First Steps Activity Packs for Visually Impaired children

We received the information below from British Blind Sport.

We are a national charity helping blind and partially sighted people get active and play sport.

We are developing a free First Steps activity pack for visually impaired children aged 7 to 12 years old. First Steps includes everything a family needs to lead a more active life. It includes an audible ball to allow children to hear where the ball is, activity cards, local clubs booklets and a progress chart. You can learn more about it in this article:

We are currently in a pilot stage and are looking for families in the West and East Midlands regions. The pack is free and is being sent directly to the families who request them. We have had positive feedback so far, but are still looking to work with an additional 20 families across the two regions.

Families need to do is complete a short form and the free activity pack will be sent directly to them. Registration form:

Please get in touch with Thomas Davies on 01926 424247 if you have any questions.


Aiming High Consultation

Great News for Aiming High

Following on from November forums, Derbyshire Parent Carer Voice submitted a report to Derbyshire County Council on the proposals, It was highlighted by one of the parents Mr Mitchell that young people had not been consulted appropriately, Derbyshire County Council set up a consultation with young people, but proposed some interim arrangement which would have been in effect from April 2015.  Derbyshire Parent Carer Voice did not feel were interim arrangements were suitable for Derbyshire Parents, we asked them to reconsider,  the forum recieved the following information in a reply from Councillor Gillott last week,

” At this stage , no decisions have been taken, we are taking the time to fully consider the responses to consultations, and to explore the impact that any changes would have on families. In the meantime, no changes will be made to the current Aiming Hight scheme and the current arrangements will continue”

Derbyshire Parent Carer Voice will continue to have conversation with Derbyshire County Council with regard to  Aiming High and will keep you updated. Thank you to all those parents who got involved and had their say together we can make a difference




Healthwatch are looking at CAMHS Services, can you help them provide feedback?

Healthwatch want to hear from anyone who has had experience of CAMHS in the last year.

Healthwatch  would also like to hear from people on the waiting list for CAMHS, or who are receiving mental health support in the community.

The information you given will be collected anonymously and will be shared with those who run CAMHS, so that they know what works well and what doesn’t.

Please link of the link for more information on how to get involved  ART Healthwatch Derbyshire A4 Child Services Mental Health Flyer

Autism and Me

Autism and Me have emailed to request parents  views on the possible extension to its services. if you can spare a few moments to complete their survey, it would be appreciated the link is below:


Thank you for you help

Easy Read Guidance to the new SEND Legislation

The full Code of Practice for the new legislation is a massive 280 pages long, this easy read guide has been produced, which may help you get an over view of the changes.

Guidance: SEND support: easy-read guide for parents

Our new name

from the 1st of janaury Derbyshire parent forum has been know as Derbyshire Parent Voice, it was felt this new name reflects better the forums aims…… We want to be your voice to services tell us what you think, suggests topics, give us your feedback together we can make a difference

You said …..we did

Thanks to all the parents for feedback on the Local Offer. Further updates will follow but for those who could not find results for 11-16 year olds we gave been told today this has been sorted,  (please remember the search is not keyword yet) happy searching!