Monday, 3 July 2017

Families Information Service Hub (FISH) & Special Educational Needs & Disability Information Advice & Support Service (SENDIASS) - Edition  21 

Spotlight on...Schools Out 2017
School's Out, now in it's 12th year, is an engaging & comprehensive guide letting every parent know what activities are available for their children over the summer holidays. This well established guide has over the years become an essential tool for many families in the region. It includes sports, play clubs, events & activities. Parents have come to rely heavily on School's Out to plan their child's summer and eagerly await the delivery before the summer holidays begin.
The 36 page, A5 guide is delivered to homes of 28,000, 4 - 13 year olds in the first week of July.
You can also view the online directory by visiting For more information contact FISH on (01482) 396469 or email

FISH update
T.Y.L.E.R – The Young Leaders of East Riding - T.Y.L.E.R are a steering group of young people with an aim to get young people’s voices heard and make a difference!   They want to gain young people’s views and opinions about what it is like living in the East Riding, making new friends and the impact bullying has on young people.  T.Y.L.E.R are also looking for new members – if you know or work with a young person with additional needs and feel they would benefit from being part of the group please contact Aneliese on (01482) 396469 or for more information visit their website

Fostering and short breaks – information event
East Riding of Yorkshire Council is looking to recruit new foster carers who can offer short breaks to children with a disability, Autism or ADHD.
This could be looking after a disabled child for anything from a few hours a week, or a regular weekend stay in the foster carers’ own home and they would receive an allowance. At the information event, people interested in becoming a foster carer will have an opportunity to talk to fostering social workers and discuss suitability; meet foster carers and their birth children; talk to looked-after young people and hear about their experiences; and find out about free professional training.  Prospective foster carers should ideally be over 25, they can be single, married or co-habiting. People with or without families, heterosexual, lesbian or gay, can be foster carers.  Dave Glenville, the council’s fostering team leader, said: “We are particularly looking for people who care about children and young people who need help, care and support at difficult times in their lives. “Foster carers and their families are exceptional people. If you have the desire to help and can give the time, energy and commitment, we strongly recommend you to come along to the information event and find out how you can become involved in the much needed and highly worthwhile role as foster carer for East Riding children.''  
Venue: Tickton Grange Hotel, near Beverley, Date: Thursday 13 July, Time: 6pm
Contact: (01482) 396469 or email,  For updates and news, follow East Riding Fostering on Facebook.

Local offer update
Have your Say!!  The following consultations are now live on the Local Offer:
For more information and to give your views please visit the Surveys and consultation page of the Local Offer website.

·  Strategic review of support, services and provision for children and young people with SEND in the East Riding. This consultation will remain open until the end of Sunday 9 July 2017.

·  Review of 'A Parent Carers Guide to Requesting Personal Budgets for Special Educational Needs ( 0 -25) for Educational Outcomes'
·   Review of Involving Parent and Carers with Commissioning and Service Development Guidance. Please note the deadline for these consultations is Friday 21 July 2017.

East Riding Voices in Partnership (ERVIP)
East Riding Voices in Partnership is delighted to welcome Sarah Woosey from Irwin Mitchell Solicitors. Sarah will discuss various issues:
·   Complaints and concerns over SEN provision
·   Complaints/Mediation/Judicial review
·   Exclusions from school – Who is responsible for the education of children/young people not in school?
·   Transport Disputes
·   General Disputes

As part of the workshop we will be discussing the Strategic review of support, services and provision for children and young people with SEND in the East Riding. This is an extremely important opportunity for us all to have a say on the future of our services and provision.
All completed questionnaires for the review will be entered into a free prize draw to give one lucky winner a shopping voucher.  
This will be a very informative day. We hope you can come along and join us at:

Venue: Bridlington Rugby Club, Queensgate , Bridlington, YO16 7LN. Date: Thursday 6 July 2017
Time: 10am to 2pm - Refreshment’s and a light lunch will be provided.
To book your place, please click on the link  Karen if you have any questions or concerns around transport and childcare costs on tel:(01262) 678283, mobile 07813676941  Email:
Keep the Date:
Tuesday 19 September 2017 – Presentation on Inclusion and Exclusion (to include our AGM)  Beverley venue to be confirmed.

