SPCC: first SEN Champions Awards

SPCC were delighted to announce the first SPCC awards for ‘SEN Champions’. These awards were nominated by SPCC members for anyone who went above and beyond the call of duty to support families and children with Special Educational Needs/Disabilities.

SPCC would like to thank you and offer congratulations to all the recipients of the ‘SEN Champions Award’: Alison, Heather, Barbara, Sophia, Tanya, Tony, Peta, Linda, Carol, Michael, Raz and Sam.

SPCC will hold a yearly SEN Champions Awards ceremony and you – our members – will be able to nominate who you think has gone that extra mile to support you or your family. Your votes will decide who gets to take home a SEN Champions Awards; we will be asking SPCC members for nominations early in 2016.

SPCC AWARDS

Michael Charalambous , Sam Penny , Raz Paris – Southwark Play Service Transport Team nominated by Sandra Lempkowska

In times when many parents experience problems with transport, my son and other children in Eagle House School, have been lucky to have an amazing transport team.

Travel can be very problematic and traumatic for children with autism. But they are not just aware of challenges but also our children characters and abilities.

The team goes the extra mile to make sure that our children are happy and our life as parents a little bit easier.

Tanya Easter – SENCO from Dulwich Village Infants School nominated by Jenny Ringo

She has worked tirelessly for many years to try and provide the best support for all children with SEND at the school

Sophia Stewart – teacher from Highshore School nominated by Dorah Naisubi

Why:  She is Jonathan (my son’s Class/Group Teacher.  Sophia is helpful and has been so helpful during a severe crisis we had recently!  We continue to work together with a renewed understanding and co-operation, to help Jonathan learn.

Tony East – Taxi Driver, nominated by Alison Miles

I’m nominating Tony because, over the past 2-3 years, he’s gone beyond the call of duty to cancel pick ups for me, collect Ellen from school when she’s sick and needs to come home, and help her into the house, when I’m not there to meet her Tony’s been there for us at a particularly difficult time, and offering to drive my son to school between jobs, and provide a ‘listening ear’.  An absolute ‘diamond geezer’ and our ‘family champion’

Barbara Kavanagh – Learning support Assistant from Walworth Academy, nominated by Alison Miles

Barbara has been working with Ellen for two years now, and has become a firm friend and ally, supporting her to share her thoughts and feelings, and achieve her best at school.  Ellen has grown in confidence, thanks to Barbara’s input, and is now in a position to think about the future and help shape her new EHC Plan.

Peta Smith – Adults Services Commissioning Manager (All Age Disabilities), nominated by Heather and Sandra

For working in partnership with SPCC.

Heather and Alison, SPCC members (previously Chair and Treasurer), nominated by the whole SPCC steering group

For outstanding and tireless voluntary input into making the SPCC a successful parent carer forum.

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