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SEND Hub

Children & young people with SEND and their families may be facing additional challenges right now. If you, or someone you know needs help or support, please contact our SEND Hub on 0161 217 6028, choose Option 2.

The Hub was launched in May 2020 and offers support and advice to families and a central point of contact so families can discuss any concerns they may have about their child from birth to 25 years old.

Once families have shared their concerns, the SEND Hub team will work with them to provide support or signpost them to the best support options, guidance and available information.

The SEND Hub is open to anyone, including carers and professionals. It is part of the council's 'early help' support structure.

The SEND Hub is in addition to other new services the Council and its partners have launched to support residents during this difficult time. If you are or know anyone who might benefit from any of the services, then please spread the word.

• Coronavirus Helpline – 0161 217 6046 to provide support to vulnerable residents (Monday to Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday and Bank Holidays 10am-4pm)

• Emotional Wellbeing Hub – 0161 217 6028 to provide emotional wellbeing support for younger residents up to the age of 25

• The Big White Wall – The Big White Wall provides 24/7 anonymous support through a mental health online service

• Open Door – 0800 138 7267 to provide emotional support, practical advice, guidance and telephone support for residents with mental health needs over the age of 18

• Shout – is a 24/7 crisis text service for when people need immediate support. Text 'SHOUT' to 85258 and you will be put in contact with a trained Crisis Volunteer

• SilverCloud – SilverCloud offers free online therapy for all Greater Manchester residents to help with stress, anxiety, low mood and depression

• Kooth – Kooth offers free online counselling and emotional wellbeing support to all children and young people aged 11-18 in Greater Manchester.

These services are complementing services such as the Stockport Health Visiting and School Nursing Helpline on 0161 835 6789 for families of children aged 0-16.

Stockport SEND, inclusion teams, health visiting, school nursing, and therapy services are still working alongside families, schools and educational settings. They are offering help and advice when needed on issues affecting the SEND community during this challenging period, such as:

• Strategies to manage changes to routine
• Challenging or changing sleep patterns
• Supporting home learning
• Behaviour
• Communication
• Children and young people with hearing and visual needs
• Diet concerning SEND
• Transitional back to school
• Sensory issues