Meet the Team

The SENDIASS team are trained to give you accurate and relevant information and advice about special educational needs, as well as supporting you to make decisions about your child’s education.

All Advisers and Triage Officers have completed SEND legal training run by IPSEA (Independent Provider of Special Educational Advice). That means they can give you legally based information about your rights and responsibilities and those of schools, colleges, the Local Authority and education professionals.

They also attend regular training on SEND issues and all staff are fully Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checked. This means a check has been done to make sure they can work with vulnerable groups, such as young people.

Jasmine Dace

SENDIASS Triage Officer

As a child I was a young carer for my brother and my mum. I have several years of practical experience working with disabled young people, helping them to overcome their difficulties and realise their abilities… and have fun doing it! Now, I am enjoying using my skills and knowledge to help families to achieve better outcomes for their loved ones with SEND difficulties.  

Some of my hobbies/interests include:
I love exploring nature and the outdoors, cooking delectable dinners, and collecting crystals.  

Fun Fact about me:
I am also very creative, with a Bachelor’s degree in Illustration and previous involvement performing lead roles in theatre shows.

Amy Bolger

SENDIASS Triage Officer

I began my career as a 1:1 in a school for a child with cerebral palsy. After two years doing this I applied to Winchester University to train as a primary school teacher.  I have always had a fondness to work with children who have SEND.  I consider myself to be very friendly and as a teacher I would be the ‘go to’ person for parents before they sought advice from the SENCO. As a class teacher the parents knew me well and being a long standing member of the school made me reliable and approachable. After three years as a Reception teacher I started my training as a SENCO and then found out I was expecting my first child. 

My daughter has Spina bifida, hydrochepalus and Arnold chari II and requires medical intervention and support with day to day living.  I am currently a school governor at my daughters school and my governor role there is an SEN governor so I am in charge of filtering information through that team and meeting with the school SENCO and parents of children with SEN.  I also work for the charity Shine South which is specifically for families and individuals with Spina bifida and hydrocephalus.  I help run social events, chat and message with parents and fundraise for the upkeep of our lodge and the gatherings we host.

Some of my hobbies/interests include: 
I love food so anything related to cooking, eating out and social gatherings is my kind of thing.  I love watching films with my family and I spend a lot of time on my massage mat which I bought during the first lockdown and it has helped me massively to recharge, and refocus my mind.

Fun Fact about me:
I love adventures.  I have trekked through Nepal, climbed Annapurna, visited the Golden temple in Amritsar, climbed Machu Picchu and white water rafted in West Virginia.  If there is a new experience or fun adventure to be had I’ll be there.

Charlene Hemmings

SENDIASS Triage Officer

Many years ago I volunteered at a local playgroup, offering respite care for children with disabilities.  After having my own children, I went on to study for a Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Childcare and worked in a Pre-school as an Early Years Practitioner.  Whilst I loved working with the children, I felt that I wanted to be able to offer more support and advice to families, which led me to this role at Rose Road.

Some of my hobbies/interests include:
I love to bake cakes….and eat them!  As a family we love trips to the beach or the forest.  I really enjoy being creative and have attempted many different crafts including floristry, pottery, painting and bread making….I’m not very good but it’s fun having a go!

Fun fact about me: 
One day I WILL complete the Couch 2 5K app all the way to the end and start to actually enjoy running!  One day…..!

Maxine Jewitt

SENDIASS Parent/Young Person's Adviser

I have worked in the SEN field for about seventeen years either in advising, supporting, or teaching roles.

Some of my hobbies/interests include:
Cooking, gardening, walks in the countryside

Fun fact about me:
My favourite place is a tiny village called Brassy in Burgundy, France

Jen Jones

SENDIASS Parent/Carer Adviser

Hi, I’m Jen Jones. I’ve been working for West Berkshire SENDIASS since 2014. I focus on supporting parents of children aged 0-13. I really want to help empower parents and carers by providing impartial advice and information to support them with their individual situations. I currently work 4 days per week for SENDIASS, dealing mostly with supporting over the phone and travelling across the county to support at a variety of meetings.

I am a qualified Primary Teacher and previously worked for a charity supporting families with children who have acquired brain injuries.

Katherine Vowles

SENDIASS Manager

I have worked with disabled children and their families since 2010, starting as a Short Breaks Coordinator for the Local Authority and then moving on to working at a Cochlear Implant Centre. I have managed the SENDIASS Service since 2014 and am currently working across Southampton and Portsmouth. I also have a DipHE in Primary Education.

Some of my hobbies/interests include:
True Crime, music (especially George Michael), being outdoors as much as possible

Fun Fact about me:
I am also a swimming teacher and love teaching people to overcome their fear of the water