Wolves IASS: May 2022 E- Bulletin

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May 2022


Welcome to our
May 2022 E- Bulletin


Lucy Farewell

A farewell message
from Lucy Harris
IASS Manager

In 2002 I was excited about getting married and starting  my new job with the Information, Advice and Support Service (then The Parent Partnership Service). I’m not sure where those 20 years have gone. I’m now manager of the service and my eldest son is finishing school! I have absolutely loved my time here but now it’s time for change and to start the next 20 years.

I’ve worked with and learned from some truly wonderful colleagues and had the pleasure of managing some of the finest staff I have ever met. I leave the service in an excellent place. It is well regarded and makes a huge difference. I was delighted that the IASS received excellent feedback from the recent SEND inspection but the real joy is hearing from local families about the individual differences that the service has made to them. This is the thing I’m most proud of.

I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis a few years ago. Despite fantastic support from my employer and my team, things have become difficult. I have to accept the reality that it’s time to move on to new things at a slower pace. It was MS awareness last week so it seems timely to share this news.

I am grateful to the hundreds of parents and carers I’ve met and worked with over the years. Thank you for allowing me to share a small part of your journey and to meet and find out about your children.

Thanks to my wonderful IASS team for your support and kindness. Wolverhampton is blessed to have such dedicated, kind and knowledgeable people. Special thanks must go to Elaine Westwood for her care, hard work ethic and for taking on so much in the past few years to support me without complaining (not to me anyway 😊).

The SEND world will remain a passion for me. The IASS and the team will always hold a place in my heart. I have loved it all and wish you and your families the very best for the future.

Lucy xxx

IASS Summer 2022

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 annual review

EHCP Annual Reviews

10th May 2022 at 6.00- 7.00pm

Book your free place here

Learn about a local authority's legal duties to reviewing an EHCP, who is involved, what happens and when, and the support available for parents, carers, children and young people from IASS.


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Introduction to IASS 

19th May 2022 at 1.00- 1.30pm

Book your free place here

Find out what we are all about, what we do, how we work and who we work with.

The online session is available for professionals working with children and young people with SEND in Wolverhampton.



SEN Support

SEN Support

15th June 2022 at 1.30- 2.30pm

Book your free place here

The event will detail how education providers should use a  graduated approach of "Assess, Plan, Do and Review" to identify and support children and young people who may have special educational needs and/or disabilities.




EHCP Taster Session

28th June 2022 at 10.00- 11.00am 

Book your free place here 

The session will cover:

- What an Education, Health and Care Plan is

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

- What happens during and after the assessment process.



Coffee and chat

Coffee & Chat 

6th July 2022 at 10.30- 11.30am

Book your free place here

A friendly coffee and chat session to discuss support, processes and advice relating to SEND support for your child or young person. Bring your cuppa and your questions!

have your say

Wolverhampton Information Advice and Support Service needs young people to be involved!  


We are asking for a small group of young people with special educational needs or a disability (SEND) to help us develop our service to ensure we are reaching out to young people with SEND in the community. The reason for this is so that young people become more engaged with the service and are better informed about their education, health and social care matters and the relevant law. Most of all we want to ensure they feel included and heard when decisions are being made.

The group will be fun and interactive but most of all will be steered by the young people attending. There will be the opportunity to meet new people and share your skills and ideas.

We are very excited about this project because we will be seeking young people's guidance and advice on our website, information resources and how we deal with enquiries and offer support. 

So, if you are a young person, have a son or daughter who you think would be interested, or you are a professional who is working with a young person who would like to help us, please give Lisa a call to have an informal chat, or you can email. All the details are below, and we look forward to hearing from you.

Contact Lisa Colton:
call 01902 556945 /
Email lisa.colton@wolverhampton.gov.uk


Sam Cutler

Welcome Sam! 


IASS welcomes Sam Cutler as our newest member of the team as Caseworker: 

"I have worked with children and young people who have Special Educational Needs and /or Disability (SEND) for the past seventeen years, in a variety of roles and capacities. I have supported children and young people aged from 0-25 years and their families / carers within their homes, communities, nurseries, primary, secondary schools and specialist provisions.

My previous role was at City of Wolverhampton College. I was at the college for five years and when I initially gained employment there, I was an Early Years Lecturer within the mainstream cohort, where I taught and supported learners predominately in Level 2 learning and taught on the Foundation Degree courses for adults linking with City of Wolverhampton University. Two and a half years into this role, an opportunity arose within the college, to move into the specialist provision ‘Futures’, as a SEND Caseworker; supporting learners and carers / families with the EHCP processes such as new assessments, annual reviews, relevant referrals and multi-agency working, of which I feel provides a great foundation moving forward into this position within the IASS team. 

I am a mother, and I am very family orientated. Walks with my family (which includes my fur babies) are really important, as I love nature. 

I look forward to gaining the relevant training needed within this specific role so I can best support all our lovely children / young people and their carers / families within the Wolverhampton area, (even though I currently live in the Sandwell area and was born in Dudley area, but don’t hold it against me! :) " 

Sensory Park IASS


This summer term we have reignited our community outreach events!

Visit the Sensory Park Autism Centre to explore their wonderful wildlife sanctuary
and speak with a member of the IASS team.

No booking required and free entry to the park is available during the provided times.

Have your say on the SEND Review Green Paper

SEND Review

A reminder to have your say on the Government’s SEND Review Green Paper which was launched on 29th March.

The Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi has written to all children and young people about how he and the Government are going to change the ways that children with special educational needs and disabilities are supported.

Education Secretary's open letter to children and young people on SEND reform - The Education Hub (blog.gov.uk)

Read the SEND Review - right support, right place, right time (publishing.service.gov.uk)

The Department for Education has created an accessible video explaining how to complete the SEND and alternative provision green paper consultation  SEND Review: Right support, right place, right time - YouTube

You have until 1st July to complete the consultation

Youth Employment Hub at The Way Youth Zone 

youth employment the way

The Youth Employment Hub at They Way Youth Zone is now open Monday to Friday to give young people the support they need in employment.

They offer one-to-one appointments with qualified advisers who can support you to explore your options, access employment and training opportunities, along with helping with
CV’s and interviews in a more relaxed environment. 

Click here to find out more. 

Job Change 4 May

Wolverhampton College Open Evening

Wolverhampton College open day


Discover full time and part time courses, apprenticeships and university degree's
in a wide range of sectors including teaching, engineering, healthcare, hospitality, construction and many more.

Reserve your place here. 

NAS Ukranian


The National Autistic Society has created an online hub of information
to support Ukrainian refugees and host families.

All resources are available in both English and Ukrainian and details education options available, information for families hosting, PECS, Autistic cards and much more.

Click here to access. 

Six week free webinars for
parents and carers of children with Autism 

Autism West Midlands Webinars

From 13 May, Autism West Midlands is hosting a six week programme of free webinars available to parents and carers.

The sessions will develop your understanding of autism in areas of communication, behaviour, sensory and social differences.
Register here.

Embrace Autism at Grand Theatre Wolverhampton 

embrace Autism


Embrace Autism welcomes parents and carers of children with ASD or awaiting diagnosis to attend their upcoming coffee morning event on Thursday 12 May at 10am.

The session will be hosted by the Grand Theatre to discuss promoting the inclusivity of their performances for children and young people with Autism.

To find out more or register your interest email embraceautismWV@outlook.com

Black Country Healthcare:
Autism roadmap virtual workshops

Autism Roadmap workshops


Are you an young person or adult with ASD, care for someone with the condition or work for an organisation that supports autistic people?

Black Country Healthcare are developing an all-age autism roadmap that will guide how organisations across the region support autistic children, young people and adults, and their families and carers.

They have a number of virtual workshops taking place over the coming months to discuss key topics and for you to share your views.

To register email: bchft.autismroadmap@nhs.net

Wolfie's Walkers

Zebra Access Deaf Awareness for Organisations 

deaf awareness


Celebrate the UK's leading deaf film and arts festival hosted
by the Lighthouse Cinema from 6- 8 May!

Enjoy browsing the stalls fair in the courtyard, eating delicious food, buying from the arts and crafts stalls, or sourcing information from deaf-related businesses.
A fantastic atmosphere and a great place to meet friends and professionals.

Purchase your tickets here.

Ideas Made Reality

Commonwealth Games: 
Community Project Funding 

Have you ever had an idea that could change the lives of your community?

The Birmingham Commonwealth Games is calling on 16 to 24 years olds to submit their ambitions and 22 projects will be funded as Ideas Made Reality. 

Each successful project will have direct support from a Gen22 Social Action Activator to help you through the process – from design to launch! You will also be linked with a local community-based organisation who will help you to bring your project to life.

Discover more and apply here

V4P sensory Park May to July '22

Autism West Midlands:
Dad's online support group 

Autism West Midlands - Dad support group

Father's of children and young people with Autistic Spectrum Condition are invited to join virtual zoom sessions hosted by Autism West Midlands.

Running from 7- 8pm on the 26th May and 30th June 2022, it is an opportunity for dads to share ideas, celebrate their children's achievements and offer support to each other.

Book your place here. 


Queen's Jubilee Grant 


Are you part of a charity, voluntary or faith organisation and looking to celebrate
the Queen's Platinum Jubilee in style?

Applications are now open to apply for a £250 grant to host amazing events for your community. Application deadline is 23 May 2022.

Find out more and apply here.



Free Dyscalculia screening

for schools


The IDL Dyscalculia Screener has been developed to provide a simple to use online test that will highlight any dyscalculic tendencies and is now available completely FREE of charge.


The 15 minute test is designed for children up to 11 years old and can be used to screen an entire year group, or for individual pupils who are showing signs of maths anxiety or particular maths difficulties.

Click here to find out more.

Wolverhampton teens win global podcast award 

TWS Sports Podcast Award


Teens from Wolverhampton's Tettenhall Wood Special School have triumphed in the Best Equality and Social Impact category at the global Sports Podcast Awards. 

The podcast was shortlisted from thousands of podcasts from all over the world and the winner was decided by public vote. The TWS Podcast has reached the top 3% of the most listened to podcasts worldwide and over the past year has interviewed the biggest names in sport including Joe Hart, Sir Clive Woodward, Will Greenwood, Matt Le Tissier, Nasser Hussain and many more. 

Outreach teacher and PE lead Adam Millichip praised the hosts Avtar Sanghera, Harvey Haynes and Thomas Watkins stating "To be recognised as the best sports podcast in the world which promotes social equality is incredible. We set out to teach our students new skills through podcasting whilst promoting autism to the public and showing them what amazing things autistic individuals can do, and to be able to say we have achieved that is the greatest prize."

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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 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 early June so please send any inserts by 27 May.

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