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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.


Important notice - Healthwatch meeting cancelled

Important notice, with regret Healthwatch have cancelled the meeting St Barnabas Monday 26th January due to a lack of interest. However they would be very interested in gathering your experiences and opinions on this matter. If you would like to share any information phone them on 01275 851400 or email


South Glos Support Group @ Brimsham Green School Tuesday 20 January 7.30 - 9 pm 

Happy New Year

I hope you all had a peaceful break and are refreshed for the new term.

We had more calls from more of you in South Glos to our IAS line than ever in the autumn. If you cannot get through, do leave a message and we will get back to you.

On Tuesday 20 January we will be introducing you to our new information resources which complement the SEND Code of Practice 2014 and the DfE Parents' Guide and are primarily for use by parents and carers . I do hope you can come and ask us lots of questions! Please come along and tell a friend.

Clive Osborne will be leading the session for you. He developed these resources on behalf of the South West Information Advice and Support Service Network and should be able to address any comments you may have.

Sara will be on hand to offer any 1:1 support you may require.

And, you may be interested to read what Every Disabled Child Matters is campaigning for as the general election approaches. You can read more, and email your prospective parliamentary candidate here:

With best wishes

Kathryn Mason    


Winter 2014 Newsletter out now

Catch up with all our latest news and developments - download the PDF version here now. Hard copies are available on request.


New SEND information resources available from Supportive Parents

Supportive Parents have just produced a collection of information resources about the new SEND processes and procedures, tailored for each of our Local Authorities: Bristol, North Somerset and South. Follow this link to download and print them: Gloucestershire. Click on the link below to view and download.


South Glos Support Group @ Kingswood Children’s Centre Hollow Road Kingswood BS15 9TP Tuesday 16 Dec 2015  7.30-9pm

The end of term is fast approaching, and we will be celebrating on Tuesday. It will be an opportunity to reflect on how your child has got on with school and the new "assess, plan, do, review" to look ahead to the New Year and share your experiences with other parents in a supportive environment. Refreshments provided - do join us.

Copies of the Parents' guide to the new code will be available for those of you who were unable to come to our recent conference.

Parking is available across the road in the Civic Centre, or on Hollow Road itself, and there are a few spaces in the children's centre carpark itself.