Have Your Say
We are always keen to hear from residents in East Sussex that want to provide their insight to the design on ISEND services and provision.
Below is a list of ways that you can contribute.
To see how we have already used service user insight to improve services, visit our page:
Become a Young SEND Ambassador
About the Young SEND Ambassadors
The Young SEND Ambassadors are a group of young people who represent and advocate for young people with special educational needs and disabilities. They meet a couple of times a month to discuss their thoughts and views that help to create change, ensuring that the youth voice is at the heart of ISEND services.
Projects for the Ambassadors
Previous projects have involved:
- Being involved in recruiting staff at East Sussex County Council
- Reviewing i-go providers across the county
Current participation projects:
- We are currently updating our SEND Strategy which is intended to guide the council’s SEND priorities over the next few years. We’re working together with children and young people and parent carers to plan and write this strategy
Upcoming projects include:
- Attending the Children and Young People’s Trust Event to champion their youth voice
- Being involved in commissioning and budget decisions within ISEND
The group also offers the opportunity to meet other young people who have experienced being involved within the SEND community.
Becoming a Young SEND Ambassador
To find out more about becoming a Young SEND Ambassador, please email:
You can also find us on Instagram, at Inspirable_es, for more information on the type of projects that are included. You can visit our Instagram by clicking the link below:
Other SEND Youth Groups
There are various other SEND Youth Groups across East Sussex that children and young people can get involved with. The list below details a few SEND specific youth groups in East Sussex:
- Amazing Future Youth Group provides peer support for young people (aged 14-25) with additional needs in East Sussex and Brighton and Hove. Visit their website to find out more.
- Funky Teens are a group of young people (aged 13-19) with additional needs who get together every other Saturday from 2.30-5.30pm in Heathfield. Visit their website to find out more.
- Nik Naks Youth Group are a youth group for young people (aged 19-24) with mild to moderate learning disabilities on Monday evenings in Eastbourne. Visit their website to find out more.
- Chailey Heritage Foundation provides education and support for children and young people with special educational needs. They offer lots of different services for children, young people, and their families. Visit their website to find out more.
You can also visit the East Sussex Local Offer SEND specific directory, on 1Space, which lists various other services that give children and young people a chance to get involved. You can visit the directory by clicking the link below:
Please note: all links within this section open the websites in a new tab.
East Sussex Parent Carer Forum (ESPCF)
The East Sussex Parent Carer Forum (ESPCF) is a forum for parent carers of Children and Young People with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in East Sussex. Working together, they aim to ensure that every parent carer in East Sussex feels that their voice, their views and their experiences matter and contribute towards developing and improving services.
To find out more, visit the ESPCF website by clicking the link below:
Suggest a Service
As we continue to monitor and populate services listed on the East Sussex Local Offer section of our 1Space directory, you are able to suggest services that you think would benefit others who are in similar situations to know about.
If you would like to suggest a service to be listed on our directory, you can do so following the below link:
Alternatively, you can send us an email at:
East Sussex Local Offer Feedback
Input from users of the Local Offer is vital in shaping the website as we aim to make it as accessible, informative and useful as possible. Whether you have any thoughts, suggestions or queries with ways in which you think the East Sussex Local Offer could be improved, you can contact us directly by emailing us at:
Alternatively, you can take part in our survey. This provides a further opportunity to give feedback on both the things you like about the website and the areas you think could be improved. This can be accessed by clicking the link below:
Glossary of East Sussex SEND Terms
Some of the terms used on this website are explained on our page, 'Glossary of East Sussex SEND Terms':