Together achieving better decisions and brighter futures for Manchester families of children and young people aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

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Do you have an autistic child or young person? Does your child/ young person have a learning disability?

If so then we would like to invite you to join our parent panel that will be involved in developing Lyndene House* – a new, innovative short breaks and outreach support service benefiting children & young people with autism and/or learning disabilities. The service would particularly benefit children & young people who are on the edge of care.

Members of the parent panel will get an opportunity to attend meetings with Barnardo’s & other local partners who are involved in the project, and to visit the site of this new service. There will be options to get involved in the short term development of the project as well as in the long term oversight of the service.

For this first meeting on the 16th of November, we will give you an exclusive visit of the premises. Of particular focus will be the garden space, as we want everyone to think of ideas to share with the garden designer when we meet with him on 9 December. We want a space that children and young people can enjoy, have fun, learn, let off steam and chill.

If you’re unable to attend but have ideas to share, please send us a message or email Elaine Woodward from Barnardo’s (

Additional Notes:

Safety Information:

As Lyndene House is currently still under development, we can only have adults in the space at present for safety.

Dietary Requirements:

We will serve light lunch during the meeting. Please don’t forget to mention any dietary restrictions when you book your place.

Travel Reimbursement:

We can reimbursement you for travel costs to/from the session.

If you’re driving, we will cover petrol costs at a rate of 50p per mile.

If you’re taking public transportation, please keep your receipt(s), as we will require this when reimbursing your travel.

Parking Information:

It is possible to park immediately outside the building on the road or on nearby stretches of the road.

Please do not obstruct local residents’ parking.

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* The service is currently known as Lyndene House but this will change following families’ involvement to rename it.

What does “edge of care” mean?

Edge of care refers to a situation where a child or young person is at risk of entering the looked after system

The aim of edge of care services is to prevent escalation of risk and to keep the child/ young person safely with their family and in their own community.

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