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Buzz Network - For Parent/carers Of Disabled Children

The Buzz Network is a group for Southampton Parents/Carers of Children and young people with a disability or additional needs.  It is funded by Southampton City Council who work closely with the Southampton Parent Carer Forum to ensure it is meeting the needs of families.

Short Breaks provide children and young people with disabilities or additional needs an opportunity to spend time away from their parents, engage in fun activities and enjoy time with their friends. They offer parents and carers a break from their caring responsibilities and time to spend with other family members or to catch up on other daily tasks.


The Short Breaks Service Consultation is now live and will run until 12th February 2018.

The Consultation is on 4 areas:

1)    A new eligibility criteria to access social care services

2)    A new Short Break Service offer

3)    The name of the Disabled Children’s Team (Jigsaw)

4)    The name of the service of Universal Short Breaks (Buzz Network)

Consultation Events for Families

There are 5 family engagement events scheduled during December, January and February aimed at providing information about the proposed plans for the Short Breaks Service, to support the consultation process and to continue to engage with all service users.  

We hope you can come along to one of the below events: 

Development of an Offer for Children with Disabilities’







22nd November 2017


Rose Road Association, 1st Floor, Meeting Room

Southampton Parent Carer Forum

Presentation, Q&A

28th November 2017



Civic Centre, 1st Floor, Chambers

Short Breaks Providers

Presentation, Q&A

11th December 2017



Springwell School, Community Room


Presentation, Q&A

10th January 2018



Great Oaks School, Main Hall


Presentation, Q&A

15th January 2018



Southampton Mencap, Café Down the Lane


Presentation, Q&A

24th January 2018



 Civic Centre, 1st Floor, Conference Room 3


Presentation including  You Said, We Heard session

7th February 2018



Rose Road Association, 1st Floor, Meeting Room


Presentation including  You Said, We Heard session

Now is the opportunity to have your say

Even if you are unable to attend one of the events you can still have your say by completing the questionnaire. Just click on the link to the consultation and supporting information/documents. 

Please contact the Southampton Parent Carer Forum if you would like any assistance.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Beth Carter
Contact Position
Short Breaks and Personal Budget Officer
023 8083 3881 (Monday - Thursday 9.00-15:00)
023 8083 2069 (Monday and Tuesday) Julie Le Marquand

Please see our Newsletter for the full range of Short Breaks offered by the Buzz Network ranging from One2one Support, Personal Budget, Play Schemes and Community Based Activities offered at subsidised rates.


Other Details


Age Ranges
From 0 years 0 months to 18 years 0 months
Referral required
Referral Details

Who can join?

Any parent/carer of a disabled child aged 0-19 living within Southampton City Council boundaries whose child meets the eligibility criteria shown below.

You are automatically eligible if you are able to tick one or more of the following categories for your child:
- In receipt of higher level Disability Living Allowance
- Has a statement of special educational needs
- Is receiving a service from Jigsaw
- Is receiving a service from Complex Children’s Health Team
- Is receiving a service from Community Children’s Nursing Team
- Is receiving a service from Occupational Therapy Service
- Is receiving a service from Physiotherapy Service
- Is receiving a service from Portage Service
- Is receiving a service from Child Development Centre 

Or, if you are able to tick any two of the following for your child:

- Receives SENCO Support
- Normal activities are interrupted by frequent health needs, affecting progress in development or education
- Requires frequent use of specialist equipment including wheelchair/buggy and/or help from carer to get around
- Requires regular support with basic self care functions e.g. eating, going to the toilet, washing, dressing and/or need more regular supervision through the day and sometimes at night than you would expect for a child of their age
- Does not hear spoken words and/or needs help to make up for complete loss of sound awareness and may have hearing aids or implants
- Needs special support and understanding from someone else to communicate
- Has very little or no sight and/or are registered blind or needs support to move around

Any Other Notes

Once parents have joined they have access to 4 main services:

- Regular newsletters about local events and special offers. Confidential advice available.
- Regular breaks/ respite from caring while your child enjoys time with their One2One worker.
- Low cost playschemes with specialist staff
- Environments Support at mainstream activities from Mencap's Ypod service

How can you join?

Contact Julie or Beth on the above phone numbers.  You can also request an enrolment form via email or download one from this webpage via the link on the lefthand side of this page.

Local Offer

Local Offer Age Bands
Secondary (11-16 years)
Primary (4-10 years)
Early Years (0-4 years)
Transitions to Adulthood (16+)
Needs Level
SEN Provision Type

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