about us

WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE DO

We are a voluntary group of parent carers, all experts by experience, with a lived understanding of how challenging life can be raising a child with additional needs and / or disabilities.

Our aim is to gather the voices of Warwickshire parent carers and let these be heard to ensure that services meet the needs of our children and our families.

We do this by gathering views and experiences in a variety of ways to suit all circumstances. We then work in partnership with the local authority, education settings, health and other providers to highlight where local services and processes are working well or challenge when changes or improvements need to be made.

Although we are not a support group, we have lots of resources and information and our Facebook so you never need to feel like you are all alone.

We also provide training and signposting in the areas needed to provide information and empowerment to parent carers.

In a post Covid world we will be hosting events to give families an opportunity to come together. We will provide information, facilitate the sharing of stories and enable parent cares to support each other and create change.

Our Steering Group

Our Steering Group is made up of parent carers from across Warwickshire.

Elaine

Elaine

Chair

Hello, I’m Elaine and I was excited to get involved as Chair of the new parent carer forum for Warwickshire as I have a passion for community development and making society a better place. I have four children aged 8-17 in mainstream schools, two with identified additional needs – one with an EHCP and the other on SEN support. In addition to being a parent carer, I work part time for a charity managing a community centre and am a trustee for a national charity.

Cathy

Cathy

Hello everyone I’m Cathy and I’m mum to two neurodivergent teens (of all flavours!). It has been a tough few years, and I’m keen to bring about change so that others don’t have to go through what we did. I also run Autistic Girls Network charity, and am studying for a Masters in Autism in my ‘spare’ time.

Tricia

Tricia

Hi I’m Tricia. I work in autism outreach, am a SEND Governor at a local Nursery, and have also been a local councillor for 7 years now. The reason I have volunteered to be part of the Steering Committee of WPCV is because I am passionate about ensuring parent carers have easier to navigate and supportive services, and that no family, or child is left behind.

Melissa

Melissa

Hi I’m Melissa, volunteer Treasurer and love anything spreadsheets & data. I’ve volunteered to help ensure there is a mechanism for parent carer voices to be heard in the shaping of SEN services to be supportive and accessible to all.

Hayley

Hayley

Hayley Williams-Hindle. Parent to 4 sons: ages 4-14, two are ASD and ADHD, as am I. I’m a coach, brain change practitioner, an artist (data visualisation) and researcher into autism and practical interventions to support ND wellbeing and co-founder of Siblings at the Same School movement (2012). Excited to be in the mix here – collaborating to shift into more productive, efficient and informed and compassionate connection with our children and young people.

About us

We are a voluntary group of parent carers, all experts by experience, with a lived understanding of how challenging life can be raising a child with additional needs and / or disabilities.

Our aim is to gather the voices of Warwickshire parent carers and let these be heard to ensure that services meet the needs of our children and our families.

Join Us

You can become a Member of Warwickshire Parent Carer Voice if you have a child age 0-25 with any Special Educational Need or Disability (whether they have a diagnosis or not) and you live in or access services for your child in Warwickshire.

OUR STRENGTH IS IN OUR NUMBERS

Volunteer

We run almost entirely on volunteers, our Steering Group, our Parent Reps and those who help out at events or coffee mornings or with admin. We need you to help us build Warwickshire Parent Carer Voice into an organisation that can make a difference in shaping co-produced services, taking into account the needs and preferences of parent carers of children and young people with SEND.

Links & Support

Help us build this into the ultimate signposting resource so that the parent carers in Warwickshire can find all the information they need quickly.

What We've done

Find out what your Parent Carer Forum is up to and what’s been happening for families of children and young people with SEND in Warwickshire.

News & Events

Happy Christmas

Happy Christmas

Wishing all our families and supporters a Happy Christmas and best wishes for 2022. We will be taking a break (as soon as the Written Statement of Action has been sent to Ofsted) and will be back in the New Year.

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Feedback Survey

Feedback Survey

Do you have some feedback for us? Something making you ? Our new feedback survey is now open for you to let us know your current experiences as they happen. This will be open permanently and the responses will be reviewed monthly and will used to help us understand...

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Autism in schools project

Autism in schools project

We are really pleased that Warwickshire is working together with Coventry, Birmingham and Solihull to be part of the Autism in Schools pilot. This project will work with two mainstream secondary schools in each Local Authority area. Our Autism in Schools Project aims...

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PRIORITIES SURVEY RESULTS

PRIORITIES SURVEY RESULTS

Thank you to everyone who completed our survey, you can read our full summary here. The survey of parent carers was carried out between 12th and 22nd October 2021 to find out parent carers views on the SEND inspection report. Parent Carers were asked what they thought...

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WPCV PARENT CARER PANEL

WPCV PARENT CARER PANEL

Today we launched our new Warwickshire Parent Carer Voice (WPCV) Panel. This an online community of WPCV members that is used to help the Steering Group with wider coproduction / opinion gathering and for sharing opportunities for further involvement. Any member of...

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Partnership Agreement signed

Partnership Agreement signed

Our very first co-produced document has finally been signed off by the representatives from Warwickshire County Council and Coventry and Warwickshire Clinical Commissioning Group. We started working on this back in the spring and held sessions with various members of...

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Inspection letter published

Inspection letter published

The Local Area SEND inspection report is now published, you can view it here.   The local area is now required to produce and submit a Written Statement of Action toOfsted that explains how the local area will tackle the following areas of significantweakness:...

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welcome to wpcv

welcome to wpcv

As a new forum starting from scratch it’s a lot of relationship building and working out which meetings our partners want us to attend and where we think we should be involved to influence the decisions being taken.   There is a lot to take in and we are...

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