Transport SOS!SEN – Advice and Information

 Transport to school or college for children and young people with SEND

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Appealing decisions about transport | (IPSEA) Independent Provider of Special Education Advice


ISPEA claims that transport alone is not enough to go to SENDIST for

It recommends ‘If you are unhappy with your LA’s decision about your child’s transport to school, write to the transport section of your LA to ask for a copy of the policy and appeal procedures. Remember, your LA is required to publish this information and make it readily available to you as part of its Local Offer’.

It might be that if the placement is named and out of reasonable distance then it is the LA that accepted / named the placement to be the nearest suitable etc.

Citizens Advice – Free Impartial Independent Confidential Information & Advice

Are you worried about money? Do you need help claiming benefits? Do you have concerns about housing?


Citizens Advice Greenwich are holding monthly drop in advice sessions right here on your doorstep!

Numbers are limited, so arrive early!

The service is offered by supervised volunteers and is part of their training to become certified advisers.

When:           Tuesday 5th September 2023

Tuesday 3rd October 2023

Tuesday 7th November 2023

Tuesday 5th December 2023

Time:            10.00am -12.00pm

Where:         Charlton Triangle Homes, 9-10 Cedar Court, Fairlawn, Charlton, SE7 7EH

For telephone advice at other times please call: 080 8278 7965 (Freephone)

Mon:   10.00 – 1.00

Tues:   10.00 – 1.00

Wed & Thurs: 2 – 4.30

For Debt Advice

020 8309 8646

Mon: 10am – 1pm (assessment only)

Weds: 2pm – 4.30pm

For details of our other services, please visit our website. You can also submit an online enquiry at

Access Card

The Access Card (sometimes referred to as the CredAbility Card or a Nimbus Card) is a card like no other; we translate your disability/impairment into symbols that highlight the barriers you face and the reasonable adjustments you might need.

Think of it as a Disability Passport.

This then informs providers quickly and discreetly about the support you need and may gain you access to things like concessionary ticket prices and complex reasonable adjustments without having to go into loads of personal detail.

It’s all based on your rights under the Equality Act and providers’ responsibilities.

Videos for parents/carers with children who have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and those with a child on the ASD assessment pathway

The Royal Borough of Greenwich (RBG) has created this series of videos to provide information, strategies and support for families who have a child/children with a diagnosis of ASD, as well as those with a child on the ASD assessment pathway.

Families told RBG that they need more support whilst they wait for diagnosis and immediately after. The purpose of the video series is to provide families with accessible information to help parents/carers understand ASD and develop strategies to support their children.

Royal Greenwich want to ensure families in Royal Greenwich have access to the right information, at the right time.

The videos were produced with Royal Borough of Greenwich, the Greenwich Parent Carer Participation Forum, SEL ICB Greenwich, Oxleas NHS Trust and CAMHS and are being added to, so keep an eye out for additional videos on the RBG YouTube Channel Royal Greenwich – YouTube


We specialise in supporting people who have learning disabilities or autism, who may also have sight loss. Through our support, people live ambitious lives and achieve things they never thought possible, whether that’s forming more friendships and relationships, enjoying new experiences and activities or finding employment.

We encourage people with disabilities to challenge what they expect from life, from themselves and from wider society.

The people we support overcome huge barriers to achieve exciting new things every day – they challenge us all to think about what’s possible and to rethink disability.

Our self-advocacy, influencing, supported employment and digital inclusion programmes mean more people with disabilities can achieve their ambitions, while challenging assumptions, attitudes and policies.

Registered as The Royal School for the Blind, SeeAbility is one of the oldest disability charities in the UK and has pioneered specialist support for over 220 years.

Head to the website for more information.

RSE Workshops For Parents

RSE workshops for parents are run by our RSE lead, Claire Burton. In it they can find out about our curriculum, why it is taught and how to support students at home. Resources are shared to use at home to support consistent learning between home and school.

