Lewisham Parent and Carer’s Forum has a board of 7 trustees who are all parent carer volunteers. The Trustees set the planning pathway for the work of the Parent Forum and engage with the local services on behalf of parents and carers. The Parent Forum is facilitated by the Parent Participation Officer (PPO).
The Trustees and the PPO meet every 6 weeks to discuss Forum business. Information, advice, events and activities are shared with the wider Parent Forum members. The wider membership is invited to all consultations and surveys to encourage participation and engagement in gathering the views of parents and carers.
Trustees attend national events, London region cluster meetings and National Network of Parent Carer Forum events. This enables Lewisham parents to learn from and have a voice within the larger network as well as supporting parental engagement within Lewisham.
I am Annee Rust and I have a child with Down’s Syndrome.
My passion for the role of trustee with LPCF stems from being able to support families of children with additional needs and being part of a team recognised professionally as being ‘a voice’ for carers and their children as well as gaining some understanding of policies and family rights.
I am the founder of a Down’s Syndrome support group in Lewisham and surrounding areas, offering peer support, supporting the socialisation and the positive inclusion of children with Down’s Syndrome.
My name is Bel Corette , I live in the Lewisham borough and have 4 children and a grandchild.
My youngest child is 9 and he has ASD. I have been a trustee of Lewisham Parent and Carer’s Forum for four years. I am also a member of Contacts steering group, an active PTA member, co- chair and volunteer at my son’s school as a support worker.
I am also a Level 1 boxing coach.
I joined the Lewisham Parent and Carer’s Forum because of my sons who are in their 20s and have special needs. I found the LPCF to be very welcoming and positive.
I decided to become a trustee because I believe that with the right support all children and young people can achieve their potential. The work of the LPCF can help make a difference and I’m committed and passionate about being part of this good work.
I’ve been involved with the preparing for adulthood workshops as I feel our young people need real choices and be able to access supported employment/internships to help them to lead independent lives.
My name is Joyce Brako-Amoafo and I am a mother of two daughters.
My eldest child has autism and learning and disabilities. I feel we need to support our children to help them reach their full potential irrespective of the nature of their disabilities to enable them to lead a fulfilled life.
I have been involved with the Parent Forum from the beginning of its’ inception. I am active in volunteering my time in many other areas supporting children and young people with additional needs.
My name is Nalan Salih, I have lived in Lewisham all of my life, and I have 4 children and 4 grandchildren.
I am currently chairperson for Lewisham Parent and Carers Forum, the Children and Young People’s Forum, Contact. I give a great deal of my spare time freely in a volunteering capacity, especially around young people in general but also those with additional needs and disabilities, and their parents and carers.
My name is Nicole and I have a son who has autism & ADHD. I am passionate about supporting families with a chid/children or young person with special educational needs and disabilities.
I have worked with CAMHS facilitating mindful parenting, mental health and wellbeing. I have also been involved with mentoring young carers, early years, face to face befriending support with parents and much more.
I live in Lewisham with my husband and two boys, and my eldest son is on the Autistic Spectrum. I have volunteered in the past for many years and I have been the PPO for Lewisham Parent and Carer’s Forum for 4 years.
I am very passionate about supporting parents and carers in Lewisham so that their children and young people can receive the best possible support and have fulfilling lives in the same way that everyone is entitled to.
I have a 4 year old son with Down’s Syndrome.
I joined LPCF so that I can help with bringing about change and be the part of the collective voice for our children and families in Lewisham.
I live with my husband and 4 children. My eldest daughter is diagnosed with Epilepsy and anxiety and my other daughter is suffering from depression and an eating disorder.
I was working for Contact for a short while and have been volunteering for the LPCF. I feel very strongly about supporting parents and carers especially in times of austerity where hardly any support or help is available.
I have worked with young people in Transitions for over 3 years. I have experience of working as a Social Worker with Adults and Children with Learning Disabilities in a number of Local Authorities for the last 20 years. One of the important areas for myself within my roles, was to help parents and children access support through Social Services.
Before qualifying, I also worked as a carer in a respite unit for children with disabilities for 3 years. This gave me an insight and some understanding of what it was like for parents with children with severe disabilities to provided constant care to their children and the challenges this provides.
I would like to become a Trustee to offer my help and knowledge to the Lewisham Parents carer Forum, to further help families access the care and support that they are entitled to.
I am the parent of a child who was born with Downs Syndrome and was diagnosed with Autism when he was 3+, I am intent on helping the world recognise that people with disabilities are not disabled but have special abilities and are able to contribute in a positive way to society.