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.

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

Dates and times:

BSL Module 101

  • Monday 24 September to Monday 3 December, 6.30-8.30pm

BSL Module 102

  • Monday 7 January 7 to Monday 18 March, 6.30-8.30pm

BSL Module 103

  • Monday 29 April to Monday 15 July, 6.30-8.30pm

Venue:  City Academy Norwich, 299 Bluebell Road, Norwich NR4 7LP

Cost and bookings:

£240 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 £75 are available.  You must have a confirmed place before attending.  Contact Heather Riseborough heather.riseborough@norfolk.gov.uk for more information.

Would you like to know more about your child’s development during their adolescence, and why they behave in certain ways?  Do you know why your child or adolescent gets angry and how you can help them to calm down?  Would you like to build on your confidence as a parent or carer?  Would you like a chance to meet with other parents of similar aged children in a relaxed and safe environment?

This 10-week free programme is designed to help parents and carers to develop a way of relating to their child and thus support their healthy development and managing their behaviour.

You will explore issues like:

  • Physical and emotional changes
  • Continuing to enjoy each other’s company as your children grow up
  • Communication and behaviour
  • Parenting styles

Dates and times:  Monday evenings from 14 January to 25 March (not 18 February),  6-8pm

Venue:  Swaffham Community Centre, The Campingland, Swaffham PE37 7RB

Bookings:  Telephone Kathy Cargill or Clare Peak at Family Action on 01760 720302.

The following training sessions are offered for the spring for education, health and social care professionals, and parents and carers too:

  • Building Blocks for Communication - Wednesday 16 January, 9.30am-3.30pm
  • Autism Practical Strategies Level 2 - Wednesday 6 February, 9.30am-3.30pm
  • Social Survival for the Logical Thinker - Wednesday 20 March, 9.30am-3.30pm

Venue: Ixworth Primary School, Crown Lane, Bury St Edmonds IP31 2EL

Bookings and further information:  All bookings need to be made with Emma Thurlow on 01379 788062 or by emailing admin@primaryeast.co.uk. The cost is £85 per person, which includes a catered lunch.

Further information:  Telephone 01603 926170 or email info@alphainclusion.co.uk. Information about these courses can also be found at www.blockbus.co.uk.

Signalong is sign-supported communication for people with learning difficulties, and this weekly training course will focus on developing communication skills.

The precise Signalong method of presentation enables users to remind themselves of signs which have been forgotten and to learn new signs from the manuals.  This training stresses aspects of the application of sign-supported communication. These include aspects of total communication (such as facial expression, body language and voice tone) plus simplification of language and keyword selection, and reading signs performed by others.

Dates and times:  Fridays from 1 February to 29 March - 10am-1pm

Venue:  Break, Diamond House, Vulcan Road, Norwich NR6 6AQ

Bookings and further information:  Contact Break training@break-charity.org to book your place.

Worried about your child’s speech, language or communication skills?  Would you like some help and advice?

Drop in for a friendly, informal chat with a speech and language therapist, who will offer specialist advice and recommend a referral if follow-on appointments are needed.  No appointment necessary!

These sessions are for pre-school children only.  If your child already attends school, please contact the East Coast Community Healthcare helpline on 01493 809977 to arrange to speak to a therapist as they are unable to see children who are already on one of their waiting lists.  Sessions are 15-20 minutes each and on a first-come, first-served basis.  You will be given an approximate appointment time on arrival.  If a particular session is full you will be asked to come back another time.  Please visit the ECCH website for further information.

Venues, dates and times:

