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Coffee mornings/evenings


COFFEE MORNING 16th MARCH 2021 VIA ZOOM

Paul Gresty joined four parent carers. Paul works in Brighter Futures for Children looking at building capacity in special schools and mainstream schools. This involves looking at capital funding for building work, where needed. It can take some time to set up.

Brighter Futures are currently looking at building resource units in mainstream nurseries and a social and communication difficulty resource in Southcote to open in Sept 21. Resource units are places within mainstream school that a child/young person can go to if they need extra support, or spend all their time in, depending on their need.

There is also a possibility of setting up satellite classes in mainstream schools that are run by special schools.

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COFFEE MORNING 24th FEBRUARY 2021 VIA ZOOM

Nikki Stevens, SEN Team Manager joined eight parent carers, and Dingley’s Promise, to discuss what is working and what families would like to improve regarding SEND in Reading.

Nikki is new to the Reading SEN team and is keen that the team listen to families and communicate clearly and in a timely way with families. Sometimes there will be difficult decisions to make but the team want to co-produce with families. Nikki also wants annual reviews to be timely and productive.

New coproduction meetings during EHCP needs assessments going well.

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COFFEE MORNING 16th DECEMBER 2020 VIA ZOOM

Susanna Diegel, Regional SEND Mediation Manager at KIDS joined seven parent carers, including Reading Mencap, to discuss mediation in Reading.

KIDS is a national charity who provide independent mediation in Reading for families of children and young people aged 0 – 25. They have wide experience of Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) as they also provide short breaks and adventure playgrounds for disabled children.

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COFFEE MORNING 11th NOVEMBER 2020 VIA ZOOM

Karen O’Leary, Patient Experience Team at the Royal Berkshire Hospital joined the coffee morning to get parent carer feedback on visiting the hospital. Five parent carers attended with Autism Berkshire and Dingley’s Promise.

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COFFEE MORNING 23rd OCTOBER 2020 VIA ZOOM

Deb Hunter, new Mental Health Lead for Brighter Futures (and former Service Manager for Special Educational Needs and/or Disability joined the coffee afternoon.
Nine parent carers attended with TuVida (formally Berkshire Carers Hub), Autism Berkshire and Fifi’s Vision.

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COFFEE AFTERNOON 21st AUGUST 2020 VIA ZOOM

Claire Lewis, Service Manager for Children’s Disability Service and Gabi Dawkins, Team Manager, Child and Young People’s Disability Team (CYPDT) joined 5 parent carers and Mencap for the Forum’s coffee afternoon.

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COFFEE MORNING 22nd JUNE 2020 VIA ZOOM

Deb Hunter, Service Manager for Special Educational Needs and/or Disability (SEND), and Maryam Makki, Family Information Service Manager joined 12 parent carers, Mencap, Alafia, Autism Berkshire and Parenting Special Children staff SENCo for the Forum’s coffee morning.

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COFFEE MORNING 4th JUNE 2020 VIA ZOOM

Deb Hunter, Service Manager for SEND, and Steve Devlin, SEN Team Manager joined 7 parent carers, Mencap staff and a SENCo for the Forum’s first coffee morning via Zoom. Acknowledged that this was a very stressful time for families of children with additional needs.

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COFFEE EVENING 17th DECEMBER 2019

Claire Lewis (Service Manager for the Children and Young People’s
Disability Team plus 2 Family Intervention Teams in Brighter Futures for Children) joined 16 parent carers to discuss children’s social care in
Reading.

From 2nd Jan, Claire will manage a new Children and Young People
with Disability Service (0- 18 yrs) in BFFC. This will include CYPDT,
Cressingham and Pinecroft and short breaks commissioners. This will
mean that all the services that support children with SEND are in one
place and there can be more co-production with families. Claire also sits on the Transition to Adult Social Care panel and the SEND panel which decides whether to approve Education, Health and Care Plans.

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COFFEE EVENING 3rd APRIL 2019

Deb Hunter, Principal Educational Psychologist and newly appointed
Service Manager for Special Educational Needs and/or Disability (SEND)
spoke with 18 parent and family carers to discuss support for our
children’s emotional and mental health and the new Mental Health
Support Teams that are going to be set up in Reading and West
Berkshire.

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