Thursday 12 October 2017 - Presentation/training on Annual and transition reviews – Burnby Hall, Pocklington, YO42 2QF
Thursday 19 October 2017 – SEND Workshop – Another chance to find out everything you need to know about the SEND process from SEN support right through to the EHCP – Beverley, venue to be confirmed
Contact: Sheena Withers or Karen Sanderson on tel: (01262) 678283  
Parent Carer Support Groups
There are a number of parent carer support groups running across the East Riding and surrounding areas. To view information about these groups please click here.
To view National support organisations, please click here(These links will take you to the Local Offer website).

Teddy Bears Picnic – Bring a picnic and your teddy.  There will be giant games with Smile, crazy golf, name the teddy, face painting, rugbytots (12.30pm), dance stars (1pm), buggy boot camp (1.30pm) and more
Date: Monday 10 July 2017
Time: 11am – 4pm
Venue: Flemingate Shopping Centre, Beverley, HU17 0NQ,twitter:@flemingateb                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
HEY NAS Beverley support group for parent carers of children on the autistic spectrum, giving everyone a very friendly, informal chance to meet and talk with other parent carers.
Dates: First Wednesday of the month, Times: 12.30-2.30pm
Venue: Norwood Methodist Church Hall, Beverley, HU17 9HN

Contact: Tel: 07917 040 380, Email:
The Sensory and Physical Teaching Service (SaPTS) is offering some exciting new courses for parents and carers. The courses are free to parents and carers and we expect that the places will fill up very quickly so it’s first come first served!

Understanding hearing loss
Date: Monday 3 July 2017, Time: 10 am - noon
Venue: East Riding College, Flemingate Centre, Armstrong Way, Beverley, HU17 0GH

Listening, attention & phonics for children with a hearing loss

Date: Monday 3 July 2017, Time: 1.00 p.m - 2.30p.m
Venue: East Riding College, Flemingate Centre, Armstrong Way, Beverley, HU17 0GH

Understanding vision impairment for parents

Date: Tuesday 4 July 2017, Time: 10am - noon
Venue: East Riding College, Flemingate Centre, Armstrong Way, Beverley, HU17 0GH
Contact:  SaPTS on tel: (01482) 392436 to book on any of these courses

Bridlington and Driffield
Bridlington Autism Support Group – This friendly Autism support group is a place to meet other parents and carers, to share and support each other.
Date: Every Monday during term-time
Venue: Community Hub (First Floor), 29 Prospect Street, Bridlington, YO15 2AE
Costs: Free, Time: 10am till 12noon
Contact: John Dixon for further information on (01262) 404100/ (01262) 673268 Email:
Special Summers – Summer camp for children aged 5 – 12 years with special needs. Activities include painting, cooking, trips out, sports and plenty of FUN!!!
All staff have specialist knowledge of working with children with additional needs.
Date: W/C Monday 31 July 2017 & W/C Monday 7 August 2017
Venue: Hessle Cricket & Rugby Club
Cost: £25 half day (9am-12pm or 1pm-4pm) / £40 full day or £175 full week (Extended hours available)
Contact: or check us out on Facebook @Specialsummers

Exclusive Maxi Fun Family Fun Swim Night
Date: Fridays 30 June, 7 & 14 July  2017, Time: 7.30-9 pm, Cost: £2 per person
Venue: Haltemprice Leisure Centre, 92 Springfield Way, Anlaby, HU10 6QJ

Contact: Just turn up or for further information ring Tony 07837 225618

One Step Ahead – A relaxed play/crafts group for children with additional needs and their siblings.
Dates: Thursdays (term time only), Times: 5 – 6pm, Cost: Free
Venue: Withernsea Children’s Centre, Hull Road, Withernsea, HU19 2EQ
Contact: Gemma or Cordie on tel: 07468456861, Email:
Autism Sensory Needs Seminar - The seminar is open to families and practitioners who would like to know more about Autism Spectrum Conditions, including;
   What is Autism?
   How Autism affects social communication
   How sensory differences can affect a person with Autism
   Strategies to support people with Autism

