Summer? Already?

Wow, it’s officially Summer now we’re into June – where has the year gone?

I hope you all managed to enjoy the half term break (and the return to school!). We also took some time off from Forum work, but back now and raring to go.

I’m happy to tell you that the MaxCards have arrived and as soon as we have signed off the application form we can start sending them out. Until then you can check out their website here.

The next date for your diary is 7th July, when we have our next Open Forum. We are continuing our look at Education Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) and hope to draw together all the feedback we have received so far. Liz Perry, Solicitor (Disability Rights) at Slater and Gordon, will be speaking, and we will also have information about Independent Support. A session on Person Centred Planning will help us all stay focussed on our young people and as usual we offer you all a free lunch and travel and childcare expenses. Don’t forget if you have an EHCP, or are going through the process, we would really value your opinions. Our survey is still open here. Details of how to book a place will be out soon.

Back in March this year, Friday 13th actually, the Forum held an event with Mencap called “Hear My Voice”. It was about the General Election and Edward Timpson MP came along to answer some questions and meet some of our parent carers. Mencap regularly publish personal stories and requested one to present on the day. I decided to write about my son George and something I have been involved in, the #LBBill. Suzanne very kindly read it out for me as I was too emotional and you can find it here:  My story

The #LBBill means a lot to me and I am proud to have been part of the crowdsourcing and discussion that led to the first and now second draft. We are currently trying to lobby MPs and I am asking you to take a few minutes to contact your MP and ask them to support a Private Members Bill.

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