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Staffordshire Parent Action Network - SPAN
The Staffordshire Parent Action Network helps parents and carers of disabled children under the age of 18 make a difference to the services offered to them in Staffordshire. Formed in 2010 with funding from Aiming High for Disabled Children and support from Staffordshire Parent Partnership Service, we are a group of Staffordshire parents and carers and we want to collect your ideas and opinions. We meet on a monthly basis and also attend the meetings of many service providers where we pass on your comments to assist them in providing better services for disabled children. Many services also use our Network, and the many links we have, to feedback decisions made and to evaluate provision at ground level.
We want this website to be our way of getting information to you and your way to contact us if you want us to "Make a Difference" on your behalf. Please use the menu on the left to find out more information or get in touch through the contact page. The DVD link will explain more simply what
MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR
Having recently being voted in as chair of Span 6 mths ago, i have loved every minute of it.
I have met lots of new parents, professionals, sat on board meetings, attended various panels, got to grips with Ofsted and Media training and still cannot master Facebook properly! Much to the surprise of the other Span members! Well Rome wasn't built in a day!!
...Being in Span has given me the opportunity to put over a collective voice for our children and families, which empowers us as parents. Sometimes decisions can be changed simply by pointing out difficulties and observations that could only come from parents of a disabled child, and that's where we can make a difference.I think at long last professionals understand a parent's perspective is invaluable, and we are being heard!
Span has helped me explore my feelings and question things I would not have had the confidence to do before. i have made great friends who understand the daily ups and downs of living with a child who has a disability, but still we have lots of lau...ghs and a few tears along the way.
There are exciting and scary times ahead as we all don't like change, but it's our job to keep ours and your voices heard and pave the way for positive relations with parents and professionals.
I think people now realise the true value of working together for a better future for our disabled children.
Kerry (Parent and SPAN Chair)
.OUR NEW TRANSFER TOOLKIT IS NOW
It's that time of year when the children are thinking about moving to their new school, also a lot of school trips, summer holiday playschemes and family holidays. Please have a look at our Transfer Toolkit to see if it can aid your child with this difficult and bewildering process.
There are examples showing how the Transfer Toolkit can be utilised for any activity ~ please have a look