About us News Your February 2020 Children and Young People newsletter Be a Trustee for Independent Lives Independent Lives is looking to grow our Board and are now recruiting people with experience and passion in the following sectors: legal, social care, media/marketing, finance and HR. We also always want to hear from people with lived experience, so if you have support needs or are a carer do get in touch. This is your opportunity to work alongside a vibrant and diverse group of Trustees and be an integral part of the team. If you would like to make a real difference to a local charity supporting local disabled people to live independently, then we would love to hear from you! You can find more information and detailed role descriptions for current vacancies on our website here. Five-year investment plan to go before Full Council Five-year investment plan to go before Full Council Members will decide whether to approve next year’s budget at the Full Council meeting being held at County Hall, Chichester, on Friday 14 February. Additional funding for older and younger residents, funding for improvements to the Fire and Rescue Service, road schemes, and projects to generate income in future years, are just some of the proposals being presented to a West Sussex County Council budget meeting next week. They will review the budget proposals which not only balance the budget for the coming year, but also cover the costs of an increasing demand for services. Members of the public are welcome to attend the meeting which starts at 10.30am. The meeting can also be watched online. For further information about the council’s financial position visit their website. Free digital online safety sessions for parents and carers Sign up to one of the free events for parents and carers to learn how to keep children safe online start this month to raise awareness for Safer Internet Day. The Community Safety and Wellbeing team are delivering the digital online safety sessions, offering tips and advice on how to keep children safe online, including: What children are doing online Identifying risks children may face online Showing available help, support and resources How to report concerns There will also be useful resources and the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about your child’s internet safety. To find your nearest session and register, visit Eventbrite. Consultations on proposed changes to three small West Sussex schools are currently running An initial consultation at the end of last year looked at options for five schools: if they should remain as they are, federate with neighbouring or nearby schools, merge with neighbours, be relocated or close. As a result of the feedback and West Sussex County Council’s own impact assessments, the following proposals are now being consulted on for three schools: Relocation of Warninglid Primary School and the federation of the school by September 2021. This school is not being considered for closure Closure of Clapham and Patching C of E Primary School by September 2020, whilst supporting the school as it continues to discuss academisation proposals Closure of Rumboldswhyke C of E Infant School, effective September 2020 WSCC has a strategy to ensure education across the county is of a consistently high standard for all children and, at the same time, to make sure schools offer a broad curriculum, attract pupils from the local community and are of sufficient size to be financially viable in the future. The three schools were identified under these criteria. Public events will be held for each school, giving parents/carers and staff the chance to ask questions. Click on the links below to take you to each consultation page so you can give your views... Clapham & Patching C of E Primary School – public event takes place on Wednesday 12 February 2020: 6.30pm at The Angmering School Warninglid Primary School – public event takes place on Thursday 27 February 2020: 6.30pm at the school itself Rumboldswhyke C of E Infant School – public event takes place on Tuesday 3 March 2020: 6.00pm at The Assembly Rooms, Chichester The closing date for all of these consultations is Monday 16 March 2020. Did you know we offer free training? At Independent Lives, we offer free Skills for Care funded training for Personal Assistants working with adults. The subjects available are Basic First Aid, Manual Handling & Medication. Each attendee will also receive a training workbook in Safeguarding Adults and Infection Control. All of our training dates are available to book via our website. These will be in Hampshire and other areas in West Sussex. To find out more about the free training we offer please click here. To view all our free training courses please click here.