Meet the team

Warrington Parents & Carers Forum is a voluntary group of
enthusiastic, dedicated and experienced parents and carers of
children with disabilities and additional needs.

Joe Bloggs
Gail Hall Vice Chair

I'm mum to Alex - my gorgeous sunshine - and Matthew who has severe epilepsy, learning difficulties, autism and the biggest smile you could ever hope to see.

I have been involved in parent participation for over 10 years, and spent a number of those as chair of WarrPAC. Whilst I have had to step down due to my son's increasing need, I remain committed to the work of the forum and, or course, to our new chair Jean.

In the early day of dealing with my son's condition, I felt very alone and bewildered by all that was going on. I did not know where to turn to for help, nor even what help actually existed. My hope is that by working with our professional partners that our families can access the help that they need, when they need it; that we can support each other to help our precious youngsters; that our experience can help to feed in to improve services for our families in the future and that working together we can get the best deal possible for our children and those who look after them.

To anyone thinking of getting more involved with WarrPAC - please do! My involvement has brought me in to contact with so many amazing people, and my life has been truly enriched as a result. I feel privileged to have made a difference to my son's life and to many others. You don't need to go all out and become a chair - just do what you're happy doing and I can promise you won't regret it!

Joe Bloggs
Jean Fitzpatrick Chair

I have been involve in SEN both professionally and personally for over 33 years. My personal experience involves bringing up my son who is ADHD/MLD and currently having full care his son, my 7 year old Grandson who has complex needs including ADHD/HF ASD/ODD. Professionally, for the past 25 years, I have worked as a teacher of SEN, working my way up to SENCO, eventually retiring a few years ago as Head of Inclusion. I joined the forum after my Grandson came to live with me as a way of "keeping my finger on the pulse". I also felt I had worked too hard to gain all this knowledge and experience not to do something with it and what better way to put it to good use! I am passionate about what I do and as the new Chair look forward to doing what's necessary, looking at what's possible and hopefully achieving the impossible through this Forum.

Joe Bloggs
Julie Williams Development Officer

I previously worked in childcare, specifically Early Years, for over 14 years. I initially worked as an Ofsted registered Childminder and then progressed to establish a full day care Nursery for 56 children with a staff of up to 24. I am qualified in Early Years provision and management and Special Educational Needs and have been both nursery manager and SENCO for a number of years. I also have personal experience of being carer for a close family member.

Joe Bloggs
Andrea Machin Parent Representative

Hi, I'm Andrea Machin. I have a gorgeous daughter who is 11 and has Complex Special Needs. Her main disabilities are Cerebral palsy, Epilepsy, Severe Visual Impairment and Global Developmental Delay. She goes to Green Lane School where I have the privilege of being a parent Governor.

I have been with Warrington Parents and Carers for 7 years and have seen many changes in that time. The one which stands out the most for me is the Warrington Play and Sensory Centre which I have been involved in right from the beginning.

I currently Chair the Play and Leisure Forum and also sit on the Stakeholder panel of the Warrington Play and Sensory Centre. I will be shortly joining the Woolston Inclusion Hub and representing Parent Carers on the Warrington Carers Partnership Board.

For anyone looking to join us, or volunteer, I would say just try it! We are a really friendly bunch and I have made some great friends along the way.

But....In order to keep doing what we do... we need families to tell us, good and bad, about the services they receive and experiences they've had.

It's only by sharing information that we can help each other to know what's out there and aim to help make Warrington a great place for our families to thrive.

Joe Bloggs
Ildi Boden Family Engagement Team Member

My name is Ildi Boden and I am a Family Engagement Team Volunteer, my role is to support Warrington Parents and Carers forum by speaking to other local families about the work of the group by attending occasional events and meetings.

I sit on the Stakeholder Board for Healthwatch which is a relatively new Government initiative and is organised nationally to represent the local community, giving a stronger voice to influence and challenge how health and social care services are provided in Warrington.

When attending these meetings I aim to ensure that disabled children and young people are kept in the foreground as they can easily be side-lined in the grand scheme of things and raise any current issues.

Upcoming Events

Chat and Play: Sherbet Sands
Chat and Play: Ceramics Workshop
Chat and Play: Sing and Sign with Laura

25th August 2015

Chat and Play: Sherbet Sands

For members of Warrington Parents and Carers Forum only. ¬†Admission is ¬£1.00 per child for attendance. You can update your details or join on the day so you don't miss out. Or sign up as…

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