SPCF

Stockton Parent Carer Forum

We are parents and carers of children and young people with Special educational Needs and/or Disabilities aged 0-25. 

Together, we can achieve

We work in partnership with service providers, commissioners and VCSE’s. By sharing our knowledge, and the experiences of families we help in the planning, development and monitoring of services to create better outcomes for children, young people and their families in Stockton On Tees.

MAX Cards Available 

The Max Card is the UK’s leading discount card for foster families and families of children with additional needs. Families can use their Max Card at venues across the UK to get free or discounted admission.

We’ve Got You Covered

Strategy

We have SPCF representatives on strategic and working groups within education, health and care

Support

Find out about organisations in Stockton on Tees that can support you and your family 

Resources

Developed by parent carers for parent carers to help them navigate the SEND system

Experiences

Knowing that someone else has walked a path similar to you before provides a light in the dark

Coffee Mornings & Events

Being a parent/carer can be isolating, and sometimes having a chat with someone else in the same boat can make your whole week better.

Occasionally we have guests in to talk about the services they offer, one to one sessions with agencies, but there is always sweet treats!

 

Knowledge is Power

Being a parent carer of a child or young person with SEND, may mean that you require different tools, knowledge and strategies to help support them achieve their goals and aspirations. Find out about what is available for you and how to get involved

Catch Up

We have lots going on

Read more in our blog to find out what SPCF has been up to

Out of Area

We work regionally and nationally

We provide regular updates from the work going on regionally and nationally here

New Ventures

Welcome to the brand new website for Stockton Parent Carer Forum. We have been working really hard behind the scenes to get you better informed about what we as a forum are doing for parents and carers of children and young people with SEND in Stockton on Tees. We are...

TCP: Peer Network

Once a quarter, as part of the Transforming Care Project there are children and young people peer network events where professionals from across the North East are able to come together with parents and carers and find out about the project, best practice across the...

Short Breaks Grant

In 2018 there was a consultation on the short breaks grant in Stockton. Lots of parents and carers fed back their views and the forum had lots of discussions with the service to develop this. After providing the evidence that children and young people wanted to be...

A Journey of Co-Production

If you aren't aware, Stockton, up until very recently, had some very lengthy waiting times for an assessment of Autism by the Multi Agency Assessment Team (MAAT). At one point the numbers on the waiting list were so high that it was several years between agreement to...

Meet the team

Hi I’m Becky, I’m a mum of two boys, Zachary my eldest and Nathaniel. Zachary is diagnosed with Asperger’s and sensory processing difficulties and attends a specialist school. Nathaniel is neurotypical. I joined the forum in October 2017 after coming out of work to support my child when his placement at school broke down. After a period of home-schooling Zachary, I found myself having to research and work tirelessly to get him into a school setting that could meet his needs.

I believe that if you can find a role that helps your personal development, helps your family and helps the community then you’re really fortunate. That is what the forum does for me, I wanted to be able to give back to other parent carers to ensure that they have a voice and that services that are delivered are meeting the needs of children and young people within Stockton On Tees. When I’m not volunteering at the forum or doing stuff for the children, I love photography, travelling and scrapbooking.

Becky Adamson

Co-Chair

Hi I’m Becca, auntie to Edward. Sometimes, being a parent carer can become your whole identity; mum to, dad to, grandparent to. I love being auntie to Edward, I quickly realised that having a child with SEND came with a requirement to be parent, carer, PA, manager, advocate and many other roles. Whilst this is true for every parent of a child, we do this whilst navigating a world that is not always set up to enable our children and young people to succeed. Now, as part of the forum I have an identity for me.

I joined the forum, I guess by accident. There was a notice on Facebook asking for volunteers, and for the first time in 5 years, I found my self with some free time. I had never heard of a parent carer forum and when I arrived, the only skills I felt I had to offer was being good with computers. Apparently that wasn’t the case! I love being part of the forum, it provides me with an opportunity to have a positive impact on the services that children and young people with SEND and their families access. 

Becca Gibbons

Co-Chair

Hi, I’m Fiona  and I am mum to two boys and step mum to a teenager.

I wanted to become part of Stockton Parent Carer Forum because  when I first received my sons Diagnosis I did not know what I was doing or where to go next. SPCF sign posted me in the right direction which made life just a little easier and I want to be part of that and give back.

Fiona McAndrew

Secretary

Hi, I’m Lyndsey and I am the events co-ordinator here. I have two boys who both have SEND.  In my other work, I meet lots of families who have children and young people with SEND and was shocked to find out that they were in the dark about all of the services available to them. I joint SPCF to try and reach as many people as possible to stop them feeling isolated and alone.

Lyndsey Bevan

Events Co-Ordinator

My name is Amanda, I have 5 children. It is my 10 year old son who has multiple SEN needs. We have had to move mainstream schools until we found one willing to listen to our concerns. We have since gone through the EHCP process & he now attends a specialist provision.

I understand how lonely this journey can be, if I hadn’t plucked up the courage to go along to a SPCF coffee morning or one of the other community activities with my children I wouldn’t be strong enough today to get the right provision to meet my children’s needs.

I joined the Forum as I love to help people. I’d like to help other families in the Stockton area on their journey to getting everything their children and young people are entitled to and make sure that those services are good enough to ensure that our children and young people have the best starts in life to enable them to achieve their own goals and aspirations in the future and be all that they can be

Amanda Jameson

SPCF Representative

I’m Becky and I enjoy watching documentaries as I’m interested in social history. I joined Stockton Parent Carer Forum as I have 3 children with SEND.

I believe it is vital for parent carers be heard in the development of services that effect their families. Being part of SPCF enables me to have a professional side and continues my passion for supporting families

Becky Lipton

SPCF Representative

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Newtown Community

Resource Centre

Durham Road

Stockton on Tees

County Durham

TS19 0DE

Tel No: 07985 245 668

E-Mail: info@stocktonparentcarerforum.co.uk