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Greenwich Parent Voice

A wider audience

The Houses of Parliament

In 2016 GPV parents contributed to a speech made by Matthew Pennycook MP in a debate in Parliament on Autism Awareness. Matthew has been a great champion of parents of disabled children in Greenwich, speaking with us regularly and looking at what may be done to improve outcomes for our children.

His speech on 28 April was part of the backbench business debate on World Autism Awareness Week. Mathew made the point that while awareness is essential, we must go further towards acceptance of people with autism in society .

He also gave GPV a great ‘shout out’ in the speech which was exciting for us to hear, especially for those parents who had made the journey to Westminster to hear the debate in the public gallery. Other MPs also gave impassioned speeches rich with stories from their own constituents and some MPs spoke movingly of autism within their own families.

Thanks to all parents who have given us so much insight and first hand accounts of what life is like for our disabled children. Your contributions, which helped shape our briefing on autism for Matthew, are influencing debate and decision making at the highest level.

You can watch Matthew’s speech in the movie clip below. 

BBC Radio 4

TV and Radio presenter Clare Balding joined us on our Greenwich Park Walk in April 2015. This was for the first in a new series of the popular Ramblings program on BBC Radio 4. Parents and carers chatted to Clare about living with a child with special needs, the many obstacles we face, as well as the joy and pride we feel in our children’s achievements. Many parents also spoke movingly about the companionship this walk brings them and how being part of our group has made a difference. The show can still be found on the Radio 4 website and downloadable as a podcast.

 YouTube

We made a short film about Greenwich Parent Voice and what we do for parents and carers of disabled children in Greenwich. Thanks to parents Wendy, Dorothy, Nick, Louis and Charmaine