We are a friendly group of parent carers who have children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities aged 0-25 years. We support and train parent carers to enable them to have input and be involved with shaping services alongside the professionals who provide health, education, adult and social services. Our shared mission is to improve and enhance the experiences and opportunities of children and young people with additional needs by enabling parents and carers to be heard and be at the heart of decisions about development and delivery of services in Southampton. The forum will represent the views of the collective community and not an individual voice. The role of the forum is not to advocate for individual families and will signpost to specialist services.
Short Breaks Service/The Buzz Network with effect from 1st April 2019
To find out more about the new Short Breaks Service/The Buzz Network, here are some useful links:-
Please find below links to find out more about registering your child with the Short Breaks Service and how to access the service –
The Max Card
and The Short Breaks Statement detailing the service and the eligibility criteria that applies
One of the providers that offer sessions via the Short Breaks Service is Activenation. They offer SEND active sessions for children aged 4-19 years and the majority of sessions cost £3 (some sessions are more expensive depending on the activity). You will need to present your Max Card at the session. Please see table below confirming the session dates and timings. Some of the sessions/activities will be interchangeable on a 10 week rolling contract so keep an eye out for any changes to the session activity and timings etc.
Here’s the link to their Facebook page, please like the page to keep in the loop with any changes or cancellation of sessions etc.
18 October 2019 – Parent Carer Forum 3rd Anniversary
It’s a drop in event, no booking required, just pop in to help us celebrate with a coffee, cake and a chance to access lots of useful services. There is also a FREE prize raffle and you will entered upon arrival at the event – not one to miss!!
PTSA Inclusion Conference 2019
We were delighted to be invited to present at the PTSA Inclusion Conference last week. The conference is aimed at Education, Local Authority and Health staff in the local area. Myself and one of our Steering Group (Gill Waring) presented a workshop about the forum, what we do and how we feel about inclusion for our children and young people.
It was a truly fantastic day, great turnout and we were very fortunate to meet and talk to Chris Packham and his beloved Scratchy, after his amazing keynote speech.
One for the wall we think 🙂