SEND news and updates
Family Support Consultation
Wigan Council are reviewing their support offer for families. The past 18 months have been harder than ever for families with the impact of COVID-19. It is important that we gather views on the services that provide this support to help us make recommendations to develop and improve the experience for families bringing up children in Wigan.
Wigan Parent Carer Forum are working with Wigan Council to gather the views of parents and carers of children with SEND.
There is also an online focus group session to dicuss the support offer. Find out more information on the Early Help Focus Group (external link).
Young people can share their views by completing their own survey (external link).
SENDsational Young People's Group
SENDsational group is for young people with Special Educational needs and/or Disabilities aged 12-18. Sessions will be held at Umbrella Arts in Leigh on the 3rd Monday of the month, starting on 18th October.
The A-Team Hub in Leigh are holding Halloween parties for children with SEND on 27th October. There are two sessions, for children aged 0-5 and for those aged 6-10.
Preparing for Adulthood Week
Preparing for Adulthood Week is a five-day virtual event, taking place from 8th-12th November 2021.
- Each day has a different theme, covering development, health and happiness, independence, staying informed and available support.
- You'll hear from professionals on their expertise and advice, as well as parent / carers and young adults sharing their experiences transitioning from childhood to adulthood.
- Each event will have live speakers and the opportunity to ask questions.
Find out more about Preparing for Adulthood Week and how to book tickets.
Share your feedback with WWL NHS Trust
Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh (WWL) NHS Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust are asking for feedback to shape its Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy for its patients and staff.
Autumn 2021 Newsletter
The Autumn edition of Wigan Parent Carer SEND Newsletter is now available online, with information and activities for children and families.
Embrace behaviour support sessions
Monthly support group for parents and carers to explore and share different strategies, approaches, ideas and information.
Where? Wigan Youth Zone, Parson’s Walk, Wigan WN1 1RU
- Monday 25th October, 6-8pm
- Monday 29th November, 6-8pm.
For more information please contact Andy on 01942 233323. Please note that you are asked not to bring children to the sessions
Wigan’s SENDIASS team are offering training to parents and carers of children with SEND
- What are Annual Reviews? 4th November, 10-11 am
- The Early Years Framework - 25th November, 10-11am
- Preparing for School Meetings - 16th December, 10-11am
Visit the Embrace website to book your place on SENDIASS training (external link). All the training is virtual and can be accessed via a Zoom code which will be emailed after you've booked your place.
For more information contact Embrace on 01942 233323
SENDIASS training is also available for professionals working with children with SEND (external link).
Autism awareness and workshops
A full programme of online training for parents and carers of children and young people with autism is available.
Neurodevelopmental Pathway drop in sessions are held in various venues across the borough, giving parents and carers the opportunity to speak to professionals.
North West SEND Regional Network
This is a partnership of local, regional and national organisations and groups supporting children and young people with SEND and their families.
We are always looking for feedback on the content of the Local Offer. We are required to report on any feedback that we receive and what we have done in response to it. You can find a link to our latest report above.