Special Needs Index (SNIX) newsletter
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Sensory Impairment Service:
If you have a child (or young person) with a hearing impairment, a visual impairment, or a multisensory impairment, these workshops are for you. The sessions are facilitated by teachers from the Sensory Impairment Service. Please let us, or the Sensory Impairment service, know what times and days would be best for you.
For more information, email the Sensory Impairment Service:
Summer 2018 events
These are the summer events that the Local Authority has provided funding for:
All applications this year for a grant from the Local Authority were accepted.
Please contact the provider for more details and to make a booking for your son or daughter.
All activities will cost £10 per child/young person per day.
|Autism East Midlands||Flexible short breaks for children and young people with ASD and autism across Northamptonshire.
Short breaks planned include eight holiday clubs and seven day trips to Clacton, Skegness, Warwick Castle, Irchester Country Park and others.
These have been advertised in SNIX
01604 239404 or email
|Pen Green Children's Centre||A summer play scheme for up to 60 children with special educational needs at the Pen Green Centre in Corby. |
Pen Green Centre
|Northampton Town Community Programme|
Friday 10 August, 10am to 3pm
Northampton Town Community Programme football coaching for players with a disability at Moulton Sports college.
This is a one day course for 20 children who will use the sports hall plus up to three Astro-turf pitches. The children will have coaching on passing, dribbling, shooting, attacking, defending, etc.
Applications are invited from young people with a disability from across Northamptonshire.
A summer play scheme for GSCA school students to attend to include activities such as swimming, bowling, cinema visit, country parks, Wicksteed Park and others.
If the school has spare places after offering to their students, then they will be available to other young people with special educational needs and disabilities.
|Contact school directly|
|Sue Galloway||Three days of fishing activities so that participants can learn basic fishing techniques as well as fish welfare, environmental awareness and other water craft skills. Always a popular summer email@example.com
|Isebrook SEN College||A series of days out to places of interest for students from the school with a range of disabilities.||Contact the school |
A summer scheme for the school's new intake for 11 year old children (year 6) from 13 different feeder schools.
The summer school will provide a range of team building activities as a means to give new pupils the chance to settle in before the term starts and for staff and students to get to know each other.
|Contact the school on 01933 304950|
The following activities and events are not part of the summer activities funding, and charges (if any) are set by the provider.
Please let us know of any more activities in your area to be added.
Action for Children
For children and young people with moderate and profound disabilities.
Alternatively, ring 01604 752553 or 07825 621 503 if you are interested in any of the above dates.
Wellingborough (mild and moderate disabilities) at Swanspool Pavilion
There are limited changing facilities on this site.
|Starting from 24 July and then every Tuesday and Wednesday||9:30am to 2:30pm||£10 per day|
Daventry Hill School (PMLD)
Assessment needed before attending
|Starting from 23 July 2018 and then every Monday and Tuesday||10am to 3pm||£20 per day|
Northampton PHAB Centre Bushland Road Northampton(PMLD)
Assessment needed before attending
|Starting from 26 July and then every Thursday and Friday||10am to 3pm||£20 per day|
Sport4Fitness will be hosting their annual summer fun day event for people of all ages with any disability and their family and friends at Fernie Fields in Northampton on Sunday 24 June.
They would welcome any other clubs and coaches to provide activities on the day, if interested please contact Mark Flaxman on
firstname.lastname@example.org or 07811 371 569.
Oakley Vale Community Association & Venture Autism Family Funday
Oakley Vale Community Association and Venture Autism have teamed up to host a funday at the Oakley Vale Community Centre on 7 July 2018.
Homegrown Care Farm
Homegrown Care Farm are hosting a community fun day with animals at Fernie Fields, Northampton, from 10am until 5pm to raise funds to help the farm continue their work on 7 July 2018.
There will be lots of stalls, a hog roast, a walk, an animal experience, guess the weight of a lamb, guess the name of the emu and other exciting animal themed activities.
Volunteers are needed on the day to help with the animals.
For more information see the
Home Grown Care Farm Facebook page.
