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.

Anyone with a learning disability is welcome to join Mencap’s community support group in Norwich.

Your chance to have your say about things that matter to you, have fun and make a difference!

Dates and times:

  • Thursday 13 September 2018, 11am-2.30pm
  • Thursday 8 November 2018, 11am-2.30pm
  • Thursday 17 January 2019, 11am-2.30pm

Lunch and drinks provided.

Venue:  The Garage, 14 Chapelfield North, Norwich NR2 1NY

Booking:  To secure your place, please email Mencap emily.flores-gutierrez@mencap.org.uk or rachael.scott@mencap.org.uk.

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.

The following training courses are offered for the autumn and spring:

Venue:  Keswick Hall, Norwich NR4 6TJ

Building Blocks for Communication

  • Wednesday 17 October, 9.30am-3.30pm

Autism Practical Strategies Level 1 - using visual resources and social use of stories

  • Wednesday 14 November, 9.30am-3.30pm

Autism Practical Strategies Level 2 – managing transition and use of language

  • Wednesday 6 March, 9.30am-3.30pm

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.

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

  • Understanding transition and the law - Thursday 15 November, 9.30am-4.30pm
  • Person-centred care and transition - Wednesday 5 December, 9.30am-4.30pm
  • Long term ventilation in young adults - Tuesday 19 March, 9.30am-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:  Please contact education@stelizabethhospice.org.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:

  • 21 November 2018, 10am-12pm
  • 13 March 2019, 10am-12pm
  • 5 June 2019, 10am-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.

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:

  • Thursday 3 January, 9.30-11.30am at Wymondham Hub, Ayton Road, Wymondham NR18 0QJ
  • Thursday 3 January, 9.30-11.30am at Caister Children’s Centre,Caister Infant School, Kingston Avenue, Caister NR30 5ET
  • Monday 7 January, 9.30-11.30am at Cromer Children’s Centre, Room 100, Benjamin Court, Roughton Road, Cromer NR27 0EU
  • Tuesday 8 January, 9.30-11.30am atWatton Christian Community Centre, 57 High Street, Watton, Thetford IP25 6AB
  • Wednesday 9 January, 9.30-11.30am at Fakenham Children’s Centre, Norwich Road, Fakenham NR21 8HN
  • Wednesday 16 January, 9.30-11.30am at Swaffham Children’s Centre, White Cross Road, Swaffham PE37 7RF
  • Wednesday 16 January, 1-3pm at Priory Children’s Centre, Priory Gardens, Great Yarmouth NR30 1NW
  • Thursday 17 January, 9.30-11.30am at Attleborough Children’s Centre, 2 Church Street, Attleborough NR17 2AH
  • Thursday 17 January, 9.30-11.30am  at Acle Marshes Children’s Centre, The Library, Bridewell Lane, Acle NR13 3RA
  • Thursday 17 January, 1-3pm at Drayton & Taverham Children’s Centre, School Road, Drayton, Norwich NR8 6EP
  • Monday 21 January, 9.30-11.30am at North City Children’s Centre, Angel Road, Norwich NR3 3HR
  • Tuesday 22 January, 1-3pm, at Bowthorpe Sure Start Children’s Centre, 20 Humbleyard, Norwich NR5 9BN
  • Wednesday 23 January, 9.30-11.30am at King’s Lynn Baptist Church, Wisbech Road, King’s Lynn PE30 5JS
  • Friday 25 January, 9.30-11.30am at Seagulls Children’s Centre, Magdalen Way, Gorleston NR31 7BP
  • Tuesday 29 January, 9.30-11.30am at Dereham Children’s Centre, London Road, Dereham NR19 1AS
  • Tuesday 29 January, 9.30-11.30am at Hempnall Mill Centre, Mill Road, Hempnall, Norwich NR15 2LP
  • Wednesday 30 January, 9.30-11.30am at Hunstanton Children’s Centre, Avenue Road, Hunstanton PE36 5BW
  • Wednesday 30 January, 1-3pm at Poringland Community Centre, Overton Way, Poringland, Norwich NR14 7WB
  • Thursday 31 January, 9.30am to 11.30am at Bawdeswell Village Hall,Reepham Road, Bawdeswell NR20 4RU

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

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

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.

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.

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