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SEND support events for parent carers

Courses and events to support parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Events are held across Norfolk, and are organised in date order.

Fortnightly support sessions for young people aged between 11 and 18 affected by bullying.

Organised by YMCA Norfolk in partnership with Connects & Co and Norwich Youth Advisory Board.

Sessions run from 5-7pm for group activities, one-on-ones and refreshments.

Venues and dates:

YMCA, 7-8 Waldegrave Road, Norwich NR5 9AW

  • Thursday 18 July
  • Thursday 1 August
  • Thursday 15 August
  • Thursday 29 August

Catton Grove Community Centre, Jewson Road, Norwich NR3 3RQ

  • Thursday 25 July
  • Thursday 8 August
  • Thursday 22 August
  • Thursday 5 September
  • Thursday 19 September

Further information:


Do you know a young person who would benefit from discovering more about housing, education, training, employment and other opportunities available to them as they make the transition to independent living?

This Forum will give them, and you, the opportunity to talk to providers who know the realities, and who can talk about next steps:

  • Local accommodation providers
  • Local services with employment, education and training opportunities
  • Local Leaving Care Team
  • Local Housing Team
  • Representative from the Department of Work and Pensions

Dates and venues:

  • Tuesday 30 July - 3-6pm
    Christ Church Centre, Magdalen Road, Norwich NR3 4LA
  • Tuesday 24 September - 3-6pm
    Providence Community Centre, Kings Lynn PE30 5ET

Further information:
Please contact Pauline White

A pairing of two-hour workshops for anyone who provides support for those who use Signalong as part of their communication.

This session will consider how to sign nursery rhymes. You will explore the use of colours, numbers and movements within Signalong and learn how this links to activities.

Date and times:

  • Tuesday 27 August
    Session 1 - 10am-12pm
    Session 2 - 1pm-3pm


221 St Leonards Road, Norwich NR1 4JN


The cost is £25.00 per adult & child per session. To book please phone 01603 765405 or email

Sleep is the most important thing to reset your brain and body health.

Sleep East is offering a Sleep Well-Live well workshop for exhausted families that will give you ideas and strategies to help your child to self-settle, sleep through the night and help you to manage those early morning awakenings.

The workshop is suitable for parents of children with complex and additional needs.

It will cover diet, exercise, use of IT how to manage anxiety and use of light/dark to regulate your body clock plus:

  • What happens when you sleep
  • Play sleep bingo
  • Sleep quizzes
  • Sleep information and strategies
  • Developing a good bedtime routine
  • Maintaining a good sleep pattern
  • Self settling
  • Sleeping through the night
  • Early waking

Date: Wednesday 11 September

Time: 9.30am-12noon

Venue: The Hamlet Charity, Johnson Place, Norwich, NR2 1SJ

Cost: £16 per place (includes donation to Hamlet Centre for venue)

Contact: to book your place or telephone 01692 402240

A series of three free workshops being run by Contact – the national charity supporting families of children with additional needs with the best possible guidance and information –at the Hamlet Centre.

The course is aimed at parents who have a child aged 0 to 8 with a disability or special educational need. Lunch is provided.

Friday 13 September - 10am-2.30pm

  • Welcome session
  • Understanding Sleep

Friday 20 September - 10am-2.30pm

  • Building Parental Confidence
  • Encouraging positive behaviour

Friday 27 September - 10am-2.30pm

  • Money matters
  • Support for you

The Hamlet Children’s Centre, Johnson Place, Norwich NR2 1SJ


Places can be booked via or by ringing Helen Davies on 07966161753. Please note that these sessions are for adults only – there isn’t a crèche but any additional childcare costs can be covered (parents should ask about this when booking their place).

Are you the parent of a child or young person with special educational needs or disabilities?

Join Family Voice for coffee at an information and feedback session about SEN support and Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs).

  • Find out more about SEN support and EHCP assessments
  • Tell us about your own experiences of support for your child with SEND
  • Ask questions in a relaxed setting
  • Share ideas with other parent carers

Norfolk SEND Partnership Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) and a representative of the Local Offer have been invited to join the discussions.

