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30th September 2020

Voice4Parents have set up an affiliated community group to work with local community and support groups for families with SEND children and young people. The community group will enable Voice4Parents to promote and support these groups as well as engage with their parents and carers, gathering their views and experiences of SEND services and provision in Wolverhampton. We will take this feedback, as one voice, to strategic meetings we attend with professionals and heads of these services. One member of our Voice4Parents community group is the parent and carer support group for Walsall, Wolverhampton and surrounding areas, who have just published their Autumn newsletter which you can read here. 

20th July 2020

Voice4Parents Summer 2020 Newsletter  is now available, it has updates on what you told us about your experiences of lockdown and what we did with this valuable information along with updates on what is happening in Wolverhampton including the consultation on the draft SEND strategy which we urge you to take part in. To read the newsletter please click here

Our newsletters are emailed to all our wider group members who have joined our mailing list, along with information on events, workshops and coffee mornings, consultations, surveys and requests for feedback on specific services and facilities in Wolverhampton, throughout the year.

If you wish to be added to our mailing list please click here.

10th May 2020

It is a very worrying time for us all at the moment, Voice4Parents' Co-Chair, Sarah Baker, has listened to many of your questions the forum have received over the last few weeks and has sent them all to the Local Authority (LA), the Clinical Commissioning Group (the CCG), Wolverhampton Information Advice and Support Service (IASS) and Health Watch, you may have seen on Facebook the response we had, for those who haven’t seen them already click here

25th April 2020

Like many of you over the last couple of weeks our steering group members have been busy juggling home life, adapting to the current situation, home schooling, staying safe and running Voice4Parents “virtually”.

Over the coming months Voice4Parents' steering group will be getting together (virtually), to discuss how we move forward with the running of the forum, how we engage with you, our members, and how we work with the local authority, health and other local SEND services.

Please keep checking here for updates and please stay safe!

13th January 2020

Voice4Parents' Steering Group members will be meeting on Wednesday, 15th January, to discuss plans for the coming year.

2019

Don't forget to follow us on Facebook, Voice4Parents-Wolverhampton, where you can find out what's happening in Wolverhampton, what Voice4Parents are currently involved in and you can also complete surveys and our latest polls.

17th December 2019

Voice4Parents' steering group members are parents and carers themselves and work on a voluntary basis. Voice4Parents have now finished work for the year and will return in January 2020 once our children and young people are back at school.

Our Voice4Parents end of year bulletin, 2019, is now available click here  This is emailed to all our wider group members who have joined our mailing list, along with information on events, workshops and coffee mornings, consultations, surveys and requests for feedback on specific services and facilities in Wolverhampton, throughout the year.

If you wish to be added to our mailing list please click here.

27th November 2019

The Co-Chairs of Voice4Parents presented the forum's report, based on the results of the Annual Survey, to the SEND Partnership Board in Wolverhampton today. The report will be used along with Wolverhampton's Spotlight on SEND report and the JSNA report to help shape the SEND Review for Wolverhampton over the next 5 years.

Click here to read the report

6th & 7th November 2019

Sarah (Co-Chair) & Lucy (Administrator) attended the annual National Network Parent Carer Forum (NNPCF) conference, it was a wonderful opportunity to meet other forums across the country, as well people from Contact, and to  be involved in the Parent Carer led discussion around what we would like focused on in the select committee SEND review.

5th September 2019

THANK YOU for taking the time to complete the Voice4Parents annual survey, all of the views and experiences you shared are being collated into a report and will be presented to the SEND and Commissioning Partnership Board at the end of November, and will be available on our website as soon as possible. Click here for the report.

1st February 2019

This week some of the steering group members met to plan an event to relaunch the forum and give parents and carers in Wolverhampton the opportunity to meet the steering group members and get to know more about the forum and what we do.

Watch this space for more details over the next few weeks.

21st November 2018

Co-chairs Sarah and Tracy are attending the National Network of Parent Carer forums (NNPCF) annual conference in Coventry.  The two day conference marks the 10th year of funded participation of parent carers through parent carer forums.  This program has been successful in many ways, but crucially it demonstrates the positive impact of engaging with parent carers at a strategic level throughout service design and commissioning.

This year the NNPCF will showcase the successes of parent carer forums and highlight the journey we have travelled so far, reflecting back on some of the challenges we have overcome as well as some of the achievements we should celebrate.