Vacancy:    Learning Mentor - 30.58 hours per week 

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Thriftwood School & College are asking for the support and understanding of everyone in order to help minimise the risk of COVID-19.

Thriftwood continues to take guidance from Public Health England.  

We apologise for not being able to give you our usual warm welcome, but we must take the current situation very seriously and look after the welfare of our pupils and staff. With that in mind, we are following the guidelines and will only be accepting external visitors who provide a professional service for our young people (e.g. social workers and healthcare professionals). Unfortunately at this time, we are unable to offer prospective parental visits. However, please visit the virtual tours on the school and college sites respectively. 

If you have any questions, please contact us via email to: - or

Please click HERE to visit the news page for more information.

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Chelmer Housing Partnership New Customer Review Panel (CHP)

The Customer Review Panel will be a panel of customers and non-customers who scrutinise CHP’s performance and hold us to account. They will present a customer perspective and voice on our operations, and make recommendations to our Board.

At CHP, we’d love to get the perspective of diverse groups involved, and we are particularly keen to get younger residents involved in the panel. Parents joining the Customer Review Panel would give us insight into how our homes are working for their families, and would really help us to make sure we grow and operate in ways that benefit our customers.

The panel is by interview, so any interested candidates would have to submit an expression of interest form and then sit an interview.

Volunteering on the panel is an excellent opportunity for meeting new people, influencing our services and having a say in their communities. Additionally, all members of the panel will receive training in various things such as scrutiny, report writing, and analysis – skills that will be useful for a CV or professional development in general.

Commitment will be a minimum of 4 meetings a year. Expenses incurred for attending meetings can be covered by CHP – including things such as childcare or transport to meetings. We will make sure that panel members have the equipment necessary for joining meetings, which for the time being will be virtual.

CHP are a social housing provider in Essex, if you would like to take part in CHP's new Customer Review Panel please click HERE to access the expression of interest form.

FAQ's can be found by clicking HERE

Covid 19 - Videos

Explaining the Tier system in England 
This video is for people with learning disabilities to help them understand about the tier system in place in England.
It describes what you can and can’t do. Click HERE

Making Friends with your Face Mask
This video is for people with learning disabilities to help them understand why wearing a face mask is important, how to find a face mask that suits them
and how to get used to wearing it. Click HERE

Supporting a person with a learning disability to wear a face mask 
This video is for family members or carers of people with learning disabilities to help them understand why wearing a face mask is important,
how to find a face mask that suits the person they support and how to help them  get used to wearing it.   Click HERE

Christmas Bubbles – explaining the coronavirus rules over Christmas 2020  
This video is for people with learning disabilities to help them understand the rules on Christmas bubbles over the Christmas period.  Click HERE

Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 4 Transition

Please find below a transition booklet and a link to a virtual tour of the College

Transition Booklet (KS3 to KS4 only)

Transition Video

Virtual Tour

POET - Personal Evaluation Outcome Tool

HAVE YOUR SAY...Share your experiences of SEN and EHCP support and help improve services in Essex.

• Do you receive Special Educational Needs (SEN) support for a special educational  need or disability?

• Do you have an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP)?

• Are you a parent, carer or practitioner with children or  young people who have   an EHCP or SEN support?

If the answer is YES, we’d love to hear your thoughts through the POET survey!  It takes just ten minutes to complete.

Click HERE to see the poster

and click HERE to visit the site

Essex Family  Forum

We are a group of parents and carers of children and young people with disabilities and additional needs aged 0-25 who are passionate about empowering parents and influencing the decisions that affect our families.  For more details, including membership (which is FREE), please click HERE for the flyer.

Would you like to have your say?...

Action for Children are inviting Essex children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities to take part in ‘Have your Say’ a survey where they can answer one, two or three questions about their experiences and leave a review via a ‘smiley face score’ from 1 to 4, or a written comment to tell us about a club or activity.   

Click HERE for the link to the survey.

Giving Machine

It’s so easy to generate free cash donations for us just by shopping online via TheGivingMachine

Please click HERE for the flyer

Please see attached flyer about the ENRICH Project with guest speaker Javed Moore



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