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How Mainstream Can Work - A series of workshops for parents during the Autumn term

Information, Advice and Support Service (IASS) in partnership with Northamptonshire Parent Forum Group and the Local Offer are holding a series of events exploring the advantages that attending a mainstream school can offer students with special educational needs and disabilities.

The two hour workshops will take place at a variety of venues around the county at a range of times with talks from mainstream SENCOs and information about the Equality Act and how it applies to children in school. The workshops will provide parents and carers with an opportunity to explain how their child's school made it work for them. 

Booking is essential, for dates and times please visit the IASS website.

The Voice That Makes a Difference’ Project: (October 2019)

‘The Voice That Makes a Difference’ uses total communication (British Sign Language, subtitles, sound, and audio description) to make blockbuster films accessible to all disabled people at the cinema (in their preferred language). The project allows disabled young children (who are deaf and/or blind) to see blockbuster films free of charge. The offer is open to children with other disabilities too.

‘The Voice That Makes a Difference’ will offer workshop opportunities, so that children and young people can produce their own films about their feelings (linked to socialising at the cinema).

‘The Voice That Makes a Difference’ are offering schools the opportunity to experience ‘total communication’ blockbuster films, free of charge. There will also be the possibility of pupils attending the workshops.

For more information about ‘The Voice That Makes a Difference,’  and this project please call 07742 146326 or email  thevoicethatmakesadifference@hotmail.co.uk.  

Calendar of events

​Date​Activity​Location
​28 October 2019

The Young Games Designers Competition is providing a special 'relaxed opening session'. The drop-in sessions are open to anyone aged 10 to 18 with Autism, Asperger's or social anxiety disorders that may require for them to have a quieter learning environment.

They will gain an insight into the world of game making and a great chance to talk to game developers in the industry. This is an opportunity for young people to develop ideas for computer games and learn some tips about developing them further.

Find out about the 'Relaxed Opening' session and book your place.

​National Museum of Computing
Block H, Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes, MK3 6EB

​21 November 2019

​Northamptonshire and Buckingham Dyslexia Association

Study Skills workshop from 7pm to 9pm (please note new dates).

Bookings via info@nbda.org.uk.

​Venues to be confirmed

14 January 2020

9:30am to 11:30am

​​Secondary school transfer information sessions
Year 5 Seminars

​The Eden Centre
21 Montague Street
Kettering
Northamptonshire
NN16 8XG

​24 March 2020

12:30pm to 2:30pm

​​Secondary school transfer information sessions

Year 5 seminars

​The Eden Centre
21 Montague Street
Kettering
Northamptonshire
NN16 8XG

​23 January 2020

9:30am to 11:30am

​Secondary school transfer information sessions

Year 5 seminars

​Oundle Primary School
Cotterstock Road
Peterborough
PE8 5HA

​28 January 2020

9:30am to 11:30am

​Secondary school transfer information

Year 5 seminars

​Nene Whitewater Centre
Bedford Road
Northampton
NN4 7AA

​10 March 2020

12:30pm to 2:30pm

​​Secondary school transfer information sessions

Year 5 Seminars

​​Nene Whitewater Centre
Bedford Road
Northampton
NN4 7AA

Autism East Midlands for young people with autism

Senior youth clubs (11 years plus)

When​Time​Location
​First Wednesday of every month (term time only)​6.30 to 8.30pm​Elgar Centre
1A High Street
Upton NN5 4EN

Junior youth clubs (8 to 11 years old)

​When​Time​Location
​Fourth Sunday of the month (term time only)​10am to 2pm​Nether Heyford
1A Roberts Field
Northampton NN7 3BE
​First Saturday of the month (term time only)​10am to 2pm

​Elgar Centre
1A High Street
Upton NN5 4EN

Deaf Connect for young people with a hearing impairment

Deafconnect run two youth groups for junior and seniors twice a month. Ages are flexible dependent on where the child or young person feels more comfortable. Clubs cost £2 per person which includes food (pizza, chicken nuggets, chips). There is also a tuck shop to buy sweets.

Various toys, games and activities are available at each session to make it a valuable time mixing with deaf peers. You are welcome to stay with your child if they are feeling a bit shy. Please sign up on BAND or email Jennie.Higson@deafconnect.org.uk to let her know you are coming.

Juniors (age 4 to 10)

​When​Time​Location
​Alternate Fridays​4pm to 6pm​Spencer Dallington Community Centre
Tintern Ave
Northampton NN5 7BZ

 Seniors (age 11 to 18)

​When​Time​Location
​​Alternate Fridays6.30pm to 8.30pm​​Spencer Dallington Community Centre
Tintern Ave
Northampton NN5 7BZ

Action For Children (phone 01604 752553)

These youth clubs have been commissioned by Northamptonshire County Council as part of the Short Breaks offer details provided in May 2019 for children and young people with special educational needs.

When Group details Location

Saturday - Term time​

10am to 3pm

Daventry PMLD (5 to 18 years)

£10 per session

​Daventry Hill School
Ashby Road
Daventry
NN11 0QE

Saturday - Term time

10am to 3pm

​Northampton PMLD (5 to 18 years)

£10 per session

​Blackthorn Community Centre
Longmead Court
Northampton
NN3 8QD

​Saturday - Term time

9.30am to 12.30pm

Wellingborough MLD​ (5 to 18 years)

£10 per session

​Swanspool Pavilion
Swanspool Parade
Wellingborough
NN8 2BZ

​Wednesday - Term time only

6.30pm to 8.30pm

Brackley Youth Club​​ (11 to 18 years)

£5 per session

​Magdalen College School
2 Waynflete Avenue
Brackley
NN13 6AF

​Monday - Term time only

6pm to 8pm

Daventry Youth Club (11 to 18 years)

£5 per session

​Daventry Methodist Church
Golding Close
Daventry
NN11 4BT

​Tuesday - Term time only

6.30pm to 8.30pm

Northampton Youth Club (11 to 18 years)​​Olympus House
Billing Brook House
Weston Favell
Northampton
NN3 8JH

​Wednesday - Term time only

6.30pm to 8.30pm

Wellingborough Youth Club (11 to 18 years)​

​38 Oxford Street
Wellingborough
NN8 4JG

Autism East Midlands

DetailsContact details​Age range​
​​AEM holiday clubs are usually held on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays at either the Elgar Centre in Duston, or Nether Heyford Youth Club. ​​​​Contact Autism East Midlands for more details. Booking is required.8 plus

Action for Children

​These holiday clubs are commissioned as part of the Short Breaks offer. Booking is required and you can contact them on 01604 752553 or email northants.disability@actionforchildren.org.uk.

LocationDays and timesAge range and cost
​Daventry PMLD
Daventry Hill School
Ashby Road
Daventry
NN11 0QE

​Monday and Tuesday

10am to 3pm

 

​Children aged 5 to 7 can stay for a maximum of 2 hours at £5

£10

​Northampton PMLD
Blackthorn Community Centre
Longmead Court
Northampton
NN3 8QD

​Monday and Wednesday

10am to 3pm

​Children aged 5 to 7 can stay for a maximum of 2 hours at £5

£10

​Wellingborough MLD
Swanspool Pavilion
Swanspool Parade
Welllingborough
NN8 2BZ

​Tuesday and Wednesday

9.30am to 2.30pm

 

Children aged 5 to 7 can stay for a maximum of 2 hours at £5

£10

ASD Specialist Group
The Elgar Centre
1 High street
Upton
NN5 4EN

Thursday and Friday

10am to 2pm

 

Children aged 5 to 7 can stay for a maximum of 2 hours at £5

£10

Film making with IASS and Screen Northants

The Information Advice and Support Service for SEND in Northamptonshire (IASS), along with Screen Northants, have arranged for Screen Northants to produce a series of films giving information, advice and support directly to young people. They are looking for young people who will be able to help create these films.

This opportunity will be held each school holiday (but not the Christmas holidays) until summer 2020.

During the workshops young people will help come up with the ideas for the content of the films then work with professionals to shoot them on location in Northampton.  There will be opportunities for presenters and actors too.

If you are interested in taking part, please complete the booking form  and email it to NiTaylor@iassnorthants.co.uk.

Alternatively, you can post it to: 

Nikki Taylor
Information, Advice and Support Service
ONE Angel Square
4 Angel Street
Northampton
NN1 1ED

If you have any queries, please call Nikki on 07736 638533.

Summer play schemes

The Local Authority commissions summer holiday play schemes as part of the Short Breaks Innovation funding for children with special educational needs and disabilities. Parents are expected to contribute no more than £10 per day per child. Details are published in the Summer edition of the SNIX magazine and details are listed here.

District and Borough Councils in Northamptonshire

Holiday activities are organised for all children by the district and borough councils. Some of these may be suitable for children with special educational needs and disabilities, although there should be reasonable adjustments in place to ensure that they can attend. See your local council for more information

​Play

Music

Discos

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.

Holiday activities in the country parks this summer   

Northampton Museums

Activities and workshops for children and families Northampton Museum and Art Gallery and Abington Park Museum.

National Museums

See the calendar to find museums to visit that are holding sessions suitable for children with ASD.

Northamptonshire Sport

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.

 

TrainingDate and timeVenue​Further information​
​Early years SEN training​Various​​​Various

​Training for staff working with young children with special educational needs.

​Early years foundation courses​VariousVarious​

Training for staff working with young children.

​Advanced TrainingOnline​Online

​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  ​VariousVarious

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.

​Disabled Living Various​Various​

Training programmes for professionals, parents and carers.

​Adult Learning​Various​Various

BSL courses for adults.

​Specialist Support Service Various​Various​

Courses for parents and carers of children and young people with a diagnosis of autism and other special educational needs or disabilities.

​NAYC​Various​Various

​Training dates, starting in September 2019 www.nayc.eventbrite.com

Venue: King's Park Conference Centre, Northampton, NN3 6LL

Time: 6.30pm to 9.30pm (unless stated)

​Milton Keynes Play Association (MKPA)Various​2 to 4 Burners Lane, Kiln Farm, Milton Keynes, MK11 3HB

​​Various disability, ADHD and ASD courses suitable for parents and professionals.

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Carers' support

View a wide range of activities and events for carers.

For more information go to the Northamptonshire Carers website: