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Support for parents/carers and young people

This page gives information about volunteering within the SENDIAS service.

SENDIASS provides volunteers who offer  support/advice to  parents, carers and young people.  Which is offered in a confidential and impartial way.

An Independent supporters can help in a number of ways:

discussing letters and reports about SEND issues

helping to empower a parent/carer or young person to express their views and opinions around SEND issues

providing practical support during a meeting at school or college

Who are our volunteers?

Independent parental supporters are volunteers who come from across Tyneside and have a range of interests and expertise.

They often become a volunteer Independent Parental Supporter (IPS) because they have an interest in special educational needs, having worked in education or having been the parent or grandparent of a child with special needs themselves.

If you would like to volunteer contact us:

please email or telephone 0191 4784667

You can also find out more here: Special Educational Needs Champion (Gateshead) | Barnardo's Volunteering (

Volunteers story

Click here to listen to a volunteer talk about their experience of volunteering with Gateshead SENDIAS service

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