Parent Support Advisor

SEND Conference: Wednesday 15 June 2022
Dear Parents, Carers and Professionals

The SEND Conference for 2022 is finally here!!


Wednesday 15th June – Guildhall, Plymouth City Centre


This year's event is free and we will be providing lunch (for those who are registered) and refreshments.

  • Below is a brief overview of the day.

08.30 - Guildhall open for parents/carers/professional to arrive

09.15 - Everyone to the Lower Guild Hall for introductions / welcome and a brief overview of the SEND Green Paper by Keith Thompson from DfE

10.00 - First session

11.00 - Second session

12.00 - Boxed lunch

12.30 - Third session

13.30 - Fourth session

14.30 - Additional time in the great hall to explore the stalls

15.00 - Event Closes

  • You will need your unique PPCV number to register for the day. ​
    Below are the links to join PPCV and obtain your unique number

Parent and Carers link to join PPCV:


Professional link to join PPCV:

  • Below you will find a brief description of session options - Their corresponding session numbers can be found at point of registration.  You can choose up to 4 across the day.

Graduated Approach - A talk about SEND Support and how it uses the Graduated Approach through an "assess-plan-do-review" process to support your child / young person.


ASD Free School - The Special Partnership Trust are coming to give an update on the new Plymouth/Devon free school and to tell parents and carers about how the Special Partnership Trust works.


Educational Psychology - An overview of what an Educational Psychologist does. What their remit is. There will be a general Q&A, however individual personal cases cannot be discussed in this arena.


EHCP - An overview of the EHCP process. What leads up to an EHCP? Who can apply for an EHCP and how to do it.


Key Worker Project - A talk from the Plymouth Key Worker Project for young people with ASD / LD and their families who are at risk of inpatient hospital care due to their mental health needs.


LD Health Checks - A talk about the 14-18 health checks and why they are so important for young people with Learning Disabilities.


PIP - Who PIP is aimed at, how to apply and where can you go for support.


DLA - Who DLA is aimed at, how to apply and where you can go for support.


Universal Credit - What is Universal Credit and who can claim it?


The Green Paper - Keith Thompson from the DfE will be giving a brief overview of the SEND Green Paper.


Innovations Project - This outlines a new project beginning this summer and running until the end of March 2023, offering different sessions for students year 10 and above. A complementary 'Preparing for Adulthood course, supporting parents and carers, accompanies the Year 10+ sessions


Stalls - Browse the 30+ stalls in the main hall offering activities, information and support for SEND families in Plymouth and the surrounding area.

  • Below is the link to register for the day, where you can choose your sessions and select your lunch:


We look forward to seeing you there.


If you have any questions please email:

New Project - All Together!

We’re so excited to announce our new project to support military children while their parent is deployed.  Little Troopers “All Together” is a deployment club open to children of all ages, providing free residential breaks, adventure days and online sessions, all made possible by a generous grant from the Veterans’ Foundation.
Louise founder of the charity, said: “Each year, thousands of military children have a parent, or in some cases both parents, deployed for months at a time. Many families from the military community were telling us their children and young people were finding deployments hard. That they were struggling with feeling isolated and they felt being with others in a similar situation would be beneficial.”

The first “All Together” event will be an adventure day for 80 children in July this year. This will be followed by the first of two residential weekends for military teens and a series of online events in Autumn 2022. Further events are planned for Spring 2023. 
Thanks to the grant awarded by the Veterans’ Foundation, Little Troopers will be able to provide support for hundreds of military children experiencing deployment. David Shaw, CEO and Founder of the Veterans’ Foundation, said, “We are delighted to award this grant to Little Troopers. Their work providing breaks, events and support for children whose parents are away on deployment is so important" 

You can read more about All Together here.

New Little Trooper Birthday card!

We are excited to launch our new birthday card design. The new design will be sent to your child, along with a banner, badge and balloons. Our birthday card scheme is a perfect way to make your little trooper feel great when they have a parent serving away from home on their special day. Don't forget you send us a personal message to include in the card.

Click here to request a birthday card for your little trooper.

An invitation to Lunch at the Library and more library news for August
Hello from Plymouth Libraries

big jubilee read

Big Jubilee Read

The Reading Agency and BBC Arts have launched the Big Jubilee Read, celebrating 70 great titles from across the Commonwealth to coincide with the Platinum Jubilee.

To find out more about the titles chosen and their authors visit the BBC Arts website.

All titles are available to borrow from Plymouth Libraries either in physical format or on eBook or eAudiobook via the Libby app.

Digital Library Card

Digital library card

We are excited to announce that you can now access a scannable digital library card on your phone which you can use to borrow books in libraries on our self service machines with the Plymouth Libraries app.

The app will also allow you to renew and reserve books. Just enter your library card number and PIN and you are good to go! 

Take a look at our YouTube video for a step by step guide on how to use the Plymouth Libraries app.

Find out more

The Hope Programme for Carers

This programme is available for carers 18+ and parent carers. Please note that the dates have been postponed to May 2022. 

Please see the attached flyers for the Southwest HOPE (Help Overcoming Problems Effectively) Programme, for promoting to carers. 

The HOPE Programme is a free self-management course designed to empower individuals to discover their strengths and find new ways to cope with whatever life throws at them. Supported by trained facilitators, people will be able to meet others in the same situation and learn new skills that will help them on their journey to feeling better and more hopeful. Co-designed with users, healthcare professionals and researchers at Coventry University, nearly 16,000 people across the UK have benefitted from the HOPE Programme to date. 

Several digital courses will be run over the coming year, including:

  • HOPE programme for carers
  • HOPE programme for parents of autistic children and children with complex needs
  • Supporting carers through grief, loss and change
  • HOPE programme for those affected by long covid
  • HOPE programme for people on the waiting list for MSK diagnostics or surgery

Dates and details on how to register are included in the attached documents.

What is FAB?

Families’ Activity Breaks (FAB) is a non-public funded, tri-service charity (registered charity number 1178108), providing fun and challenging activity camps around the UK for bereaved Military families. A FAB camp is a fully-paid* week away for bereaved military families; a welcome break to meet and socialise with others who have experienced a similar loss. Find out more about this year’s camps and the type of activities on offer.


If your child is 19 years old or younger on the first day of camp, and has suffered the loss of a parent or family member while serving in the British Armed Forces, then you may be eligible for a FAB camp. Priority is given to families who fall into the above category, however, military families who have suffered a bereavement outside of this criteria will be considered by the committee on a case by case basis.

*We ask for a small holding deposit on confirmation of your place; this will be returned on arrival at the camp.


FAB Camps 2022

We have two FAB Camps available this summer with spaces still available on both. Details of both are below.


Newlands, Keswick, Cumbria: 29 Jul – 5 Aug 2022

By popular demand, we’ll be returning to this stunning location. Set in the middle of the Lake District National Park, we’ll have the whole of this site to ourselves. With spacious grounds, a river running right past the front door and with direct access on to the fells, rivers and lakes, where could be better than Newlands? And for the activities, we’ll be making the most of the stunning scenery in and around the activity centre. There will be a good variety of activities; we’ll make sure there’s something for everyone to get involved in.

Note this camp is Friday to Friday.


Stamford, Lincolnshire: 7 – 14 Aug 2022

This is a brand new location for FAB and we’re very excited about it. Situated in the historic Georgian town of Stamford, we will be making the most of the comfortable home-from-home Stamford School site boarding houses. Dating back a thousand years, the town came into prominence in the 9th and 10th centuries and exudes character. Stamford is located on the River Welland, Lincolnshire. The school offers a combination of beautiful buildings and modern facilities in stunning surroundings.

For the activities, we’ll be travelling to the nearby Adventure Rutland activity centre to take part in raftbuilding, bushcraft, paddlesport, archery and orienteering. As ever, we’ll make sure there’s something for everyone to get involved in.

Note that this camp is Sunday to Sunday.


Register Now

Register now to join our mailing list and keep up to date with what’s happening.


If you have any questions then please message and Rae will get back to you and assist you in your application.

(Developing Resilience IFree Thinking Spaces)
A Fun-Packed, Supportive After School Social Group &' Resilience Rollercoaster Ride' For Young People 12-15 Years Over 10 Weeks
£4.00 pp per session

A Place2Be survey found that around half (52%) of parents of 4-11-year-olds have felt isolated during the pandemic, and almost half (48%) of parents felt they would have benefitted from advice about how to manage their children's behaviour during the pandemic.
Place2Be developed Parenting Smart to help parents and carers support their children and manage their behaviour. It’s completely free to use and access.
Developed by Place2Be's parenting experts, the site is full of tips and advice on a range of topics including transition to secondary school, meltdowns, and sleep difficulties.

Guidance for young carers

Please find below a link to the latest guidance for young carers and young adult carers who are providing care for somebody during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Educational Psychology Services: Emotionally Based School Avoidance

Members of the Educational Psychology Service  (Plymouth City Council) have consulted with a range of professionals including colleagues in Child Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and schools to produce this set of documents for schools and families.  This area of work is particularly relevant for children with social, emotional and mental health needs as well as those who are anxious about returning to school following lockdown.

 Download these resources from the PIAS website:

·       Emotionally Based School Avoidance – Guidance for Parents

·       Emotionally Based School Avoidance – Guidance for Children

·       Emotionally Based School Avoidance – Guidance for Young People

Healthy Start Scheme

Please look at the link below to see if you are eligible for free voucher to purchase fruit, veg, milk and vitamins. This is a scheme for low income families and for families whose income may have been affected by the current climate. If you are a woman who is more than 10 week pregnant or have children under the age of 4 and are in receipt one of the following benefits you may be able to apply for this scheme.

Income support, Income based JSA, Income related ESA, Child Tax Credits (with a family income under £16,190) or Universal Credits (with a family income of under £408 per month). Please follow this link for full details, these voucher can be worth up to £50.00 per month,

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Barnardos HYPE Service in Bristol and Plymouth supports young people to create change in health services, working particularly close with mental health services.

Young people have created a blog so that young people can support each other and encourage each other to stay positive.

All of the posts are created by young people aged 25 and under who used Barnardos and other support services.

The blog page is edited by young colleagues involved in HYPE.

We would be grateful if you could share the blog page widely with young people.

We want other young people to get involved creating block pages and sharing their ideas, thoughts and feelings. To get involved messages on Facebook or email us at

We have a canva account that can be shared with young people to create their entries.


PIAS Update

PIAS is able to support you during the present Covid-19 pandemic.  Our phone lines remain open and you can call us on 01752 258933.

 Please see the links below for other relevant information for parents, sibling carers and young carers.

 Please note the Health Services link below which gives information on the Child Development Centre (CDC) and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS).


Parenting dedicated phone support for families (Plymouth)


Support for sibling carers


Support in Plymouth for young carers


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We regularly post information, activities and events happening in the Plymouth area on our Facebook page.  Stay up to date by liking us on Facebook

 If anyone feels they would like to access this service please contact Jo Penk via email: