Children's Services

Special Needs Information Day 2013, Romsey

This was the 15th year of the Parent Partnership Service and Contact a Family jointly organising a Special Needs Information Day. This year’s event was held at The Mountbatten School in Romsey, and 47 exhibitors from the voluntary, commercial and statutory sectors joined us on Saturday 27 April.

Our aim in holding the Special Needs Information Days is to give families with children who have special needs, and practitioners who support those families, the opportunity to gather information about advice and services available across the county. The events are free to visitors and exhibitors.

As well as information gathering, both parents and exhibitors used the day as a networking opportunity, meeting and discussing issues with other families, exhibitors and professionals.

This year, 13 workshops and talks were held throughout the day, on which visitors could book free of charge. Demand was again high for places on most of the workshops and talks. We also offered visitors the opportunity to “drop in” to the Pathfinder Room, to find out more about the proposed changes to SEN legislation, the SE7 SEND work and to see how they could be involved in the future.

We were very pleased that The Mayor of Test Valley, Cllr Dorothy Baverstock, was able to come along to the event, and appreciated her kind letter of thanks in which she wrote: “What a great initiative for parents and carers of children and young people with special needs – I am sure that this proved a great event for those most in need in our local community. I was very impressed by the number of organisations taking part and really appreciated being taken around the various participants and receiving a full explanation – thank you.”

Our thanks go to all the exhibitors and workshop leaders for their support at this event, and in particular to Cay Byford for joining us in organising these days with us over the years.

A full report about the Special Needs Information Day 2013 is available here Microsoft Word 355kB.

We are hoping to hold our next event in October 2014 in the north of the county. Further details will be available on this webpage soon, but if you would like to be kept informed, please email, and we will include you on our email distribution list.