Who are we?
A group of parents and carers of children and young people with learning difficulties, disabilities or additional needs, based in the London Borough of Hillingdon.
Our Aims ~
To represent the views of parents and carers in discussions with the local authority and, through this, to influence the way local services are delivered. We will inform the local authority of occasions when the experience of practice does not match current policy. We also want to play a more active part in service design and development by ensuring that the needs and wishes of our children and families are heard, and placed at the centre of these processes.
WELCOME TO THE HILLINGDON
Meet the Team ~
Kevin Bugler (Chair)
Kevin is our current Chair and is also responsible for maintaining our website and Facebook page and for all the great posts and links to relevant services. Kevin also founded Hillingdon Dads to provide a support and social group dedicated to fathers of children with a disability or special need.
Matthew Coogan (Vice Chair)
Matthew is one of our newer members of the committee, having joined in the past year. Matthew represents the forum on the Local Offer & Disability Register, SEND Steering Group, Short Breaks and Transport Steering Group.
Natasha Copas (Treasurer)
Natasha is one of our newer members of the committee, having joined in the past year. Natasha represents the forum on the Children & Young People’s Mental Health & Well Being Board. She also helps arrange our regular coffee mornings and recently represented us at the NNPCF London Cluster Meeting.
Marion de Souza (Secretary)
Marion is a founder member of Hillingdon PCF and is also our invaluable secretary. She ensures all our meetings are minuted and captures all actions for everyone. Marion also represents the Forum on Independence and Transport committees and helps out at many of our events.
Joanne Killick (Committee Member)
Joanne is one of our newer members of the committee, having joined in the past year. She represents the forum on the SEND Steering Group and the Learning Disability Partnership Board. She is also a Parent Champion for LBH and recently represented us at the NNPCF London Cluster Meeting.
Freda O’Driscoll (Committee Member – co-opted)
Freda is our health representative from the CNWL NHS Children and Families Services. She provides a very important link to local community children’s health services (including health visiting, school nursing, therapy services and the Child Development Centre) and participates on many of the groups.
In addition to our committee members, we have a number of Parent Representatives, who represent parent/carers on some of the groups. These roles are very important to ensuring we can cover a wide range of issues and that we also represent all of our parents/carers such as different disabilities, cultures and languages. We are currently looking for more Parent Reps to join our team. Our current Parents Reps are:
Mehmet Tunc, Ivana Bugler, Lynne Laverty, Linda Myford
We have had really fantastic and informative Coffee Mornings at Schools off late and we thank and welcome all attendees at Pentland Field, Oak Farm, Douay Martyrs and John Locke Academy and we are looking forward to going to Haydon School on 28th November & Northwood School on the 8th December (please see the school for more info). Still to confirm dates are Bishop Ramsey, Guru Nanak and Queensmead.
Having spoken to many Parent/Carers we are going to alter how we communicate with our database in ref the Workstream meetings we attend on your behalf by using the website more in telling you what workstreams we are currently on and providing feedback from previous meetings and asking you to email us any possible questions or issues (good or bad) you may want ask to ask on your behalfs. Please remember we can't put forward specific cases at these meetings but if through the emails and communications we see trending issues affecting a few Parent/Carers we can put it forward.
If you would like us to attend your school for a coffee morning or engaement meeting for SEN Parent/Carers please speak to your School and ask them to invite us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also had a table at The Orchard Practice on Monday 23rd October where we met more members of the public and share info on how we can help Parent/Carers of Hillingdon.