Workshops, Training and Information events for Parents

Derbyshire Parent Voice regularly receives information on event, training and local activities which you may find of interest.

Derbyshire Parent Voice are not responsible for these events

and you should refer to the providers for information on bookings, times etc.


Irwin Mitchell are offering this free webinar session to parent carers follow the link for more information and to book your place:

Supporting your child’s education: what parents and carers need to know

Thursday 21 October 2021

Supporting your child’s education: what parents and carers need to know (


NHS Derby & Derbyshire CCG would like you to take part in one of their surveys:

We feel extremely passionate about giving our children, young people, parents and carers an opportunity to have their voices heard in this piece of work. – Aimed at all Children and Young People (aged 11 – 25) in Derby and Derbyshire. – Aimed at Parents, Carers and Guardians of Children who require online mental health support in Derby and Derbyshire.

Have you ever used digital support for your mental health?

If you’re a younger person with experience using digital mental health services or a parent, carer or guardian of a young person who requires mental health support we want to hear from you.

Please visit our website to find out more about these two services and access the surveys which are now open.  

We would appreciate you sharing this engagement opportunity with your friends, family, colleagues and any other relevant networks, we will be keeping the surveys open until 12th March 2021.


The Seashell Trust have given dates for Makaton virtual training during October

More Information Here 


Please find free course information below from Irwin Mitchell

Supporting you and your child at home: Educational needs

Thursday 10 September – 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Legal expert James Betts will discuss and answer your questions on the recent changes to Education and Health Care Plan processes, and the assessment, application, review and appeal stages.

Reserve my place

For information about the other webinars we have coming up (or to access previous webinars), follow the link here:


Mental Health Support & Healthwatch

We have received useful flyers from NHS regarding Mental Health Support and flyers from Healthwatch with an opportunity to get involved in a project they are carrying out shortly.  Please see below for information:

NHS Mental Health Leaflet

 Healthwatch Project Opportunity


Live Webinar

Irwin Mitchell are holding a live webinar for families to provide coping strategies during lockdown and the upcoming summer holidays for parents of disabled children on 10th July 2020 at 1:00pm.

Schools are closed, therapists and carers aren’t able to visit and assist vulnerable children with complex needs, many of whom are shielding, and carer parents are isolated with children demonstrating progressively more challenging behaviour. How do you structure your day? How do you encourage physical activity? How can you involve the whole family? How do you make it fun?

We’re hosting a webinar panel discussion with experts in education, neuropsychology, physiotherapy and occupational health who will help answer these questions and help advise parents, carers, case managers and anyone else involved with care for a disabled child. We hope the discussion and topics covered will provide a useful resource for individuals and families to access and help with the day to day challenges of looking after children with complex needs during lockdown.

Our expert panel includes:

  1. Dr Koseen Ford – Neuropsychologist
  2. Shleena Lee – Deputy Head Teacher, PACE specialist school
  3. Lindsay Hardy – Occupational therapist, Director of Clinical Services, PACE specialist school
  4. Holly Garwell – Paediatric Physiotherapist
  5. Dr Heather Epps – Paediatric Physiotherapist

If you would like to sign up please follow this link:

If you also have any questions that you would like the panel to address, please add these to the form or you can of course ask on the day.

For information about the other webinars we have coming up (or to access previous webinars), follow the link here:


Contact Free Workshop & Information

As many of you are aware, in light of the CV-19 pandemic, Contact have been adapting our support offer for families.  We’ve adapted our workshops to online options so that families can continue to connect with each other and gain useful information and advice at the same time.  We’ve also set up new, “Listening Ear” 1-1 confidential phone appointments with our family support advisers for parents who would like to talk to someone for reassurance and practical and emotional support at this time.

These are all FREE for families and we are listing the Workshop dates and “Listening Ear” appointments on our website so if you know a family who may benefit from either of these options please do tell them where to book on.  It would also be really helpful if you can share this information and the links to our website with any colleagues, friends or networks that can help us tell families about the support that we have for them.  The more families we can reach and support the better!


Listening Ear

COVID -19 Information Pages


DPCV have received this information from

National Autistic Society Derby & District Branch

Unfortunately we are now in the situation where we have had to cancel all our meetings until further notice.

I will still be monitoring the branch email and will respond to any enquiries as best as I can to support parents in the meantime.

On a positive point, I am now on an enforced break from work, which will hopefully allow me time to write some more training packages so that we can extend our range of support events after this time of social distancing.

Please follow our Facebook page for updates.

Keep safe and well and I look forward to seeing you all as soon as possible.

NAS Derby & District Branch

For more information about our branch, please visit our Facebook page:


Check out this link below to find out what Special Needs Jungle have been looking at in relation to Autism and Anxiety:  Autism & Anxiety What Helps?


Share your views on the POET Survey, follow the links on the letter.  This is a national survey for any parent, young person or professional that has been involved with the EHCP process.

POET Survey Letter


Disabled Living Newsletter July 2019


Brighter Beginnings

Contact is running a series of four FREE workshops in Derby for parents of special needs children aged 0-8 who want to learn more about how they can get the best outcomes for their children as they grow and develop.   A number of places will be reserved for parents of children aged 5 and under.

The workshops will run in Derby City Centre (at St Peter’s Church Centre, 10 St Peter’s Churchyard, City Centre Derby, DE1 1NN)  on Thursday mornings from 10am to 12 pm.  Thy start on Thursday, February 28 and run for four consecutive Thursdays up to Thursday, March 21.

During the sessions parents will learn:

  • where to get local information and support;
  • how to prepare for meetings with professionals about their child and to feel confident about making decisions for their child
  • tips for building resilience and taking care of yourself as we as your family
  • how to get the best outcomes for your child including learning about how young people with special educational needs are supported in school, Education, Health and Care Plans, person-centred planning, resources and how Contact can help.

Please see attached flyer:  Brighter Beginnings, East Mids 2019

To book your free place on the Brighter Beginnings series of workshops, please email with the following information:

  • Your name address and telephone number
  • The age of your child with special needs and the nature of his/her special need
  • Would you like to be added to the Contact database

If yes, please say what you would like to receive:

  • Contact Midlands e bulletin and information
  • Our campaign updates
  • Our fundraising updates
  • Our national e bulletin
  • What’s New

Contact Webinar on Local Area Inspections

Local Area Inspections

Join us for a webinar on Feb 25, 2019 at 12:00 PM GMT.

Register now!

This webinar will be led by representatives from CQC/Ofsted, DfE, and the SEND Adviser team

It provides an opportunity for Parent Carer Forums to hear more about the SEND inspection process.

Issues covered will include:

• The inspection – process, including engagement with parent carers, and outcomes
• Written Statement of Action (WSoA) – what happens where a local area is required to produce a WSoA, and the support provided
• Revisits – further detail on this process

Webinar presenters will be:

• Lea Pickerill – CQC Lead Children’s Services Inspector (to be confirmed)
• Gareth Ashcroft – DfE, Lead for local authority accountability
• André Imich – DfE SEND Professional Adviser

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

View System Requirements

New to webinars?

A webinar is a presentation live on the internet. You will be able to hear presentations live, follow the slides and submit questions for the presenters to answer. You will need a home computer, laptop, tablet or smart phone. You can also join via telephone, although you won’t be able to see the presentation or submit questions. Read this information and guidance document [PDF].

Details of further upcoming webinars are regularly updated on our Learning and Events page.

Please note if you are unable to attend on the day, a recording of the webinar sessions along with relevant documents will be available the week following the webinar on our Resources page.

Freeman College Open Days

Freeman College offers places to young people with complex learning difficulties.  They have both day and residential places available and are holding Open Day tours on Tuesday 30th October 2018 and Tuesday 19th February 2019.

For more details and to book a tour please see below:

Autism East Midlands

Chesterfield Family Support Hub

Soft Play and Sensory Sessions – Starting September 2018

Click here for full details

Soft Play Sessions at Lea Green

Lea Green are now offering dedicated soft play sessions which allow groups of children and adults with additional needs to explore an accessible and inclusive soft play area.

For full details, dates and booking details please clink on the link here

Derbyshire Carers Association

For up to date information on Derbyshire Carer’s Association latest Training and Events please click here

For more details on individual events please follow the links below:

Dementia Walks 2018

Jack and the Beanstalk


Dick Whittington

Derby Relaxation and Therapy Day

Manual Handling Belper 2018

Manual Handling Chaddesden 2018

First Aid Chesterfield 2018

Carers Celebration Service Derby Cathedral 2018

Carers Celebration and AGM Chesterfield 2018

Christmas Crafts and Candle Making

Half Term Club

Provided by Progress Care

Progress provide a range of services across Derbyshire (and the wider East Midlands) to children and young people (including young adults).  For details on their half term clubs in Cotmanhay please click the link below:

Cotmanhay October Half term clubs 2018

ASD/ADHD Support Group

For all parents/carers who have children/young people with ASD/ADHD and any other hidden disabilities, with or without a diagnosis.  Free to attend, donations towards refreshments welcome.  Positive peer support information and friendly chats.  Please share with anyone you think would be interested or like to attend.


Go Kids Go

Go Kids Go are holding a Wheelchair Skills Workshop at Nottingham Girls High School, Balmoral Rd, Nottingham NG1 4HX on Saturday 3rd November 2018 from 10 am to 3pm.

On the workshop they teach skills such as coping with slopes and rough ground, back wheel balancing, road safety and emergency evacuation techniques. The also play games like wheelchair basketball and try out wheelchair dance. They bring extra chairs so mums, dads and siblings can get involved and join in the games. Whilst the objectives are serious the workshops are good fun! The young people will need to be able to self propel to gain fully from the workshop however they often have a mixed range of abilities and find that everyone gains some new skills from the workshops. They’ve had children as young as 2 years of age on our workshops and welcome young people up to the age of 18.

Their patron, Paralympic TV presenter Ade Adepitan MBE was one of the first young wheelchair users to come on one of their courses and he is now a great role model for a lot of the children who currently attend the workshops.

Go Kids Go run free manual & powered wheelchair workshops and also run practical wheelchair skills workshops for professionals and disability awareness workshops in mainstream schools. Go Kids Go work in partnership with a number of wheelchair services to deliver our training. Please get in touch with them if you would like any further details about our training.


Special Needs Circle

Support Meetings

SEN Circle East Midlands

 Little Swimmers Autism Group

Watermeadows Leisure Centre – Mansfield

6.45pm – 7.45pm arrive 10 minutes early to pay

£12 for up to a family of 5 (all children need to be supervised)

For more information contact Kathryn Brown 07825 396378

Fairplay Positive Arts Group

Ideal for siblings or child/young person at risk of mental health issues.

No membership necessary £4 per session

Positive Arts Group


Open access project for young people with disabilities or additional needs

Activities include: games, sports, informal learning, life skills, socialising, team games and special event parties


Friday Night Project

Inclusive group for ages 11 – 17 years old

Friday Night Project poster