BANES Carers’ Centre is teaming up with BANES Parent Carers Voice to host a new Carer Cafe dedicated to parent carers! As we move into a third lockdown, our thoughts have been with you. The pressure parent carers are facing during this time is huge, and we want to be able to help ease the load in some way for you. The virtual cafes will run every other Wednesday evening @ 8 pm, allowing you some time to talk to others who know exactly what you are going through, the challenges you face and the chance to share ideas to help us through this thirdRead More →

Parent Carers’ Voice FOCUS Forward | Impact of Covid-19 / Education / Health virtual sessions for parent carers Feb/Mar/Apr 2021   Are you the parent carer of a child or young person with additional needs? Do you live in Bath & North East Somerset?   Parent Carers’ Voice FOCUS Forward sessions are for you.  Get involved and give us your views about the education, health and social services your child needs.   Help us to work to make things better.   25 February 2021       10.00hrs – 11.00hrs    FOCUS Forward | Impact of Covid-19 25 March 2021           10.00hrs – 11.00hrs    FOCUS Forward | Education 29 April 2021 Read More →

Minutes of Steering Group Meeting Held 11th December 2020   Apologies:     Julie Guymer, Sophie Sidonio, Kirstie Evered Attended:       Gay Giffen, Ruth Burrows, Marianna Zatkova, Annie Carpenter, Jane Eades   Apologies & Welcome The group welcomed Nakita Singh, Banes Children’s Commissioner for Transitions to the meeting. Transition Review – Nakita Singh Please see below for details and links. IMPORTANT Transition Survey Help improve services – tell us what you think Transition services As many of you know, ’Transition’ in this context, is when a young person turns 18 years old, and the services accessed change from children’s services to adult’s services. If a young person had aRead More →

from Nakita Singh re: Transition Review Help improve services – tell us what you think Transition services As many of you know, ’Transition’ in this context, is when a young person turns 18 years old, and the services accessed change from children’s services to adult’s services. If a young person had a children’s services Social Worker, or received support from another professional such as Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), they will instead receive support from adult services when they reach 18. Your views and experiences are important in helping the Local Authority to improve the transitions process for young people. It would beRead More →

This year has been incredibly hard for parent carers. We want to remind you that we are still here, and ready to listen, below is a reminder of what we do; We are a group of parent carers of children and young people with a range of disabilities in BANES.  We meet regularly with the aim of improving services and support for parent carers, their children and young people by raising awareness of unmet needs and by being a collective voice. We do this by working in partnership with policymakers and practitioners in the local authority, sharing experiences, knowledge and skills to ensure that allRead More →

Did you catch BPCV’s Chair Gayna Griffen on ITV News last night? Gayna shared her story to highlight the impact coronavirus is having on unpaid carers. If you missed it, watch the clip here: Well done Gayna. More →

Interview for New Childrens’s & Young People Complex Needs, Thursday 4th November  – Filippa Ross (BPCV Steering Group Member) 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. IRead More →

Hi, I’m Filippa and I represent PCV views at some of the official Local Authority and NHS professional 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 great at highlighting the different resources out there for carers.Read More →

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 →