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News and updates

See below for the latest news and updates from Supportive Parents. You can find all our periodically published newsletters here.


FREE Parent Course: 'SEND & You' 

Taking place over 3 consecutive sessions: Thursday 21st & 28th March and 4th April

This FREE course is open to parents and carers living in Bristol only.  It is suitable for you if you have a child with special educational needs or a disability (SEND), or if you think your child may have special educational needs or a disability.  

The course is facilitated and presented by Supportive Parents’ legally trained and experienced practitioners.  It will provide base-line information about SEND processes and procedures and support participants to consider and reflect on their own experiences as parents of children and young people with SEND.

The aims of the course:

  • for parents to feel they can participate at a realistic level in planning their child's education

  • for parents to gain the information and skills to advocate for their child

  • for parents to be able to negotiate on equal terms with professionals to achieve better educational outcomes for their child

The style of this course relies on group participation and the emphasis is less on learning specific facts than on developing the ability to know where to go for information and the confidence to do it.

Participants should be able to attend all three sessions to gain maximum benefit from the course. 

For more information and to book your place, click HERE.  Please note this is not a drop-in course, you must have a place booked in order to attend.


FREE 'SEND in Schools' Workshop 22nd March 

Friday 22nd March 2019

Are you a parent or carer with a school-aged child in South Gloucestershire? Has your child been identified as having special educational needs and/or a disability (SEND), or are you concerned that they may have a special educational need or disability? If so, this FREE workshop is for you.  Please note that this is not a drop-in event and booking is essential. 

For more information and to book your place, click HERE.


South Gloucesterhire Support Group Thursday 28th February 10 - 11.30 am Staple Hill Youth Centre

A reminder that our next parent support group for South Gloucestershire takes place  Thursday 28th February 10 - 11.30am at Staple Hill Youth Centre, Page Road, Staple Hill BS16 4NE.  Everyone welcome so please join us!

 For more support group dates  click here




Bristol Evening Surgery. March 14th 2019

In response to feedback from our service users in Bristol, we’re holding another FREE evening ‘surgery’ for parents and carers of children with SEND living in Bristol, this time on Thursday 14th March 2019. Come and meet one of our team and receive one-to-one help and support with your query about your child’s special educational needs.

We’re offering 30-minute appointments with an Information, Advice and Support Worker, between 6.00 - 8.00pm. These appointments must be booked beforehand. We’re happy to look at paperwork, give you guidance about filling in forms and to discuss next steps with you. Please note: if both parents/carers wish to attend, only one ticket is required between you.

Venue: Supportive Parents, Royal Oak House, Royal Oak Avenue, Bristol BS1 4GB

For more information and to book your 30-minute time slot, click HERE.


National SEND Helpline 0808 8089 3555

Contact - for families with disabled children run a free SEND helpline for parents and carers who want to talk through their issues with one of their expert advisers. If you're thinking of calling their helpline, please take the time to click here to read the informationon their website so you can get the most out of your call.