Are a charity that work in partnership with children, young people, adults and their families and carers. They support people who are deaf, hard of hearing, visually impaired or have a dual sensory loss.
Bid Services run activities throughout Lincolnshire called Chance to Meets for families with children with sensory impairments. These events given families an opportunity to meet, socialise and share experiences. Activities include sports events, bowling, music sessions and sensory activities at local parks and nature reserves and much more!
They also have a specialist care and support service to help children, young people and adults with a sensory loss to maintain their independence and improve their lives. They have a team of support workers trained in Deaf and Visual Awareness, BSL and Deafblind communication and sighted guide.
Bridge House Independent School is a SEMH setting, with three schools based in Boston: the Grantham Road Campus, Carlton Road Campus and Great Fen Road Campus.
They pride themselves in supporting Key Stage 2, 3, 4 and 5 (7-18 years) pupils who disengage from education or (for whatever reason) find themselves outside of mainstream school.
They share the Government’s commitment in helping children achieve more and are fully committed to Safeguarding.
Carers FIRST is a charity who supports people who look after a relative or friend who could not manage without their help.
Delivers the Lincolnshire Carers Service in partnership with the Lincolnshire County Councils Service Centre.
Together they provide a wide range of services to carers across the County.
Tel:- 01522 782224
County Care Independent Living Ltd
County Care is widely regarded as one of the most respected, innovative providers of support for people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health throughout Surrey, West Sussex and Lincolnshire.
They are committed to providing high quality, person centred services which promote the independence, choice and inclusion of the people they support.
They have an excellent track record for the delivery of services which are truly personalised.
Healthy Minds Lincolnshire provides emotional wellbeing support for children and young people up to 19 years old (25 if they have special educational needs/ disability or are leaving care).
Evidence tells us that early intervention, when issues arise, helps to prevent mental health problems developing in the future. That’s why the service is focused on providing children and young people with early interventions to prevent emotional wellbeing concerns escalating into mental health problems.
Healthy Minds provide evidence based brief interventions either on a one to one basis, small group sessions or signposting to other more suitable services (depending on need). Vulnerable children and young people will be given priority. They also offer support and advice to parents and carers and training to education staff and children’s services.
Created by Parents to Make the Difference; Home from Home Care provides specialist residential care to adults (18+) with learning disabilities and complex needs, including autism, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD), sensory impairment and associated health and mental health needs.
They support and encourage individuals to lead a fulfilled life through active days and meaningful activities.
Children's Centres offer child and family health services, and advice and information for families. They provide stay and play sessions to support children's development, including groups specifically for Early Years children with SEND. Some centres have bookable sensory rooms which can be accessed on a 1:1 basis for parent/carers and children.
In addition, Children's Centres can provide adult learning and volunteering opportunities, and support for parents on a wide range of issues, including the delivery of parenting programmes.
Tel:- 01522 552752
LCC Early Years & ChildCare Support
Early Years Specialist Teachers based in localities provide ongoing support for Childminders, Nurseries and Pre Schools /EY SENCOs who have children with SEND.
Early Years SENCOs can also request support via the Early Years and Childcare website.
Early Years and Childcare support deliver a range of training opportunities such as networks and SENCO training for Early Years Providers to ensure that they meet the requirements of the SEND Code of Practice.
Early Years Specialist Teachers also target their support for Children who are looked after, Vulnerable children on a plan who are behind age related attainment, Children at risk of exclusion, Transition support.
Early Years Specialist teachers are based under the Early Help Locality Teams so can link with Health and Social care.
Tel:- 01522 552752
ESCO is committed to improving the delivery of services for children and young people aged 0 - 18 years with significant and complex additional needs who require targeted coordination of services.
This can include:
Children who have a greater difficulty communicating
Have sensory or physical difficulties
Complex health needs including those with a disability
Babies leaving hospital with medical and other support needs
Children with life-limiting conditions and palliative care
Children with multiple and significant factors affecting their learning and development.
All need additional support during much of their daily lives and it is probable that there will be a long term impact on their development and learning.
ESCO keyworkers also offer support through drop-in appointments.
