Swimming for disabled children

The Sheffield Parent Carer Forum has worked with local sports charity Within Reach to successfully apply for a Kellogg’s Swim Active Grant to fund swimming lessons for children with disabilities. The weekly 30-minute, one-to-one lessons have now started at Chapeltown Baths on Sunday mornings between 8.30am and 10am. Lessons cost £4.80 for 30 minutes. For more information, contact Duncan Walker at Chapeltown Baths on 0114 257 0354 or email

Concerns over CAMHS waiting times

Parents have raised concerns about long waits to access Sheffield’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS).

A report by Sheffield City Council and NHS Sheffield states that there has been an increase both in numbers of people waiting and in waiting times for generic community CAMHS. In February 2012, over 260 youngsters had been waiting for more than 18 weeks, with some facing waits of up 44 weeks.

Forum Funding Boost

We are delighted to announce that we have won a £10,000 Awards for All grant from the Big Lottery Fund.

We would also like to thank local charities the Church Burgesses Trust and the Freemasons of South Yorkshire for their generous donations of £1,000 and £250 respectively.

Panto treat for disabled youngsters

THEY had a lovely time – oh yes they did!

Disabled youngsters and their families enjoyed a special performance of “Dick Whittington” at Ponds Forge on Sunday 4th December 2011. The play was staged by the University of Sheffield Light Entertainment Society (USLES) for members of the Sheffield Parent Carer Forum.

Excited children cheered, booed and hissed as they watched Dick and his cat battle to save London from the evil King Rat. With plenty of songs and slapstick, sign language interpretation and no loud bangs, the show was a hit with children who can find regular performances difficult to access.

Exceptional Needs pilot launched

September 2011 saw the launch of a two-year pilot aimed at developing inclusive practice in Sheffield’s mainstream schools.

The project will provide extra support and funding (approx. £1m per year) to linked clusters or “families” of schools. Each family consists of a secondary school and its feeder primary schools and nurseries. The families of schools taking part in the pilot are: Birley, Fir Vale, Hinde House, Newfield, Parkwood Academy, Silverdale, Stocksbridge, and Westfield (53 schools in total).

Parent Carer Forum welcomes 500th member

Membership of our organisation has been growing rapidly since we launched a membership scheme in 2010 , and we have just signed up our 500th member! Through our schools roadshow project and community outreach programme, we are working hard to ensure that we reach parents from all postcodes, ethnic groups, children’s disabilities and age ranges. Please spread the word and encourage even more parents to join us!