Out of Amaze - July 2020
 
Incredible as it seems, as I write this welcome, we have just marked the 115th day of being in lockdown. As many of us now plan for ‘coming out of lockdown’, we know lots of SEND families remain fearful for their, or their child’s safety, and are worrying how they will cope over the summer with possibly even less structure, and fewer options, than before. 
 
If so, we hope this edition of Out of Amaze is timely to give you a round-up of all the best information we have managed to find for getting you through the summer holidays, but also in preparing for the return to school in September. We also have the latest information on therapies, shielding guidance and updates from your local parent carer forum.

We know many of you are exhausted, with very little time, so we have endeavoured to keep the content as short as possible. But if you are seeking any more in depth advice or support please visit the Covid pages on the Amaze website which are being regularly updated, or contact the SENDIASS helpline.
 
Read more about our work during lockdown in my July round up.
 
Rachel Travers, Amaze CEO
 
 
ADVICE ZONE: Sorted for summer and school
 
 
Play schemes, groups and having fun
 
Even though we are easing out of lockdown, many of the things we normally plan for the holidays are still not available or being run differently. Find out more about play schemes, activities, outdoor fun and Compass offers this summer.
 
Get support this summer
 
With six weeks of holiday looming and Covid-19 affecting many of our usual support services, you may not be sure what emotional and mental health support is available over the summer. Find out where to turn if your family needs help.
 
 
Back to school? What you need to know and how to prepare
 
Now we know that schools and other educational settings will be open to all children from September, are you jumping for joy at the news or fretting about how it will work in practice? For most of us it is probably a mixture of the two. Amaze’s SENDIASS team have put together the latest guidance and answers to your most common questions about going back to school in September.
 
 
Read more >
 
End of term message from Brighton & Hove's SEND teams
 
Georgina Clarke-Green, Assistant Director of Health, SEN & Disability at Brighton & Hove City Council and Mo Bham from BHISS have written messages directly to all our Amaze families at the end of this extraordinary term.
 
Read the messages >
 
 
FEATURE: Children's therapy - new ways of working
 
We caught up with children's therapy services in Brighton & Hove and East Sussex to find out about their new ways of working during lockdown and how the services are slowly returning to normal - albeit a new normal.
 
Read more >
 
 
 
Shielding latest
 
Unsure about the changes to shielding? Read the latest guidance here for children and young people with health conditions that make them more likely to become unwell with coronavirus.
 
Read more >
 
Get your finances sorted!
 
Summer is a great time to make sure you’re on top of your family’s financial situation. We’ve got the low-down on what’s changed for disability and carer’s benefits (and what hasn’t), and what you need to do now.
 
Benefits latest >
 
Brighton & Hove PaCC round up
 
Get the latest updates on what the local parent carer forum has been up to including feedback from their coffee mornings, improving home to school transport and pushing for safe open spaces and better summer play provision. Read the PaCC July round-up for more information.
 
Find out more >
 
 
Covid-19 online advice
 
If you have any questions about education, health, money and SEND support during the pandemic and beyond,  visit our detailed Coronavirus advice pages.
 
Summer survival
 
Amaze SENDIASS is running online, themed sessions over the summer, and the next one is ‘Summer Survival Strategies’ on Tuesday 21 July from 1.30 to 2.30pm. Find out more
 
Amaze groups
 
Most of Amaze's regular groups for parents and young people are running via Zoom over the summer. Find out about Amaze online groups and how to join.
 
Amazine issue #4 "The new normal"
 
In the latest issue of our young people’s e-zine, “Amazine”, we’ve got fun quizzes, quirky ideas for keeping busy, Pokemon Sword facts, and info on the Shark Tracker app. Meet one of our SENDIASS advisors, Sally, and learn how we can help you. Or if the upcoming changes to lockdown rules are making you anxious, learn about some resources that can help.
 
Read Amazine!
 
 
Open spaces just for us!
 
Hot off the press...Amaze and PaCC have worked closely with Brighton & Hove City Council to identify three parks in the city which throughout the summer will have two hour slots, 10am-12pm for families with children and young people with SEND to access a safe space. The parks are: East Hill Park Secret Garden, St Ann’s Well scented garden and East Brighton Park, which includes the basketball court.
 
WIN yoga sessions and self care goodies!
 
If you'd like to win 4 x weekly Zoom yoga sessions with Sophie Mills from Ditchling Yoga, and a gorgeous set of self care goodies including spacemask, incense, chocs and a signed copy of 'Tender: The Imperfect Art of Caring' by Penny Wincer, just email the title and author of the book we're giving away to vicky@amazesussex.org.uk
The lucky winner will be contacted the first week of August.
 
 
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