Patricia & Catriona stride out to help SENAC

Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon 13K walk 1 May 2017

Once again Patricia and her daughter Catriona are walking 13k to help raise money for SENAC.

Every year more and more children with learning disabilities are in need of SENAC’s support and we want to continue to meet their need for additional support in school.

We are indebted to Patricia and Catriona for their incredible fundraising and energy year on year. If you would also like to support SENAC and help them reach or indeed exceed their target, please have a look at their fundraising page Patricia & Catriona where you can donate securely.


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Join us at the Pavillion Stormont for a night of fun and dancing to raise funds to support SENAC.

Friday 3rd February 2017 @ 7.30pm

Learn all the basics of salsa in a 2hr salsa dance taster class or just come along and enjoy the dancing. Everyone is welcome including beginners. The class will be led by top salsa teacher David Hynes.

Salsa demonstration and fun spot prizes.

Doors open 7,30pm and class starts at 8.00pm £10 per person or £18 per couple

Book Salsa tickets

The Pavilion at Stormont,
Upper Newtownards Road,
Belfast  BT4 3TA


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Vacancy – Children’s Advocate

Children’s Advocate – CLOSED

The Special Educational Needs Advice Centre (SENAC) wishes to appoint a Children’s Advocate to provide an independent advice and advocacy service for families of children with special educational needs and disability on the special educational needs system in Northern Ireland.

SENAC is a charity supporting over 800 children and young people and their families each year. SENAC provides independent advice, information and advocacy relating to the special educational needs system in Northern Ireland. SENAC is committed to promoting and safeguarding the rights of all children to equality of opportunity in their education.

Children’s Advocate:

2 year fixed term post                         32 hours per week

Salary: £24943 per annum in year 1.


The Children’s Advocate will:

  • Provide an advice and advocacy service for families of children with special educational needs and disability on the special educational needs system in Northern Ireland
  • Advocate for children and young people with special educational needs and disability in relation to special educational needs provision

This post will be subject to a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure check from Access NI

Applicants will be required to demonstrate how they will effectively meet the travel requirements of the post.


Closing date for return of completed application forms is Friday 27th Jan 2017 @2.00pm

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VACANCY – Tribunal Representative – Closed

SENAC wish to appoint a Tribunal Representative to provide independent advice, support and representation on SEN Appeals for families appealing to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal (SENDIST).

Closing Date: Monday 7th November 2016, no later than 2.00pm.



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Noel Johnston has taken on the challenge of cycling from Belfast to Poland, he will travel 2000 km in 30 days. Noel is hoping to raise money for two charities – Hope 4 Jordan campaign and for SENAC

If you feel you would like to support either of these charities you can donate through Noelie’s GoFundMe page we would be very grateful for your support.

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Interested in joining our Management Committee?

SENAC has grown and developed since it was first set up in 2003. In the last year over 800 children and their parents received advice and advocacy from SENAC. Central to the Charity’s success and sustainability is a governance team with the necessary balance of skills and knowledge required to ensure the Charity meets its requirements as a charity, a company and an employer.

SENAC is seeking a Chair and Board members to join our current Board to continue to provide a high standard of governance to support the work of the Charity. If you feel you would have the relevant experience and skills that would be of value to the management committee we would be very pleased to hear from you.

Please click on Roles and Responsibilities for further details Roles & Responsibilities


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Thank you to our sponsors

We want to thank our generous sponsors for making our Golf @ Clandeboye event possible. Their financial support will help us to continue to provide independent advice on special education to families in Northern Ireland.

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Bull and Claw Donaghadee

EXSTO Fitness –

Genesis Advertising –

MMW Millar McCall Wylie –

mts Speers –

Open Fairways –

SD Management Services –





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Golf Flyer

Are you a golfer? Come and join us at Clandeboye Golf Course on Friday 29th April 2016. For only £40 per player spend the afternoon on a champion golf course followed by a 2 course meal. Join as an individual or sign up as a team. To register go to our Donate page Golf @ Clandeboye

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QUIZ NIGHT – fun + entertainment + prizes + raffle

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We are running a Quiz Night on Friday 19th February 2016 to raise funds for SENAC. Your support will help us to continue to give free advice to  parents.

Would you support us by coming along on the night? Or if you can persuade your friends and colleagues to come as a team (5 max) we would be delighted to see you.

Friday 19th February 2016

7.30pm in the Ivanhoe Hotel, Carryduff BT8 8EU

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Thank you to K&M Technical Ltd

We had a lovely surprise last week when K&M Technical contacted us to say they wanted to support us. We are very grateful to Lee, Stephen and the staff from K&M Technical Ltd for their very generous and unexpected donation. It keeps the whole team going when we know that the work we carry out here is appreciated and supported by caring people.

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