Forum Dates

Coming up in October we will be holding a number of events:

8th October Swadlincote – Medical Negligence Information Session

9th October High Peak Area Venue to be confirmed – IPSEA Legal Training

Week Commencing 14th October Chesterfield – Medical Negligence Information Session

23rd October Hasland Village Hall – Health & Wellbeing Event


More Information Coming Soon


Legal Aspects of Care Giving

Including: Wills, Powers of Attorney and Deputyship

Freeths Solicitors will be delivering a presentation on the Legal Considerations for Parent Carers

Covering Wills (carers, children and statutory wills), Inheritance Tax, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Deputyship Orders (health & welfare, property & financial affairs), Benefits and Social Services Funding

We have

Melanie Williams—Director in Court Protection Team & Lilly Toop—Senior Associate in Trusts, Estates and Tax Team joining us on the 25th & 26th June


Robyn Hemmings—Solicitor & Lilly Toop or Kathryn Carter—Solicitor joining us on the 9th & 10th July

Tuesday 25th June – Denby Depot – Ripley – Book Here

Wednesday 26th June – Emmanuel Church Hall – Swadlincote – Book Here

Tuesday 9th July – Fairfield Adult Education Centre – Buxton – Book Here

Wednesday 10th July – Hasland Village Hall – Chesterfield – Book Here


Accessing Public Services Workshops

Public bodies have certain legal duties to provide health, social care and other services for children and/or young people with disabilities, but families can find it difficult to access these services. With this in mind Cerebra were awarded a grant to run a research programme to identify common problems that prevent families accessing services and to find ways to solve these problems. A programme has been developed which includes an Accessing Public Services Toolkit and workshops to accompany the toolkit.

By the end of the workshop parent/carers will be able to:

  • Identify commonly occuring problems facing families accessing services and recognise different types of dispute
  • Come up with problem solving approaches to these problems
  • Use a number of template letters when corrosponding with public bodies

The workshop includes a number of case studies relating to direct payments, Disabled Facilities Grants, residential placement and school transport.

Cerebra will be running two workshops in Derbyshire in May 2019 hosted by Derbyshire Parent Carer Voice at the following venues:

Wed 8th May 2019  –  BOOK HERE

Oakland Village Hall
Hall Farm Road
DE11 8ND                      

Thurs 9th May 2019  –  BOOK HERE

Fairfield AEC Centre
Victoria Park Road
SK17 7PE

If you are a parent/carer of a child or young person with Special Educational Needs and/or Disability and would like to attend one of these workshops, please book your place following the links above. Or telephone 01629 533666 to request a booking. A free lunch is provided, so please make sure you indicate your dietary requirements. Places are limited so don’t leave it too late to book your place!




Resilience & Empowerment


Friday 22nd March 2019





Carter Lane East, South Normanton, Derbyshire. DE55 2EH

Join us for our 2019 Resilience & Empowerment Day. We will be holding our Annual General Meeting (AGM) followed by some amazing speakers – keep an eye on this page and social media for updates!

We will also have a number of interesting and informative service providers in our busy Marketplace throughout the event and you can visit these from 9.30am on the day. Of course we will have the usual refreshments and fantastic lunch so don’t forget to let us know if you have any dietary requirements.

If you are a parent/carer of a child or young person with Special Educational Needs and/or Disability and would like to attend this event, please book here. Alternatively you can telephone to register your attendance. Lunch and refreshments will be provided so please indicate any dietary requirements.  Crèche facility will be available for all needs, please book this as early as possible.


**Confirmed Marketplace Providers**

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**Confirmed Speakers**

Chris Bonnello – a former primary school teacher with Asperger Syndrome who has Chris Bonnelloalso worked in special education, now an award-winning writer and international speaker. In 2015 he launched Autistic Not Weird to share his insights from both a personal and professional perspective, a venture which has seen him attract 94,000 Facebook followers, and over 1.8 million page hits on his website ( His first publication, “What We Love Most About Life”, was an uplifting book designed to help autistic young people feel less alone, and his first novel “Guerrillas”, a novel with special needs heroes, will be published in May 2019. He was also a nominee for the 2017 National Diversity Awards (Positive Role Model for Disability) and a two-time winner at the Autism Hero Awards (Top Journalist 2017, Online Social Community 2018).

Dr Melanie Brown

Dr Melanie R Brown  – I started my professional career as a teacher, quickly moving into the area of Special Education. In 1987 I went to the Petö Institute, Budapest to train for four years in the field of Conductive Education (CE). Since this time I have remained working at NICE which is a charity specialising in working with children and adults with neurological movement disorders. In 2001 I gained my PhD in the field of Conductive Education.

Through my involvement with Conductive Education, and in my career as a conductor, I have gained a great deal of experience from the families, children and adults I work with. As CE works at a neurological level my passion is for seeking ways to help teach people to use the capacity they have and grow this through movement based tasks.

On a day to day level, whilst being in the role of CEO, I have remained a practitioner and run regular sessions for families. I am fortunate enough to be able to provide consultancy support for a number of centres here in the UK as well as internationally. I also teach at both under-graduate and post-graduate level in conjunction with Birmingham City University. All of these areas help drive my passion for understanding human learning and development and how we can best support the children and adults we work with.






Parent Carer

Health & Wellbeing Day

Tuesday 4th December 2018

10am – 2pm

Fairfield Adult Education Centre, Victoria Park, Buxton. SK17 7PE

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If you are a parent/carer of a child or young person with Special Educational Needs and/or Disability and would like to attend this event, please book through our Eventbrite link here. Or telephone 01629 533666 to rquest a booking. Places are limited so don’t leave it too late to book your place.




November Forum Dates

 **Challenging Behaviour Workshop**

Do you want to understand how to manage challenging behaviour? Do you want to find out more about recognising triggers to behaviour and avoiding meltdowns?

We will be welcoming Tracey Green to our 4 forums across Derbyshire to deliver workshops on Challenging behaviour.

For full details and to book please click on the dates below:

Monday 5th November 2018

Swadlincote Adult Education Centre, Rink Drive, Swadlincote, DE11 8JL

Wednesday 7th November 2018

Fairfield Children’s Centre, Victoria Park Road, Buxton, SK17 7PE

Monday 12th November 2018

Denby Depot, Prospect Road, Denby, Ripley, DE5 8RE

Wednesday 14th November 2018

Peter Webster Centre, Sheffield Road, Chesterfield, S41 8LQ

All 10.00am to 14.00pm.



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