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31st Mar 2015

Adviza has supported over 240 young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) on the Empowering Families project. The project targeted parents and carers of SEND young people who have a realistic chance of progressing from full-time education to employment or training. 

Funding for this two year project, which came to an end on 31st March 2015, was awarded to Reachfor partners by the Department of Education. As well as webchat and telephone support, Adviza provided face-to-face information, advice and guidance to SEND young people in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire to help them make a successful transition.

The following gives a flavour of the work undertaken and the impact it has had:

“Christopher was referred to me by a colleague in a local college. Christopher was unable to continue onto the next level of his course due to low functional skills and was having to leave the college. He had an interview lined up for a relevant part time job, so I supported him with interview skills and techniques which he used to help him get the job. I then went on to support Christopher and the family with information, advice and guidance. Christopher is now with a local training provider doing Functional Skills alongside his part time job to help him reach his ultimate job goal.”

“Robert, who was statemented for Autism, also had mental health issues which affected his attendance at school. He had stayed on to the 6th form of his mainstream school but then decided to leave as he felt he would not be able to pass the courses he had started.  I worked with Robert to try and develop a future focus rather than concentrating on his past difficulties. We looked at sources of vacancies as well as registering with the National Apprenticeship website. After several applications Robert finally commenced an administrative apprenticeship in Reading. This really boosted his self-esteem and gave him confidence that he could after all be successful in employment and training.”


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