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Building a 'Centre for Excellence' for Disabled Children and their Families

We are working closely with Specialist Design Consultants -Gilling Dod Architects to think through what a ‘Centre of Excellence’ Building for Disabled children and their families might look like.

We want to give everyone the opportunity see some of the early design ideas, concepts and feed in their views. We also want to consult staff, parents and partners about some of the key decisions we are making about the ‘Centre of Excellence’ and what it will hopefully deliver for disabled children and families.

On the webpage is a summary of what the building potentially will be, who will use it, what workers will be based there and thoughts about location.
There are also 7 Architect documents that explore and share the following things:

  1. Main design drivers for the project, functional content, and key relationships and adjacencies.
  2. Potential arrangement concept
  3. Possible building concepts
  4. Design features and approach
  5. Design aesthetics - 'cool wall'
  6. Autism friendly interior design ideas/key rooms
  7. Potential Interior design themes 

Please click on the link to take you to the website:
Building a Centre of Excellence for Disabled Children and their families - Design Concepts

Please take some time to look at the documents and complete the short questionnaire to tell us what you think.

If you would prefer a hard copy of the questionnaire please email 


 York Mind - Young Peoples Project

Through a variety of 1:1 and group support, the young people's service aims to support people aged 13-25 who are experiencing difficulties with their mental health.  Some of the free services on offer include:

Mentoring (age 13-25)
Offering the opportunity to receive weekly 1:1 recovery focused mentoring.  Mentors assist the young people in setting goals and targets.  Sessions are over 12 weeks.

Peer Support (age 13-16)
Weekly support group for youths struggling with their emotions and mental health.  For young people interested in being part of a social and supportive group collaborating to develop strategies themselves, with a facilitator to help. 
Sessions can take up to 6 months and include external activities.

Who Can Access Young Minds?
If you are:

  • Aged between 13-25
  • Live within York and the surrounding areas
  • Are experiencing difficulties with your mental health (no diagnosis required).

For more information please contact Vicky or Rab on 01904 643364 (option 2) or at or


Max Card Discounts - New Partnership

Max Cards have signed up to a new partnership with Digital Dine!

If you have a Max Card you can sign up to their scheme and get a free Digital Dine Card, which means you can enjoy up to 50% off restaurants across the UK.  It only takes 4 easy steps to apply - 

1. Apply online here!
2. Download the Dine app form the website (, the app store or Google Play
3. 'Register a card' using the unique membership code on the email confirmation sent to you
4. Enjoy delicious food from thousands of restaurants with amazing discounts!

- Please allow 7 days for your membership code to be sent through
- This is for a digital Dine card. Please note, physical cards are not available
- If you have any queries regarding the Dine card please email


Online Safety for SEND

Online Safety for Children with special educational needs and disabilities

Childline are looking at ways to adapt resources and information on issues such as online grooming, gaming and cyberbullying to meet the specific requirements and vulnerabilities of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).  Childline would like to hear your views about: how best to meet the needs of children and young people with SEND, potential new resources and the format they should take.

If you would like to take part in the survey please click on the link here Childline or contact Abbie Gillgan at


Disability Pride Day - 3rd December 2017

The International Day of Disabled People will be held on 3rd December this year.

York Independent Living Network have secured a grant from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation to provide events and activities to celebrate the day and also Disability History Month (end Nov-end Dec).

Events and activities will include:
A Celebration event with performances and workshops by local, national and international disabled activists and artists
A Disability film festival
A Disability open art exhibition
A Disability history workshop

If you would like more information on this event please contact the York Independent Living Network (YILN) on 07752 365 297 or email them at


Disability Access Fund (DAF)

If you have a 3 or 4 year-old in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) your child’s early years setting may be eligible for a new fund to help to support your child. Please let your early years provider know as it is their responsibility to identifying eligible children. We will be encouraging providers to speak to parents who may be eligible.

From April 2017, the government will introduce the new targeted early years Disability Access Fund of £12.5m, to enable a fixed lump sum payment of £615 per eligible child per year to be paid to early years settings that are providing a free entitlement place for 3 and 4-year-olds. The fund is to support early years providers to make initial reasonable adjustments and build the capacity of their setting to support disabled children. Children with SEND who are not in receipt of DLA will be able to access support from the local SEN inclusion fund.

Children do not have to take up the full 570 hours (or 1140 hours if eligible for the 30 hours childcare) of early education they are entitled to in order to receive the DAF. Children in receipt of the DAF will be eligible where they take-up any period of free entitlement. The DAF is a one off payment. If a child splits their entitlement across more than one provider, the DAF payment can only be made to one provider and the parent must nominate which provider they would like the full DAF payment to be made to. If the child changes childcare provider within the financial year, the new setting will not receive another payment of the DAF. The new provider will need to wait until the following financial year.

Please note that four-year olds in primary school reception classes are not eligible for DAF funding. Children become eligible for free early education at different points in the year depending on when they turn 3.

CYC must check that the DAF eligibility requirements are met. We may wish to see evidence of the child’s disability living allowance award letter and keep a copy of this evidence on file.


Did you know...

There will be a special Christmas edition of the MyFIS+ newsletter coming out middle-end of November 2017.  Don't forget to look out for it!


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