Wolves IASS: February 2022 E- Bulletin

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Welcome to our
February 2022 E- Bulletin


IASS Online Legal Training Sessions 

We are here to help! If you are a parent or carer for a young person with SEND and would like to attend any of the following sessions, please click on the following links to find out more information on each session and to book your place: 

Wednesday 16 February 2022 6.00pm- 7.00pm:
SEN Support

Tuesday 8 March 2022 1.30pm- 2.30pm:
EHCP Taster

Thursday 31 March 2022 10.30am- 11.30am:
Coffee & Chat

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Opportunity to join the
WIASS Advisory Group


We are looking for parents and carers who have experience of using Wolverhampton Information, Advice and Support Service to join our Advisory Group.


The WIASS Advisory Group supports the continued development and best practice of our well-established service to ensure continuing high quality information, advice and support in a way that best meets the needs of children and young people with SEND in Wolverhampton and their parents and carers.


The Advisory Group meets once a term to monitor and review how the WIASS is meeting the national IASS minimum standards and the impact of the service on improving outcomes for children and young people with SEND and their parents and carers.


If you are interested and would like to know more please email elaine.westwood@wolverhampton.gov.uk


Wolverhampton February Half Term Activities 


Wildside Activity Centre 

Wildside activity centre

Monday 21st February

Gruffalo Family Adventures
10.30am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 3.30pm
The Gruffalo and his child find exciting things in the wood at Wildside. Re-telling a popular story with activities. Suitable for younger children including under 3s. £4.50 per child.

Tuesday 22nd February
Ready for Pancakes
10.30am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 3.30pm
We’ll be trying out yummy ideas to use on Pancake Day next week and playing some crazy pancake games. Suitable for children aged 5 and above. £4.50 per child.

Wednesday 23rd February
Shelter Building
10.30am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Make a shelter in the woods for yourself and learn about the dens animals make to keep themselves snug in the winter. If the weather is really bad, we’ll make some shelters for various critters indoors. Suitable for children 4 years old and over. £4.50 per child.

Thursday 24th February
Canal Art
10.30am – 12.30pm
See how the old canal boats were decorated, and make your own traditional ‘roses and castles’ decorations. Find out how families lived and worked on the boats. For children aged 4 and over. £4.50 per child.

Canal Collage
1.30pm – 3.30pm
In this session, we’ll be making abstract canal scenes that you can take home from recycled materials. Let your creative side out to explore the beauty of the canal. And we’ll also think about the litter, that spoils it all too often. For children aged 4 and over. £4.50 per child.

Friday 25th February
Superworm and Friends
10.30am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Learn about some of the incredible powers of our real worms, search for some of their little friends and find out about their superpowers too. We depend on what they do to keep us well fed and healthy. Suitable for children aged 4 and over. £4.50 per child.

Saturday 26th February
Narrowboat Trip
10.00am – 2.00 pm
See the early signs of spring on the canal on our first trip of the year, going to Wightwick and back, with two locks en route. Our boat has heating (but we still advise wrapping up warmly) and is accessible for wheelchairs. Bring your own picnic. Cost £8.00 per adult, £6.00 per child.

All activities need to be booked in advance.
Payment will be required at time of booking to confirm your place, we will then send you a booking form. Concessions available for families on low income. Please ask when booking.

Please call 01902 754612 to book.

Office hours are 9am to 4pm Monday to Thursday and 9am to 3pm on Fridays.


Gazebo Theatre 

Gazebo Theatre Feb half term


Albrighton Moat 

Albrigton Moat

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Wolverhampton Household Support Fund


Is your family struggling this winter with essential household costs, food and transport?

Until the 31 March 2022 Wolverhampton vulnerable households can access vital funds to support them over the coming months as the country continues its recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. 

The fund is available for those who are considered not eligible for public funds and can help with provisions such as food, energy, water, transport, internet access, clothing and housing costs in exceptional circumstances. 

Find out if you are eligible and how access support here. 

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Independent Travel Training
for Young People 


Is your child needing support in travelling independently to school, college and within the local community? Young people aged 11- 19 years can receive free independent travel training from the Wolverhampton Travel Assist team.

The one to one bespoke training programme will teach them to travel a specific route on their own in a safe and responsible way.  It will cover anything the young person needs to learn to travel safely on their own including problem solving, personal safety, road safety and appropriate behaviour. The support gradually phased out until the individual feels confident and competent to do the journey alone.

To find out more any apply for the programme click here.

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include me too

Emotional Wellbeing Therapy Programme 


The Emotional and Wellbeing Holistic Sensory Therapeutic Support Service for disabled children, young people and their families is welcoming new families to take part from January to March. The eight week programme of workshops offers a range of approaches, activities and strategies to support children and young people’s mental and sensory wellbeing.

The support service is currently commissioned by HeadStart Wolverhampton and is being delivered by Include Me Too, a national charity based at the city’s Newhampton Arts Centre.  

This support service helps disabled children, young people and their siblings to better understand and manage their emotions and feelings through a series of sensory and holistic interventions.   

Furthermore, the charity also provides as part of this service access to a range of sensory holistic resources, including Include Me TOO’s FAB Sensory Therapy POD, sensory therapy workshops covering mindfulness, yoga, meditation, sensory safe spaces and grounding techniques, with a range of inclusive resources to improve mental and emotional wellbeing.  

Families will need to commit to the full eight week programme and registration can be made by contacting Include Me Too on 07940 367753 or via email im2@includemetoo.org.uk.