Dates: Monday 17 July 2017, Time: 10am - 2:30pm
Tea and Coffee will be available but please bring a packed lunch for the mid day break.
Venue: Hornsea School and Language College, Eastgate, Hornsea, HU18 1DW

Contact: Technical Support Officers Sally-Ann Pindar or Mike Peterson on:
Tel: (01482) 392254, Email:
Little Explorers – From Walkers to Talkers. Each week will have a different focus - cooking, craft, music. forest school, construction and much, more.
Dates: Mondays, Times: 9.30am - 10.45am,    Cost: £1
Venue: Hornsea Nursery School, Newbegin, Hornsea, HU18 1PB, Contact: (01964) 534396

Ready Steady Cook Parent Club – Hornsea Nursery School have joined with Food share to provide a weekly shopping basket - team up and cook.
Then Bake, Make and Take home for Tea. Don't go home after school drop off, why not join your child's group or have a cup of coffee in the community front room first?
Dates: Tuesdays, Times: 9.30am - 11am       
Venue: Hornsea Nursery School, Newbegin, Hornsea, HU18 1PB, Contact: (01964) 534396

Castaway Youth Music Theatre (Shipmates) - Drama and music group weekly after school:  with an age-range of eight to 18 and skilled support for additional needs and disabilities, Shipmates young people and their families will tell you it’s a great way to make friends, have fun and achieve more than you ever thought you could!  Led by Zoe Hughes. Funded by Children in Need. Families welcome to drop in or get in touch to talk about specific needs any weekday or Saturday morning. We always enjoy meeting new people at weekly sessions. Ask about our escorted transport home (and after school from Riverside School, Goole).
Dates: Termtime Mondays until 10 July
Times: 5 – 6.30pm with informal teatime / craft / music activities from 3.45pm, Cost: £3 per session
Venue: Castaway Music Theatre, Estcourt Street, Goole. DN14 5AS
Contact: (01405) 761423 Find us on Facebook castawaygoole
Castaway Goole Young Musicians (Sloop Group) - Music making for 10 - 25 year olds in a friendly group with support for additional needs from a wide area around Goole. A unique chance to learn instruments, create and record your own music, play and sing together and progress towards performing or other Castaway groups. Anyone can join, make friends, and have fun. Led by Tom Sherman with support for younger and older members.  Funded by Youth Music.  Additional special project playing gamelan during Summer half term June 1 – 3.  Contact as below for more info or to talk about specific needs before you come or just ring the doorbell on a Saturday and meet us in action.
Dates: Termtime Saturdays from 29 April, Times: 10 - 12, Cost: £3 per session
Venue: Castaway Music Theatre, Estcourt Street, Goole. DN14 5AS
Contact: (01405) 761423 Find us on Facebook castawaygoole

Castaway Summer Youth projects in Goole (all with support for additional needs)
Dates: 17 - 18 July -10 - 3 each day - Dare to Write  Creative Writing (words in any medium)
Dates: 26-27 July 10 - 3 each day - Castaway Clay (bring family members)
Dates: 22-23 August - 10 - 3.30 each day - Making Music    
Dates: 29 - 31 Aug 10 - 3.30each day - Summer Youth Theatre
Contact: (01405) 761423 for more information about

Wolds and Dale
Market Weighton Autism Parent Carer Support Group - Come along to our friendly evening group for a cuppa and a chat with other parents. Your child does not need a diagnosis for you to attend.
Dates:  First Friday of the month, Times: 9am – 12 noon, Cost: Free
Venue: Market Weighton Children’s Centre, Princess Road, Market Weighton YO43 3BY
Contact: 07952 269817 or Email:
East Riding wide and Hull/York catchmentHull & East Riding branch (HEY NAS) Teen social group for young people aged 11-20+ years with Autism and Aspergers
Date: Every Wednesday, Times: 6-8pm
Cost: £1.00 per young person (parent/carer has to stay in building).
Venue: Lonsdale Community Centre, Lonsdale Street, Hull HU3 6PA. 
Tel: 07917 040 380
Email: Web:

