Today, I attended the parent/carer drop-in session at school – something I, unfortunately, haven’t done in quite a long time. Being that it’s been a sad week for many of us in Manchester, Peggy, the school’s Parent Support Adviser, thought we should focus today on positive things, things that make us happy. There was mention of The Newman Holiday Trust, an organisation that provides holidays for children and young people with special needs and disabilities, and even of slimming coffee! Of course, there was some getting-to-know-yous (it was a big group today), stories about our lovely children, and sipping of brew. A Really Nice Guy <wink, wink> even brought in some ice cream for the group. We also joined in the minute of silence in honour of the Manchester attack victims.
I was also hoping to be able to spread word to the group about a survey that Manchester Parent Carer Forum (MPCF) published, which is meant to gather parent-carers’ views on how Manchester’s Education, Health, and Social Care (EHC) settings are doing in terms of meeting the needs of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). MPCF is a group of volunteer parents-carers that works to represent the ‘voice’ of parents and carers of children and young people aged 0-25 with SEND. The survey is one of the ways with which they gather this collective voice, which will be then fed back to meetings and discussions with the local authority and the EHC settings, with the aim of shaping and developing services available to our children. Please click on the following link if you would like to answer the survey and/or learn more about MPCF: http://manchesterparentcarerforum.org.uk/manchester-parent-carer-survey-2016-2017/