Who We Are

Manchester Parent Carer Forum is a group of parents and carers of disabled children who work with Manchester Local Authorities, Education Settings, Health Providers and other providers to make sure the services they plan and deliver meet the needs of disabled children and families in Manchester.

We have a steering group of parent and carer volunteers who lead this work and listen to the views of other parents and carers in the local area to make sure they know what is important to them.


The Steering Group

SOLANGE TIMMSChair | Parent Carer Representative | Volunteer
I am a devoted mother of 2 boys with Special Educational Needs. Originally from Dublin, Ireland, I have lived in Manchester for the past 11 years. I have been part of the forum for a year and a half and have been Chair for the past year. I Co-Chair the Local Offer Review Board and sit on the SEND Implementation Board. I am passionate about having Parent and Carer voice at the heart of all services and promoting participation at every level.
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CATH STONEParent Carer Representative | Volunteer
My name is Cath Stone and I am the devoted mother of a young adult with the rare genetic disorder, Costello syndrome.

I have been a member of the forum a year and a half and have been involved in supporting people with disabilities for over 20 years. I am passionate about parents having the same voice as care workers and helping people with special needs to achieve the best they can.

I co-chair the local offer review board as well as sit on the transition board.

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DIARIETOU COULIBALYParent Carer Representative | Volunteer
Hello, my name is Jaryah. I’m a mother of three and my oldest child, Mohammed, is diagnosed with autism. I am a member of the parents’ group at The Grange school.
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GAIL NICHOLSONParent Carer Representative | Volunteer
Hello! My son is on the autistic spectrum and has ADHD. He has high verbal and academic ability but complex social and behavioural needs, and we are in the middle of making a transition from mainstream to specialist school. Through my own research into his condition I have joined numerous support groups and met many other parents of SEN children. Although we have been lucky with the system – early diagnosis, fantastic support from CAMHS, LEA and school – I keep hearing the stories of those who haven’t been so lucky, and the problems they encounter. I want to help all parent/carers to have the best chances for their children, to be listened to and supported, and have choice and access to realistic options. This forum seems the best way to ensure that can happen, I joined a year and a half ago and I’m really excited by how much we have achieved already. Our steering group is a lovely and diverse set of dedicated, caring people I am proud to have as friends and I look forward to the membership growing and strengthening over time. Manchester is a big city with a lot of SEND families; together we have a powerful voice!
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GURMEET SINGHParent Carer Representative | Volunteer
I am a mother to 3 children, two of which have autism & severe learning difficulties. I have been a part of the new forum for a year and a half. I am a Manchester Local Offer Parent Champion as well.

Being a sole carer I appreciate the struggles that we face to get the best for our children and believe by parents/ carers uniting we become a stronger force.

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JENNY DUFFParent Carer Representative | Volunteer
I am a dedicated wife to Kevin and a devoted mum to Jessica, Amy, and Liam, who are all adults now. I am a full-time foster carer to two children and also a Shared Lives provider to an adult who lives with me full-time.

I have worked as a Multi-link Worker for the Manchester City Council for 9 years. These days, I provide Short Breaks for children/ young people with SEND, as well as for adults with disabilities. I also run a weekly youth club for children and young people with disabilities, as well as playschemes in the summer.

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JORDAN NAVARROIT Support | Parent Carer Representative | Volunteer
I’m a proud dad to a lively young boy with ASD. Being a Filipino living in Manchester, I try to embody the bayanihan spirit and give back to this lovely city by helping out wherever possible, particularly within the SEND community. Aside from volunteering in MPCF, I also chair school charity Buddies of The Birches (BOBS), participate in Manchester’s Local Offer Parent Champions programme, and help out in Lifted Carer’s Centre as IT specialist and administrator.
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TAHEERA ASHRAFParent Carer Representative | Volunteer
Hi, I am a mum to three lovely girls. My youngest daughter has special needs. I have lived in Manchester all my life and have been a part of the Manchester forum for a couple of years. I am also a Parent Champion. I really want to help parents and carers, giving them support and also helping them to find the right information.
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Who can join Manchester Parent Carer Forum?

Parents or carers of a child/young person aged 0-25 with any type of additional need or disability and live in Manchester are welcome to join.

Joining our forum does not mean you have to commit lots of time. You can join and receive information, and then decide if you want to get more involved at your own pace.

The forum represents the views of parents in the local area but does not advocate for individual families.