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COVID-19 update 16/07/2020

Following the current government advice, and to protect the more vulnerable members of our community, we have come to the reluctant decision to suspend all of our Support Groups and Participation Meetings until further notice.

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Returning to school – how was it?

Bristol Parent Carers would like to know about your experience of your children returning to school.

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Back to school – information and advice

We know that for many, the thought of your child going back to school after months of being at home will be worrying. You may have concerns about what your child’s school day will look like in September and how they will cope with any changes, or you might be worried about how your son […]

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Do you need someone to talk to?

Contact’s “listening ear” service has free appointments next week (week commencing 7th September) if you need someone to talk to about preparing your child for school or anything else you are concerned with at the moment.

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Possibility of significant new funding to improve Bristol special schools

Please see the attached a letter outlining plans to take a proposal to Cabinet next month in the hope of unlocking £28 million in funding to improve current special schools, as well as significantly increasing the number of specialist provision places in new and refurbished buildings for students with SEND.

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Nominate someone for a free balloon flight

If you live in the Bristol region, you might have seen the Bristol Blue Balloon. The familiar blue balloon is sponsored by Business West, Destination Bristol and UWE and is piloted by Derek Maltby.

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Bristol’s Local Offer update 05/08/2020

Bristol’s Local Offer website is: – For children and young people aged 0 to 25 with SEND, their families and professionals in the field A resource of information covering education, health and social care

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Targeted Short Breaks service update

The Bristol City Council has updated parent carers on the targeted Short Breaks scheme during the summer holidays.

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SEND webinar: The legal rights of children and young people with SEND returning to school in September

Polly Sweeney, Partner at Rook Irwin Sweeney LLP, Steve Broach, Barrister at 39 Essex Chambers and Alice Irving, Barrister joining Doughty Street Chambers from September 2020, will be delivering a free webinar from 1.30pm – 2.45pm on 23rd July 2020 on the legal rights of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities […]

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Free virtual parent workshops

Contact is now running their programme of popular, free parent workshops virtually.

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New ‘Listening Ear’ service for parent carers

Contact is delighted to be able to offer 1-1 confidential phone appointments with their family support advisers for parent carers looking for a listening ear, reassurance and practical and emotional support at this time.