Hello Everyone

Wow! It’s been a busy six months for Manchester Parent Carer Forum. The Forum had it’s official launch the end of March – our conference report plus photos are now on the website.

We held coffee mornings in north, south and central Manchester, meeting lots of wonderful parent carers and capturing those trending issues.

In May we sent out a survey on SEND services in Manchester to which we received a high level of responses, this can now be viewed on our website – http://manchesterparentcarerforum.org.uk/send-survey-2017-results/.

We are currently working on a coproduction charter with Education, Health and Social Care which we hope will be available in the Autumn term. Members of our core steering group have continued to represent parent-carer voice at the SEND, Local Offer Review, Transition and All Age Disability Strategy Boards, as well as at various strategic meetings.

The Forum are currently working with Health and Manchester Local Authority on the design and delivery of a coproduction workshop for community health services to be delivered in October. There are lots of pieces of work in the pipeline. If you would like to get involved, email us at info@manchesterparentcarerforum.org.uk.

On behalf of the Forum I want to thank you all for your support and, most importantly, sharing your views. Without you all, this would not be possible. We have the honour of meeting so many of you and representing your voice. We are continuously inspired by you and together we really can make a difference.

Please take a moment to “become a member” if you have not done so already. Membership is free. We will have some exciting events starting in October exclusive for our members and our coffee mornings will resume in September to which All are welcome – we will update on ‘when and where’ nearer the time. Check out our website and Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/mpcfinfo also you can follow us on twitter @ManchesterMpcf for more details.

We wish you all a safe and happy summer!

Take care,

Manchester Parent Carer Forum – Together achieving better decisions and brighter futures for Manchester families of children and young people aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)