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 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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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, 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

Education Health and Social Care Plans Information Gathering

Get Involved in EHC information gathering 

We have recently been working across Derbyshire and have heard mixed reports about Education Health and Social Care Plans, we are therefore conducting a short survey to find out parents views on the new process, weather you have applied for a plan and was not successful, Are you having your statement transferred to an EHC plan, You have a EHC plan already, where every you are in the process,  help us get a picture of EHC plans in Derbyshire.

Click on this link to be taken to the online

If you require a paper copy please email or call 01629 533666 and ask for Fiona Ross

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 or Lisa Buttery, 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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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

Join Derbyshire Parent Forum Today

Membership is Free, Simply email or call 01629 533666 giving your Name, Address, Telephone Number and Email address if available  and we will add you.

Joining the membership ensures you receive all the up to date information, newsletters and invites.


We are looking for enthusiastic parents to join the Steering Group. Steering Group members help shape the information presented to the district forums, attend meetings on behalf of parents to ensure their voice is listened to within Derbyshire County Council and campaign for Jargon free publications.

In return for your support we will provide subsidised access to training to increase your knowledge of the new SEND legislations, minute taking , social media training, website design and many other opportunities that would help you in your role as a Steering Group member. We will also refund your travel and childcare expenses for work undertaken for Derbyshire Parent Forum (receipts will be required).

If you would like to know more please get in touch with Fiona Ross  on 01629 533666  or