Nottinghamshire Parent Carer Forum (Notts PCF) is an independent parent carer led organisation run by volunteers who represent the views, experiences and ideas of families that live or access services in Nottinghamshire and have a child or young person with an additional need and/or a disability.
We have over 500 members stretching across all parts of Nottinghamshire.
Notts PCF is run by a volunteer Steering Group made up of parents and carers from across the County.
Due to the size of Nottinghamshire, we try to have Steering Group members from the four geographic sections that make up the county, these are:
- North – Bassetlaw
- South – Gedling, Broxtowe and Rushcliffe
- East – Newark and Sherwood
- Central – Ashfield and Mansfield
Steering Group members attend monthly meetings.
They are often also members of local support groups and so they can feedback both their own and the experiences of other parents from their region.
Steering Group members also attend meetings with local and regional service providers ensuring that parents/carer voices are heard.
Notts PCF are working together with local and regional providers of education, health and social care services giving parents/ carer views and experiences so that this can inform the planning and delivery of the services they use.
Notts PCF is NOT:
- A support group
- Advocates for individual cases
- Here to fill a gap in service/s
- An information or advice service
- A protest group
- In a fight – we will work together with planners, commissioners and providers of services to imagine, design and deliver better services
We are also part of the regional and national network of Parent Carer Forums. There are over 150 other Parent Carers Forums across England which make up a voice that policy makers cannot ignore.
We are currently funded by Contact a Family (CaF) through the Department for Education and we work in partnership with the National Network of Parent Carer Forums (NNPCF), Nottinghamshire County Council and Nottinghamshire Healthcare.