Supporting families with disabled children in Waltham Forest
Background to the Forum
In January 2008 a group of parents and carers of disabled children and young people got together with the idea of forming a forum to raise issues regarding the development and direction of services our children and young people access in the London Borough of Waltham Forest. Since that first meeting, Waltham Forest Parent Forum (WFPF) has networked within the borough to enable our views to be heard. This has been achieved by contacting key policy makers, inviting them to our meetings and requesting representation on committees or projects involving disability issues.
Over the last seven years we have taken part in consultations involving disability and gained representation on committees in the borough such as home to school transport, special needs education and commissioning. In addtion to this work we have also established support groups, social events and practical workshops and training seminars.
Each year we have developed and offered new activities to suppport and help parents and carers of disabled children and young people which has attracted many new members. WFPF started with just 20 members and today we have over 400 families with disabled children or young people and 300 professionals as members. 2015 is going to be an exciting time for WFP and therefore we would be delighted if you as a parent, carer, grandparent, relative, friend, professional or anyone who supports a familiy with a disabled child or young person would like to join our group.