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Participation training proves a great success

Parents and Carers from across Lancashire have taken part in a free training course to provide them with tools to understand and navigate the SEND system.


They were joined by representatives from the SEND Partnership including health, the inclusion service and the IAS team.

The five week course, hosted at County Hall, was provided by the Lancashire Parent Carer Forum and was very successful in supporting parents who wanted to know more about the help available for their families.

Each week course leader Caroline Tomlinson, from the charity My Life, captivated the group as she shared knowledge gathered from her 30 years' experience working in this area. She was also joined by guest speakers who discussed their personal stories about living with SEND.

Zack Kerr was one of the guest speakers who certainly made an impact. He is 23 years old and lives with cerebral palsy, a lifelong condition affecting movement and co-ordination. His mother had previously attend the training and Zack spoke passionately about how My Life has supported him and his family.

Another highlight for many people was the new connections they made which will help and support them in the future.


Pictured are parent carers attending the participation training course at County Hall, Preston.

All attendees received a certificate at the final training session on 24th May to celebrate their achievements.

If you are interested in attending the next course, please contact Sam Jones, Chair of the PCF by emailing

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