Gloucestershire Parent Carers was set up by parents of children with disabilities to:
- Promote good practice among service providers (health, education and social care)
- Identify needs and inform the planning process
- Ensure there are services to support all children with disabilities or additional needs
Any parent or unpaid carer of a disabled child / young person aged 0-25 years can join and become involved as much as they chose to be, from receiving information to working in partnership with service providers.
Gloucestershire Parent Carers is the Parent Carer Participation Network who represents the views of parent carers across the county, enabling parents to be resilient and positive through being empowered and involved. There are also many opportunities for training and volunteering so parents can use and develop skills, gain experience and expertise.
The network has over 1250 members and sit on over 50 working parties and steering committees to improve the design and delivery of services so they meet families’ needs. Parents can get involved in as much or as little as they like, and in 2013 we won an award for being the best in their area of work. Parents are kept informed, feel empowered and benefit by coming together as a united front.
Parent Carers in Gloucestershire have had a huge impact on the development of services and promotion of good practice across the county. The benefits of involving parents are acknowledged by all. So if you are not a member and you are a parent who gives regular unpaid help to your child who has a disability or additional needs, join up now so your voice is heard.
Membership is free and you will receive a welcome pack, information about services, discounts, news of upcoming events, plus have the opportunity to shape future services. We look forward to welcoming you to our award winning team.