Diverse Abilities’ Advice Team provides guidance to Parent Carers Together
Parent Carers Together is the voice of parent carers of children and young people (aged 0 to 25) with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Bournemouth, Christchurch, and Poole. Over lockdown, the forum adapted its services to offer more support as its face to face events had been cancelled.
One of the sessions it hosted, via Zoom, was provided by the Advice Team from Dorset’s disability charity, Diverse Abilities. The chat involved support on topics such as Personal Independence Payments (PIP), Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), child Disability Living Allowance (DLA) applications, Carers Allowance (CA), and Lasting Power of Attorney.
Beth Callis, the admin of Parent Carers Together, commented: “A number of parents and carers from the forum attended the session with Elaine from the Advice Team, receiving general top tips for completing benefit forms, as well as giving a good overview of PIP, child DLA, and appeals.
“Some of the members posed questions to Elaine, which she answered in a great deal of depth. One of the members said afterwards that it was a ‘fab session, really useful’ and we are looking forward to working with Diverse Abilities more in the future.”
Other sessions hosted by Parent Carers Together included information from solicitors, two sessions with SENDiass4BCP, and social events such as virtual quizzes and coffee and chat mornings.
Elaine Ewing, Advice Team manager, added: “The Parent Carers Together group is such a wonderful resource for parents to get to know others in the same situation, while also receiving vital help and support from the organisations that are here to make life easier, like ourselves.”