  • Tuesday 5 February, 9.30-11.30am at Thorpe Hamlet and Dussindale Children’s Centre, 63 Wolfe Road, Thorpe Hamlet, Norwich NR1 4HT
  • Wednesday 6 February, 1-3pm at Emneth Children’s Centre, Hollycroft Road, Emneth, Wisbech PE14 8AY
  • Thursday 7 February, 9.30-11.30am at Aylsham Children’s Centre, Aylsham Recreation Ground, Sir Williams Lane, Aylsham NR11 6AW
  • Thursday 7 February, 9.30-11.30am at Wymondham Hub, Ayton Road, Wymondham NR18 0QJ
  • Wednesday 13 February, 9.30-11.30am at Thetford Sure Start Children’s Centre, Kingsway, Thetford IP24 3DY
  • Wednesday 13 February, 1-3pm at King’s Lynn Baptist Church, Wisbech Road, King’s Lynn PE30 5JS
  • Wednesday 13 February, 1-3pm at Priory Children’s Centre, Priory Gardens, Great Yarmouth NR30 1NW
  • Tuesday 19 February, 9.30-11.30am at Marham Rainbow Centre, Elm Road, Marham PE33 9NF
  • Wednesday 20 February, 9.30-11.30am at Earlham Early Years Children’s Centre, 168A Motum Road, Norwich NR5 8EG
  • Thursday 21 February, 9.30-11.30am at Spixworth & Sprowston Children’s Centre, Sprowston Infant School, Recreation Ground Road, Norwich NR7 8EW
  • Friday 22 February, 9.30-11.30am at Seagulls Children’s Centre, Magdalen Way, Gorleston NR31 7BP
  • Wednesday 27 February, 9.30-11.30am at Downham Market Children’s Centre, Snape Lane, Downham Market PE38 9JE
  • Wednesday 27 February, 1-3pm at Attleborough Children’s Centre, 2 Church Street, Attleborough NR17 2AH
  • Wednesday 27 February, 1-3pmat North City Children’s Centre, Angel Road, Norwich NR3 3HR
  • Thursday 28 February, 9.30-11.30am at Stalham Children’s Centre, Brumstead Road, Stalham NR12 9DG
  • Thursday 28 February, 9.30-11.30am at Caister Children’s Centre, Caister Infant School, Kingston Avenue, Caister NR30 5ET

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
  • To learn at least 360 signs

Dates and times:  Every Tuesday from 12 February to 12 March, 6-9pm

Venue:  221 St Leonards Road, Norwich NR1 4JN

Cost:  £85 per person plus £19 for a Signalong phase 1 book.  All learners will be required to complete a written test at the end of the course and throughout the course their practical work will be observed.

Further information:  Please contact Tanya Hubbard (training coordinator) on 01603 765405 or email trainingteam@thehamletcharity.org.uk.

Struggling to juggle the demands of being a parent of a baby? Feeling low, stressed or worried? Finding yourself feeling on your own with lots of unanswered questions?

This interactive workshop starting on 15 February might be just what you need!

The focus of the course is how you can look after your own wellbeing and the positive impact that this will have on your baby or child.

  • Understand changes in motherhood, including emotional changes
  • Discover simple strategies to improve your mood and reduce anxiety based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Get the basics right about what your baby needs
  • Ask questions ‘live’ to health visitors and psychological therapists
  • Gain information about further support available in the community and via online communities

This is a live online course run over eight sessions, which means you can attend in the comfort of your own home, and you can interact with the course facilitators via messaging in real time, at no cost to yourself. There will be others logging in and watching at the same time, so you can anonymously share ideas and experiences. You can access the course via computer/laptop, tablet or mobile phone, as long as you have standard broadband access. Each session lasts 45 minutes, and you will receive a recording at the end of each session so you can go back and watch anything you missed, or practice the techniques again.

Booking: If you are interested, either speak to your Health Visitor or self-refer to the Wellbeing Service at www.wellbeingnands.co.uk or phone 0300 123 1503. You will be offered an initial 45 minute assessment to discuss how things are and broader options for help and support including this webinar.

Further information: Contact Charlotte Morton (email charlotte.morton@nsft.nhs.uk) at Norfolk & Suffolk Wellbeing Service or phone 01603 421927.

Are you and your children struggling to get a good night’s sleep?

This Sleep East ‘Sleep Workshop’ in Norwich is designed for all exhausted parents and is also suitable for parents of children with complex and additional needs.

The workshop is fun and interactive and covers the following:

  • 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

Dates:

  • Wednesday 13 February, 10am-12.30pm
  • Saturday 23 February, 10am-12.30pm

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

Bookings and further information:  The cost is £16 per place (including £1 donation for venue hire).  Please contact Joy Bishop to book your place on joybishop@sleepeast.co.uk or 01692 402240.

We are striving to make support services for people who have direct payments better and easier!

Please come along to a workshop to tell them what you think over a cup of tea or coffee.

Dates, times and venues:

  • Friday 15 February
    10.30am to 12.30pm
    Dereham Town Football Club, Aldiss Park, Norwich Road, Dereham NR20 3PX 
  • Thursday 28 February
    11.00am to 1.00pm
    Swaffham Assembly Rooms, 13 Market Place, Swaffham PE37 7AB

Bookings:

Telephone 01603 223392 or email DPSSFeedback@norfolk.gov.uk

Are you 18 to 30 years old, unemployed, or working less than 16 hours a week?

The Prince’s Trust has a limited number of free places on its two-day Enterprise programme courses, which are all about helping you plan and start your own business.

Book a place on an information session in Norwich to find out about:

  • Free two-day business start training
  • Low interest loans which may be available to you
  • Help with market research and writing a business plan
  • Free mentoring support for two years
  • Other advice and help

Dates and times:

  • Monday 18 February, 10am-4pm
  • Thursday 14 March, 10am-4pm

Venue:  Kings Centre, Kings Street, Norwich NR1 1PH

Bookings:  Email Sam.Howlett@princes-trust.org.uk or text ‘Enterprise’ to 0761702828.

Are you and your children struggling to get a good night’s sleep?

This Sleep East ‘Sleep Workshop’ in Holt is designed for all exhausted parents and is also suitable for parents of children with complex and additional needs.

Thanks to funding from the Victory Housing Trust Community Grant, it is offered free to participants.

The workshop is fun and interactive and covers the following:

  • 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 and time:  Tuesday 26 February, 6-8pm.  There is also a follow-on sleep clinic on Tuesday 2 April at Holt Library, after Bounce & Rhyme at 10.30am.

Venue:  Holt Children’s Centre, Charles Road, Holt NR25 6DA

Bookings and further information:  Contact Joy Bishop to book your free place on joybishop@sleepeast.co.uk or 01692 402240.

This meeting is open to anyone interested but spaces are limited, so contact Tina Allen (communication development worker, West Norfolk Community Learning Disabilities) tina.allen@nchc.nhs.uk if you want to attend.

Date and time:  Tuesday 26 February - 9.30am-12pm

Venue:  Hall School, St Faith’s Road, Norwich NR6 7AD

This three-month course, presented by ADHD Norfolk and accredited and regulated by Ofqual, is open to all via distance learning.

The Level 3 Award in ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) Awareness is ideally suited for anyone seeking to improve their understanding of the condition for professional development.

It will be particularly relevant for those either working with or supporting people affected by ADHD or for individuals keen to start a career supporting those with ADHD – drug workers, probation service, health visitors, social workers, support staff, employers, or parents and carers.

  • Understand what is meant by ADHD
  • Understand the causes of and treatments for ADHD
  • Understand how ADHD is assessed
  • Understand how ADHD can affect individuals
  • Understand ways to support the learning of individuals with ADHD
  • Find out sources of information for individuals with ADHD and those supporting them

The course is delivered through a virtual classroom. All your lessons are live with your tutor and there is the option of day or evening classes. You can log in any time and access your course resources, and you can also meet other students in the classroom for extra study time if you choose.

Dates and times:

  • Thursdays from 28 February
  • 10am to 11am or 7pm to 8pm (choice of morning or evening live lesson with your tutor once a fortnight term time only)

Cost, bookings and further information:
£249 per learner. To book your place go to www.adhdnorfolk.org.uk/training-qualifications/adhd-awareness-level-3. Any questions, email sentraining@adhdnorfolk.org.uk


A Level 1 workshop in King’s Lynn for both professionals and parents or carers seeking to understand more about sensory processing issues and difficulties.

  • Do you want to understand more about why children seem to overreact to the simplest of experiences
  • Are they too active and always on the go at times and behaving in ways that seem hard to understand
  • Do they seem to miss more information than other children, or seem oblivious to what is happening around them
  • Do they seem over-emotional or stubbornly refusing to join in
  • Are simple activities of daily living like washing, getting dressed, brushing hair or cutting nails a nightmare
  • Do you struggle to find food that children will eat, or have they got preferences that seem rigid and inflexible

Sensory processing can help to explain many aspects of people’s behaviours. Sensory information is not being sent to or received by the brain in a way that a person can use effectively. This lack of effective integration impacts on behaviour and emotions. The sensation may be too much or too little, and reactions may vary depending which sensory system is being used, for example hearing or touch.

This interactive hands-on workshop is designed as way of increasing understanding of what we mean by sensory processing and sensory integration (SI) disorders, and the principles and ideas involved.

Date and time:

  • Monday 4 March
    10am to 2.30pm

Venue:

St Augustine’s Healthy Living Centre, Columbia Way, King’s Lynn PE30 2LB

Bookings and further information:

£65 for parents, carers and professionals (some concessions available) including buffet lunch and refreshments, handouts and other materials. Email lyndaniles@live.co.uk to book your place or telephone 0741 1177 747 for more details.

A three-week family action course for parents or carers of a child whom they believe may have ASD or ADHD, or who is on the waiting list for assessment of ADHD or ASD.

Developed by Stephanie Summers and Melanie Bruce from Norfolk Community Health & Care, the Positive Strategies Behaviour (PBS) course looks at the child’s behaviour as communication.

