We are a diverse, independent group of parents in Greenwich. All of us have a child with special educational needs or a disability.
We support parents and carers with information to make life easier and opportunities to have fun, relax and get stronger mentally and physically.
UPDATE Autumn 2020
1 - As parents and carers ourselves we are not updating or working on GPV during the Covid outbreak period. As you can imagine we have our hands full with our children and without much of the essential support that enabled us to volunteer to work on GPV outside our demanding caring roles.
2 - Greenwich Parent Voice has chosen to stop being the official 'parent forum' for the borough of Greenwich.
This means that we are no longer funded by the DofE to capture and pass on parent views and experiences to the local and health authority. We will not be signposting or providing individual parent support.
It is a statutory obligation for the managers in health, education and social care to be guided by the full spectrum of parents and carer views, so that they make good decisions.
The council are now working on a new plan for parent engagement, and will be in touch with you to let you know how to use your 'voice' in future.
GPV continues to work on initiatives that make life easier for families of children with special needs. We will update you here, and on our social media, in due course.
In the meantime: for help with getting your child the support he or she needs at school contact SENDIASS
For information about the many services and support agencies for young people with SEND visit the Local Offer
If you would like to find out more about parent and carer participation visit The National Network of Parent Carer Forums website.
Best wishes to all families, young people and carers in Greenwich during this time.
Vivien Davies and Joanne Delap
Parents and children helping us launch the new inclusive playground in Greenwich Park 23 July 2019
Embracing Diversity in BAME communities - a new film
GPV is not in itself a faith-based organisation. However, we understand that beliefs exist within some BAME communities, linked to religion, which prevent parents and carers taking control and living positively with their child's disability. Our aim is to end this stigma. We are delighted to launch our short film "Embracing Diversity" as part of a wider project that you can read about here.
Enjoy this short film in which parents speak movingly of their pride in their children.
Listen to GPV parents talk about what it means to them to be part of our group