We are a parent/carer led organisation whose mission is to ‘Support and Empower Families to be Heard and Achieve Better Outcomes’. We have members from both Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire.
What We Do
We promote and support the well-being of parents and carers of children with disabilities, and their families, by hosting two monthly support group sessions. In these meetings, parents come together to share their stories and give advice to other carers about how to support those they care for.
Some of these sessions involve consultations with members of the local authorities; they come to converse about decisions on services for disabled children, discuss new potential policies that could be implicated, and how it will impact carers, children and the family at large. Through these discussions, parents are given the opportunity to influence what these policies are which helps to ensure that new strategies that aim to help children with disabilities and their families are truly helpful and fair.
Membership is inclusive of anyone who shares our objectives above.
Where Did We Start?
The Rainbow Parent Carers Forum has now been in existence for more than 32 years. It was originally set up in 1986 as the Floyd Group, a support group for parents of young children with disabilities attending the Trent Day Nursery in Nottingham. Parents relaxed or were engaged in workshop activities whilst the children were cared for in a separate area by qualified nursery staff. The group was run entirely on a voluntary basis by a small group of committed people, including some group members, with paid staff to provide the supervised play sessions.
Over the years the group expanded and moved to a venue more suited to the wider age range of children attending. This required increase in child-care staff numbers, and hence higher salary costs, necessitated a re-evaluation of the group’s financial arrangements and it registered as a charity in October 2001 in order to enhance access to funding sources. During the 3 year Aiming High for Disabled Children Programme the group was facilitated by Barnardo’s until October 2011 when the group became an independent parent led organisation. The group now enjoys the support of 4 trustees and employs a full time Co-ordinator, Project Officer and Administrator.
Our Organisational Structure:
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A representative from Rainbow supports meetings by TAPS. TAPS is the Trent Autism Parent Support Group. They are an informal group of parent carers who meet to chat about all issues regarding children with autism and their associated needs.
PHT is the People’s Health Trust
The Trust was set up to address health inequalities in Great Britain and create fairer places in which to grow, live, work and age. Through our funding and support, we encourage resident-focused approaches as a means of addressing the underlying structural causes of health inequalities
Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is the most common, non-genetic cause of learning disability in the UK. Research suggests that more than 7,000 babies are born every year in the UK with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
Rainbow’s PCF hosts FASD Friends which was initially set up by two adoptive families who have experience of children affected by Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
The aim of the group is to:
- Offer support and understanding to other parents and carers
- Liase with professionals
- Offer training courses and workshops to raise awareness of the condition, how to support it and how to prevent it
The group offers:
- Peer support and understanding to other parents and carers
- Monthly meetings
- Access to support around Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND)
- Workshops, a regular bulletin and resources
Come And Join Us!
Each year the Forum holds an annual event for parents and carers with Key Note Speakers.
This year our annual event will be hosting speakers from a range of backgrounds including Nottingham City Council, the ‘Preparing for Adulthood’ organisational body and more…