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Young People with SEND: support, activities and information

April 14, 2022


AFC Moving from children's to adults services

(Richmond - information from Achieving for Children). There is a new portal of information is on the Richmond council website to help young people and the people they are supported by understand what is involved when moving from children’s to adult services. This includes a helpful video narrated by young people who have gone through the transition period, as well as contact information of the teams, and people that you are likely to come across during the transitions journey.


The information is linked from the SEND Local Offer website under the preparing for Adulthood section 





RUILS Bright Futures for post 16 support


This new Ruils service aims to support disabled young people in or approaching transitions years and their families. If your young person is aged 16-25, or even 14 or 15, and you are wondering what’s going to change and how in their education/employment, social care, medical and health, social activities, Bright Futures can help.
 
Bright Futures runs workshops on relevant topics; has information to send out to you; can meet with you – in person, zoom or phone; runs focused parent groups. All aimed to give you the information you need to support your young person in the next few years.
  
Sue Robson and RUILS run the ‘Bright Futures’ programme to help people in Richmond with SEND transitions.
Adult Social Care and Direct Payments

Adult social care for disabled young people is very different to disabled children's social care - your young person may not have met the criteria for disabled children's social care but they may be eligible for a social care package in adult social care. This workshop is about eligible needs, how they are assessed, preparing for assessment and the outcomes. They will also look at how Direct Payments work when you are an adult.

Please get in touch with Sue Robson, at suerobson@ruils.co.uk or call 07508 530693.






West London Guide to Supported Internships 2022






The Kickstart Scheme

The Kickstart Scheme ends in March and this is the last chance for young people on universal credit to obtain a paid 6 month job via the programme. 

Achieving for Children has partnered with the Kingston Chamber of Commerce to offer a Kickstart job fair on Tuesday 1st February in the Guildhall between 11am - 4pm as there are still employers offering local roles in a wide range of work sectors. Young people will be able to meet employers and talk about their roles and maybe even obtain an offer! 

There will be a range of employers attending from all sorts of sectors, including: 
• Office Admin 
• Marketing & Social Media 
• Web Design 
• Childcare
 • Video Production 
• Food Prep & Catering 
• Education 
• Finance



Supported Internship Programmes - Information Evening with Achieving for Children

Supported Internship programmes are aimed at young people aged 16-24 with a learning disability, and are all about helping young people into work. A supported internship will help young people gain the skills and experience to find regular, meaningful work in all sorts of areas. This year alone, there have been learners placed in primary schools, stables, landscaping, media production and more. 
If you're interested and want to find out more, we would like to invite you to a virtual information evening. Tuesday 1 February, 6pm.
To register, complete this form and an invite will be sent to you: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScQ55bbX4WjhgWbvpx741PHrgSwZzAsIiIgwwd0_tYQQsW2HQ/viewform











SESSIONS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE FROM MENCAP

Richmond Mencap organises children and young people's sessions at Pensford Field Nature Reserve (near Kew Gardens station: link) in the holidaysm, as well as running Energise Days over the half term.

We will be doing activities and games as well as having time to chat. There will also be the opportunity for the young people to explore the nature reserve in their own way. These will be socially distanced activities which will take place outside and the sessions will mostly be four hours long, and will be mostly between 11.30am and 3.30pm.  


Please let me know if you are interested in any of these dates by Friday 8th October and I will try to allocate spaces by Monday 11th October. You can contact me by email me at office@richmondmencap.org.uk 






SOUTH THAMES COLLEGE

South Thames College: Step Up Programme and welcome event
South Thames College Group have announced their upcoming Step Up programme to enable post-16 young people to gain experience within a subject they would like more insight into. Learners can choose from a range of courses, including music, art, beauty therapy, IT, sports, and more.
STCG will also be holding a welcome event for you to come along and discuss your options with potential tutors, and enrol on the day if you would like to. There will be a pizza lunch provided alongside activities to take part in so you can get an idea of what may be involved in your preferred course. This event will take place on 13 October, from 11am - 1pm.






Creative Arts Programme with Orchard Hill College:

This programme offers a number of different pathways within the creative arts industry and will enable learners to make new friends, gain some independence, and try new things. Supported will also be offered in communication, mobility, digital skills, employability skills and more. 

This programme is based in New Malden, Sutton, and other areas. You must be aged 19+ to apply. 

Applicants with an active EHCP will need to ask their Local Authority to consult with Orchard Hill College. Applicants without an EHCP must be in receipt of benefits and not be in full-time employment to qualify for funding.  Find out more here: https://workstart.me.uk/courses/into-work/


Ambitious Youth Network

Are you aged between 16 and 25? Are you autistic? 
If the answer is yes then join the new Ambitious Youth Network, a UK-wide online platform for autistic young people from Ambitious about Autism.
The network is a safe and moderated online space designed to help you understand your autistic identity and connect with others!

On the platform you will be able to:

• apply for upcoming paid opportunities  
• sign up and access peer support sessions 
• receive updates from groups and panels  
• instant message other Youth Network members
• access a live feed of information.

Join now! https://bit.ly/3MzZN3a


Harlequins Foundation Traineeship
The Harlequins Foundation are currently promoting their upcoming traineeship for those between the ages of 16-19, or up to 24 for those with an EHCP. This 15-week traineeship will enable you to gain your Level 1 Functional Skills qualification, undergo 1-1 mentoring, and complete a virtual work experience placement. This traineeship will commence 22 March. To apply or find out more, email mark.kilgallon@quins.co.uk


Project SEARCH Supported Internship
Project SEARCH are promoting the launch of their recent Supported Internship placements in partnership with GSK and London Borough of Hounslow. Lasting from September until July, interns will complete 3 department placements over 3 college terms. Applicants must be aged between 17-24 years with an EHCP. To apply or find out more, email stuart.x.tait@gsk.com


 
Head2Work 
If you are a young person aged 18 to 25 years, seeking employment and would like to develop your employability skills by participating in a social action related work experience project, please get in touch.  We can also work with you to gain experience, develop skills that employers desire, and support you with applications to work and training. 

There will be regular cohorts of this programme running throughout 2021 - 2023
 


Positive Directions
This programme can support young people aged 16 to 24 to develop the skills that they need to move into education, employment or training.
 
This project is focussed on the individual's needs and can provide young people with opportunities to take Maths and English qualifications, gain certificates and qualifications relating to specific industry sectors and engage in online learning. 

Both projects provide young people with mentoring support and support with CV and interview skills.

 
If you are interested in either of the above programmes or have a young person you would like to refer, please contact sharon.pratt@achievingforchildren.org.uk
 

Autism Exchange Programme with the Civil Service


Application deadline: Friday 5 March 2021.
Location: London (if face-to-face) or online (working from home).
Salary: £300 or £350 per week (depending on location, before tax). Travel and lunch will not be reimbursed. 
Placement start date: Monday 19 July 2021.

An exciting three-week work experience opportunity in the Civil Service is being offered to young people with autism, aged between 18 and 25 who have achieved a minimum of two GCSEs (or equivalent) in English and Maths at Grade A*-C (or 4-9) or above.
 
The programme will provide you with the chance to experience the Civil Service first-hand, gaining insight into the workplace. As part of the experience, you will also be able to participate in developmental coaching sessions and other activities.
 
Through the programme you will find out what it is like to work inside this important organisation.

Find out more: