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Bi-weekly newsletter in association with our Local Offer

IN CASE you missed it... here are some of the top posts this month

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"Children with Social communication difficulties (SCD) and Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC) experience difficulties typically falling within the areas of social interaction and relationships, social communication, social understanding, flexible thinking and sensory challenges. Social Communication Difficulties and Autistic Spectrum Conditions occur across a wide range of abilities and may also be found in combination with other difficulties." Find out more here.


"Consultation opens on proposal to increase autism provision at Crawley school." Find out more.


"West Sussex County Council and Inclusive Solutions have been working together to up-skill staff and parent carers on a range of Person Centred Planning processes.

Person Centered Planning enables a structured conversation to be held that will discover what is most important to a person (or group) and agree the opportunities and support required to give them the best chance of experiencing this.

Find out more on our West Sussex Local Offer -"


Working with Local Offer Parent Champions, I often get sent links to helpful resources to share, consultations and further information.

Here are a few of them....

If you are a parent carer or professional please feel free to send me a message either on social media Facebook, Twitter or email


Other news...

The Local Offer took part in #ourday this year 

Young Carers took over the role of the Local Offer Officer and made changes to their summary card. Take a look at the changes here



Wikis are simple, accessible, secure and easy to build personal websites.

They can be used to create multimedia person-centred plans that use pictures, words, video and sound to capture the voice, skills, aspirations and needs of the individual. Find out more here.

Have your say/consultations

NHS Quality Checking draft toolkits

Draft toolkits have been co-produced with people with a learning disability, autism or both and include health issues that are important to them. Most of the toolkits have been tested in some NHS services, but they want to gain the views of people who work in the services, commissioners and others who are interested in this work. The draft toolkits and a feedback form are shown below. We would welcome your views up to the closing date of 1 December 2017.

Find out more here

Consultation proposal to increase autism provision at Crawley school

People are being asked for their views on a proposed change to the special needs provision at a Crawley school.

The change would affect the special support centre at Maidenbower Junior School and see it change from providing for additional learning needs to providing additional support for pupils with autistic spectrum conditions

Find out more here

Consultation on reducing the need for restraint of children and young people with learning disabilities, ASD or mental health issues.

The Department of Health is consulting on draft guidance on reducing the need for restraint and restrictive intervention for children and young people with learning disabilities, autistic spectrum disorder and mental health needs.

Have your say here by the 24th January 2018.

View more here.

Raising concerns and making complaints about health, social care or education

Please take part in our survey which is for children, young people and adults with a learning disability, autism or both, their families and paid carers.

We are carrying out this survey to add to what have we learned at events and meetings about people’s experiences of raising concerns and making complaints.

Your feedback will help with a new project about raising concerns and making complaints called Ask Listen Do.

We need your help so we can do the right things to make a difference.

The survey ends on 12 January 2018

Closed consultations

  1. Corporate parenting, the local offer and personal adviser support

Shout out to the new services on our Local Offer:

  1.  Central and South Sussex Citizens Advice offer free, independent advice to everybody, whoever you are, whatever the problem. We have offices in Worthing, Shoreham, Horsham, Crawley, East Grinstead, Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill, as well as several outreaches.
  2. Crawley - Karate & Self Defense Karate & Self Defense, ages 5+ including adults. every Thursday @ Tilgate Community Centre @6pm-7pm. 1st session FREE, monthly fee £20 for 1 session per week, 1 off Membership £20. get in touch or check the website for more info and what membership includes. Extremely affordable cost's in comparison to elsewhere.
  3. Community Learning Disabilty Teams ( 18+ ) CLDTs CLDTs are multidisciplinary teams who support adults with a learning disability and their carers . Most teams are jointly run with social services. Specialist health professionals ( Speech and language therapists ,learning disability nurses , psychiatrists , clinical psychologists and behaviour specialists , occupational therapists, physiotherapists ) work with people referred to enable them to live well with their learning disability .
  4. Forest Flyers Disability FC - Disability Football Want to play local disability football in Horsham? 
  5. Kimberley Craig Psychometric Assessments and Access Arrangements I hold the Certificate of Competence in Education Testing (CCET) and Certificate in Psychometric Testing, Assessment and Access Arrangements (CPT3A). I assess students in accordance to the JCQ requirements for Access Arrangements and am able to complete Form 8. 
  6. Ready & Able club is an inclusive sports session with an emphasis on giving people the opportunity to socialise, have fun and play sport. All the equipment is set up so people can choose where they spend their time. Sports include New Age Kurling, Exercise Bikes, Badminton, Football, Basketball, Short Tennis, Trampolining, Boccia, Skittles and more.
  7. Esquires Coffee (Compass Card Partner). Based in Crawley Library, Esquires Coffee House offers premium Fairtrade and organic coffee, hot chocolate and teas.
  8. Cross Roads Care Subsidised Short Breaks for Disabled Children and Young PeopleEvery child and young person has the right to take part fully in the world around them and to enjoy the same experiences as everyone else. Crossroads Care South Central based in West Sussex is on hand to give short breaks to disabled children and young people aged 0-18 and enable them to do what they want to do. The cost of this service subsidised by West Sussex County Council is just £12.50 per session for up to 4 hours. & Pit Stop Pit Stop meets on alternate Saturdays between 09:30 and 13:30. It is a club for children receiving medium or high rate disability allowance. 

Other events and sessions

  1. Flip Out have sent across information about SEND sessions they run. These can be seen on on their summary card.
  2. First Steps to Adulthood - An Information Sharing Drop in Event for parent carers with young people aged 14+, stalls and information were provided by appropriate services and organisations who were available to discuss: Benefits, Sport and Leisure, West Sussex Local Offer, Discount Cards, Specific Disability Organisations, Supporting young people into paid employment.
  3. Crawley - Karate + Self Defense, 1 FREE TRIAL Session School-Red Eagle's Performance and Martial Arts Centre. We are a new school with an amazing team behind it. Myself with over 11 years in Martial Arts, at just age 19 i have been on team GB around 16 times and have been selected for 2018 World Championships.
  4. Reaching Families Reaching Families have added all their upcoming training available to the Local Offer.