IASS E- Bulletin: December 2022

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Welcome to our
December 2022 E-Bulletin


Applications for Primary School September 2023

Applications for choosing your child’s primary school for September 2023 are now open.

Wolverhampton parents and carers have until 15 January 2023 to register their preferences.

Complete your application here

Wolverhampton Outreach Service:
Training for parents/ carers of children with Autism

Food refusal

Join Wolverhampton's Outreach service manager Eve Griffiths at Aldersley High School on 18 January 10:00am- 12:00pm for 'support around eating' training. The team will be offering advice and support regarding supporting eating, mealtime difficulties and food sensitivities, with the opportunity for parents and carers to ask questions and meet local ASC parents. Book your place here.

Wolverhampton CAMHS:
Anger/ Conduct Difficulties Training


Join Wolverhampton CAMHS on 7 December from 12:00 - 1:30pm for their free virtual training session discussing Anger and conduct difficulties.

The session will discuss the varying presentations of anger and offer advice and guidance on how you can support your child or young person. 

Call Andrea on 01902 444021 to provide your email address for access to the virtual session. 

Wolverhampton SEND Music Group 

Wolverhampton Music Service

Wolverhampton Music School wants to develop a new 'out of school SEND music group' and is looking for the input of parents and carers to gain a clear understanding of how it can best meet the needs of pupils attending special schools.

They hope to have the group running in the New Year 2023. 
Please complete the survey to provide your feedback.

Autism West Midlands:
Rising to the Challenge Series

autism west midlands- rising to the challenge


Join Autism West Midlands on 2nd and 9th December for their free virtual training sessions discussing topics which can affect a child with autism including food issues and toileting within the early years.

Rising to the Challenge are a series of one hour webinars available to parents, carers or professionals, followed by an optional virtual teams discussion with the opportunity to reflect and ask question. Find out more and register here.


The Witherslack Group: 
Free virtual training for parents

Join the Witherslack Group for their virtual training sessions available to parents and carers this December. 

Their upcoming webinars include: 
Autism and Boys on 6 Dec 
ADHD and Autism- Managing Sibling relationships on 14 Dec

Leading professionals from the ADHD foundation and Ideas Afresh Education will explore neurodiversity, discuss sibling relationships and provide you with advice and guidance to support your child to create a positive family environment. 

Find out more and register here. 

Zebra Access Coffee Morning: 7 December

Zebra Access Coffee Morning


Zebra Access is a Wolverhampton Deaf-led charity dedicated to ensuring that all Deaf, Deaf-blind and Hard of Hearing people enjoy equal participation and access without communication barriers. They offer free services such as BSL/Deaf Awareness and Advocacy as well as bespoke lesson tutorials and assistance into employment.

Join them at their new location in Wolverhampton Art Gallery Glade Café on 7th December from 10:30am to 1:00pm. To get in touch and find out more visit their website.

All Saints Christmas Party: 10 December

All Saints Xmas Party


All Saints The Workspace welcomes Wolverhampton families to enjoy its Christmas Fayre event on Saturday 10 December.

Enjoy Santa’s grotto, food and drink stalls, tombola and raffle prizes.

To find out more email raj.t@asan.org.uk  or call 01902 887530.

SEND Stay and Play: 19 December

Autism west midlands invites Black Country families with an autistic child or on the assessment pathway to their SEND Stay and Play session on 19 December.

Enjoy Christmas arts, craft and soft play from 9:00 to 11:00am. The event will be closed to the general public and booking is required.

Book your place here.

SEN Play 19 Dec '22

Disney Strange World

Cineworld Autism Friendly Screening: 
Disney's Strange World


On Sunday 4 December at 11:00am, Cineworld Cinema in Bentley Bridge Wednesfield will be hosting an Autism Friendly screening of the latest Disney release, Strange World.

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 are allowed to bring in their own food and drink.

Book your tickets here.

Aladdin Panto

Wolverhampton Grand Theatre: 
Relaxed performance of
pantomime Aladdin 

Wolverhampton Grand Theatre is hosting a relaxed performance of this year's pantomime Aladdin on Saturday 10 December at 11:00am

It is a perfect opportunity for people who find regular theatre visits a bit stressful. There will be no bangs or bright lights, sounds levels are monitored, doors will remain open to move around the foyer and seating and visitors can also access a quiet room and sensory room with live streaming of the performance.

To book, contact the Box Office on 01902 42 92 12 from 2.00pm - 6.00pm weekdays or email Remy Lloyd, RemyL@grandtheatre.co.uk with enquiries.

Hippodrome Theatre Relaxed Performances


Hippodrome Theatre: 
Relaxed Performances


Visit the Hippodrome Theatre Birmingham during the Christmas season for a number of relaxed performances to allow people of all ages to enjoy the magic of theatre.

There is a reduced audience capacity and visitors are welcome to walk in and out of the auditorium as they please and make noise throughout. Certain aspects of staging are also adapted to suit the audience. A calm space is also provided, with beanbags, sensory toys and bubble lights, for when people need it.

All Bookings must be made through the Access phone line on 0121 689 1060.
To find out more click here. 

Their winter relaxed performances are:
Tales from Acorn Wood at Christmas on 15 Dec 1:00pm
Dick Whittington Pantomime 25 Jan 12:00pm

Luminate Light Trail

Luminate Light Trail:
Sensory Friendly Sessions


Luminate Christmas lights trails are hosting Sensory Friendly Sessions at 4:30pm at Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Shugborough Hall Estate this Christmas season. 

The events will have reduced capacity, reduced audio volumes and you have early access ahead of the general public.

Find out more and book your tickets at the below weblinks: 

Birmingham Botanical Gardens: 6 and 13 December 

Shugborough Hall Estate: 28 November and 6 December


Ice skating

SEND Ice Skating Sessions


Alderford Lake Sports centre, Shrewsbury is offering SEND Ice Skating session on the 29 Nov, 6 Dec and 13 Dec at 4pm.

The session will have a reduced capacity and a SEND professional skater will join the event to demonstrate skating skills and assist participants. Diagnosis in not required, but please advise of additional support required.

Book your tickets here

SEN Festive Fun- The Beach Hut

The Beach Hut: SEN Festive Fun


The Beach Hut Play Centre, Cannock welcomes families to its SEN Festive Fun Christmas party on 9 Dec from 4- 6pm.

Visit Santa and his Elves in his Grotto and enjoy soft play and festive activities.

Book your tickets here.

The Way Xmas '22

The Way Youth Zone:
Winter Holiday Club 

The Way Youth Zone welcomes 8-12 year olds to their Christmas holiday club.

The Way offers a safe space for young people with a range of activities including team games, climbing, arts and crafts or they can just relax in the recreational area and play some pool or watch a film.

Book your place here.

money management

National Autistic Society:
Money Management 

The National Autistic Society offers its free training course to autistic young people to help develop your money management.

The module provides general advice, how to set up a bank account and use a cashpoint.
It offers real life experiences and scenario based learning.

Access the online training module here. 

Contact for Disabled Children: 
Free E-Learning course on EHCP Annual Reviews

CDC annual review e-learning


For adults involved in EHCP Annual reviews, CDC offers a free E- Learning course on Delivering Quality Annual Reviews.

The course available to parents, carers, practitioners and teaching staff highlights the importance of person centred planning, legal requirements and additional considerations.

Access the free course here. 

Anti Bullying Alliance

Anti Bullying Alliance:
Free Online Training

Anti Bullying Alliance welcomes schools to become a United Against Bullying School this academic year with its free, who school anti bullying programme!

The course is proven to actively reduce bullying and improve well-being in your school.

Sign up here.

Contact- Transition into adulthood

Contact for Disabled Children: 
Guide for Transitioning into Adulthood


Transitioning into adulthood can feel daunting for parents of young people with special needs or disabilities. Contact offers families its guide to making a plan to support transitioning to adulthood, even if they don't have an EHCP or use Social Services

The guide discusses what to think about when preparing the plan, what the plan should include, how to make a plan, top tips and further advice.

Read their guide here. 

health for kids

Health For Kids:
Supporting your child with Autism 


Health for Kids offers a library of learning videos to understand Autistic Spectrum Condition and how it can effect your child's though processes, communication, behaviour, sensory needs, meal times and sleep difficulties.

View their resources here

Wolverhampton Community Shops


Are you struggling with price of food
amongst the Cost of Living Crisis?

Wolverhampton Council has funded six community shops across the city where you can get good, nutritious food at lower prices.

Find your closest store and further benefits available to Wolverhampton residents here.  

Community shops

Warm spaces

Wolverhampton Warm Spaces


The City of Wolverhampton Council has opened a wide range of buildings across the city, working with community and faith groups to offer not only a safe space for people to keep warm, but also to be able to charge and connect their devices as well as get a hot drink and something to eat.

Find your closest centre and book your free shuttle bus here.

Big Venture Centre

Big Venture Warm Spaces

Wolves at Work: 
Wednesday's at Big Venture Centre

Wolves at work Wednesdays Big Venture

Help for households

Help for Household:
Cost of Living Support 

If you claim certain benefits or tax credits, you may be eligible for an extra payment to help with the cost of living.

Visit: Help for Households - Get government cost of living support

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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. 

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