Update 27 June 2019: NYPACT ceased to hold the North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) contract to represent the voice of parent and carers across North Yorkshire with effect from 30 June 2019.
NYCC are to re-tender the contract but until that time, NYPACT has no funding to support the supply of Max cards or employ a co-ordinator. NYPACT still exists as a group and parents and carers are encouraged to join. We are also seeking volunteer shadow board members to help us maintain a strong parent-carer voice in North Yorkshire.
General enquiries about SEND support or MAX cards should be sent to NYPACT@communityfirstyorkshire.org.uk. The Facebook group will also remain active, with two of our committee members managing the Facebook page for the next month or so and we will also be monitoring emails to the NYPACT inbox. However, with limited resources we appreciate your patience if there is a delay in responding to a message as our volunteers may take a little longer than a paid co-ordinator.
We do not yet know how NYCC intends to secure the engagement and participation of parents, and carers, of children and young people with SEND from 1 July until they complete the new tender process. If you require support or wish to comment on services provided by NYCC you will need to make contact directly with NYCC. The service lead is Jane Le Sage, Assistant Director of Inclusion and she can be contacted on 01609 532174 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NYPACT Shadow Board
NYPACT is the forum for parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in North Yorkshire. NYPACT’s mission is to listen and respond to the voice of family parent carers and carers of children with SEND across North Yorkshire by:
enabling mutual support
developing and facilitating co-operative and influential partnerships with the aim of improving support to families.
NYPACT passionately believes in helping families to live their lives in the way they want to live them and it aims to:
ensure that decisions made by statutory and other partners that impact families with SEND are influenced authentically by the voice of parent carers and their families.
empower parents and carers to be able to confidently self-represent and make informed choices and decisions about their family when navigating their way through services and support.
assist with the shaping of services that reflect the real issues and needs of families with SEND through co-production, clear communication and strong partnership relationships.
promote and facilitate a culture of understanding between parent carers and partners across North Yorkshire.
As well as engaging parents and helping them support each other through a range of workshops, forums and conferences, NYPACT also influences the development of policies and services delivered by public bodies. Parents and carers are invited to become members and benefits also include discounts at venues and attractions through the free MAX card scheme. NYPACT is funded by North Yorkshire County Council and the Department for Education.
Once your completed form has been received, you’ll be sent more information (including a free MAX card, see below) and details about how to join the Facebook group.
One of the benefits of joining NYPACT is the Max Card, a discount card for families of children with additional needs, which is free to all NYPACT members. Families simply show their Max Card upon entry to selected venues in order to obtain free or discounted admission.
The scheme is designed to help parents and carers save money on great days out at castles, zoos, bowling alleys and more, helping to provide a sense of community through stimulating learning experiences and enjoyable days out for everyone. You can find out more about discounts and free entry to attractions on the MAX card website. (It’s also worth keeping in touch with MAX card on Facebookas they regularly give updates about new attractions joining the scheme.)
In March we held information events for parents and carers in Skipton and Scarborough. Both were well attended and had broad representation from local groups that support SEND children and their families. Both events included workshops on Staying Safe Online delivered by GoWise Online and Sensory Processing, delivered by Tree Tops. Andrea Hobbs of Posh gave a presentation about NYPACT at each, slides from which are available here.
Inclusion Conference: Let’s Communicate Together on 22 June 2018: click hereto see presentations from the wide range of speakers.
AGM: In December we held our Annual General Meeting in Harrogate. You can download the presentation here.
There are lots of opportunities for volunteering with NYPACT. For example, you can join the Shadow Board which meets regularly to discuss issues facing parents and carers of children and young people with disabilities or special educational needs. Applications are welcomed from parent carers and other family members, as well as those who have relevant skills and experience (including marketing, IT, accounting, business and charity governance) and a commitment to supporting families raising disabled children and those with additional needs. Click here to find out more about becoming a shadow trustee with NYPACT.
If you want to help NYPACT support parents and carers in your area, we have vacancies forLocality Link volunteers, and we also welcome Parent Expert volunteers, who may be parents, carers and others who have specific knowledge about SEND related issues, such as particular medical conditions.
There are a number of other roles for volunteers and we are always looking for enthusiastic people to help with things like:
Writing blogs and sharing their stories
Attending meetings and events on behalf of NYPACT
Promoting NYPACT to your networks
Being involved with NYPACT can take up as much or as little time as you want.
Making Sense of SEND– this handy booklet spells out the acronyms and cuts through the jargon to make the language of the SEND professional world a little easier to comprehend.
Who’s Who in the Inclusion Service?– this leaflet is to help parents and carers understand how the North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) Inclusion Service can support and advise them and their children.