Who are we?
We are run by parents of disabled children for parents of disabled children who live in the London Borough of Sutton. If that describes you, then you don’t have to join, you already belong.
Why a “Forum”?
The dictionary definition of the word “Forum” is “an open meeting place for discussion and the exchange of ideas”. The Sutton Parent’s Forum is specifically for parents with a disabled child under the age of 26 who live in the London Borough of Sutton.
What are our aims?
To work alongside the Sutton Disability Partnership Board and other decision making groups as one collective voice to inform service providers of the needs of all disabled children, young people and their families in Sutton.
By doing this, we aim to promote excellence in the quality, range and accessibility of service provision for all disabled children, young people and their families.
How do we do it?
We endeavour to listen to the concerns and issues of as many parents as possible, by meeting with them at our regular events, asking for their help by completing occasional questionnaires and now by launching this website with our new Facebook and Twitter pages.
These concerns and issues are then discussed by our Steering Group – a group of 11 parents who meet monthly during term time - 6 of whom attend the Sutton Disability Partnership Board meetings to raise these with the professionals who decide on spending, provisions and policies for our children and young people.
How can I help?
As much or as little as you want!
We always welcome enquiries from potential Steering Group Members and from parents who would like to volunteer in some other way – anything from collating mailshots or making coffee, to representing parents at seminars both locally and nationally.
Most of all, we’d love your views, opinions and feedback, both good and bad, of your experiences of raising disabled children within the London Borough of Sutton.
The more we know, the better we can represent all of us, to help the Borough consistently improve the quality of life for families like ours.