Dates, times and venues:

All sessions 10am-1pm

  • Tuesday 17 September at South Lynn Community Centre, 10 St Michael’s Road, King’s Lynn PE30 5HE
  • Monday 23 September at Dereham Football Club, Aldiss Park, Norwich Road, Dereham NR20 3PX
  • Tuesday 24 September at The Priory Centre, Priory Plain, Great Yarmouth NR30 1NW
  • Monday 30 September at South Norfolk House, Cygnet Court, Long Stratton NR15 2XE
  • Wednesday 2 October at Aylsham Care Trust, St Michael’s Avenue, Aylsham NR11 6YA

Booking:  Please email Family Voice at or call 07535 895748 if you’re interested in attending.

Three ten-week course modules run during term time for professionals, parents and carers.

Dates and times:

  • BSL Module 101 - Monday 23 September to Monday 2 December, 6.30-8.30pm
  • BSL Module 102 - Monday 6 January 7 to Monday 16 March, 6.30-8.30pm
  • BSL Module 103 - Monday 20 April to Monday 29 June, 6.30-8.30pm

Venue: Professional Development Centre, 144 Woodside Road, Norwich NR7 9QL

Cost and bookings: £260 for professionals, plus the cost of exams (£93 for the three exams, any retakes are extra). Limited places for a parent of a deaf child at a reduced rate of £80 are available. You must have a confirmed place before attending. Please contact Heather Riseborough: email or phone 01603 704040.

A free health & wellbeing a day of activities and workshops that is open to carers and service users of Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, and also for other community and third sector organisations to promote their services.

Date and time:

  • Wednesday 18 September - 10.30am-3.30pm

Oxburgh Hall, Oxborough, King’s Lynn PE33 9PS

Further information:

Pease contact Katrina Squires on: 01553 609933 or email

An event run by The Hamlet for parents and carers, professionals, or anyone working with children and young adults with a learning disability.

The purpose of this two-hour workshop is to understand and support the use of effective communication and to provide solutions and strategies for reinforcing positive behaviour, using practical activities and group discussions.

Chief areas of focus are:

  • Causes of challenging behaviour
  • Responses to challenging behaviour
  • Effects of environment
  • Sensory processing
  • Risk management

Date: Wednesday 25 September

Time: 6-8pm

Venue: 221 St Leonards Road, Norwich NR1 4JN

Cost and bookings: The cost is £20 per adult and child per session. To book please phone 01603 765405 or email

Norfolk County Council is offering new training opportunities for personal assistants (PAs) seeking to improve and develop their skills.

The Council's Direct Payment Support Service now offers training for anyone currently working as a personal assistant carer, or who wants to work as one. It is provided through Norfolk County Council Adult Education and at the end of the course you'll have accredited qualifications.

This training is free if you earn less than £15,736 a year and have lived in the UK, EU or EEA for three years before the start of the course. You may also be eligible for funding if you don't meet these criteria but do support someone who has their care needs met through a direct payment.

The course covers the following subjects:

  • Safeguarding (children and adults)
  • Moving and handling
  • Positive handling
  • Health and safety
  • Lone working
  • Safe medicine management
  • Dealing with conflict
  • Epilepsy awareness
  • Infection control
  • Intervenor training (if necessary) for people with multi-sensory impairments

The training offered will be a combination of face-to-face study and online self-study learning, run on different dates at the following locations:

  • Norman Centre Bignold Road, Mile Cross, Norwich NR3 2QZ
    Monday 30 September - 12.30-3.30pm
  • Involve training rooms, Boat Quay 1B Tower Place, King's Lynn PE30 5DF
    Tuesday 1 October - 9.30am-12.30pm
  • Swaffham Community Centre, The Campingland, Swaffham PE37 7RB
    Thursday 3 October - 12.30-3.30pm


To let the County Council know which sessions you would like to attend, please email

An accredited course run over five weeks by The Hamlet that is suitable for anyone providing support for those who use Signalong as part of their communication.

It aims to develop the skills that learners already have, to understand the communication process, and to develop the ability to communicate with those who have communication impairments.

