Experts By Experience – CQC Inspection help needed

We have been forwarded information from Together for short lives,  they are looking to recruit experts by experience, for the central region.  They will pay £15 per hour plus travel expenses. see the flyer here for more details of how to get involved Experts By Experience easy TFSL advert

Places Still Available * Booking Now *

We are jointly running Self -Advocacy workshops with AFASIC on 28th June 2016 at Hilton Village Hall, or 29th June 2016 at Ashover Village hall. If you would like to attend please book quick as spaces are limited.

Call 01629 533666 or email leaving your name, contract details, venue you would like to attend, and dietary or access requirements you have.

more details available via this link Self Advocacy Training

As with all our events/training and forums we will reimburse travel expense, organise and pay for a taxi, and reimburse childcare/care costs for young people to enable you to attend as a parent/carer.  Getting information is key to being able to support your child/young person.


Booking is now full for the AGM,

  • If you would like to come but have not booked a place please send your details to and we will add you to the waiting list.
  • If you have booked a place but can no longer attend please let us know so we can offer it to another parent/carer.
  • If you cant attend but would like an information pack, please get in touch at with your name and address so we can post a pack to you.

We look forward to seeing you on the 18th March 2016 for those who are attending.


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.

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. 

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.


AGM Announcement

Derbyshire Parent Carers Voice AGM is being held on Friday 17th April 2015 from 10:00 – 11:30 at St Thomas Centre, Chesterfield. Election for the named roles of Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer and Secretary will take place, as well as those volunteering as trustees. The AGM is open to ALL members of the Forum.

Descriptions of Roles and Responsibilities ware available on the management AGM Page of the website

Get involved so Derbyshire Parent Carer Voice can continue to |make a difference in Derbyshire.  

Contact Fiona Ross for more information or to register your interest in attending, 01629533666,

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