Please follow & like us

Guide produced to help young people with special educational needs get ready for adulthood

A guide to help young people with special educational needs (SEND) get ready for adulthood has been published following feedback from young people, parents and carers across Sefton.

The ‘Preparing for Adulthood Guide’ was produced by staff from Sefton Council, Buddy Up and Sefton Carers Centre in partnership with young people and the Sefton Parent Carer Forum.

Aimed at young people with SEND who are approaching their latter school years, it gives information on the preparing-for-adulthood process, what to expect, what they should be considering at each stage and who to contact for support and information.

Parents and carers can also use the guide to find more information about the future options for young people in their care.

Topics covered in the guide include further education, training and employment, independent living, healthy lifestyle choices and how to participate in our communities.

The new guide has been developed following feedback from young people, parents and carers across Sefton.

Tanya Wilcock, Head of Communities for Sefton Council, said: “This guide has been co-produced and co-designed with young people and their families and will be a valuable resource for them.

“I’d like to thank our partners across the social care, voluntary, education and health sectors for their contributions. Thanks also to the team for coordinating and supporting all the work that went into its production.”

Andrew Jennings, from Sefton Council’s Special Educational Needs and Inclusion Team, said: “This guide has been produced to help children and young people with SEND enjoy meaningful, independent and fulfilling lives and give them useful information and resources to help them achieve as much as they possibly can.

“We’re really proud of it and we hope that children and young people across Sefton find it helpful as they transition in to adulthood.”

The guide can be accessed and downloaded at Sefton’s Local Offer website . It will also be made available to schools and colleges.

Stephen Evans, Preparing for Adulthood Manager for Sefton Council’s Special Educational Needs (SEN) and Inclusion Service, said: “The Sefton ‘Preparing for Adulthood (PfA) Guide’ provides key information on the four key PfA themes – Community, Health, Independent Living and Employment.

“Developed in conjunction with Sefton Parent Carer Forum, the guide will help young people and their families prepare for the transition to adulthood.

“It gives information on the preparing-for-adulthood process, what to expect, what young people should be considering at each stage and who to contact for support and information.”

Emma Lambert, Sefton CVS Buddy Up Coordinator, said: “Sefton’s ‘Preparing for Adulthood Guide’ is a useful tool to help young people and their families think about what they want their future to look like and find out what support is available to get them there.

“Having the right Information and being made aware of their options is the key to these young people reaching their full potential.”

 

Sefton Council rolls out cloud-based Contact Centre to support communities through pandemic

Sefton Council has worked with a cloud-based software provider to help improve its customer service and support people across the borough throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lockdown measures introduced in March this year meant the Council’s customer service Contact Centre had to be moved online to allow staff to continue providing support while working safely from home.

The Council had to act quickly to enable Contact Centre teams to work remotely while maintaining vital services to local people, and it selected a cloud-based platform from communications provider 8×8.

Within ten days, the new ‘cloud contact centre’ was up and running and 40 work-from-home Contact Centre workers began taking and making calls. This enabled vital council services to continue and meant people who were shielding across Sefton could access much-needed support.

Call Centre teams can now work remotely thanks to the new cloud-based software.

James Aldred, Sefton Council Procurement Manager, said: “I remember arriving at 7 am to an email that said we needed to create a virtual contact centre, immediately. Within hours, the project team found the right solution and got a deal together which fully met our needs.”

Mark Quillan, Sefton Council Customer Service Manager, added: “8×8 did all they could to make this a positive experience for us and it took just ten days to set up the cloud contact centre. Moving to this technology meant we could get our team working from home taking calls right away, with chat, email and secure payment capabilities soon to follow.”

Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services, said: “COVID-19 has created huge challenges for the public sector but it has also presented a moment to rethink and transform specific services. The ‘new normal’ calls for extra safety, greater agility and enhanced services for our residents, business and visitors, which we’ve achieved with 8×8.”

Jamie Snaddon, Managing Director, EMEA at 8×8, said: “We are extremely proud to be helping Sefton Council transform

Autumn edition of Aiming High for Disabled Children newsletter out now

The Autumn 2020 edition of Sefton Council’s Aiming High for Disabled Children newsletter is out now and available for you to read.

Aiming High for Disabled Children is a service provided by Sefton Council to make sure disabled children, young people and their families have the same access to fun, fulfilling activities and life chances as those without disabilities.

It provides specially tailored sessions during term-time and holidays that young people can access, and specialist support when young people reach key transition points, such as moving from education in to employment.

