Upcoming Events

09Dec

Find out more about Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunals (SENDIST)

via Zoom

Would you like to find out more about Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunals (SENDIST) and have a chance to ask questions of a SEND legal expert?

SEND Voices Wokingham and Reading Families Forum have invited Adam Otterway Friel, Partner and Head of Education Law of Geldards LLP to talk to us on Thursday, 9th December 2021, 10 am – 12 noon, via Zoom

Adam will be talking to us about what to expect at a SENDIST tribunal including:

* What information parent carers can gather to advocate for your child

* What to expect from the Local Authority Legal Team

* Data Protection: what can the Local Authority ask other professionals when gathering info for their tribunal defence

Followed by a Q&A session.

For enquiries or to book, please email Terri Walsh at info@sendvoiceswokingham.org.uk



10.00am - 12noon
08Dec

Drop-in session with SENDIASS

via Zoom

Join us for an informal Q&A session with Olenka Hennessey from Wokingham SENDIASS to find out more about the SENDIASS service and impartial advice, guidance and support they offer parent carers. They can help with:

  • Understanding SEN support
  • Advice about EHCPs
  • Information about health and social care
  • Helping to understand reports and paperwork
  • Expressing your views
  • Building good relationships with professionals
  • And more...

To book please email: info@sendvoiceswokingham.org.uk and we will send you the Zoom link

You can find out more about how Wokingham SENDIASS can help you here: Wokingham SENDIASS




10.00 - 11.00am

Events Archive

17Nov

Effective Communication - A Parent’s Guide SENDIASS Training Course

Via Zoom

Effective Communication - A Parent’s Guide SENDIASS Training Course

This SENDIASS training will give you some advice on how to build a good working relationship so that everyone works together to meet the needs of your child, giving you an insight into the different ways of communication and sharing some communication skills that you can use. It is suitable for parents and carers of any child with SEN, both those supported by school and those with EHCPs.

Date: Wednesday 17th November 2021
Time: 7.30 - 9.00pm


This FREE training courses for Wokingham Borough parent carers will be run by Julie Monahan and the team from Wokingham SENDIASS via Zoom.

To book please email info@sendvoiceswokingham.org.uk

7.30 - 9.00pm
11Nov

EHCP Annual Reviews - A Parent's Guide SENDIASS Training Course

Via Zoom

EHCP Annual Reviews - A Parent's Guide SENDIASS Training Course

Does your child have an EHCP? Do you know what should happen at an annual review? This training will help you to understand the process and to participate fully.

The course covers the whole annual review process:

  • What should happen before the meeting
  • How to give my views and help my child to give their views
  • What will happen at the meeting?
  • What will happen after the meeting?
  • How to check my draft amended plan if the plan needs changing.

Date: Thursday 11th November 2021
Time: 9.30– 11.00 am


This FREE training courses for Wokingham Borough parent carers will be run by Julie Monahan and the team from Wokingham SENDIASS via Zoom.

To book please email info@sendvoiceswokingham.org.uk

9.30 - 11.00am
09Nov

EHCPs - A Parent's Guide SENDIASS Training Course

via Zoom

EHCPs - A Parent's Guide SENDIASS Training Course

For those going through the EHCP process for the first time

Are you thinking of applying for an EHCP Needs Assessment, or have you just applied? This SENDIASS training course will help you to understand the process and to participate fully.

The course covers:

  • What is an Education Health and Care Plan(EHCP) and when would you need one?
  • Who can apply for an assessment for an EHCP and how?
  • The assessment process
  • The draft EHCP
  • Choosing a school
(Please note, this training is NOT suitable if your child already has an EHCP)

Date: Tuesday 9th November 2021
Time: 8.00 - 9.30pm


This FREE training courses for Wokingham Borough parent carers will be run by Julie Monahan and the team from Wokingham SENDIASS via Zoom.


To book please email info@sendvoiceswokingham.org.uk

8.00 - 9.30pm
03Nov

SEN Support in School - A Parent’s Guide SENDIASS Training Course

via Zoom

SEN Support in School - A Parent's Guide SENDIASS Training Course

Does your child have Special Educational Needs? Do you know what school should do to meet your child's needs? Are you confident about meeting with the school to discuss your child's needs?


This SENDIASS training course will help you to understand what you can expect from a school and how to build a good working relationship so that everyone works together to meet the needs of your child.
The course will cover:

  • · What schools should be doing for children with SEN.
  • · The graduated approach to meeting a child's needs, from identification of SEND through to an EHC Needs assessment.
  • · How to communicate effectively with your child's school.
This FREE training course will be run by Julie Monahan from SENDIAS and will last approx. 1 hour. Venue: via Zoom. Please email info@sendvoiceswokingham.org.uk to book you place Date: Wednesday 3rd November 2021, 10 - 11.30am
10.00 -11.30am
12Oct

EHCPs - A Parent's Guide SENDIASS Training Course

Via Zoom

EHCPs - A Parent's Guide SENDIASS Training Course

For those going through the EHCP process for the first time

Are you thinking of applying for an EHCP Needs Assessment, or have you just applied? This SENDIASS training course will help you to understand the process and to participate fully.

The course covers:

  • What is an Education Health and Care Plan(EHCP) and when would you need one?
  • Who can apply for an assessment for an EHCP and how?
  • The assessment process
  • The draft EHCP
  • Choosing a school
(Please note, this training is NOT suitable if your child already has an EHCP)

Date: Tuesday 12th October 2021
Time: 8.00 - 9.30pm


This FREE training courses for Wokingham Borough parent carers will be run by Julie Monahan and the team from Wokingham SENDIASS via Zoom.


To book please email info@sendvoiceswokingham.org.uk

8.00- 9.30pm
15Sep

Phase Transfers & Annual Reviews - A Parent’s Guide SENDIASS Training Course

via Zoom

Phase Transfers & Annual Reviews - A Parent’s Guide

Does your child have an EHCP and transferring to a new school or college in September 2022? Do you know what should happen at an annual review when your child is going through a phase transfer? This training will help you to understand the process and to participate fully. This course covers the phase transfer annual review process:

  • Choosing schools
  • What should happen before the meeting.
  • How to give my views and help my child to give their views.
  • What will happen at the meeting
  • What will happen after the meeting
  • How to check my draft amended plan.
Date: Wednesday 15th September 2021
Time: 9.30 – 11.00am
This FREE training course for Wokingham Borough parent carers will be run by Julie Monahan and the team from Wokingham SENDIASS via Zoom.
To book please email info@sendvoiceswokingham.org.uk.
9.30 - 11.00am
14Jul

Phase Transfers & Annual Reviews - A Parent’s Guide SENDIASS Training Course

via Zoom

PhaseTransfers & Annual Reviews - A Parent’s Guide

Does your child have an EHCPand transferring to a new school or college in September 2022? Do you know whatshould happen at an annual review when your child is going through a phasetransfer? This training will help you to understand the process and toparticipate fully. This course covers the phase transfer annual review process:

  • Choosing schools
  • What should happen before the meeting.
  • How to give my views and help my child to give their views.
  • What will happen at the meeting
  • What will happen after the meeting
  • How to check my draft amended plan.

Date: Tuesday 29th June 2021
Time: 9.30 – 11.00am

Or

Date: Wednesday 14th July 2021
Time: 7.30 – 9.00pm

This FREE training course for Wokingham Borough parent carers willbe run by Julie Monahan and the team from Wokingham SENDIASS via Zoom.

To book please email info@sendvoiceswokingham.org.uk. statingwhich session you would like to attend.

7.30 - 9.00pm
08Jul

WBC SEND Sufficiency Project - Focus Group for parents of children at a Special School

via Zoom

Tell us what you think about SEND Provision for your child?


The WBC SEND Sufficiency Project is reviewing all the SEND provision and services used by Wokingham's Children 0- 25 years both in and out borough and how it is meeting the needs of children and young people. The project will produce a report with recommendation for the next 5 years in September 2021.


To help with this project we are holding a focus groups to hear what parents of children with SEND who attend a special school, either in Wokingham Borough or in another borough, think is working well and what can be improved with all SEND provision and services for local families. We will be joined by Richard Tipping, a consultant working for WBC on this project.


We will also be running a session for parents whose children/young people attend a mainstream school either in or out of borough on Monday 5th July 8-9pm.


To book please email: info@sendvoiceswokingham.org.uk

If you are unable to attend we would still like to hear your views by completing this short survey: WBC SEND Sufficiency Survey 2021


8.00 - 9.00pm
05Jul

WBC SEND Sufficiency Project - Focus Group for parents of Mainstream school children

via Zoom

Tell us what you think about SEND Provision for your child?


The WBC SEND Sufficiency Project is reviewing all the SEND provision and services used by Wokingham's Children 0- 25 years both in and out borough and how it is meeting the needs of children and young people. The project will produce a report with recommendation for the next 5 years in September 2021.


To help with this project we are holding a focus groups to hear what parents of children with SEND who attend a mainstream school, either in Wokingham Borough or in another borough, think is working well and what can be improved with all SEND provision and services for local families. We will be joined by Richard Tipping, a consultant working for WBC on this project.


We will also be running a session for parents whose children/young people attend a Special School parents either in or out of borough on Thursday 8th July 8-9pm.


To book please email: info@sendvoiceswokingham.org.uk

If you are unable to attend we would still like to hear your views by completing this short survey: WBC SEND Sufficiency Survey 2021


8.00 - 9.00pm
29Jun

Phase Transfers & Annual Reviews - A Parent’s Guide SENDIASS Training Course

via Zoom

PhaseTransfers & Annual Reviews - A Parent’s Guide

Does your child have an EHCPand transferring to a new school or college in September 2022? Do you know whatshould happen at an annual review when your child is going through a phasetransfer? This training will help you to understand the process and toparticipate fully. This course covers the phase transfer annual review process:

  • Choosing schools
  • What should happen before the meeting.
  • How to give my views and help my child to give their views.
  • What will happen at the meeting
  • What will happen after the meeting
  • How to check my draft amended plan.

Date: Tuesday 29th June 2021
Time: 9.30 – 11.00am

Or

Date: Wednesday 14th July 2021
Time: 7.30 – 9.00pm

This FREE training course for Wokingham Borough parent carers willbe run by Julie Monahan and the team from Wokingham SENDIASS via Zoom.

To book please email info@sendvoiceswokingham.org.uk. statingwhich session you would like to attend.

9.30 - 11.00am
29Jun

SEND Innovation & Improvement Programme - Update from Carol Cammiss

via Zoom

Following on from our AGM Question Time, Carol Cammiss (WBC Director of Children's Services) will talk to families and answer their questions about the progress of the SEND Innovation & Improvement Programme.


Tuesday 29th June 2021, 8.00 – 9.00pm.


Carol will also be joined by:

Sal Thirlway (AD Children's Services)

Dan Robinson (SEND Operational Lead)

Matthew Booth (SEND Innovation & Improvement Programme Lead)


Book your place NOW!


email: info@sendvoiceswokingham.org.uk and we will send you the Zoom link


8.00 - 9.00pm
10Jun

SEN Support in School - A Parent’s Guide SENDIASS Training Course

via Zoom. Please email info@sendvoiceswokingham.org.uk to book your place

Does your child have Special Educational Needs?

Do you know what school should do to meet your child's needs?

Are you confident about meeting with the school to discuss your child's needs?


This SENDIASS training course will help you to understand what you can expect from a school and how to build a good working relationship so that everyone works together to meet the needs of your child.


The course will cover:

  • · What schools should be doing for children with SEN.
  • · The graduated approach to meeting a child's needs, from identification of SEND through to an EHC Needs assessment.
  • · How to communicate effectively with your child's school.

This FREE training course will be run by Julie Monahan from SENDIAS and will last approx. 1 hour.

Venue: via Zoom. Please email info@sendvoiceswokingham.org.uk to book you place (spaces limited to 8 participants)

Date: Thursday 10th June 2021

Time: 11.30am - 12.30pm

11.30 - 12.30
25May

​EHCPs - A Parent's Guide SENDIASS Training Course

via Zoom

For those going through the EHCP process for the first time

Are you thinking of applying for an EHCP Needs Assessment, or have you just applied? This SENDIASS training course will help you to understand the process and to participate fully. The course covers:


  • What is an Education Health and Care Plan(EHCP) and when would you need one?
  • Who can apply for an assessment for an EHCP and how?
  • The assessment process
  • The draft EHCP
  • Choosing a school

(Please note, this training is not suitable if your child already has an EHCP)

Date: Tuesday 25th May 2021
Time: 10.00– 11.30am


This FREE training courses for Wokingham Borough parent carers will be run by Julie Monahan and the team from Wokingham SENDIASS via Zoom.

To book please email info@sendvoiceswokingham.org.uk stating which course you would like to attend.
10.00 - 11.30am
19May

​EHCP Annual Reviews - A Parent's Guide SENDIASS Training Course

via Zoom

Does your child have an EHCP? Do you know what should happen at an annual review? This training will help you to understand the process and to participate fully.


The course covers the whole annual review process:


  • · What should happen before the meeting
  • · How to give my views and help my child to give their views
  • · What will happen at the meeting?
  • · What will happen after the meeting?
  • · How to check my draft amended plan if the plan needs changing.


Date: Wednesday19th May 2021
Time: 8.00– 9.00pm

This FREE training courses for Wokingham Borough parent carers will be run by Julie Monahan and the team from Wokingham SENDIASS via Zoom.

To book please email info@sendvoiceswokingham.org.uk stating which course you would like to attend.

8.00 - 9.00pm
12May

​Effective Communication - A Parent’s Guide SENDIASS Training Course

via Zoom

This SENDIASS training will give you some advice on how to build a good working relationship so that everyone works together to meet the needs of your child, giving you an insight into the different ways of communication and sharing some communication skills that you can use. It is suitable for parents and carers of any child with SEN, both those supported by school and those with EHCPs.


Date: Wednesday 12th May 2021
Time: 10.30 – 11.30am


This FREE training courses for Wokingham Borough parent carers will be run by Julie Monahan and the team from Wokingham SENDIASS via Zoom.

To book please email info@sendvoiceswokingham.org.uk stating which course you would like to attend.


10.30 - 11.30am
10Mar

AGM & Question Time

Via Zoom

Please join us on Wednesday 10th March for our AGM, an update on the new 0-25 SEND Strategy and Question Time with panel representing Education, Health and Social Care.


Please book your place by emailing info@sendvoiceswokingham.org.uk and we will send you the Zoom link


Please submit any questions for the panel by Wednesday 3rd March be email to info@sendvoiceswokingham.org.uk


The panel will be:

Sal Thirlway - WBC Assistant Director Children's Services & Chair of the SEND Implementation Board, WBC

Sally Murray- Head of Children's Commissioning & Designated Clinical Officer for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (0-25), NHS Berkshire West CCG

Karen Cridland - Director Children, Young People & Family Services (CYPF) Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Kelli Scott - Service Manager, Children with Disabilities & Early Help, WBC

We are also pleased to be joined by:

Matthew Booth (Consultant), who has led on the development of the new 0-25 SEND Strategy and now its implementation and will give a brief update on this work.

Dan Robinson (Consultant), who is leading on the update and rollout of the Ordinarily Available and SEND Team process improvements.

During the evening we will also hold the SEND Voices Wokingham AGM to update parent carers on the work we did last year, our plans for next year, and elect the committee for 2021/2022.



Links to the Agenda for our 2021 AGM and documents from our last AGM are here:


Are you interested in joining our steering committee? Nomination forms can be found here: SVW Nomination form


Agenda 2021 AGM


Draft Minutes from 2020 AGM for approval


Chair's Report 2020/21 - to follow


Treasurer's Report 2020/21 - to follow

8.00 - 9.30 pm
03Mar

SEN Support in School - A Parent’s Guide SENDIASS Training Course

via Zoom

Does your child have Special Educational Needs?

Do you know what school should do to meet your child's needs?

Are you confident about meeting with the school to discuss your child's needs?


This SENDIASS training course will help you to understand what you can expect from a school and how to build a good working relationship so that everyone works together to meet the needs of your child.


The course will cover:

  • · What schools should be doing for children with SEN.
  • · The graduated approach to meeting a child's needs, from identification of SEND through to an EHC Needs assessment.
  • · How to communicate effectively with your child's school.

This FREE training course will be run by Julie Monahan from SENDIAS and will last approx. 1.5 hours.

Venue: via Zoom. Please email info@sendvoiceswokingham.org.uk to book you place (spaces limited to 8 participants)

Date: Wednesday 3rd March

Time: 8.00 - 9.30pm


8.00 - 9.30pm
09Feb

EHCP Annual Reviews – A Parent’s Guide SENDIASS Training Course

via Zoom, please email info@sendvoiceswokingham.org.uk to book a place

SENDIASS Training Course - EHCP Annual Reviews – A Parent's Guide

Does your child have an EHCP? Do you know what should happen at an annual review? This training will help you to understand the process and to participate fully.

The course covers the whole annual review process:

· What should happen before the meeting

· How to give my views and help my child to give their views

· What will happen at the meeting?

· What will happen after the meeting?

· How to check my draft amended plan if the plan needs changing.


This FREE webinar training course will be run by Julie Monahan from SENDIASS and will last approx. 1.5 hours. There will be the opportunity for participants to ask questions at intervals throughout the webinar.


Venue: via Zoom

Please email info@sendvoiceswokingham.org.uk to book you place (spaces limited to 8 participants)

Date: Tuesday 9th February

Time: 10.00– 11.30 am


10.00 - 11.30 am
02Feb

EHCP Process – A Parent’s Guide SENDIASS Training Course

via Zoom email info@sendvoiceswokingham.org.uk to book your palce

EHCP Training - A Parent's Guide

Are you thinking of applying for an EHCP Needs Assessment, or have you just applied? This SENDIASS training course will help you to understand the process and to participate fully. The course covers:

• What is an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP)and when would you need one?

• Who can apply for an assessment for an EHCP and how?

• The assessment process

• The draft EHCP

• Choosing a school


(Please note, this training is not suitable if your child already has an EHCP, SENDIASS also regularly run a training course on the EHCP Annual Review Process)


This FREE webinar training course will be run by Julie Monahan from SENDIASS and will last approx. 1 ½ hours. There will be the opportunity for participants to ask questions at intervals throughout the session.


Venue: via Zoom. Please email info@sendvoiceswokingham.org.uk to book your place (spaces limited to 8 participants)

Date: Tuesday 2nd February

Time: 8.00 - 9.30pm


8.00 - 9.30pm
09Dec

Parent Focus Groups - 0-25 SEND Strategy Outcome Measure

via Zoom - please email for joining instructions

Outcome Measures for the new SEND Strategy


Over the past few months a lot of work has gone into updating and improving Wokingham's 3-year Strategy for SEND (0-25).

Everyone involved in this work is keen to make sure that the Strategy delivers improvements to the lives of children and young people with SEND, their parents and carers.

To help achieve this, part of the Strategy will include a set of "Outcome Measures" which will measure the things that are most important to your child/ young person and your family. These Outcome Measures will be monitored and used to help determine whether the goals and objectives set out in the Strategy are actually being achieved, what's working well, and where improvements are needed. It is vital to include the views of parents and carers on the Outcome Measures we select for the Strategy, so that the Strategy can go live early next year.

To collect feedback from parents on the Outcome Measures suggested so far, and get suggestions and ideas about the most important Measures to include we are running two Zoom focus groups on:

Date: WEDNESDAY 9th DECEMBER at 10.30 - 11.30am or 8.00 - 9.00pm

Please email info@sendvoiceswokingham.org.uk if you are interested in attending (please state which session you would like to attend) or would like any further information. A summary of the Outcomes and how they could be measured (current preferred Measures in blue) can be found here: DRAFT Outcome Measures
10.30 - 11.30am OR 8.00 - 9.00pm
02Dec

Parent Focus Group - The Ordinarily Available Document (the provision Wokingham Borough Council expects to be available for children with SEND in mainstream education)

via Zoom - please email for joining instructions

The Ordinarily Available Document

(the provision Wokingham Borough Council expects to be available for children with SEND in mainstream education)

We are currently working with WBC to update the Ordinarily Available document. This is a document which sets out what provision the local authority expects to be made available for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or disabilities in all mainstream educational settings i.e. the SEN Support that is available in mainstream schools, colleges and early years settings. They would like to get feedback from parents on this draft document to ensure that it is fit for purpose and works for families.

To collect parents feedback we are running a focus group for parents via Zoom.

Date: WEDNESDAY 2nd DECEMBER at 10.30 - 11.30 am

Please email us on info@sendvoiceswokingham.org.uk if you would like to join and we will send you a copy of the draft document to read before the focus group along with joining instructions.

Alternatively, if you would be willing to feedback comments to us via email or would like to discuss with Dan Robinson, the consultant working on writing this document, on a 1:1 basis this can also be arranged. Again please email info@sendvoiceswokingham.org.uk if you would like more information or would like to be involved.


10.30 - 11.30
18Nov

EHCP Process – A Parent’s Guide **** SENDIASS Training Course

via Zoom. Please email info@sendvoiceswokingham.org.uk to book your place

EHCP Training - A Parent's Guide

Are you thinking of applying for an EHCP Needs Assessment, or have you just applied? This SENDIASS training course will help you to understand the process and to participate fully. The course covers:

• What is an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP)and when would you need one?

• Who can apply for an assessment for an EHCP and how?

• The assessment process

• The draft EHCP

• Choosing a school


(Please note, this training is not suitable if your child already has an EHCP, SENDIASS also regularly run a training course on the EHCP Annual Review Process)


This FREE webinar training course will be run by Julie Monahan from SENDIASS and will last approx. 1 ½ hours. There will be the opportunity for participants to ask questions at intervals throughout the session.


Venue: via Zoom. Please email info@sendvoiceswokingham.org.uk to book your place (spaces limited to 8 participants)

Date: Wednesday18th November 2020

Time: 7.30– 9.00 pm


7.30 - 9.00pm
06Nov

Focus Group - WBC Home to School and Post 16 Transport Policy Consultations

via Zoom (please email infor@sendvoiceswokingham.org.uk for link)

Wokingham Borough Council are currently consulting on both their updated Home to School and Post 16 Transport Policies. Further details can be found on Wokingham Borough Council website here: https://www.wokingham.gov.uk/news-and-consultation....

The consultation closes on 6th November.

SEND Voices Wokingham are holding an on-line focus groups with parent carers to discuss the proposed updates to these policies. If you would be interested in joining this focus group please email us for the link: info@sendvoiceswokingham.org.uk



12.00 -1.00pm
14Oct

EHCP Annual Reviews – A Parent’s Guide SENDIASS Training Course

via Zoom

Wednesday 14th October 2020 10.30am – 11.30am via Zoom


SENDIASS Training Course - EHCP Annual Reviews – A Parent's Guide

Does your child have an EHCP? Do you know what should happen at an annual review? This training will help you to understand the process and to participate fully.

The course covers the whole annual review process:

· What should happen before the meeting

· How to give my views and help my child to give their views

· What will happen at the meeting?

· What will happen after the meeting?

· How to check my draft amended plan if the plan needs changing.


This FREE webinar training course will be run by Julie Monahan from SENDIASS and will last approx. 1 hour. There will be the opportunity for participants to ask questions at intervals throughout the webinar.


Venue: via Zoom

Please email info@sendvoiceswokingham.org.uk to book you place (spaces limited to 8 participants)

Date: Wednesday14th October 2020

Time: 10.30– 11.30 am


We will also be hosting the following SENDIASS Training courses later this term (all via Zoom)

  • EHCP Process - A Parent's Guide (for those going through the EHCP Process for the first time) Wednesday 18th November 7.30 - 9.00pm
  • SEN Support In Schools - A Parent's Guide ( for more information on what support you can expect from a school for your child's and how to build a good relationship with your child's school) Wednesday 25th November 10.30 - 11.30am

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10.30 - 11.30am
27Aug

Home to School Transport Q&A drop-in

Via Mocrosoft Teams - please email for invite

Home to School Transport Q&A session with SEND and Corporate Transport Teams


SEND Voices Wokingham will be hosting and online Q&A session with WBC SEND Transport Lead and Corporate Transport Unit representatives to answer your questions or queries about Home to School Transport for September 20.



