Lewisham Parents and Carer’s Forum (LPCF) is a voluntary group of parents and carers of children and young people (0-25) with special/additional needs and disabilities (SEND) living in the London Borough of Lewisham.
We provide an opportunity for parents and carers to express their views and input into the planning and delivery of SEND services.
We signpost, support and empower families to obtain the best possible support and services for their children.
Free membership is for all parents and carers in Lewisham
We provide a drop in service at Kaleidoscope Drop In once a month together with other support groups in Lewisham.
We talk to other parents about their views and opinions on matters of interest and feed back to the relevant statutory sectors, as well as nationally.
We gather information on services and activities in the borough and share these with parents and carers and other organisations, including school SENCos.
We organise presentations, workshops and training for parents and carers on topics of interest and relevance to their children and young people.
We encourage participation and engagement of parents and carers.
The charitable purpose of Parent Carer Foundation is to give parents and families a voice for their children, young people and adults with all kinds of disability or SEND with or without a diagnosis, we have a large database of parents/carers that we support, advocate, empower and educate to raise awareness and change perception to break down those barriers around all kinds of disabilities and mental health.
Parent Carer Foundation is run by trained experienced volunteers who have enhanced DBS and have first hand experience who will offer support, advice and signpost to parents, carers and families regardless of age who are carrying out a caring role, everyone is welcome to sign up and attend our many mornings and evening events.
Young children are welcome to attend our day-time events, families are welcome to bring their own support worker from other agencies if they wish.
We run a wide range of monthly training and workshops across the year that is open to parents/carers and professionals. These events are an attempt to support through times of change and at whatever stage of the journey parents/carers may find themselves. These are open to parents/carers of children and young people of any age with SEND or disabilities with or without a diagnosis. Young adults are welcome to attend evening sessions with their families if they wish to do so. We hold many coffee mornings and events throughout Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.
These mornings are open to families with young children, parents/carers who are welcome to attend to grab a coffee, have a chat and be involved and share any concerns. Our volunteers are experienced and will offer help and signpost you to the relevant services and will support you throughout the whole process so you are not on your own.