Benefits of Membership
There are a host of benefits to membership of The Local Offer, an innovative, forward-thinking social enterprise providing a platform for education, health & social care services and increasing choice & control for parents, carers, young people & professionals.
There are a range of fixed and ad hoc benefits for those joining at all Membership Levels, right up from Simple Registration through to Platinum Level Membership. Fixed benefits include a planned delivery of designed membership benefits, whilst Ad hoc benefits arise out of context or through The Local Offer's connections with other organisations, including the conference sector, publishing industry & engagement with cross-sector education, health & social care services.
Salford University, for instance, offers members of The Local Offer, discounted and sometimes free places at its frequent SEN & Disability confernces. As Founder, I am frequently given a number of free places at national conferences where I am invited to speak, which have included The Royal Academy of Art, Westminster Education Forum, Public Policy Exchange and more.
Fixed Benefits include the following:
- A unique Provider Profile page containing contact details, website & social media links & detailed service descriptor
- Inclusion on the Road Map of SEND Provision, one of the most popular pages on the site, with easy access for all site visitors
- Easy access to your service for site visitors by up to 6 search criteria via the Provider Search feature
- The ability to show the geographical reach of your service via Google locator pins, showing the locations of your bases, or all the local authorities where you have a presence
- Ability to add live links to your own website and services (dpeendent on Subscription level)
- Opportunities to revise and update your Provider Profile page in line with your Membership Subscription Benefits
- Use of The Local Offer logo on your own site and publicity material (dependent on Subscription level)
- Ability to add content on the site via the Provider Articles & Case Studies page
- Ability to create links to the site or specific pages to increase access to Information, Advice & Guidance
- Access to a directory of SEND support services for Parents & Carers on the Useful Contacts & Support page
- Monthly e-newsletter, with a focus on policy updates, local & national news stories and spotlight on new Members
- Discount offers of 10% off all consultancy fees for short term, ad hoc or project-based work from The Local Offer
In addition to Fixed Benefits, The Local Offer provides Members with a range of ad hoc benefits, arising from context or the generous offers from associated organisations.
Ad hoc Benefits include:
- Discounted or free place offers at national or regional SEND conferences, based on offers from associated organisations and the involvement of The Local Offer in the conference - offered on a first come, first served basis to Members only
- References in SEND magazine, SEN Leader and other specialist magazines, through regular articles high-lighting good practice in SEN & disability - with some articles a collaborative exercise inviting Members of The Local Offer to contribute
- Representation at Government policy stakeholder engagement events, including the Green Paper on Children & Young People's Mental Health, with specific references given to services registere on the site making effective mental health provision
- Representation in national conference presentation papers, where specific organisations are named high-lighting best practice or innovative approaches to addressing SEND in children & young people
- Direct email contact alerting Members to opportunities that arise from calls to The Local Offer requesting specific support
- A pro-active approach to making introductions and putting people and services in touch with each other to mutual benefit
- Social media connections across Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and more recently, Instagram
- Opportunities to share video content via the social media platforms (dependent on Subscription level)
Self portrait: Young girl with mental health difficulties, Year 4.