We have joined up with the Pre-school Learning Alliance and the Southend-on-Sea Borough Council Early Years SEN Team to offer a new service of Family Support Workers for Social Communication Needs to parents in A Better Start areas. Offering support and advice such as telephone guidance, home visits and accompanying to appointments, this new small team come with personal experience of parenting children with social and communication needs in the local area.

Their experience as parents alongside their professional training they have received will enable them to help you in the best way possible. The project offers a range of support, including home and community visits, a peer support service, telephone/email contact, signposting, information and advice and offers a flexible service to best meet the family’s needs.

This project is for parents in ABSS areas whose child is currently on the Multidisciplinary Assessment waiting list and who are concerned about their child’s development in (at least) two of these areas: communication; interaction; imaginative play.

If you are interested in the service or have any questions, please contact Helen Smith-Vicary on 07918 223834 or email helenvicary@southend.gov.uk (working hours 8am-5pm Mon, Tue, Thurs, Fri)

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