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Sure Start Children's Centres


Friends, Learning And Special Help
New support group for
parents and carers of children
with additional needs

Held at Wymondham Area Children’s Centre,
Ashleigh Infant and Nursery School,
Sheffield Road, Wymondham NR18 0HL.

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Bookable Sessions - 9.30 am – 11.30 am

Tuesday 10th September 2013 – ASD Helping Hands
Tuesday 8th October 2013 – Debbie Hosier (Specialist Health Visitor at Upton road)
Tuesday 5th November 2013 – To be confirmed.
Tuesday 3rd December 2013 - Christmas party!

Telephone 01953 713896 to book your place

Drop in Sessions - 9.30 am to 11.30 am

No need to book, drop in anytime between 9.30 – 11.30 am

Thursday 26th September 2013
Thursday 24th October 2013
Thursday 21st November 2013

Entered: August 2013

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News from MAP

Free and independent activities, advice and counselling for young people

Entered: July 2013

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Please see below link to details of NANSA's new training initiative. 

Link to training details

Entered: March 2013

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SRB consultation

Click onto the link below to see the new Norfolk Local Authority website page on Special Resource Bases (SRB) so that you can keep up to date with the review:

Entered: July 2013

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Information about transition benefits for 16+

Plus other tax credits and DLA (soon to be PIP).

Tax credits are affected by other benefits so each family would be looked at on an individual basis to ensure the best outcome financially.

Entered: March 2013

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A project run by Genetic Alliance UK offering support and information to families of children with undiagnosed genetic conditions.

Here at SWAN UK we can offer them the chance to chat to other families and support them in their pursuit of a diagnosis. You can find out more about the work we do by visiting our website:

or having a look at our latest newsletter below:

Download Newsletter

Entered: February 2013

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Funding for pupils with special educational needs (SEN) in Norfolk

As part of the Big Conversation in 2010, Norfolk County Council decided to give schools all the funding for children and young people with special educational needs rather than the Council giving it out for individual children. This is supported by the government and should mean children can get help faster than having to wait for a Statement of SEN. Since then we have been working with schools, parents/carers and professionals to work out the best way to do this. The new funding scheme will take effect from 1 September 2012.

Download the full details below:

Funding document 

Entered: July 2012

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If my child has a statement of special educational needs - can I appeal for a place at an academy?

YES - Parents may appeal to a SENDIST Tribunal for a place in an academy for their child if the academy has refused to take them.

If the Tribunal agree with the parent, the academy can appeal against the child attending their school to The Secretary of State for Education.

In a recent appeal The Secretary of State said he found it very difficult to see why he would disagree with the Tribunal's decision. This means that it is very unlikely that the academy would win their appeal if the Tribunal has said they must take the child.

Entered: August 2012

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Please find below a link to Cerebra's disabled children parents' guide.

This guide has been prepared for parents of disabled children who want to know how to get help for their child's social care, housing and health needs.

Entered: August 2012

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Norfolk Steps Positive Handling Training


This is the standard training delivered to Professionals working with children within Norfolk and this year has been funded by
Children’s Services.

Apply now for two sessions of
Training from 10am-2pm including lunch to provide you with some understanding of challenging behaviors, de-escalation skills and an understanding of basic physical intervention techniques.

16 & 17 July 2013 All Saints Community Centre, Great Yarmouth
25 & 26 September 2013 Aylsham Motel
6 & 7 November 2013,Abbey Neighbourhood Centre, Thetford
4 & 5 December 2013 Trinity Centre, Norwich
29 & 30 January 2014 Dereham Town Football Club
5 & 6 March 2014 South Lynn Community Centre, Kings Lynn

Link to full details

Please contact Tina Eagle 07980 412027 or email
For more details and an application form

Entered: July 2013

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Do you like helping others?
Are you a good listener?
Have you thought about volunteering?

Could you support parents of children with special educational needs as a volunteer?

We are holding a FREE training
course at the Acle War Memorial Recreation Social Club, Bridewell Lane, Acle to be held on
Tuesday 1st, 15th & 22nd October & 5th, 12th & 19th November 2013.

Exit interview at the Norfolk Parent Partnership Office on the 26th November.

Make a real difference to parents and children with Norfolk Parent

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Entered: May 2013

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Do you have a child of any age with speech/language problems?

Would you like to meet other families in similar situations?

We hold regular support groups, where you can pop in and chat to other families. Children of all ages are welcome, and we have toys, books and craft materials available. Parents can chat over a coffee in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, sharing their knowledge and experience.

We both have children with speech problems, and can offer advice on how to help your child, and getting professional and playgroup/school support. Or we can just be here to have a chat, and help you realize that you are not on your own, there are other families in similar situations.

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To find out when our next support group is or just to get some advice, please contact us:

Amy 07429 632414 or email

Tracy 07941 137380 or email

Or contact The Afasic helpline: 0845 3 55 55 77

Entered: June 2013

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Teen-links are looking for teenagers with Disabilities

Are you aged between 13 and 17?

Do you want to have fun, try some exciting exercise activities and make new friends?

Do you like bowling, tubing or skating or other workout things like this?

Do you find it difficult to achieve this on your own with out your parents?

Our teenage volunteers want to support you with this.

For more information please ring. 01508 536515 or email

Supported by our friends at providing funky clothing for our training workshops and outdoor activity days!

Entered: February 2013

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Find out what money your child's school receives for SEN funding:

  • Go to A-Z and click on ‘Budget Share'
  • Put in school name and click on the 4 number code in blue box
  • Click on ‘SEN Memorandum'

    Entered: December 2012

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Tell us your experience of an appeal

Have you appealed against a permanent exclusion from school since September 2012?

If so Sheffield Hallam University would like to invite you to take part in their research.

The aim of the research is to find out what it was like for those involved to go through the independent Review Panel or the First Tier Tribunal . This would be an opportunity to give your opinion on the process you went through in appealing, and potentially influence future policy. 

If you would like to participate in an interview please contact Claire Wolstenholme (project manager) at Sheffield Hallam University who will go through more details of the research and check that you are happy to take part.

To take part or for further information contact:

Project Manager: Claire Wolstenholme:
Tel: 0114 225 6059

Centre for Education and Inclusion Research (CEIR) Sheffield Hallam University

Entered: January 2013

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