Help shape a new parent carer forum for Bath and North East Somerset. Are you the parent carer of a child or young person? Do they have additional needs? WE NEED YOU! Bath & North East Somerset (BATHNES) needs a new forum to represent the views of parent carers and improve services for children and young people with additional needs. You can help to shape it! Find out more at a FREE and friendly 40-minute Zoom (online) event. 11 am or 7 pm on Thursday 8 July 2021 To book visit EventBrite. For information and access support email  Interested but can’t attend? Email Wendy!Read More →

Dear BaNES Parent Carers Voice (BPCV) Members and Subscribers. As some of you may know, the BPCV Committee has now stepped down. I am therefore announcing the closure of BaNES Parent Carers Voice forum. This has been a very difficult decision for us all to take. We have given a huge amount to parent carer participation over the years, including through the Covid-19 pandemic, and it is now time for us to take a break and give others the chance to become more actively involved in re-establishing a Parent Carer Forum in BaNES. We continue to care passionately about parent carer participation as a wayRead More →

BANES Parent Carers Voice & Banes CC Joint Commissioning Workshop 9th March 2021 BPCV & Banes CC have been working together to create a Transition Pathway document for parent carers and young people going through transition to adulthood services. On the 9th March we had a successful joint workshop with Banes Strategic Commissioners, Health Professionals, Mental & Social Health Leads and Parent Carers with a further workshop coming soon. We also have a BPCV Representative attending the Strategic Transitions Board Meetings. If you would like to help in the shaping of this Transitions into Adulthood Policy please contact us by email Parentcarersvoice@gmail.comRead More →

BANES Parent Carers Voice has been working with Gemma Vittozzi in the redesigning of the Rainbow Resource which will  merging with 1 Big Data Base and Wellbeing Options. The new merges sites are currently under development and will be hopefully finished by the end of April. Gemma would like parent carers feedback on the new site. Comments and feedback Also links posted on BPCV FB page and web pages for parent carers comments.Read More →

BANES Parent Carers Voice Minutes of Steering Group Meeting Held on Monday15th March, 11.00-12.00 Attended;       Sue Mennear, Kate Rowe, Wendy Davey, Gay Griffin, Sophie Sidonio, Marianna Zatkova, Jane Eades, Annie Carpenter Apologies;      Tamsin Green, Julie Guymer, Kirsty Evered, Rachel Thomas   Welcome and intro (Wendy/Kate/Sue) Sue raised concerns that BPCV was not evidencing enough strategic work and would require associate help put in place to receive the next grant funding.   What has gone well this year (Sue) BPCV had done good work with our recent  Transition Workshop and the Rainbow Resource redesign.   Building capacity and increasing parent carer engagement in decisionRead More →

Banes Parent Carers Voice & Banes CC Joint Transitions Workshop Held on Tuesday 9th March (via zoom) 10.00-12.00   Attended         Nakita Singh, Banes Strategic Commissioning Officer, Transitions Rebecca Potter, Banes Commissioning Manager Transition Services & Direct Payments Margaret Fairbairn, Commissioner Children’s Emotional Health Siobainn Chaplin, Operations Manager, Off the Record, Banes John Mark Poppleston, Head of Adult Mental Health, Oxford Gemma Vittozzi, Banes Local Offer/Rainbow Resource, 1BigDataBase, Welbeing Options Jon Piechowicz, Social Care Banes Virgin Care Wendy Davy – Contact Associate Gay Griffin – BPCV Chair Marianna Zatkova – BPCV Treasurer Annie Carpenter – BPCV Admin Filippa Ross –   BPCV Steering Group Member Janes EadesRead More →

!9th February 21 10.00-12.00 Steering Group Meeting – **Cancelled** 19th March 21 10.00-12.00 Steering Group Meeting 16th April 10.00-12.00 Steering Group Meeting 21st April 10.00-12.00 Steering Group Meeting 27th April 10.00-12.00 AGM 18th June 10.00-12.00 Steering Group Meeting 16th July 10.00-12.00 Steering Group Meeting 20th August 10.00-12.00 Steering Group Meeting 17th September 10.00-12.00 Steering Group Meeting 15th October 10.00-12.00 Steering Group Meeting 19th November 10.00-12.00 Steering Group Meeting 17th December 10.00-12.00 Steering Group MeetingRead More →

BPCV representatives have been on the interview panel for 2 posts where the roles relate to parent carer services.    BPCV Reps have also attended a meeting with senior representatives of the Department of Education and the Department of Health with Rosemary Collard. At that meeting we were able to feedback on how lockdown affected parent carers of school age children and young people, but also carers of adults with special needs. PCV representatives met with Rosemary prior to the meeting so that together with BANES we could send a joint message about reducing and regulating the volume of updates received from central government.   Read More →

As well as helping to develop the Rainbow Resource and helping create a dedicated Autism page, BPCV have also helped in the renaming and the results are now in…. and the name for the new site will be Live Well B&NES: Information for all.   We will let you all know when the new site is up and running for you to use and share across the Bath and North East Somerset communityRead More →