Suffolk Parent Carer Network (SPCN)
SPCN are supporting parents and carers of children and young people aged 0-25 with additional needs and/or disabilities in Suffolk in a number of ways during the Covid-19 outbreak.
Covid-19 / Coronavirus information pack for families
Families have told SPCN that the Covid-19 outbreak is a really worrying time for them and they have asked for resources to help them talk to their children and young people about it as well as needing strategies to support their mental health and emotional wellbeing. Working with SENsational families in Norfolk and education, health and care services, SPCN have produced an information and resource pack for families that is available to download or be posted out in a printed format.
In partnership with SENsational Families, SPCN have put together a mix of free online resources to help keep children and young people occupied at home over the coming weeks.
SPCN are providing peer-to-peer support if parents and carers need someone to talk to, or if they or their child/young person are struggling or if they have specific questions about where/how to access other support. They are signposting any health-related issues regarding Coronavirus to official sources. Please see contact details below.
Family Support boxes
The SPCN team are sending out family support boxes for children/young people with any additional need and/or disability, (diagnosed or not) and their siblings and also contain information for parents and carers about how to support children and young people and other support organisations that are available. These boxes are personised to each family and can contain a range of items. They are available free to any parent / carer / guardian / foster carers who are members of SPCN and they simply have to email email@example.com with the request. SPCN are accepting new members who will then be able to ask for the free family support box.
• Colouring/puzzle books for children and young people
• Colouring books for adults
• Stress balls
• Pots of bubbles
• Sensory bags
To be eligible for membership you must live in Suffolk or receive services from Suffolk and be a parent carer/foster carer/guardian of a child/young person aged 0-25 with any additional need and/or disability (diagnosed or not). This is not limited to those with an EHCP or on SEN Support. You can sign up for membership quickly and easily here.
Family support page and pack
SPCN have also created a page on their website dedicated to parent carer support and this includes a regularly updated SPCN support pack containing local and national support organisations and online resources for parents and carers is available to download or be posted out in a printed format.
SPCN - Parent Carer Support
Parent and carers can contact SPCN by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, private messaging on their social media @suffolkpcn or calling them on 07341 126455
Please also see link to their website by clicking on the wording below
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