Companies, services and organisations involved in supporting youngsters with disabilities, gathered together last night at Nescot College for the Second Annual Surrey Transition Fair, which proved to be even bigger and better than last year.
The fair aims to bring together the diverse sources of support available to help disabled youngsters make the change from schoolchild to college student or employee as smoothly as possible.
‘The transition to adulthood is a big change and it’s so important to start planning early,’ said Rebecca Challice of Partnership with Parents, which supports parents of children with special needs.
‘There’s a wealth of options out there but things change all the time so it can be a bit of a minefield trying to sort through it all. It’s incredibly useful for parents to have a one-stop-shop of services like this.
For Surrey parent Diana Hill from Limpsfield, whose daughter is in Year Nine, the importance of being prepared for changes was brought home to her through friends with older children.
‘I’ve heard that things are very different once you are not under a statement any more and the responsibility is on you as a parent to find out what’s available for your child. I think it’s a wonderful idea to get all these organisations together in one place but I would like to see more representation from areas like East Surrey. I also think it would be great to have a Transition Fair website where you could find the exhibitors in one place online – so helpful for parents,’ she said.
With exhibitors including: Enhanceable - Disabled Children's Information & Advice Service & Enhanceable Living; Eco-Actif Services CIC; Employability; High Path; NCYPE; Parent Partnership Service; Right to Control Project; Sutton & Merton Psychological Therapies in Primary Care; The Orpheus Centre and the Surrey Transition Team, as well as colleges from across the region, Fair organisers, Nescot’s Preparation for Life and Work (PFLAW) team, were delighted at how the event is growing.
PFLAW’s Debbie Daley said, ‘Everyone I spoke to said it was most useful to have all these organisations in one place and visitor numbers were a big improvement on last year.’
With Transitions 2012 set to be even bigger, Surrey parents can begin to look forward to the best possible start to their childrens’ adult life.