SEND Local Offer website launch event success

Published: 28 Jan 2020


The launch of the new and improved Local Offer website for Hertfordshire on Tuesday (21 January) was a great success, with over 200 parents, carers and professionals attending the event in Watford.  

The Local Offer lets parents, carers, young people and professionals know what special education needs and disability (SEND) services are available in Hertfordshire and who can access them. Over the last year we’ve been on an exciting journey working together with families and SEND professionals to rebuild and improve the website.

The event provided an opportunity to bring the Local Offer to life by showcasing some of the SEND organisations featured on the website, that offer support and advice to families and professionals across the county. More than fifteen organisations attended, alongside representatives from our SEND specialist teams, YC Hertfordshire and the Money Advice Unit.

You can find more information about the launch, the organisations that were there and any workshops that took place on the day at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/localofferwebsitelaunch Please feel free to share this page with any friends and family who may be interested.

Anne Ross, Founder and Director of the Hertfordshire based ADD-vance ADHD and Autism Trust, said of the new Local Offer website;

“Anything which makes it easier for people to access information is worthwhile and the new (Local Offer) site is much better at that. Many people don't even know that Hertfordshire has a Local Offer, so this event and the great publicity which went with it, will undoubtedly help promote its use further.

“Finding your way around the site is much easier too which is a great plus point!

Teresa Heritage, Executive Member for Children, Young People and Families at Hertfordshire County Council, said;

“Thank you to all the families and SEND professionals who joined us at the Local Offer website launch event, we were delighted to see so many of you there!

“Making sure that families have access to the right information and support, at the right time is so important. We’ve worked with families to make improvements and initial feedback on the new website has been very positive; we’re hope this service will continue to make a real difference.”

If you are a parent or carer for a young person with additional needs, please take a look at the new Local Offer and tell us what you think, www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/localoffer