This was originally posted on our old blog in February 2015.
The Local Offer searcher went live just before Christmas. We have already had some fantastic anecdotal stories about how useful people have found it. One mum whose child had a new diagnosis was able to find a support group running nearby and they gave her some counselling, some practical advice and equipment and she has felt well supported at the start of her journey.
The Local Offer team has been talking to parent link workers; they were really interested in the facility on the Local Offer to translate the pages into any language. Its called a Browse Aloud widget and it is on every search result page. They thought it could be really useful for them.
SEND Sports development
We made a small presentation to the disabled sports advisory group and now have some more twitter followers: All the sports represented on the advisory group are on the Local Offer and there is some good work being developed for sports men and women with disabilities. Our twitter feed today was tweeting about Issy Bailey, a target shooter and wheelchair rugby player from Gloucester who has been chosen by Sport England as a face to represent active young women. Follow us on Twitter (@LONorthants)
Information advice and support services
The Local Offer team were invited to Northampton College at Daventry and Booth Lane campus to meet with groups of young students and their parents by Information Advice and Support Services (IASS formerly known as NPPS) to provide information about the opportunity to transfer to an education, health and care (EHC) plan if needed, what facilities there may be for the future and for the now.
One of the Transitions team asked if we could find any horse-riding for disabled people and the Local Offer brought up nineteen different places to get horse riding in Northamptonshire. Trot on!