Young dis­abled peo­ple cre­ate app for sup­port

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YOUNG dis­abled peo­ple in Sefton have joined forces to cre­ate an app which pro­vides in­for­ma­tion and sup­port for any­one un­der 25 with ad­di­tional needs.

The Sefton Savvy app has been de­vel­oped by a group of young­sters in con­junc­tion with Sefton Coun­cil’s Spe­cial Ed­u­ca­tional Needs (SEN) & In­clu­sion ser­vice, Atomic Pro­duc­tions and Rix Wiki.

A key part of the tech­nol­ogy is the op­por­tu­nity for the young peo­ple to share ideas or feed­back on lo­cal ser­vices with their peers, as well as sim­pli­fy­ing the in­for­ma­tion on Sefton’s Lo­cal Of­fer web­site.

Top­ics of in­ter­est range from be­ing ac­tive and hav­ing fun to ad­vice on healthy eat­ing and per­sonal hy­giene.

In ad­di­tion to the app, a num­ber of short films and an­i­ma­tions have also been cre­ated by the young peo­ple to high­light what ser­vices are avail­able and ex­plain more about the Ed­u­ca­tion Health and Care Plans.

To show­case all of the work, two spe­cial screen­ings have been planned for next month to of­fi­cially launch the prod­ucts to par­ents, car­ers, pro­fes­sion­als and spe­cial schools.

Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Dave Robin­son will be in at­ten­dance to of­fi­cially launch the Savvy app at the Sal­va­tion Army Cen­tre, Shake­speare Street, South­port on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 2 at 11.30 am.

In ad­di­tion, a sec­ond pre­mier will be held at The Plaza cinema, Crosby at 11.30am on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 9.

Coun­cil­lor John-Joseph Kelly, Sefton Coun­cil’s Cab­i­net Mem­ber Chil­dren, Schools and Safe­guard­ing, said: “See­ing how the young peo­ple have been in­volved in this cre­ative ex­er­cise and what has been achieved is very in­spi­ra­tional.

“They have taken a com­plex sub­ject mat­ter around SEN re­form and made a user-friendly re­source, which I am con­fi­dent will be­come a vi­tal one stop shop for in­for­ma­tion and ad­vice.

“Now that the app is avail­able, I know that our SEN and in­clu­sion ser­vice will be work­ing hard with fam­i­lies and part­ners to make sure that young dis­abled peo­ple in Sefton can use the app as part of their ev­ery­day lives.”

Adele Hoski­son-Clark, SEN and In­clu­sion Pol­icy Devel­op­ment Of­fi­cer at Sefton Coun­cil, added: “I am re­ally proud of the cre­ative tal­ents shown by our young peo­ple in the bor­ough which shows gen­uine part­ner­ship work­ing with Sefton Coun­cil, the young peo­ple and their fam­i­lies.”

The Savvy app can be used on all mo­bile de­vices, in­clud­ing smart­phones and tablets.

It can be down­loaded free from iTunes and the App Store by search­ing for Sefton Savvy. Any­one in­ter­ested in at­tend­ing the events is asked to book their place in ad­vance by call­ing 0151 934 2296 or email­ing Adele.Hoski­son-Clark@

You can find out lots of in­for­ma­tion within the Lo­cal Of­fer at seftondi­rec­­fer

Young dis­abled peo­ple in Sefton have joined forces to cre­ate an app which pro­vides in­for­ma­tion and sup­port for any­one un­der 25 with ad­di­tional needs

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