20th Anniversary Press release
The Berkshire Sensory Consortium Service (BSCS) have been celebrating their 20th Anniversary with children and young people and their families from across Berkshire at the Thames Valley Adventure Playground in Taplow. The event organised by BSCS provided families the opportunity to meet each other and to celebrate a Berkshire wide service which has supported their deaf, vision and multi-sensory impaired young people in their homes and for nearly all, in their local mainstream school or college over the last two decades. This was the first time the young people who are supported by the Service have come together as a larger group. Parents and the pupils themselves spoke highly of the difference the specialist teaching and advice from BSCS has made, not just educationally but also in growing confidence and positive self-esteem. The event sponsored by Guide Dogs, Berkshire Deaf Children’s Society, Shanly Corporation and Swings and Smiles, saw families enjoy an afternoon of activities, soft play and outdoor games as well as a time to chat and make new friends.
Jane Peters, Head of the Service spoke of her vision of ‘ Good Outcomes Positive Futures’ for all sensory impaired young people and how this can be achieved when we work together in partnership with schools, families and our Local Authorities. The Service is regarded as an example nationally of good practice and was set up as a joint arrangement across the six Berkshire Unitary Authorities, hosted by the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, in 1998 as a way of meeting the special educational needs of those with sensory impairment. Over the last 20 years the Service has grown and continues to strive to achieve the best outcomes for all of our children and young people. The Service looks forward to the next challenging but exciting opportunities in the future.