Currently Waltham Forest Parent Forum (WFPF) has a Steering Group of 12 led by a Participation Director. Take a closer look below.
I have two children, the youngest of whom, Harry, has autism and complex epilepsy. Formally a teacher, I have been with the Forum since 2008, after being invited to be involved in a parent participation project. I love being part of WFPF because we all bring something unique to the table and make a strong and formidable force for change!
I am the mum of 4 children. My son has CFC syndrome and autism.
I became involved with WFPF in 2010 and I hope with my experience of the SEND system I can support other families. My child is 24 so I have been through the EHC process, the transition between primary-secondary-6th form-college and am now transitioning him to adulthood.
My name is Asta. I have two children, Vanesa 18 who has autism and a son 12. I joined the forum in 2010 and soon after, the steering group. WFPF gave me the support I needed, and I want to share that with other parents. I believe that power is in numbers and as a group of parents we can achieve more.
I've lived in Walthamstow for 22 years, but it really became my community after my children were born, especially after my daughter's diagnosis of autism and language and cognitive impairment.
After attending almost all of WFPF's workshops and support groups, when the opportunity came to be a Steering Group member, l didn't hesitate to be a part of it.
I am Chali. I have one cheeky, full of beautiful smiles, son, CJ, who has severe autism. I joined the forum in 2009 and in 2010 joined the steering group. WFPF has been brilliant, giving me lots of support and help, so I'm keen to give back and share my experience and the knowledge I've gained to other SEND families.
I have 3 children aged 23, 21 and 19. My beautiful, fun daughter Sarah, has severe autism. I have been a member of the forum for many years, and joined the steering group about 5 years ago. I gain much from sharing with others, our experiences and knowledge of being a parent of a special needs child.
Hi, I am a full-time Mum. I have 4 boys. The 3 younger ones have SEND. Abbas is 24, Ali is 18 and Farhaan is 18. All three have global developmental delay, no speech, epilepsy and are on the autism spectrum. I have been in the forum for several years and I joined the steering group about 2 years ago.
I joined the steering group just over a year ago having been previously supported by the Parent Forum after my son, 9 year old Elliot, was diagnosed with ASD. I have found it an invaluable source of knowledge and support and get so much from sharing with other parents and carers.
My name is Yasmin, I am a parent to a son with autism. My previous experience of working in the voluntary sector with families helps me when trying to support others. I joined the forum in 2018 and enjoy being part of the steering group. It's a great opportunity that educates me and enables me to make a difference to vulnerable children.
My name is Korina and my daughter, Aurora, is autistic. She continuously inspires and motivates me to use my skills and knowledge to make life a little bit easier for people with different abilities and their families. I have been a member of the forum since 2015 and I sit on the SEND board and various steering groups.
My youngest daughter Idil has autism. Idil loves listening to music, travelling and food which keeps our life exciting, interesting and our journey enjoyable. Over the years I have experienced many happy memories. Being a member of the parent forum has helped me to connect with other parents and share ideas, tips and support.
I founded the parent forum in 2008 and spent 10 years running it with Carol doing everything from making tea at meetings to sitting on local and national boards to feedback the view of families. In 2018 I relocated to Suffolk but still support the forum in an advisory and admin role.