April 21 Ebulletin

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Welcome to our April ebulletin 


It's the summer term and we are all looking forward to brighter and happier days. With a new term comes new learning opportunities. You can read more about our online training events below.  Happy new term!

Listening Ear Wednesdays final session

Next week is the last of our Listening Ear Wednesdays.  We've enjoyed meeting parents and carers and working in partnership with our IASS colleagues from across the Black Country for these sessions.

There's still chance to join us on Wednesday 28th April from 10-11am.

Download the flyer and click on the date to book

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IASS summer term online sessions

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Over the past 12 months IASS has delivered legal training sessions and coffee mornings online.  We have missed being with you in person but for the time being we will continue to offer online sessions.  Here's what we have planned for the summer term. 

EHCP Taster session

Wednesday 12th May 10.00 - 11.00am

All you need to know about EHCPs including: the assessment process; the family at the heart of the system and draft EHCPs.

Click to book a place

Chat with IASS

Thursday 10th June 10.30 -11.30am

Bring your cuppa and your questions!
Join our friendly team for an informal Q&A session and general chat on anything related to SEND. We will share some of the frequently asked questions about school based SEN support. 

Click to book a place

EHCP Annual Reviews

Wednesday 23rd June 1.00 - 2.00pm

All you need to know about the EHCP annual review process

Click to book a place


Covid 19- Update 


A reminder for families of the updated guidance for phase 2 of the Government's roadmap to releasing lockdown restrictions.

What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during COVID-19 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Mental Health Support Teams

What is a Mental Health Support Team (MHST)?

MHSTs are a new service designed to help meet the mental health needs of children and young people in education settings response to the 2018 green paper ‘Consultation on Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health Provision’. The MHSTs will work with the mental health supports that already exist, such as counselling, educational psychology, school nurses, pastoral care, educational welfare officers and NHS services. They will be based across education settings as an additional resource within a whole-system approach to promote resilience and wellbeing, support earlier intervention, enable appropriate signposting and deliver evidence-based support, care and interventions. The MHST should not displace or replace any support which already exists.

Download this Mental Health Support Teams pdf for more information. 

Parents are encouraged to speak to school if they have concerns about their child’s mental health and a discussion/referral can be had with the MHST.


Have your say about Healthwatch Wolverhampton


The City of Wolverhampton Council is encouraging people to have their say about Healthwatch Wolverhampton, an organisation which champions the views of local people who use health and social care services.

Help shape your local Healthwatch organisation by completing the online survey accessed through the link provided below or by attending an on-line session, details of which can be found in the survey https://consultation.wolverhampton.gov.uk/commissioning/healthwatch-wolverhampton.

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NHS Autism Awareness videos


Take a look at these YouTube videos about Autism awareness made by Joe Fautley and his friend Rosalind Hardy.  Joe talks about how autism affects him on a personal level, his future ambitions and what society can do to have more understanding of autistic people. Rosalind talks about events in her childhood that led to her diagnosis, the importance of recognising phobias and her love for her family and animals.

Autism - My Story - Joe | NHS - YouTube

Autism - My Story - Rosalind | NHS - YouTube


New "Better Together" family events


Contact's Better Together family events kick off this April to provide fun and new friendships for disabled children and their siblings, plus advice for parent carers from its Family Support Consultants.

There are three events coming up in April and May. Each of these activities will take place over Zoom and are open to families in North Wales and the West Midlands. 

All activities are followed by info and advice for parent carers about common challenges including sleep, behaviour, Benefits and Speech and Language Therapy.

Events are £3 per family, but if you would benefit from a free place, please email Lizzie.Salter@contact.org.uk.

Live in North Wales or West Mids? Take a look at our exciting new events for disabled children and their siblings! | Contact

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X2Y Young Person LGBTQ+ service


The What? Centre a Young Person’s Counselling and Advice Service in Dudley Borough has been commissioned by X2Y to carry out research on their behalf.  X2Y is a Young Person’s LGBTQ+ service in Wolverhampton which provides LGBTQ+ groups and, also counselling within schools. The research aims to: 

  • Investigate how LGBTQ+ young people see services developing post Covid 
  • Increasing the referrals into their service  
  • Barriers to young people using LGBTQ+ services 
  • The provision of peer support services for parents/carers 
  • The potential for expanding their work with LGBTQ+ young people into more areas of the Black Country 
  • Creating further awareness of their services  

Young people questionnaire https://forms.gle/jX5UR2VtqPyGSSHA9 

Parent carer questionnaire https://forms.gle/C3S2CpFeJYCQnGZT9

Cauldwell Children

All Roads Lead to Alexander

Bringing communities together for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. 

Caudwell children is running a project that will represent the breadth of diversity that the Commonwealth has to offer.

The aim is to empower and encourage shared learning within families and communities by offering the chance to perform at iconic Birmingham locations – leaving a lasting legacy for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The project is designed to empower people, both abled and disabled, aged 8-25 who live within the West Midlands Combined Authority and is part of  ‘Spirit of 2012’, an enterprise set-up to deliver a long-term legacy for the 2012 Olympics, and the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.



Connexions Wolverhampton


Connexions Wolverhampton work with young people and with schools across the city to ensure that all local young people have access to the opportunities available and can acquire all the knowledge and skills needed to begin the career of their choice.

To find out more about how Connexions can help you or a young person in your family, Email: Connexions@wolverhampton.gov.uk


Enable Wolverhampton - supported employment services


Established in 1994 as a specialist mental health employment service, Enable has since expanded to include employment services for all disability groups. Its experienced Employment Officers support and advise people with disabilities or mental health needs to find work suited to their interests and skills to achieve sustainable employment in mainstream competitive jobs. Visit Home - Enable. Supported Employment Services (enableservices.co.uk)

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