The Local Offer
To see what support and provision is available to you as part of Suffolk's Local Offer, have a look at www.suffolklocaloffer.org.uk.
You'll be able to read more about the Local Offer and search for services for young people with additional needs. You can also find out what it means for you on our Local Offer page.
Post 16 options
The video on the right explains about some of the support available for young people with additional needs, with advice on the options available after leaving school.
The guides below provide information, advice and guidance on the provision available for 16+ young people with additional needs. This includes information on Raising the Participation Age, the types of support available, learning routes and qualification levels, and funding options.
Take a look at:
16+ Directories: Informal learning & leisure opportunities for young people with SEND
Coming up to leaving school or college? Wondering what opportunities could be available after the age of 16?
The directories listed below are intended to be a resource for parents, carers, professionals and young people. They list information about the opportunities available for a disabled young person who is finishing school, further education college, sixth form college or sixth form. In them you will find information about social enterprises, personal development opportunities, care farms, leisure pursuits, volunteering and youth and social groups.
The information is correct at the time of compilation and reviews however it would always be advisable to contact the provider directly for completely accurate information.
There are three different area directories
- Download the Northern Area Directory - this includes opportunities in Lowestoft, Saxmundham, Beccles, Bungay, Eye, Framlingham and Pakefield.
- Download the Southern Area Directory - this includes opportunities in Ipswich, Woodbridge, Felixstowe and Hadleigh.
- Download the Western Area Directory - this includes opportunities in Bury St Edmunds, Stowmarket, Haverhill, Mildenhall, Newmarket and Sudbury.
If you are aware of, or are a provider yourself who is not currently included in the directories please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01473 264217. The information in the directory will be checked and updated bi-annually.
Useful sources of information and support
National Careers Service – information on website, but young people can also contact via text, phone, forums and email
Activities Unlimited – information for SEND children and young people, parents and carers about shorts breaks and respite services
MyGo youth employment centre – find out more about MyGo and how to access the nearest centre for support to get work and training
Mencap Employment Service - Service offering young people with SEND 16-24 support, work opportunities and training before and during employment or placement. Read our blog post on the service.