My Development was our theme for day 1 of Preparing for Adulthood Week.
We delved into post 16 opportunities, including further education options, employment, and supported internships. We heard from professionals on their expertise and advice, as well as parent / carers and young adults sharing their lived experiences, transitioning from childhood to adulthood. There was also a live question and answer segment.
The day was split into two live events - a lunchtime session (1pm until 2pm) aimed directly at young people and an evening session (6.30pm until 7.30pm) aimed at parent / carers.
Watch the My Development session
Matt works in the Wigan Council SEND Team (special educational needs and disability) and he will start the lunchtime and evening My Development sessions by speaking about the SEND Pathway for Wigan.
Matt joined us as the SEND Team Manager at Wigan Council. He has worked in the field of SEND for local authorities in a variety of different roles for the past 6 years. Prior to this, he worked as the Independent Support Coordinator at Embrace Wigan and Leigh, which involved supporting young people and their families when the SEND reforms were first introduced. He's also worked for the National Autistic Society and continues to have a passion for improving services for children and young people with autism.
As SEND Team Manager, he's responsible for the 0-25 age range and leads on several different work strands which include 0-25 pathways and Quality Assurance. The SEND Team are a statutory service who ensure decisions for EHC Needs Assessment referrals are made in statutory timescales and EHC Plans are made available to those children and young people with the most complex needs. Matt has oversight of the High Needs Budget, ensuring funding is distributed fairly and equitably to children and young people across schools and settings.
Charlotte works for the Wigan Council Supported Employment Service. Charlotte, along with her colleague Antonia Hughes, will be out second speakers to feature in both our lunchtime and evening My Development sessions. They will be speaking about supported internships for Wigan.
Charlotte is the Service Development Lead for supported employment helping disabled people find work locally.
Lisa works in the Wigan Council Employment and Skills Aspiring Futures Team as manager. She'll be speaking at both the lunchtime and evening sessions, covering careers support and assistance available for young people who are Not in Education, Employment or Training – referred to as NEET.
Wendy will be our last speaker for both the lunchtime and evening sessions. She works in the SEND Team as a Key Worker Coordinator and is responsible for the Local Offer website, which provides information for young people with SEND, their parents and carers and the people who work with them.
Wendy has supported young people and families for 15 years, and she endeavours to make sure that their voices are heard in decisions affecting their lives.
The Local Offer website has a section catered exclusively for young people, with information on independent living, mental health, Post 16 transition, colleges, training, volunteering, activity directory and more.
Agenda for the My Development sessions
Monday 8th November 2021
Lunchtime schedule for young people / schools / colleges
- 1pm-1.10pm - Guest Matt Lowe speaking about the SEND Pathway
- 1.15pm-1.25pm - Guest Antonia Hughes speaking about Supported Internships
- 1.30pm-1.40pm - Guest Lisa Felgate speaking about Careers and NEET
- 1.45pm-1.55pm - Guest Wendy Froggatt speaking about the Local Offer website
- 2pm-2.10pm - Hosting a live question and answer segment
Evening schedule for parents / carers
- 6.30pm-6.40pm - Guest Matt Lowe speaking about the SEND Pathway
- 6.45pm-6.55pm - Guest Charlotte Fairclough speaking about Supported Internships
- 7pm-7.10pm - Guest Lisa Felgate speaking about Careers and NEET
- 7.15pm-7.25pm - Guest Wendy Froggatt speaking about the Local Offer website
- 7.30pm-7.40pm - Hosting a live question and answer segment