One of our Steering Group Members, Tamsin Green, has recently qualified as an IPSEA Life Line volunteer and will be available to help and advise parent carers.       Two of our Steering Group Members, Filippa Ross and Sophie Sidonio recently attended a virtual meeting with Keith Thompson, the South West representative for the Department of Education and a health representative.  Issues discussed were the return to school, transport, EHCP process delays, provision during covid good and bad. By Wednesday /tomorrow evening please, apologies for the short notice.  Further feedback and notes of the meeting will posted up soon. We are continuing to attendRead More →

Domiciliary Services, Personal Care at Home  BPCV are working with Vince Murrell to improve this service with no reduction of capacity. Vince would like any feedback of good or bad practice, along with any suggestions on improving this service. He will be looking at how the surrounding local authorities are using these services and will also be drawing up a list of approved agencies and provisions, to ensure consistency of care and personnel, and hopefully increasing the agency options.   Vince will produce a small Survey Monkey and more detailed information shortly.   Please send any feedback or queries to Vince Murrell direct Vincent_Murrell@BATHNES.GOV.UKRead More →

Domiciliary Services, Personal Care at Home  BPCV are working with Vince Murrell to improve this service with no reduction of capacity. Vince would like any feedback of good or bad practice, along with any suggestions on improving this service. He will be looking at how the surrounding local authorities are using these services and will also be drawing up a list of approved agencies and provisions, to ensure consistency of care and personnel, and hopefully increasing the agency options.   Vince will produce a small Survey Monkey and more detailed information shortly.   Please send any feedback or queries to Vince Murrell direct Vincent_Murrell@BATHNES.GOV.UKRead More →

Banes Parent Carers Voice Minutes of Meeting, held via Zoom on 6th November 2020   Apologies     Julie Guymer, Sophie Sidonio     Attended      Gay Griffen, Marianna Zatkova, Jane Eades, Annie Carpenter, Ruth Burrows, Tamsin Green, Kirsty Evered     Apologies & Welcome             The group welcomed Vince Murrell, Banes Commissioner for Children’s Services.   Domiciliary Services, Personal Care at Home – Vince Murrell Vince is looking to improve this service with no reduction of capacity. Vince would like any feedback of good or bad practice, along with any suggestions on improving this service. He will be looking at how the surrounding local authorities are usingRead More →

Update on Meetings/Events Attended Interview for New Childrens’s & Young People Complex Needs, THURSDAY 4THNOVEMBER (VIA ZOOM) – Filippa I attended the interviews yesterday for the new Children and Young People Complex needs Clinical Coordinator role covering BANES and Wiltshire.  The role is intended to ensure continuous care runs more smoothly for families and works to join up the input from different departments and providers (Council/NHS/social services/education/mental health) to make things easier for families and to give a voice to children and young people in the process.   I was on a panel with 4 other professionals from different disciplines and we saw 5 candidates.Read More →

  Apologies     Kirsty Evered Rachel Thomas   Attended      Gay Griffen, Marianna Zatkova, Filippa Ross, Jane Eades, Julie Guymer, Sophie Sidonio, Sophie Spinks, Annie Carpenter, Leanna Wall   Apologies & Welcome DofE Parent Carer Rep We have been invited to a virtual visit/meeting with Keith Thompson the SW rep for the DfE and a health rep on the 1st October 9 – 10.  They are asking for a parent/carer to take part in this meeting.  Issue to be discussed include;   the return to school, including issues around transport and numbers of parents now considering elective home education; statutory SEND issues around EHC plans and annual reviews;Read More →

Hi, I’m Filippa and I represent PCV views at some of the official Local Authority and NHS professionals meetings. I find this rewarding because I am able to put across the real views of carers to managers who make the policy and decisions that directly affect our parent carers on a local and even national level. It feels like we can make a difference. It’s great we are invited to these meetings and we are always looking for others who might want to attend them on behalf of PCV. It’s just one of the different roles and services in PCV. I find PCV friendly, welcoming, supportive, unjudgemental and greatRead More →

BPCV has been working with the Rainbow Recourse to help create a dedicated Autism page. Please see below links to this page and feedback request from Gemma. As you may know, Rainbow Resource is Bath and North East Somerset’s Local Offer to families with children or young people with SEN and/or disabilities. We regularly ask for feedback, and a common request is for information specific to Autism, both for parent carers and young people their selves. Having listened to this feedback, we have created a section on the site dedicated to providing information, resources and activities to support young people either with a diagnosis orRead More →

Attended : Marianna Zatkova, Sophie Sidonio, Annie Carpenter, Tamsin Green Apologies & Welcome Meetings Attended – Sophie Sidonio (ASD Meetings) Nothing to feedback as this meeting was cancelled due to Covid 19. AGM (Via Zoom) Dates for this to follow shortly. Grant Application (Marianna) the date for this is 18th August via zoom with Leanna Wall, Claire Abrahams, Marianna Zatkova, Annie Carpenter and Gay Griffen. Forthcoming Meeting (Annie) Meeting with Dee Chaddah on 18th August to discuss parent carer issues faced during Covid and BPCV and LA updates. Any other Business – Tamsin Green has started Send training with IPSEA and will be able toRead More →

Apologies        Jane Eades, Marianna Zatkova, Julie Guymer, Tamsin Green, Filippa Ross Attended         Gay Griffen, Ruth Burrows, Rachel Thomas, Kirsty Eades, Beckie Penny, Annie Carpenter   Introductions & Welcome We welcomed Beckie Penny, Banes Communications Team Rainbow Resource), to the meeting. Beckie Is working on building the Rainbow Resource card making it more reliable and recognizable with more companies and schemes, as there are still some places where it cannot be used. There was also a suggestion of combining the Rainbow Resource Card with the Carers Centre Emergency Contact Card. It was felt that this would be a good idea enabling better confidentiality, using a dualRead More →