SEND Local Offer - Christmas Update

Dear Friend,  

Welcome to our SEND Christmas Holiday Activity Calendar! Click here to view the calendar.

Since our October Half-Term Activity Calendar we have been very busy: 

  • We have launched a live yearly calendar filled with events to help families see activities all in one place - we continue to develop this (please tell us if you would like to add anything) 
  • We are about to launch our SEND Local Offer Facebook group (which parents told us will make it easier to keep up to date with news and activities!)  
  • We are also about to launch Park Ball - free family fun on the first Sunday of every month, straight after junior park run at Victoria Park 
  • We are developing ideas for a SEND-friendly junior park run and have had great support from Park Run HQ to help with this - watch this space! 

Further details will be on our shiny, happy Facebook group and Local Offer website. 

As always, please feed back any ideas and please share!  

Free Training from NHS England - Supporting Neurodiverse Young People in Schools

The NHS England Long Term Plan aims to better support Children and Young People who are autistic or who have learning disabilities.  In order to achieve the most positive outcomes for our young people, NHS England are keen that we hear from young people across different sectors in order that we make a difference to their lives.  NHS England have agreed to fund three conferences in the North aimed at collaborative working with young people, parent carers, schools and wider providers of children’s services to work together to understand how reasonable adjustments can be made to better support neurodiverse school age children. 

Please click here for further information and details on how to book.

October Half-Term Activity Calendar

We are really excited to share our first activity calendar for the October half-term. As you may know, we are currently reviewing short breaks, so while that takes place our calendar is a reflection of the many great things that are already happening in, or around, St Helens.

Our aim is to give young people a choice and to make it easier for families to see what's available.

We are mindful that things change; we also know we will have missed activities out (although not through want of searching!) so we shall be posting this calendar to the Local Offer and updating it as we go. 

Click here to view the calendar.

World Gymnaestrada 2019

800 gymnasts representing Great Britain were part of the 16th World Gymnaestrada in Austria. The GB gymnasts joined 18,500 other gymnasts from 69 countries.

Spartac Gymnastics Club - a mixed-ability inclusive squad who have 25 gymnasts aged four to 37, five mainstream and 20 with a range of disabilities including Down Syndrome and Trisomy 3, were among those performing in Austria.

The team performed displays and celebrated the diversity, skill and excitement of gymnastics. A number of past and present St Helens pupils are part of the club, and appeared on BBC Breakfast news on Sunday 7 July.


Ambitious about autism

Ambitious about Autism is running a campaign aimed at tackling loneliness among autistic young people. The charity’s youth patrons have created a series of ‘top tips’ outlining small changes in attitudes and behaviours that will help make autistic young people feel more included and accepted in different aspects of life.

The tips cover education, the workplace, youth groups and out and about in the community. The tips will be published weekly on the charity’s website where they can be downloaded and shared.

To request postcards of each set of tips, please email or to support on social media follow @AmbitiousAutism #IncludeAutism


St Helens Council to offer Apprenticeships to Young People with SEND

For full article, please follow the link to St Helens Star below:

St Helens Council SEND Apprenticeships



Featured here are some of the organisational newsletters... if you have access to others that you would like to share, please let us know and we will be happy to include a link on this page!


For a full list of upcoming training events organized by the NW SEND Regional Network, please follow the link below:

North West Regional Network


Below are the newsletters from the North West Regional Network.  These newsletters contain a wealth of resources that you may find useful:

July 2019

May 2019

April 2019 

March 2019

February 2019

January 2019

December 2018

October 2018

Summer 2018

June 2018

May 2018

Spring 2018


The purpose of the Local Offer is to enable parents and young people to see more clearly what services are available for children with special educational needs and disabilities in their area, and how to access them.

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