What Is Parents’ Voice?
Welcome to the Parents’ Voice website, run by an independent group of Worcestershire parents for all parents and family carers. We know parenting isn’t always easy and that parents never stop being parents; we aim to help you by sharing useful information for a wide age range.
Do you feel alone struggling as a parent? Have you felt that there’s a better way to do something? Do you need information? You are not the only one! For many issues that we encounter there is not one answer – so we share all sorts of information to help parents be parents whatever age their child is and wherever they live. We hold Coffee and Chat meetings (online during the Coronavirus outbreak) where parents can chat informally about family life, and information sessions about different topics; you can find out about these on our News and Events page.
Take a look around our website – you’ll find a selection of information on our Useful Information page (there’s a separate Coronavirus infomation page) and blog posts about various topics in our News feed. We also send out regular email updates – you can find some of them on our newsletters page. If you would like to receive our emails, we just need an email address where we can send them (they’re free and you can unsubscribe at any time!).
How We Can Influence Change
We encourage parents to have their say by taking part in consultations and surveys, both national and within our local area. We aim to keep parents informed and up to date about services, groups and events, and to be their voice in Worcestershire by passing on their feedback where appropriate.
As parents and carers in Worcestershire, we want our county to be a great place for our children and young people to grow up in. We also want you to help us with your views and ideas; we will use your thoughts to influence decisions which are made locally. We are parents just like you and we will try to work with you to make a positive change.
Have a look around our website to find out more about us and join Parents’ Voice today – together we can make the voice of EVERY parent matter.
What we do…
Information – we share useful information to help parents to be parents whatever age their children are. We send out regular updates via email and on this website. You can contact us to receive our free email updates.
Social Media – we use Twitter and Facebook to reach parents and family carers, sharing links and information which we think will be useful.
Information Sessions – we have free information sessions on a variety of topics. In the past we have hosted meetings about topics such as dealing with anxiety, online safety and mindfulness. For details about future sessions check the News and Events page on this website, follow us on Facebook or Twitter or sign up for our email updates.
We want to inform, to challenge when appropriate, and to be an impartial voice for parents.
By acting together we will be able to influence change for the future of every child and young person in Worcestershire – and sometimes elsewhere in the UK.
Who are supporters of Parents' Voice?
We are all Worcestershire parents or family carers – some supporters have very young children, others are the parents of teenagers (or older). Some people join on behalf of a parents’ group (eg: a school forum or a parent and toddler group).
Will it make a difference?
Yes! OK, we’re not promising that as soon as you tell us about something it will change overnight, but gradually we are making a difference and influencing changes.
We believe that informed parents are empowered parents – we help you access information, advice and support to use in your daily family lives. You can’t use a service or resource if you don’t know about it; you can’t try a parenting strategy or ways to help an anxious child (for example) if you don’t know about them. By sharing reliable sources of information we give parents the chance to try different ways of doing things.
We encourage parents and family carers to have their say too, by taking part in consultations and surveys (whether national or local) or focus groups. We can all share what has worked (or not worked) for us and say how we think things could be improved in the future (if necessary). Sometimes we ask our supporters for their views and experiences around a particular issue so we can provide feedback directly to an organisation or to present parents’ views at a meeting.
So yes, it will make a difference!
How often do you meet?
The committee meets in person occasionally (keeping in regular contact by email between meetings) and supporters are welcome to attend. We also hold occasional Coffee and Chat meetings. Details of any meetings, focus groups, consultations, workshops and other events that can be attended are on the News and Events page.
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