Our guides are created by our community of Parent Carers on their own SEND journey. We never stop learning and we want to share what we have learnt along the way. Our guides are a gift to our community to help other families feel more informed and less isolated and a bit more in control. You can get FREE copies by becoming a member (for free) just by joining our database, you will be sent a copy of their release.
We celebrate you and recognise ourselves within you and when we meet other Parent Carers, and the nods of knowing and understanding are exchanged, in our minds and our imagination we are doing something akin to the three fingered salute that Katniss gives to her community in The Hunger Games. You are amazing and never forget it.
"I was just holding on to so much anger, resentment and confusing emotions. I was exhausted from all the battles with services and I just didn't know how to drop it all and move on. It was effecting every other area of my life. I was so anxious and low". Sound familiar? This is what one of Parent Carers told us, we will call her Nikki, which I am sure you will all understand is not her real name, although her words are very real. Nikki made use of our counselling service and found it life changing.
We love sharing great news here South Glos Parent Carers HQ and we also know just how big an issue accessible toilets are for some of our community, and how much lives can be restricted by such a basic need. Many of you have been penning letters and joining campaigns on the subject.
We were so excited when we found out that a Changing Places toilet was being installed at The Mall, Cribbs Causeway, we had to be to the first to see it finished.
It has been described to us at SGPC HQ as being like "Falling off a cliff", a terrifying metaphor but it does capture quite well the sense SEND parents can have of knowing where you are and having a direction for your child's education only to then reach the Post 16 phase and the ground beneath you and the firm footing you thought you had just disappears.
The receiving and giving of gifts is just one of the many enjoyable things about Christmas. It can also be a time of year when we reflect and think about giving and supporting within our communities. Combining the giving of gifts and the nice warm fuzzy feeling we get when supporting a charity can only be a win win situation.