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.
Debbie Frank (Treasurer)
Debbie has been an active member of the forum since the start and manages our finances to ensure we spend our grant on the right things. Debbie works for LBH in the Early Intervention Team and represents us at the Early Intervention Funding Meetings. She can often be found helping at our events.
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.
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 (Committee Member)
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.
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, Emma Hewlett, Lynne Laverty, Mahdi Jama
WE have now finalised the speakers and released the poster for our next event - THE HILLINGDON PCF SEN EDUCATION EVENT - to be held at Yiewsley Baptist Church Hall on 2nd October. Poster sent out to our Database, Closed Facebook Group and Schools.
We are holding a workshop on 13th September at Bara Hall for Parent/Carers who are interested in volunteering to be a Hillingdon PCF REP and represent the views of the wider forum.
The LA have sent out letters to Parent/Carers cofirming the next phase of group pick ups. They have worked and communicated with the Schools (Hedgewood and Pentland Field Schools) so hopefully there will be no issues. We are sorry that we have no more info on routes, bus stops and times as we did with Meadows, the reason is the LA restructuring of the Transport Team but they have reassured us they have worked closely with the schools.
If you do have any questions or issues, please feel free to email us and we will collate your questions and pass on the local authority (we can keep it anonymous if you state so). For now please make sure your childs transport profile is up to date (especially if you plan to question or appeal the decision).
We have sent an email to all School Sencos asking them to consider inviting us to a coffee morning/afternoon for Parent/Carers in their Schools so that we can meet and hear your views and for you to ask us questions.
So far we have been invited to the following Schools on the stated dates and times below
Pentland Field School 5th October 1000am
We will also be attending Northwood, Bishop Ramsey, Haydon, Guru Nanak and Queensmead and Oak Farm Schools (dates tbc)
If your School is not above and you too would like to meet with the Hillingdon PCF it could be the contact info we have with your School is wrong so please feel free to tell your School we are willing to go to all Schools to meet Parent/Carers all over Hillingdon and that we only need them to contact us via email on email@example.com