5:18 pm, Friday, 10th June 2022

SEND Newsletter- Friday, 10 June 2022

This is the SEND Newsletter for 6-12 June, 2022.

Children’s Transport Survey

Tell us about the transport your children use that is paid for by NELC.

This could include going to and from school, family contact time and activities.

We would like to encourage you to complete this survey with your child present to help capture their views.

Children’s Transport Survey | QuestionPro Survey 

The second survey is for children and young people to complete.

Children’s Transport Survey | QuestionPro Survey

The surveys close on 22 July 2022.

SENDIASS logo designer rewarded with fun retreat

Local youngsters were invited to enter their creative submissions for the new SENDIASS logo.

There were many great submissions. Noah from Signhills Academy was the winner. Check out his design below.

To congratulate Noah we invited him to meet Jayne Parrish, SENDIASS Service Manager, Rob Walsh Chief Executive Officer at North East Lincolnshire Council, and Clare Linfitt SEND Services Manager.

Along with his sister and Principal, Noah got to explore the Time Trap Museum at the Grimsby Town Hall, and enjoyed a pizza lunch and special gift.

Noah took home the new merchandise that features his logo design and enjoyed telling us about the inspiration for his logo from an image he saw at his local park.

From left: Jayne Parrish, Ruby, Noah. Back: Principal Steve Carr

Nunny’s Farm Deaf Awareness Event

The Educational Team for Hearing and Vision (ETHV) joined local deaf children and their parent carers at Nunny’s Farm, Nunsthorpe on Saturday, 21 May.

The event was organised in celebration of Deaf Awareness Week that was held earlier in the month.

It was made possible by the generosity of Joanna, Neil, and their team who allowed the group free entry, and a space to gather for our first Deaf Awareness family event.

The children got to see, stroke and feed sheep, goats, alpacas, cows, donkeys, pigs, ponies, ducks, chickens, turkeys, guinea pigs and rabbits.

The farm has a community orchard, wildlife meadow and community garden. There are also catering facilities, a shop and toilets.

The farm has hearing aid colours, designs and attachments and has Makaton signs on the animal’s enclosures.

The event was a chance for children to share more of their ideas of what they would like to do together and for parent carers to share their experiences with others like them.

Growing up in a coastal community

  • Are you aged 16-25?
  • Did you grow up in North East Lincolnshire?
  • Would you be happy to share your memories and thoughts with us for our research?

To carry out the research the young people have helped to plan and prepare a number of interactive activities to gather the research with young people (aged 16-25) and Older people (aged 60+ who were a teenager in the area).  These include small focus groups, 1-1 interviews and community walks.  The focus groups and walks are planned to take around 2 hours and the 1-1 interviews around 30-45 minutes each.  The activities to gather the information will be held between the end of May and end of July and we expect the results to be available by the end of September.  All participants will be invited to hear the findings of the research and next steps.

Spaces are limited and will be shared between young people, and adults so please book in advance.

Book your place and find out more. NELC SEND Local Offer | Youth Research with University College London – Recruiting Participants (nelincs.gov.uk)

Parent Participation Co-ordinator Hull

Parent Participation Co-ordinator (Location: Hull) – 21 hours

£24,865 FTE Per Annum

Closing date: 17 June 2022

Find out more and apply.

Parent Participation Coordinator – Hull (21 hours) – KIDS


EHC Hub. It is now 2 years since we first worked together with parent carers, education settings and professionals from health and social care to introduce the EHC Hub. As part of our monthly feedback meeting with users and the IDOX group who provide the service,  parent carers have told us that there are some changes they would like to see made. We hope a range of parent carers will help to coproduce new forms for the EHC Hub. With both SENDIASS and NELPCF we will be working together on this project in conjunction with IDOX. Watch this space for more information in the next few weeks about how you can get involved or email lauren.thompson@nelincs.gov.uk


Learning4life-GY is a small registered independent school with a Good Ofsted rating based in the centre of Grimsby. At Learning4life-GY we pride ourselves on being a unique small group setting, which welcomes learners aged 14-19 from all backgrounds and abilities.  In particular, we specialise in the provision of individualised packages of education for learners with Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP) on a small site, with small classes and an abundance of high-quality support.

