Learning and Development Opportunity

im a grown upFriendships – what we think

Adults, children and young people with a disability or additional need have a right to develop friendships and enjoy a social life, just like anyone else. Friendships can help people feel happier, included and valued. They can also enhance wellbeing.

We are inviting you to come together with other parent carers for an opportunity to reflect and talk about how you feel about your young peoples friendships and relationships with others. Watching them grow up and make their own decisions can be really hard. How can we have conversations that encourage their friendships and relationships to be meaningful and positive.

What to expect from this session
• You can expect a very warm welcome and to feel included
• Hear about two different experiences of friendships and relationships from Andrew & Jo and Neil & Sharon who have learning disabilities. They will share what its like to be in a relationship, the barriers they have overcome and what makes these relationships positive for them.
• An honest and open discussion where you can share your views

When: Wednesday 14 February 2018
Time: 9:30 for a 10am start until 12pm

Book via Donna on email: donna@dudleycvs.org.uk or phone 01384 573381



Care and Share

care and shareWe have been working with parents over the last 6 months to develop a brand new resource that provides local information and support network for children and families with Special Educational Needs. We are now excited to be able to share our online tools widely and enable parent carers to get more involved!

We have a community website with a wealth of information about provision, services and support available in Dudley borough that anyone can access. We have also developed a portal to put you in control and help manage the support you need, enable you to communicate with professionals more effectively, organise your care support and celebrate your child or young person’s achievements. These resources will help build a community of support to help you or your child share their journey and improve SEN services.

You can now access the personal Care and Share portal from the website. If you are an existing member click on login from the homepage http://careandshare.uk/ in the usual way. If you would like to become a new member then click on login which will take you to the portal where you can register.

We are also holding two drop-in dates where you can come along, grab a coffee, find out more and have any questions you may have answered. Join us on

  • Monday 22 January 9:30am-11:00am at Old Park Special School, Thorns Road, Brierley Hill DY5 2JY
  • Friday 26 January 10am-12pm at DY1, Stafford Street, Dudley, DY1 1RT
  • Wednesday 31 January 12pm-2pm at DY1, Stafford Street, Dudley, DY1 1RT

Tell us if you can join us via Facebook https://www.facebook.com/dudleyparentcarerforum/



Bare with us

We are having a few issues with our email address at the moment, we are working to put this right. Please bare with us and if you need to get in touch email donna@dudleycvs.org.uk or give us a call on 01384 573381.