Aiming High’s newsletter is produced three times a year and contains good news stories about things that are happening within the service. This includes blogs from young people and service users, a closer look in to some of the activities, groups and events available for young people in Sefton and up-to-date information about local and national guidance and support for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

You can read the Aiming High Newsletter by clicking here. This autumn 2020 edition focuses on the positive outreach work our Aiming High team and partner agencies have undertaken throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and there’s also plenty of inspirational stories of achievement and success from young people across the borough.

Find out more about Aiming High for Disabled Children at Sefton Council’s website here. Use the links on this page to discover Aiming High’s Short Breaks activities, family support for SEND, and transitions services for young people age 13-25 SEND.

You can also register with Sefton’s Disabled Children’s Database at The Sefton Directory to keep up-to-date with services that are useful to you. Once registered you are also guaranteed a regular copy of the Aiming High for Disabled Children newsletter.

New refuse and recycling collections for Sefton

Changes to Sefton’s refuse and recycling service mean residents at thousands of homes across the borough will receive new brown and grey wheeled bins.

The bins replace sacks previously delivered to residents and will be collected on alternate weeks, with brown recycling bins collected one week and grey residual bins collected the next.

Around 4,000 households in Linacre, Derby, Litherland, Ford, Church, Blundellsands, Netherton and Orrell & Victoria are receiving bins as part of the new scheme.

The aim of the initiative is to create cleaner neighbourhoods across Sefton, reduce the risk of vermin and fly-tipping and introduce a safer, more hygienic system of storing household waste prior to collection.

Collections of wheeled bins begin the week commencing Monday October 26 and a calendar of collection dates will be delivered to those homes receiving the new bins, along with instructions on how to use the new service.

Households with a garden will also receive a green garden waste bin. Details of collection dates for garden waste will be on a sticker attached to the green bin lids.

Head of Highways and Public Protection for Sefton Council, Peter Moore, said: “We are pleased to be rolling out this successful collection system, already enjoyed by most Sefton residents, to these properties.

“This will result in immediate benefits to the local environment and has been welcomed by the majority of households for whom this new system represents a significant improvement on current collections.

“Introducing the new bins will mean people will no longer need to leave refuse bags out for collection, which will also help reduce the problem of fly-tipping in those areas.

“We will still provide assistance with wheeled bin collections to anyone who received help with refuse sack collections, and anyone who cannot put bins on the kerb edge for collection due to infirmity or disability can also apply for extra support.

“And, we will be ready to step in to help any of the households benefiting from this new service if they experience any issues as we roll out these improvements.”

“There is lots of helpful information on the Sefton Council website at www.sefton.gov.uk/bins-recycling which explains the process and provides a calendar of collection dates.”

People can find all the information regarding wheeled bins collections on Sefton Council’s website at: www.sefton.gov.uk/bins-recycling

Important information about the new collection service

  • Bins should be presented on the kerb edge outside properties by 6.30am on the morning of collection, and once emptied your bins must be put back within your property boundary.
  • Lids of bins must be fully closed when out for collection.
  • Residents must not put any extra bags of general waste or recycling at the kerbside next to the bins, these will NOT be collected.
  • All recycling can go together in the brown bin. Recycling should be left loose in the bin with no carrier bags inside.
  • Green garden waste bins can be emptied up until 8pm on collection days. Details of what can go in garden waste bins and collection dates will be displayed on bin stickers.

Is your two-year-old entitled to free early education and childcare?

In Sefton, some two-year-olds are eligible for 15 hours of free early education and childcare a week for 38 weeks of the year.

This can be taken up with an Early Years provider such as a childminder, nursery or pre-school that is registered with Ofsted and Sefton Council to offer funded places.

Is my child entitled to a free place?

You can claim a free place for your child if you receive one or more of the following benefits:

  • Income support
  • Income-based Job Seekers’ Allowance (JSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Universal Credit – if you and your partner have a combined income from work of £15,400 or less a year, after tax
  • Tax credits and you have an income of £16,190 or less a year, before tax
  • Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Support through part six of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Working Tax Credit four-week run on (the payment you receive when you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
  • You are excluded from claiming public funds because of immigration status, or lack of immigration status
  • You are in receipt of support under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989

Children are also eligible if they:

  • Are a Local Authority ‘looked after’ child
  • Have a current statement of special educational needs (SEN) or an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan
  • Attract Disability Living Allowance
  • They have left care under a special guardianship order; child arrangements order or adoption order.

Some children will also be eligible for a free place if their parents or carers meet similar low-level income requirements. Visit the dedicated Childcare pages at the Sefton Council website to find out more.

How do I apply?

  • Speak to a member of staff in your local Family Wellbeing Centre; or
  • Speak with your Health Visitor or Social Worker; or
  • Online via www.sefton.gov.uk/2yearolds

Please visit: www.seftondirectory.com/childcare for further information.

 

Search Box