In the same way that SEND is everyone’s business, raising awareness of Somerset’s SEND Local Offer is also everyone’s business. Parent carers tell us they wish the key professionals working with them had signposted them to the site earlier.
To help with this we have developed a variety of resources that can be used in both large scale events and 1:1 conversations to raise awareness of how parents and carers can access the right service at the right time and to know how to feedback about the Local Offer. Physical resources listed below like the banners and giant Jenga can be booked by filling in this form.
Some of the most commonly asked questions or viewed pages are summarised with QR codes to take people straight to the page if they scan with their mobile. The frames can be stood up on tables to give some height to your display, or placed strategically behind the sign in sheet or tray of biscuits on the refreshments table. A4 frames for popular topics. You can also make these yourself or print out and stick on noticeboards using the popular topics presentation.
Some people don’t like taking paper leaflets or business cards and so we also have the electronic version where they can scan the QR code; to either add the Local Offer as a contact in their telephone, send an email with the weblink or post to Facebook, in an A5 frame.
The Giant Jenga can be used on a stand/market stall, or simply as an activity for a group. Playing Jenga is a bit like trying to navigate your way through the SEND system, in particular finding the right information to help you help yourself. Its a great conversation starter for example talking about the areas of information we have as each brick is pulled out and a conversation started about the topic its labelled with – QR codes can take people straight to that page if they’re interested. There are a few blank blocks give a chance to talk about what you struggle to find. It comes with some display signs and a set of conversation topics and accessibility considerations.
Packed up it is 45 x 20 x 32 cm; 14.5 kg, each block being 17.4 x 5.8 x 4.5 cm
In use it starts at 17.4 x 17.4 x 90 cm but needs about 4m² floorspace .
The rules of Local Offer Jenga are as laid back as you need them to be. The aim is to have fun and learn about the breadth of information available in one place. Use the conversation topics to keep everyone talking and interested, some ideas for adjustments you can make for accessibility.
The Giant Dominoes can be used on a stand/market stall, or simply as an activity for a group. Playing dominoes keeps children occupied whilst you talk to adults. It also gives a bit of a conversation starter about the breadth of information available on the Local Offer – QR codes can take people straight to that menu if they’re interested.
Packed up it is 14 x 7 x 38 cm; 1.8 kg, each block being 13 x 6.3 x 1.2 cm
In use it needs about 4m² floorspace.
The rules of Local Offer Dominoes are as laid back as you need them to be. The aim is to have fun and learn about the breadth of information available in one place. Use the conversation topics to keep everyone talking and interested.
Colouring and activity sheets
Black and white pdfs with mixture of line drawings for colouring in and wordsearches. Use as a handout for people to take away or as an activity for children and young people to be kept occupied whilst you talk to parent carers. Some can also be a conversation starter about the breadth of information available on the Local Offer – QR codes can take people straight to that menu if they’re interested.
Key topics of information with pictures for children to colour and QR codes for parent carers to find further information
- Local Offer colouring sheets – bonus Easter edition
- Local Offer colouring sheets – bonus Diwali edition
- Local Offer colouring sheets – bonus Halloween edition
- Local Offer colouring sheets – bonus Hanukkah edition
- Local Offer colouring sheets – bonus Christmas edition
Word searches listing key topics of information and QR codes to find further information
Page keeper or bookmark
Books can be a helpful tool providing guidance on a parent carers journey. They can be easy to get lost in too, so a handy bookmark or page keeper can help you keep track, whilst reminding where and what Somerset’s SEND Local Offer is.
Want to signpost parent carers to helpful books? Don’t forget Somerset Libraries have both the Somerset Autism Collection as well as Reading Well self-help books that cover amongst other things children and young peoples mental health and long term conditions. Somerset Parent Carer Forum also have a resource library free for members to borrow from.
Use the slides (with detailed notes pages) to explain to people what the Local Offer is and how to feedback.
Feedback received during 2022 website upgrade and what we changed as a result, with examples in use. Slides autoplay and loop so great for use on conference screens during lunchbreaks, or on waiting room screens. Instructions included for how to only show the example relevant to your area.
MSTeams or Zoom call backdrop
To set your backdrop in MSTeams during a call click on Background filters just below your video image. Select Add new and then select the jpeg from where you saved it (probably downloads folder) to upload.
To set your backdrop in Zoom during a call click on More in the controls. Select Background and Effects and choose + to add a new image and then select the jpeg from where you saved it (probably downloads folder) to upload. Select Close after selecting the background to return to the meeting.
Note, don’t panic if it looks backwards, it will be the right way round for people on the call.
A backdrop to use on MSTeams or Zoom calls to promote and show the service you offer is part of Somerset's SEND Local Offer.
Put the Local Offer banner in your email signature to remind people how to find information about SEND services.
In Microsoft Outlook go to File > Options > Mail > Signatures. In the ‘Signatures and Stationary’ panel, click on the image button to add an image. Find the SEND email signature image from your files and click ‘Insert’ . Once you have inserted the image, select the image by clicking on it, then click on the hyperlink button. Next, enter the URL https://www.somerset.gov.uk/local-offer into the box labelled address and click ok. Finally, click ok to close the remaining pop up window. You may need to reselect your signature the first time you use it.
How to add the Local Offer banner into your email signature with screenshots