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Wandsworth's SEND Local Offer Resources during the Coronavirus Outbreak

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To help you get through this difficult time, we have gathered on this webpage some of the fantastic resources and techniques created by our expert professional colleagues.

You can find some national SEND resources on the GOV.UK website. These include educational apps and games, and will be extended as new resources are made available.

For families who are struggling to stay connectedPower to Connect by Battersea Power Station and Wandsworth Council are taking donations of fully-working laptops and tablets that can be refurbished and given to those who don't have access to one.

Free Makaton resources on the Makaton website.

The Social Care Institute for Excellence have their regularly updated "COVID-19 guide for carers and family supporting adults and children with learning disabilities or autistic adults and children".

The GOV.UK website also has advice about exercise for people with a significant health condition, for example learning difficulties or autism.

As well as ideas to support home learning and keeping your children and young people busy, we have included some wellbeing support and resources, as this is a strange and unusual time for everyone.

We will all find something about the lockdown difficult to cope with, so please give some of these ideas a try, and please remember that you can still call (or email and request a call back) many of your usual support services for a chat. It can be helpful to share your worries, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Wandsworth Autism Advisory Service (WAAS) have: 

Schools and Community Psychology Service (SCPS) have created infographics, resources and links:

Bereavement Information and Support  Coronavirus specific information about support in Wandsworth and from national organisations.

Children's Specialist Therapies, which includes Speech and Language TherapyOccupational Therapy and Physiotherapy are offering their current users support by telephone. The Speech and Language Therapy Team have added lots of helpful resources on their webpage.  As have the Occupational Therapy Team.

DCR/WAND/WAND+/Short Breaks/SEND Local Offer and Parent Champions  have created:

SEN Talk have moved much of their service onlinebut are also posting out bespoke  resource packs to families, if you would like one of these, please email aoife@sentalk.org .

Generate are offering weekly support chats on Zoom,  have Things To Do While Social Distancing on their website and each week they’ll be adding more activities for you to do at home. They are also sending a weekly email, with how to get in touch and get support.

Workshop 305 are closed at the moment but they are busy supporting their service users remotely.  Visit the Projects page on their website for lots of ideas, including Project Packs and Video Workshop guides.

The Early Years SEND Support Services, Portage, Early SupportParent and Child Development and West Hill Enhanced Children's Centre All of these teams are providing emotional support to parents through regular contact via phone, Skype, texting, WhatsApp, etc. with a focus for families with increased levels of vulnerability.

Contact Wandsworth are continuing to provide advice and support wherever possible via phone and e-mail.  They have a Facebook page and have created this leaflet of Boredom Busting Ideas. 

Disability Sports Coach are offering free online activity and live zoom sessions weekly for people of all ages with a disability.

The Mainstream Secondary Speech and Language Therapy Service are being redeployed, so created a "What is Coronavirus?" newsletter for the young people they support-and for any other young people, too.

If you, or someone you know, is in need of immediate support during this time, please visit the Community Hub.  This is particularly for those elderly and/or vulnerable residents without support networks, who need support to access medical/care services and food supplies. This is to help those most in need stay safe and well while they self-isolate at home.

Can’t find what you are looking for? Contact:

Eleanor Thain

dcr-wand@wandsworth.gov.uk  

020 8871 8907