Get involved with Local Offer

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Feedback and consultation

Feedback and consultation is a formal part of the Local Offer and users will be asked to contribute by using:

  • online surveys
  • paper questionnaires
  • verbal recordings

Documents and frequently asked questions can be made available in Easy Read format.

Purple Tuesday

Northampton Borough Council are consulting with residents, businesses and visitors to the town, about setting up a Purple Tuesday for 2019. Purple Tuesday is a fantastic initiative that takes place once a year on 13 November. It is a great way of recognising the importance and needs of shoppers who have a disability and to promote inclusivity.

In particular they are keen to hear from individuals with disabilities, impairments and health problems that may make shopping in a town centre more challenging.

Details of spending controls announced by Northamptonshire County Council

This is the official information released by the county council for stakeholders following the announcement made by the Director of Finance when the Section 114 notice was issued.

Short Breaks Consultation Report - January 2018

This is the final report from the consultation undertaken during October, November and December 2017.

Short Breaks are part of a range of services that support children in need and their families. They are provided for children and young people who are disabled. They include day, evening, weekend and overnight activities for the child or young person, and can take place in the child’s own home, the home of an approved carer, or in a residential or community setting.

During October, November and December 2017 a 6-week consultation was undertaken regarding the future model of delivery for these services. During this time, nearly 900 people got involved to give us their views.

Thank you to everyone who took part or promoted the Short Breaks consultation to parents, children and young people. All of your support is greatly valued.

The  short breaks contract commenced on 1st August 2018.

A report from Shooting Stars about their results:

Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission SEND inspection

An inspection of Northamptonshire County Council's local areas effectiveness in the following areas took place from 15 May 2017 to 19 May 2017:

  • identifying and meeting the needs of children and young people who have special educational needs and / or disabilities
  • improving outcomes for children and young people who have special educational needs and / or disabilities
  • File Download - Full report from Ofsted and the CQC (PDF 144KB)Full report from Ofsted and the CQC (PDF 144KB)

They said that :


The local offer is easily accessible to stakeholders. It is comprehensive, informative and straightforward to navigate, and has an active social media profile."

20:20 Vision For SEND in Northamptonshire

The 20:20 Vision for SEND in Northamptonshire events in March gathered information to co-produce with children, young people and their parents, the priorities for improving outcomes for the future.

If you were unable to attend, you can still find out what was discussed. For more information see the 20:20 Vision page.

Local Offer survey

At the time of the 2020 Vision events, we created a survey asking people who use the Local Offer a few questions about how they use it and what they are looking for.


The survey was shared on social media, was live on the Local Offer for March 2017 and was shared via Informer and Schools e-mails to staff.

62 responses from a variety of parents and professionals were received. One young person completed the survey.

Of the 62 responses 88% knew of the Local Offer website and service. They had found out about the Local Offer through a variety of media including being told by professionals who had worked with them, the SNIX magazine, social media and the NCC website. Users had found out about the Local Offer through schools and parent groups in about 20% of cases.

Users reported that they had looked for community and support services (social care) education, and social and leisure activities.

93% found the information useful or fairly useful.

Most contact had been made with the Local Offer team by e-mail.

Suggestions were made to improve awareness of the Local Offer including an invitation to speak to a group of doctors about the Local Offer website.

It is important to us to know that the Local Offer in Northamptonshire provides you with the information that you are looking for. If you can't find something, please let us know. We are happy to help you find what you are looking for.

Viewpoint - a survey for young people

This is an opportunity for young people and children to comment on the Local Offer and tell us what they think.

Complete the viewpoint survey

Once you have completed a survey, you can choose an on-line game to play. Thank you for your feedback.


Sign up for our free SNIX magazine! You can choose to have it sent to you by email or by post.

The SNIX newsletter is one of the ways that we make the Local Offer available for people who don't use the internet for whatever reason. EPIC - a group of young people with disabilities who the government consults with - advised Northamptonshire Local Offer that they thought it was really important for information to still be printed about activities and services. Our SNIX newsletter does this. Our Shooting Stars group are involved in the making of the magazine. Please send us your articles to be considered for publication in the future.

Parents and young people

Children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities and their parents can get involved with the Local Offer by:

  • using the Local Offer and giving us feedback on the results they receive, the way it works or highlighting gaps in information
  • taking part in consultations run by the Local Offer team to continue developing the Local Offer
  • being part of the Local Offer Governance Group


Professionals who support children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities can get involved with the Local Offer by:

  • registering their service or organisation to appear on the Local Offer
  • using the Local Offer search facility and giving feedback on the results they receive, the way it works or highlighting gaps in information
  • taking part in consultations run by the Local Offer team to continue developing the Local Offer

Local Offer team

A Local Offer team is employed as a direct result of the consultation with users. They expressed this as something they thought really important. The team consists of Kathy Forsdyke - Local Offer Manager and Julia Smith - Local Offer development worker.

These are our one page profiles:

The team was presented with an award for our production of Easy Read documents by the County Council's group of young people who have SEND, Shooting Stars.

Local Offer Governance Group

The Local Offer Governance Group consists of representatives from our partners in Health, Social Care, Specialist Support Services, Transitions, Education (a leading SENCO), Early Years providers, a parent from NPFG, one of our Shooting Stars and participation worker, IASS and the Local Offer manager.

The Local Offer Governance Group meets each term, with the minutes below:

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Quality assurance

The information that is available on the Local Offer will be audited and checked annually. The Local Offer team ask for any faults or errors to be brought to their attention by all users.

If you have any recommendations about a service or provider that you have used, we now have the ability to show this on the Local Offer. Please get in touch.

How to contact the Local Offer team