Families are given the opportunity to discuss their own situations, as well as meeting other people in similar circumstances. The aim is to help identify possible internal and external triggers for behaviour, and then consider strategies to support the child to manage this. By the end of the three weeks, parents will have completed a PBS plan built upon the child’s individual needs. This can be used to support the child’s behaviour at school, with family and in other settings.

Dates and times:

  • Mondays 4, 11 and 18 March
    10am to 12noon

Venue:

St James, Extons Road, King’s Lynn PE30 5NU

Bookings and further information:

Contact Family Action on 01760 720302 or 01760 725801.

The following training course is offered for the spring:

  • Autism Practical Strategies Level 2 – Managing transition and use of language

Date and time: Wednesday 6 March, 9.30am to 3.30pm

  • Social Survival for the Logical Thinker

Date and time: Wednesday 8 May,9.30am to 3.30pm

Venue: Keswick Hall, Norwich NR4 6TJ

Bookings and further information:  Go to www.alphainclusion.co.uk/training to book. Alternatively email info@alphainclusion.co.uk or telephone Alpha Inclusion on 01603 926170.

Worried about your child’s speech, language or communication skills?  Would you like some help and advice?

Drop in for a friendly, informal chat with a speech and language therapist, who will offer specialist advice and recommend a referral if follow-on appointments are needed.  No appointment necessary!

These sessions are for pre-school children only.  If your child already attends school, please contact the East Coast Community Healthcare helpline on 01493 809977 to arrange to speak to a therapist as they are unable to see children who are already on one of their waiting lists.  Sessions are 15-20 minutes each and on a first-come, first-served basis.  You will be given an approximate appointment time on arrival.  If a particular session is full you will be asked to come back another time.  Please visit the ECCH website for further information.

Venues, dates and times:

  • Wednesday 6 March, 9.30-11.30am at Litcham Children’s Centre, Weasenham Road, Litcham PE32 2QT
  • Wednesday 6 March, 1-3pm at Drayton & Taverham Children’s Centre, Drayton Infant School, School Road, Drayton, Norwich NR8 6EP
  • Thursday 7 March, 9.30-11.30am at Acle Marshes Children’s Centre, The Library, Bridewell Lane, Acle NR13 3RA
  • Wednesday 13 March, 9.30-11.30am at Thetford Sure Start Children’s Centre, Kingsway, Thetford IP24 3DY
  • Wednesday 13 March, 1-3pm at Poringland Community Centre, Overton Way, Poringland, Norwich NR14 7WB
  • Thursday 14 March, 9.30-11.30am at Fakenham Children’s Centre, Norwich Road, Fakenham NR21 8HN
  • Thursday 14 March, 9.30-11.30am at North City Children’s Centre, Angel Road, Norwich NR3 3HR
  • Monday 18 March, 9.30-11.30am at North Walsham Children’s Centre, Manor Road, North Walsham NR28 9HG
  • Tuesday 19 March, 9.30-11.30am at Swaffham Children’s Centre, White Cross Road, Swaffham PE37 7RF
  • Wednesday 20 March, 9.30-11.30am at Earlham Early Years Children’s Centre, 168A Motum Road, Norwich NR5 8EG
  • Wednesday 20 March, 1-3pm at Priory Children’s Centre, Priory Gardens, Great Yarmouth NR30 1NW
  • Tuesday 26 March, 1-3pm at Bowthorpe Sure Start Children’s Centre, 20 Humbleyard, Norwich NR5 9BN
  • Wednesday 27 March, 9.30-11.30am at King’s Lynn Baptist Church, Wisbech Road, King’s Lynn PE30 5JS
  • Thursday 28 March, 9.30-11.30am at East City & Framingham Earl Children’s Centre, Duckett Close, Norwich NR1 2LR
  • Friday 29 March, 9.30-11.30am at Seagulls Children’s Centre, Magdalen Way, Gorleston NR31 7BP

Are you and your children struggling to get a good night’s sleep?

This Sleep East ‘Sleep Workshop’ in North Walsham is designed for all exhausted parents and is also suitable for parents of children with complex and additional needs.

Thanks to funding from the Victory Housing Trust Community Grant, it is offered free to participants.

The workshop is fun and interactive and covers the following:

  • 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 and time:  Tuesday 12 March, 10am-12.30pm.  There is also a follow-on sleep clinic on Wednesday 10 April at North Walsham Library, after Bounce & Rhyme at 10am.

Venue:  North Walsham Infant School & Nursery, 2 Manor Road, North Walsham, NR28 9HQ

Bookings and further information:  Contact Joy Bishop to book your free place on joybishop@sleepeast.co.uk or 01692 402240.