These provide the opportunity for parents/carers to meet with an ESCO Keyworker to discuss the available information, services and support in Lincolnshire.
ESCO offers a bookable one hour session at local Children’s Centres across Lincolnshire.
Parents/Carers can book a drop in appointment directly with Lincolnshire’s Customer Service Centre on:
01522 782 111
A Team manager will be available to talk to parents.
Tel:- 01522 782030
LCC Specialist Teaching Team - ECLIPS speech and language specialist teachers – plus Dyslexia Outreach specialist teachers
ECLIPS are part of Lincolnshire County Council's Specialist Teaching Team, they specialise in supporting children and young adults with speech and language difficulties.
They work closely with parents/carers, schools/colleges and other professional agencies such as the NHS Speech and Language Therapy service.
They are keen to promote Makaton training and support options for families and educators. Makaton is an internationally recognised language development programme that supports a multi-modal approach to teaching communication, language and literacy skills.
It can be used to support a wide range of communication and language needs from individuals with profound, moderate or mild learning difficulties, individuals with Developmental Language Disorder, individuals with no or developing speech, individuals with autistic spectrum disorders or sensory impairments to individuals with EAL.
The Dyslexia Outreach specialist teachers are also part of LCC's Specialist Teaching Team and offer advice and support for individuals with Dyslexia.
The Young People’s Learning Provision (YPLP) offers alternative education to any young person aged 16-19, or to age 24 if you have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).
They work at seven different sites around the county: Boston, Grantham, Lincoln, Louth, Market Deeping, Skegness and Spalding. Young people come to them for lots of reasons, but all seeking the same thing - something a bit different, that offers support in the transition between education and adulthood.
They work at your pace, as quickly or as slowly as you need to go, and provide you with all you need to take those next steps - whether into employment, onto an apprenticeship, or into further education. With teachers, support workers, employment officers and job coaches, you will be well supported in every area of our work-based study programmes. Your time will be spent improving your level of English and maths if needed, alongside gaining qualifications in ICT and Employability-related subjects. You will also follow your own individualised programme of study designed around your needs and focusing on the skills needed for Adulthood, such as, employability, communication skills, team work, independent living skills, community inclusion and so much more.
Liaise is the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Information Advice and Support Service for Lincolnshire.
They provide information and advice relating to SEN and disabilities to parents, children and young people which is free, confidential and impartial.
This can include help with understanding SEND law, local SEN and disability policy and procedures, support in schools and colleges, resolving disagreements, education, health and care plans, exclusions and admissions and personal budgets.
They provide initial help and support by telephone and email, and can allocate a Liaise Caseworker if further specific support is required.
Transitions Quality and Audit Officer
Quality and Standards Team Children Services Lincolnshire. County Council
I work in partnership with schools, colleges, as well as internal and external agencies , supporting children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities in transitions and preparing for adulthood.
Although I am not in a key-working role; I can offer information, advice and guidance on transitions planning in individual complex cases.
I attend parent evenings, open events and any parent carer events across the county. I sit on various working groups including the Local Offer, Autism Service Provision Group and the Children and Young People Operational Group for children and young people in care. I meet on a quarterly basis with Operational Leads of the colleges and Transitions Coordinators in the special schools.
My role also involves quality review and monitoring of the transitions planning process.
Lincolnshire fire and rescue are able to give advice on home fire safety, evacuation plans and the fire setting intervention scheme. The fire service may also be able to offer a free safe and well check in your home which may include the fitting of a free smoke alarm.
Lincolnshire Parent Carer Forum is the official independent parent carer forum in our county and represents parents and carers of family members with disabilities and Special Educational Needs (SEN).
We are tasked by the Department for Education in the SEND Code of Practice(2015) to work alongside Education, Health & Care to help improve the quality , range and accessibility of services. We host coffee mornings and events around the County.
Please see our website events page for more information.
We are always on the look out for volunteers to help with our work.
Please ask the volunteers on our stand for more information.
Linkage Community Trust is a charity delivering high-quality specialist education, day services, care, employment and support services for people with learning disabilities.
Their vision is that people with learning difficulties and disabilities have opportunities and choice, and are supported to achieve their aspirations.
