Our school visits enable you to meet other parents of children with special needs.
18 May: Bishop John Robinson School SE28, 10am: A coffee morning especially for parents in the Thamesmead area for black ethnic parents and carers, and other parents welcome too.
22 May: Charlton Park Academy School, 10am Joining us will be art therapist Julie Watson and our free creative session Knit, Stitch and Make. Open to parents at CPA.
7 June: Rockliffe Manor School SE18, 10.30am Joining us will be art therapist Julie Watson and our free creative session Knit, Stitch and Make. Open to parents at this school.
20 June: Haimo School, SE9: Open to all Greenwich parents.
22 June: St Patrick's Primary Catholic School SE18, (afternoon meeting) 2pm: Joining us will be Michelle La Roche of RBG key working service. Open to all Greenwich Parents
23 June: Willow Dene School School, 10am Joining us will be art therapist Julie Watson and our free creative session Knit, Stitch and Make. Open to parents at Willow Dene School.
26 June: Charlton Park Academy School, 10am Knit, Stitch and Make with art therapist Julie Watson. Open to parents at CPA.
28 June: Millennium School SE10, 9.30am Guest speaker Occupational Therapy Service, open to all Greenwich Parents
You can chat, share information and advice and have a much needed laugh! We listen to what's on your mind and take note of your areas of concern. These could be anything from education, housing, finances to worries about the future or not getting enough of a break. At our coffee mornings we've seen parents share their stories perhaps for the first time, and find real support and understanding from other carers who know exactly what it's like.
You don't have to have a Statement/ EHCP or even a diagnosis to join us. If you think child may have special needs - even if you are the only one who thinks so - come along.
If there are topics your would like to discuss with in private with us we can talk privately. If you want to come along but feel under-confident, please do join us anyway, we will make sure you feel safe and welcome.
We usually bring a guests speaker on a topic that's useful to carers. This could be from any service in the local or health authority or a charity organisation. Past speakers have come from ASD Outreach, Music Therapy, SaLT service, Young Epilepsy, STEPS (support in schools for children with special needs in Greenwich) and Educational Psychology.
Want to hold a GPV coffee morning in your school?
Getting parents together in your school creates a powerful collective voice. If you would like to create a social group in your school for carers of children with special needs, then ask us about becoming a GPV Parent Leader. Parent Leaders volunteer to run coffee meeting for parents on a regular basis at their own child's school.
We can help you get your coffee morning up and running either termly or more frequently with the permission of your SENCO, and cover your expenses for tea and cakes so that you can all have a treat!
We will then establish a two-way flow of information; you pass to us the concerns of your parents and we will provide you with the latest essential SEND information for parents to share at your meeting. Our Parent Leaders tell us that these meetings have brought a new positivity to their lives, that they feel much more informed and less alone in dealing with the extra difficulties that caring brings.
For more information on becoming a Parent Leader in your school email us.