Since 2009, we have developed to enable us to offer support to many more parent carers in the Bradford district.
Vastly increasing the number of parents we reach via email and social media. Any parent or carer of a child/young person up to 25 can be a member and it is free to join.
We attend regular meetings such as the SEND Strategy Board, the Autism Partnership and Healthwatch, to voice the concerns of our parent/carer members and to help influence policy.
Our Education, Health and Care Plan workshops for parents have received very positive feedback and these will be continuing so parents can get our support, and support each other.
We ran a one-day workshop with IPSEA, for parents to find out more about their legal rights re education. Our last AGM also included a workshop to look at the issue of writing a will when you have a disabled dependant.
We organised events so the MPs who represent the different areas of Bradford and Airedale could come along, meet parents and hear directly about their concerns, as well as finding out more about what the PFBA does.
We have issued hundreds of Max Cards enabling families to have affordable days out together and enjoy themselves.
The PFBA began in 2009 when a group of parent carers came together to address concerns that came about due to the restructure of the special schools in the Bradford area.
The PFBA was founded in 2009 when a group of parent carers came together to provide a forum for 9 new special schools in Bradford. After the restructure was finished, it was decided to continue with the Forum and look at wider issues concerning parents and carers of disabled children and young people and with help from Barnardo’s and the National Parent Forum we grew and become a registered charity in 2010.
Our focus is always drawn from what parent/carers want to know more about or what they are concerned with. Our aim is to try and be a voice for families of children and young people with disabilities and/or additional needs.
At present there are over 9000 families with a child/young person with SEN or disabilities in Bradford and this continues to grow. Our membership has quadrupled, mainly through our outreach work but we need your help to reach even more families who need support.