In Partnership - April edition

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In Partnership - April edition

From the manager's office

Well Spring has finally sprung, and this month's bulletin comes to you with a slightly warmer glow - although by the time you read this, there's every chance that it'll be snowing! This month has been a busy one at SENDIASS, with parent information events and a phenomenally well attended drop-in session at the Central Library. It was excellent to see some new faces at these, and hope that everyone found them worthwhile. You can read about the "Emotional Health Needs around the family" event below, including a round-up of the services available in this area. 

Next month we will be asking the Local Authority's Head of SEND Student Services Jeanette Essex to answer any questions you have about services in the Coventry area and publish them here. Do you have a burning question that you want answering? It might be about Education Health and Care plans, school transport, or maybe even about the quality of this bulletin! Whatever your question, send them in to and we'll get Jeanette to answer them. 

University of Warwick - Cerebra Family Research Group

Warwick Univeristy Research

Cerebra 1,000 Families Study

Mothers and fathers of children with a learning disability, this is your opportunity to inform research and policy for coming decades!

The Cerebra Family Research Group, at the University of Warwick, in collaboration with the research charity Cerebra, wishes to explore the experiences of parents or parental caregivers who live with a child with a learning disability aged 4 to 11 years. We want to make this the largest study ever of families of children with learning disability in the UK.

The 1,000 families study will further our understanding of what it is like to raise a child with a learning disability in the UK and will help shape future information and support for families and children – so get involved!

To find out more about the research and to take part, please go to our website

For enquires please email: 

Emotional Health Needs Around the Family Feedback

The Emotional Health Needs Around The Family Event took place on 22 March at The Welcome Centre, Coventry.  

Almost 70 parents and professionals came to the SENDIASS information event, to offer support and information for parents and a networking opportunity for professionals.

Presentations were given by both voluntary and local authority representatives, with an overview of their services, news, updates and short films in relation to emotional well-being and mental health issues.  Parents and carers then had a further opportunity to approach services on an individual basis at their stalls in a ‘Market Place’.  This was complemented by a facilitated ‘Cosy Corner’; providing parents and carers with a safe, informal environment for discussion and appropriate signposting if required.  

You can find out more about the event.

You can find out more about our forthcoming events through this bulletin or via our website. 

Upcoming Events

Outdoor pursuits activity day


Sense for deafblind people have arranged an outdoor pursuits activity day for young people aged 6-25 who have a sensory impairment or additional communication need.   Try rock climbing, abseiling or zip-wiring - all adapted for every ability.

When: Saturday 30 April 2016, 9.30-3.00

Where: Walsall Outdoor Pursuits Centre

Cost: £10 

For more information telephone Lucy Howard: 0121 525 9545 or email: 

Sleep Success Workshop

The Childrens Sleep Charity

Does your child suffer sleep problems?

Are you a professional who supports families with sleep problems?

Join us on our sleep success workshop designed for both parents and professionals. Places are free for parents and just £65 per place for professionals.

When: Tuesday 10 May 2016, 9.30am - 2.30pm

Where:  Four Oaks Children's Centre, Arthur Terry School, Sutton Coldfield, B74 4RZ

To book or for more information please contact or visit 

Dyslexia Workshop

Dyslexia Free parent session

Understanding Dyslexia free parent/carer workshop

When: Thursday 26 May 2016, 7-9pm

Venue: Social Care Development Centre, Coventry.

Places must be booked in advance. To book telephone: 024 7669 4307 or email: 



HOPE Programme for parents/carers of children with ASD/ADHD/SPD


Coventry Carers Centre

A free 6 week course running for 2.5 hours per week.

  • Learn new ways to deal with stress, anxiety, emotions, depression
  • Manage fatigue, guilt and fears for the future
  • Consider your own health and well being

Course starts on Monday 6 June - Monday 11 July 2016, 10.30 - 1.00

A taster session, which you need to attend to find out more, is taking place on Wednesday 25 May 2016, 11.00-1.00 at 'The Den', the back of the Central Methodist Church Hall.  

To find out more contact Gill Fleckner on 024 76101040 Option 3 or email:  

ZAP Big Lottery Funding

ZAP Anti bullying courses 

Coventry courses now available: Thursday 21 July (9-11 year olds) and Thursday 28 July (12-16 year olds). 

To find out more download the information here or visit the SENDIASS website for more information.

Finding a Holiday

Disabled Holidays

Disabled holidays can offer accessible accommodation including holidays and trips in the UK, overseas, cruises, safari and more.  They can also arrange equipment hire including electric beds, hoists, shower chairs, bedrails etc. Telephone: 01457 833444, email them: or visit their website: 

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