The Local Offer
Somerset's Local Offer is about services and support available locally for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) from birth to 25. For more information visit: https://www.somersetchoices.org.uk/family/information-and-advice/somersets-local-offer/
The Somerset Choices website (Somersets Local Offer) has been developed by Somerset County Council, in partnership with the Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and District Councils.
The website aims to give people:
The site helps people to help themselves and gives them more choice.
Professionals, such as GPs and social workers, can also use the site to find out what support is available in Somerset.
Entry Reductions, Exit Passes and the Max Card for Attractions
If you have a child that is registered as disabled and you are their carer you/they may be entitled to reduced or free entry into many attractions around the country. It is a good idea to check the attractions website and contact Customer Services to find out what you may be entitled to. Usually you have to produce some form of identification and proof of the disability (letter from consultant confirming diagnosis)(DLA entitlement forms).
There is also a Max Card in circulation which entitles the card holder to reductions to attractions (this is being trialed in Somerset at the moment). Visit the Max Card website to find out more about the benefits of the card and if you want to apply for a Max Card contact the Shortbreaks team 01823 358117.
An Exit Pass is particularly handy if you have a child that finds it difficult to wait in long queues as you may be able to use it so that you don't have those long painful waits to get onto each ride. It definitely makes the day much easier for carer and child which is what the whole point of the day out is about in the first place!
The Concessionary Bus Pass English National Concessionary Travel Scheme
Passes are available for residents of Somerset who are eligible on the grounds of disability. The pass allows you to travel free on buses in every area of England subject to certain time restrictions. For more information please click Here.
The Cinema Exhibitors Association Card
The CEA Card is a national card scheme for UK cinemas. Participating cinemas ensure they make reasonable adjustments for disabled guests when they go to the cinema; in particular it ensures a complimentary ticket for someone to go with them.
For more information visit the CEAcard website.
The Family Fund
The Family Fund are the UK’s largest provider of grants to low-income families raising disabled and seriously ill children aged 17 or under. They help ease the additional pressures families face. They can help with essential items such as washing machines, fridges and clothing but can also consider grants for sensory toys, computers and much needed family breaks together.
For more information and to see if you qualify visit www.familyfund.org.uk
The 'RADAR' Key from Compass Disability Services
Radar keys are available to all disabled people and their carers (for a small fee) to access the locked toilets, set aside for disabled people. Radar keys are available in standard size or with an easy turn/larger head from various retailers.