Aim Higher - Empowering families facing Autism, mental health and educational barriers for children and young people 0-25.  We provide: advocacy service, workshops, guidance, activities, support groups and campaign to raise awareness and acceptance of autism and mental health issues.
Dates:  The 1st Wednesday of the month, Times: 10.30am – 12.30pm, Cost: Free
Venue: Ready4work, Shirethorn House, Suite G, Hull, HU2 8PX

Special Stars Foundation Open Afternoon for Families and Carers
Special Stars Foundation would like to welcome any families affected by disability in the region to pop in to this open house afternoon at our new premises in the historic High Street of central Hull. There will be activities for children, refreshments and a raffle!  Come along and find out about our new support services for parent carers thanks to Big Lottery funding.  
No need to book and you don't have to be a member. All welcome!
Date: Saturday 22 July 2017,
Time: 12pm-3pm
Venue: Special Stars Foundation, 171 High Street, Hull, HU1 1NE, Cost: Free
Contact: (01482) 227657 or Email: for more information

Special Stars Foundation Open Evening for Professionals who work with children and young people with SEND to network and find out what support and activities are available in the area.
Date: Monday 10 July 2017, Time: 4pm – 7pm
Venue: Special Stars Foundation, 171 High Street, Hull, HU1 1NE, Cost: Free
Contact: (01482) 227657 or Email: for more information

Special Stars - Sam's Safaris Interaction Afternoon - for children and young people with disabilities and their families.  There are 12 exciting animals to learn about and touch. A maximum of 25 people (inc carers) are allowed into the one hour sessions to make sure it is a calm and intensive session and to ensure the health and safety of our members and the animals.
Date: Monday August 14 2017
Times: 9.30-10.30am  and  11.30am-12.30am
Venue: Victoria Dock Village Hall, Southbridge Road, Hull, HU9 1TY
Cost:  £2.50 per child/ young person (including siblings) payable on the day. Parents/ carers are free
Contact: Spaces are very limited and booking is essential.

Email: book

Hydrotherapy Swimming Session – exclusive to Special Stars Foundation.
Fully accessible changing facilities and hoists (Please note you will need to bring your own sling if you need to use the hoist). Lights, music and pool toys available, you can also bring your own floatation devices and pool toys.
Dates: Saturday July 29 2017, Saturday August 12 2017, Saturday August 19 2017,
 Saturday August 26 2017, Saturday September 2 2017
Times: 10am-11am  and  11am-12pm
Venue: Winifred Holtby Academy, Midmere Avenue, Leads Road, Hull HU7 4PW
Cost: £2.50 per disabled child/young person/adult, £2.50 per sibling (one sibling allowed per family booking).  Carers go free.  Payment must be made in cash on the day of the sessions.
Contact: Limited place available, please email (booking is essential). We require 24 hours’ notice for cancellations

Other Special Stars Foundation Inclusive Activities:- for disabled children/young people and their families/carers. Please visit Special Stars Foundation website for more information on:
·  Sunday Club
·  Sounding Special
·  Trampoline Sessions
·  Cinema screenings
·  Football – under 7s
·        Disco for adults (18+ years) with additional needs
Contact: or tel: (01482) 227657
Web: is simple and completely free, pick up a form at one of our sessions or you can download a form on our website.

Maxi Fun Bowling
Date: Mondays 3 and 17 July 2017, Time: 5 pm,
Cost: £3.50 (for 2 games & small meal) (Guests £7),
Venue: Hollywood Bowl, Kingswood, HU7 3DB, Contact: Book with Tony 07837 225618.
Maxi Fun Big Fun
Date: Monday 10 July 2017, Time: 5-7 pm, Cost: £2.50 (Guests £5)
Venue: Big Fun, National Avenue, Hull, HU5 4JB
Contact: Just turn up or
ring Helen 07773 310503 for further information but not before noon.

National News
Autistica - Art of the Brick: DC Superheroes has made small autism-friendly adjustments to their events to allow those with autism and their families to experience and enjoy the exhibit in a relaxed environment.
Dates: Sunday 30 July 2017 and Sunday 27 August 2017 at Time: 9am, Venue: London        
Web:Book your tickets or get more information here.
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