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Bright Futures - SEND Transitions

A new service at Ruils supporting disabled young people aged 16-25 and their families with transitions – social/health/education/work.

A lot changes, or starts to change, for disabled young people when they reach 16. What happens in the next few years will be the foundation of their adult life. There are options to be considered, choices to be made and so many decisions affecting every part of their life. The way forward is not always clear. Young people may know where they want to get to but not how to get there or they may not know where they want to get to because they don’t know what’s available.

What is needed is information, advice and support at the right times. Easy to say but not always easy to achieve. Families with a disabled young person may have a lot of people involved in their lives – school, clubs, social workers, medical professionals – it can be a long list – but they may find that while the professionals know all about their own area they may not know a lot about options in other areas – so there can be gaps.

The Bright Futures service is there to fill in those gaps! Through workshops, an online knowledge base and more hands on support where needed we aim to make sure that families and young people have the information they need, know what their options are and to feel confident that they can make the best decisions for their future.

Want to know more?

Contact Sue Robson at and on 07508 530693

We will be:
• running workshops for families on a variety of topics eg wills, trusts and deputyships; benefits including PIP and UC; Mental Capacity Act assessments; what to look for in a college; social care support from adult social services and the EHCP from 16+
• running workshops for disabled young people, most likely in schools
• building a library of documents, blogs, webinars, etc. for parents to access online about a wide range of topics
• providing hands on support for families who need more support through phone calls and meetings
• facilitating the Post 16 Maze parent support group
• building relationships with professionals in both statutory and voluntary organisations

Join us at one of our forthcoming workshops: 

  • College - making the right choice, 25th January, 10.30am

Choosing your post 16/18 or 19 educational setting is a big step and there's a lot to think about from the practical - finding likely colleges, visiting, etc. to working out what it is that you and your young person from this placement. Teresa Jones, Mencap and Sue Robson from Ruils will be talking about all of this and more. This will be an interactive workshop so bring along your experience and questions. Book a free place here

  • Lasting Power of Attorney, 24th February, 10.30am

Marie Quinn, M2M Community Solicitors LLP will be presenting about Lasting Power of Attorney and how this might be relevant for a disabled young person and their family. There will be an opportunity for questions at the end of the session; you may also submit questions in advance. Book a free place here

  • Deputyships, 15th March, 10.30am

Marie Quinn, M2M Community Solicitors LLP will be presenting about Deputyships and the Court of Protection. This is a complicated area and there is a lot of misinformation around. A deputyship may be appropriate for your young person but it is not needed in many cases and being a deputy comes with responsibilities. This session will help you understand what it is and whether you need one. Book a free place here

To read about other children's services at Ruils, visit our pages on Family Matters (for family support), FriendBee SEND Befriending and SEND Advice.