Sports Grants WLV

Wolverhampton Sports Grants worth up to £1,000

Wolverhampton local sports clubs and physical activity providers are eligible for a Covid Compliance Grant. The organisation must be a Volunteer-led and not-for-profit sports clubs and physical activity provider in Wolverhampton.

The grant offered by Wolverhampton City Council can help them to deliver activities in a Covid-safe way and encourage regular rapid Covid-19 testing.

Click here to find out more and apply for the Covid Compliance Grant. 

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Wolves Tech Aid

Wolves Tech Aid: 
Donate your old laptop or tablet


Do you have an old tablet or laptop hiding in a cupboard since Christmas? The Wolves Tech Aid is on a mission to end digital poverty for local Wolverhampton families.

Donate your un-used tech items, no matter their age, to support families in accessing vital online services and learning. To find out more and donate visit https://wolvestechaid.com/

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Loneliness group virtual quiz

Sense Holidays 2022

Sense Holiday Application 

The applications are live for families with a child or young person with special educational needs and disabilities to join a Sense Holiday for Summer 2022.

They are accessible breaks specially adapted to the people who go on it. If your application is successful, you will be grouped with other people of a similar, who have shared communication styles and common interests. The application deadline is 6 February 2022.

To discover locations across the UK and apply click here.

Understanding Autism
Virtual Training Webinar 

On Friday 18th February 9.30- 10.30am Autism West Midlands invites parents, carers and professionals to attend their FREE virtual webinar on Understanding Autism.

The session will give an insight for anyone new to the world of autism by detailing what the autism spectrum is, how autism may affect children and how to support children in daily life. Click here to register for the free virtual event. 


Understanding Autism Feb '22 Webinar

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Thinktank Birmingham:
Morning Explorers 


On Saturday 5th Feb, Morning Explorers returns to Thinktank Birmingham. An SEN and Autism friendly session with reduced price entry, low numbers and suitable for adults or children. Enjoy the museum at your pace with friendly staff around to help.

Click here to find out more and book your tickets. 

Intro to Makaton

Introduction to Makaton Signing

In February and March 2022 the Downs Syndrome Association will be hosting virtual workshops of 'An Introduction to Makaton'.

The sessions will give parents an opportunity to find out more about Makaton and learn how to use signs at home with your child.

Please email Donna Lynch (donna.lynch@downs-syndrome.org.uk)

Athletics track

Young Athlete Grant Scheme 

The Youth Athletics Association has a fund to support English Athletes under the age of 23 who are in full time education and active in athletics.

The charity are particularly interested in helping genuine hardship cases for promising young athletes. The grant will enable young people to purchase equipment and travel to progress their sporting skills. 

Applications close 12 February 2022. For all the T&C's and to apply click here

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Speech and Language
Fortnightly Webinars

Are you the parents of a child aged 18 months to 2 ½ years who is concerned about their child’s language development? Join the 'I Can' team for their free fortnightly virtual webinars led by a speech and language therapist. 

Each webinar will talk through a range of targeted activities and approaches that you can put into practice with your child at home. You will have an opportunity to ask questions so that you feel confident in using the strategies and approaches with your child. 

Each webinar focuses on key topics to help understand and support your child's speech development including: 

- Supporting language through development during everyday routines
- Sharing books to develop language
- Using songs and rhymes to develop language
- Symbolic noises and first words

To find out more and join click here

Voluntary Opportunity with SIBS: 
UK charity for brothers and sisters
of disabled children and adults

SIBS Adult Sibling Volunteer

Are you an adult sibling of a brother or sister with a lifelong disability? SIBS is offering a fantastic voluntary position within their organisation as a Sibling Support Group Facilitator.

You will facilitate virtual and in person group meets, guide discussions and offer peer support and guidance to your local group. SIBS provides two half-day online training sessions covering all the practical elements of running a group and regular check ins throughout the year.

To find out more and apply for the voluntary role click here.

Charity Feature: 
Child Bereavement UK 

Child Bereavement UK

Child Bereavement UK helps children, parents and families to rebuild their lives when a child grieves or when a child dies. They support children and young people up to the age of 25 who are facing bereavement, and anyone affected by the death of a child of any age. 

Their services include free, confidential bereavement support by telephone, video or instant messenger, wherever you live in the UK. They also host group support sessions for families, parents, children and young people effected by the loss of a loved one.

Their 'Invisible Suitcase' short animation is one of the many tools available on their website to support young people in coming to terms with their grief. Click here to view the animation and find out more. 

Carer Strategy Survey

New IASS Website

We are always looking for ways to improve and provide the best support for local children, young people and families. With this, we have exciting news of our new website due to launch in April 2022!

But we need your help! Have your say on our current website detail what you visit our site for and what you would like to see featured on our new website.

Please take a few minutes to complete our website feedback form

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Wolves IASS Survey


The views of our parents, carers and young people is of paramount importance to us. It lets us know what is working as well as highlighting areas for improvement. 

The survey takes approximately five minutes and we would be so grateful if you could complete it. You can access the survey here

Read our latest feedback survey report here.


Share Your News


We aim to share uplifting stories and good news events from around our wonderful Wolverhampton area! 

If you run services or activities for children with a Special Educational Need or Disability or support their families, we would love to hear from you! 

Also, if you have a happy news story or wish to celebrate the great work of an organisation, please email ias.service@wolverhampton.gov.uk. Please attach a photo or videos and a short blurb to feature. 

We send out the e-bulletin monthly around the first Monday of the month, so we would appreciate this being sent to us by the middle of the previous week.

Our next e-bulletin will be shared on 1st March so please send any inserts by 23rd February.

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