 What sets us apart is our ability to widen participation in education by supporting all our learners to transition successfully either into mainstream school; into Further Education; adulthood or employment.  We deliver flexible, supportive and varied programmes and hold high expectations in terms of supporting our learners to become ready for the world, respectful of one another and to keep themselves and others safe.

 Learner support packages at Learning4life-GY are individualised and ensure that students are supported in preparation for their next stage in education, training or employment.  The starting point of learners is key in the design of our curriculum.  We work with our learners, the teaching and support team, and parents/ carers to create an educational package that works.

Our current learners have lots of positive things to say about their school experience.  Here are a few quotes from them:

Cav (18) “I like the teachers and staff because they resect your boundaries and understand your needs.”

KT (14) “I get more help and get work that’s the right level for me. I enjoy coming to this school and I’m happy. The Head Teacher’s amazing.”

NELC SEND Local Offer | Special schools and colleges (nelincs.gov.uk)

SEND friendly sensory cinema

Watch Moana on 18 June, from 2-4pm at Grimsby Minster, St James Ct, Freshney Place, Grimsby DN31 1EP.

This is a SEND friendly screening where children and parents can enjoy a relaxed atmosphere and sensory activities.

You can also pre order food for the event.

Get your tickets, Sensory Cinema – Mingle with Moana | CineShow

NELPCF. June update

NELPCF are proud to announce that they have launched their new website and Facebook page.


Please like and follow their Facebook page to stay up to date. NEL Parent Carer Forum | Facebook

Read about their most recent open event for parent carers at Carers Support Centre. NELPCF Open Meet Report 27_05_22.pdf (cdn-website.com).

Working with the Local Authority

NELPCF are pleased to have been invited to review the ‘Parent Carers Assessment’ and current procedures for accessing social care and support with Gurinder Rayat from the Local Authority. We look forward to working together take a closer look at how support is accessed, what difficulties there might be with current processes, what is working well, and what changes are possible to improve outcomes for families.  We welcome any parent carers wanting an opportunity to provide their feedback on current processes, ideas for improvements, or wanting to be a part of this review, to contact us at info@nelpcf.org.uk 

Need support in the evenings?

Feeling low, lonely or vulnerable in the evening? Walk in Safespace or join online.

Safespace :: NAViGO (navigocare.co.uk)

We can all feel vulnerable from time to time – especially in the evenings. Safespace is an out-of-hours, open door crisis cafe where you can get instant and practical mental health support.

If you’re feeling low in the evenings, you can drop into Safespace and speak to fully-trained mental health professionals who will help you manage your wellbeing.

Or, if you’d rather stay at home, you can contact us using Zoom between 5.30pm and 11pm, Monday to Friday.

It’s a judgement-free zone and we welcome those who are in need – whether that be due to loneliness, isolation or emotional vulnerability. There’s no need to call ahead – just drop in.

Safespace is a former NAViGO Project of the Year winner and a joint initiative with North East Lincolnshire Mind. We opened our doors in April 2019.

Teen life

Teen Life is a six-session programme free of cost for parent carers of young people aged 10-16 with a diagnosis of an Autistic Spectrum Condition.

Teen Life is offered by NELC Community Educational Psychology Service, autism experienced, professionals who have been trained and licensed by The National Autistic Society’s Licensed Training team to run the programme for families in their local area.

Session last for two and a half hours.

Three places are allocated on the Teen Life Programme. There are two for parent carers and one for a professional if you would like to bring one.

Topics include understanding autism in teenagers, women and girls, self-esteem, spending time with other people, stress and anxiety, behaviours, puberty, independence skills, education strategies and planning for their future.

For further information access the National Autistic Society.

Interested? Email EPtraining@nelincs.gov.uk.

Schools and other professionals please support your parents and carers wishing to express interest in participating in the Teen Life programme by emailing, EPtraining@nelincs.gov.uk, or visit Educational psychology support for parents and carers – NELC | NELC (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.