Below is a message from the co-chairs of Greater Manchester (GM) Parent/Carer Workstream for the GM Health and Social Care Partnership (GMHSCP):


Parents and carers of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) are an often overlooked group of carers.

With the support of Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, we want to find out more about the experiences of parents and carers from across Greater Manchester, with a specific focus on parent/carers who experience multiple barriers to finding support, be that due to English not being their first language or other barriers such as poor technology skills.

We are running a short series of face-to-face and an online group conversations in March 2022 to listen and learn from parent/carer experiences and use this to help shape a better support offer across Greater Manchester.

The events are FREE. We value parent/carer time and expertise so you will receive funding* as a token of our appreciation. Your details will be collected at the time of registering on Eventbrite and signing into the event will confirm your attendance. Please click any of the links below to sign up for the relevant focus group that you wish to join:

  1. Face to Face Group 1 – Wed March 23 – 5pm – Salford
  2. Face to Face Group 3 – Fri March 25 – 10am – Tameside
  3. Face to Face Group 2 – Fri March 25 – 12pm – Wigan
  4. Online Group 4 Thu 24 March – 11am – Greater Manchester

If you are interested in taking part and sharing your experiences t0 help shape a better support offer, please sign up via the link, where you will be asked some questions to ensure we have a spread of location and experiences.

Thank you for your support.

Elizabeth and Justine (Co-Chairs Greater Manchester Parent/Carer Workstream)

* Payment will be £14 per hour; a maximum fee of £28.

About GMHSP:

Everyone in Greater Manchester deserves to live well. That’s why our NHS organisations and councils signed an historic devolution deal with the government.

Having taken charge of our own health and social care spending, we’re now working together to improve the health, wealth and wellbeing of the 2.8 million people living here.

We are the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership.

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An illustration showing that the GMHSCP is a partnership between Greater Manchester Combined Authority and the different NHS organisations in GM

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