7 January 2021

News For SEND Families From The Manchester Local Offer

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Due to the rapidly changing situation, we’re making this a Lockdown special. Please get in touch if you can’t find the information you need. Don’t forget, our Coronavirus Advice & Information on the Local Offer website tells you about organisations and services that offer a range of support at this difficult time.


The Local Offer Team


Email: localoffer@manchester.gov.uk

0161 234 1946

Local Offer Coronavirus Advice & Information

Twitter: Manchester Local Offer @MCRLocalOffer



January Virtual Drop In

Local Offer January Drop In

Our next Virtual Drop In is on Wednesday 13th January, 10am-12 noon. See here for local services taking part who will be on call during this time to help.

Coronavirus Updates


National Lockdown: Stay At Home

Coronavirus cases are rising rapidly across the country. Here are Government guidelines on what you can and cannot do.


Guidance On Shielding

The Government has updated their COVID-19 guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable. You can see the guidance here, including an easy read version.


Education & Learning


What Parents & Carers Need To Know

Government information for parents and carers about going back to schools, nurseries and colleges in January 2021.


Guidance For Special Schools & Settings

Recently updated Government guidance on what all special schools and other specialist settings need to do during the coronavirus outbreak.


Foundation Years Resource Hub

This resource hub includes all the latest policy announcements, Government guidance, and free resources relating to early years provision during the COVID-19 outbreak.



Home Learning Resources

A-Z of Sensory Learning Activities: Special Education & Inclusive Learning’s A-Z has lots of ideas for sensory activities, like play with foil and material.


ChatterPack – Free SEND Resources: ChatterPack is a voluntary-run, special educational needs and disabilities hub with free SEND resources for families and schools.


Healthy Schools Manchester: Primary and secondary health and wellbeing challenges, like 'Draw Yourself Sunshine' and 'Happy Place'.


Home Learning For Visually Impaired Children: Henshaws have put together a range of activities including quiz-making, baking and storytelling to help make learning at home fun. Explore their ideas here


SEND Technological Resources: Information on SEND technological resources to aid learning at home.


Child in woods

Sensory & Messy Play Activities: Empowering Little Minds has four free weeks of Parent & Teacher Support and Sensory & Play Training guidance, as well as Sensory & Messy Play Activities for children with SEND.


Sensory Dispensary: Free resources created by two SEND teachers, aimed at children with profound and multiple learning difficulties.  


Sensory Projects: A bank of FREE resources from Sensory Projects for those looking for activities to do whilst staying home and staying safe.


Skills for Life Manchester: The SEND Independent Living Resource is a great way of helping young people to identify and practise areas at home where they may need help. See the library blog for more information and links to useful resources.


Special Needs Jungle Resources: SEND resources for learning at home, as well as coronavirus information.


Ways to Learn Through Play: This SEN Resources blog has short You Tube videos on different ways to learn through play, like activities with leaves and collecting rain.

For more activities to do at home, see ‘Stuff To Do’

on our Coronavirus Advice & Information page, including

storytelling, kids yoga, arts and crafts, and music-making.


Local Helplines


Manchester City Council has a dedicated helpline to help residents cope at this time. It can help with a range of needs, including delivery of food and medication, and managing fuel top-up payments. Call 0800 234 6123 on Monday to Friday between 9am-5pm. Otherwise, text 078600 22876 and your message will be responded to by the next working day. The Council also has a coronavirus information hub.


Carers Manchester Logo

Carers Manchester Contact Point phone line - 0161 543 8000 (10am - 4pm Monday to Friday) is now open again after the Christmas break. Please do not hesitate to contact them if you are an unwaged carer in Manchester and you have any queries, from carers assessments to benefits advice and more.


Libraries In Lockdown

Longsight Library

Following national lockdown restrictions, Manchester Libraries have temporarily reduced their range of services. They still have a huge range of online services, including e-books, digital magazines and newspapers, virtual story-times and craft sessions. Check the website for more details.


Vaccine Priority For Carers


Unwaged carers have been included in the publication of new COVID vaccination advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). It recommends that carers who are in receipt of Carer’s Allowance or are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person (child or adult), should be included in Priority list 6 alongside people with underlying health conditions. 


To ensure you are recognised as a carer during the ongoing roll out of COVID-19 Vaccinations, it’s vital that you are registered as a carer with your GP. Please note that vaccinations are by invitation only, you will be contacted by your GP when you are eligible to receive one. Visit Carers Manchester website blog for some frequently asked questions about the coronavirus vaccine.


Your Emotional Wellbeing


At this challenging time, you or members of your family may need some support. Take a look at the list of services under ‘Emotional & Mental Wellbeing’ on our Coronavirus Advice & Information page. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please get in touch and we’ll do our best to help.


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