December - Local Offer

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December 2021

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Welcome from the Local Offer team 

Hello to all of our families, as the government has announced new safety measures we want to remind you of the vaccination centres below offering vaccinations and some offering walk in boosters. Children aged 16 and 17 can now have their first dose of the vaccine. Please read more below. 

The Bradford Local Offer website is designed to support families, parents and carers with children and young people with SEND and can help you find other services and provisions that are available to you in the Bradford District and surrounding areas, you can visit the Local Offer website.

We want to finally say, Seasons Greeting and Happy New Year to our families.

Take care and we will be in touch in the New Year. 

COVID-19 vaccination walk in clinics

You can see available dates and locations for vaccination walk in clinics in Bradford district here - Covid-19 vaccination clinics.

The are family clinics at St Lukes and you can walk in for boosters at Broadway and Jacobs Well.

  • People aged 16 and 17 can now get a 1st dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Second doses are available to anyone aged 18 or over (or will turn 18 within 3 months) and who had their first dose 8 weeks ago or there’s a clinical need for it to be earlier.
  • Some sites offer booster vaccinations. The NHS website has details of who is eligible for the booster dose (opens in a new window).
  • You do not need to have an NHS number or be registered with a GP to use a walk-in service.
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Stronger Families programme

This programme supports families across Bradford who have barriers to accessing education or training and gaining skills for work and employment. Keyworkers help families to overcome a range of challenges in relation to work such as health and wellbeing, debt and budgeting, housing, school attendance, parenting and supporting the transition back into work.

If you feel you might benefit from some support
Phone: 07894 708337
Visit: Bradford Stronger Families Hub | Barnardo's (

Stronger Families is part of Building Better Opportunities, funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and the European Social Fund.

EHCP workshop

Workshop for parents and carers

Thursday, 20 January 2022
10am – 12 noon

There is a free workshop about Education and Health Care Plans run by Barnardo's SENDIASS service. The session is face to face and will take place at Listerhills Science Park. The sessions are limited to 10 spaces, please book a place here. If you can't make it after booking please do let the service know so someone else can take the space. 

Workshop agenda:

  •  Short introduction of SENDIASS and what they do
  •  EHCP's - what they are and how to request one
  •  Legislation/rights throughout the process and afterwards
  •  20 minutes Q&A with SENDIASS case worker.

We also have our One Minute Guides available on the Local Offer website, they can help with information before your next school meeting, they can help you understand what to expect and how to keep on top of your child or young person’s EHCP.

Family Leadership Programme

Sunday 26 January, 2022
1pm - 3pm

This module is for parents and carers of children and young people with learning disabilities. Parents and carers will hear about what to expect from adult health services, including the GP’s learning disabilities register, annual health checks & health action plans as well as find out what support there is from more specialist services. There will also be an introduction to the support available from Bradford’s Speech and Language Therapy Service. Please sign up here.

Mental health services

SEND children’s and young people’s mental health services in Bradford

The Parents' Forum ran a successful event in November about access to mental health services. The parents and carers who attended the online meeting met with the children’s and young people’s health services across Bradford District who answered questions and queries. One of the services promoted was Kooth a children and young people’s online resource with no waiting list and everyday text support. 

Read the full update on the children and young people's mental health listening event.

Masking and Emotional Based School Avoidance

Thank you to all the parents and carers who have shared their feedback with Airedale and Wharfedale Autism Resource (AWARE), and the Parents' Forum for Bradford and Airedale around the challenges of their children attending school and showing masking behaviours.

A detailed report was shared with the SEND workstreams last month and services are now meeting to develop a policy for schools, with additional guidance for parents and carers. Families have already been involved in this piece of work and will be attending meetings to help support the process. We hope to have further updates earlier next year on progress and thanks again to all the families who played a part in gathering this information.

Focus on - Preparing for Adulthood


Moving into the workplace (a young person's story)

Congratulations to one of our SEND young people from Keighley who enrolled on the Mencap Positive Ambitions programme. The Mencap programme allowed the young person to meet with a support worker, start working in a local pub and become a valued member of the team. After his placement the young man involved is now going back to Keighley college on a supported internship course to continue his career aspirations. Please find the flyer and contact details for Mencap’s 10 week employability programme.

A spotlight on - 'Help I'm lost cards'

Help I'm Lost Card

Bradford’s Safe Place Scheme (known locally as the ‘Help I’m Lost Card’ Scheme) is run by adults with learning disabilities at SNOOP.

What is a Safe Place?

A ‘Safe Place’ is somewhere a person with a disability can go and ask for help or assistance if they are lost, frightened or in difficulty. 

Children with SEND and adults with a learning disability can apply to join the ‘Safe Places’ scheme. You will get a wristband to wear and a card to carry. When you go out the young person or adult can keep their card in your purse, wallet, pocket or on a lanyard.

Organisations registered as a ‘Safe Place’ includes community and public venues, such as shops, libraries, sports centres and supermarkets. Look out for a 'safe place' window sticker in the window. 

SNOOP have launched a phone App to help people to find their nearest safe place which is free to download on android or IOS. Read more at:  Help I’m Lost Card - How to use our Safe Places App - YouTube

If you wish to register to receive a ‘Help I’m Lost Card’, for yourself or for a group or school contact:

SNOOP – preparation for adulthood open sessions

SNOOP are running sessions for young adults aged 14-25 years every Thursday during term time (3pm- 6pm). The sessions are open to young people with a learning disability and or autism to help prepare for adult life. For more information or to register an interest please click here.

Thank You

Thank you to all the parents who have shared their experiences so far in our Open House meetings. We have met with over 100 parent/carers and partners over the last few months to discuss our priority areas and how we will move forwards with our SEND services. Watch out for further updates in early next year. 

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