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Things to help you publicise the Local Offer to the people you work with

IntroductionVisualsActivitiesDigital

Introduction

In the same way that SEND is everyone’s business, so is raising awareness of Somerset’s SEND Local Offer. Parent carers tell us they wish the professionals working with them had informed them about the site sooner.

To make things easier, we have created various resources that can be used in both big events and personal conversations.  These resources aim to raise awareness about how parent carers can access the appropriate services when they need them.  They also encourage how to feedback about the Local Offer.  If you’re interested in using physical resources such as banners and giant Jenga, you can reserve them by filling in this form.

Visuals

A wide range of visual resources perfect for all your events or meetings.

Vertical Roller banners

Roller banners can be used next door to the stage, your stand/market stall, or simply in reception or a waiting room to catch people’s eye as they arrive.

Packed up they are 85cm x 11cm x 11cm

In use they are 80cm wide x 200cm tall

Vertical roller banner with SEND Partnership logo at top, description of contents of Somerset's SEND Local Offer and QR codes to go to the Local Offer website and sign up for the regular SEND News email bulletin.

Horizontal Banners

Banners can be used on fences, walls or the back of your gazebo to catch people’s eye as they arrive.  They are easiest to fix with zip ties but string or hooks can also be used, there are 7 eyelets along the top/bottom and 3 along the sides.

Packed up they are 110cm x 13cm x 13cm

In use they are 300cm wide x 100cm tall

Horizontal banner with image of children playing parachute games, and SEND Partnership branding including partners logos, and a QR code to go to the Local Offer website.

Display board

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.  It gives a view of what the Local Offer website looks like and the breadth of information and support they can find on it.  Topics are laminated and attached by Velcro so can be moved around and swapped based on audience need.

Packed up they are 92cm x 61cm x 6cm

In use they are approximately 140cm wide x 83cm tall x 20cm deep

Black fold out display boards with key parts of the Local Offer summarised and QR codes to access.

Activities

There are loads of cool ways to spread the word about the Local Offer! You can do all sorts of stuff, like have fun activities at events or print activities for children to do in waiting rooms. Let’s get the word out there!

Giant Jenga

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.  It’s 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 it is 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 .

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Local Offer Giant Jenga instructions

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.

PDF, 252 KB
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Giant Jenga and Dominoes Risk Assessment

Keeping safe whilst using Giant Jenga and Dominoes

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Giant dominoes

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.

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Local Offer Giant Dominoes instructions

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.

PDF, 157 KB
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Giant Jenga and Dominoes Risk Assessment

Keeping safe whilst using Jenga and Dominoes

DOC, 63KB

Printable paper glider

Fly the Local Offer through the sky – how far can you spread the message?  Print out a template and follow the instructions to turn a piece of A4 paper into a glider.

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Local Offer paper glider instructions

How to fold the Local Offer paper glider

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Local Offer paper glider template

Local Offer glider template - print on both sides flipping on short edge

PDF, 171 KB

Printable 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.

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Local Offer bookmark

Cut out and fold this handy origami bookmark to keep your spot in books.

PDF, 234 KB

Want to signpost parent carers to helpful books? Don’t forget Somerset Libraries have both the Somerset Autism Collection and Reading Well self-help books that cover children and young people’s mental health and long term conditions. Somerset Parent Carer Forum also have a resource library free for members to borrow from.

Digital

Files you can use to help spread awareness of our Local Offer during meetings and communications.

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.

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Local Offer Backdrop

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.

PDF, 90 KB

Email signature

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. 

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SEND email signature

Local Offer banner for use in email signatures

PDF, 156KB
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Email signature banner instructions

How to add the Local Offer banner into your email signature with screenshots

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My Important Stuff

Printable and personalised version of Somerset’s SEND Local Offer

This document gives you the opportunity to write down information about yourselves in one place. This includes people, groups and organisations that can support you. You can carry ‘My Important Stuff’ wherever you go, know who to contact and help others understand your needs.  You can download it here or or call the Contact Centre on 0300 123 2224. They will print one off and send it to you. Find out more about My Important Stuff and how to use it.

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My Important Stuff

A place to record people, groups and organisations that can support you. Know who to contact when, and help others understand your needs.

PDF, 527 KB

Last reviewed: January 12, 2024 by Gemma

Next review due: July 12, 2024

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