Date:Thursday 27th August



Time: 11 am – 12 noon



Via: Microsoft Teams - please email info@sendvoiceswokingham.org.uk for an invite to join the session.


11.00 - 12 noon
29Mar

ONLINE MEET-UP - (Drop-in & Kids Craft Session POSTPONED)

Please email info@sendvoiceswokingham.org.uk for an invitation to join

You may hYou may have seen in the Wokingham Borough News that we were planning a Drop-In/Craft Session on Sunday 29th March @ Wokingham Masonic Hall. We are sorry but due to the current situation we are having to postpone this. We will rearrange this session as soon as we can, however we would like to invite you to a ……..Virtual Meet-Up


Join us for an online meet-up via GoTo Meetings.

We have spaces for 25 people to join us for an online meet-up. If you would like to join us please email info@sendvoiceswokingham.org.uk for more details and an invitation to join the meet-up. You can access the Meet-Up via PC, tablet or smartphone wherever you are.

This is the first time we are trying a large group meet-up this way, so please bear with if there are a few teething problems.




2.30 - 4.30 pm
09Mar

SEN Support In School Training - A Parent's Guide

St Pauls Parish Rooms, Reading Road, Wokingham, RG41 1ED

SEN Support In School Training - A Parent's Guide

Ticket Booking here: SEN Support Training

SENDIASS have developed 3 new training course for Wokingham Borough parents and we are pleased to be hosting this first set for them.

  • Does your child have Special Educational Needs?
  • Do you know what school should do to meet your child's needs?
  • Are you confident about meeting with the school to discuss your child's needs?

This training will help you to understand what you can expect from a school and how to build a good working relationship so that everyone works together to meet the needs of your child.

The course will cover:

  • What schools should be doing for children with SEN.
  • The graduated approach to meeting a child's needs, from identification of SEND through to an EHC Needs assessment.
  • How to communicate effectively with your child's school.

This FREE training course will be run by Julie Monahan from SENDIASS and will last approx 2 hours. After the training course SEND Voices Wokingham will be offering a buffet lunch and a chance to feedback on the training course and also other areas that we are working on with Education, Health and Social Care as part of the work following the OFSTED/CQC Local Area SEND Inspection. We do hope that you will be able to stay and chat with us after the training course.

10.00am - 1.00pm
04Mar

OFSTED/CQC Local Area SEND Inspection 1 Year On & AGM

St Anne’s Manor, London Road, Wokingham, RG40 1ST

Book your FREE ticket via Eventbrite: SVW AGM

Sal Thirlway, WBC Assistant Director Children's Services & Kelli Scott, WBCService Manage, Children with Disabilities, will update parents on the progress made following the Local Area SEND Inspection in March 2019.


A hot buffet, tea and coffee will be available from 7.30 - 7.45pm (please advise us of any special dietary requirements by emailing info@sendvoiceswokingham.org.uk)

During the evening we will also hold the SEND Voices Wokingham AGM to update parent carers on the work we did last year, our plans for next year, and elect the committee for 2020/21. Links to the Agenda for our 2020 AGM and documents from our last AGM are here:


Are you interested in joining our steering committee? Nomination forms can be found here: SVW Nomination form

Agenda 2020 AGM

Draft Minutes from 2019 AGM for approval

Chair's Report 2018/19

Treasurer's Report 2018/19





7.30pm - 10.00pm
26Feb

Annual Reviews Training - A Parent's Guide

The Oakwood Centre, Headley Road, Woodley, England, RG5 4JZ

Annual Reviews Training - A Parent's Guide


Ticket Booking here - Annual Review Training


More details to follow on course content, however please note, this training is only suitable if your child/young person already has an EHCP.


The training course will be run by Julie Monahan and will last approx 2 hours. After the training course SEND Voices Wokingham will be offering a buffet lunch (please let us know if you have any dietary requirements) and a chance to feedback on the training course and also other areas that we We do hope that you will be able to stay and chat with us after the training course.


For further information email:info@sendvoiceswokingham.org.uk

10.00am - 1.00pm
25Feb

EHCP Training - A Parent’s Guide

The Oakwood Centre, Headley Road, Woodley, RG5 4JZ

SENDIASS have developed 3 new training course for parents and we are pleased to be hosting this first set for them.


Education Health and Care Plans: A Parent's Guide. Ticket Booking Here: EHCP Training


Are you thinking of applying for an EHCP Needs Assessment, or have you just applied? This training will help you to understand the process and to participate fully.


This course will cover:

• What is an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) and when would you need one?

• Who can apply for an assessment for an EHCP and how?

• The assessment process.

• The draft EHCP

• Choosing a school


Please note, this training is not suitable if you have already got an EHCP. Please see details of the Annual Review training instead.


This FREE training course will be run by Julie Monahan from SENDIASS and will last approx 2 hours. After the training course SEND Voices Wokingham will be offering a buffet lunch and a chance to feedback on the training course and also other areas that we are working on with Education, Health and Social Care as part of the work following the OFSTED/CQC Local Area SEND Inspection. We do hope that you will be able to stay and chat with us after the training course.

10.00 - 1.00
06Feb

Coffee Morning

St Paul's Parish Rooms, Reading Road, Wokingham RG41 1EH

Please join us for tea or coffee, cake and a chat.

We will also be joined by Julie Monahan from SENDIASS. Julie is currently developing a SENDIASS website and would love to get your thoughts and feedback on the what they have developed to date.


You will also be able to pick up Max Cards for us at this event.


No need to book, just turn up, we hope to see you there.

10.00 am - 12.00 noon
24Jan

Confidence and Presentation Skills Workshop for Parents & Carers

Woodley Airfield Youth Centre, Hurricane Way, Woodley, RG5 4UX

Parents and Carers of children with SEND have times when they want to present their thoughts and ideas to others so that they can help achieve what's best for their child. This may also include representing their child's point of view and the views of other families with disabled children.

Would you like to;

  • Deal with nerves and the 'movies we play in our minds' before a meeting or conversation
  • Acknowledge and manage emotions. Understanding how openness helps us connect with others
  • Build rapport and explore different people's perspectives to help get the outcomes we want to achieve together
  • Manage your voice so that we can deliver presentations and ideas with energy, feeling and authenticity

During this FREE workshop we will focus on developing personal confidence to share information in a way that makes it easier for others to relate to what you are sharing and understand how they can help.

