Participation Event 2018!

Wigan Parent Carer Forum Participation Event June 8th, 2018.


For those who were unable to make the event on Friday 8th June we bring the event to you in this quick update!

Nothing can replace those face to face conversations but hopefully we can give you a flavour of the day and keep you informed on how you can be involved moving forward.

Click to see WELCOME VIDEO

After a brief welcome video, the event was opened by James Winterbottom (Director of Children’s Services, Wigan Council) and Cllr Jenny Bullen. (Portfolio holder for children and young people, Wigan Council)



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Councillor Bullen reiterated the desire of Wigan Council, not only to listen to parent carers of children with SEND, but to hear and ACT upon the voice of parent carers to ensure Wigan can provide the best services possible for our children, young people and families.

Some of our Parent Carers then introduced the event and handed over to Susan Harris to facilitate the day.



Throughout the day we had presentations on:

SEND Transformation from Cath Pealing, Service Manager – Enhanced. Services for Schools, Wigan Council.

Transition – Jo Willmot, Kathryn Anthon and Leah Edwards – Social Care Wigan Council.

Neurodevelopmental Pathway – Sarah Marshall (CCG), Becky Johnson (NWBNHS), Lorraine Price, (Wigan Council SEND Team).

All the powerpoint presentations are available to read and download on our closed Facebook group: here

There you can also read all the burning issues that arose from parent carers, that were added to a board and then typed up, which we will be passing on the the relevant people for further action.

During the afternoon we explored: “What is participation?”

Some of our parents presented what participating in the parent carer forum has meant to them.

We also recognised that not everyone could be at the event and discussed ways we could further the reach to more parent carers.


words that describe participation
Some of the table top thoughts were captured on this graphic. We explored the various ways we can participate and how we want to be involved, which will contribute to the development of Wigan’s Participation Strategy.


Some of the pledges from professionals.


From reading parents “post its”, expressing their burning issues, there is no doubt there is still a lot to do – but it doesn’t end here!

Everyone presenting will be returning to attend a Forum meeting to follow up from today, updating parent carers on any developments and ensuring we remain involved!

Keep your eye on the Online Community, Facebook, Twitter for future meetings where you can have your say!


Thank you to everyone involved, all the speakers, professionals who attended, Sue Harris for facilitating, Embrace for supporting and attending and most of all all the wonderful parents who attended and made their voices heard, #ParentPower! Special thanks to the parent carers who gave up their time to help prepare, organise and enable the event to run.