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 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 →

Banes Parent Carers Voice Minutes of Meeting held on Friday 22nd January 2021, 10.00-12.00 (via zoom)   Welcome, Introductions and apologies for absence Apologies: Rachel Thomas, Kirsty Evered, Julie Guymer, Filippa Ross, Ruth Burrows Attending: Gay Griffin, Marianna Zatkova, Tamsin Green, Annie Carpenter   Minutes / Notes of the last meeting Matters arising from the last meeting. All agreed and okay.   Matters Arising from the minutes / notes All actions completed.   Chair’s Report   Policy Review (Terms of Reference) Agenda item will be carried forward to next Steering Group Meeting.   Treasurers Report (Budget adjustments, Asset Register) Annie has started Asset Register andRead More →

This year has been incredibly hard for parent carers. We want to remind you that we are still here, and ready to listen and we are still your collective voice during these difficult times. We are still here for you! Please see our latest news, events and what we are working on via our webpage, or our Face Book page BANES Parent Carers Voice. We can also be contacted by telephone on 07985765720 Gay Griffin Chair, 07985765749 Annie, Admin, Marianna 07985766750 Treasurer. ********************************************************************************************************************************** BANES Carers’ Centre has teamed up with BANES Parent Carers Voice to host a new Carer Cafe dedicated to parent carers!Read More →

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 →

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 →