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Local Offer Live returns for fourth year

Published on Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Image: Picture of the exhibition hall at last year's Local Offer Live event

A free event for families who have a child with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) will take place at Curve in Leicester tomorrow.

The award-winning event, Local Offer Live, will be held at the theatre on Wednesday 23 January from 9am-5pm, with exhibition stalls, activities and performances filling Curve’s spaces.

Now in its fourth year, the completely free day is organised by Leicester City Council, Curve and the Leicester City Parent Carer Forum and showcases the support available to those with SEND, their parents, carers and professionals.

Events and activities at Local Offer Live will include an arts and crafts workshop, music and entertainment and a Cajon drumming session. Five special schools will also be putting on performances in the studio.

Cllr Sarah Russell, Leicester’s deputy city mayor responsible for children, young people and schools, said: “Families who have children with special needs and disabilities need to know what help and support is available for them locally, and Local Offer Live gives them the ideal chance to find out.

“A wide variety of local services will be offering information at the event, on everything from financial, educational and practical support to opportunities for getting involved in creative and arts activities.”

Chris Stafford, Chief Executive and Nikolai Foster, Artistic Director of Curve said: “Since the first event four years ago, Local Offer Live has become a highlight in our calendar. It’s fantastic to share our space with young people finding out vital information, alongside the people and organisations whose incredible work benefits so many in our community.

“Accessibility for all is key to us here at Curve and we believe everyone should have access to high quality arts and culture. With exhibitions, performances and workshops, this event is an extraordinary and engaging showcase of the support offered in Leicester and Leicestershire.”

Glenn Sutton of the Leicester City Parent Carer Forum said: “We know first-hand what parents and carers need, so we’re very pleased to be involved with organising this event. As well as showcasing a range of different groups that can help provide support, I hope Local Offer Live will give us the chance to talk to lots of people about our own work and how we can help.”

The Local Offer Live event brings to life the details on local support and services available on the Local Offer website at families.leicester.gov.uk/send-local-offer.

To find out more about the event, visit www.curveonline.co.uk