The workshop includes:

  • What is ‘RSE’?
  • Why is it important for us to teach this?
  • How are we teaching this at Charlton Park Academy?
  • Developing confidence in talking about this topic at home
  • How can we work together to support our young people?
  • Classroom learning experiences
  • Resource sharing
  • Questions

To find out more please contact Claire Burton by emailing or Sara Johnson at

We look forward to seeing you at our next workshop.

The Mayor of London’s Warmer Homes Programme

Don’t miss out. Grants of up to £25,000 are being offered by The Mayor of London to low income home-owners and private tenants living in poorly-insulated properties to help them combat rising energy bills. But residents are being urged to apply quickly before the offer closes.

The Mayor of London’s Warmer Homes programme is providing grants between (£5,000-25,000) for a range of measures including double-glazing, draught-proofing and insulation for walls, lofts and floors. Households with an income of under £20,000 after tax, national insurance and council tax or who receive qualifying benefits can apply.

Greenwich and EON Green Home Grant (up to £10,000) for a range of measures including insulation and boiler upgrades is available to households on means-tested benefits or with a gross household income under £30,000.

Grants will be given on a first-come, first-served basis and the energy-saving experts at South East London Community Energy (Selce) are urging parents and guardians to apply before the middle of this month to have the best chance of receiving the award. Selce is also providing free help to complete their applications in time. For more information please contact or 0204 566-5764 to book an appointment.

Alternatively, drop in to one of Selce’s Energy Advice Cafes for one-to-one support:

Every Monday from 10am to 3pm at the Central Library, Bexleyheath DA6 7HJ

Every Tuesday from 10am to 2.30pm at Woolwich Library, SE18 6HQ

Sign up here.

Help with the cost of living, Easy Read Info Pack

Prices are going up for lots of things like food and electricity.

The Royal Borough of Greenwich can help you if you are struggling with things like:• Benefits.
• Housing.
• Health.
• Finding a job.

You can look at our website for support here:

You can call Live Well Greenwich free
on 0800 470 4831

You can email us at:

Let us know how you are coping

To see the full info pack click here.

Updated Greenwich Wheelchair Services Contact Details

Dear all,

Following a period of change in the provision of Greenwich wheelchair services, I wanted to just update you with the new details for the service. It’s generally useful to contact me if you have any concerns regarding a complex wheelchair, but for basic repairs or a referral to the service, this can be done through the following contact details:

0203 045 5100 (Inspire’s main number) press option 4 for the Wheelchair Service
01322 520560 press option 4 for the Wheelchair Service
Approved Repair Service for the Wheelchair Service – 01322 520 570

The above details are also available on their website

Kind regards,

Brinda Assi
Highly Specialist Children’s Physiotherapist
Charlton Park Academy School (Tuesdays and Thursdays) and Willow Dene School (Wednesdays)
Please note I work Tuesday-Thursday only.

Children’s Physiotherapy Department
Greenwich Community Health Services
Goldie Leigh
Lodge Hill
Abbey Wood
Tel: Central Admin: 0208 836 8621.
Direct: 07767 732725 (Phone / SMS / WhatsApp)

The Best Activities For Autistic Children in London

It is estimated that around 700,000 people in the UK have a diagnosis of autism and that one in 100 children in the UK have a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder.

Thankfully London is an incredibly accommodating city with plenty of fun and friendly options for families with autistic children.

To see our list of things to do CLICK HERE.

Greenwich Citizens Advice Service Contact Times

Click below to see the full table of Greenwich Citizens Advice Service contact times from April 2022.

Client Service Schedule From 1st April 2022

Mayor of London’s Cost of Living Hub

The Mayor of London has launched a new Cost of Living Hub for Londoners facing financial hardship, as a result of spiralling inflation, increases in National Insurance and Council Tax, and the lifting of the energy price cap. The hub helps Londoners access information, support and advice about claiming benefits, dealing with debt, financial management and mental health support.

To explore the hub, please visit

The content on the hub will be developed and updated as we bring online further help and advice in the coming months. If you have feedback or suggestions on the hub, please contact