A SUPPORT group for parents and carers of those with special educational needs (SEN) is holding two launch events at Lancashire County Cricket Ground.

Trafford Parents Forum, set up in October last year by a core group of parents, aims to be ‘at the very heart of’ service provision for disabled children, young people and their families.

It aims to inform parents and carers about the changes to SEN policy in the borough following the government’s Children and Families Bill reforms and the new education, health and social care plans replacing statements of special educational need.

Chairman Justine Bailey said: “With the current national and regional changes to SEN, it is vitally important that Trafford parents/carers know we exist, our aims and objectives and that we are working towards a real partnership of parents and professionals in key areas across the borough.”

She added that it was imperative parents had ‘a meaningful voice’ and announced the forum’s new strapline as: ‘One voice, building partnerships and influencing change’.

The forum has recently moved to Oakland House, Talbot Road, where Voluntary Community Action Trafford, VCAT, is also located and hopes to increase its visibility through the social media and IT event.

The meetings will be held on Thursday, May 8 - the first one from 9.30am to 2.30pm, the second one from 6.30 to 9.30pm.

For more information ‘phone 0161 872 0183 or email traffordparentsforum@gmail.com.