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February 2014 Issue 42

Registered charity no. 299889

Parents Update

For families of children with disabilities and special educational needs CONTENTS p.3: Parent Involvement p.4-6: Islington News p.7: National News p.8-9: Notice Board p.10: Training and Workshops p.11: Handy Numbers p.12: Dates for Your Diary

Looking Forward to the Year Ahead! Centre 404 would like to wish all our parents a happy new year! After all the excitement of the fantastic kids festive party last year we hope you’ve all managed to have a well earned rest. 112 children in over 50 families came to the fabulous event. Faces were painted, dance moves were shown off by the kids (and adults!) on the dance floor, pass the parcel was played and festive cards were made! Santa even made an appearance in our beautiful grotto and gave out presents to all the boys and girls. Judging by the smiles on everyone’s faces (and these lovely photos), we think the party went rather well! If you didn’t get a chance to come this year we will see you in December 2014! To see all the photos from the day, visit our Facebook page

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A Festive Thank You

Welcome, Lydia!

One of the major highlights for the children at our festive party was visiting Santa and getting to open their present. This was all made possible because of the generosity of many companies, shops and individuals who supported the event. On behalf of the Supporting Families team, we would like to say a massive ‘Thank You’ to : Hachette Publishers, Flair, John Adams, Hasbro, Cath Kidston, Disney, Lego Playmobil, Arsenal FC, Lorraine Kelly, local M&S and Morrison’s stores as well as Nivea for their generous donations for the grotto, silent auction and raffle.

Hello, I’m Lydia and I’ve just joined Centre 404 as the Supporting Parents Project Manager in the Supporting Families Team.

A big thank you to: • L’Oreal and Elizabeth Arden for donating a number of beauty products which we auctioned and raised £134! • One of our family carers Marianne Hill who made a big effort to get donations and to everyone else who donated items.

Some of you might have met me in my previous role with the National Autistic Society, where I spent 12 years supporting people with autism and their families. I’m really excited to join the team here at Centre 404 and look forward to meeting you all throughout the next few weeks.

It was wonderful to see so many happy, smiling children and the feedback from parent carers was that they all really had a lovely day and were very grateful for the presents their children received.

Meet the Politicians Deciding the Future of Islington As you might already know, every 4 years local councils have to hold elections to re-elect their councillors. This year it is taking place on the 22nd May. Ahead of the elections, Centre 404 will be holding a meeting where politicians from all the major political parties will attend to answer your questions. It’s your opportunity to ask what they are planning to do for families with special educational needs or disabilities in Islington.

When: 8th May 2014 10:30am-2pm Where: Centre 404, 404 Camden Road, N7 0SJ Light refreshments will be provided


It is completely free to attend the meeting. For more information please call 020 7697 1336 or email family@

I’ll be managing the team that support parents of children with Special Educational Needs and disabilities, as well as representing Centre 404 at meetings across Islington.

To get in contact with me email or call 020 7697 1325.

Carers’ Festive Lunch 2013 If you managed to come down to the Carers’ Festive Lunch held at St Luke’s Church (Hillmarton Rd) on 17th December, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! We catered to 75 people who enjoyed a traditional turkey lunch, with the option of a halal or vegetarian menu. There was a real mix of family carers and it was a great opportunity to meet old friends and make new ones. We had a lot of positive feedback on the day. Carers’ comments included: “Fantastic food & company’’ “We had a fabulous time’’ “It was my first time. I felt that what I am going through I am not alone, there are others like me’’ “I made a new friend. I liked everything about today’’ We are very interested to hear directly from carers regarding what activities you would like the Supporting Families Team to put on for you. If you have any ideas please do get in touch either through email family@ or call a member of the team on 020 7697 1325/36. To see the photos from the day, visit our Facebook page www.

Parent Involvement If you live in Islington and care for a child or young person with a disability or special educational needs Talking Shop is for you! Come along and get information on what’s going on in Islington and discuss matters that are relevant to you. This important meeting takes place every two months. It enables you to have your say in the development of Islington’s Specialist Services and participate in consultations. The next meeting takes place: th

Tuesday 11 March

At Centre 404 10am-12:30pm with light lunch The topics will include an update on how the special educational needs and disabilities reforms are being implemented nationally, information about free sporting activities for children with disabilities, and information about services for children with hearing impairments and visual impairments.

Sylvia tells us why she likes coming to Talking Shop Talking Shop is very informative and always ahead in terms of the topics covered. It’s nice to meet new faces and I like going for the great package of informative materials and amazing speakers. Other parents often ask questions I may never have thought of asking, so it’s great to get another perspective. I went to the last Talking Shop because it was about therapies in education. My child has a therapist so it was good to see who’s behind it and to see the changes that are happening. I would definitely recommend Talking Shop to other parents - keep up the good work!

