About us News Your June 2019 Children & Young People e-newsletter Upcoming Community Events Here at Independent Lives, we regularly run events and workshops for those in receipt of Direct Payments. If you’ve only just started receiving Direct Payments and you’re thinking about using them to employ your own staff, our ‘How to be an effective employer’ workshops are an excellent starting point. The workshop will help you to understand what your responsibilities are as an employer, how to successfully recruit support staff and how to deal with staff management. We run these workshops regularly across West Sussex and Hampshire. To find out more about the West Sussex effective employer workshops, please click here. To find out more about the Hampshire effective employer workshops, please click here* *Please note the June 12 event in Andover has been cancelled. We also are pleased to announce a new support group for West Sussex Direct Payment customers. The support group aims to allow you to share information ideas with other Direct Payment users and to help increase your confidence and knowledge around Direct Payments. To find out more about the support group, please click here. Reaching Families Summer Workshops Reaching Families is an organisation that helps to inform parents and families of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities in West Sussex. This summer, they’ll be holding their Training Roadshow workshops all over West Sussex on a variety of topics, including: Challenging Behaviour Bullying Transition to Secondary School Handling Stress and building Resilience and more. To view the full line up of workshops and find out how to book, please click here. Have you heard about the Hampshire SENDIASS service? Hampshire SENDIASS provides information and support to Children & Young People with special education needs and disabilities. SENDIASS encompasses both Support4SEND (previously provided by Hampshire County Council), and Parent Voice (operated by The Rose Road Association). The service provides a single point of contact for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and their parents and carers. You can call them on 0808 164 5504 or email them at [email protected]. To view their website, please click here. Government Holds a Consultation on Changing Places toilets The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government are consulting on their plans to increase the provision of changing places toilets. They’re proposing making changing places toilets a mandatory requirement in all building regulations. To view the full consultation, please click here. To respond to the consultation, please click here Responses must be submitted by 21 July 2019. Tell us how we’re doing! If you value the work we do and the service we provide, please consider leaving a review on our social media feeds and our Google page. With every positive review we receive, our reach expands to allow us to support even more people and continue to change peoples’ lives for the better. To leave us a Facebook review, please click here To leave us a Google review, please click here, then scroll down and click ‘write a review’. Please note, you’ll need to be logged in to Facebook and Google to leave reviews.