1:14 pm, Wednesday, 13th September 2023

SEND Newsletter- Wednesday 13 September 2023

Everyone welcome- Phoenix Park Pop-up event

You are invited to a pop-up event at Phoenix Park Academy, Harold Street, DN32 7NQ, on Friday 22 September from 9:30-11:30am.

Parent carers can meet with a range of services that can support them and their child including:

  • The Educational Psychology Service
  • Compass GO (youth mental health service)
  • The Sleep Service
  • The North East Lincolnshire Parent Carer Forum (NELPCF)
  • And activity providers

Please note that this event is open to all parent carers with school aged children with SEND, or who may have SEND, and is hosted at the Harold Street site.

Refreshments will be provided. We hope to see you there.

Educational Psychology contact update

Due to an increase in demand, the Educational Psychology Team, Advisory Teachers, and Portage phone lines will only be open from 1pm-2:30pm.

You can contact Educational Psychologists, Advisory Teachers and Portage on 01472 323183.

Gender identity and autism workshop

Gender Identity and Autism Workshop – Autism A Hands On Approach

Gender Identity and Autism Workshop – Autism A Hands On Approach

A post from admin on Autism A Hands On Approach provided by: https://autismahandsonapproach.co.uk

SEN Sessions

The Trin
Inclusive sports at The Trin every Saturday 11am and are aimed at children and young people (aged 5-16 years) with special educational needs and disabilities.

The sessions must be booked on our website, you cannot attend without booking (booking cuts off 1 hour before the session starts) www.ccse.org.uk

Magical Castle

Families First – SEN Sessions at The Magical Castle | Facebook

Horseback riding

Cleethorpes & Grimsby Riding for the Disabled

Families First

Follow Families First Facebook  for local activities, childcare and more.

The Makaton Charity

Have you read the latest magazines from the Makaton Charity?

Makaton Magazine – August 2023 (informz.net)

Makaton Magazine – July / August 2023 (informz.net)

We’ve added a new Makaton resource to the Professionals section of the Local Offer. Download File | Makaton (assetbank-server.com)

You can take advantage of Makaton training locally from Taster sessions right up to Level 2.
Find a class NELC SEND Local Offer | Events and training (nelincs.gov.uk).

Autism Understood website

Autism Understood is a website about autism, for autistic young people.

We’ve added this to the Children and young people’s section of the Local Offer.

Autism Understood

Experiences of Education as an Autistic Person

Our Turn to Talk is the National Children’s Bureau’s Youth-led podcast programme!

In Our Turn to Talk’s eighth episode, Experiences of Education as an Autistic Person, Lauren and Aaron discuss:

  • The sensory challenges autistic young people can face at school.
  • The demands of the school environment on autistic students and ways that schools can put in place support.
  • Social challenges faced at school by autistic students and the ways in which they have overcome the difficulties that school life presented.

You can listen to Lauren’s podcast here and find other Our Turn to Talk episodes here.

Music sessions

There are upcoming music sessions for children with NEL Music Hub.

Join A Group | NEL Music Hub

School Uniform and children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Parent carers of young people with SEND often report that one of the biggest barriers to attendance is school uniform. Some pupils with SEND have difficulties related to dyspraxia, physical difficulties and/or sensory processing differences, and uniform can be a considerable issue. Collars and blazers may be too stiff, buttons too tricky, skirts and trousers difficult to get on, ties too restrictive, labels too tickly/painful/itchy and certain socks and shoes overwhelmingly uncomfortable.

See our new page on School Uniforms and SEND. NELC SEND Local Offer | School Uniform and children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (nelincs.gov.uk)

Healthy Parent Carers course

If you’re the parent/carer of a child with additional needs or a disability and would like to take positive action to improve your health and wellbeing, the Community of Experience may have a free course for you.

Healthy Parent Carers is a 12 week online programme. It is created by parent carers, delivered by parent carers and is for parent carers.

Courses are ongoing.

If you’d like to be considered for these courses email communityofexperience@kids.org.uk or call 01482 467540.

NELC SEND Local Offer | Healthy parent carers course (nelincs.gov.uk)

Abi’s SEND Parent Carer Coffee drop-in

Abi’s coffee drop-in’s will start from Monday October 2. Please be aware that the Thursday drop-in at Nunsthorpe Family Hub is now held in the afternoon from 12-2pm.

Abi can offer a listening ear and signpost you to support.

Learn more about Abi’s drop-in sessions. Families First – Abi Fleming’s Special Educational Needs and… | Facebook

Preparing for adulthood- Ask Annie

Email: askannie@nelincs.gov.uk

Text: 07595 122306

Are you a young person with Special Educational Needs?

Do you have any questions about post 16 education, training and employment or do you want to know more about preparing for adulthood?

You can always “Ask Annie” about…

  • Planning for the future
  • Employment
  • Transport
  • Leaving school & starting college
  • Daytime activities
  • Health
  • Training & work experience
  • Living independently

Find out more about preparing for adulthood and transitions. NELC SEND Local Offer | Preparing for adulthood (nelincs.gov.uk)

Your Parent Carer Forum- NELPCF

NELPCF is a collective group of parents passionate about driving positive change, we have come together to rebuild a Parent Carer Forum. Our aim is to be a true representation of the voices of parent carers of children with additional needs and disabilities. We strive to have a positive impact on the planning and provision of services and decision making for the families of North East Lincolnshire- now, and in the future.

Find out more about the forum and how to get involved by visiting their Facebook North East Lincolnshire Parent Carer Forum | Grimsby | Facebook, or the NELPCF website.


SENDIASS provide support for SEND, across education, health and social care.


Sendiass North East Lincolnshire | Facebook

Call- 01472 326363
Email- ask@nelsendiass.org.uk
SENDIASS website

To receive this newsletter by email please contact lauren.thompson2@nelincs.gov.uk.

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.