Our core purpose is to ensure parent carers in Somerset have a voice and help to make sure that services reflect the needs of local families. We are independent from the NHS, Local Authority and other education, health and care services, so parent carers can talk to us confidently and freely about their views and experiences.

We work together in partnership with various agencies to contribute to the development of services in order to improve and enhance the experiences and opportunities of children and young people with additional needs or disability by putting families at the heart of decision making.

As parent carers we know how hard it can be at times. There can be lots of information and it can be hard to know where to start. Sometimes you just need to talk to someone who ‘gets it’.

We provide a range of information and support for parent carers in Somerset. We run groups for you to meet up with other parents , workshops to get information and a phone line where you can speak to one of our parent representatives. All of these are run by parent carers who have a shared lived experience.

Woman talking to on a phone in a call centre

You can find out more about parent carer forums and what they do by watching the short video below.