October 2020

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E-bulletin October 2020


Autumn Leaves

Welcome to our October ebulletin.

Autumn has arrived with shorter days and typically unpredictable British weather.  However, there’s nothing unpredictable about IASS. We are still here to offer information, advice and support  Monday to Friday. We continue to work remotely so the best way to contact us is via email or our social media sites.

Our online sessions continue this term and are now available for bookings. Take a look below. 

Also this month a reminder to stay optimistic with Action For Happiness monthly calendar’s daily ideas to help support our emotional wellbeing.

Keep safe and well.

IASS online training sessions


Aspirations and Outcomes

For Young People 16-25 with additional needs

Wednesday 7th October 6 – 7pm

Join us for an interactive session where we will be thinking about your aspirations, exploring person centred planning tools and how you can get the support you need to help you achieve your outcomes

If you are a young person (16-25) with additional needs living in Wolverhampton, you will find this session useful.

Please register through this link for Eventbrite


Effective communication with parents and carers – working together to support learning and success 


For professionals working with children and young people with special educational needs and disability

Tuesday 20th October 1.30 – 2.30pm
and Thursday 5th November 11 – 12 midday

Working together with parents and carers is essential to support a child’s learning success and well-being.
This is particularly important when a child has additional needs.
This session explores effective communication and recognising the importance of parental needs and emotions.

For professionals working with children and young people with special educational needs and/or disability in Wolverhampton.

20th October – Please register through this link for Eventbrite

5th November – Please register through this link for Eventbrite


Q&A – special educational needs and disability

For parents and carers of children (0-25) wih additional needs

Tuesday 10th November 11.30-12.30

IASS will be answering your questions in relation to the law on special educational needs and disability; what you can expect from school-based support; EHCPs and Wolverhampton’s Travel Unit Co-ordinator will be joining us to answer questions on school/college transport.

If you live in Wolverhampton and have a child (0-25) with additional needs, you will find this session useful.

Please register through this link for Eventbrite


Q&A for young people with additional needs

For Young People aged 16-25 with additional needs

Thursday 26th November 5.30 – 6.30pm

The Information, Advice and Support Service will be answering your questions about the support you can expect from your school or college; Education, Health and Care plans and the help available to you.

If you are a young person (16-25) with additional needs living in Wolverhampton, you will find this session useful.

Please register through this link for Eventbrite

EHCP Booklet

EHCP taster

For parents and carers of children (0-25) with additional needs

Wednesday 9th December 1 – 2pm

Join us for our online EHCP taster session where we will be covering:
Legal definitions
What an Education, Health and Care plan (EHCP) is
The EHC needs assessment process
Help and support available

If you live in Wolverhampton and have a child (0-25) with additional needs, then you will find this session useful.

Professionals working with children and young people in Wolverhampton are also welcome.

Please register through this link for Eventbrite


Kuli's Story


Kuli Kohli, a Welfare Rights Support Worker with Wolverhampton City Council shares her inspiring story.

Her story titled ‘They wanted to drown me at birth – now I’m a poet’, featured on the BBC News homepage has gone worldwide with over 1.5 million readers.

Kuli was born in India with cerebral palsy, where her community were disappointed that she was a first-born daughter and some villagers argued she should be thrown into a river and left to drown due to her disabilities.

Her family moved to Wolverhampton in the 1970s to start a new life. She attended Penn Hall Special School, which is where she first found poetry. In 2017, Kuli gave the first live performance on her work.

​​​​​​Kuli wanted the world to know her story and to give awareness of disability, race and gender.

Kuli’s full story can be viewed here 

Kuli also featured on BBC Radio 4 in September, with Wolverhampton’s Poet Laureate Emma Purshouse, which you can listen to here. 

Kuli also appeared on Sunday Live on 27th Septrmber. You can view the episode here.


Headstart programme extended


Hundreds more children and young people in Wolverhampton will receive support with their emotional and mental wellbeing after the HeadStart programme was extended for an extra year.

HeadStart Wolverhampton works to improve the emotional mental health and wellbeing of 10 to 16-year-olds by giving them the skills they need to cope with the challenges of modern life.

The National Lottery Community Fund has announced that additional funds will be allocated to HeadStart Wolverhampton, one of six HeadStart programmes across the country, to extend it until 2022.  The programme, which has been exploring and testing different ways of helping young people improve their emotional and mental wellbeing, will now look at what has worked well and look to embed this into future policy and practise – ensuring that young people in the city will continue to receive support for years to come.

To find out more about HeadStart Wolverhampton, search for @HeadStartFM on Facebook and Twitter.

Parent Carer support group

Parent Carer Support Group

Wednesday Seminars

The Parent Carer Support Group (Walsall, Wolverhampton and Surrounding Areas) restarts its weekly Wednesday Webinars  on Wednesday 7th October 2020 8-9pm.

Ask questions and learn from the comfort of your own home.

Find out more on the website.

Telephone: 07939 487052 (Julieth)

Email: walsallwtonparentgroup@gmail.com

Facebook/Twitter: @WalsallWtonPCG

The IASS team is delighted to announce we will again be joining the webinar on Wednesday 18th November 8-9pm and on Wednesday 25th November 10.30-11.30am to answer questions on special educational needs and disability.


Free Parent Webinars


ACAMH has two parent free webinars on offer for parents.

14th October at 5pm - ‘OpenHouse on Autism’ – It’s not a tantrum, it’s a meltdown. Creating positivity around emotions. Find more information and how to book here.

28th October at 5pm - ‘OpenHouse on Autism’ – Tackling low diagnosis for autism in girls. Find out more information and how to book here.


Time to Talk


Time to Talk is an exciting new programme for young people with Special Education Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) developed by the National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi) and funded by the National Lottery Community Fund.

Trained staff will provide 50 young people in England with person centred planning sessions to: enable young people to

  • develop their aspirations, motivation, and plans for the future;
  • feel heard and valued
  • strengthen their emotional wellbeing and resilience
  • be well equipped to manage transitions

Funding for the project is for 6 months and owing to the COVID-19 restrictions it is anticipated that all support will be delivered online.

The programme is keen to reach 16-25 year olds with additional needs who are isolated and may not be not engaged in education or training. Sessions will be tailored to each young person. Information and links to local networks will be provided to parents and carers where needed and useful suggestions and resources to support students who are anxious or uncertain about their future plans can be provided to education providers where students request this.

Young people can make a request for support from Time to Talk themselves or others can make a request for support on behalf of a young person here on the NDTi website.

Include Me Too Reaching Out

Co production pic

IASS co-production case study


In our last two e-bulletins we shared that we had been working with Alison Baggs, Co-production Officer for the City of Wolverhampton Council, to produce case studies showcasing how we work in partnership with parents, carers children and young people. You can read our third case study here.

Read more about co-production and what he means for you and the services you use here

Chat Health

Chat Health

Chat Health's text messaging service was recently launched for young people across Wolverhampton to get direct access to expert health and wellbeing advice via their mobile phone.

You can also find out more information on the website

The Trust's Embrace Sexual Health Service has launched a new Chat Sexual Health service, offering advice and support for a range of sexual health issues to people direct to their mobile phone. 

You can also view the Chat Sexual Health web pages at: www.embracewolverhampton.nhs.uk/chatsexualhealth/ 


Sexual Health

Young Minds

A reminder about Young Minds #Hellow Yellow Day on

 Friday 9 October, 2020

#HelloYellow day supports young people’s mental health on World Mental Health Day. Find out how to get involved with fundraising here.

Young Minds is a mental health charity who are committed to improving children's wellbeing and mental health. You can discover information, advice & support for young people affected by mental health and information to support Parents. Please visit the website.

AB Week 2020

Anti-Bullying Week 2020: United Against Bullying


The theme for Anti-Bullying Week 2020 is: United Against Bullying. Anti-Bullying Week will happen from Monday 16th - Friday 20th November and will start with Odd Socks Day to mark the first day of Anti-Bullying Week. 

Find out more information here.

Anti-Bullying Alliance has also developed lots of resources for schools and other settings to help bring Anti-Bullying Week 2020

Why not take a look at this lovely Optimistic October 2020 calendar from

Action For Happiness with daily ideas to help support our emotional wellbeing.

Please view the calendar here.

AFH October Calendar

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