Venue: Woodley Airfield Youth Centre, Hurricane Way, Woodley, RG5 4UX

Date: Friday 24th January 2020

Time: 10.00am – 2.30 pm (registration from 9.45 am & buffet lunch provided)



To book email: info@sendvoiceswokingham.org.uk

10.00am - 2.30pm
30Nov

Drop-in & Kids Craft Session

Wokingham Masonic Centre, 7 Reading Road, Wokingham, RG41 1EG

Come along and have a chat and a tea/coffee and tell us your experiences. There will also be a Christmas craft session for the kids run by Creative Minds, who you may have met at our Local Offer Live event in October

Members can also pick up their FREE Max Card*.

Date: Saturday 30th November

Time: 10.00am - 12.00 noon

Venue: Wokingham Masonic Centre, 7 Reading Road, Wokingham, RG41 1EG

Please remember to bring PROOF of your child's SEND as this will be required to collect a Max Card.

More information about the Max Card and where it can be used can be found on their website: www.mymaxcard.co.uk.


10.00am - 12 noon
19Nov

IPSEA Foundation SEND Law training session for parent carers

The Oakwood Centre, Headley Road, Woodley, RG5 4JZ

SEND Voices Wokingham are hosting an IPSEA Foundation SEND law training session for Wokingham Borough Parent carers. This training will provide parent carers of children & young people with all types of special educational needs and/or disability (SEND) with an introduction to the law relating to the education & training of children & young people with SEND.

COURSE: FOUNDATION SEND LAW ONE DAY TRAINING

Summary: This one day introductory level course is aimed specifically at parents and aims to provide them with an overview of the law relating to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (“SEN"). The course will provide information on the law, guidance, policy and practice and but also aims to show parents how they can begin to use the law to gain support for their child with SEN.The course relates to the law as it applies in England. This is a condensed one day course specifically tailored to parent groups and is delivered during school friendly hours.

More details of the course content can be found on the IPSEA website here: IPSEA SEND Training

You do not need any previous knowledge of SEND Law, but must be the parent carer of a child aged 0-25 years with SEND and live in the Wokingham Borough.

SEND Voices Wokingham are pleased to be able to offer this course at a highly subsidised cost of £10 per person which will include a buffet lunch & refreshments. IPSEA do offer this training courses to parent carers in their London office costing £65 and excluding train fare. The day will run between 9.30am and 2.45pm (registration from 9.15 am)

Parking is available opposite the centre at the Headley Road pay & display car park, or at Woodford Park Leisure Centre (off Haddon Drive) free of charge, a short walk through the park to The Oakwood Centre

Maximum number of places available on the course is 35, so booking is essential. Priority will be given to parent carers who did not attend our last course (under our old name of REACH Wokingham) in February 2018.

To book a place and for payment details please email: info@sendvoiceswokingham.org.uk


9.30 - 2.45 (registration from 9.15am)
12Oct

Local Offer Live 2019

St Crispin’s Leisure Centre, London Road, Wokingham, RG40 1SR

SEND Voices Wokingham (formerly REACH Wokingham) in Partnership with Wokingham Borough Council CAN Network and Places Leisure are hosting the Local Offer Live 2019 - Family Information & Fun Day, on Saturday 12th October 2019, 11am - 3pm at St Crispin's Leisure Centre, London Road, Wokingham RG40 1SR. This event has previously been know as the CAN Day.


This event is open anyone living in the Wokingham Borough who has a child or young person with any special educational need or disability (SEND), including those who are on waiting lists for diagnoses. It is FREE to attend. On the day there will be numerous information stalls where parents and carers can find out more about support, services and activities that are available locally to help families who have a child with SEND. There will also be representative from Wokingham Borough Council CAN Network, ASSIST, SEN and DCT attending as well as CAMHS from Health.


Your FREE ticket can be booked here: LOL 2019. Please book a ticket for everyone from your family attending, including children/young people.


There will also be activities to keep the children entertained including Quirks Animal Roadshow, martial arts (timings TBC), face painting, trampolines*, bouncy castle*, sports activities*, and a climbing wall* (* there will be a booking system available on the day for these activities and availability will be limited). Tea, coffee, squash and cake will also available (and we will be happy to refill your own personal reusable cup or bottle).


Keep up to date with what is happening on the day via our Facebook page: SendVoicesWokingham

11.00am - 3.00pm
20Jul

Membership/Max Card Collections

Our House (BFTF), Toutley Rd, Wokingham RG41 1QN

Saturday 20/7/19 at Our House BFTF, Toutley Rd, Wokingham RG41 1QN. 11-1pm (physical disability session) 3 - 5 PM (ASD session)

Please remeber to bring your childs proof of disability

No need to attend the sessions you can just drop in and collect your card
11:00 - 13:00 and 15:00 - 17.00
17Jul

Membership/Max Card Collections

The Acorn Community Centre, Fernlea Drive, Woosehill, Wokingham RG41 3DR

Max Card collection and registration evening this Wednesday 17th July, 7-9pm at The Acorn Community Centre, (meeting room 3), Fernlea Dr, Woosehill, Wokingham RG41 3DR (behind Morrisons). Don't forget to bring proof of disability. Sarah and Terri will look forward to meeting you there!


19.00 - 21.00
15Jul

​OPPORTUNITIES FOR COLLECTING MAX CARDS

Woodley Airfield Youth Centre, Hurricane Way, Woodley, RG5 4UX

Helen will be at the ASD family Help Coffee Morning on Monday 15th from 10.30 - 12 and then Sarah will be at the same venue from 12.30 - 2.30pm during the ASSIST drop in.

Location - Woodley Airfield Youth Centre, Hurricane Way, Woodley, RG5 4UX

10.30- 12/ 12.30 - 2.30
29Jun

Membership Day & Max Card Collection

Woodford Park Leisure Centre, Haddon Drive, RG5 4LY.

