Swindon SEND Families Voice carry out meetings, workshops and activities for the benefit of Parents, Carers and families of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Swindon. The work we do is focused in the following areas:
We enable families to have a voice.
We support the development of parent and carer participation, a process in which parents work together with professionals to make improvements to our local services. We act as a channel for a variety of local professionals and groups in their work with children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.
We organize consultations and information fairs where all parties can get together, get to know each other and offer the help or facts they need.
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 enable families to support each other
We organise local groups and workshops to bring parents and carers together for practical and emotional support. Topics include challenging behaviour, managing relationships and transitions. We connect families going through similar experiences or whose child has the same condition or disability.
We enable families to support themselves
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.
Through our support group and events we support parents from our community in all aspects of caring and supporting a child or young person with SEND. Our website has information and signposting to local services. Our social media platform allow parents and carers to access up-to-date resources, support networks and events.