The Forum was started in 2010 by 4 parents and carers of children and young people with additional needs and disabilities. Our driving mission was to ensure that parents and carers had access to meaningful information, advice, and peer support, whilst enabling their voices to be heard to drive change and shape better services.

We are a member of the National Network of Parent Carer Forums

Our main aim is to ensure the needs of our children and young people with SEND are met and we bring together parent carers from across Oldham to provide mutual support, exchange information, and influence policy and practice:

  • create a culture of participation and co-production across education, health, social care and the voluntary sectors. This means that we can become involved in all aspects of designing, commissioning, delivering and reviewing services as an equal partner;

  • empower our members to ensure that their voices are heard at a local, regional and national level; and

  • inspire our partners by sharing good practice and knowledge. 

Who can join the Parent Carer Forum?

Parents or carers of children and young people (aged 0-25) who have, or may have, an additional need or disability who live in Oldham are welcome to join.  Joining the Forum does not mean you have to commit lots of time.  You can join the Forum and receive information, and then decide if you want to get more involved at your own pace.

The Forum represents the views of parents in the local area but does not advocate for individual families.

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The Forum hosts and supports many events across Oldham aimed at bringing together a range of organisations and services who support children and young people (Aged 0-25 years) who all support SEND families through information about activities, education and care/support of the carer and their families. 

Check out our Events Page to find details about our forthcoming activities and events here at Oldham Parent Carer Forum and within Oldham.