Coffee and Cake

Notes from our meeting

2nd December 2020

It was great to see everyone at our Coffee and Cake with PPCV virtual meeting at 10:00 am on Wednesday 2nd December.

Claire welcomed everyone and explained that PPCV is in the privileged position to be able to arrange themed meetings with guest speakers in relation to SEND in Plymouth. The attendees shared some fabulous ideas for future meetings which included:

  • Educational psychologists who can advise on supporting the EHCP process (obtaining and reviewing). Ideally, this would be split into 2 meetings to cover primary and secondary school ages.

  • ADHD and how to support children at school.

  • Autism and co-morbidities.

  • Adult social care and support available. (We discussed Improving Lives and Caring for Carers.)

  • Provision for young people (0-25) to support lost social skills as a result of Covid-19 lockdowns.

  • Supporting young people (0-25) to build emotional resilience.

  • Transitions (Primary to Secondary School).

  • Transitions (post 16 and transition into adult services and social care).

  • What to look for when selecting a new school/setting.

  • Supporting young people to help build/manage emotional resilience.

As soon as contacts with appropriate people have been made and dates have been arranged, PPCV will share the information on its Facebook page and list the dates on its website.

Claire also let attendees know about PPCV SEND and Celebration Event planned for 8th March 2021. This will be a virtual event (see link for more information). Alongside the talks arranged so far (which include CDC, benefits, dyslexia and a round-the-table event with Plymouth stakeholders/MPs/Councillors/business leaders who could help make Plymouth disability friendly) attendees shared some ideas about what they would like to see. Ideas included:

  • Engaging with local businesses for inspiring stories about SEND in their lives (for example, Autistic/disabled business owners or operators and how their difference works to their advantage in their role)

  • A talk by a famous/well-known role model (for example, Chris Packham, Luke Jackson who wrote Freaks, Geeks and Aspergers.)

  • Improving Lives (group) and Caring for Carers.

People with SEND and their families have money to spend in Plymouth - let’s help them help our local economy by making Plymouth accessible!

If you would like to join our next meeting or have any feedback from previous meetings, please do not hesitate to get in touch using any of the links listed below. We look forward to meeting/hearing from you.