Today is the last day of Volunteers’ Week and we would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to everyone who has helped the forum during our journey of representing parent voice and promoting co-production in Manchester’s Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) community.

Parents and carers are chatting at an MPCF coffee morning at Lifted carers' centre.

Parents and carers chatting at one of our coffee mornings at Lifted carers’ centre

Throughout the years, we’ve had the pleasure of inviting parents and carers to various consultations and co-production events for the benefit of improving SEND provision in Manchester. We know that time comes at a premium for many parent-carers and we are absolutely grateful that you gave us your precious time during these meetings.

We have also been blessed with volunteers who have lent a hand at our family events, parent events, and SEND conferences. This includes fellow parents and carers, member organisations of the Manchester Working Together Network, Manchester City Council staff, and even people who do not have children with SEND.

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A parent once shared to us how incredibly helpful it is to grocery staff who are “disability aware” and friendly.

Thanks as well to parents who have sent us stories to be published on our “Parent Sharing” blogs, specially to those who have taken the time to write guest posts. We encourage all parents and carers to share your stories with us. Not only will it help inform us of challenges (or joys) you are facing, it could also become a source of information (or inspiration) to fellow SEND parents who may be on the same boat. Who knows, you might find it enjoyable or therapeutic enough to decide to start your own blog?

Lastly, a HUGE THANKS to all past and present members of the MPCF Steering Committee, who have all tirelessly devoted countless hours and huge amounts of patience & effort in running the forum.

Volunteers’ Week may only be 7 days every calendar year but our gratitude runs forever.

Thank you, everyone.