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Transition Week in Wolverhampton

30 April 2013

An event organised in March to celebrate Transition Week, to highlight transition arrangements for young people aged 13 - 25 with additional and complex needs in Wolverhampton, was attended by nearly 100 people.

It was chaired by Councillor Susan Constable, Cabinet Member for Children and Families who commended everyone involved, including the young people who she said were "inspiring for adults and young people alike". A market place was held where twelve service providers met visitors and provided advice.

To great applause, Monique Mehra, who attended Penn Hall School and went on to study at City of Wolverhampton College, explained how her first year at college went really well. "I got all the support I needed, passed all my exams and even managed to achieve a Student of the Year Award", she said.

Green Park School shared findings from a person centred project, co-ordinated by Prospects, to introduce Year 9 'person centred reviews' into the school for the first time. Governors have given the go-ahead for the reviews to continue, as their inclusive nature is well received by young people and parents/carers alike.

The Transition Week celebrations were organised by Gloria Smith, Prospects' Transition Coordinator, supported by a very hands-on working group including Connexions, parents, carers, social care and Wolverhampton College representatives. Gloria said: "Feedback from the event was very positive from all involved, including young people. Its success prompted one individual to ask whether it would be an annual event."

The Transition Support Programme Group is chaired by Prospects Operations Manager for Connexions in Wolverhampton, Rosemary Robbins. The Group is responsible for ensuring transition services in the city provide a seamless transition from childhood to adulthood.

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