BPCF Jan Newsletter

Bedford Parent Carer Forum - January Newsletter


Letter from our Chair

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone has kept safe and well throughout the festive period.

Bedford Borough Parent Carer Forum (BBPCF) have been working hard with all of your feedback they have received. Thank you for taking the time to contact us and please continue to do so during the coming year. Five hundred and fifty-six members completed our annual survey, which will form the basis of the State of the Nation report that we will be able to share with you shortly.

Coronavirus caused many changes and challenges to everyone's lives and routines. Throughout BBPCF have continued to keep the Parent Carer voice at the forefront of all the meetings we attend. All of us in the SEND community need to ensure co-production and positive relationships are built to ensure positive outcomes for our children. We know that we all have different experiences and views, that is what makes BBPCF so rich with knowledge.

Please tell us about your recent experience of all services your families are using. We also need your ideas of anything we can facilitate to help to empower our members.

Bedford Borough Parent Carer Forum are looking to hear all your feedback, both positive and negative to keep pushing for improvement and change. We need to know what is working well so that this can be built upon and transferred to other areas. Please remember we are here to listen and signpost, so please don't feel alone and stay safe.

Kerri Rennie

Bedford Borough Council have produced some FAQ's, they said:

'We know how important it is to remain in contact and provide updates at this
uncertain time. Due to this we have been working closely with Bedford Borough
Parent Carer Forum and other key partners to collect the most common
frequently asked questions and to provide answers to these.

The current situation is changing on an almost daily basis so we do advise
families as much as possible to go to the Local Offer for updates, support and
guidance during this time. Please also follow the Local Offer on Facebook,
Twitter and Instagram for updates.

This information was correct as of 8th January 2021.'

Please see a copy of the FAQ's document here

Don't forget about our upcoming events, all parent carers are welcome to book onto any of them and they are all being run as virtual events:

Friday 15th January 10am – Mainstream School Remote Learning Feedback

Monday 18th January – 10am – Special School Remote Learning Feedback

Thursday 21st January – 10am-12.30pm – Dyslexia Training from British Dyslexia Association

Wednesday 27th January 6.30-9pm – Dyslexia Training from British Dyslexia Association

Thursday 4th February – 10am – Amy White (Public Health Update) and ADHD Medication with Darrin Lowe

Tuesday 9th Feb 10-11.30 - 7-8.30pm --SENDiass training – TBC

Wednesday 24th Feb – 7pm – SEND Support Get Together

Monday 15th March – 10am - Virtual Get Together – What is personalisation?

Monday 22nd March – 10am - Virtual Get Together – Down’s Syndrome (impact from Covid)

Book your place now

Educational Psychology Drop-Ins

Bedford Borough Educational Psychology team are offering 30 minute virtual drop in slots to offer parents/carers of children/young people who attend schools that buy back* this service, advice and guidance on their child/young person’s wellbeing during lockdown. The Drop Ins will run daily.

To book a 30 minute slot please email school.support@bedford.gov.uk detailing your name, telephone number, child’s school and brief description of query/advice needed. They will email back with forthcoming available slots for parents to book.

If you child/young person attends a school in Bedford Borough APART from the 4 below you can access the drop in.

Biddenham International School and Sports College
Goldington Green Academy
Goldington Academy
Putnoe Primary School

If you child/young person attends one of the 4 schools please contact your school for support.

Art Therapy Sessions

We have had many parents ask us if we can arrange some evening sessions of Art Therapy. We are pleased to announce that we have managed to arrange a 6 week course on the following dates. These sessions will all be run online. You will need to to commit to all 6 sessions and places are limited so will be offered on a first come first served basis.

All sessions will be from 7.30-9pm and will run from Tuesday 22nd February to Tuesday 30th March.

If you would like to book a place please email us.

Book your place