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

– Interim Chair

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.

Sajida Golby

My name is Saj and I have 3 boys with SEN. I am a huge advocate of empowering families to ensure they have the knowledge and support to help them tackle the SEN journey. Having children with educational and health needs (inc mental health) myself, I understand how powerful having the knowledge and knowing the SEN law can be, when advocating for your child.

I am the founder/run a local Solihull SEN support group, where I have gained experience in organising SEN workshops/events/courses, consultations, coffee mornings, advocating and helping families at school meetings/mediation, assisting with parents/professionals engagement and facilitating SEN events. I also have some good links with neighbouring boroughs.

My passions is in SEND law, ensuring a child centred approach is adapted and mental health. Local authorities following the SEN law and accountability are two things that are very important to me.

I joined the forum to help with positive change in Solihull and to continuously represent families voices.

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.

Samantha May

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.

Cathrine Gupwell

Hello, I’m Cathrine. I have two children, both of whom received a diagnosis of Aspergers Syndrome over ten years ago. My youngest child has recently received an additional diagnosis of ADHD.

I have successfully home educated my children for the last five years however, we are nearing the end of our home ed journey – my eldest child happily returned to mainstream education last September and my youngest is excited to be joining him this coming September.

Although I will miss home educating my children, I am looking forward to using my time in Solihull Parent Carer Voice working with the other members and parents and carers of children with SEND to bring about positive changes in the support we receive locally.

Nikki Burden

I’m Nikki Burden I have 6 children 3 of my children have additional needs.

A 15-year-old boy with autism and ADHD, and attends specialist provision, 13-year-old girl with ADHD and anxiety who is electively homeschooled, and a 9-year-old girl with autism, hypermobility, anxiety and Irlens syndrome she is in mainstream, and we are currently going through EHCP process.

I have 19 years experience working with children families and the north Solihull community through working in schools, and running various groups within the community. I have a qualifications including teaching assistant level 3 and autism awareness.

I’m looking forward to bringing some positive changes to Solihull and it’s SEN community.

Cathrine Gupwell

Hello, I’m Cathrine. I have two children, both of whom received a diagnosis of Aspergers Syndrome over ten years ago. My youngest child has recently received an additional diagnosis of ADHD.

I have successfully home educated my children for the last five years however, we are nearing the end of our home ed journey – my eldest child happily returned to mainstream education last September and my youngest is excited to be joining him this coming September.

Although I will miss home educating my children, I am looking forward to using my time in Solihull Parent Carer Voice working with the other members and parents and carers of children with SEND to bring about positive changes in the support we receive locally.

Nikki Burden

I’m Nikki Burden I have 6 children 3 of my children have additional needs.

A 15-year-old boy with autism and ADHD, and attends specialist provision, 13-year-old girl with ADHD and anxiety who is electively homeschooled, and a 9-year-old girl with autism, hypermobility, anxiety and Irlens syndrome she is in mainstream, and we are currently going through EHCP process.

I have 19 years experience working with children families and the north Solihull community through working in schools, and running various groups within the community. I have a qualifications including teaching assistant level 3 and autism awareness.

I’m looking forward to bringing some positive changes to Solihull and it’s SEN community.

Stephanie Freeman

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.

Michelle Miley

I’m Michelle Miley I am a single parent of a 9-year-old little boy who has Autism, Sensory Processing disorder as well as emotional regulation difficulties. My son attends Specialist Provision school.

I am experienced with the EHCP Process. I have qualifications in Autism awareness, and I am a volunteer with Sendias. I am also studying a Child Psychology Degree at university.

I am looking forward to working with families in the local community to help strive to achieve the best for their children.

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