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05-12-2019 Report from Parents Conference

The fourth Our Voice 'Meet the SEND Heads' Parents' Conference took place on Thursday 28th November 2019. Below are the presentations and handouts, and a summary of the Q&A panel session. 

Introductory Presentation 

Summary of Q and A Panel Session 

Positive Behaviour Support Workshop and link to a video on Challenging Behaviour 

Inclusive Activities in Enfield workshop (AccessAble presentation) 

Education Health Care plans workshop and IPSEA Annual Review checklist

Sensory Processing issues workshop and handouts on Brushing Hair, Brushing Teeth and Washing Hair for sensitive children and video on understanding Autism

18-11-2019 Update for Parents Conference

We are looking forward to welcoming Parents and Carers to our Meet the SEND Heads Parents Conference next week on Thursday 28th November. The event is now almost full, so if you have not already booked, please book as soon as possible. 

You can see the full agenda here

Question and Answer panel session

The Q&A panel session with the SEND Heads is at the heart of our conference. See our full list of panel members. 

Parents and carers attending the event are invited to send any questions for the panel in advance. Please email us at info@ourvoiceenfield.org.uk by Tuesday 26th November at the latest. Although we will accept new questions on the day (time permitting) priority will be given to any questions submitted in advance. 

You might want to have a look at the updates from the different service areas below when thinking about your questions. 

Updates from Local Authority and Health

15-10-2019 Our Voice Parents' Conference

Booking is now open for the Our Voice Parents' Conference on 28th November. 

Our fourth annual 'Meet the SEND Heads Parents' Conference will take place at the Dugdale Centre on Thursday 28th November - see our information booklet for more details and book your place here

10-09-2019 Our Voice Autumn Newsletter

The latest edition of our newsletter has just been printed and will be distributed via schools shortly, as well as being available in selected libraries, colleges and Doctors' surgeries. 

We have a packed edition with news about: 

  • reports from our recent events
  • events we have coming up over the autumn and winter (parents' conference, Christmas party and pantomime trip) 
  • new members joining the Our Voice team - and an opportunity for you to get more involved by volunteering with us
  • GP checks
  • Updates from the Joint Services for Disabled Children, Educational Psychology team and Speech and Language
  • Information about things to do locally.  

You can read the newsletter here.

31-07-2019 Our Voice Parents' Conference

Save the Date for 28th November - Our Voice Parents' Conference

We are pleased to announce that our next Parents' Conference will take place on 28th November 2019 at the Dugdale Centre in Enfield, registration from 9.30. 

Following a successful third conference in February, we continue to listen to your feedback. You told us you would rather have a longer Q&A session and no presentations, and we have arranged the agenda accordingly. Additionally, we will have a choice of workshops, and the opportunity to book one-to-one appointments with key professionals from across different service areas. If you would like to have your say on our workshop topics, please complete our survey

See the Save the Date flyer for more details. 

Booking for the conference will open late September (initially for members only). 

15-07-2019 Holiday activities

Wondering what to do over the summer holidays? 

Have a look at our 'What's on this Summer?' Guide for lots of information on local activities this summer. 

You might find it helpful to look at Contact's Guide to Holidays Play and Leisure 

If you are planning to get out and about you might find it useful to look at the AccessAble website or mobile app. The website provides information about accessibility for more than 200 venues in the Enfield area and thousands of other venues across the UK and Ireland, including shops, pubs, restaurants, cinemas, theatres, railway stations, hotels, colleges, universities, hospitals and more. Use AccessAble to find everything from wheelchair access to information about lighting and noise levels.

A few activities this summer: 

Trampolining at Jump In

Jump in are running relaxed sessions each Sunday morning (including during the holidays) from 9 am to 10 am - for details see our trampolining flyer.

Inclusive football

The Tottenham Hotspur Foundation is running inclusive football sessions for children and young people aged 5 to 11 and 12 to 16, this summer. The sessions will take place at the New River Sports Centre, on Tuesdays 30th July, and 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th August. For more details including booking information, please see here

Autism-friendly cinema

See here for information about the adjustments made in Autism-friendly cinema sessions.

Enfield Cineworld

Enfield Cineworld has an autism-friendly screening of The Lion King at 11 am on Sunday 4th August. Full details here

Odeon Luxe Lee Valley

One Sunday a month, ODEON host a sensory-friendly screening designed to be an inclusive and welcoming environment for people with sensory sensitivities and their loved ones. Their next session will be a screening of The Lion King on Sunday 28th July at 10:15 am. Tickets will be on sale from Tuesday 23rd July here.

23-06-2019 Summer party now fully booked

Our Summer party this afternoon is now fully booked. 

If you have already booked a place, we look forward to seeing you there! 

If you can no longer attend, please could you let us know so that we can release your places to a family on our waiting list? 

If you have not yet booked please do not just turn up - we do not want to have to turn anyone away but we do have a limit on numbers for health and safety reasons (as well as catering arrangements). You can book a place on our waiting list via Eventbrite, but we already have several people on the list so we are unlikely to be able to accommodate many more people. 

Thank you 

10-06-2019 Our Voice Summer Party 2019

Bookings are now open for the Our Voice Summer party which will take place on Sunday 23rd June 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm at Russet House School. Places are free but must be pre-booked. 

Please book via Eventbrite here

More details are on our flyer

05-03-2019 Open letter regarding SEND funding

At our Parents' Conference, we were pleased to welcome the Leader of Enfield Council, Councillor Nesil Caliskan, who gave us an update on the proposed budget for Enfield including funding for services relating to Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. You can see her presentation here. Parents and carers told Cllr Caliskan about their experiences, some of the challenges they faced and the impact of cuts to funding.

Following these discussions, Our Voice continued the conversation by sending an open letter to Councillor Nesil Caliskan, the Leader of Enfield Council, giving our views (and those of our members) on the critical importance of avoiding any further cuts to SEND funding. This open letter was referred to at the Council budget meeting (where two members of the Our Voice team were in attendance to hear the discussions). We are pleased that Cllr Caliskan has now publicly stated her commitment to avoiding any further cuts to children’s services or adult social care. You can read the letter: Here 

07-02-2019 Our Voice Parents' Conference Feb 2019 - the Presentations

The third annual Our Voice 'Meet the Service Head's Parents' Conference took place on 5th and 6th February 2019. 

The presentations from the event are attached below: 

Service Heads updates

Presentation from Positive Behaviour Support Workshop

Presentation from Speech and Language workshop

Presentation on budget and SEND funding from Cllr Nesil Caliskan