A CELEBRATION event has taken place in Cheshire West to welcome the latest 10 volunteers who help the parents and carers of children with special educational needs.
The volunteers work with the council’s Parent Partnership so the right decisions can be made about a child’s education.
The celebration marked the latest 10 volunteers to pass a course which is practical and uses case studies.
They were joined by experienced volunteers at the event which took place at Ellesmere Port Civic Hall.
Cllr Mark Stocks, executive member for education and children, said: “I’d like to thank all our volunteers who have such valuable and important roles.
“The volunteers are crucial in enabling us to help parents and carers who have children with special educational needs, to make informed decisions about their child’s education and to become partners with professionals.
“The aim of the Parent Partnership is to empower parents and carers by providing a confidential and impartial source of independent advice and support.”
The volunteers come from all over Cheshire West and Chester and from all walks of life. Some have helped the Parent Partnership for many years.
They complete a training course which gives them experience and in-depth knowledge of the special educational needs processes and procedures.
Some of the things volunteers can help parents and carers with include:
o Preparation for school meetings.
o Help to express concerns.
o Explain the education system, the structures and roles of professionals and any confusing terminology.
o View schools.
o Complete forms.
o Help to run a parent / carer forum which meets each term at various venues across Cheshire West.
Mark Parkinson, the council’s head of service for achievement, presented the certificates and said: “It was a wonderful occasion. All our volunteers need a ‘thank you’ for all their care and hard work.
“They help parents and carers through what can be a complicated process.”