ABOUT US

ABOUT US

We are independent parent carers working together to raise awareness and improve outcomes for all children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND 0-25).

We work with organisations that provide services for our families. We are completely independent of the Local Council and Health services which lets us share the experiences and ideas of parent carers, giving them a voice and effect positive change.

While the forum is not a support group, we want to work with all support groups across the borough to ensure the voice of their members is heard. The forum is passionate that the collective voice of all families is being heard.

We are independent parent carers working together to raise awareness and improve outcomes for all children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND 0-25).

We work with organisations that provide services for our families. We are completely independent of the Local Council and Health services which lets us share the experiences and ideas of parent carers, giving them a voice and effect positive change.

While the forum is not a support group, we want to work with all support groups across the borough to ensure the voice of their members is heard. The forum is passionate that the collective voice of all families is being heard.

MEET THE TEAM!

MEET THE TEAM!

Heather Delaney

-Chair and Director

My name is Heather and I have 2 children with SEN, mental health difficulties, and health difficulties. Both my children have been in mainstream school, gone through the EHC process and are now at Specialist Schools. I have had to deal with the challenges of getting diagnoses and EHC plans and getting the right school placements for both children.

I have completed the IPSEA SEN legal training and have done lots of training on child mental health.

I believe that by parents working together and working with the local authority, health and other services we can make a difference.

Fozia

Hi, my name is Fozia. I am a Mum to two children. My son has additional needs and has been awarded an EHCP and attends a mainstream school.

I have been through the process which can be extremely challenging at times and requires a lot if resilience. I am focused on supporting other parents who face the same issues with their children and to help improve the services within Solihull to meet our children’s changing needs throughout their journey in life.

Samantha May - Director

Hello my name is Samantha, I have three children two sons and a daughter. My daughter was diagnosed as ASD and suffers with high levels of anxiety.

We as a family have experienced negative and positive experiences of the SEN services of the local authority and other local agencies. Throughout our journey, the most important thing we have tried to do is for every professional working with our daughter is to hear her ‘voice’ on what was happening to her and not just see her as a case number.

I am passionate in my personal and work life that I work towards ensuring that children and young people’s voices are heard and that they shape the services that are provided to them. Also that families no matter where they are on their journey have the access to the right information they need to ensure that they get the right support they need for themselves and their child/children.

I am looking forward to being part of the parent carer forum and working with other parents to ensure that an effective change is made in the services offered to children with additional needs within Solihull, so they are child/young person focused.

Mandie

Hello, my name is Mandie. My daughter has some additional needs and has an EHC plan. She currently attends a mainstream school with 1:1 support.

I have found that we have had some positive experiences but also some negative and very stressful experiences of working with the LA and other agencies.

I am looking forward to working with other parents to bring positive changes for our children and their families.

Stephanie Freeman

– Finance Manager and Director

I’m Steph, I’m a mom of 4, with 2 of my children having additional needs. My daughter has ASD, mental health issues and suffers with severe anxiety. My son has ASD and ADHD, he has educational delays and sensory processing issues. Both are mainstream schooled, my son is in primary and my daughter is secondary.

I’m currently starting the EHC process with my son. I also myself
have dyslexia myself which wasn’t diagnosed until I went to college as my school refused to test.

I live in the south of Solihull, previously been a part of a number of constituted groups and want to become a part of this team, as I have a passion to inspire positive change within Solihull.

I have an advance diploma in special educational needs and look forward to delivering the views of our parents to help shape our children future within Solihull.

Sandra Ramsey

Hi, my name is Sandra Ramsey I have a daughter 18 with SEN and complex health needs. She had an EHC plan and attended mainstream schooling.

We have experienced the pitfalls and lack of support around Post16 and I hope that by sharing a collective voice we will make a change for this group of young adults.

Together, we can make a change

We welcome any parent, grandparent or foster parent with a child or young person regardless of their disabilities, to join the forum. We are passionate that the collective voice of all families is being heard.

JOIN US / CONTACT US

Together, we can make a change

We welcome any parent, grandparent or foster parent with a child or young person regardless of their disabilities, to join the forum. We are passionate that the collective voice of all families is being heard.

JOIN US / CONTACT US