There  is a £10.00 Love2shop voucher up for grabs once we hit 100 likes, Only 16 more to go! everyone in with a chance, Please she our page and encourage your friends/family to ‘like’ our page if they too are parents/carers in Derbyshire with children/young adults with additional needs and disabilities.

Every Disabled Child Matters Short Break Report

Thank you to all the parents who took part in the research into short breaks with Every Disabled Child Matters, they have sent there report to Government, lets hope it makes a difference.  The report is available via this link Short Breaks in 2015 An uncertain future FINAL

Derbyshire Parent Carer Voice are currently half way though workshops on EHC Plans, with feedback on the proposed changes to Aiming High being sought afterwards, Please come along and have your say before this services is reduced further,  and Go on line to completed the consultation, we made a difference last year, lets pull together again and save our Short breaks.


Parents of Children over 14 years old

We have been sent information for parents of children over 14 years old who have a learning diasbility, about health checkups they may be able to have with their GP once a year, please click on the link for more information gp_ld_register_lette

EHC Workshops and Short Break Cuts

This week Derbyshire Parent Carer Voice are visiting, Chesterfield, Ilkeston, Bolsover and Glossop, see our forum dates page for venues and times. Our aim is to provide you with information on the transfer from Statements to EHC Plans, Derbyshire Information Advice and Support Service will be delivering a presentation to,  inform and empower you as you go through the transfer process.

Following this workshop there will be a representative from Derbyshire County Council to talk through the consultation on Short break cuts, and answer any questions you have. The forum will be taking feedback from parents to enable us to submit our own report on the proposed changes, it is important that you have your say on these changes, without your voice we can not make a difference. 

Inquiry into Play

We have received the following information and though some parents may be interested in taking part, this is not part of Derbyshire Parent Carer Voices work currently, but as national research it may interest some parents.

Today, the UK deafblind charity, Sense, is launching a public inquiry into access to play opportunities for children aged 0-5 with multiple needs.

Play is an essential part of every child¹s life. In addition to being fun, playing helps children gain vital social and communication skills and to develop an understanding of the world around them.

Despite this, we know that children with multiple needs often do not get the same opportunities to play as other children.

Through our inquiry we hope to find out more about whether barriers exist to children with multiple needs accessing play, and to learn more about what works. We will produce a report and develop policy recommendations for national and local government.

We would appreciate it if you would let families know about our play inquiry and ask them to share their experiences by filling out our parents’ survey online.


Short Breaks

Your Short Breaks service will be cut if we don’t take action.  The consultation is now live so go online and have your say about these changes.

Derbyshire Parent Carer Voice want to put another report together to present to Derbyshire County Council, so after the EHC workshops, which are taking place over the next few weeks we are going to be talking to parents/carers and getting your feedback. We want to hear from everyone about how they use their short breaks around 700 children/young people access a short break through Aiming High, What difference it makes to your family?, what would happen if it was cut?,  We would like to also talk to anyone who uses it to access a weekly group for example swimming or dancing, how will the proposed 40 hours a year affect you?

If you are not able to make a meeting but want to be involved or give us your feedback to please contact Fiona Ross  fiona.ross@derbyshire.gov.uk or Lisa Buttery  lisa.buttery@derbyshire.gov.uk, any information you give us will remain confidential (see our policy below) and any reports written will not identify individuals or families.

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Transfers to EHC Plans

Don’t forget that the workshops for transfers to EHC plan start next week book your place now.

After the workshop we are going to be taking feedback on Short Breaks, so come along and have your say so we have a strong case to present to Derbyshire County Council.

Derbyshire Short Breaks Cuts

Aiming High Short Breaks.

Sadly Short breaks are back in consultation, We are asking ALL parents/carers who use the Aiming High short breaks to take part in the consultations, there are approximately 700 Children/young people using this service, at the last consultation less than 300 questionnaires were completed. If you do not take part this service will be reduced, the proposal is for upto 40 hours per year, less than an hour a week.


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Hilton this Friday

Dont forget the management gorup are going to Hilton Village Hall this Friday 11th September from 10:30 -12:00. Come and talk to us about your area, your concerns and help shape Derbyshire Parent Carer Voice, to be the forum you want.

We look forward to seeing you


Calling parents in South Derbyshire

Derbyshire Parent Carer Voice have listened to your feedback and want to talk to you more so we are coming to Hilton on the 11th September from 10:30 -12:00 to hold our Management Meeting, this is an opertunity for you to see what the Management committee do, ask questions and join/find out about other ways to be parents of Derbyshire Parent Carer Voice.

Let us know if you are comming.

We will be visiting other places across Derbyshire for the Management Meeting over the next year, a full list of dates is available on the dates for forum page on the website or by clicking on this link All dates 2015-2016