Showcase of support for families of children with special needs

A massive showcase of the support available for families of children with special educational needs in Liverpool is taking place on Wednesday 19 June.

The “Local Offer LIVE” SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) information event is happening at St George’s Hall on Lime Street from 12-8pm.

A huge range of support services, projects and activity based services provided by the city council, the NHS and the private and public sector will be on display.

There will be an opening ceremony at midday with a performance from Liverpool’s Signing Choir and music, entertainment and fun activities for children and young people to join in with throughout the day.

There will also be opportunities for parents and carers to chat confidentially over any issues, and also a quiet room will be available for a break from noise and activities in the main hall.

The event aims to ensure that all families across Liverpool have continual access to information, advice and guidance which will support them in achieving the outcomes set out the above.

More information about the council’s Local Offer can be found at www.liverpool.gov.uk/localoffer

Cabinet member for education, Cllr Barbara Murray, said: “We are determined to provide the best possible support for families of children with special needs but often it is hard for them to know where to turn to for help.

“The point of the day is to showcase to parents and carers the breadth of range of support that is out there by bringing everyone together under one roof.”

Donna Phipps from Liverpool Parent and Carers Forum – LivPaC – who the council has worked with on the event – added: “Our hope is that this event will enable parents and carers to navigate the many pathways for their children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. This should improve their confidence by accessing the various services and support networks on a face to face basis.

“Alone we can do so little, but together we can do so much”.