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Autumn 2019 News: Upcoming Events

Autumn 2019 News: Upcoming Events

We hope you had a pleasant summer and have settled into the "back to school" routine by now. After a few quieter weeks we have a bumper autumn lined up:

  • NPFG AGM - 9th October 2019
  • IASS Northants Engagement Events
  • Community Law Workshop - Thursday 17th October 2019
  • Shoosmiths Solicitors Workshops
    • SEN Legal Framework Workshop - Thursday, 24th October 2019
    • Education Health and Care Plans Workshop - 26th November 2019
  • Cerebra Workshops
  • Monthly Drop-in Sessions

NPFG AGM - 9th October 2019
The first confirmed event is our AGM on 9th October 2019 from 10:00-11:00h at the Bee Hive, Harborough Road, Kingsthorpe, Northants, NN2 8LR. Come and meet the NPFG team, find out what challenges we encountered recently, issues we have raised on your behalf and our latest achievements. Please let us know if you are joining us - by emailing enquiries@npfg.co.uk - so we can arrange refreshments accordingly.

IASS Northants Engagement Events
Together with IASS Northants we are running a few engagement events to find out "How Mainstream Can Work" for a child or young person with SEND. So if you have a positive example of what a school did for your child with SEND please contribute at the various events throughout Northamptonshire. The aim is to create a toolkit that will help other children with SEND to attend mainstream schools to ease the pressure on special schools.

Dates and venues are as follows:

  • Thur 10th Oct 2019 (9.30 - 11.30am): NMPAT, 125 Kettering Road, Northampton NN1 4AZ
  • Tues 15th Oct 2019 (9.30 - 11.30am): Kettering Mind, 49-51 Russell Street, Kettering NN16 OEN
  • Wed 16th Oct 2019 (12.30 - 2.30pm): Egerton Hall, Juno Crescent, Brackley NN13 6EA
  • Wed 23rd Oct 2019 (9.30 - 11.30am): Rushden Hall, Hall Park, Rushden NN10 9NG
  • Thur 24th Oct 2019 (12.30 - 2.30 pm): The Abbey Advice & Resource Centre, Daventry NN11 4BH
  • Tues 12th Nov 2019 (12.30 - 2.30pm): NMPAT, 125 Kettering Road, Northampton NN1 4AZ

Please contact Carmel for further info or to book via email contact@iassnorthants.co.uk or call on 01604 364877.

Community Law Workshop - Thursday 17th October 2019
We have teamed up with Community Law to run a workshop on SEND benefits, which will take place on Thursday, 17th October 2019 from 10:00-12:00h at the Fernie Field Scout & Community Centre, Moulton, Northants, NN3 7BD.

Join our session with Jane Coe from Community Law Northampton to find out the Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for children up to the age of 16, the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) for 16-18 year old, Carers Allowance, help with Road Tax, the Blue Badge scheme and accessing other relevant grants. The information session will include a general Q&A session followed by 5 private appointment slots. If you would like to book a private appointment please email: enquiries@npfg.co.uk. Places will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

For booking details please visit: https://www.jumblebee.co.uk/ticket/7A7VsWTh9j. We are looking forward to seeing you there.

Shoosmiths Solicitors Workshops
We are delighted that we will re-run the legal workshops on various subjects in collaboration with Shoosmiths Solicitors.

SEN Legal Framework Workshop - Thursday, 24th October 2019
The first workshop in this new series will focus on understanding the SEN Legal Framework 
This workshop will give you an overview of the current legislation "The Children and Families Act 2014". We will explain the benefits of  an EHC Plan, the process of getting a plan including the Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment and what to do, if the LA refuses you an EHCP. The workshop will be facilitated by Victoria Federico, Solicitor & Head of Education Law.
For booking details please visit: https://www.jumblebee.co.uk/ticket/bAUxGDsGaL

Education Health and Care Plans Workshop - 26th November 2019
The second workshop will focus on Education Health and Care Plans.
This workshop will educate you on getting the content of your child's EHCP right, particularly the special education provision, outcomes and placement. It will also inform you what to do, if you are not happy with the final plan. Victoria Federico, Solicitor and Head of Education Law will be facilitating this session once again. 
For booking details please visit: https://www.jumblebee.co.uk/ticket/DxB6GXMiYx

Autumn 2019 News: Upcoming Events

Cerebra Workshops
The NPFG has also been in contact with the charity Cerebra who will be offering a free workshop on Sleep for children with brain injuries as well as a workshop on Accessing Public Services. If this is of interest to you please contact Anna on enquiries@npfg.co.uk who will provide you with further details. Please note we have not yet set a date for this workshop as we would like to check demand first.

Monthly Drop-in Sessions
Our monthly drop in feedback session have restarted again. David will be available from 10:00-12:00h every first Thursday of the month at the Bee Hive to listen to your feedback and sign post where possible.

We hope to see you at one of the above events and remember you can always drop us an email (enquiries@npfg.co.uk) and let us know what is currently working and not working for your family. We look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes,
The NPFG team

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