If you missed Talking Shop in November 2013, here’s a quick summary of what was covered: 1.

Pathways to Employment: Family Led Jobs Project

• Family Led Jobs: A project called ‘Family Led Jobs’ is being implemented in Islington in early 2014. It will help young people with disabilities into a job in an area that interests them by working together with their family. Young people will be given 3 days of personalised training and will be helped to make a CV. For more information or to take part in the programme please contact Gary Hamilton, Programme Manager, on 0207 527 5208 or • Access to Work Grants are available to young people with learning disabilities to help them start working, stay in work or start a business. How much they receive depends on their circumstances. The money doesn’t have to be paid back and will not affect other benefits.


Welfare Benefit Changes

• Benefit Cap: There is a limit on the total amount of benefits that most people aged 16 to 64 can get. This is £500 a week for couples (with or without children living with them), £500 a week for single parents whose children live with them and £350 a week for single adults who don’t have children who live with them. This does not apply if anyone in your household receives Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP). However, you might be affected if you have a grownup child who lives with you and they qualify for DLA/PIP, because they won’t normally count as part of your household. • From 8th April 2013 Personal Independence Payments (PIP) started to replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for people aged 16 to 64. The council expect everyone on DLA (who qualifies) to have transferred to PIP by 2018. People who currently have an indefinite award of DLA won’t be reassessed until 2017. • Bedroom Tax: does not apply to disabled children if they need a separate bedroom to their sibling. If you are being affected by this you can appeal to the housing department.


Islington Update What’s On in Islington?

Short Breaks News

Candoco Youth Dance

The Short Breaks Team have written to all Islington children identified as eligible for Short Breaks with information on activities for the coming year. They have asked families to choose how they would like to use their Short Breaks allocation, running from April 2014 to March 2015, and to make their requests by 28th February 2014.

Candoco offers weekly youth dance classes for disabled and non-disabled dancers aged 13-25. No experience needed. Just commitment and enthusiasm!! £5 per class. Where: The Place, 17 Dukes Road Contact: Phone 020 7704 6845

DSC Community Club Islington

2 hour weekly sports session for disabled people aged 11-25. Includes Paralympic sports and competitions. £3 per session. Where: Sobell Leisure Centre, Hornsey Rd, London N7 7NY Contact: Phone 020 7021 0973 or email

The activities on offer in 2014-15 will remain much the same as last year and as usual, families can make their requests by post, phone or email. In addition, the Short Breaks team will be available Thursdays and Fridays until the 28th February for a drop in service at 222 Upper Street for any families wanting extra help to plan their Short Breaks allocation for the year. Please contact Ian McDonald if you would like to arrange a time on 020 7527 8611 or

Inclusive Zone Basketball

This is wheelchair basketball combined with the running game, for children aged 11+ and it is FREE. Where: Sobell Leisure Centre, Hornsey Rd, London N7 7NY Contact: Email or phone 020 7686 8812

The Islington Short Breaks statement has been reviewed and was included in the February information pack. A copy can also be requested by contacting the Short Breaks Team on 020 7527 8611 /

Multi-Sports Club for 7-11 year olds

A range of different FREE sports activities for disabled people of different ages. Where: Sobell Leisure Centre, Hornsey Rd, London N7 7NY Contact: Email or phone 020 7686 8812

Further information on Short Breaks is available on the Islington website: services/social-care-health/disabled-people/ parents-of-disabled-children/life-leisure/ leisure-actvities/short-breaks

Multi-Sports Club for 7-11 year olds

Book on to FREE courses The Arsenal Red Zone Learning Centre are offering a range of FREE courses for Islington residents aged 19 or over and who receive income related benefits. The courses are all great ways to give you new skills to make you more employable and improve your CV. Their European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) course has already started this month (January 2014) but if you have a reasonable level of computer skills then you may still be able to book on if there are spaces left. To find out if you are eligible for a course and for information on how to enrol on a course, please call 020 7704 4500. All training takes place at Arsenal Red Zone Lifelong Learning Centre, Ashburton Triangle, Emirates Stadium N7 7AF. For details of all future courses see right.


Starts 24th February

Starts 28th February

Starts 21st March


Preparing to Work in Customer Service 5 week course Mondays 12:30pm-3pm Universal Jobmatch Website Search Skills 3 week course Fridays 9:30am-12:30pm Interview Skills 3 week course Fridays 9:30am-12:30pm

Preparing to Work in Catering 3-5 sessions Dates and times to be confirmed

Islington Update

Keep warm and save money this winter

Have your say in Islington’s health services

This winter the government is promoting a Warm Home Discount which offers £135 off annual fuel bills. The money isn’t paid to you, it’s a one-off discount on your electricity bill credited by the end of March. You can also qualify for the discount if you use a pre-payment meter.

We all need to be included in the conversation about health and social care services, and how they can be developed to better meet people’s needs. Local people who actually use the services are best placed to observe what works well and what doesn’t. Healthwatch Islington’s role is to gather that insight and to make sure that those messages are carried back to the committees and boards that take decisions on how our health and social care services will look in the future.

Up to 5000 vulnerable Islington residents, including people on disability benefits and low income families with young children and certain are eligible to apply.

Let Healthwatch Islington know what you think of the services you use

The Warm Home Discount is paid by the following major energy companies: • • • • • •

British Gas N Power Scottish power SSE (Inc Southern Electric) First Utility EDF

Please note that energy giant E.ON has closed its Warm Home Discount scheme and others are following suit in early 2014. The criteria are slightly different for each energy company, so to check if you qualify and to register please call the Energy Advice Team on 0800 953 1221 or 020 7527 2121. The energy companies have to find a minimum number of people to register and often close registration once this has been met so please call as soon as possible if you think you may be eligible.

This year we are especially interested in hearing from people with long term health conditions. We would like to learn about the experiences of young people with learning difficulties who also suffer from conditions such as asthma, or diabetes. We would also like to hear from carers for example coping with depression, or managing heart and lung conditions. We want to find out whether enough support is being provided for long term conditions by GP’s in the borough. Call Emma Whitby on 020 7832 5814 to give us your views on long term health conditions or to comment on local health and social care services in general. You can also make a comment via our website

You can get help getting access to information

Finding out about everything that is available for your needs or the needs of people you care for is not always easy.Healthwatch Islington can give you information about local health, social care and well-being services. Sarah and Maria, Healthwatch Maria Gonzalez and Sarah Lee are Islington’s signposting officers our staff members providing this information service. Phone them on 020 7832 5828.

SOURCE: Islington Council

Brush up on your computer skills in Islington As part of Islington Libraries, the Islington Computer Skills Centre is running free computer skills training for Islington residents. If you struggle using computers, need help getting online or would like to improve your job prospects then these courses may be ideal for you. Qualification classes at levels one and two are being offered to Islington residents of working age who are currently unemployed and/or on income related benefits. These classes are held on weekdays; one 2½ hour session per week. All classes are taught by a qualified tutor in a relaxed and friendly environment. Each student has sole use of a computer and class sizes are kept small, with a maximum of 12 students per session. There is wheelchair access to all services and a disabled toilet. For details on enrolment days, course start dates and for more information contact the Islington Computer Skills Centre via phone on 020 7527 7002 or email Visit the website - librarylearningcentres



The Supporting Families team would like to say a massive THANK YOU to all the volunteers who helped in the mailing out of the last Parents Update newsletter and who gave up their time for the Carers Festive Lunch and Kids Festive Party. We couldn’t have done it without them. They are all STARS!

Do you need advice? Do you need help filling out a form? Call our Open Access office for all queries and information on 020 7316 1930


New ‘Raising Our Sights’ Group

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Board Jargon-buster! The confusing languag e of special needs is explained here:

TAC (team around th e child) meeting - A meeting of all professionals inv olved in helping your child. Person-centred plann ing - fitting a service to the child rather than the other way around

Prefer to rece ive the newsletter b y email? Or perhaps you receive the newsletter tw ice in the po st? All you have to do is ema il daphneh@ce .uk or call me on 020 7697 13 25 and I will ma ke a note.

Personal budget - us ually council money given to someone, based on th eir assessed needs. Respite - sometimes called ‘short breaks’, this is a service that gives care rs a rest from caring. It could be a support worker coming to take over caring for an afternoon or a we ekend, or it could be the child being cared for going to a respite centre for a short time. Occupational Therap ist (OT) - The person who will work with your ch ild to develop their sk ills and confidence in ev eryday life - including work, social and leisure activ ities and personal ca re.

Is your DLA due for rene wal? Remember to tell us as soo n as you receiv e the renew al letter. If we d on’t know in advance the n we might n ot have enough time to help you fill out th e form. Ring us on 020 7319 1930 to boo k an appointmen t.

Have something to say? The Supporting Families notice board in the hall at Centre 404 is a place for you to post news you think others would find useful so please go ahead and use it!

