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January 2024 Newsletter

Happy New Year and welcome to the January Newsletter 2024

If you know of any other families who would like to be included in the service’s newsletter and/or email list then please let us know, they do not need to be known to the service. Our newsletter and email updates currently reaches over 700 families. Please also let us know if you would like to be removed from our emails and newsletters.

Inside the Newsletter:

  • RIASS Drop in Sessions
  • Free Early Years Online Training
  • Ab Phab Careers Fair
  • Wellbeing Consultation
  • IPSEA Model Letters

RIASS Drop in Sessions

RIASS are holding drop in surgeries  on Monday’s and Friday’s at Gants Hill and Loxford. These surgeries offer a fast way for you to obtain the information and advice as appointments with the advisors on the service will be longer than usual. 

Monday we are at the new Engagement Hub on Ilford lane, IG1 2DX  from 9.30am - 2.30pm

Fridays we are at Gearies Children's Centre, Waremead Road, Gants Hill, IG2 6TF, from 9.30am - 2.30pm

We are also holding a  joint Drop-In Session with the FiND team this term at Gearies Children Centre. You be able to receive Information and Advice around SEND and the FiND team will be present to provide information and advice on a wide range of issues that impact on family life – from childcare and funding, activities for children and young people through to care and support services available. Come along to the family support drop in session and get help with a range of support for you & your family. 

Free online training for parents/carers on the Equality Act in the Early Years

The Council for Disabled Children (CDC) are hosting free training that gives an overview of the Equality Act and what parents/carers of children with SEN and Disabilities need to know. There are three sessions available on January 24th, February 8th and March 13th. You can book here via Eventbrite

Ab Phab Careers Fair

Ab Phab Youth Club are holding a careers fair for disabled young adults aged 18-35 where there will be the chance to speak to disability inclusive organisations and employers about their services and opportunities.

It is being held on Wednesday 6th March at The Vibe in Becontree Avenue, Dagenham RM8 2UT at 6.30 – 8.30pm.  For more information please contact Sarah Attawia 07830 166 731 or email:

Consultation on our new Redbridge Health & Wellbeing Strategy 2024-28

The Health and Social Care Act 2012 introduced Health and Wellbeing Boards that enabled key leaders across the health and care system to work at a strategic level to improve the health and wellbeing of the people in their area, reduce health inequalities and set the foundations for promoting the integration of services.

Our new Health & Wellbeing Strategy sets out a number of key Ambitions and Priorities over the next four years.

  • Ambition 1: Starting Well - Positive Beginnings for Babies, Children & Young People
  • Ambition 2: Living & Feeling Well - Building Resilience for Living & Wellbeing
  • Ambition 3: Caring Well - Prevention & Care of Long-term Conditions

Our consultation listening exercise is an opportunity for our residents, communities, partners and stakeholders to have their say in shaping the strategic direction of the health, wellbeing and care in the borough. As part of our consultation, we would like to get your feedback on our new draft strategy for the residents of Redbridge. 

You can find the consultation here: Health and Wellbeing strategy consultation | Let's Talk Redbridge This consultation closes on February 22nd

IPSEA Model Letters

Did you know that IPSEA have model letters that you can download and alter to fit your situation. They have templates such as “How to request an EHC Needs Assessment”, “How to complain to the LA”, “How to ask for amendments” and many many more. Take a look at their website here.