A one-stop shop for information about services available to children and young people with special educational needs and disability (SEND) has been officially launched in the East Riding.
Parents and carers of young people aged from birth to 25 years with special needs can find all the information they need on the Local Offer website.
The website has been designed following extensive consultations with parent carers and young people to ensure it is user-friendly and enables them to see clearly what services are available and how to access them.
The Local Offer website is hosted by East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s FISH (Families Information Service Hub) team.
Parents and carers can also ring or email the team, who will provide information over the phone and print sections from the website if required.
The site includes information about education, health, social care, early years, childcare, transport, housing, post-16 provision, activities, the voluntary sector, careers and apprenticeships, money matters, support for parent carers and information about neighbouring areas.
Parent carer Janet Nagle, of Hornsea, said: “It will make a big difference to have all the information in the same place, so that it is easy to access and easy to find what you want.”
Councillor Julie Abraham, portfolio holder for children, young people and education, said; “I would urge all families whose lives are affected by special needs or disability to take a look at exactly what is on offer as it may include services they are presently unaware of.
“This is an excellent resource that will be responsive to change and to feedback.”
There are many ways to search the website, including an A-Z, key word search and by category. There is also a feedback facility.
Visit the Local Offer website at www.eastridinglocaloffer.org.uk or contact the Families Information Service Hub (FISH) by ringing (01482) 396469 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.