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The Local Offer is a great place to find information about local events and updates from local organisations and groups, as well as up-to-date information about coronavirus and government advice. We know that not everyone will have used the Local Offer before, so here are ten quick facts to help you to get to grips with it.  

1. IRIS works with two SEND Local Offers: Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire County Council

2. Local Authorities (Councils) must have a SEND Local Offer – it's the law.  

3. The SEND Local Offer includes information about: 

  • Local activities 
  • Advice and support 
  • Accessibility 
  • Education, training and work 
  • Childcare for disabled children 
  • Transport and travel 
  • Transitioning between schools 
  • Health care

4. The SEND Local offer is broken down into easy-to-use sections and can be filtered by age range, activity or advice topic. 


5. The SEND Local Offers are accessible – with text size and colour options and Browsealoud enabled (For Nottinghamshire County Council). 


6. You can use the SEND Local Offer to create lists and download contact information for local activities and groups. By creating a free account, you can save your lists to come back to later.  


7. If you are looking to apply for the Short Breaks Offer from either the County or City council, you will access it via the SEND Local Offer. 


8. Both the City and County Councils make decisions about the Local Offers through conversations with young people, parents, carers and professionals. You can get involved through the Local Offer and see what past changes have been made as a result of consultation in the ‘You Said, We Did’ sections.  


9. Both SEND Local offers have a section for young people who are looking for advice and who want to make decisions about their lives more independently. These are great resources for learning about adulthood and the responsibilities that it brings.  


10. The SEND Local offers are free to use! 

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