TEAM are the lead Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) Parent Carer Forum for the Wakefield area representing your views and concerns with education, health and care services for your child or children with additional needs.
TEAM is made of parents and carers from the area who also have children with additional needs so they understand what issues or challenges families can sometimes face. They regularly host training, participation sessions and fun events for families. TEAM also make sure parents voices are heard when services make key decisions about what they do and offer to families across the Wakefield District.
TEAM is not a replacement for other groups - parents can be members of more than one parent/carer group. We are also not disability-specific so we aim to link with other groups across the area including those that may be. Members of TEAM try to attend sessions other groups hold from time and keep in touch via email about any issues coming up they may be able to raise on their behalf or help with.
TEAM are also members of the National Network of Parent Carer Forums which helps them with sharing good practices and ideas from other local areas too. This makes sure the Wakefield area is represented about national topics and changes in government policy that may affect our families.
TEAM have worked hard to develop relationships with the local authority, health and social care, helping to provide parent voice at a strategic level and voice concerns on behalf of families. Some of the things we have been involved in include:
It’s not all business though, we also host social events for families too to help reduce social isolation and give you a chance to meet other families like yours, sharing experiences and tips. Some of our past events have included:
Many of the events we host are free to attend, some more carry a small charge depending on funding available.
Dates for your diary for activities and events coming up are:
TEAM Steering Group Meetings
All sessions for the Steering Group will be held in Barnardo's Conference Room at Castleford Civic Centre. Please press the buzzer for Barnardo's when you arrive and someone will come down to let you in the building.
Coffee and Cake sessions
Free Tea or Coffee and Cake will be provided. Come along to meet and chat with parents and carers of children and young people with special needs and disabilities. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Short Breaks - Listening Event Feedback Session
Lunch is provided for this event please contact Jackie Parkin, Parent Participation Co-ordinator (Wakefield/Barnsley), on email at email@example.com with any specific dietary needs and to book.
Space is limited to 30 attendees and will be booked on a first come first served basis.
If you book a place and are then unable to attend, please let Jackie know as soon as possible.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) process and pathway - Listening Event and Feedback Session
This event is aimed at parents/carers whose child has recently gone through the diagnosis process for ASD and is part of our ongoing commitment to improving the ASD process and pathway for the diagnosis of children with ASD. We are keen to get your views and opinions in order to do this.
Professionals from Mid-Yorkshire Hospital NHS Trust will be in attendance, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) and Wakefield Education/Schools will also be represented. The newly appointed Wakefield Council Service Director for Education and Inclusion, Andy Lancashire will attend this session following discussions at a previous event, held on 28 November 2018, requesting more support for children and young people in educational settings.
Refreshments are provided for this event.
Please contact Mellissa Mackell, Wakefield Parent / Carer Forum, on email at firstname.lastname@example.org to book or to send any comments or questions, if you are unable to attend.
Family Fun Events
To book your place please contact Jackie Parkin, Parent Participation Co-ordinator (Wakefield/Barnsley), on 07590 487736 or email email@example.com.
Parent/Carer Conference - Save the Date
More details about the conference and how to book will follow.
You can also find out about our events and useful information we share on our Facebook and twitter pages. See the How to contact us section for more details.
We are always keen to hear from parents and carers who might want to get involved with our work and to help shape services and support for children and young people with additional needs and their families. Membership of TEAM is free and available to parents and carers of disabled children and young people up to the age of 25 years, living within the Wakefield District. You can take part in shaping services in lots of different ways including:
You can find out more about specific things you can get involved in by downloading the flyer below.
You can get in touch with us through our social media on Facebook, @Teamwakefieldparentforum, or twitter, @team_wakefield. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 07880 203670.
Last reviewed: 04/01/2019