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Organisations offering activities and support. For local information go to Coronavirus Information,
Home But Not Alone phone line: 0800 876 6926,
or go to Community Action Suffolk to see how local groups can help isolated people.

What’s on - Get involved

Get involved in local events, stay up to date with the latest news, surveys and opportunities in Suffolk, meet other parents and tell us your views.

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Suffolk Parent Carer Network - Training and Events 2020

A series of Training, Events and Mental Health Conferences this year for parents, carers and professionals.

See more information here.

Time to Listen - Lowestoft 

Through direct feedback, recent surveys and events – families have told us that we need to:

  • Communicate better
  • Listen to you to understand issues and help to resolve and support them

At  the ‘Time to Listen’ event in Lowestoft we want you to be able to have informal conversations, over coffee and cake, with staff from health and the local authority including social care, education support teams.

The event is on 16th March 11:30am – 2pm at

Lowestoft Community Church, The Depot, 8 Hadenham Rd, Lowestoft NR33 7NF (there is limited free parking available at the church but ample free parking available on the road nearby)

At this event, you can talk to staff about your child/young person or your general SEND experience.

You can just come along to this event on the day, but if you want to be able to talk directly to a specific team then you can also pre-book a meeting with them.  The teams who will be available on the day to book a 10 minute slot with are listed below.

Early Intervention and Support in School for children and young people with SEND -  This team can talk to you about areas such as - Specialist Education Services: Medical, Sensory and Communication teams, the County Inclusion Support Service, ASD, ADHD, The Dyslexia Outreach Team, The Multi-Agency Assessment Programme (MAAP) and the Alternative Tuition Service. Click here to book



EHC Needs Assessments and Plans and School Exclusions – This team can talk to you about EHCPs, placements and reviews. Click here to book



Social Care Support – This team can talk to you about social care support and early help support (0-19 age group).  Click here to book



Planning for Adulthood – This team can talk to you about moving into adulthood, transition planning at school age, adult care support and post-16 education. Click here to book



Mental Health Services – This team can talk to you about areas of emotional wellbeing and crisis support. Click here to book



Child and Young Person’s Health Assessment and Services – This team can talk to you about community paediatrics and associated services, ADHD & ASD services. Click here to book

We will also have representatives from SPCN (Suffolk Parent Carer Network), SENDIASS (The Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information, Advice and Support Service), the Psychology and Therapeutic Services, Senior Managers and communication teams to offer any support and advice to families in between booked slots. We will also have advice and information available for families about the Local Offer and Activities Unlimited.

SENCo Forums

The dates are:

  •  5 March 2020 – 4pm to 6pm – Southern area – Ip City, Ipswich
  • 12 March 2020 – 4pm to 6pm – Northern area – Riverside Building, Lowestoft
  • 19 March 2020 – 4pm to 6pm – Western area – West Suffolk House

Book your place via Niki at

Non-Violent Resistance (NVR) group

The Non-Violent Resistance (NVR) group is for parents whose children show aggressive, violent, controlling and self-destructive behaviour. It aims to help parents/carers re-establish a warm, loving and containing relationship with their children.

Download the flyer for more information

Elective Home Education drop in sessions

Are you currently home educating your child(ren)?

Would you like the opportunity to talk about any issues you have with home education?

The Suffolk Elective Home Education Team will be available at the following sessions:


County Library, Northgate Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 3DE

  • Tuesday 16 June 2020 - 11:00am-12:30pm


Felixstowe Library, Crescent Road, Felixstowe, Suffolk, IP11 7BY

  • Tuesday 10 March 2020 - 11:00am-12:30pm

Bury St Edmunds

Bury St Edmunds Library, Sargeants Walk, St Andrews Street North, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 1TZ

  • Friday 19 June 2020 - 11:00am-12:30pm


Stowmarket Library, Milton Road, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 1EX

  • Thursday 12 March 2020 - 11:00am-12:30pm


Lowestoft Library, Clapham Road South, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR32 1DR

  • Tuesday 3 March 2020 - 10:30am-12:30pm
  • Tuesday 9 June 2020 - 10:30am-12:30pm

Just come along - no appointment necessary.

For further information email

Surveys / Consultations


Check the SENDIASS events calendar for upcoming training -

The School to School Support Partnership - support for staff in relation to SEND

Don’t miss out on your FREE Speech and Language Link package

We want to make sure that all schools in Suffolk have the tools they need to identify and support children with a speech, language and communication need as early as possible, and know when and how to refer to specialist services. To help us achieve this, we’re giving all primary schools in Suffolk access to Infant Language Link and Speech Link FREE of charge.
To receive access, at least one person from your school must attend the free one-day Language Link training this November. To view and book, search for ‘language link’ on the Suffolk CPD website (Multi Agency)

More than two thirds of Suffolk primary schools have attended or are signed up to attend this training, so don’t miss out. See our FAQs for more information.  

Contact: Jemima Monteith-Thomas at

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