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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 last of these two hour workshops will take place at Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Centre at the John Clare Centre in Northampton on ​Tues 12 November 2019 ​12.30pm to 2.30pm with a talk about 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 and what they think makes a school a safer place for students. 

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
​16 November 2019

OCD-UK Conference 2019

Featuring presentations for both parents and teenagers.

About the conference and ticket booking

Contact OCD-UK office@ocduk.org
01332 742663

​The Park Inn by Raddison, Silver Street, Northampton NN1 2TA

​21 November 2019 (7-9pm)

 Study Skills Workshop - Northamptonshire and Buckingham Dyslexia Association (NBDA)

Bookings via info@nbda.org.uk.

​Venues to be confirmed

​3 December 2019 (6.10pm)

The Peanut Butter Falcon

This relaxed screening is in partnership with the Borough Council to celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This lovable and funny adventure begins when Zak (Zack Gottsagen), a young man with Down’s syndrome, runs away from the nursing home where he has been placed. Tickets are priced at £3.

​Northampton Filmhouse,
Derngate,
Northampton
NN1 1UD

7 December 2019 (4pm)

The Further Adventures Of The Owl And The Pussycat (Relaxed Performance)

Recommended for Under 7s

​Royal and Derngate Theatre,
19-21 Guildhall Road,
Northampton NN1 1DP

​8 December 2019 (11am and 2pm)

The Christmas Clock (Relaxed and Signed Performances)

Recommended for Under 7s. Both performances are relaxed, signed, and can accommodate a wide range of different needs, including PMLD. Adults with learning disabilities are also very welcome. Each performance is around 50 minutes long and is full of interactive sensory play, plus some simple strategies you can use to help children cope with the sensory overload of the season and the challenges that waiting and anticipation can bring.

​The Deco Theatre,
Abington Square,
Northampton
NN1 4AE

​11 December 2019 (2pm)

17 December 2019 (7pm)

Cinderella, Northampton (Audio Described Performances)

Don’t miss the magic of 2019’s must-see pantomime, Cinderella, the Fairy Godmother of all pantomimes, starring Anita Dobson, Bernie Clifton, Sid Sloane, and Martyn James.

​Royal and Derngate Theatre,
19-21 Guildhall Road,
Northampton NN1 1DP

​14 December 2019 (1pm)

27 December 2019 (5pm)

Cinderella, Northampton (Signed Performances)

Don’t miss the magic of 2019’s must-see pantomime, Cinderella, the Fairy Godmother of all pantomimes, starring Anita Dobson, Bernie Clifton, Sid Sloane, and Martyn James.

​​Royal and Derngate Theatre,
19-21 Guildhall Road,
Northampton NN1 1DP
​15 December 2019 (11am)​

Aladdin (Relaxed Performance)​

Follow the story of Aladdin, a simple laundry boy who falls in love with a Princess. All that stands in his way is the evil Abanazar who wants to get his hands on the magic lamp. Starring Atomic Kitten's Natasha Hamilton as the Slave of the Ring.

​Castle Theatre,
Castle Way,
Wellingborough
NN8 1XA

​17 December 2019 (6.30pm)

​Jack and the Beanstalk, Northampton (Relaxed and Signed Performance)

Coming Christmas 2019 - the magical tale of Jack and the Beanstalk, with a star-studded cast, magic beans, Daisy the cow, and a mean GIANT.

The Deco Theatre,
Abington Square,
Northampton
NN1 4AE​

​18 December 2019 (2.30pm)

27 December 2019 (5.30pm)

Pippi Longstocking (Audio Described Performances)

Celebrating 75 years since Astrid Lindgren first conceived Pippi Longstocking as “the strongest girl in the world”, this spectacular world premiere of one of our best-loved children’s books will burst onto the stage in an epic musical adventure created especially for Christmas audiences.

​Royal and Derngate Theatre,
19-21 Guildhall Road,
Northampton NN1 1DP
​19 December 2019 (7pm)

Swiss Family Robinson (Audio Described and Signed Performance)

When a family find themselves shipwrecked on a deserted island, they have to use all of their wits, strengths and skills to build a new home.

​The Core at Corby Cube, George Street,
Corby NN17 1QG
​20 December 2019 (2pm)

Cinderella, Northampton (Relaxed Performance)

Don’t miss the magic of 2019’s must-see pantomime, Cinderella, the Fairy Godmother of all pantomimes, starring Anita Dobson, Bernie Clifton, Sid Sloane, and Martyn James.

​Royal and Derngate Theatre,
19-21 Guildhall Road,
Northampton NN1 1DP
​20 December 2019 (7.15pm)

Pippi Longstocking (Captioned Performance)

Celebrating 75 years since Astrid Lindgren first conceived Pippi Longstocking as “the strongest girl in the world”, this spectacular world premiere of one of our best-loved children’s books will burst onto the stage in an epic musical adventure created especially for Christmas audiences.

