New website launch

Launching our NEW Website!

We've been working hard behind the scenes to produce our new revamped website! We have listened to your feedback and we will be launching it live on Monday 5th December 2022!

Along with a website that is more user friendly, appealing and interactive, you will also be able to book online onto our new workshops! These will be on offer on a monthly basis, both online and in-person, so you can choose which best suits you. Whilst we find our feet, we will be beginning with our workshops on Making a Parental Request and Parent Carer and Child Contributions. Find out more when our website is released!

We would welcome any feedback you may have on the new site and a link to provide feedback will be made available. We already have further developments planned in the background but we'd love to hear what you think!

Survey- ‘Transitions- A families view’

Survey- ‘Transitions- A families view’


The Southwest region of Parent Carer Forums (which includes Parent Carers Together) and NHS England are working together to understand transitions for those families whose children have special educational needs or disabilities.


Please help them by completing this online survey and sharing your experience.  You can access the survey at or use the QR code.


The survey will focus on the experience families have during a transition such as:

·       moving to a new class/education setting
·       changes in a service such as a new department or worker
·       moving from children to adult services



There are 21 questions. The information you provide is anonymous.

The survey will close at midnight on Wednesday 21st December 2022.


Complete the survey and be in with a chance to win an amazon voucher worth £100!


The responses will be compiled in a report due to be published early in 2023.

If you have any questions or need this in an alternative format, please:



-Call 01458 259384


Parent Carers Together

(the official parent carer forum for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole)

Introducing Wizzybug!

Introducing Wizzybug!

Wizzybug is a fun, innovative powered wheelchair provided FREE of charge to young children in the UK by Designability a charity based in Bath.

Who is Wizzybug designed for?

Wizzybug is designed for physically disabled children. This includes children living with cerebral palsy, spinal muscular atrophy, spina bifida or muscular dystrophy, as well as children with amputations or other conditions that affect their ability to walk.

Wizzybug is intended for pre-school children of minimum age 14 months and a maximum weight of 20 kg.

How can Wizzybug be used?

Wizzybug is an electrically powered wheelchair for indoor and outdoor use, with adult supervision. Children use Wizzybugs at home and at pre-school, and in outdoor spaces such as parks, gardens and playgrounds.

Wizzybug can be used every day or just occasionally, but is not intended to be used all day, every day. Through the loan scheme a child can have a Wizzybug for as long as it is suitable for them (usually until they outgrow it) when it is returned to Designability to be refurbished ready for another child to enjoy.

How can I apply?

Families can apply for a Wizzybug direct via the application on the website here.

Alternatively, please email

Families on low-income who may need support with the cost of attending their Wizzybug appointment at our clinic in Bath can apply to our Access Fund for assistance.

Contact number: 01225 824103







Department D1
Wolfson Centre
Royal United Hospital


Half Term Closure

Please be aware that; due to database updates our helpline will be closed with no voicemail for half term, 25th - 28th October 2022, and we will be unable to respond to any emails sent to our SENDiass4BCP inbox.  Emails for families already allocated for support, will not be affected during this time.

Please do make contact with us from Monday 31st October 2022 via or 01202 128181.  

Be part of Something Amazing

Our Parent Champion Volunteer Coordinator, Alexia, is looking to expand her team of volunteers!  If you have experience of SEND as a parent/carer, are a good listener, and can spare 2 hours a month, then you might be able to help others who are struggling.  With all training given, and with regular supervision and support, you can make a positive difference to a child with SEND.  

Parent Carers Champion Project

Parent Carers Together, and SENDiass4BCP are holding a meeting to discuss the Parent Carer Champions project this coming Tuesday, and we'd love to see you there! Join us at Tesco Community Room, Tower Park, Poole, between 10am and 1pm on Tuesday the 20th of September. Refreshments will be provided too!

Dingley's Promise, and a new Parent Carer Representative role

Dingley’s Promise was successful in securing funding from Comic Relief for a five-year project to help tackle the UK’s shortage of Early Years places for children with SEND. The project will run from July 2021 – June 2026, and BCP Early Help Team have signed up to this and will be promoting to their parents, preschools and nursery provisions for them to access the training.

The aim of the programme is to empower early years practitioners to deliver inclusive practices, by upskilling them through training and shared information and learning resources.  A new kite mark will be coming soon, for practitioners to achieve once they have completed the training.  This may be very helpful for parents looking for inclusive Early Years providers.

As such, they are looking for a new Parent Carer Representative for the Dingley's Promise Project, to work alongside another Parent Carer representative who has already been appointed.  

You can read more about the project here, and you can read the role profile here.  If you have questions, or to express an interest in the role, please contact Gemma Tappenden,


Support with attending online SEND Tribunals

To help members of the public prepare for online Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal hearings, films have been developed by the Supporting Online Justice Project (at the University of Oxford) in partnership with HM Courts and Tribunal Services, and with the support and advice of Judge Meleri Tudur and Judge Jane McConnell.


The SEND film is available via this link ( and there is also a British Sign Language version: . In addition, the films have optional subtitles in six languages along with closed captions in English. The films are the product of a significant consultation, research, design and testing process, which you can find more about by visiting the project website: . This website also includes a link to the films that were made for other jurisdictions as well as the project report

Steer us onto the best path!

SENDiass4BCP works for children and young people in BCP, as well as their parents and carers. As such, its good to have input from you, to let us know what direction you would like the service to take, and what you would like to see us doing. We have a Steering Group meeting every year, and if you would like to provide input to that, please do get in touch. Invites will be going out soon for the morning of the 25th of May. Email us at to help steer us onto the best path!



SENDiass4BCP Competition for Children and Young People


SENDiass4BCP are looking for artistic and creative children and young people to design a new Logo, and wondered if your pupils or students would like to enter.

The logo can be hand drawn, or designed on a laptop, iPad, or any other device. The winning design will be chosen by the Senior Chatterboxes Group and then made print-friendly by Aim Community, to enable us to use it on all of our literature, our website and our social media accounts. The winning prize is a £20.00 “One For All” voucher, and all entries will receive a certificate, recognising their involvement.

We would be really grateful if you could share this with your pupils or students as it would be great to have lots of entries by the closing date, 23rd of April 2021 at 8pm.

Many thanks





SENDiass stands for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information, Advice, and Support Service. SENDiass4BCP supports children, young people and their families in the Bournemouth, Christchurch, and Poole area.


We help children and young people up to the age of 25, who are disabled or who have special educational needs. Having a special educational need means you might need extra support to learn or to do things that you enjoy.


We would like a new logo that truly represents what our service offers.


The logo can be hand drawn, or designed on a laptop, iPad, or any other device. The winning design will be chosen by the Senior Chatterboxes Group and then made print friendly by Aim Community, to enable us to use it on all of our literature, our website, and our Facebook and Instagram accounts. The winning prize is a £20.00 “One For All” voucher, and all entries will receive a certificate, recognising their involvement.


What do we offer?


You can come to us if you want help with getting the right kind of support at

  • School, college, or training
  • Health services
  • Care and support

Our service is impartial. This means we will not take sides.


We will not tell you what to do – we give you the information and support you need to make your own choices, so you can to tell others involved in helping and supporting you, what you would like, what you don’t like and what would make things better for you now and in the future.


Our service is confidential. That means our meetings will be private. We will only tell people what we talk about if you say it is ok. We also need to tell someone if we think you or someone else are in danger of being hurt or you are going to hurt yourself.


Our aim to help children and young people to be as independent as they can be. We want to help you to be able to tell other people what you think. This is called self-advocacy.


How to send us your entry?

Entries can be photographed or scanned, then emailed to with ‘Logo Competition’ in the subject Alternatively, they can be sent to our postal address:

SENDiass4BCP Logo Competition

Dolphin Centre


BH15 1SA


To be considered, entries need to be in by 8pm on the closing date. The closing date is Friday 23rd of April 2021.


Competition Privacy Statement: We will only use your email address to reply to confirm receipt, and to let you know who the winner is. Winner agrees to their first name or alias being published. Entrants details will be held on a secure server for the competition duration, details will be removed once the winning entry has been shared with all entrants.

Thank you, and Good Luck



Offer of support from Kooth

Welcome to 2021

In light of the new restrictions that have just been introduced I would like to remind you that is available in your area for young people aged 11 - 18 for free, safe and anonymous wellbeing support and advice, accessible from any internet enabled device.

Following my previous mailings and offer of virtual or recorded assemblies and staff refresher sessions, I continue to receive requests for these.

If you would like to book virtual support, please do get in touch


Please note the upcoming Live Forums on Kooth for young people to access during January are as follows:

Wednesday 6th January – New Year, New Opportunities... To Build and Develop Resilience

Welcome to 2021! After one of the most difficult years many of us have ever experienced, it’s time to turn towards the future and look at how we can look at the new year as a chance for new opportunities. We’ll be focusing on what we have learnt in the last 12 months and how we can build on this shared knowledge to help develop our resilience.

Friday 15th January – ADHD & Me: Symptoms, Emotions and Coping Skills

Tonight we want to talk about ADHD, from what the symptoms are, how it can make you feel, as well as ideas for coping. So, if you are living with ADHD, know someone with it, or would just like to know more about ADHD then please come along to join us tonight!

Monday 18th January – Supporting a Friend After a Crime

It can be really difficult to hear a friend has experienced crime. Whether they were a victim or a perpetrator sometimes it can be hard to know what to say or do to support our friend whilst also keeping ourselves safe. So tonight, as part of our VOC project, we’re going to hopefully share some lovely ideas to work together to see what support after a crime could look like.

Friday 29th January – Learning to Be and Showing Your True Self

What is your true self? How do you know what it is? And, how do you show it? In this live forum those are some of the questions we’re hoping to answer! We’re going to be sharing ideas, tips and experiences with one another, and will also be talking about what to do if it’s not safe for you to be your true self. So we really do hope you’ll be able to come join us!


Live forums can be found in the discussion boards and go online at 7.30pm on the evening they are planned. They are moderated in real time until 9.00pm.


Upcoming Kooth content for January includes -

Various topics focusing on Male Mental Health

Wellbeing quiz

Relationship communication styles

Sport and wellbeing

How to: stay hopeful

Kooth reviews – Fantastic Beasts

Global/eco anxiety

The creative power of storytelling (for national storytelling week 30th Jan – 6th Feb)


Please feel free to contact me at should you have any further queries or require additional support.

Warm regards



Rachel Potter (she/her)

Integration & Participation Worker | South West Team

Government Clarifies Guidance on Exercise

This news article is taken from:


We are really pleased that the Government has listened to the voices of autistic people and their families and amended national guidance on how often some people can leave their home during the coronavirus outbreak. 

The rules originally said that no-one could leave their home for exercise more than once a day, and they had to stay close to home. We told the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) that going outside for exercise is very important to the health and wellbeing of many children and adults on the autism spectrum. Sometimes, autistic people may need to go to quieter places, away from other people, even if these places are further away from their home. They may also need to be accompanied by a carer or support worker who is not someone they live with.

People got in touch to tell us that they were worried about this. Some said they had been stopped by the police for going out with carers, or judged by members of the public for going out too often. We shared these experiences with the Government, along with other charities and campaigners. Lawyers acting for two families with autistic children also challenged the Government on this.

The Government has now published new guidance making clear that, if you’re autistic or have a learning disability, you can leave your home more than once a day and travel beyond your local area if this is important to your health. If you need carers with you, they don’t have to stay the two metres apart from you that is usually required by social distancing. However, it is still important to be careful and only go out when you really need to, to reduce the chance of getting ill or infecting other people.

We have told the Government that they must now make sure that the police know what the guidance says about autistic people, so that people aren’t challenged inappropriately or made to feel unnecessarily anxious.

Jane Harris, Director of External Affairs at the National Autistic Society, said: “Our own careworkers and those of our members, have been challenged by both the public and police officers about social distancing when they are doing their best to support autistic people to exercise and get out and about. 

"Even seemingly small changes can feel catastrophic to autistic children and adults, so the coronavirus pandemic has been exceptionally challenging for the 700,000 autistic people in the UK and their families. Going out for a walk is an important part of many autistic people’s routine and changing that may jeopardise their health and safety. 

“Some autistic people might need someone to go with them on a walk or a trip to the shops and careworkers may need to link arms with them, simply to keep them safe. Some could need more than one person with them. If members of the public or police rush to judge, they might think this is someone ignoring the rules of social distancing. But it’s actually vital for that person’s safety and wellbeing. 

“It’s so important that the public and the police understand how this worldwide pandemic is affecting all autistic people, and how they can help.”


At the current time, SENDiass4BCP staff are working from home.  We have changed our answerphone message to encourage parents/carers and young people to email their enquiry rather than telephone, as the offices aren't being staffed.

SENDiass4BCP staff will continue to offer telephone and email support rather than face to face. This is in line with government advice around social distancing and maintaining a safe distance between individuals.

We are changing our methods of contact based on wider advice - but at the current time, it's business as usual in terms of offering information and advice. 

Please check in with this website, as it will contain updates, as the situation changes.

For further information and advice please visit:



 New Quick Guide available: Reasonable Adjustments for Disabled Pupils