Month: April 2016

Independent Support Programme

       A summary of outcomes for the Independent Support programme has been released based on activities undertaken between April 2015 and March 2016.  Independent Supporters are available to help parents and young people navigate the education, health and care plan process.  The Information, Advice and Support Service has been working alongside Royal Mencap to deliver Independent Support in Wolverhampton.  

Get Connected!

Are you a dad? Or do you know a dad? Fathers of disabled children can feel overlooked when the focus of much parenting support is aimed at mothers. In the latest edition of Connected magazine [PDF], seven dads share their perspectives on being the father of a disabled child.  Issues explored include their reactions on finding out their child's diagnosis, how to deal with the organisations and professionals that support families with disabled children, and the difficulty of being open about feelings.

Connected is a free magazine for families with disabled children and all who work with them.  It’s available free to parents who call the helpline or email and free to download. You can also sign up to receive an alert when the latest edition is online (May 2016). Look out for their next edition, all about ‘family linking,’ focussing on how important it is for families with disabled children to get together and ‘contact a family’ like theirs.

Great News – Leisure Survey Update

You may recall that Voice4Parents recently conducted a survey to find out parent and carer experiences of leisure facilities in the city.  All of the leisure survey responses have been collated.

Voice4Parents has since met with a representative from the Local Authority to share the findings.  As a result, two dedicated swimming sessions for children and young people with additional needs, their carers and siblings, will soon be taking place at Central and Bilston-Bert Williams WV Active Centres. Further details and booking information will be promoted on the e-bulletin in the coming weeks.

This is an excellent example of Voice4Parents working in co-production with service providers and how your views really can make a difference!

Voice4Parents would also like to invite parents and carers along to Aldersley Leisure Village on Thursday 28th April at 9.30am another WV Active Centre, to view the general leisure facilities on offer and suggest how they could be made more inclusive.  If you like to come along please email us.  It is anticipated the tour will take approximately one hour.  You will be made very welcome.

Don’t forget that Wolverhampton’s new Youth Zone The Way has an exciting range of activities to offer all children and young including those with additional needs.

Should you have any further queries please contact Alison Baggs, Parent Participation Assistant and Chair of Voice4Parents Wolverhampton, Gem Centre, Neachells Lane, Wolverhampton, WV11 3PG Tel: 01902 550396

Third Sector Grant Funding Opportunity for 2016/17 – Round two


Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group (WCCG) is offering a second chance for local third sector organisations to apply for a grant. The purpose of this grant is to provide a service or benefit within the local Wolverhampton area and demonstrate a health impact for the population. It is to make sure small charities that help so many people to feel better in so many different ways get the chance to apply for money, that way they can continue or even expand their work.

The CCG is looking for applications (of up to £25,000) that match against the key priority areas for the coming year. These are as follows:

  • Services focussed around people who have long terms conditions and/ or the frail and elderly
  • Supporting independent living –with the intention of retaining independence wherever possible
  • Combating social isolation – by taking a holistic approach and involving the voluntary sector more proactively we aim to reduce social isolation wherever possible.
  • Right care, right place, right time

In the first round the applications which scored the highest against the priority criteria were those which met a minimum of three of these areas and could provide clear evidence for how this would be achieved.

For more information about this grant opportunity please refer to the Third Sector Grant Funding Policy online.

Applying for the Fund

Please complete the application form and ensure it is returned to Liz Hull at the below address, by 1.00pm on Wednesday 4 May 2016. Note that previous applications which were unsuccessful in the first round can be resubmitted for the second round consideration.

To offer support in applying for this grant they are holding a further workshop on the grant policy and hope you will be able to attend.  Please note, this workshop has limited places (a maximum of two attendees per organisation) and booking is essential.

The workshop is taking place on:

  •  Tuesday 19 April, 2.00pm to 4.00pm at Wolverhampton Science Park.

Please book online and view further details via eventbrite

You will also find a copy of frequently asked questions about this process online. If you have any other questions please contact Liz Hull on 01902 445797.