They support and encourage individuals to make decisions about their own lives and enable them to develop skills and behaviours to live the life they choose based on their talents and abilities.
NRS Healthcare work in conjunction with Lincolnshire County Council to provide technology enabled care services across Lincolnshire.
They have a dedicated technology enabled care team including Occupational Therapists who can provide advice and support to parent carers. They can discuss specific situations with parent carers and their desired outcomes and requirements and help with the appropriate combination of equipment to meet these.
There is a technology enabled care website which parent carers can refer to www.nrstelecare.co.uk/lincolnshire which is supported by a dedicated helpline 01476 852492 (option 1).
Their team can also come and talk to groups about how technology enabled care can help their members.
PAACT is a Lincolnshire-based support group for families with members who are on the autistic spectrum. We are run solely by volunteers and each committee member has a child or other family member with an autistic spectrum condition or is on the autistic spectrum themselves.
Our aim is to provide advice, support and signposting to anyone with queries or issues relating to autism and associated conditions. There is no requirement for a formal diagnosis in order to access this help.
We are a very friendly, informal and non-judgemental group and run our regular support group meetings on the same basis. In addition to these meetings, we have a Facebook group where parents and carers can share their ideas and thoughts.
During term time and holidays, we run regular activities for our younger members: there is a monthly games club, a weekly youth club plus holiday activities such as exclusive use of Fun Farm, bowling, crazy golf, pizza making... the list goes on!
We organise training for parents and professionals, including Makaton, behaviour and an introduction to ASC. We are also available in our Lincoln office between the hours of 10am and 2pm daily to offer support and guidance.
Help with personal budgets and direct payments, support planning and personal health budgets.
Tel:- 01526 833803
Portland College is a vibrant, charitable, independent specialist college based on a large campus in the heart of Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire.
Portland College offers personalised programmes of education to young people aged 16 to 25 with a wide range of disabilities, including those with autism, PMLD, physical disabilities and acquired brain injury. They also offer support with behavioural and psychological support for more complex needs. Their curriculum can range from sensory (pre-entry) level through to level 2 or 3 qualifications depending on the individual.
Their education is underpinned with multi-disciplinary support including nursing, physiotherapy and hydrotherapy, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy, all within the grounds of the campus.
They can offer an education programme for 3 days per week with the option to use respite provision to stay overnight. They also offer a day service on the campus. The support offered is individually tailored for each learner based on their needs, aspirations and interests, enabling them to achieve the best possible outcomes for learning and transition into adult life.
Tel:- 01623 499114
Ruskin Mill Trust
Ruskin Mill Trust provides students with holistic learning by role modelling positive relationships in the fields of arts, crafts, commerce, agriculture, nutrition, living skills and the environment with pathway support onto further education bespoke to the individual student.
Freeman College in Sheffield is one of the four specialist colleges operated by Ruskin Mill Trust offering both day and residential provision. Based in the illustrious metalworking district of Sheffield, the college offers young people a unique opportunity to learn and develop transferable skills through meaningful real-life activities and accredited courses in both the day and residential programmes.
They have expertise in working with children and young people aged 16-25 years with complex behaviour and learning difficulties, including autistic spectrum conditions.
Brantwood School is part of the Ruskin Mill Trust group.
It comprises three sites:
Brantwood House for pupils aged 7 to 16,
Tintagel House, located a short walk away for sixth-form learners
Eyam Centre, an outdoor education provision for all pupils.
By immersing students within the productive aspect of their curriculum, they learn to overcome barriers to learning and to care for their own wellbeing whilst positive outcomes are always linked to outcomes in the areas as detailed in their EHCP. Through this method a student can recognise their capability’s and positively contribute to society. They create their awareness and are empowered to achieve and make positive contributions to society giving back in a self-directed productive way.
John Fielding Special School provides a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum designed to meet the unique needs of pupils. Pupils range in age from 2 -19 Years old and all have severe learning difficulties.
Staff will be on hand to talk to parents and carers about the work that the school does to support children with a variety of special needs, and to talk about the exciting plans underway to rebuild the school on a new site in Boston.
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