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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 or call 07508 530693.

West London Guide to Supported Internships 2022


Richmond Mencap organises children and young people's sessions on Sundays, in the holidays, as well as running Energise Days over the half term. For older young people there is Wii and Pizza sessions, the Meeting Place (social club) and The People Hive also provide activities. See their website for further info: or email: 

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:

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!

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

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

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