News from ESPaCC for July 2015
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15 July 2015

Changes to School transport

ESPaCC are hosting two information events presented by staff from East Sussex County Council on 10 September 2015
Morning - St Elisabeth's Church, Eastbourne - 10am - 12md
Afternoon - Crowborough Community Centre - 1pm - 3pm


What do you think about proposed changes to travel support for pre-school and post-16 students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)?
  • Post 16 and pre-school transport is discretionary
  • Costs need to be cut, and there will be changes
  • There are four possible proposals, and any combination of these proposals will be considered
Want to know more before you have your say on the East Sussex County Council consultation form? Then come to one of these sessions and find out more about the changes, and there will be chance to ask questions.  To book a place please fill in our booking form.  Please pass this on to friends who will be affected too.
New Wheelchair service
We are pleased to inform you that from July 2015, Millbrook Healthcare will be providing NHS Wheelchair Services in East Sussex on behalf of:

NHS Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford Clinical Commissioning Group
NHS Hastings & Rother Clinical Commissioning Group
NHS High Weald Lewes Havens Clinical Commissioning Group

The implementation of the new service is staggered as follows:
• For those people who were receiving a service from East Sussex Health Care NHS Trust (ESHT), the new service went live on 1st July
• For people currently receiving a service from Sussex Community NHS Trust (SCT), SCT will continue to provide a service until the go live date of 8th July and all communications should continue to be directed to SCT on 01273 242156 / 7.

The contact details for the new NHS Wheelchair Service will be:
Wheelchair Service Tel: 0333 003 5619
Wheelchair Fax: 0333 003 5623
Wheelchair E-mail:

Calls to the above 03 numbers cost no more than a normal call rate to an 01 or 02 number and are included within any call package minutes in the same way as 01 and 02 calls.

The NHS Wheelchair Service in East Sussex will operate from the following address:
NHS Wheelchair Service, Millbrook Healthcare, Unit 8 & 9, Alder Close, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN23 6QF
The Local Offer - Volunteers needed!

Part of the SEN reforms mean that the Health Service departments have to provide "offers" giving some key information about their service.  Basically they answer a series of questions.

We need to have some parents/ carers evaluate some of these the offers before they are published, preferably people who have used the service.  Each offer would probably take about forty minutes.  You choose how many you want to do.

Let us know if you could give up a bit of your time for this valuable exercise by emailing Kerry at We will then send you more details.

Many thanks - this really goes to the heart of co-production and your feedback will be valued.

Appreciation Awards
Do You Know A Professional That Deserves This Award? - The latest awards have been sent to the recipients, find out who on our website 

Don't forget if you know a professional who you think should receive an award, fill in the form and submit and we send them an award and add them to the page.

Families and Schools Together
Before we break up for the summer holidays, East Sussex Parent and Carers' Council (ESPaCC) would like to let you know about a new and exciting project which will be starting in the autumn term.

We will be setting up termly opportunities for parents/carers, SENCOs and professionals to come together to share information about a wide variety of topics which are meaningful to families and their children/young people with additional needs and or disabilities. The group is called Families and Schools Together (FaST).

Next term you will receive more information regarding FaST. We hope you will find it interesting and feel compelled to join us in our new venture. For more information register your interest on our website.

In the meantime, have a wonderful summer break!

We hope that you all enjoy the summer break! 

Other information

  • Membership - Don't forget to submit your membership forms via the website or directly to
  • Forthcoming training - Coming soon... A rescheduled Health event, Stage two training in September and One page profiles.  Keep checking our website for dates and share with friends who might be interested. 
  • Rights in Reality - Mathieson v SSWP – another Supreme Court win for disability rights
  • NEWSFLASH: Minster announces extension of transfer times - Today in a speech to the Association of Directors of Children's Services Conference Minister Edward Timpson announced that the Government will extend the maximum timescale for transferring individual statements from 16 to 20 weeks, matching the timescale for new assessments. This will take effect from 1 September 2015. The Minister will be writing to Directors of Children's Services next week with further information about how this change will take effect.
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