Our parents and carers forum, Family Voice Calderdale, ensures that you have a voice in shaping services for children with additional needs. The forum focuses on improving services by influencing commissioners and decision makers, based on the view that disabled children and their parents best understand what they need from the services in their area. Keep up to date with our latest news!
What does Family Voice Calderdale do?
Family Voice Calderdale aims to be a voice to inform service providers of the needs of disabled children and their families by facilitating two–way communication between parent carers and providers of services used by disabled children, young people and their families in Calderdale.
The group works to provide feedback on services, offer constructive challenges to current services, and influence decision making and planning for future service provision. The aim is to make sure that the services provided actually meet the needs of parent carers in Calderdale, and their children, rather than wasting resources on something that’s not useful or beneficial.
By working co-operatively with local service providers, parent carers can contribute to improvements in the services delivered for disabled children through regular communication, involvement in consultations, and by representing a diverse range of views from disabled children and parent carers of all backgrounds and sectors of the community.
How are Unique Ways and Family Voice Calderdale connected?
As Unique Ways has grown, we’ve started to offer more and more services of our own. To make sure that parent carers could give feedback and share their views on our services as well as those provided by Local Authorities and other groups, we established Family Voice Calderdale as a forum that is separate from the services arm of our organisation, with its own terms of reference, run by a steering group of parent carer volunteers.
How can I get involved with Family Voice Calderdale?
Express an Interest in Family Voice Calderdale
Contribute to the forum
Family Voice Calderdale gathers views from parent carers through surveys, focus groups and meetings – contact us to join our mailing list and we’ll keep you updated on what’s happening!
Become a parent representative
Parent representatives are responsible for representing Calderdale parent carers at specific meetings, informing decision makers of the views of the forum, and making sure that parent carers’ views are fed into decisions about children’s services at a strategic level.
Join the steering group
The Family Voice Calderdale steering group is made up of 12 elected members responsible for management of the forum and the parent representatives.
How to apply
Head to our volunteering page, or contact our Family Voice Supporter, Heidi Coney, to find out more about these roles and how you can get involved. Call 01422 343090, or email Heidi at firstname.lastname@example.org.