Somerset Parent Carer Forum’s activities are carried out for the benefit of Parent Carers and families of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Somerset. The work we do is focused in the following areas:
Enabling families to have a voice.
As members of the National Network of Parent Carer Forum’s we support the development of parent carer participation, a process in which parents work together with professionals to make improvements to local services. We act as a conduit for a wide variety of local professionals in their work with children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.
We organize consultations and information fairs where all parties can get together, get to know each other and get the help or facts they need. Of course, it’s not always possible to attend events or give your views in person, but you can still have your say by responding to our surveys, which are available online or by post.
Enabling families to support themselves
Parent Carers of children & young people with SEND often face many challenges including battling attitudes, poverty and isolation from their local communities. Everybody involved with our company is empathetic with the issues and challenges that parents and carers of children and young people with SEND are facing; they have been there, have faced those real life experiences.
Through our support groups, events and telephone line we support parents from our community in all aspects of caring and supporting a child or young person with SEND. Our website has information on local issues such as education, health and benefits and family life. Our social media platforms allow parents and carers to access up-to-date resources, support networks and events.
Enabling families to support each other
We organise local groups and workshops to bring parents carers together for practical and emotional support. Topics include welfare reform, challenging behaviour, managing relationships and transitions. We connect families going through similar experiences or whose child has the same condition or disability. We organise coffee mornings so parents can make new friends and socialise.