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Working Together
Rainbow PCF’s 3rd Annual Event

On 1st April 2014 the Rainbow Parents Carers Forum jointly hosted the Working Together event
with the Nottingham Community Voluntary Service (NCVS) at their city centre office.

On 1st April 2014 the Rainbow Parents Carers Forum  jointly hosted the Working Together event with the Nottingham Community Voluntary Service (NCVS) at their city centre office.

The event was organised in order to build on the success of the previous years’ event at the Park Hotel, where Brian Lamb OBE delivered a presentation on theChildren & Families Bill that is due to become law this year.

Our Keynote speakers at previous events
Presentations by Brian Lamb OBE, Dr Maggie Atkinson, Debbie North and Sue North

On 1st April 2014 the Rainbow Parents Carers Forum  jointly hosted the Working Together event with the Nottingham Community Voluntary Service (NCVS) at their city centre office.

The event was organised in order to build on the success of the previous years’ event at the Park Hotel, where Brian Lamb OBE delivered a presentation on theChildren & Families Bill that is due to become law this year.

This year, we had the great privilege of hearing Dr Maggie Atkinson,  Children’s Commissioner for England, speak on the vital part parents and carers play in delivering effective services to their children and communities.

Also speaking are Sue North, Director of Operations at Contact-a-Family, and Dawn McCarthy, parent and forum member on her journey through participation.

Our Workshops

It is estimated that there are between 5,300 to 9,600 disabled children and young people (0-19-year-olds) in Nottinghamshire. With upcoming legislative changes, there has never been a more significant time for those supporting disabled young people and children to become better informed.

Workshops held at the event included:

Challenging Behaviour (Pam Johnson, Contact-A-Family)
Wills and Trusts (Alana McConville, Simpson Jones Solicitors)
Getting a diagnosis and beyond (Dr Hilary Dyer, education psychologist)
Sleep Tight (The Children’s Sleep Charity).

Forum facilitator, Beverley Denby, said that the voice of parent carers nationally is significant – in excess of 55,000 people.  Funded by the Department for Education – in recognition of being seen as strategic partners in the Special Educational Needs & Disability Reforms (SEND) – Rainbow invited parents and carers from all over the East Midlands and eight other regional forums forming part of the National Network of Parent Carer Forums.

Ms Denby added: “We are delighted to be able to host our popular event for a 3rd year. Being a parent or carer of a disabled child can leave you very isolated.

“Rainbow PCF has been instrumental in influencing the reforms with our submission to the Pre Legislative Scrutiny Committee and our parents voices are noted on the UK Parliament website.

“We are very excited to be able to extend it to the region, as we have grown considerably in the last year and the direction of travel for our community is to have a stronger voice both locally and nationally.
“The network we have established so far has helped us to work in partnership with the local authority and local organisations to reach more people, and it is important that we continue to build on this for the future.
Parent and Rainbow member, Vanda Borisov, said: “The benefit has been immeasurable in being signposted, supported and encouraged. Help in finding personal funding, equipment, play sessions, advice sessions, exhibitions etc. Parents for parents makes such a difference and is very important.

Organisations that hosted a stall at the event this year included:

Contact a Family
Nottingham City Council (Disabled Children’s Team – Short Breaks, Personal Budgets)
Nottinghamshire County Council (Flexible Short Breaks and Direct Payments Team)
Parent Partnership Service
Mencap
The Maze
Scope
PHAB
Spring Bank
Jigsaw
Relate
NPH/APTCOO
iHelp Innovations
Iris
Indigo Kids
Pulp Friction
Fun Days
Portland College
My Sight Nottinghamshire.