Southampton City Council work in conjunction with Rose Road Association and Southampton Parent Carer Forum to actively co-produce local services and the extensive work that goes on around Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in Southampton.
- Southampton Parent Carer Forum
- SEND Local Offer/website Development
- Autism Allies Project
- Autism in Schools Project
Southampton Parent Carer Forum was founded in 2016 and is the collective voice for parent/carers/families in the City. Rose Road Association host and support the forum. The forum's main role is sharing vital lived experience to impact and help shape SEND Services in the city. Vickey Kowal is the Co-ordinator of the forum. To find out more, click here to visit their Facebook page.
Vickey hosts regular Facebook live updates around SEND with Tammy Marks (SEND Service Manager for Southampton City Council). Keep an eye on the Facebook page for the next live update.
Click here for the most recent SEND and COVID Facebook Live update.
If you would like to have your voice heard, impact local SEND services and become a member of the forum, click here to sign up to become a member of the forum. You will receive updates and newsletters via email and have the opportunity to become a participating member of the forum, whether that be just sharing your views or attending meetings on behalf of the forum, completely your choice.
Vickey is currently taking a break from the Forum to focus on her family commitments, so Su Wright will be stepping in to take over the running of the Forum.
SEND Local Offer Development work. It was identified that the SEND Local Offer/website was not as user friendly/accessible and meaningful as it could be, therefore work started in June 2021 to look at how this can be adapted and updated to ensure the website meets the needs of our families in Southampton. Claire Pritchard took on the role of SEND Local Offer Development Officer in June 2021 and is taking this work forward. To view the Facebook page, click here
Autism Allies is a new project that started in September 2021. The main aim of the project is to increase awareness of Autism/Neurodiversity services in the city and to promote voluntary opportunities that are available for parent/carers. The project is headed up by Su Wright and in the early stages at the moment.
Have a look at the "Meet the Team" bio's on the left hand side of this page to find out more about our amazing team.