We are a group of volunteer parents and carers of children and young people (birth -25 years) with disabilities and additional needs. We believe parents’ and carers’ views are vital when bringing about changes which will enable all children and young people with disabilities to lead full and enriched lives. We are passionate about children and young people having more choice and control over their own lives.
We engage with children and young people with disabilities/additional needs and their families; working with them to develop ideas for improvements to current services and support. We meet regularly, share information and provide training for families and professionals. We attend strategic meetings to ensure the voices of young people and their parents are heard.
We meet at our base in Castleton on the second Tuesday of each month, 6pm-8pm, when a senior member of staff from the Children & Young People With Additional Needs Service is available to speak with individual parents. We also hold a monthly coffee morning, 10am–12 noon, on the second Wednesday of each month. A member of the SENDIASS team is available to speak with individual parents at both our monthly meetings. We welcome new members and want our forum to represent people from all parts of our community.
The Parents’ Forum for Children with Disabilities in Rochdale, Heywood, Middleton and Pennine was started in 2003 by a small group of parents who wanted to make a difference. Over the years the forum has provided information and training to both families and professionals. The Forum has built a reputation as a group which works co-productively with both parents and professionals to bring about positive change.
In 2018 the Parents’ Forum became a Community Interest Company and the name was changed to The Parent Carers Voice. We are part of a Regional and National network of parent carer forums.