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SEND YPA (Young Person's Area)

What is the Local Offer?

If you are under 25 years of age, live in Suffolk and have a special educational need and/or disability, our young person’s area has been created for you with other young people.

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The local offer can help you find out about support and services for: education, health and care, activities and things to do, help and finding a job and much more!

If you'd like to get involved by sharing your experiences, contact the Suffolk Young Person’s Network who can talk to you about how you would like to take part.

How can I find help?

We have worked with young people to develop the categories of information below, based on what they've told us is important to them. 

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Education, Health and Care plan

Watch this animated video from the Council for Disabled children, which explains what an EHC plan is:

 

School or College

Health

Topics:

Be active
Healthy eating
Annual health check
Emotional wellbeing

Activities and things to do

There are a wide range of things to do in Suffolk, from shopping to visiting the cinema with your friends or taking part in sports with local clubs.

You can use our website to search for ideas. Type in things you are interested in, and your postcode at the top of the page. The website with suggest ideas based on where you live. Use the map to find out how far away it is from you and find suggested travel routes

Search for things to do.

Help finding a job

Topics to include:

Work experience
Apprenticeships
Help with a CV

Careers Adviser

Chat with a trained careers adviser in complete confidence through the National Careers Service.

If you're age 13 – 18 you can talk to an adviser about careers and learning. The web chat is available 7 days a week, from 8am to 10pm. You can also call the national young people's helpline between 8am – 10pm on 0800 100 900.

Get in touch with the National Careers Service: text on 07766 413219, textphone number 08000 968 336, or fill out a contact form. Same opening hours as listed above, apply.

Transport - getting the bus or train

Travel training

Building confidence to use public transport is a big step towards independence. Being able to travel on public transport is a key life skill. It lets you make choices about how you live, go about your daily life and fulfil your potential.

Visit www.suffolkonboard.com for more information.

Endeavour card

A young person aged 16-19 can get an Endeavour Card so they can receive up to 25% discount on the cost of travel on most local bus services.

https://endeavour.suffolkonboard.com/

Railcard

If you’re eligible you can get up to a third off rail tickets by applying for a disabled person’s railcard. You must provide evidence of a relevant disability.

You can give National Rail train companies advance notice if you think you’ll need any help from staff.

You can also check if a station has accessible facilities.

Using social media

Being on the internet, using the latest tech, apps, games and vines, that's everyday life, right? Anything is possible, but sometimes things can start to get tricky or even scary.

Social media is a great way to keep in touch with friends and family however, it is important to make sure you are safe online. Foundation for people with learning disabilities have a downloadable easy read guide with information about social media and the internet.

Apps, games and useful websites

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The Childline website has some fantastic games we think you may be interested in.

We recommend taking a look at:

Wall of expression - worried or frustrated? Write on the wall and then watch your worries crumle away.

Balloon - feel your worries float away.

Aeroplane - send your worries into the sky.

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