Come along to our membership day on Saturday 29th June, 2.00 –4.00pm at Woodford Park Leisure Centre, Haddon Drive, RG5 4LY. Find out more about what SEND Voices Wokingham do, sign up for membership and collect your FREE Max Card*

Membership to SEND Voices Wokingham is FREE and open to any parent carer living in the Wokingham Borough who has a child aged 0-25 years old with ANY Special Educational Need or Disability. Members will receive email updates on events, training courses, consultations,surveys and information. All member will also receive a FREE Max Card*. Proof of your child's SEND will be required to collect your card. Full details on our information sheet:Max Card Information sheet. or you can email info@sendvoiceswokingham.org.uk for more information.

Already a members (including members of REACH Wokingham)? You can also collect your Max Cards on 29th June. Max Cards will also be available at other SEND Voices Wokingham events throughout the year. Dates of these will be advertised on our website and social media.

*The Max Card is the UK's leading discount card for foster families and families of children with additional needs age 0-19. Families can use their Max Card at venues across the UK to get free or discounted admission http://www.mymaxcard.co.uk/. Proof of SEND will be requested to collect your Max Card. (proof can include EHCP, DLA, diagnosis letter, Blue Badge, letter from health or social care professional, letter from education. If you don't have any of these, we have a Proof of SEND form, which you can get signed by health, education or social care professional)

2.00pm - 4.00pm
29Apr

Coffee Morning

St Paul’s Parish Rooms, 32 Reading Road, Wokingham RG41 1EH

Please join us for tea or coffee, cake and a chat.

We will be joined by Kate Egginton, the Associate Director of Nursing – Children & Young People at the Royal Berkshire Hospital. Kate would love to hear from parents about communication between the hospital and young people what is working and how things can be improved.

No need to book, just turn up and share your experience

10am - 12 noon
25Mar

Steve Broach, Disabled Children & Young People: The Law in a Day

The Oakwood Centre, Headley Rd, Woodley, Reading RG5 4JZ

REACH Wokingham are very pleased to host Steve Broach. Steve is a public lawyer who advises and represents individuals, charities, companies and public authorities. He has particular interest and expertise in health, education and social care, with a focus on disability and children's rights cases. Steve has successfully challenged a number of funding cuts to public services in recent cases involving West Berkshire (short breaks for disabled children), Bristol (special educational needs provision) and Northamptonshire (libraries). More information about Steve can be found here: Steve Broach

In this training session Steve will cover the key legal duties in relation to health, education and social care for children and young people aged 0-25. Issues covered will include social care assessments and rights to short breaks and other services, Education Health and Care needs assessments and plans and the rights of children with complex health needs. Steve will also cover broader issues of general relevance, such as discrimination law and duties around fair consultation.

This FREE session is very interactive and there will be lots of opportunities for people to ask general questions, although Steve cannot advise on individual cases during the training. You do not need any previous knowledge of SEND Law, but MUST BE the parent carer of a child/young person aged 0-25 years with SEND and live in the Wokingham Borough.

Tickets MUST BE booked in advance via Eventbrite: Steve Broach: The Law in a Day

A buffet lunch will be provided. Please email Terri at reachwokingham@hotmail.co.uk if you have any dietary requirements.


09:45 - 14:30
06Mar

Consultation on WBC 0 - 25 SEND Strategy 2019-2022 & REACH Wokingham AGM 2019

Cantley House Hotel, Milton Road, Wokingham, RG40 1JY

Wokingham Borough Council are currently consulting on their new draft strategy for supporting children & young people with special educational needs & disabilities (SEND) 2019-2022.


A link to the on-line consultation and new strategy can be found here: Special educational needs and disability strategy consultation

The strategy has been produced by WBC, other public service partners and schools in the first instance and now they would like to hear the views of parents and carers. Paul Doherty the newly appointed permanent Wokingham Borough Council Assistant Director Education will be joining us to talk to parents about the new draft strategy.

A sandwich & fries buffet, tea and coffee will be available from 7.30 - 7.45pm (please advise us of any special dietary requirements)
Links to the Agenda for the 2019 AGM and documents from our last AGM are here:
19:30 - 22:00
14Nov

Evening Drop In

St Paul's Parish Rooms, Reading Road, Wokingham RG41 1EH

Come to our evening drop in and discuss important matters

No need to book, just come along to this FREE event today.

20:00 - 21:30
16Oct

Parent Care Rep Training

St Paul's Parish Rooms, St Paul's Church, London Road, Wokingham RG41 1EH

St Paul's Parish Rooms, St Paul's Church, London Road, Wokingham RG41 1EH

10:00 - 14:00
09Oct

SENDIASS Focus Group

Woodford Park Leisure Centre, Haddon Drive, Woodley, Reading RG5 4LY
Information goes here www.reachwokingham.com
10:00 - 23:30
22Sep

Local Offer Live (formerly knowns as CAN Day) - Family Information & Fun Day

St Crispins Leisure Centre, London Rd, Wokingham RG40 1RE

It’s nearly here…….the Local Offer Live 2018 Family Information & Fun Day. We are looking forward to seeing you on Saturday and just wanted to share some information about the day.

The following INFORMATION STANDS are planning to attend:

Parenting Special Children, Healthwatch, Wokingham, Bracknell & Districts Mencap, Peapods, Me 2 Club, Optalis, CAN Network, ASSIST, DCT/Bridges, Special Educational Needs (SEN) Service, ASD Family Help, Dingley’s Promise, SportsAble, SEND carers United, Camp Mohawk, REACH Wokingham, SENDIASS , Berkshire Deaf Children’s Society, REMAP, CAMHS , RADIS Community Care, Berkshire Carers Hub, Voyage Care, New Hope Academy plus a stand with information from providers who are not able to attend in person.

More details about the services that each of the stand holders provide can be found on our website link: Providers Information

A layout of St Crispins Leisure Centre and what can be found where is also available on our website link here: St Crispins Layout

FOR THE CHILDREN

Trampolines and bouncy castle (a booking system will operate for both these activities), face painting, climbing wall (outside), Lu’s Owls (outside 11am – 2pm), tennis (outside 11 am – 3 pm), sports (outside), creche open to all ages, (this year moved to much larger room, Studio 1, 11am – 3 pm) and hopefully the fire engine! We will also have a small quiet room this year for anyone who needs some time out.

A collection of photos showing what will be at the Local Offer Live can be found on our website link : What will be at the Local Offer Live?

