JSENSE celebrates after receiving £10,000 from the National Lottery

JSENSE celebrates after receiving £10,000 from the National Lottery to help local Jewish Children with Special Needs & Disabilities

Local community charity, JSENSE, is today celebrating after being awarded £10,000 from the National Lottery to support its work with children living with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). The charity, originally established in 2013 to work in schools, delivering training and consultancy programmes, has now begun working with Parents and Carers of children and young people with SEND. The funding will be used to deliver a free course for Parents and Carers of those with SEND to develop their understanding of SEND and their skills in supporting their children. The aim is to enable the children and young people fulfil their full potential. These sessions will offer the chance to meet others in a similar position.

The new funding from The National Lottery Community Fund,

the largest community funder in the UK, will see expert SEND speakers visiting the local Jewish community. This unique course is tailored to the needs of local community, bringing a new support mechanism to these parents and carers. It is hoped in the longer term this will lead to JSENSE enabling parents to establish peer led support groups leading to a sustainable support network.

“We are looking forward to working with Parents to help them feel more confident and understanding of the challenges they are facing and working closely with them in partnership in the future” said Sophie Behar, Project Director at JSENSE.

This exciting and informative course is free to attendees, and will comprise 6 sessions, delivered locally, in the evening (dates to be confirmed) for small groups. The course has been developed together with parents and carers of Children and Young People with SEND, The focus will be on the key topics of ADHD, Autism and Sensory processing, Speech and Language, Learning styles, and how best to work with Schools, especially SENCOs Parents can attend the whole course or individual sessions. Please contact services@jsense.org.uk for further details, including registering an interest in booking onto this course.

In addition, JSENSE will establish

a separate volunteer group, starting with a 6 session “activist” training course to empower community members, including parent volunteers, to raise awareness of SEND. The volunteers will support JSENSE’s work in the community by:-

  • ensuring inclusion and acceptance of those with SEND,
  • developing ways for people to help integrate those with SEND
  • working with other volunteers across the community

Our thanks go to The National Lottery Community Fund and Delamere Charitable Trust for their support enabling JSENSE to continue to make a difference to Children and Young People with SEND.


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About The National Lottery Community Fund

We are the largest community funder in the UK – we’re proud to award money raised by National Lottery players to communities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Since June 2004, we have made over 200,000 grants and awarded over £9 billion to projects that have benefited millions of people.

We are passionate about funding great ideas that matter to communities and make a difference to people’s lives. At the heart of everything we do is the belief that when people are in the lead, communities thrive. Thanks to the support of National Lottery players, our funding is open to everyone. We’re privileged to be able to work with the smallest of local groups right up to UK-wide charities, enabling people and communities to bring their ambitions to life.

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