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England: South East
South West

Area: Buckinghamshire
Name: Buckinghamshire Speech and Language Therapy Service
Centre Type: Widgit Centre supporting Local Authority Schools
Team of Speech and Language Therapists working in Mainstream and Special Schools throughout Buckinghamshire, supporting children with physical difficulties, learning difficulties, hearing impairment and Specific Language disorders.
Contact: Theresa Drake
Address: Oakridge Health Centre, 240 Desborough Avenue, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP11 2QR
Tel: 01494 426888
Email: theresa.drake@nhs.net
Area: Buckinghamshire
Name: Open Up To Autism
Centre Type: Widgit Centre supporting Local Authority Schools
Adult & Child

Heather works as a freelance trainer and consultant having gained experience for over 20 years working for organisations such as the National Autistic Society but also as a parent of a lovely young man who has autism, epilepsy and a learning disability. She is in the fortunate position of not only understanding autism from a general perspective but also knowing it from living with it on a daily basis.

Heather has worked for over 18 years in the autism sector working with families, people on the spectrum, local authorities and a wide variety of cultural organisations helping them to understand the impact of autism and how they can work better to include people across all ages who are on the autism spectrum.

Heather has been delivering training and consultancy for over 9 years to organisations including social care providers, football clubs, theatres, local authorities and museums.
Contact: Heather Wildsmith
Address: 19 Woodside Ave, Flackwell Heath, Bucks, HP10 9LG
Tel: 07861 288158
Email: heather@openuptoautism.co.uk
Website: www.openuptoautism.co.uk
Area: Brighton
Name: Brighton and Hove Language Support Service
Centre Type: Widgit Centre supporting Local Authority Schools
The service provides outreach support offering advice, support and training for teachers and staff working with pupils with SLCN in all primary and secondary schools in Brighton and Hove.
Contact: Sarah Arjun
Address: LSS Carden Primary School, County Oak Avenue, Brighton, BN1 8LU
Tel: 01273 293672
Email: sarah.arjun@brighton-hove.gov.uk
Area: Dover
Name: Whitfield and Aspen School
Centre Type: Widgit Centre
Whitfield and Aspen school is an inclusive school with both mainstream provision and the district special provision. Aspensmile is a new facility offering advice, training and outreach services on a range of issues relating to special educational needs.
Contact: Cathy Bolton
Address: Mayfield Rd, Whitfield, Dover, CT16 3LJ
Tel: 01304 826416
Email: 8862471.aspensmile@whitfield.kent.sch.uk
Area: East Sussex
Name: Communication, Learning and Autism Support Service (CLASS)
Centre Type: Widgit Centre Supporting Local Authority Schools
We are a service that offers advice and support to schools in East Sussex for children with speech, language, communication, Autism and literacy difficulties. Widgit Software is used as a tool to enable the children with these difficulties and others to access the curriculum. We can provide training in InPrint 3 and Widgit Online - through training events, which include task, based learning activities.
Contact: Allison Marsden
Address: Communication, Learning and Autism Support Service (C.L.A.S.S), H Floor, East Block, County Hall, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 1UE
Tel: 01273 336887
Email: Allison.marsden@eastsussex.gov.uk
Website: www.eastsussex.gov.uk
Area: Essex
Name: Corbets Tey School
Centre Type: Widgit Centre supporting Local Authority Schools across the county

Corbets Tey School has Specialist Status for Communication and Interaction and has developed its Language work both internally for pupils and externally for Mainstream Schools and other partners.

The Language Resource Centre is open every Thursday afternoons from 1.15 – 5.00 p.m. as a resource centre for schools and settings across the Borough. SENCOs and other staff can browse, borrow and discuss Programmes with staff and members of the Borough's Speech, Language and Communication Service.
Contact: Susan Cumbers
Email: scumbers@corbetstey.havering.sch.uk
Website: www.corbetsteyschool.org.uk
Area: Essex
Name: DreamBox Education
Centre Type: Widgit Centre working alongside families and any organisations, including local authorities, that are involved in supporting individuals with additional needs and autism.

DreamBox believe everyone has a right to achieve their full potential and to experience life in all its fullness, no matter what!

It is their belief that the key to unlocking the hidden potential and ability of individuals with additional needs lies in empowering them and their support networks; parents, carers, teachers and support worker etc whether that be through 1:1 support sessions, small groups or larger training.