Course objectives:

  • To discuss the early development of language, social interaction and communication
  • To consider how sign-supported communication supports children and adults with speech, language and communication needs
  • To practice using signing skills and signs to interact and communicate with others

Dates and times:

  • Thursday 10 October, 6-9pm
  • Thursday 17 October, 6-9pm
  • Thursday 24 October, 6-9pm
  • Thursday 31 October, 6-9pm
  • Thursday 7 November, 6-9pm

Venue: 221 St Leonards Road, Norwich NR1 4JN

Cost and bookings: The cost is £85 per person plus £19 for a Signalong book. To book please phone 01603 765405 or email

A training session run by The Hamlet that is suitable for anyone providing support for those who use Signalong as part of their communication.

This workshop aims to teach signs which are relevant to young children. These will be relevant to day/night activities and songs so that they can be used in storytelling and playtime.

Please note that participants will have the opportunity to make sign requests prior to the workshop to ensure that content is pertinent for individual children and families.

Course objectives:

  • Learn new signs
  • Be able to use key signs during everyday activities
  • Practise using signing skills and signs to interact and communicate with others

Date and time:  Tuesday 15 October, 7-9pm

Venue:  221 St Leonards Road, Norwich NR1 4JN

Bookings and further information:  The cost is £20 per person. Please phone 01603 765405 or email

The annual ASD Helping Hands conference with guest speakers – a day of learning and information sharing for parents, carers and professionals working or caring for someone with an autism spectrum condition.

Early bird tickets now on sale – only £20 until 30 June.

Date and time:  Wednesday 16 October, 9.30am-4pm

Venue:  John Innes Centre, Norwich Research Park, Colney Lane, Norwich NR4 7UH

Further information:  Visit for more information.

A workshop run by The Hamlet for parents, carers, professionals or anyone who supports someone in a wheelchair.

Learners will gain understanding of the needs of the wheelchair user and gain experience of how to look after themselves and the person they are supporting in a safe environment.

  • Safety features of a standard wheelchair
  • Looking after yourself and the person you are supporting
  • Offering support to a person to stand and walk
  • Practical experience of pushing a person in a wheelchair, including up and down curbs

Date and time: Wednesday 16 October, 6 - 8pm

Venue: 221 St Leonards Road, Norwich NR1 4JN

Cost and bookings: The cost is £20 per adult and child per session. To book call 01603 765405 or email Please advise at time of booking if you plan to bring your own wheelchair.

A workshop run by The Hamlet for anyone who works with, supports, or lives with people with learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders or difficult and challenging behaviour.

It aims to provide the knowledge and understanding to improve communication methods and understand and overcome barriers to communicating effectively with a person with learning disabilities.

This workshop will also help to consider the importance of effective communication, and to identify the impact of a lack of effective communication.

  • Understand why effective communication is important in the setting in which you work or live
  • Become able to identify ways to overcome barriers to communication
  • Look at different aids in communication
  • Consider how to meet the communication and language needs, wishes and preferences of individuals
  • Learn effective communication with a positive behaviour support network

Date and time: Wednesday 30 October, 5.30-7.30pm

Venue: 221 St Leonards Road, Norwich NR1 4JN

Cost and bookings: The cost is £20 per adult and child per session. To book please phone 01603 765405 or email

A series of training opportunities support anyone who has contact with a child of school age – parents, guardians, grandparents or other family members.

Your child does not need to have an official diagnosis of any learning difficulty.

  • Dyslexia Awareness for Parents and Carers
    A course looking at how to help with homework / support with further reading & spelling development / supporting difficulty with organisation & memory / how to communicate with school if there is a conflict
    Tuesday 26 November

    £25 per person
  • Working Memory workshop
    The workshop will explore what working memory is, as well as many ways for you to support your child with their working memory skills to help increase their confidence and ability when reading, writing, doing arithmetic or studying for exams
    Thursday 6 February 

    £10 per person
  • Supporting Maths Difficulties workshop
    The workshop will look at the types of challenges a dyslexic young person might face when doing maths and explore a wide range of practical support tools, resources and apps that you can use at home to support your child.
    Thursday 26 March 

    £10 per person

Booking and further information:
For a course booking form please contact Cathy Partington or call 01603 860505.

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