Melland High School welcomed parents and carers to attend two successful, informative events. During one of their regular, well attended, parent/carer coffee mornings Mary Merritt, parental engagement officer, helped parents and carers navigate, The Manchester Local Authority ‘Local Offer’. Later, Cheryl Casey CMFT head of nursing and community services and Karen Phelan, learning disability specialist nurse gave an informative presentation about how to access specialist support during hospital stays. Information was shared about Manchester’s ‘Disability Access Programme’ and Chris Beswick Vice Chair of governors at Melland attended to offer parents and carers support.
Parents, carers, staff and students were then offered the opportunity to gain advice and guidance from a variety of local providers during the annual ‘Careers Fair’ organised by Amanda Wright, MHS Enterprise and WRL Advisor, who works closely with staff, students and their families. The whole school community gained insights into the support offered to young people by training organisations and colleges such as, ‘Challenge for Change’, ‘United Response’, ‘Access to Music’, ‘The Contact Theatre’, ‘The Factory Youth Zone’, ‘The Downs Syndrome Society Work Fit Programme’, ‘The Together Trust’, ‘Manchester College’, ‘Pure Innovations’ and ‘Challenge for Change’. Jodie Booth discussed ‘Internships’ and the ‘Specialist Resource Team’ gave out valuable information about short breaks.
All the information provided will help students and their families work towards their future destinations as well as providing students, families and staff with relevant information to share during the EHCP process.
The MHS annual ‘Careers Fair’ forms just part of the outstanding WRL and careers guidance programme offered to students and their families at Melland High School.
Many thanks to Amanda Wright, Cath Stone- parent governor and Parent Champion, Tracey Bradley and Ghazala Jamil and the MHS staff team for helping to organise such worthwhile events.