Bristol City Council is asking parents, carers, professionals alongside children and young people with sensory needs in the west of England to share their views about how to improve support for them and their family.
The consultation is open until 4 December 2019 and can be accessed through the Bristol City Council's consultation hub and all four Local Offer websites.
Feedback from the consultation will inform the redesign of the Sensory Support Service, accessed by children and young people with hearing, visual or multi-sensory impairments.
The Sensory Support Service is part of the South West’s Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) provision. Bristol City Council manages the Sensory Support Service for the joint local authority areas: Bristol, North Somerset, Bath and North East Somerset (BANES) and South Gloucestershire.
In 2018, the joint authorities ran a stakeholder engagement survey, coordinated by North Somerset County Council, as well as engagement events in the four areas. Views given in the survey have been incorporated into proposals outlined in the consultation which aims to improve local support for children and young people with sensory impairments.
Five proposals to redesign the Sensory Support Service provision have been put forward for public consultation:
Drop in sessions for parents, carers and young people
The council will be running drop-in consultation events during October and November 2019. These events will be an opportunity to ask questions about the proposals and provide feedback. At each event there will be access to translation and interpretation services, British Sign Language Communicators, scribes and the online consultation via Council laptops.
Bristol: Thursday 24 October 13:00 – 17:00
Sensory Support Service
Bristol BS10 6AY
North Somerset: Monday 28 October 11:00 – 13:00
North Somerset: Wednesday 13 November 11:00 – 13:00
South Gloucestershire: Monday 28 October 15:00 – 17:00
Orchard Room at Baileys Court
Baileys court Rd
BS32 8 BH
South Gloucestershire: Wednesday 13 November 15:00 – 17:00
Armadillo Youth Café at Yate Shopping Centre
Yate Town Council
BANES: Wednesday 06 November 13:00 – 17:00
Royal British Legion
BANES: Wednesday 13 November 08:30 – 12:30
Royal British Legion