Portage Award Nominee!!

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portageJane Rose, Portage Co-ordinator was nominated for an award earlier this year.

Lincolnshire Parent Carer Forum (LPCF) asked Parent/Carers to nominate people who work with their SEND children, who provide excellence.

A portage parent, who nominated Jane said, “Jane was one of the first people to work with my daughter and be really positive about her. She is so passionate about her role and the children she works with. She always has new ideas to try with my daughter and sees her in such a positive way focusing on her abilities. She will always try and help me find information and put me in touch with other organisations.

When my daughter was first diagnosed I felt lost and Jane organised a portage coffee morning to help me and other parents meet up.

In between visits she will often send a photo of something my daughter did or some extra stickers for my son so he doesn’t feel left out.

She is truly a great example of someone in the perfect role for them who really cares.”

Jane, Portage Co-ordinator said, “What an honour it is to be nominated! It is a privilege to visit the wonderful families who are receiving our service. Thank you to the family who took their time to put me forward for a nomination.”

GANF provides Portage and supports families in Grantham and the surrounding areas. Portage is a home visiting educational service for pre-school children with additional needs. These may be learning difficulties, developmental delay or physical difficulties. The Portage Team aims to help families by working with them in the home, helping them to meet the needs of their child.

The name Portage comes from the town of Wisconsin, USA where the home teaching scheme was developed in the 1970’s.

The Portage Home Visitor works with parents in their home because young children initially learn best in the security of their own environment, with the people who know them. In this way the best teaching programmes can be developed for every child. 

There are eight Portage Teams in Lincolnshire, each comprising of a Portage Team Coordinator and Portage Home Visitors. The Portage Home Visitors may come from different professional backgrounds such as Health, Social Services or Education. They and the Portage Coordinator are all trained to National Portage Association standards. The Lincolnshire Portage Teams are affiliated to the National Portage Association.

The Portage Home Visitor regularly meets with other professionals working with pre-school children to share ideas and review progress. These people may include Physiotherapists, Speech & Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Educational Psychologists. General discussions take place but direct referrals to these services only occur with parental permission.

Jane RoseHOW DO YOU REFER?
Children can be referred from birth by Parents/Carers or any agency involved with the child such as Health Visitors, GP’s, Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Paediatricians, Educational Psychologists, Nurseries etc.

If you require any further information regarding Portage, please contact:
Mrs Jane Rose
Portage Co-ordinator on:
07725 595 375 / 01476 564957 or email: 
jane.rose@ganf-cit.co.uk