Monthly Archives: May 2015

CWP LD CAMHS parents’ information packs – your input please!

CWP (Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Trust)’s LD CAMHS team are putting together information packs to support families when they first come to the service, and would love to hear from service users about what they think would be useful

Click here to open the SHORT SURVEY ON LD CAMHS WELCOME PACK

They are also designing a leaflet to inform and support parents and carers through the process of transition from children’s to adult services, and would like some feedback on what information they should include.

Click here to open the SHORT SURVEY ON LD CAMHS TRANSITION LEAFLET

 

Let’s Play – disabled activities day

Let’s Play is an exciting event for people to try different disability activities across the country. The events are to give disabled people the opportunity to try a range of different sports, find out information the nearest club and ask any questions you may have.

For more information on the event, including booking onto an individual event, follow this link to the Lets Pay website.

Let's Play

 

Opportunities at Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Trust (CWP)

CWP (Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Trust) have asked us to let you know about the following opportunities:

1. One parent carer needed to attend CAMHS Governance meetings for Cheshire East, to take place bi-monthly and shared with an existing parent carer involvement rep based in Macclesfield. They alternate between Macclesfield and Crewe, so you would need to attend a meeting in Crewe about 3 times a year

2. CWP also wish to involve parent carers in the recruitment of it’s staff. You need to attend a day of training in order to take part in their interview process. You will learn about how their interview panels work and will be able to influence the appointment of new staff from a parent carer perspective. If you are thinking of going back to work afer a career break, this is an ideal opportunity to learn about interview techniques, and you also get to meet some very interesting people.
There are a number of possible training dates available throughout June, depending on the interest.

CWP pay for travel expenses and an hourly rate for your time.

If you are interested in either of these opportunities, please email cheshireeastpcf@gmail.com or call 07794431768, letting us know which opportunity you are interested in and we can send you more information.

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CWP Involvement Opportunities

Dear Parent Carer Member,

We have been asked by CWP (Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Trust) to let you know of the following opportunities:
1. One parent carer needed to attend CAMHS Governance meetings for Cheshire East, to take place bi-monthly and shared with an existing parent carer involvement rep based in Macclesfield. They alternate between Macclesfield and Crewe, so you would need to attend a meeting in Crewe about 3 times a year.
2. CWP also wish to involve parent carers in the recruitment of it’s staff.
You need to attend a day of training in order to take part in their interview process. You will learn about how their interview panels work and will be able to influence the appointment of new staff from a parent carer perspective. If you are thinking of going back to work after a career break, this is an ideal opportunity to learn about interview techniques. And you also get to meet some very interesting people!
There are a number of possible training dates available throughout June, depending on the interest.
CWP pay for travel expenses and an hourly rate for your time.
If you are interested in either of these opportunities, please let us know which opportunity you are interested in and we can send you more information.  Email cheshireeastpcf@gmail.com
best wishes,
Nicola
Chair, CEPCF

 

AGM 2015: Chair and Treasurer’s reports

We held our Annual General Meeting on Monday 27 April. It was great to see all of you who came and took part.

We said big thanks you to our departing Chair, Suzanne Hoxworth and Treasurer, Lucy Wilcox, and we elected Nicola Bartzis as our new Chair, and Gill Davies as our new Treasurer.

Please follow these links to read the Chair’s report and the Treasurer’s report:

Chairpersons report 2015

Treasurer’s report 2014-15

Short break assessment consultation

Need a short break?

It starts with an assessment! Come along to the consultation to find out more

Cheshire East Parent Carer Forum are working with Cheshire East Local Authority to review the Short Break Assessment process. Parent Carers in Cheshire East are invited to take part.

Lunch is provided, childcare expenses can be reclaimed.

Where? Sandbach Town Hall
(If you need a lift, or are able to offer a lift to another parent carer, please let us know when you book your place)

When? Friday, 22 May, from 10am to 2pm

To book your place please call 07794431768, or email cheshireeastpcf@gmail.com (please let us know if you have any dietary requirements)

Short Break Assessment Event

Short Break Assessment: Consultation

Need a short break?

It starts with an assessment! Come along to the consultation to find out more

Cheshire East Parent Carer Forum are working with Cheshire East Local Authority to review the Short Break Assessment process. Parent Carers in Cheshire East are invited to take part.

Lunch is provided, childcare expenses can be reclaimed.

Where? Sandbach Town Hall
(If you need a lift, or are able to offer a lift to another parent carer, please let us know when you book your place)

When? Friday, 22 May, from 10am to 2pm

To book your place please call 07794431768, or email cheshireeastpcf@gmail.com (please let us know if you have any dietary requirements)

Short Break Assessment Event

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Blog #1 Democracy

Having just taken on the role of Chair, I was going to concentrate on local issues in my first blog, and our plans for the year ahead. National events i.e. the General Election, have taken over so I’ll save that for a later date.

So what does a Tory majority government mean for us, parent carers in Cheshire East?

Well, from their manifesto the Conservatives aim to:

  • reduce spending on Welfare, making it harder to claim benefits (they still have not said how they will make £12bn savings)
  • increase spending on the NHS by £8bn a year by 2020, although this is just enough to maintain current services
  • We can expect to see more cuts to Local Authority budgets
  • Replace the Human Rights Act with a British Bill of Rights (Is that Britain with or without Scotland?)
  • increase the number of free schools

I could go on, but other people can say it much more eloquently than me (blog) – all I know is, the next 5 years are going to be tough.

So what can we do about it?

Well, we can do what we always do when we get a reality check – pick ourselves up, dust ourselves down and get stuck in with what needs to be done to make sure our children and young people get the support they need.

So we will continue our conversations with the Local Authority, Health, Social Care and Education. With the people who provide the services we use and the treatments we receive. And with the parent carers we are supposed to be representing.

Cheshire East Parent Carer Forum exists to represent ALL the parent carers of Cheshire East. We are not aligned with any political party, we aim to represent all disabilities and additional needs and ages 0 to 25. We receive funding directly from the Government (I hope that this will continue!) and we are run by a group of volunteer parent carers.

BUT we can’t represent you if we don’t know what your priorities are. We can publish survey after survey after email after text after Open Forum after consultation… None of it will make a difference if we all decide not to take part. We will do our best to make it as accessible as possible, but without YOU, your ideas, your opinions, your support, the Parent Forum won’t be able to speak out or challenge some of the tough decisions in the years ahead.

So please, when you come across a request to fill in a survey or an invitation to an event, please don’t just pass over it as too much trouble. It might be that your vote input is just what we need to make a real difference.

All comments welcome!

Nicola

Chair, CEPCF