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Virtual Transition Coffee Morning

02 November 2020

Transition – the process of moving from school into Adult Services – can be a daunting experience.

The Transition Coffee Morning was held in January, and was really well-received. At least fifteen parents attended and enjoyed delicious cakes (thank you, Hanbury SEAs!) whilst they listened to an informative presentation by a parent who supported their son through the experience very recently.

There was a lot of time for discussion and questions.

Not to be put off by Covid, another coffee morning was held today only this time using Microsoft Teams. Some very minor technical hitches notwithstanding, there was an incredibly useful exchange of information. Glenys Newman, from Independent Lives, talked in detail about topics which parents need to know about when making future plans – funding, employing PAs, access to services, and more. Paula Marten and Denise Howard gave their insight about different aspects of the Transition process, including the support and information available at Chailey Heritage, and how to access legal advice on matters such as Deputyship and Mental Capacity.

There weren’t any cakes on this occasion… but plans are in place for more coffee mornings, which – as well as providing information - offer a way for parents to meet and connect...even in a global pandemic.

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