​Royal and Derngate Theatre,
19-21 Guildhall Road,
Northampton NN1 1DP
​21 December 2019 (1.15pm)

Pippi Longstocking (Signed Performance)

Celebrating 75 years since Astrid Lindgren first conceived Pippi Longstocking as “the strongest girl in the world”, this spectacular world premiere of one of our best-loved children’s books will burst onto the stage in an epic musical adventure created especially for Christmas audiences.

​Royal and Derngate Theatre,
19-21 Guildhall Road,
Northampton NN1 1DP
​27 December 2019 (2pm)

Swiss Family Robinson (Relaxed Performance)

When a family find themselves shipwrecked on a deserted island, they have to use all of their wits, strengths and skills to build a new home.

​​The Core at Corby Cube, George Street,
Corby NN17 1QG
​28 December 2019 (5pm)

Cinderella, Northampton (Captioned Performance)

Don’t miss the magic of 2019’s must-see pantomime, Cinderella, the Fairy Godmother of all pantomimes, starring Anita Dobson, Bernie Clifton, Sid Sloane, and Martyn James.

​Royal and Derngate Theatre,
19-21 Guildhall Road,
Northampton NN1 1DP
​28 December 2019 (5.30pm)

Pippi Longstocking (Relaxed Performance)

Celebrating 75 years since Astrid Lindgren first conceived Pippi Longstocking as “the strongest girl in the world”, this spectacular world premiere of one of our best-loved children’s books will burst onto the stage in an epic musical adventure created especially for Christmas audiences.

​Royal and Derngate Theatre,
19-21 Guildhall Road,
Northampton NN1 1DP
​30 December 2019 (11am)

Aladdin (Signed Performance)​

Follow the story of Aladdin, a simple laundry boy who falls in love with a Princess. All that stands in his way is the evil Abanazar who wants to get his hands on the magic lamp. Starring Atomic Kitten's Natasha Hamilton as the Slave of the Ring.

​Castle Theatre,
Castle Way,
Wellingborough
NN8 1XA
​2 January 2020 (1.30pm)

Cinderella, Kettering (Relaxed Performance)​

Left at home by the ugliest of sisters, Cinders cannot go to the ball. However, with the help of her Fairy Godmother and brilliant buffoonery from Buttons, the most exciting night of her life can begin.

​​The Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering Conference Centre,
Thurston Drive,
Kettering NN15 6PB
​​3 January 2020 (1.30pm)

Cinderella, Kettering (Signed Performance)​

Left at home by the ugliest of sisters, Cinders cannot go to the ball. However, with the help of her Fairy Godmother and brilliant buffoonery from Buttons, the most exciting night of her life can begin.

​The Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering Conference Centre,
Thurston Drive,
Kettering NN15 6PB
​14 January 2020 (7pm)

Jack and the Beanstalk, Wellingborough (Relaxed and Signed Performance)

Wellingborough Pantomime Society return with their annual traditional pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk. Well known songs, colourful costumes and professional scenery providing fun and laughter for all the family.

​Castle Theatre,
Castle Way,
Wellingborough
NN8 1XA
​19 January 2020 (2.30pm)

Jack and the Beanstalk, Wellingborough (Signed Performance)

Wellingborough Pantomime Society return with their annual traditional pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk. Well known songs, colourful costumes and professional scenery providing fun and laughter for all the family.

​Castle Theatre,
Castle Way,
Wellingborough
NN8 1XA

14 January 2020 (9.30am to 11.30am)

​​Secondary School Transfer Information Sessions

Year 5 Seminars

​The Eden Centre,
21 Montague Street,
Kettering
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
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 Sessions

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 to 18 years)

When​Time​Location
​First Tuesday of every month (term time only)​6.30pm to 8.30pm​AHOF (Abington House of Fun) in Abington Park (corner of Park Avenue South and the Wellingborough Road), Northampton

Youth clubs (8 to 18 years old)

​When​Time​Location
​Second Saturday of the month (term time only)​Until Jan 2020 this club is out on trips.
​Fourth Sunday of the month (term time only)​10am to 2pm​Nether Heyford
1A Roberts Field
Northampton NN7 3BE
​Opening January 2020​East Northants Club

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

SEND Scout Group

 

​WhenContact​Location

​Alternate Sunday mornings

10am to 11.30am

Accinclusion@northantsscouts.org.uk or phone 07849 348828

​The Boughton Centre (Mencap Building)
Ransome Road
Northampton
NN4 8AA

 

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.

​Deaf Connect

Email Jennie.Higson@deafconnect.org.uk to book

10.30am to 11.30am

16 Nov 2019

21 Dec 2019

18 Jan 2020

22 Feb 2020

21 Mar 2020

18 April 2020

​Spencer Dallington Community Centre
Tintern Avenue
Northampton
NN5 7BZ

​Family Sign Language classes for pre-school and primary age children (but anyone who has a deaf child in the family is welcome).
​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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Social media

You can keep up-to-date with news and events with our social media accounts. The accounts are monitored Monday to Friday (9am to 5pm) by Kathy and Julia. We regularly share information from service providers listed on our website.

Carers' support

View a wide range of activities and events for carers.

For more information go to the Northamptonshire Carers website: