Awards Spotlight - Talking SENse!
Introducing Talking SENse! Improving Access to Services Award Winner
Why do you love what you do? We are parents of children with special educational needs and disabilities supporting other parents of children with special educational needs and disabilities. We wear the same t-shirt and share very similar experiences.
What is your proudest moment from the work you’ve done in your community? There’s no greater feeling than working with parents and their local authority to secure children’s entitlement to an education. We often receive positive feedback from parents which makes our work even more worthwhile.
The Awards are about bringing people together, can you tell us about some of the great things that are happening to bring people together in your sector/community/Walsall? There are a range of support groups for parents of children with special educational needs and disabilities across Walsall all bringing people together.
Can you tell us about an individual/organisation in Walsall that you admire and why?I’m going to be cheeky and talk about four people:
1. Bryan Emery – Bryan was my line manager when we both worked for Walsall Council. He worked tirelessly to secure the entitlement of children with special educational needs and disabilities. He was a tremendous mentor.
2. Sylvia Louise – Sylvia is a parent to two children with special educational needs and disabilities. After accessing our services, Sylvia agreed to be our Chair of Trustees. She is an amazing mother, a wonderful support to other parents, and a huge asset to Talking SENse!
3. Hayley Mason – Hayley is a solicitor with SEN Legal who, like me, represents parents of children with special educational needs and disabilities. Hayley’s passion for securing children’s entitlement shines through and her knowledge is second to none.
4. Eleanor Wright – Eleanor is a solicitor. She also coordinates SOS!SEN which supports parents of children with special educational needs and disabilities. There’s nothing about SEN law that Eleanor doesn’t know.
Can you share something that you have learnt during the pandemic? That anything is possible!