SUN Groups

The Staffordshire Umbrella Network (SUN) is a networking group looking at issues affecting children and young people with special educational needs and their families.

The network provides an opportunity for parents, carers, young people, voluntary groups and agencies - such as education, social care and health - to get together and help to make a real difference to the quality of services and people's lives in the community.

We will:

  • Look at good practice.
  • Look at what parents and young people really want or need.
  • Provide a forum for consultation.
  • Help professionals and parents exchange information.
  • Provide agencies with a better understanding of children with additional needs and their families.

What's on offer?

Wellness Wednesday Coffee Hour

We know it’s a difficult time right now for everyone, we also understand it can be particularly stressful for parents of children with SEND who are in lockdown. Parents have told us how much they appreciate being able to chat to other parents who are in similar situations to them.

From Wednesday 24 February 2021 from 1.30pm – 2.30pm we will be hosting a virtual coffee hour via Microsoft teams every week.

It doesn’t matter if your children are sitting on your knee, running around in the background or sitting quietly by your side. There’s no agenda this is just an informal opportunity to chat to other parents, make friends, support each other share tips, cry, laugh or just sit and listen and be listened to.

If you’d like to join us, please email Tracy at:  and we will then send you a joining link. If something unexpected comes up (as often does) and you can’t make it on the day, don’t worry, you can always join another session.

Exciting News! 

Due to COVID-19 we have had to put SUN sessions on hold, however we are delighted to be able to announce that we are hosting some free short sessions online via Microsoft Teams starting Autumn Term 2020

Details of the online termly sessions can be found on the district SUN pages below. Current active network groups are: