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Notes from our meeting – 28th April 2021

Notes from our meeting – 28th April 2021
It was great to see everyone at our Coffee and Cake with PPCV virtual meeting at 10:00 am on Wednesday 28th April. The meeting was chaired by Claire. Below is a summary of the discussions that took place.

New Website

The new and improved website is now live. Katie will schedule social media posts to make sure people are aware of the site and that people should register to access the members-only portal. The members-only portal will contain recordings of the presentations from the SEND Conference this year as well as additional information in time.

Sensory Library

Items have arrived and are being loaded onto the website. Shane will be responsible for running the library including cleaning and delivering. To save delivery costs, we discussed potentially approaching venues as drop-off/collection points (such as a library or local shops). This is something that we could review with Shane when it is up and running.

Disability-Friendly Playgrounds in Plymouth

As a result of the SEND & Celebration Conference (Part 1) a working party is being formed to ensure every park in Plymouth has disability friendly play equipment and to list all the accessible parks on the PPCV website. It was pointed out that a petition is currently being circulated regarding this. It would be useful to join forces with the person who started this to get some volunteers/parents/people with SEND involved in driving this forward.

PPCV and Publicity

There are still schools in Plymouth that are not aware of PPCV which means information about services, support and signposting is not filtering out to parents. We have just had some new leaflets printed so Jason suggested getting some envelopes customised and sent out to SENDCOs with plenty of leaflets for them to give out as appropriate to parents of children with SEND.

Claire suggested contacting PTAs and attending some of their events to publicise. Also, it would be worth asking some of our volunteers to join the Facebook pages of schools/PTAs and sharing information on our behalf. We should also target Home Ed groups in the Plymouth area, too.


It was discussed that now would be a good time to get a PPCV newsletter out to everyone. Not only would this enable us to advertise the new website, but we can also remind members about the PIP/DLA survey, volunteering (including publicity mentioned above), coffee and cake meetings and the drive to get disability play equipment in Plymouth playgrounds. Katie will liaise with Tracey.

Next Meeting

The next Coffee and Cake meeting will be at 10:00 on Wednesday 12th May 2021. Helen Huntley from the NSPCC will be joining us to talk about the Together for Childhood project in Plymouth, discuss the P.A.N.T.s resources and ask for thoughts on where Healthy Relationship information should go on the Local Offer. The initiative is suitable for all children of primary school age, not just those with SEND.

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