Moulton College Summer School
During July and August 2018 Moulton College are offering a series of non-residential activities for young people with additional needs aged 14 or over. Applicants do not need to be current or potential students of Moulton College.
Attendance can be for one day or for a number of days across the period. There will be an opportunity to take part in a range of practical activities, including arts and crafts, horse care, sport and leisure, cookery and games.
Kettering by the Sea
Join the fun on the Market Place from Friday 20th July - Saturday 18th August 2018, 10am -4 pm for a pop up beach. Plus fun arts, crafts, theatre, games, Punch & Judy, West Lodge Farm Park Animals, RNLI, Steve the Magician, Hoop Dance, London Science Museum and Primary Workshops .
Northamptonshire Transforming Care Partnership Workshops
The Northamptonshire Transforming Care Partnership has recently refreshed its care and treatment policies and procedures.
The procedures relate to children, young people, and adults (who have ASD or a learning disability) if they're admitted to a hospital for behavioural or mental health reasons.
If you work with people who have ASD or a learning disability you need to be aware of these procedures, and in particular you need to know:
- how to refer someone to the Risk Register (with their consent)
- how you can access a Care, Education and Treatment Review (CETR) and how it will help
The Northamptonshire Transforming Care Partnership are running workshops (in One Angel Square) for staff working in education, health, social care, and advocacy to discuss the procedures and policies.
- Tuesday 26 June 2018 (10am to midday)
- Tuesday 26 June 2018 (1:30 to 3:30pm)
Places will be allocated on a 'first-come, first-served' basis. Please email your name and contact details along with up to 3 preferred dates and times to
CTR@nass.uk.net. If your preferred date and time is not available, you will receive an offer for the next available date and time.
Deafconnect children and families service hold activities for children who are deaf and those who have a hearing impairment. They also arrange regular coffee mornings for families and holiday activities. View their poster for upcoming events:
Deafconnect run two youth groups for junior and seniors twice a month.
Northamptonshire Sport is a partnership of local and national organisations working together to provide opportunities for people to participate in sport, physical activity and recreation in Northamptonshire.
View a wide range of activities and events for carers.
For more information go to the Northamptonshire Carers website:
Regular SEN events
Cinema (Autism friendly screenings)
Cineworld: first Sunday of the month, 11am
Vue: the last Sunday of the month, 10:15am
Odeon: one Sunday a month, 10:15am
Northamptonshire Libraries and Country Parks
The Events Calendar provides up-to-date information about activities for children and families in Northamptonshire's libraries and country parks. It includes details and availability of universal children's centre services that are provided by the libraries.
View the libraries and country parks events calendar
Activities and workshops for children and families Northampton Museum and Art Gallery and Abington Park Museum.
|Early years SEN training||Various||Various|
Training for staff working with young children with special educational needs.
|Early years foundation courses||Various||Various|
Training for staff working with young children.
Free online training materials about Special Educational Needs for professionals. Please note, this training was published in 2012, some information may be out of date.
|Anti-Bullying Alliance||Online ||Online|
Free online training about bullying for professionals.
|Disability Matters ||Online||Online|
Free online training about disability for the UK workforce.
|Northamptonshire Educational Psychology Services ||Various||Various|
Targeted mental health in schools (TAMHS) and learning focused courses for teachers, teaching assistants and SENCO staff in LA maintained, academy and free mainstream schools.
|Children's Speech and Language Therapy||Various||Various|
Training for teachers, teaching assistants and SENCO staff in LA maintained, academy and free mainstream primary schools.
|Children's Speech and Language Therapy||See poster for dates|
Camrose Children's Centre, Northampton
Sudborough House, St Mary’s Hospital, Kettering
Signalong Foundation Course for early years practitioners and school teaching staff. £80 per person (15 hours training and certificate).
|Disabled Living ||Various||Various|
Training programmes for professionals, parents and carers.
BSL courses for adults.
|Specialist Support Service ||Various||Various|
Courses for parents/carers of children and young people with a diagnosis of autism and other special educational needs or disabilities.