Monthly Archives: February 2015

Macclesfield Parliamentary Hustings for World Autism Day

The prospective parliamentary candidates for Macclesfield are attending a Parliamentary Hustings on World Autism Day, hosted by Space4Autism.

Due to limited time this will not be an open Q&A hustings – SPACE4AUTISM members are invited to email their questions to be posed to the candidates – this is an opportunity to ask them your key questions relating to autism (either provision in East Cheshire or more general national issues)

This is Space4Autism’s second hustings, following our sucessful event in 2010 and it is our chance to inform our candidates of the challenges faced by families living with Autism.

If you would like to attend this event you must email info.space@hotmail.com to book your place as there is limited availability

2015 Parliamentary Hustings on World Autism Day (2 April 2015)

The prospective parliamentary candidates for Macclesfield are attending a Parliamentary Hustings on World Autism Day, hosted by Space4Autism.

Thursday 2 April 2015, arrive by 7.15pm to commence at 7.30pm promptly

Due to limited time this will not be an open Q&A hustings – SPACE4AUTISM members are invited to email their questions to be posed to the candidates – this is an opportunity to ask them your key questions relating to autism (either provision in East Cheshire or more general national issues)

This is Space4Autism’s second hustings, following our sucessful event in 2010 and it is our chance to inform our candidates of the challenges faced by families living with Autism.

If you would like to attend this event you must email info.space@hotmail.com to book your place as there is limited availability

 

 

Using the law to challenge cuts to short break services – webinar recording

Last month, Steve Broach held a webinar looking at how to challenge cuts to short break services.

Local authorities are in the process of setting their budgets for 2015/16, with budgets being set around mid-February. In many areas significant cuts are proposed to funding for short break services. It is vital that any cuts are made lawfully and that forums understand the legal duties in relation to short breaks so that any proposals which are inconsistent with these duties can be challenged.

This webinar covered:

  • the background to funding for short breaks from the Aiming High for Disabled Children programme onwards
  • the short breaks duty created by the Children and Young Persons Act 2008 and the Breaks for Carers of Disabled Children Regulations 2011
  • other legal duties relevant to the provision of short break services, including the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970
  • relevant legal issues to consider in relation to proposals to cut services, including duties to carry out fair consultations and the public sector equality duty
  • potential avenues of challenge for parent forums in relation to proposed cuts to short break funding.

Click here to go to the Contact A Family website for the link to view the webinar

You can also click here to view a guide to challenging cuts to short break services drawn up by Alex Irwin (Partner at Irwin Mitchell Solicitors) and Steve Broach (Barrister at Monckton Chambers).

Calendar

OPEN FORUM – New dates confirmed (27 Feb & 19 Mar)

The dates for our daytime and evening Open Forums looking at Activities, Groups and Residential (short break) services have now been confirmed.

The daytime Open Forum is on Friday 27 February 2015, from 10:00am to 2:00pm, at Middlewich Community Church (CW10 0JG)

The evening Open Forum is on Thursday 19 March, from 6:30pm to 9:00pm, at Ruby’s Fund, Congleton (CW12 1PG)

To book your place, please call 07794431768, or email us at cheshireeastpcf@gmail.com

CEPCF Evening Open Forum

The open forum will look at Activities, groups and respite services (Short Breaks) .This topic is relevant for all families in Cheshire East with a child who has additional needs.

For those who can’t make evening events, we are also running a daytime open forum on 27 February. Click here for more information

Please call 07794431768 or email cheshireeastpcf@gmail.com to book your place

There will be some presentations and a marketplace for providers currently commissioned by Cheshire East to talk with you about what they do (including Activate Arts, Carers Trust, CCiL, CEC Play and Leisure, Central Cheshire Buddy Scheme, Cheshire and Warrington Carers Centre, Friends For Leisure, Space4Autism and Stockport CP)

We then have Dave Leadbetter (Corporate Manager, Childens Commissioning) who is beginning a consultation with parent carers in Cheshire East. This is our opportunity to let the local authority know how we feel about the services available to us; what works, what doesn’t and what would work better.

Food will be provided.

Members of the forum can claim their travel and / or childcare expenses.

 

Changes to Special Educational Needs and Disability Support

Cheshire East Information Advice & Support (formerly Parent Partnership) are holding a SEND event for parents and carers only

Does your son or daughter have a learning difficulty or disability? Are they under 25 and in education or trianing or interested in accessing training opportunities? Would you like information on how to access support for them?
If the answer is YES, then you may be interested in this event.