For all the latest Centre 404 news, benefits updates and top tips follow us on Twitter @Centre_404 and Facebook For help on how to access them, please see p.7 & 8 for computer skills training.

Images produced by Carers UK 2013 for Carers Week 2013


Islington Update Free NHS health checks for carers Camden and Islington are offering FREE health checks to people living in the boroughs if: • • • •

You are between 34-75 years old. You are registered to an Islington or Camden GP or an Islington or Camden resident not registered to a GP. You have not had an NHS Health Check within the last 5 years. You have not been diagnosed or not taking medication for >Heart disease or heart failure > Stroke or TIA (mini stroke) > High blood pressure > Atrial Fibrillation > High cholesterol > Kidney disease > Heart attack > Arterial disease

The health check only takes 20 minutes and will help you identify your risks of developing heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and kidney disease. The test includes a blood pressure test, blood glucose and cholesterol assessment along with a body mass index (BMI) calculation. All this is put into a personalised report and you are given the results straight away. To check if you are eligible and you live in: Islington - call 020 3282 7886 or visit http://bookings. Camden - call 020 3317 3681 or visit or contact Camden Carers Service on 020 7428 8955 or

School Based Support The Bridge Special School’s Outreach Team (based in Islington) supports the inclusion of pupils aged 5 – 19 with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD) or Profound & Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD) in mainstream settings. They are staffed by teachers and teaching assistants, all of whom have experience and expertise in working with pupils with ASD/SLD/PMLD. They visit schools in Islington and observe students in the school setting. The outreach team support staff in developing their understanding of ASD, SLD and PMLD and their skills in meeting the needs of pupils with SEN in mainstream settings. Their support includes the development of: • Inclusive classroom practice • Curriculum access / differentiation • Appropriate approaches and strategies • Materials and resources • Managing behaviour • Developing communication and social skills • Induction and transition They also offer bespoke training during the school day or after school meetings / twilights. Following research, they have extended their Disability Awareness programme for children in mainstream settings and also developed an Autism Awareness package. For more information contact or 020 7619 1012/11

Are you getting all the benefits you’re entitled to? Islington Council’s Income Maximisation Service can help make sure you are receiving all the benefits that you are able to claim. The service is for all Islington residents and some non-residents such as carers of disabled people living in Islington. The team advises and gives support with all benefit and tax credit issues and helps with making claims for benefits, including help with completion of forms. They can visit you in your home if you are unable to go to their office. They also help to challenge benefit decisions and provide representation at appeal tribunals. The Income Maximisation Team give advice and support with benefit changes such as the bedroom tax, the benefit cap and the personal independence payment. You can contact them on freephone (from landlines) 0800 731 8081 available Monday-Friday between 9.30am-4.30pm and via email: The Government offers a benefits check calculator on their website which can be found here:


National News Free money advice The Money Advice Service is a free, unbiased and independent service set up by the government to help people make the most of their money. They give money advice to everyone across the UK online, on webchat, over the phone, in printed guides and face to face. The website features several helpful articles and tools like the budget planner which helps you to work out how much money you have coming in and how much you’re spending. Their money health check helps you assess your money priorities and gives you a personalised action plan with clear goals. The service also has many tips and tricks to save money by shopping around, using vouchers, coupons and cashback to get the best deals. For more information call 0300 500 500 Monday to Friday 8am-8pm and Saturday 9am-1pm or visit SOURCE: Money Advice Service

£30 million for New Special Educational Needs Champions Earlier this year, the Children and Families Minister Edward Timpson announced new government plans to fund more than 1800 ‘independent supporters’ to help parents navigate the new special educational needs process. The government is pledging more than £30 million to recruit and train a group of these independent supporters to help the families of children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) through the new process due to start in September 2014. The independent supporters will be drawn from independent voluntary, community and private organisations and will give independent support and advice to families who will be affected by the changes. The government has not said when the independent supporters will begin supporting families, but they expect that their training will start this Spring. SOURCE: and

Major Change to the Children and Families Bill The children and families Bill for England has now been amended to include all disabled children and young people within its scope. The bill which will become law in England this year, will make major changes to the way children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) are supported. However, around 25 per cent of disabled children do not have special educational needs and would have been at risk of not benefitting from some of the elements in the Bill such as the local offer. SOURCE: Every Disabled Child Matters

Bedroom Tax Update Government admits policy mistake

The government’s “spare room subsidy removal” (SRSR) policy or the “bedroom tax” as it is called by many, was introduced last April. It taxes tenants in social housing financially if they are assessed as “under-occupying” their homes. Earlier this year in January the government made an announcement about the bedroom tax. They admitted that they had made a mistake when writing the policy. They confirmed that anyone who has continuously claimed housing benefit on the same property since before 1st January 1996 should never have been taxed by the SRSR. This still applies to anyone who has had a break in receiving housing benefit for up to 4 weeks within that time. Proof will need to be given to the local authority as evidence of this. The government has claimed that this would affect fewer than 5,000 people but this number has been challenged by disability campaigners to be as high as 40,000. Once Local Authorities have identified someone as having been wrongfully hit by the bedroom tax, they will be made exempt from it until they are re-assessed. This means that any housing benefit owed to them from 1st April 2013 would be paid back until the date of reassessment. At the time of going to press, the government has said that it will introduce new rules in March that will close this ‘loophole’. Once that happens tenants in above circumstances are likely to find that the bedroom tax applies to them regardless of the length of their tenancy. For more information on this visit SOURCE: Benefits & Work and Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).


Training and Workshops

All training takes place at Centre 404, 404 Camden Road, N7 0SJ (unless otherwise stated)

Autism Support Group: ASD for Tea

This is an opportunity for you to meet other parents/carers of a child with autism. It is a place to support one another to share information and advice. ASD for tea

Tuesday 25th March 2014 10am-12pm

Speech and Language Therapy Workshop

This workshop will be delivered by a speech and language therapist. It will cover how language and communication develops and how you can support your child in developing speech, language and communication skills at home

Wednesday 26th March 2014 10:00am - 12:30pm

Disability Law - Children and Families Bill

Steve Broach, a barrister specialising in the law in relation to disabled children, will speak on the upcoming reforms in the Children and Families Bill and how this will impact on your family.

Thursday 24th April 2014 10am-3pm (Light lunch will be provided)

To avoid disappointment please book your place in advance by ringing Centre 404 on 020 7697 1325 or email Please also contact Emma Watson if you have any questions or ideas for workshops you would like us to run


Handy Numbers Action for Kids ADDISS (ADD & ADHD) Afasic (speech & language) Alliance for Inclusive Education Benefits Advice Line Carers Allowance Centre 404 Open Access Centre 404 Learning & Leisure (Clubs) Centre 404 Supporting Families Team Challenging Behaviour Foundation Child Brain Injury Trust Childline Children’s Centres: Ambler Archway Bemerton Conewood Street Golden Lane Goodinge Hornsey Road Hungerford Kate Greenaway Margaret McMillan Moreland & King Square New North Community New River Green North Islington Packington Paradise Park The Factory Willow Child Law Advice Line Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) Contact-a-Family Helpline Cry-sis (crying babies) DLA Helpline and form request Disability Law Service Dyslexia Support Group Dyspraxia Foundation Equality & Human Rights Commission ERIC (enuresis, bedwetting) Families First Family Fund Family Information Service (Islington) Family Lives (formerly ParentlinePlus) Hayward’s Adventure Playground Health Centres: City Road Elizabeth Avenue Finsbury Goodinge Highbury Grange Hornsey Rise Killick Street

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CALL CHARGES: Landlines: 0800 free 0808 free 0845 local call rate 0870 national call rate Mobile phones: check with service provider




Dates For Your Diary Open access for information

If you have any questions or would like any assistance, contact our ‘Open Access Service’ at: Northern Health Centre 580 Holloway Road N7 6LB Tel: 020 3316 1930 Come to the drop-in sessions:

Monday-Thursday 9:30am-12pm No appointment necessary

Disability & SEN Parents Forum ‘Do nothing about us without us’ This group provides an opportunity for parents of disabled children to be involved in making decisions about changes to disability services. This is currently very important as there are reforms happening in this area. We meet every 6 weeks and always welcome new members! For more information contact Emma Watson on 02076971325 or

Wednesday 19th March 10am-12:30pm

The Bridge Partnership Parent carer support worker providing support and information for carers of children who attend The Bridge School.

Monday-Thursday 9am-3pm

ring 020 7619 1000 or 020 7697 1336 for an appointment

Councillors Surgery Raise your issues with an Islington Borough Councillor

Wednesday 19th March Wednesday 16th April 10:30am-12pm by appointment only Ring 020 7697 1325 to book

For more information about events, training and workshops, call us on 020 7697 1325


Talking Shop

Next topics to include services for children with visual impairments and hearing impairments, and an update on SEND reforms in Islington. Takes place at Centre 404 on

Tuesday 11th March 10am-12:30pm

Friday Matters

Meet other parents and carers of disabled children at this weekly social event. Share information and advice. Come join us for a coffee donation of £1 per person.

Every Friday 10:30am-12:30pm term time only

Centre 404 Parents Update | February 2014  

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