A free event in Long Stratton that is open to anyone working with children or young people affected by mental health within Norwich or South Norfolk.

Seize the opportunity to network with organisations that support mental health and wellbeing – your chance to become better equipped with the knowledge you need to signpost children and families with confidence.

This event is an informal marketplace with many information stands and drop-in sessions to speak to any service you wish.

Date, times and venue:

  • Wednesday 13 March, 4.30-6.30pm

Long Stratton High School, Manor Road, Long Stratton, NR15 2XR

Booking:

Please note that booking is essential for this free event. To confirm your attendance, or if you have any questions, please email luke.keegan@norfolk.gov.uk.

An opportunity for anyone to meet, play, share experiences and celebrate successes with parents, school staff and other professionals in an informal setting.

Open to all parents and carers of children with additional needs or disabilities.

Dates and times:

  • 13 March - 10am to 12pm
  • 5 June - 10am to 12pm 

Venue:  Fred Nicholson School, Westfield Road, Dereham, NR19 1JB

Booking:  Email office@frednicholson.norfolk.sch.uk or call the school on 01362 693915 for further information or to register your interest in attending.

Family Voice Norfolk are delighted to welcome Sara Tough, Director of Children’s Services, as keynote speaker at this year’s annual conference to share her vision for Norfolk to an audience of parents and carers of children and young people with SEND).

This event will include information stands, workshops and the chance to speak directly to service providers and others.

It is open to both Family Voice members and non-members (with free buffet lunch and activities for children with SEND offered at The Clare School).

Date and time:  Saturday 16 March - 10am-3.30pm

Venue:  John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich NR4 7UH

Booking:

While this conference is free to all parents and carers of children (0-25) with SEND, it is always oversubscribed. Family Voice Norfolk urges you to secure your place as soon as you can when booking opens on 14 January via www.familyvoice.org.uk or by emailing events@familyvoice.org.uk . Alternatively call or text 07535 895748 to leave a message with your contact details.

The following courses are offered by St Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich:

  • Long-term ventilation in young adults - Tuesday 19 March, 9.30am to 4.30pm

Future topics will include:

  • Assistive technology
  • Psychosocial support for young adults and their families
  • Developing a young adult and transitional care service
  • Mental capacity and consent

Venue:  St Elizabeth Hospice, 565 Foxhall Road, Ipswich IP3 8LX

Bookings:  Contact education@stelizabethhospice.org.uk

Workshops with Sarah-Jane Critchley presented by the National Autistic Society (NAS) are open for booking.

Date: Friday 22 March

Times: The first workshop runs from 10am to 1pm, and the same workshop is repeated for an evening audience from 6pm to 9pm. Please arrive between 9.15am and 9.30am to register for the first session and between 5pm and 5.15pm for the evening one.

Venue: King’s Lynn Masonic Centre, Hamburg Way, North Lynn Industrial Estate, King's Lynn PE30 2ND

Bookings: National Autistic Society (West Norfolk) members can book on Eventbrite and are asked to make a donation to NAS of at least £5 on the day (you do not pay at time of booking). Non NAS members who are parents/carers will be charged £10 at the time of booking on Eventbrite. Professionals will be charged £20 at their time of booking. Registration is via the links below:

Daytime workshop bookings by NAS WN members
Daytime workshop bookings by parent carers
Daytime workshop bookings by professionals
Evening workshop bookings by NAS WN members
Evening workshop bookings by parent carers
Evening workshop bookings by professionals

Further information: Contact the National Autistic Society: www.autism.org.uk

Norfolk SEND Partnership’s free Independent Partnership Supporter (IPS) training course is run over three days to support young people, parents and children 0-25 years with SEND.

Learn about:

  • Giving information advice and support
  • Providing help with paperwork
  • Explaining procedures
  • Offering support at school meetings

Dates:

  • Introduction day – Thursday 28 February
  • Compulsory training days – Tuesday 30 April, Wednesday 1 May and Thursday 2 May

Please note that this course will also consist of online training to be done at home

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

Bookings and further details:  Booking is essential for this free training.  Please call 01603 704070 or email sendpartnership.iass@norfolk.gov.uk.  For information about Norfolk SEND Partnership go to www.norfolksendpartnershipiass.org.uk.

Come along to the Forum for two packed days celebrating deaf culture!

Admission is free. There will be various stalls, organisations to meet and much more besides.

BSL interpreters and speech to text will be available at this event.

Dates and times:

Friday 24 May and Saturday 25 May

10.00am to 4.00pm

Venue:

The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich NR2 1BH

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