Our Voices Are Better Together
Swindon SEND Families Voice work with Swindon Borough Council, Swindon Clinical Commissioning Group (Health) and other agencies, host workshops, support groups and activities for the benefit of Parents, Carers and families of children and young people aged 0-25 with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Swindon. The work we do is focused in the following areas:
We encourage parent and carer participation, through surveys, focus groups, consultations and face to face conversation. By sharing your experiences with us we are able to be the collective voice of as many parents and carers in Swindon as possible.
It’s not always be possible to attend an event or to give your views in person, but you can have your say by taking part in our on-line surveys, which are available here on our website On-going Surveys
We organise local groups and workshops to bring parents and carers together for practical and emotional support. Topics have included challenging behaviour, puberty and preparing for adulthood. At our support group ‘Branches’ which we host jointly with Hop, Skip and Jump, we have regular speakers from local agencies attend to offer useful advice and answer questions. We also have an online support group called The SEND Room.
Parents and carers of children and young people with SEND often face many challenges. This may include battling attitudes, poverty and isolation from their local communities. Everybody involved with our forum is empathetic with the issues and challenges that parents and carers of children and young people with SEND are facing. We have been there, we have faced those real life experiences.
Our social media platform allow parents and carers to access up-to-date resources, support networks and events. You can also join our mailing list. We offer our workshop places to those on the mailing list first.