincolnshire Council for a payment of £500.

Apply now

To apply complete the test and trace support payment application or if you are unable to use our website you can call 01472 313131. Test and trace support payment application.

This content was originally published on North East Lincolnshire Council’s website, COVID-19: Test and trace support payment – NELC | NELC (nelincs.gov.uk).

Compass GO summer offer

Compass GO… Mental Health Support Team works with children, young people, families and educational settings in North East Lincolnshire. We provide support, help and advice for pupils, students and schools for issues related to emotional and mental health wellbeing. 

Their summer offer starts on 26 July. Find out what’s on!

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Podcasts on emotional wellbeing
Check out podcasts are being released each week of the Summer holidays. See website for further details.

YouTube self-help videos
Compass GO. . . MHST – YouTube

Wellbeing Calendar
Check the Compass GO website for more details about the Compass GO self-help calendar.

Treasure Hunt
There is a treasure hunt in Cleethorpes. Go to our website to get the clues for the treasure hunt.

Meet the Team
11 August, 10am-4pm

Centre 4 Open Event
17A Wootton Road
DN33 1HE

Beach Day
27 August, 10am-1pm
Meet the Team for activities at the beach. Parents and carers must stay with their child.

Visit the Compass GO website for more information on these events, News, events & updates | Compass (compass-uk.org)

Follow Compass on Twitter @CompassGoMHST.

Summer activities

Community Spotlight includes a calendar of events in our borough.
Community Spotlight – NELC | NELC (nelincs.gov.uk)

Find social groups like Gravity Red on the ‘Things to do’ tab of the NELC SEND Local Offer | Children and young people (nelincs.gov.uk).

Eclipse Gymnastics runs disability sessions and Rebound Therapy which is great for children with SEND. Their regular sessions are inclusive to children with SEND.

Movement Tales offers activities using play, movement, stories and dance to teach children in a variety of ways. Teacher Laura teaches at two Special Schools delivering dance and movement classes to students with complex mental and physical needs.

She says: “Children can learn about all different aspects of the curriculum whilst moving, rather than being sat behind a desk.” 

Laura with her students enjoying Movement Tales!

Holiday Activities Food (HAF) programme

The Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme funded by the Department for Education provides summer activities including free meals for children who receive free school meals.

What’s on?

Outdoor Learning Schools is offering stand up paddle boarding, yoga, beach art and more.

Children will be involved in making the food they enjoy for both breakfast and dinner sessions.

Parents and carers who would like to enrol their children should contact their child’s school for their unique code to enrol. If you cannot get the code from the school please contact Outdoor Learning Schools. You will need to provide evidence that your child receives free school meals.

Other places offering HAF include:

Wybers Wood- Summer Camp HAF Programe – FSM.pdf (stanfordschool.org)
Lincs Inspire- HAF (lincsinspire.com)
Thrunscoe Primary Academy
Oasis Academy Wintringham
Oasis Academy Nunsthorpe
Cleethorpes Childcare
Grimsby Town Sports and Education Trust based at John Whitgift Academy
Healing Village Out of School Club
Inclusive games

Make some noise this summer!

Young people between the ages of 10-21 are being offered an exciting new summer experience this August as part of the Grimsby Creates Noise Summer School.

The cost is £30 for the week, or £50 after the early bird price ends on 19th July. There are a limited number of places allocated to any family who might not be able to pay the fee, young people can access a voucher code via their school or college.

To sign up to the summer school please email grimsbycreatesnoisess@gmail.com, and you will be sent a link to the sign up page.

The young people on the course will have the chance to perform at a street jam, as part of a free Grimsby Creates Noise festival in the newly refurbished St James Square, on Friday 3 September.

North East Lincolnshire Parents Participation (NELPPF)

NELPPF is a collective voice for parents and carers in North East Lincolnshire. They offer guidance and support from 0 to 25 years and make sure that parents’ views and experiences influence local services to make things better.

Email: nelppf@gmail.com
Telephone: 07583 474892


Read the latest National COVID guidance and local guidance.

Follow the Department for Education on social media.

Contact Jennifer.steel@nelincs.gov.uk if you have a query about school exclusions.

SENDIASS (Special Educational Needs Disability Information Advice Support Service).

SENDIASS provides free impartial information, advice and support to disabled children and young people aged 0-25, and those with SEN. Get in touch Monday-Thursday, 8.30am- 4.30pm. Friday 8:30am- 4pm. Leave a message and we’ll get back to you within three days.
Email: nelincs@barnardos.org.uk

Web chat

The web chat is monitored by one of our experienced project workers every week day between 10am and 11am. Any queries which are received via the chat function outside of these hours, or on a day an adviser is unable to log in, the message will be redirected to our email which will be actioned as soon as possible.

Visit the SENDIASS website on Barnardo’s.

Training from SENDIASS

When Things Go Wrong
Friday 24 September 2021, 10am – 12pm

An information session for parents and carers of children with a  special educational need. Will provide general information about how to raise a concern or how to make a formal complaint.

Click here to book your place.


If you need advice regarding access to health services or feel your child needs additional support in school due to their medical needs please email Sarah Harding, the Designated Clinical Officer for SEND at designatedclinicalofficer@nelincs.gov.uk.

Useful contacts

The Sector Support ‘Community Service Fact Sheet’ has an extensive list of community support available for money, food, wellbeing, welfare and more.
See the Voluntary Sector Alliance website for North East Lincolnshire.
• Report a concern online or call 01472 326292 (opt. 2)
• Support for those isolating without anyone to support them for supplies and more call the Council (01472) 313131
• Health – if you are struggling to manage your symptoms, call 111. If you are in urgent need of medical assistance, call 999
• Domestic Abuse (women and men). NEL Women’s Aid (01472) 575757, and Men’s Helpline, 0808 8010327
• Wellbeing– if you are struggling with your mental health, call (01472) 256256
• Carers’ Support Service (support for informal carers). Go online or call (01472) 242277


Parents/carers are aware that at this anxious time some families have reported struggles with mental health and sought support for the overuse of alcohol.
Alcohol change UK offers COVID tips on alcohol and mental health.
We Are With You provides support for drugs and alcohol. You can also get in touch if you are worried about someone else’s drinking or drug use. Chat online or call- 01472 806890. Local charges apply. They also have information on their Facebook, @wearewithyoucharity.

If you have questions about SEND we are always here to help. Please don’t hesitate to email sen@nelincs.gov.uk. We always try to make sure that children and parents/ carers voices are heard.

These Weekly SEND parent/carer newsletters are shared with teams within education, health and social care as well as parents/carers SENCOs, the DfE and local charities.

If parents/carers or young people over 16 do not have access to the internet or if they prefer to receive paper copies only please contact sen@nelincs.gov.uk.