REFRESHEMENTS

Teas, coffees, squash and cake will be available. Please feel free to bring a packed lunch with you.

Local Offer Live 2018

Once again REACH Wokingham in Partnership with Wokingham Borough Council CAN Network are hosting the Local Offer Live – Family Information & Fun Day, on Saturday 22nd September 2018, 11.00am – 4.00pm at St Crispins Leisure Centre, Wokingham. This event has previously been know as the Children with Additional Needs (CAN) Day.

As always there will be lots of activities to keep the children entertained including Lu’s Owls, trampolining, bouncy castle, face painting, tennis and climbing wall. This event is FREE of charge. Tickets are available on Eventbrite: Local Offer Live 2018 or emailing reachwokingham@hotmail.co.uk. Please book a ticket for each person in your family attending.

Also there will be lots of information stalls where you can find out more about services, support and activities that are available locally as well as members of Wokingham Borough Council on hand to answer your questions.

This event is open to anyone living in the Wokingham Borough who has a child or young person with a special educational need or disability, you do not have to be a member of REACH Wokingham or the CAN Network to come along, so please feel free to pass this on to others who may want to come.

11:00-16:00
14Sep

Coffee Morning

Bridges Resource Centre, 109 Colemansmoor Road, Woodley, RG5 4DA

Please join us for tea or coffee, cake and a chat.

No need to book, just turn up and share your experience with other parents in the borough.

We are particularly keen to hear about your Short Breaks experiences over the summer holidays.
David Green (Short Breaks Manager WBC) is planning to join us to answer your questions.

10:00-12:00
28Feb

REACH Wokingham Consultation on SEND Services in Wokingham & AGM

Bearwood Lakes Golf Club Bearwood Road Wokingham RG41 4SJ

We know that the Local Area OFSTED inspection is likely to happen in the next few months. We want to ensure that we collect the views of as many parents as possible so that when OFSTED come, even if you cannot make it to the actual OFSTED meetings, we know your experiences and views. Therefore we invite parent carers of children with SEND in the Wokingham borough to come along and share their views on the SEND services provided by the council, health and education in the borough.

Steve Nyakatawa (SEN/Inclusion Transformation Consultant for Wokingham Borough Council) will talk about the SEND Local Area (OFSTED) Inspection and share the headlines from their SEND self-evaluation (how well they think they are doing)

A sandwich & fries buffet , tea and coffee will be available from 7.30 – 7.45pm (please advise us of any special dietary requirements)

Please book your FREE place by Monday 19th February on the Eventbrite link here: Consultation on SEND Services or by emailing: reachwokingham@hotmail.co.uk.

Links to the Agenda for the 2018 AGM and documents from our last AGM are here:
REACH Wokingham are looking for new parent carers to join the steering committee. We meet once a month (except August) for a couple of hours in the evening to discuss issues and how we might progress these with the relevant authorities. We attend meetings with Wokingham Borough Council and the NHS to represent parents views (we will train and support you to do this). We also organise events such as the Local Offer Live and run consultation on issues such School Transport and SEND Services in the Local Area.
Any nominations for the committee, including Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer and Secretary, must be made to the REACH Wokingham Secretary by Wednesday 21st February 2018.
Please complete the nomination form and return it to reachwokingham@hotmail.co.uk.
19:30-22:00
01Feb

IPSEA Foundation SEND Law training session for parent carers

The Oakwood Centre, Headley Road, Woodley, RG5 4JZ

REACH Wokingham – IPSEA Foundation SEND law training session for parent carers

at the Oakwood Centre, Headley Road, Woodley, RG5 4JZ

on Thursday 1st February 2018, 9.30 am – 2.30 pm.

REACH Wokingham are hosting an IPSEA Foundation SEND law training session for Wokingham Borough Parent carers. This training will provide parent carers of children & young people with all types of special educational needs and/or disability (SEND) with an introduction to the law relating to the education & training of children & young people with SEND.

COURSE: FOUNDATION SEND LAW ONE DAY TRAINING

Summary: This one day introductory level course is aimed specifically at parents and aims to provide them with an overview of the law relating to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (“SEN”). The course will provide information on the law, guidance, policy and practice and but also aims to show parents how they can begin to use the law to gain support for their child with SEN.The course relates to the law as it applies in England. This is a condensed one day course specifically tailored to parent groups and is delivered during school friendly hours.

More details of the course content can be found on the IPSEA website here: IPSEA SEND Training

You do not need any previous knowledge of SEND Law, but must be the parent carer of a child aged 0-25 years with SEND and live in the Wokingham Borough.

REACH Wokingham are pleased to be able to offer this course at a highly subsidised cost of £10 per person which will include a buffet lunch & refreshments. IPSEA do offer this training courses to parent carers in their London office costing £65 and excluding train fare. The day will run between 9.30am and 2.30pm.

Parking is available opposite the centre at the Headley Road pay & display car park, or at Woodford Park Leisure Centre (off Haddon Drive) free of charge, a short walk through the park to The Oakwood Centre

Maximum number of places available on the course is 35, so booking is essential. To book a place and for payment details please email: reachwokingham@hotmail.co.uk

9:30-14:30
30Sep

Local Offer Live (formerly known as CAN day) - Family Information & Fun Day

St Crispins Leisure Centre, London Rd, Wokingham RG40 1RE

Once again REACH Wokingham in Partnership with Wokingham Borough Council CAN Network are hosting the Local Offer Live – Family Information & Fun Day, on Saturday 30th September 2017. This event has previously been know as the Children with Additional Needs (CAN) Day.

As always there will be lots of activities to keep the children entertained including Quirk’s Animal Roadshow, trampolining, bouncy castle, sports activities and a climbing wall as well as a crèche. The event is FREE of charge. Tickets are available on Eventbrite: Local Offer Live 2017. Please book a ticket for each person in your family attending.

Also there will be lots of information stalls where you can find out more about services and activities that are available locally as well as members of Wokingham Borough Council giving an update on the new Short Breaks Statement and introduction of direct payments.

This event is open to anyone living in the Wokingham Borough who has a child or young person with a special educational need or disability, you do not have to be a member of REACH Wokingham or the CAN Network to come along, so please feel free to pass this on to others who may want to come.

11:00-16:00