Things are changing at IRIS

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22nd February 2019

You might have noticed that things have been changing recently, We know that change can be uncomfortable, so we’ve taken this opportunity to explain what’s happening:

Ask Us

The Ask Us Nottinghamshire team work to build a comprehensive resource to help parents of children and young people to navigate the everyday questions that special education needs and disabilities can bring.

The IRIS Project

The IRIS team produce a quarterly magazine and monthly newsletter, filled with useful information, good news stories and upcoming events. They can often be found out and about, covering events, taking photos and getting to know the community.

Ask Us and the IRIS Project work to make sure that children and young people with special education needs and disabilities and their parents are able to easily access and find the right services, groups and support in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

These services are now managed by Futures, who have a 25-year history of working with local authorities to deliver support services to mainstream, special and independent schools, as well as supporting young people not in education, employment or training (NEET).New Website development

While both services have always been linked, we are bringing them closer together. That includes merging the two separate websites into a one-stop-shop, where you can find everything you need relating to parenting of SEND children.  This is currently in development and will be live in the next few months. 

The Magazine

Since taking over Ask Us and The IRIS Project, we’ve focused on finding out what parents and young people have to say about the service and what they would change to make it more accessible and appealing. We’ve also been working hard behind the scenes to put those suggestions into practice, where possible.

So far, that has included redesigning the events section of the magazine, as well as introducing new sections and continuing to build a strong relationship with you, our readers.

Perhaps the largest change to come from this feedback will be the introduction of the Young People’s Zone, which has been named in consultation with local young people aged 16-25. This section will first appear in the April 2019 issue of IRIS and will be aimed at young people who may be thinking about making more independent choices about their lives. The section will be developed in line with the opinions and input of young people from across the city and county and will include information on transitioning, education, careers, activities and things to do within Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

We hope you like what we’re doing, but we welcome any feedback by email on