Welcome to your Harrow Parent Carer Forum

Your Local Special Educational Needs & Disability (SEND)

Parent Carer Forum

What is a Parent Carer Forum?

A group of parents and carers of disabled children who work with local authorities, education, health Social care and other providers to make sure the services they plan and deliver meet the needs of disabled children and families.

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WHAT IS NEW IN HARROW?

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HARROW XCITE CAREERS AND WORK FAIR

17TH September, 10-3pm

Members’ Lounge, Harrow Civic Centre,HA1 2XY

  • Meet the employers
  • Live vacancies & training courses
  • Talks from experts in growing industries

Whether you’re interested in construction, care, administration,
finance, IT, fitness… Xcite’s Careers Fair can help you.

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EARLY HELP COFFEE MORNING 

Friday 27th September 10am-12pm

Join us for our monthly coffee morning get together, to share information, hear from professionals and meet new parents.

This coffee morning is especially useful for parents whose child has received a new diagnosis and need support and those who just have concerns about their child or young person.

Download the flyer on our ‘EVENTS’ page 

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The Max Card

The Max Card scheme is a national discount card that only families with children with SEN/disability can apply for. There are over 3,000 attractions nationwide. We have become the sole distrbutors for Harrow to help families living in Harrow.

How do I apply for a card?

As a distributor, we have a responsibility to ensure the cards are to be issued to the right families. Therefore it is important you are registered with us – Harrow Parent Forum and Special Needs Community. If you are not known to us, we will need to see proof that the child or young person has a special educational need or disability, (proof can include EHC plan, DLA, a doctor’s or CAMHS’ letter. Any parent or carer/guardian of a child or young person (up to the age 25 years old) can apply for the card on their behalf. The card is registered in the child or young person name. The family must be a resident in Harrow (even if the child attends an out-of-borough school). If your child attends a Harrow school but you do not live in the borough, we cannot issue you a card. If you have paid online we will refund you £3.00 but charge you £1.49 for processing the refund. We do not profit from distributing the cards but incurred costs ourselves for processing payment.

Alternatively for those who do not want to use the online payment system, email the scanned copy of both sides of the application form to us and we will send you a quick payment link to enter your debit/credit details and process the card.

We can only take cash if you attend one of our events. Please do not send cash in the post and we do not accept cheques.

To apply online for the Max Card, click here. To download the application form, click here

For enquiries, please call us on 07928 577689 (leave us a message) or send enquiries to: discountcard@specialneedscommunity.org.uk

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The Harrow SEND Conversation

THE HARROW SEND CONVERSATION’, WHICH IS A BOROUGH WIDE DISCUSSION ABOUT THE SEND STRATEGY FOR HARROW.  To find out more about the SEND Strategy, please see this link HERE:

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‘It’s all about YOUR Health’ community education programme –  for adults (18years+) with a learning disability and their carers

Read more about it on our NEWS page

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SEND Parents Chat & SEND Dad’s Group

Special Needs Community was set up for the well-being of families especially parent carers. The physical, emotional and mental well-being of parent carers is important to us because we understand that when they take care of themselves, stay healthy, doing activities that they enjoy and that are fun, it can make it easier to cope when things are difficult.

In our conversation with various parents in the community;

  • Parents tell us they would like opportunities to get together and just chat in the evening.
  • Working parents and those from mainstream schools tell us they feel isolated and unable to attend our coffee mornings.
  • Dads tell us they don’t always feel comfortable attending our events where there are no other dads to talk to.

Based on the feedback, we have set up two WhatsApp groups for our evening support groups and help dads start talking to eachother. These are evening drop-in sessions for parents to talk and meet eachother. We meet the 1st Monday evening of every month (except in August). Join us for stress free chat and opportunities to stay connected with your SEND community. Visit our WELL-BEING page for more information.

 OUR NEXT EVENING EVENT IS:

Monday 2nd September at 6-8pm at:

Cedar’s Children’s Centre
Whittlesea Road
Harrow
HA3 6LS

CALL OR TEXT THIS NUMBER TO JOIN US – 07838317730


Cedars Inclusive Adventure Playground

Project Update

We have been awarded some funding to start the first phase of installation of the playground!

Read about how far we have come with our vision for inclusive and accessible parks and open spaces for families with disabled children & young people in Harrow on our NEWS page. It will be the first of its kind in Harrow and we need your support to finish building the dream. 


NEW HARROW LOTTERY IS LIVE!

Win up to £25,000 and support us too!

Visit Harrow Wins to find out how you can win up to £25,000 in the first ever lottery draw and support organisations in Harrow including the work of the forum and the playground project! Visit www.harrowwins.co.uk for more information on how you can support us by visiting our page at Special Needs Community CIC.

GOOD LUCK!


MEET YOUR HARROW PARENT CHAMPIONS

click here to read about our new project to reach out to more parents in mainstream schools: https://www.harrowparentforum.org/parent-champions/

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DID YOU, MISS, OUR INFORMATIVE IPSEA TRAINING DAY IN MARCH?

Parents said:

“I just wanted to let you know that I found the IPSEA training on Friday extremely informative and interesting. I picked up lots of useful information and I was very pleased to have attended”.

and another said:

 “thank you once again for organising this INVALUABLE training! I feel empowered, enlightened and raring to go! I feel so lucky to have found you guys!”

Visit the IPSEA website for ongoing events and information on available resources: 

https://www.ipsea.org.uk/Pages/Category/service-overview

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DISCOVER THE NEW SHORT BREAKS PROVIDERS, visit www.harrow.gov.uk/shortbreaks or See our CARE page

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Sign up for our newsletter to find out about what is happening in Harrow

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Discover the support available with our NEW interactive map to the Harrow Local Offer below:

Harrow SEND Local Offer Services Map 2018

CLICK ON THE SERVICE TO GO TO THE DESIRED PAGE.

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