Dream Box delivers a bespoke service for all clients, combining years of experience and training in additional needs and autism, with the knowledge and understanding of the individual/scenario.
Contact: Natasha Lowrie
Address: 56 Thaxted Road, Buckhurst Hill, Essex, IG9 6AW
Tel: 07947 730797
Email: Tasha@dreamboxeducation.co.uk
Website: www.dreamboxeducation.co.uk
Area: Hampshire
Name: Rachel Madocks Outreach Program (Hampshire)
Centre Type: Widgit Centre
Adult & Child
Rachel Madocks is a special needs school for both SLD and PMLD students from 3 to 19 years old. We can provide training on Widgit programs and outreach on how to successfully Widgit symbols and software with ASD pupils and those with MLD, SLD and PMLD in all curriculum areas and in everyday life.
Contact: Mave Ash
Address: Rachel Madocks Special School, Eagle Avenue, Cowplain, PO8 9XP
Tel: 02392241818
Email: a.ash@rachelmadocks.hants.sch.uk
Website: www.rachelmadocksschool.co.uk
Area: Hertfordshire
Name: Woolgrove School Outreach Department, Herts
Centre Type: Widgit Centre Supporting Local Authority Schools
The Outreach Department consists of a team of experienced teachers, with mainstream experience, who are an integral part of the school. We support pupils with significant difficulties who are in mainstream schools, as well as supporting the staff who work with them, helping staff to become more inclusive. We take a holistic approach to our work and can offer SEN - related INSET training and support to schools. We also have a Resources Bank which staff from local schools are welcome to use.
Contact: Sharon Knight
Address: Woolgrove School, Pryor Way, Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire, SG6 2PT
Tel: 01462 622100


Website: www.woolgrove.herts.sch.uk
Area: Hertfordshire
Name: Colnbrook School
Centre Type: Widgit Centre

Colnbrook School uses InPrint throughout the day to produce a range of visual systems, including behaviour management tools and adaptations to published teaching and learning materials.

Parent support groups, run by the Outreach team, are offered and Widgit resources are frequently made for parents and children to use at home. The school also offers 'Communication workshops' which are run by the Speech and Language Therapist based at the school when Widgit symbols are used to demonstrate the value of using a visual approach to aid learning.
Contact: Jane Dalton / Jane Bradley
Address: Hayling Road, South Oxhey, Watford, WD19 7UY
Tel: 0208 428 1281


Area: Hertfordshire (Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire)
Name: All Alternative Communication
Centre Type: Widgit Centre supporting users of low tech Augmentative and Alternative Communication aids
Adult & Child

Experienced in working with a wide range of augmentative and alternative communication in settings for children and young adults with complex needs and communication difficulties.

Available to:

  • Provide training in using Widgit products.
  • Support in creating low tech resources such as visual aids, key-rings, timetables, schedules, social stories, transition packs and communication books.
  • Support in using Widgit go to create individual communication programmes.
  • Guidance in access to information for those with communication difficulties and making your establishment more communication friendly.
Contact: Emma Covington
Address: 12 Bacons Yard, Ashwell, Baldock, Hertfordshire, SG7 5NH
Tel: 07739737428
Email: aacassistant@gmail.com
Area: Kent
Name: Resources for Inclusion
Centre Type: Widgit Trainer
Widgit Trainers are a country-wide network of experienced trainers who can offer a wide range of services to all members of the community.
Contact: Kirby Woods
Tel: 01322 440016
Email: kirbywoods@gmail.com
Area: Kent
Name: Kent and Medway Communication and Assistive Technology Service (KM CAT)
Centre Type: Widgit Centre
Widgit Centre supporting local authority schools.
Contact: Claire Ottaway
Address: The Old Railway School, Wainwright Place, Ashford, Kent, TN29 OHY
Tel: 01233 629 859
Email: claire.ottaway@nhs.net
Website: www.kelsi.org.uk/kentcat
Area: Kent
Name: Sevenoaks Specialist Teaching and Learning Service
Centre Type: Widgit Centre

The Sevenoaks District Specialist Teaching and Learning Service is based at Valence School and aims to provide high quality advice, support, information, training and outreach to mainstream pre-schools, schools and parents.
The Specialist Teaching and Learning Team includes Specialist Teachers for Communication and Interaction, Cognition and Learning, Social Emotional Mental Health and Early Years

The Specialist Teaching and Learning Service works alongside other professionals in providing effective and co-ordinated support. Our aim as a team is that children and young people with Special Educational Needs can have their learning, physical, social and emotional needs met, so that they can be fully included at school and make good educational progress.

The Team provide training across all the specialist dimensions at their Professional Learning Centre at Valence School in Westerham.
Contact: Christine Reveley
Address: Sevenoaks Specialist Teaching and Learning Service, Valence School, Westerham, Kent, TN16 1QN
Tel: 01959 562156
Email: creveley@valence.kent.sch.uk
Website: www.valenceschool.com
Area: Kent
Name: Find A Voice
Centre Type: Widgit Centre
Adult & Child

We support children and adults with severe communication difficulties. We provide:

  • One-to-one advocacy for people requiring a Communication Aid and living in Kent or Medway.
  • A loan resource library available to people living or working in Kent or Medway.
  • Widgit symbol training is available to people throughout the UK at the Find A Voice office. There is a sliding scale of charges operating (reduced charges for parents and those working in Kent/Medway).
  • We will travel to other sites in Kent.
Contact: Marian Edgeworth
Address: 49 Beaver Lane, Ashford, Kent, TN23 5NU
Tel: 01233 640443
Email: Speak@findavoice.org.uk
Website: www.findavoice.org.uk
Area: Kent
Name: Charlotte Wilson and Associates
Centre Type: Widgit Centre and Trainer
Charlotte Wilson and Associates is a Kent-based independent speech and language therapy service. We provide a range of different services according to the needs of the individual. Intervention may be based in the child's home or at their school. It may be face to face intervention or it may take the form of advice to teaching staff. We also provide a comprehensive training service available to all educational establishments.
Contact: Charlotte Wilson
Address: 5 Vale Road, Ramsgate, Kent, CT1 1LU
Tel: 07875 486 936
Email: info@cwilson.co.uk
Website: cwilson.co.uk
Area: Oxford
Name: ACE Centre South
Centre Type: Widgit Centre and Trainer
Adult & Child
The ACE Centre Advisory Trust provides assessments, training, R & D, information, advice, consultancy and equipment loans to support the use of assistive technology for communication and learning for people with physical and communication disabilities across the South of England, South Wales and the Channel Islands.
Contact: Rachel Moore
Address: The Stables, Jericho Farm Barns, Yarnton Road, Cassington, Oxfordshire OX29 4SZ
Tel: 01865 759800
Email: rmoore@acecentre.org.uk
Website: www.acecentre.org.uk
Area: Reading
Name: The Avenue School Consultancy Service
Centre Type: Widgit Centre

Advice and training available from:

  • Experienced Special Needs Teachers (including specialist knowledge in ASD and sensory impairment)
  • Specialist Advisory Teachers working within mainstream schools in the Reading area
  • Specialist Speech and Language Therapists
  • Preschool Support Teachers
We are able to help schools/centres in and outside of the Reading area.
Contact: Liz Gilbert
Address: The Avenue School, Conwy Close, Tilehurst, Reading, RG30 4BZ
Tel: 0118 937 5554


Area: Slough
Name: Arbour Vale School
Centre Type: Widgit Centre Trainer
Adult & Child
Arbour Vale School is a special school situated on the outskirts of Slough - provides education for approximately 250 pupils between 3 and 19 years old.
Contact: Clare Walker
Address: Farnham Road, Farnham Royal, Slough, Berkshire, SL2 3AE
Tel: 01753 515 560
Email: clare.walker@arbourvaleschool.org
Area: Surrey
Name: Merton Language and Learning Team
Centre Type: Widgit Centre

Merton's Widgit Centre Team is a multi-service team offering support, training and/or assessment to Merton based setting. The different services can help and include the following:

  • Language and Learning Team - offers support to schools to develop their provision for SEN through assessment, modelling intervention programmes and staff support and training for inclusion.
  • Educational Psychology Service - works with parents, teachers and other professionals and can be contacted through schools.
  • Team for Autistic Spectrum and Communication Conditions- - works with parents and teaching staff to support pupils with ASD within mainstream schools.
  • Early Years Inclusion Team - supports private, voluntary and independent early years settings to provide high quality inclusive practice.
  • Virtual behaviour Service - offers support for individuals and groups of pupils with BSED as well as training and support to develop 'Pupil Voice'.
  • Teaching and Learning Consultants- provides support with extra resources in the classroom that aid learning and teaching for all children.

Please contact Sue Jamal for referral to the appropriate team that can support your needs.

Contact: Sue Jamal, Language and Learning Team
Address: Chaucer Centre, Canterbury Rd, Morden, Surrey, SM4 6PX
Tel: 0208 2885626
Email: Admin.lbl-vbs@merton.gov.uk
Area: Surrey
Name: Specialist ICT
Centre Type: Widgit Centre supporting Local Authority Schools

Surrey Widgit Centre Team is a multi-service team offering support, training and/or assessments to pupils in Surrey schools. The different services can offer the following:

  • Specialist ICT offers assessment, advice & support and provides hardware, software & peripherals for statemented children throughout Surrey. Keen to work with teachers, teaching assistants, Speech & Language therapists and therapy assistants. Offering training for those working with statemented children in Surrey maintained schools.
  • Learning and Language Support work with children on the Code of Practice in school to support their inclusion and achievement. Happy to support SENCOs, class teachers and teaching assistants in Surrey maintained schools through workshops and consultation.
Contact: Ros Eames / Nicki Gossington
Address: Fairmount House, Bull Hill, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 7AH
Tel: 01483 517846


Area: Tonbridge
Name: Nexus Foundation Special School Outreach
Centre Type: Widgit Centre supporting Local Authority Schools
Nexus Foundation Special School is an all age community special school for children with Profound, Severe and Complex learning difficulties, many of whom are on the Autistic Spectrum. Nexus Foundation Special School is the District Special School for Tonbridge and Malling and has places for up to 100 pupils aged 2 to 19 years old.
Contact: Judi Beggs
Address: Upper Haysden Lane, Tonbridge, Kent, TN11 8AA
Tel: 01732 771 384
Email: judi.beggs@stls.nexusschool.org.uk


Are you a Local Authority, County Council, NHS, Charity or Independent Service that is interested in becoming a Widgit Centre? Email us at info@widgit.com to find out more information.

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