We need YOUR help!
Parent/Carers Wanted to Shape the Future for our Children and Young People with SENDs in Plymouth
Are you a parent/carer of a child or young person (0-25 years) with a special educational need or disability? All parents have a say in the development of services for those with SEND and care needs in Plymouth.
We are all parent/carer volunteers, who came to the forum with a passion to shape the future for our children. Working as a team the forum enables us to learn new skills, develop self-confidence and involve ourselves in a voluntary role, all of which enhances our CV. More importantly, the forum gives us the opportunity to make a real difference to parents and families of children with SEND in Plymouth.
Plymouth Parent Carer Voice are seeking parents and carers to support our children and young people in the following ways:
- Membership – join our email list and receive a monthly newsletter; access to our Closed Facebook page; attend events to meet your needs; and complete surveys to help us represent the views of parent/carers at local, regional and national levels.
- General members - to share opinions and experiences of services in Plymouth at coffee mornings or 1:1 sessions with our volunteers; to inform us of the needs of our SEND community.
- Volunteers - visit schools, SEND groups and 1:1 meetings to gather information to enable us to represent the views of the SEND community.
- Members to help at PPCV events - we are planning to host 4 - 6 per year.
Members of PPCV attend regional and national conferences to allow us to gain knowledge of developments in the sector, as well as to make sure that SEND parents are represented not only locally, but also nationally. We currently access a wide range of information and activities through the National Network of Parent Carer Forums (NNPCF) and Contact. If you know of any organisations that you feel we should be interacting with, then do please do let us know.
Plymouth Parent Care Voice currently has a small core team, who guide the overall direction of the forum. Each steering group member has specific knowledge in a particular area of SEND. All members have children with additional needs and disabilities, ranging in age from pre-school to young adults. This ensures we maintain a broad SEND knowledge base and current understanding of services in our local area. PPCV represents the needs of families who have children and young people with SEND, aged from birth to 25.
We are currently looking to recruit new volunteer members for our steering group. We have representative vacancies for parent carers of children and young people (0-25 years) with the following disabilities.
- Physical Disabilities
- Learning Disabilities
- Profound and Multiple Disabilities
- Cerebral Palsy
- Deaf and or Visually Impaired
- Downs Syndrome
To keep Plymouth Parent Care Voice truly pan disability, we urgently need parent carers with a variety of skills, outlooks and experiences.
PPCV Committee members will attend a monthly steering group meeting which lasts about 2 hours. There will also be the opportunity to be involved with various activities including: co-production projects with the local authority; help with collating evidence; writing reports and designing leaflets; organising events; delivering parent participation training; facilitating specialist training to support parents who manage specific disabilities; research and data collection, to support the work of our members who represent parents on a variety of Plymouth City Council (PCC) Boards.
For further information please call Claire on 07954048017 or use the button below to email usContact Us
What we do
PPCV committee members, to help with collating evidence; write reports and leaflets; organise events; delivering parent participation training; facilitating specialist training to support parents who manage specific disabilities; research and data collection, to support the work of our members who represent parents on a variety of Plymouth City Council (PCC) Boards. Steering group meetings take place once a month for 2 hours.
Steering group representative members with specific skills and experience in particular disabilities, to attend PCC Boards and represent the views of parents in Plymouth. Boards represent Education, Health, Social Care, Autism, Transitions in Education, Transition to Adulthood, Employment and Mental Health. Boards typically meet once every 2 months.
Directors, members and employees of PPCV are responsible for the day to day running of the group and organising events, conferences and training etc.Meet The Team