Action Art

Nearly two years ago now a few forum parents got together and decided to start Action Art. A group run by carers for carers that wasn’t about their careering responsibilities but was a way to come together, share and learn new skills, chat and make friends and really just have fun!

They put in a pitch for a small amount of funding, found a venue, and started Action Art, which has gone from strength to strength.

“Action Art is so positive, I wish it was happening every week! There’s a real mix of people who attend, we don’t all know each other but everyone chats and gets on. Its brilliant!”

The next session is on Tuesday 5th February at Stourbridge Family Centre, get in touch for more information email:

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Kids Siblings & Young Carers Youth Club

Kids are starting a new club for young carers or those with a disabled sibling. The group is for those aged between 13-18 years old. It’s a chance to spend time with like-minded individuals in a safe and friendly environment. They can play pool, air hockey and table tennis tables as well as games consoles, tablets and more.


When is the group?
Monday evenings in term time

Where is the group?
Kids Orchard Centre, Lye By-Pass, DY9 8HA

What is the cost?
£5 per session

Contact: 01384 897489



Makaton is a language programme that includes speech, signs and symbols and more and more people are becoming aware of it.

This is a two week course (approx. 12 hours) open to parents and proffesionals and you will cover stages 1-4 plus some additional vocabulary. Each participant will receive two reference books to keep, handouts and a certificate.

It will be held at
The Kids Orchard Centre, Lye-By-Pass, Lye, DY9 8HA On Sunday 20th January and 3rd February 2019
9.30am -3.45pm.
Cost is £100 per person.

Any queries please contact:- Jane Walker (Makaton Tutor)
01384 279706
07734 910467

SEND Strategy Consultation Feedback

Monday 26th November 2018

11:30 – 12:00pm

Dudley Canal Trust, Off The A4123 At Birmingham New Road, Dudley DY1 4SB

The Local Authority asked for your views, opinions and experiences to help to shape Dudley’s SEND strategy. A thorough consultation was completed and they want to come and feedback on their findings a sort of ‘you said, we did’ type session.

Come along and hear the feedback, ask any questions and meet some of the DDS team over a coffee and mince pie!

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Seasonal wellbeing activities for carers

Dudley Carers Hub, is hosting free wellbeing social activity sessions for carers. Come along, relax, socialise and get involved in some Christmas craft activities.

Planted / Floral Crackers (making a cracker and planting a small plant or making a flower arrangement inside) Wednesday 21st November • 10am – 12pm

Driftwood Decorations Tuesday 4th December 2018 • 1pm – 3pm

Candle Making Tuesday 11th December 2018 • 1pm – 3pm

Refreshments will be provided.

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Dudley carers hub
To book please contact Dudley Carers Hub 01384 818723 or email Dudley Carers Hub, Queens Cross Network, Wellington Road, Dudley, DY1 1RB

Online Autism Workshop

Free Workshop (1)

There will be a free online workshop for parents of young children with autism next week 17th October at 10am – there will be a replay sent to those who register that will be available for 24 hrs for those who can’t attend the training live

The focus of the workshop is on one of the most frequent questions and concerns that we receive from parents of young ones – how do I go out without my child having an enormous meltdown! How do I go shopping? Why won’t they stop running off?…..

The workshop will run for about an hour and there will be loads of chance to ask questions

Here is the sign up link

If you have any questions at all please don’t hesitate to get in touch

Best Wishes

Jenny Palmer –

Free Legal Advice

Would you like free legal advice on an issue relating to a child or young person with special needs?

Contact has organised a FREE LEGAL ADVICE SURGEY for parents of special needs children who want legal advice on Education and SEND related issues. Gurvinder Kaur, Consultant Solicitor in Public Law and Education, will be able to offer free, individual legal advice to parents.

The legal advice surgery is being held on Friday, October 5, at the Education Development Centre at Pelsall Lane, Walsall, WS14 1NG with appointment slots available from 10.30am. The event is being hosted by IASS Walsall, but is open to parent living in any local authority area. However, appointments MUST be booked in advance.

If you are interested in a slot, please call 01922 650330 (answerphone) or text 07983611430 or email ASAP with your name, phone number and email. They will get back to you to acknowledge receipt, and to organise an appointment.

We are expecting a high level of demand for the surgery, so please don’t delay in registering your interest if you would like a slot.

Legal Surgery

Parent carers are the cherry on the cake!

I have just finished the 2017/18 annual report and once again I am blown away by how incredibly generous parent carers are with their time, energy, passion, commitment and honesty.

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We are now in our fifth year and still our parents are committing over 300 hours to influence services that affect their lives and the lives of their children and young people. Parent carers through the forum have attended over 32 strategic meetings where they have been heard and collaborated with professionals.

Once again we have built on the success of previous years and increased our reach with over 2,182 views on our website, 240 followers on twitter and 169 followers on twitter.

None of this would have been possible without the support of the forum parent carers especially the steering group who have been there from the start and are still hanging in! They inspire me every time I have the privilege to be in their company.

Georgina Homer your honesty, intelligence and your tenacity is something to behold!

Jessica Tinsley where would we be without your calm and soothing nature

Rebecca Dingley thanks for keeping me on the straight and narrow and for bringing all sorts of creativity.

Linda Crockett what you don’t know is not worth knowing! really appreciate your many hats and varied experience round the table

Tina Cartwright I love the way you tell it like it is and hold that SEN improvement board to account!

Claire Powers thank you for the strategic view point, the organisation, and the project management skill you bring!

eating cakeParent carers for me are like cake! I’ve never met one that I haven’t liked and after being with them I am smiley, satisfied and fuzzy inside and I am always left wanting more!

I can not wait to see what the rest of 2018/19 brings!

You are all AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!




SEND Area Draft Strategy Consultation

Great news there is still time to have your say and help shape Dudley’s SEND strategy!

Due to the high level of responses the deadline has now been extended so there is still time to get involved and share your ideas and views. Dudley parent carer forum parents have been involved in a focus group to share their views around what’s working well for children and young people, what needs to change, what needs to be done to deliver the vision and anything else that the local authority needs to think about. Young people with SEND have also been involved in a focus group through Dudley Voices for Choice

SEND Strategy feedback

To take part in the consultation and have your say click here

To read the draft strategy click here