District: Fylde Parent Carer Forum

Notes from the meeting held on: Wednesday 21st October 2015

At: Oak Tree Children’s Centre, Sydney Street, Lytham St Anne’s


Time: 1pm – 3pm




4 Parent carers

Lorraine Moody              Independent Support, Barnardo’s

Christine Harrison          Independent Support, Barnardo’s

Rachel Shatford             Child and Family Support Liaison Officer, Special Educational

Needs and Disability Service (SEND)



None given


1 Introduction

Everyone was welcomed to the meeting and thanked for attending. Introductions took place

Rachel – Chair and note taker


2 Guest Speaker

The guest speakers from the Independent Support Service, Barnardo’s provided an overview of their service and responded to parents’ questions


Independent Support has been commissioned by the Council for Disabled Children to support children, young people (CYP) and their families through the Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan process.


Support for parents can be offered in a number of ways including telephone calls, home visits, attending meetings and liaising with professionals.

The service has developed a number of workshops for both parent carers and for CYP. Further dates to be confirmed for the CYP workshops. Independent Supporters can work with CYP on a 1:1 basis or as a group setting; and use a range of aspirational games and child friendly paperwork.


Discussion held on the parental advice form and the support available from Independent Support in completing this form.


A pack of information  was distributed and discussed


Further information on the EHC Plans can be found on the Local Offer website www.lancashire.gov.uk/send


The Independent Support Team can be contacted on 01772 629470 or email independentsupportrs@barnardos.org.uk






Rachel to attach PowerPoint presentation to notes


3 Notes from previous meeting

The notes were e-mailed to all attendees and discussed at today’s meeting.


  • Barnardo’s Lancashire Young Carers Service can support children from the age of 6/7 years dependent on individual needs. A representative from this service will be attending the local forum in February.


Parents also mentioned Blackpool Tiggers:



  • Red Cross Emergency Card – the criteria has recently changed and the card is now available for over 18s. Contact details: 01772707332 jlangfield@redcross.org.uk


  • Request for an update from Fylde Coast YMCA re: sports and positive activities programme.




















Rachel to contact YMCA.

4 Updates from the Lancashire Parent Carer Forum (LPCF) and the working groups

This was held on Tuesday 14th July 2015  and the minutes will be available on the Local Offer via the following link:


direct link:




Lancashire Break Time (LBT) –Information for October and Christmas holidays has been sent out and is available on the Local Offer website, via the following direct link:



Local Offer – the new flyer was distributed





















Rachel to attach flyer  to notes

5 Any concerns /issues raised

The group discussed the following concerns:


  • Parent raised concerns regarding the Disability Living Allowance form and the Carer’s Allowance.


  • Discussion held regarding children’s lace up shoes and trouser belts.



  • Service provision from the Speech and Language Therapy Service and Occupational Therapy Service.

Rachel mentioned that the Team Leader of the Children’s Integrated Therapy & Hearing Team will be attending the local forum in January as a guest speaker.








Rachel to source information

6 Any other business


  • Family event – Discussion held on the family event which was held on Wednesday 14th October, the feedback received on the evening and how to reach more families for any future events.


  • Discussion held re: small group funding that the Fylde Parent Carer Forum could apply for.



  • Parent mentioned See-Saws support group and their activities within the Fylde and Wyre area




  • Parent mentioned the Making Sense of Special Needs course – The Special Educational Needs and Disability Information Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) are running this course at Oak Tree Children’s Centre, Lytham St Anne’s on Mondays 1pm – 3pm from November 2nd to December 7th


Information given on the following:


  • Local drama groups


Mini Children’s Theatre 4-6 years

Children’s Theatre 7-12 years

Youth Theatre 12-17 years

Adult Company 18+

The groups meet on a Tuesday evening during term time

Re-locating to Woodlands school from Monday 2nd November


  • Phoenix Youth Theatre – Friday’s 6-8pm 9-19 years. Held at Cardinal Allen High School, Fleetwood.




Further information can be found in the Autumn edition of the FIND newsletter




  • Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) have launched a consultation on their proposals for inspecting how local areas are meeting their responsibilities to disabled children and young people, and those with special educational needs (SEND).

The consultation will close on 4th January 2016





  • Websites:






  • Fylde libraries – for local events please see attached flyer





  • Local forums

December Forum – Wednesday 19th and the guest speaker is the Patient Experience Officer, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust








Rachel to source information.


Rachel to e-mail for further information


Rachel to send flyer out to all parents
















































Rachel to attach list of events.



7 Date and time of next meeting


Wednesday 18th November


Oak Tree Children’s Centre, Sydney Street, Lytham St Anne’s  FY8 1TR


Guest speaker – representative from Parks and Greenspace Department, Fylde Borough Council










District: Fylde Parent Carer Forum

Date: Wednesday 18th November 2015

At: Oak Tree Children’s Centre, Sydney Street, Lytham St Anne’s


Time: 1pm – 3pm



  1. Welcome and housekeeping
  1. Introductions and apologies


  1. Guest Speaker : Representative from the Park and Greenspaces Department, Fylde Borough Council.


  1. Notes from the last meeting
  1. Updates from Lancashire Parent Carer Forum.


  1. Any concerns/issues that you want to raise
  1. Any other business
  1. Date, time and location of next meeting


Wednesday 9th December 2015

1pm – 3pm

Oak Tree Children’s Centre,        Sydney Street,        Lytham St Anne’s


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This year the Pantomime is on Saturday 12th December (signed performance) at the Grand Theatre, Blackpool

Starting at 2pm (please arrive for 1.30 in the theatre bar to collect tickets)

Price is £5 per adult (provided you have paid your membership/associate membership to SHSH which is £5 per year) and admission for children(under 18) of current members is free. Non members adults and children price £9.00 per ticket.

If you would like to go please complete the form on the following page

and return with the correct money or cheque (made payable to Sign Hi Say Hi.Fylde, Wyre & Blackpool Deaf Children’s Society) to Michelle Stewart by post at 7 Blackpool Road, Carleton, Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancs, FY6 7QB

Contact Number: 01253 891185







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The Special Needs Jungle is a website by parents of children with additional needs. It has produced a summary of the Government Pathfinder report on the Special Educational Needs Local Offer and Education Health and Care Plans. The report was to compare families from Pathfinder areas (Blackpool and Lancashire were not Pathfinders) with those families experiences who were not in pathfinder areas.

The evaluation was to see if families had a more positive experience with better outcomes for children and young people.


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At Fylde DCS, you'll find both deaf and hearing parents with a wealth of experience of deafness. They may have experienced some of the difficulties you may be facing. We may be able to help or, if not, we can put you in touch with others who can.

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