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Transition Information Fayre

March 1, 2010

From RBK Press Release

Kingston Council is hosting a Transition Information Fayre aimed at all young people with disabilities.

The event which is being held at the Holiday Inn, Portsmouth Road, Surbiton on 10 March will provide a “one stop shop” offering guidance on a variety of services to help with the transition from childhood to adult life.

Starting at 11.30am young people with disabilities and their families will get the chance to speak to representatives from Council services and other organisations.

Whether families have questions on housing issues, benefits, career advice or further education a range of experts will be able to give guidance. The fayre will include stalls from children and adults social care teams, Mencap, supported living organisations, Local colleges, Connexions and many others.

Wendy Jenkins, Transition Service Manager, said: “Deciding what you are you going to do when you reach your later teenage years is a difficult time for every child. However for a young person with special needs and their family this time poses so many other questions such as ‘what support will they get, will they be able to live independently, what about further education, training, employment?’

“This fayre will give families the opportunity to answer these and any other questions and discover the large range of services and support that are available to them. The fayre is aimed at those aged 14-25 but it is never too early to start planning.”

For more information call Reshma Bessesar on 020 8457 6227 or Wendy Jenkins on

0208 547 6566.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Paul permalink
    March 3, 2010 8:51 am

    Not related to the main story, but I think it strange that our council is hosting events outside our own council’s area.

    Given the loss of the Assembly rooms and latterly Claremont hall, does this point to a shortage of decent community venues in the borough for this sort of thing?
    The neighbourhood workshop thing is being held at Glenmore House ( the masonic venue on The Crescent). Maybe it wasn’t available.
    I suppose we have the library halls – they are a decent enough size – are they not suitable in terms of size or accessibility?

    • March 3, 2010 5:44 pm

      Actually the Assembly Rooms haven’t been lost. I’ve been to meetings there quite recently but it has to be hired from Surbiton High School. You’re right about Glenmore’s general availability and RBK does use it – there’s an RBK meeting there tomorrow afternoon, for instance. I take your point about Claremont Hall and the relative dearth of venues in Surbiton. I hope the polyclinic at the hospital might help in this regard and St. Andrew’s and St. Mark’s plans incorporate space for community use.

      • Paul permalink
        March 4, 2010 2:35 pm

        What are “St. Andrew’s and St. Mark’s plans”? Is this the church? Is a new hall going up?

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