Dr Cathy Hamer, Regional Facilitator for the North West, from the Council for Disabled Children, will be talking about the national Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) support that has replaced School Action and School Action Plus, and the Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP) that replace a Statement of SEN from September 2014.
A Local Authority representative will talk about how this is put in practice in Cheshire East.

This event is free for parent and carers, lunch and refreshements will be provided and free parking is available at the venue.

Please visit eventbrite to book http://ceias.eventbrite.co.uk
For more information follow this link to the ceias website , email ceias@cheshireeast.gov.uk or call 0300 123 5166

Changes to Special Education Needs and Disability Support event, 9 March

Cheshire East Information Advice & Support (formerly Parent Partnership) are holding a SEND event for parents and carers only
St Peter’s Church Hall, Elworth, Sandbach – Monday 9 March, 10am to 2pm
Please visit eventbrite to book http://ceias.eventbrite.co.uk

Does your son or daughter have a learning difficulty or disability? Are they under 25 and in education or trianing or interested in accessing training opportunities? Would you like information on how to access support for them?
If the answer is YES, then you may be interested in this event.

Dr Cathy Hamer, Regional Facilitator for the North West, from the Council for Disabled Children, will be talking about the national Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) support that has replaced School Action and School Action Plus, and the Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP) that replace a Statement of SEN from September 2014.
A Local Authority representative will talk about how this is put in practice in Cheshire East.

This event is free for parent and carers, lunch and refreshements will be provided and free parking is available at the venue.

Please visit eventbrite to book http://ceias.eventbrite.co.uk
For more information follow this link to the ceias website , email ceias@cheshireeast.gov.uk or call 0300 123 5166

Parent Carers’ Careers Support

Clare Gallagher, who is a parent carer herself, works for the National Careers Service:

“If you are anything like me, you probably have very little time left in your day to consider yourself, and your own wishes and aspirations for the future?

My name is Clare Gallagher, and I am a carer for my youngest of my 4 children, Jenni, who has a rare, life-limiting genetic condition. Many of you may have lost confidence in your own abilities and it may have been some time since you have worked or been in some form of study, training or voluntary work. Last year, during Carers Week, Nicola Holyoak, Lisa and staff from the Crewe Carers Centre and I, organised a “Careers and Employability Workshop”, which was attended by around 18 carers, both of adults and children and young people. The feedback from the event, was positive, but revealed a demand for careers guidance and support in its many forms: 1:1 guidance, confidence building skills, assistance with CV’s and completing application forms and information on part-time college or training and voluntary work opportunities.

I was on the steering group for the Cheshire East Parent Carers Forum for a year until I started work, so I am familiar with many of the issues/barriers around returning to work or study.

In my new role is a “Progression Worker” for The National Careers Service, I will be available to support any parent carer in the East Cheshire area, in any careers related enquiry. My colleague, Nicola Holyoak, already may be known to you as she provides a similar service to adult carers in the East Cheshire area at Crewe Carers Centre.

The advice and support I can give you is completely impartial – I am not linked to any college, employer or training organisation, and if there is anything that I can’t help you with, I am able to “signpost” you on to a service that can.

If you would like to talk to me at the Crewe Carers Centre, please contact Lisa at the Crewe Carers Centre on 07875976016. She will be able to organise a suitable date and time to see me. I will also hope to attend many of the Crewe parent carers coffee mornings (First Monday of the month), so please feel free to talk to me then, if you’d prefer.

I will also be available on certain dates at Nantwich and Sandbach libraries; to arrange an appointment, please ‘phone/text me on 07891829625, or email me on clare.gallagher@careerconnect.org.uk

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Local Offer Website

Have you looked at the Local Offer website yet? Click this link to go to the Local Offer and try it out. This is a work in progress, so if you have any feedback or changes to suggest please follow the links from the site.

The Cheshire East Local Offer:

  • includes information about the support and provision that families can expect from a wide range of agencies for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or disabilities (SEND) from birth to 25 years old
  • covers support and provision for children and young people with and without an Education, Health and Care Plan or Statement of Special Educational Need
  • is set out in one place so families and professionals have access to the same information
  • describes available support and services within Cheshire East, along with provision outside of Cheshire East that families may also be able to access
  • has been co-produced with families and professionals from a wide variety of agencies across Cheshire East

It should be a very useful tool for parent carers in Cheshire East, so if it’s not we need to let them know.

Education, Health & Care Plans – your experiences!

We’re now 4 months into the transition from Statements to Education Health & Care Plans.

We would like to hear how you have found it so far, so we can make sure that parents’, children’s and young people’s perspecitves of the process arebeing considered.

If you would like us to share your experiences (positive or negative – anonymously if you prefer) please email cheshireeastpcf@gmail.com to tell us how it has been for you.