Wolves IASS: March 2022 E- Bulletin

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Welcome to our
March 2022 E- Bulletin


IASS Online Legal Training Sessions

We are here to help!
Are you unsure of certain processes, legal rights or just in need of some advice?
Wolverhampton IASS is dedicated to empowering parents, carers and young people with SEND. Book onto our virtual online events below: 

ehcp logo

EHCP Taster Session

Tuesday 8 March 2022 1.30pm- 2.30pm

Join Wolverhampton Information, Advice and Support service for a friendly and informative session discussing:

- Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans.

- The EHC needs assessment process and how to request, what is included in an EHCP.

- What happens during and after the assessment process.

                Book your free place here. 

coffee & Chat virtual

Coffee & Chat

Thursday 31 March 2022 10.30am- 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.

Book your free place here.

TWS Sports podcast

Wolverhampton Podcast in
National Awards 


Teens from Wolverhampton's Tettenhall Wood Special School have been making waves with their sports podcast.

The Tettenhall Wood School Sports Podcast launched in May 2021 and is hosted by students. The podcast was established with the intention of teaching students key skills such as communication and social skills, increasing their confidence and so much more. They also wanted to promote the amazing things autistic individuals can achieve and be positive advocates for autism within our local and wider community. 

Each week student's interview famous sportsmen and women and talk to them about their career. Some of their amazing guests include Sir Clive Woodward, Nasser Hussain, Joe Hart, Matt Le Tissier, Marnus Labuschagne, Will Greenwood and they will soon be chatting with TV presenter and autism advocate Paddy McGuinness. Episodes are available to listen to here.  

Their podcast is currently entered into the global Sports Podcast Award in the 'Best Equality and Social Impact' category. Voting closes on 6 March. To vote visit: Home | Sports Podcast Awards

Base 25 Sanctuary Cafe

Base 25 Sanctuary Cafe

Are you feeling low, lonely, isolated or are struggling to cope with your mental health?
Base 25's Sanctuary Café offers emotional wellbeing support for people aged 18 and over and is a place that you can contact and visit to get the support that you need.

Opening times are Monday to Friday 6pm till 11pm and weekends 12pm till 11pm:
Base 25, Castle House, Wheelers Fold, Wolverhampton, WV1 1HN.

For further support contact:

Call: 0800 008 6516

Text: 07800 002 222

WhatsApp: 07983 394 077

Email: sanctuary@base25.org

Embrace Autism March & April '22

Real Talk Mental Health Support Programme
for Wolverhampton Young People

Real Talk

Real Talk in partnership with The City of Wolverhampton College is launching a five week programme available for young people aged 16- 25.

Staring 2nd March at St Judes Church, the twice a week programme supports young people who have been negatively impacted by covid to create a safe space to share their challenges and gain tools to support their mental health and wellbeing.

To register email arisetrainingcic@outlook.com or call Danii on 07764438836.

Travel trainer

Independent Travel Training 

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.

Find out more any apply for the programme here.

housing bills

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

voice 4 parents coffee april '22

Accessible Entertainment in Wolverhampton



Cineworld Autism
Friendly Screening 

On Sunday 6 March, Cineworld Cinema in Bentley Bridge Wednesfield will be hosting an Autism Friendly screening of the latest action packed blockbuster release 'Uncharted'. 

During the film lighting will be kept on during the screening, volume levels will be reduced and there will be no advertisements or trailers. Seating will not be allocated. Customers will be allowed to bring in their own food.

View the trailer and purchase your 11.00am tickets here.



Da Vinci Code

The Da Vinci Code:
Grand Theatre

On 10 March the Grand Theatre Wolverhampton will be hosting an inclusive BSL performance of Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code.

To book access seating contact remyl@grandtheatre.co.uk / Tel: 01902 573320



Kidz to Adults exhibition coventry

Kidz to Adultz: Disability
Support Exhibition Coventry


On Thursday 17 March Kidz to Adultz is hosting a FREE exhibition in Coventry, totally dedicated to children and young adults up to 25 years with disabilities and additional needs, their parents, carers and all the professionals who support and work with them.

Chat with knowledgeable specialists in their fields, try out equipment & products and connect to services and support organisations that can support you.

Register for the free event here.

Cerebra postal library

Cerebra Free
Postal Library 

Cerebra offers a library postal service where families can access sensory toys, equipment, communication aids and children's books.

The service is free for anyone in the UK caring for a child with a brain condition and is easy to use.

There are also books for adults on a range of topics relating to brain conditions and additional needs.

Find out more and to apply here.


Confidence building
programme for 16- 25's 

The National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi) is offering a programme to support young people with additional needs aged 16-25 years across England with confidence building and motivation for the future. 

This free virtual service is available throughout the year and is designed for young people who are experiencing anxiety, isolation and who have limited or no plans for the future post COVID-19.  Young people, family members or professionals can make a request for support here.

Child in wheelchair

Free Guide For Disability Support 

Are you new to the world of special education needs and/ or disability? Has your child just started to present as requiring additional support or received a recent condition diagnosis?

Contact for Disabled Children welcomes families to order their free 92 page helpful guide. This all-in-one book provides families with all of the essential information in one place — no matter where carers are in their journey. Click here to order your free guide.

Piggy Bank

Child Trust Funds Withdrawal 

New proposals are underway to allow families with disabled children to withdraw up to £2,500 from Child Trust Funds or junior ISAs without first needing court permission.

This attempt will help to reduce the financial burden for parents and guardians with vulnerable children. Click here to read the full article. 

Cerebra- Well Being Checklist

Be- Well checklist
for challenging behaviour


Cerebra welcomes parents, carers and professionals to download their free Be-Well Checklist. It aims to reduce challenging behaviour and improve the wellbeing of people with severe learning disability and complex needs.

The Be-Well Checklist can be used to work out why someone is showing a behaviour or might be distressed, angry, upset or appear to have very low mood. It can help make sure the right things are discussed and the next steps are jointly agreed. Download their digital copy or request a printable copy here.

Sense Active Report

Sense activity report for children with complex needs


It is estimated that over 1 million children and young people in England live with a disability, complex needs or life limiting conditions. Read the latest report release by Sense on 'Understanding the physical activity needs of families who have children with complex disabilities'.

The report highlights key findings and recommendations for all sports providers to consider when delivering sport and physical activity for children with complex disabilities and showcases their 'Sense, Active Together' three year programme that will engage and support over 2,500 people with complex disabilities to become active. Find out more here

Toilet Training

Parent & carer virtual support: 
Toilet Training a child with SEND

All children learn to use the potty or toilet at a different stage in their life. Most children start to show an interest in moving on to a potty or toilet at about two years old. Children with additional needs may not be ready to start until they are older. This workshop will help you to understand when they are ready and how to start.

Join Contact for Disabled Children on 23 March for their virtual training session providing advice and strategies for parents on how to toilet train a child with additional needs. Understand what it means to be toilet trained, how to know if your child is ready and how you can prepare them and establish a plan. Register for the free virtual event here. 

Switch Midlands: 
Six Week social and emotional 
learning programme 

Switch Midlands has launched a programme to aid young people and those with special educational needs to develop their self awareness, self management, social awareness and social management. It is tailored to be delivered within schools, after-school clubs, or school holidays activity settings.

The six sessions are delivered by Switch staff practitioners who are experienced and trained in working in alternative provision settings, teaching and learning, mental health first aid, emotion coaching and restorative practice. 

To register for their free school assembly and
find out more email hello@switchmidlands.com

switch squad

Have your say

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 at the following link: Wolverhampton IASS Survey - City of Wolverhampton Council - Citizen Space

Get Involved

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 April so please send any inserts by 29th March.

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