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As part of the Wakefield Local Offer, a newsletter with information about services, events, key information and things to do is issued to families with children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities registered on the Wakefield Information Network.

From 1st April 2018, the role of producing the newsletter is part of Barnardo’s WESAIL responsibilities with articles and information being provided from services and provisions across the Wakefield district.

Stories and ideas from parents/carers and young people are also welcomed and you can send them to Barnardo’s WESAIL by email at or post to Barnardo’s WESAIL at Barnardo's Wakefield Services, Room 249, Castleford Civic Centre, Ferrybridge Road, Castleford, WF10 4JH.

Latest newsletter

You can read a copy of the latest newsletter by clicking here Summer 2020

To get a copy of the newsletter before it gets added to the website, please see the section How to get my copy below.

Back issues of the newsletter

If you missed out on the back issues of the newsletter or would like to read a copy one of the articles again, all the issues are available to download below.

  • Autumn 2019 

    This edition features the Council's consultation on Short Breaks ending January 2020, meet our WESAIL volunteer, Young People's Advisory Group to join, details of training and advice sessions available, Family Fund, music group Let's Shine, Wakefield Flyerz, information from Irwin Mitchell and things to do.

  • Summer 2019.

Features the new Inclusion Worker in WESAIL, changes to the Blue Badge scheme, latest from Wakefield Parent Carer Forum TEAM, information and resources about self harm, taining and advice sessions for parents/carers and Things to do

Features a request for volunteers to become Local Offer Champions, Parents and Carers Corner, Wakefield Parent Carer Forum TEAM, resources for Carers, Gender Identity and support groups locally, Bullying resources, training courses for parents and carers, expansion of the Sunflower lanyard scheme for invisible disabilities and Things to do.

Features Post 16 Team, National Apprenticeship Week, Bookstart, Parent Participation News, Latest on the Joint SEND Inspection, Young People's Voice, Things to do, Easter Fun and Max Card upper age limit increase.

Features Joint SEND Inspection, Things to do, Parent Participation News, You said.. We did..., Shaping Local Services, Family Fund and Anti Bullying Week.

Features Summer Play schemes, Money Savers, Parent Participation News, Things to do and Tips to survive the summer holidays.

Features Local Offer Live feedback, Things to do, TEAM Wakefield Parent Carer Forum, Support for Parents and Carers, Having your say about the Peer Challenge and how services and people working with children and young people with SEND can respond in more helpful ways.

Features the Future In Mind, Local Offer Review feedback, the Inspirations and Aspirations of young people and Learning to Fingerspell.

Features information about Joint Inspections of Local Area SEND Provision, Special Needs Clothing at M&S, Holiday Tips for children and young people with autism, Holiday Learning Fun and Information and Advice Sessions for parents and carers.

Features Personalisation, Local Offer website, Activities and things to do, Early Help Hubs and SEND Children’s Centres and WANDS, the Council’s Network for Disabled Staff.

  • Winter 2015
  • Features VIP card and My Health Passport, Learning Disability Acute Hospital Liaison Nurse, Wakefield People’s Charter, WF Youth SEND clubs, Signed Stories, Local Area SEND Inspection consultation, SEND Festival, TEAM Parent Conference and Stages of the Assessment Journey.
  • Autumn2015 

Features Seaside in the City, Designated Keyworker at KIDS WESAIL, YoungSibs service, Independent Supporter service at KIDS WESAIL, Personal Outcomes Evaluation Tool (POET) Survey, Barnardo’s CAPS and Information and Advice Sessions for parents and carers.

  • Spring - Summer 2015
  • Features Local Offer website, Cinema Exhibitor’s Association (CEA) card, Education Health and Care Plans, KIDS and Special educational needs and Disability Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS), Laila Milly Foundation, TEAM Parent Carer Forum, Caudwell Children, WF Youth and Run Riot at the Addy

How to get my copy

If you sign up to the Wakefield Information Network (IN), you get a copy of the newsletter before it appears on the website along with advance details of planned events.

The IN is also the Disabled Children’s Register which the council has a statutory duty to have and keep up to date. The register is voluntary for families to join but helps inform decisions about new and existing services across the Wakefield district.

Practitioners who work with families with children and young people with additional needs can also sign up to the IN to receive an email copy of the newsletter.

To find out more about the IN and how to apply, please click here.

Last reviewed: 18/09/2019