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Lincolnshire Parent Carer Forum - Feb 2022 News!

Please see below the latest news from the Lincolnshire Parent Carer Forum!

Welcome to LPCF’s Latest news!

A big thank you to everyone who attended the second LPCF “Week of SEND”. We had 84 presentations during the week with over 500 attendees and lots of positive feedback. This feedback will be compiled in a report which will be published on the library page of the LPCF website shortly. Many thanks to all of the presenters and organisations who have submitted slideshows, leaflets, resources, resources links , tips and trick sheets etc. All the material we have received to date has been uploaded to the LPCF website in the Information > Resources section and each is attached to the organisation. All our members have also been alerted that there is a wealth of new and updated material uploaded to support the Week of SEND delivery. For those who have already submitted, thank you for your support and may we ask that you just check your listings in resources in our Information > Signposting page and the Information > Resources page – Links • Signposting -  • Resources -  For those who have not yet submitted (we know some were in publishing updates etc) please feel free to submit any resources you would like parents to have made accessible. • Your material will be added as soon as we receive it and it will be publicised to our membership of 2,300+. • (NB resources need to be generic and not include dated events etc – such material will be promoted elsewhere e.g. Events page , Facebook etc). • Even if you are not submitting any resources may we ask that you just check your listings in resources in our Information > Signposting page to be sure the outline we have for you is accurate and up to date. (It often easiest to cut the current text, edit it and send that in as new text). • See Signposting link above. One thing we have found from parents is that they do like to have such material so that they can familiarise themselves with organisations before engaging, giving them the opportunity to do their own research and build individual resilience, being better prepared to engage with you. Finally – the Resources page is a rolling development so please feel free to add material or submit updates. We look forward to continuing to work with you and to Week of SEND 2023 !

Hot off the press!
Promoting positive Behaviour Workshop – with Chris from Aspens
Monday 28th February 11am -1pm
Due to the interest in this workshop during the “Week of SEND” we are holding it again for both parents and professionals.
You need to be a member of LPCF ( either as a parent or professional) to benefit from this free workshop and need to book your place asap as places are limited.
Please to book your place
All details are included on the events page of the LPCF website

Juggling the Joys of Parenting Fifth session on 17th March 11.30 – 1pm ( monthly free workshops for parents and carers on the LPCF membership) Fifth session - "Understanding Strategies” If you are you a parent, grandparent, Carer, relative or friend of a child/adult with special needs or a disability? ...then these workshops are a must for you! This series is aimed at parent carers who wish to have fun, meet other parent carers that want to make life easier and learn new strategies that can make a very real difference. Our host Hil Gibb & LPCF will be running monthly virtual sessions - so why not join us. Places are FREE to parents on the LPCF membership. See the link for more details  Email :admin to book your place now

Time2talk for parents
Need a listening ear? Got a little question you want to ask?
Not clear about something or perhaps you just want to share your thoughts with someone with experience of parenting a children with a Disability or additional need?

Join LPCF for these short meet ups for a quick chat to touch base.
Monday 7th March 1pm
See events page for link
No need to book - just be first in the waiting room as places are limited.

Hypnotherapy with Nicole
Please encourage parents to join LPCF for a free 90-minute Zoom session to help improve mental health & wellbeing.
Nicole from Hummingbird Hypnotherapy will be providing proven techniques to help us make positive changes to our lives.

Relax with like-minded people in a positive atmosphere.
Topic -Motivation
Date: Thursday 3rd March 2022 7.30pm- 9pm
These sessions are for LPCF members only. Please encourage parents to join up on the sign up page of the website.

Parent Recognition Awards – Special award
The Tom Cross Memorial Award for Parent Recognition is looking to parents of children with SEND to identify other parents of children with SEND who really standout. They will have gone that extra mile and deserve some recognition for their efforts or inspiration in helping yourself, your family or child.
They may have been there when they were overwhelmed, they may have provided some practical support or they may have been inspired to change.
Do you know of any parents who would like to nominate another parent on our membership?
For parents to make a nomination they need to be a member of LPCF.

LPCF Excellence Awards Have you been working with a family and have achieved positive results – if so please ask them to join LPCF and nominate your service for our LPCF Excellence award. You never know you could win it! Please see our Hall of fame for the recent nominations  It could be you ?

Information on Covid
LPCF have dedicated a section in the Information Library to the current COVID-19 crisis. It has lots of information and support for parents and also lots of activities and resources for children.

LPCF Outreach Project
We still have some free capacity if you would like a Zoom visit from one of our volunteers to let your staff or the parents you work with know more about LPCF.
For availability please email

Max Cards
Parents who join our membership and fulfil the criteria are offered a free discount card.
The Information page of the LPCF website contains more detail.

Consultations We have added a few more consultations to our website that may be of interest to the parents you work with:-  • Consultation on Revised Behaviour in Schools Guidance and Suspension and Permanent Exclusion Guidance • Lincolnshire Young voices • Families or Friends of Young Carers Survey

Parental resources library
This page of the LPCF website > information>parental resources
gives parents useful documents from other organisations to ensure that parents are kept well informed of what services they can offer.
If your organisation has any generic leaflets or brochures in pdf that inform parents about your service or offer of support and wish to support LPCF with this initiative please let us know.

Additions to LPCF website
• Update on the implementation of the liberty protection safeguards (Posted on library 03.02.22)
• Down Syndrome positions statement. A Draft position statement from the NNPCF.
( Posted on library 03.02.22)
• See more details of the £86 million investment in SEND ( SEND page>what’s next – posted 08.02.22)
• (Posted 08-02-2022)Latest News -Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Division 

Please help our Charity – you don’t have to be a parent!
Please help us to help you by using Amazon Smile and Easy fundraising. It doesn’t cost you anything but it does help our Charity.
LPCF Lottery Club – we have a small lottery club , which helps to raise funds and you can join for either £26 for 6 months or £52 for a year. Monthly prizes are £50, £10 and £5. Winners can be seen on the funding page.
You’ve got to be in it to win it!!
Why not bookmark LPCF’s website on your browser for easy access.

Please encourage parents you work with to join LPCF, as the earlier we can support them on their journey the better outcomes for the whole family in terms of engagement, signposting, information & support. It also gives LPCF a bigger voice in Lincolnshire to help improve the provision of services for families.
Please also encourage other professionals you work with to join our professional membership so they are kept informed too!
Our leaflet for parents has been updated so if you need any to give to parents please let us know. Thank you for your support

Coralie & LPCF Team
PO Box 1183
PE11 9EE
07925 232 466