Monthly Archives: February 2014

Funding For Parent Carer Forums

The Government has confirmed funding for Parent Carer Forums for next year. In 2014-2015, £15,000 will be available for each Forum – an increase of £5,000 compared to the current financial year. Parent Carer Forums have a key role to play in implementing the SEN reforms at a local level. The additional funding available next year reflects the growing demands on them to work closely with local authorities and other partners to deliver the reforms. (Department for Education)


Wills and Trusts Vouchers

Wills and Trusts are an important consideration for all families but especially those who have children with additional needs.  Cerebra are offering vouchers worth £350 towards the cost of these:



Strategic Clinical Networks

Cheshire and Merseyside Strategic Clinical Networks are looking for people who might be interested in joining their People’s Voice network. Strategic Clinical Networks are working in the following areas of interest:

· Cancer

· Cardiovascular – heart, kidney, diabetes, stroke

· Maternity, Children and young people’s services

· Mental health, dementia and neurological conditions (e.g. Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis)

· Palliative and End of Life Care

If you are interested in getting involved or would like further information, please visit their website for further details:

We’ve got a new website! – Editor’s Blog

Editor’s Blog:

Well, after lots of sweat and tears (no blood..yet!), we have launched our new website.  We have consulted with parents and professionals along the way, to try and make the site the best it can be, but it will always be a work in progress and we need your input and feedback to ensure it remains current and relevant to you.

There are some more funky bits of functionality that we will launch in the next few months (webinars and Q&A sessions with experts) but we hope even this launch version will provide you with lots of information and useful contacts which you didn’t know before.

Ultimately, we are here to make your life and the life of your family better informed and easier.

Thanks to Thrive Creative for everything you have done for us and also to all our Parent and Associate members for your input.

Let me know what you think.

Helen xx