[SONUS] Family sign day, Southampton


Is your child deaf? Would your family like to learn to sign? If you are a hearing parent with a deaf child this course is for you. [sonus] are running a FREE workshop with age appropriate signs on 10th April from 9.30am-12.30pm for ages 0 to 5 years and from 1.30-4.30pm for ages 6 to 10 years. It is being held at [sonus], Spitfire House, 28-29 High Street, Southampton, SO14 2DF.

This is a free event but booking is essential. If you have any questions or to book, please contact Crissy Dommett by email at c.dommett@sonus.org.uk or call 02380 220225.

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SEND Local Offer


What is the Local Offer?

From September 2014 every Local Authority will be required to publish information about services they expect to be available in their area for children and young people from birth to 25 who have special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND); and also services outside of the area which they expect children and young people from their area will use. This will be known as the ‘Local Offer’.

The Local Offer will put all the information about education, health and care services, leisure activities and support groups in one place.

It has two main purposes:

•           to provide clear, comprehensive and accessible information about the support and opportunities that are available; and

•           to make provision more responsive to local needs and aspirations.

The Government says that the Local Offer must be developed and reviewed in partnership with children and young people, parent carers, and local services, including early years settings, schools, colleges, health and social care agencies – ‘co-production’.

People and services commissioned by the Local Authority to support children and young people with special educational needs should complete a Local Offer based on a set of questions which have been developed through co-production; within the framework and guidance produced by the South East Seven (SE7) Local Authorities Government Pathfinder: http://www.se7pathfinder.co.uk/.

The following pages are Hampshire County Council’s Services for Young Children, Childcare and Family Information Team Local Offer.


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Employment in autism – University of Portsmouth survey

The University of Portsmouth is conducting a survey on employment in autism.

The survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete. The data will be used as a basis for a research project aimed at maximising employment opportunities for people with autism.

To take part in the survey please follow this link:


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Helping families to a healthy weight this January

Helping families to a helathy weightA scheme to help families lead healthy happy lives is starting a new programme of events for five to 13 year olds across Hampshire from this January.

The MEND programme (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition…Do It!) provides ten weeks of fun, interactive group sessions to promote healthy lifestyles and address issues arising from being overweight. It helps families to understand the complexities of things such as food labelling, different types of food, how much you need, and fun ways to be active as a family.

The programme, commissioned by Public Health at Hampshire County Council and co-ordinated by Sport Hampshire & IOW, is free to join. Children can enjoy active play sessions as well as learn with their family about healthy food choices. Parents will also be invited to discuss ways to help encourage behaviour change such as reducing the amount of time their children spend watching television, and positive goal setting and rewards.

For more information, case studies and to find out how you can get involved visit our web page: http://intranet.hants.gov.uk/hantsnetnews?id=1010

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Giant print picture books

BooksThree libraries in Hampshire now have collections of high quality early years books in dual format – giant print (75pt) and Braille. The books are available at Basingstoke, Fareham and Farnborough libraries. The idea for them came from a grandmother who was unable to read standard print books to her grandchildren, and wanted something that both child and adult could share. The result are sturdy books with delightful illustrations that would suit a whole variety of needs. Click here to go to the Access2books website or call 01525 853825 or contact your local library in the named areas.

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Disability awareness event – Havant

On Sunday 1 December St Faiths Safer Neighbourhood Team are holding a free disability awareness event at the Horizon Leisure Centre, Civic Road, Havant between 11:00 – 15:00.

Come along and take part in some of the following activities:

  • Meet the police
  • Try on uniforms
  • Learn about disability hate crime

A range of support services and charities are also attending this event and more information can be found on the attached flyer: Disability Awareness Event

Please contact St Faiths Safer Neighbourhoods Team for details. Call 101 or email: stfaiths.snt@hampshire.pnn.police.uk

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Which Hampshire services do you value most?

logoAs tough budget decisions are being made for 2014/15, Hampshire County Council asks residents which services they value the most.

Hampshire County Council wants residents’ views to help inform the final budget decisions for next year. Faced with the challenge of finding a further £90 million savings by 2015 (12 per cent of the Council’s budget), the Council is asking residents to rank services according to which they value the most.

For more information on what the Council is asking, and for a chance to have your say, please read the following and take part in the survey: Hampshire Services Survey

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