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What to expect from SEND & Celebration 2023

What to expect from SEND & Celebration 2023

What is SEND & Celebration?


SEND & Celebration is the name of the Plymouth Parent Carer Voice annual SEND conference. Just as the name suggests, it is an exciting opportunity for those with SEND and their parents, carers, professionals and anyone with an interest in SEND in Plymouth to meet, question and learn from each other.

The full-day event will be held at the Guildhall in Plymouth on Wednesday 24th May 2023. It is FREE for registered members of Plymouth Parent Carer Voice and £5 for non-members. (See links below for how to join and book your place.)


Who will be there?

In the Great Hall you will find lots of stalls from service providers who are dedicated to support families of children and young people (0-25) with SEND. Over 30 exhibitors are looking forward to meeting you all and telling you about what they can offer. There are so many exciting opportunities to be found as you browse the Great Hall – you are welcome to browse and chat at your leisure.

During the day, there are a number of talks and workshops for you to attend. You can choose from the following which run at set times:

  • Preventing Sexual Abuse – NSPCC
    The session will cover – how, why and when to talk with your children about healthy relationships. This will include online safety and healthy sexual development.
  • 16 – 25 Pathways
    Livewell Information on the 16- 25 pathway through Livewell
  • New School Update – Special Partnership Trust
    An update on the new free school: where it will be and the approximate time line to opening
  • Short Course – PIAS
    A talk on the different short courses that are available to families to support different aspects of parenting
  • Apprenticeships – Sharron Robbie
    Sharron Robbie MBE, Managing Director, Devon & Cornwall Training Providers Network will be talking about Apprenticeships, and how these can be accessed and the breadth of offer available across the City. In addition, Sharron will touch on supported internships and Apprenticeships, as well as traineeships and other post-16 routes, which will be of interest to SEND learners, their parents and carers.
  • Educational Psychology Service – Clare Hetherington
    What the role of the EP service is with in schools and what they do in the EHCP process.
  • Child Disability Living Allowance – Rebecca Ellis
    This talk is an overview on claiming Personal Independence Payment and on claiming Child Disability Living Allowance.
  • Early Years Graduated Approach – Jenny Hutton
    How the Early Years Graduated Approach is used to support early years children.
  • 14+ LD Health Check – DR Rachel Gaywood
    14+ Annual Health checks, the LD register and what schools and families can do to help.
  • Choosing and Early Years setting – Carolyn Carter
    How a parent chooses childcare, where they can look to find out about childcare, childcare entitlements and financial support.
  • Young Peoples Involvement – PIAS
    A talk about how young people can be involved with the decision making that impacts on them and YOUTH ASCENDS with strategic decision input.
  • What is Neurodiversity – James Cook and Tara Vassallo
    An overview of neurodiversity and what it is made up from.
  • Annual Reviews – Amanda Paddison
    A look at AR’s and how to get the best out of them for your child / young person.
  • Meeting Support – PIAS
    This talk will be tips on how to run a meeting with other professionals.
  • Start for Life – Family Hubs – Sally Kendrick
    An overview of the Start for life and family hubs programme and what it will mean for communities, families and children.
    What is a Parent Carer Forum and how you can be involved!

You will need to select your preferred workshops on your online booking form.


What happens during the event?

08:30 – Guildhall open for parents/carers/professionals to arrive
09:15 – Everyone to the Lower Guild Hall for introductions and a welcome
09:30  – First talk/workshop session (or browse stalls)
10:30 – Second talk/workshop session (or browse stalls)
11:30 – 12.30 – FREE Boxed lunch (choose from meat, vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan and dairy-free options)
12:30 – Third talk/workshop session (or browse stalls)
13:30 – Fourth talk workshop session (or browse stalls)
14:30 – Additional time in the Great Hall to explore the stalls
17:00 – Event Closes


How can I book a place?

If you are a member of Plymouth Parent Carer Voice, follow this link to book your place: click here

If you are not a member of Plymouth Parent Carer Voice, you can join by following this link: click here

If you do not wish to join Plymouth Parent Carer Voice but would like to be on our email list and attend the conference, please click here

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