Parents join forces to improve community
Thursday, 21 April 2016
Parents of students with Special Educational Needs (SEN) have joined forces to create a Parent Forum at Seevic College, helping to improve the community and gain better support for local families.
Taking place twice a term, the Forum has given parents the opportunity to connect and share information and advice with others in a similar situation.
Kay Davis, Head of Foundation Learning & Community Development at the College, said: “The Forum was set up to cater for parents who prefer to talk face-to-face about what is available and how to access it.
“We appreciate that parents and carers know their young people best. We’re committed to listening to their views, and working with organisations like the Essex Local Offer, to positively shape the College’s offer to meet the needs of young people with SEN.”
Alongside discussing the needs of families in the area, parents and Kay also look at developing the College’s offer to benefit its students with SEN.
Parent Sandra Howarth said: “It is nice to be able to be supported by other parents.;
The most recent Forum took place on Tuesday 19 April at the College, located in Runnymede Chase, Benfleet.
Seevic invited speakers from the NHS and Families Acting for Change Essex (FACE) to discuss local support for those with SEN further, as well as the free annual health checks available for students with learning disabilities and/or difficulties.
Sandra added: “It’s great that we’re given the opportunity to learn about companies that are there to help.”
Teresa Revill, parent of student Daniel, concluded: “The Forum helps to know that you are not on your own.”
Find out more about or join the College’s Parent Forum by clicking here.