What is the Hillingdon PCF?
It is somewhere where you can:
Join with other like minded parents/carers to discuss services and resources available to children and young people with SEN in the london borough of Hillingdon.
Make sure your collective voices are heard.
Gain valuable information about what is happening locally and nationally.
Help plan services.
Influence local services such as health, education and social care.
Attend training/workshops to empower you as parents and carers about topics that are important to you.
Be involved in events targeted at parents with disabled Children.
Find out about any systems to meet additional needs
Who is it for?
The Forum is for all mums, dads and carers in the London Borough of Hillingdon who have children and young adults of up to 25 years of age.
You can come along as:
a parent or carer
a representative from your child's school or
a representative of local or borough-wide parent groups.
Membership is free.
Why get involved?
You can be as involved as you want to be.
You can come along and listen, give your views or meet other parents and carers. The opportunity is also there for a more active role where you can play a big part in shaping services both now and in the future.
If you want to join us, go to our Join Us page, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone us on 07783 579 678. This is a number run by volunteers, so please leave a message and someone will get back to you.
Forum meetings run monthly on the third Monday of the Month (unless a Bank Holiday), if you are interested in becoming involved and attending please get in touch, details on our contact us page.
Hillingdon PCF Committee Meetings Minutes
Hillingdon PCF Policies ~
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 UK that gives support from DADZ4DADZ caring for Children with Disabilities and Special Educational Needs in the UK
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 Strategy Group, Short Breaks and Transport Steering Group.
Marion de Souza (Secretary)
I've been committee secretary of the HPCF since it was relaunched in 2011 and am as enthusiastic now as I was then. I've met some wonderful parents/carers along the way, and I look forward to meeting many more of you, as we journey on with our SEND children. Having had a 25 year career in banking in the City of London, I now give my time to voluntary work. I am blessed with 3 gorgeous daughters; my middle daughter is 18 years old and attends Meadow High School.
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 & Wellbeing Board. She also helps arrange our regular coffee mornings.
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.
Linda Myford (Committee Member)
My aim in joining the Hillingdon PCF is to raise awareness in the community and try to navigate the facilities for those individuals with special needs whether is it in Education or Health . To put the voice of many individuals into the LA meetings so that the LA understands the importance of including those individuals who cannot voice their needs themselves. It is important that the vulnerable individuals have their say. Although I am retired I have spent my working life in the Healthcare sector and have witnessed many shortcomings, it is therefore my intent. with the PCF to try to help rectify some of the shortcomings that still exist.
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. We have had lot's of Parent/Carers approach us at several recent events, who have asked if they too can be Reps and even Committee members please email at email@example.com us so that we can invite you to attend a Joining workshop.