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Annual Aiming Higher Conference

1 October 2019 | 9.30am to 3.30pm

The Pavilion, Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge, PL27 7JE

Come and join us to discuss service developments for disabled children and young people, and help us to continue to shape service development!

  • Information stands from both statutory and independent sector providers
  • Opportunities for networking
  • Choice of workshops
  • Lunch included
  • Free to attend
  • Travel and childcare costs can be met for parents / carers



Magazine for disabled young people, their families and people who support them


Sunflower Lanyard Scheme to be launched at Sainsbury's Penzance!
Our store will be offering a new service for customers with hidden disabilities. They can choose to use a sunflower lanyard so that we know they may require a bit of support. 

We want all our customers to feel comfortable shopping in our stores but shopping may be difficult for customers with hidden disabilities like dementia or autism.  It can be hard for colleagues to know if a customer needs a bit of extra help, or if they would prefer to shop independently.

We have trialled this service in 39 stores, and there was great feedback from customers, colleagues and social media.  We are now going to be offering this service in all our stores from 1st August 2019.  We are aiming to launch it in our store by Monday 28th July.

What do customers do? 

Customers will be able to ask for a sunflower lanyard from the Customer Service Desk. They do not have to use them if they don’t want to.  It is their choice.  We will never ask the customer what their disability is. 



Cornwall's Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Update

Welcome to the Summer 2019 (No. 25) edition of the Cornwall SEND Update.

In this edition you will find a range of information from the latest news about Access to Work and the new Special Free School for Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs to training opportunities, success stories, links to useful resources to support transition, EHC planning and much more!

Read the Summer Cornwall SEND Update


NHS England has launched a consultation to seek views on proposed changes to the service specifications for:


  • Children’s (CYP) Cancer Services. These are used by children aged between 0 and 16. In some cases, and with the agreement of Teenage and Young Adult’s Cancer Services, they may also treat teenagers up to the age of 18.
  • Teenage and Young Adult’s (TYA) Cancer Services. These are used by teenagers and young people aged between 16 up to the day before their 25th birthday. In some cases, and with the agreement of Children’s Cancer Services, they may also treat teenagers from the age of 13.
  • We are also happy to be invited to any groups or events taking place over the next two months to talk through the plans. Please contact the team on


The consultation will run for 60 days from Wednesday 5 June until Sunday 4 August 2019.

Sainsbury's trials new sunflower lanyard initiative to help customers with hidden disabilities

Sainsbury’s has announced the extension of a new trial to help enhance the shopping experience for customers with hidden disabilities. The initiative will offer shoppers the option to pick up a lanyard, which has been purposely designed to act as a discreet sign for store colleagues to recognise if they may need to provide a customer with additional support when in store. 


Our friends at Disability Cornwall & iOS have produced a special, one--off edition of their former magazine, 'DISCOVER', to celebrate 21 years of service. 


An opportunity for a young person aged 18 to 24 with an Autistic Spectrum Condition to have a 12 month supported internship at ITV! They must have an EHC Plan, to start in September.

If you know anyone who may be interested, contact Caron: 



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