Local Meeting in South Normanton

coffeeWhen we gathered feedback in 2015 on how the forum does things parents said they would like us to be in the local area more often. We are going to The Hub at South Normanton  on Friday 5th February 2016 to talk to parent and carers about their local area, and to plan the forums activities and events for 2016/2017. Come along and have a coffee/tea and a chat with us, tell us about the training, workshop and meetings you’d like to attend.

We will be at The Hub, Shiners Way, South Normanton, DE55 2AA from 10:30 -12:00 

Ilkeston Local meeting

coffeeWhen we gathered feedback in 2015 on how the forum does things parents said they would like us to be in the local area more often. We are going to Ilkeston on Friday 8th January 2016 to talk to parent and carers about their local area, and to update you on what the forum has been doing. Come along and have a coffee/tea and a chat with us.

We will be at The Arena, Rutland Street, Ilkeston, DE7 9DG from 10:30 -12:00 


We look forward to seeing you and hearing what you have to say


On 18th March 2016, we are holding our Annual General Meeting,  We have some great speakers, that will help you think about how parents can get involved and make a difference, both to the SEND community through Healthwatch and  to your own child/young person, thinking about SMART Outcomes, and Aspirations.  This is your chance to learn something new, and informed about changes, and to see what the forum has been doing, what our plans for 2016-2017 are, and hopefully celebrate our charity status.

The AGM will be held at the Derbyshire Hotel, 10:00-14:00 and lunch will be provided. You need to book you place. please see the link for more details and booking information

Annual General Meeting

We cant wait to see you.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Derbyshire Parent Carer Voice office is closed from Friday 18th December to Monday 4th January. You can leave a message on the answerphone at 01629 533 666 or email info.dpcv@derbyshire.gov.uk while we are away to book  onto the IPSEA Training (4th February) Parent Participation Training (22nd March) any Local workshop (running in January and February) on Personal Budgets there are 11 see the website page  for details, Ilkeston Local meeting  your opportunity to talk to us about your area (8th January The AGM (18th March), Don’t forget to leave your name, contract details, and the event you want to attend. we will respond to call calls and emails on our return.

While we are away have a look at our website, see what we are tweeting about on twitter and sharing on Facebook. We want to thank you for your support without your help the forum would not be able to make the difference it does. We look forward to seeing you in 2016.

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IPSEA Training

DIASS and Derbyshire Parent Carer Voice are jointly funding  and organising IPSEA training for Parents and Carers.  The workshop will be on Thursday 4th February 2016 10:00-15:00, at Ashover Village Hall, Ashover. We will be providing a free lunch, and training. We are also able to reimburse travel and childcare cost, or arrange transport for you. There are only 25 places available so you will need to book quick. Please click on the link for more details.

IPSEA Training

To book please call 01629 533666  or email info.dpcv@derbyshire.gov.uk with your name, contact number and any dietary requirements.

Parent Participation Training

We are running Free training on Parent Participation for parents and carers who are interested in becoming a parent Representative for the forum or who want to participate more meaningfully with their own services.  The workshop will run on 22nd  March 2016, at Ashover Village Hall, 10:00 – 14:30, there will be a free lunch, and the forum will reimburse any travel or childcare expenses to allow you to attend. Places are limited so book quickly by calling 01629 533 666 or emailing, info.dpcv@derbyshire.gov.uk with your name, contact details and any dietary requirement.

The flyer here gives you more details about the training Get Involved Make a Difference Derbyshire

Don’t forget to Tweet and ‘Like’ us

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Derbyshire Parent Carer Voice are keen to use all media to help parents get involved and get empowered to have their voice heard. ‘like’ our Facebook page at Derbyshire Parent Carer Voice or tweet us @derbyshirepv.  Don’t forget to share our page and Retweet our posts so that as many Derbyshire parents get to hear about  what we are doing and how we are making a difference.  Already ‘liked’ us but cant see our posts, check your setting on our page by hovering over the settings (cog shaped) icon, make sure its set to see all posts.

Thank you for your help spreading the parent/carer word


Message from our Co Chair

Derbyshire Parent Carer Voice met with Derbyshire County Council on Friday 11th December 2015 to talk about the information that had been collected from parents and carers about the Education Health and Social care Plans.  Both parties agreed that this had been informative meeting, and one that should be repeated periodically to ensure that EHCP are improving, but to also address issues that arise across Derbyshire for all Parents and Carers.  Information from the meeting will be published on the website shortly.

Thank you for your continued support and we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New year.


Emily Brailsford – Co Chair of Derbyshire Parent Carer Voice

Aiming High Short Breaks

Thank you to all the parents who used their voice to tell us about short breaks, we had submitted a report to Derbyshire County Council and await their response.

Read the full report here Aiming High Consulation report 2015

Keep checking back for updates.

Speech and Language

One of the parents from Derbyshire Parent Carer Voice, is petitioning for better speech and language provision, have a look at the link