Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all our readers.

We are now into the full swing of 2020, a new decade, with new hopes, adventures and challenges. You will see that we have a new feature in this issue which is around Transition, or now known as ‘Planning for your future’. This focuses on what will happen when a child reaches Year 9 in school and starts to think about their future. For example what will happen when they leave school, attend college etc. You will find more information on pages ? We are keen to know if you would like more information about this subject. Please send your comments to us (details below). What is new since the last issue? The Index currently reaches over 2300 people consisting of 1511 families and 820 professionals across Cardiff and the Vale.

The Index is a regional service covering Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. In Cardiff, The Index now sits within the newly formed Cardiff Family Advice and Support. In the Vale of Glamorgan, The Index sits within the Vale Family Information Service. Please remember that if you know of anyone who would benefit from signing up to The Index, let them know that they can register using the online form or contact us on the numbers below. If you are a family or professional with a story to share please let us know as we are always looking for new and exciting stories to share with our readers. Happy reading! Contact your local team if you have a story to share, or an event you would like us to come along to!

What’s On:

Mondays

KeyCreate After School Club Mondays, 3.30pm-5.30pm Glyndwr Community Centre, Glyndwr Avenue, Penarth, CF64 3ND dave@keycreatewales.co.uk The One Group Parent gatherings for parents Mondays, 1.15-2.30pm, Howardian Primary School, CF23 9NB

Tuesdays

LGBTQ Club Every Tuesday (term time), 6pm-9pm Cathays Community Centre KeyCreate Stay and Play Group Tuesdays, 10am-12pm Glyndwr Community Centre, Glyndwr Avenue, Penarth, CF64 3ND dave@keycreatewales.co.uk The One Group Parent gatherings for parents Tuesdays, 9.30-10.45am, Multi-Sensory Impairment, Ely & Caerau Children’s Centre, CF5 4SX Vale Families First Holiday Club (see page ?) Tuesday – Thursday (Half Term)

Wednesdays

Rubicon Dance Studio in Cardiff, classes to suit children and young people with learning difficulties (see page xx) Every Wednesdays, Various dance classes for 7-25yrs, 16:00 – 18.30 contact 02920 491477 or info@rubicondance.co.uk The One Group Parent gatherings for parents Wednesdays, 1.15-2.30pm, Grangetown Nursery School, CF11 7DT Vale Families First Holiday Club (see page ?) Tuesday – Thursday (Half Term) Healthy, Active and Indoors (See Page ?) Term Time only 4:30 – 6pm

Thursdays

Local Motion Studio Kids Disability in Barry Classes at 4.30-5.15pm for 5-11 years and 5.15-6.30pm for ages 12yrs+ contact 07725038778 or info@motioncontroldance.com The Deaf Cool Club Every Thursday, (term time) 6-9pm Deaf Centre, Newport Road, Cardiff Trelai Inclusive Club Every Thursday (term time) 6-9pm Western Leisure Centre, Cardiff The One Group Parent gatherings for parents Thursdays, 1.30-2.30pm, Ysgol Gymraeg,Glan Ceubal, CF14 2QQ Vale Families First Holiday Club (see page ?) Tuesday – Thursday during Half Term Vale Inclusive Youth Provision Teenscheme (see page ?) Thursday and Friday (during Half Term)

Fridays

The One Group Parent gatherings for parents Fridays, 9.30-11am, Tremorfa Nursery School, CF24 2TG Young Care Leavers Club Every Friday (term time), 5:30pm – 8:30pm For young care leavers age 13-25yrs Grassroots Youth Centre, Cardiff Vale Inclusive Youth Provision Teenscheme (see page ?) Thursday and Friday (during Half Term)

Saturdays

Oshi’s World –Let’s Play Sessions Saturdays, 10am-1pm Byrd Crescent Community Centre, Penarth, anna@ ashisworld.org Barry Beaver Swimming Club Saturday afternoons, 3.00pm-5.00pm Barry Leisure Centre Cathays Inclusive Club Every Saturday, Youth Pavillion in Butetown, 10am-1pm

Making a Plan for My Future

If you have a Statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN), here’s what should happen to help you plan for your future:

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Year 12

Years 13-14

Your school will talk to you about what you would like to do when you get older and leave school. They will talk about the choices you have.

You will then meet with other people who support you, such as a social worker, a teacher or a healthcare worker and together you will make a plan for your future. You can get help from someone before the meeting to help you prepare your thoughts and your school can help with this.

One of the people attending the meeting will become your ‘key worker ‘. This is someone who will make sure your plan runs smoothly and help if there are any problems with the plan.

The plan that everyone makes at the meeting must be about what you want to do, so it will be important to tell everyone what you would like to happen in the future.

Everyone who supports you should have a copy of your plan so that they know what to do to help you to get to where you want to be.

You will have another meeting to see how the plan is going.

Depending on what you want to do in the future, new people might come to the meeting to see how they can support you.

Now is a good time to start thinking about whether you want to leave school at 16 or 19.

You can take part in work experience, in something you are interested in, to see what it’s like going to work.

You will meet with people who support you to see how your plan is going and if anything needs to be changed. New people may come to the meeting such as an adult social worker, adult health service worker or someone from the local college you may want to attend.

You can find out information on things like direct payments and independence.

At the end of year 11 you might want to:
Stay in school, go to college, get a job, or do some training.

You might do some more work experience.

You will meet with the people who support you again, to see how your plan for your future is going.

If you need an adult social worker, they may now be involved, to support you to plan for your future.

You will meet with people who support you to see how your plan is going and if anything needs to be changed. New people may come to the meeting such as an adult social worker, adult health service worker or someone from the local college you may want to attend.

You might start visits to the place you will go to next.

You might apply for jobs, training, or voluntary positions

You might do some more work experience or you might apply for jobs, training or voluntary positions.

You will meet with people who support you again, to see how your plan is going.

You might start visits to the place you will go to next and meet people who will be supporting you there.

You can leave school in year 13 or 14 and go to your new place.

Everyone involved in supporting you should make sure that information about you has been shared with
the new place you will go to when you leave school.

Your new place will use all the information to make sure you get the right help when you get there.

Everyone who supports you should have a copy of your plan so that they know what to do to help you to get to where you want to be.

Share this site