Parent Carer Voice (formerly NYPACT)
NYPACT@communityfirstyorkshire.org.uk | 01904 704177
About Parent Carer Voice
Parent Carer Voice is the forum for parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in North Yorkshire. Parent Carer Voice’s mission is to listen and respond to the voice of family parent carers and carers of children with SEND across North Yorkshire by:
- coordinating information
- enabling mutual support
- developing and facilitating co-operative and influential partnerships with the aim of improving support to families.
Parent Carer Voice 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, Parent Carer Voice also influences the development of policies and services delivered by public bodies. Parent Carer Voice is funded by North Yorkshire County Council and the Department for Education.
For more details download our leaflet.
Parent Carer Voice Funding Update November 2019
Parent Carer Voice has recently received a short-term interim grant from North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) to support the group with moving forward. Discussions are taking place with the local authority about how this grant can be used, but primarily the focus will be on working together to define the best way to collaborate towards our joint vision – to offer better support for children in North Yorkshire and their carers.
As part of Parent Carer Voice’s strategy moving forward, and due to the limited availability of funding and support, Parent Carer Voice will no longer be able to supply MAX cards. To find out where else you can purchase/renew Max cards, please visit mymaxcard.co.uk.
Meanwhile, Parent Carer Voice is continuing to search for volunteers to either join the Shadow Board or act as a parent expert or locality link. Please see below for more information.
Can I get involved?
Parent Carer Voice is steered by a Steering Group with support from locality links and parent experts. These are all volunteers who are mainly parents and carers living in North Yorkshire. The Steering Group currently comprises the following members:
Katerina Kontogeorgou-Gilbert (Vice Chair)
Tracey D’Alessandro-Rixon (Treasurer)
There are lots of opportunities for volunteering with Parent Carer Voice. For example, you can join the Steering Group 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 Parent Carer Voice.
If you want to help Parent Carer Voice support parents and carers in your area, we have vacancies for Locality 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 Parent Carer Voice
- Promoting Parent Carer Voice to your networks
Being involved with Parent Carer Voice can take up as much or as little time as you want.
Please email NYPACT@communityfirstyorkshire.org.uk to find out more about how you can get involved.
Become a member
You can become a member of Parent Carer Voice without becoming a volunteer.
Once your completed form has been received, you’ll be sent more information and details about how to join the Facebook group. As a Parent Carer Voice member, you’ll also receive regular updates about important information and events relevant to carers and families of children with SEND.
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.