Areas covered in this region
Durham, Darlington, Gateshead, Hartlepool, Middlesborough, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Northumberland, Redcar and Cleveland, South Tyneside, Stockton and Sunderland.
Introduction from Regional Development Officer
My name is Linda Fletcher and I have started a ten month contract with IPSEA as the Regional Development Officer for the North East. I am not able to give any advice or support. If you need advice about getting the right education for a child/young person with special educational needs and/or disabilities, please use one of IPSEA's services.
My professional background is in nursing and midwifery, but I left the profession in 2004 to care for my son who has special educational needs and physical disabilities (SEND). My own personal experiences as a parent, and those of friends who also have children with SEND, have given me a passion for giving a voice to parent carers. I have been a school governor for 9 years, and a parent representative on various multi-disciplinary committees in the SEND field. I have also been a volunteer on IPSEA's Advice Line for the last two years. My role is to get to know local parent and carer groups in the North East, and also to recruit and support new volunteers. IPSEA have gained the funding for me to do this until 31st March 2016.
We want to make sure that parents and carers know how to get information, advice and support so that they can achieve better outcomes for their children. I can offer an introductory session for local parent/carer groups to explain who I am how I might be able to support your group.
I can also send regular and up-to-date information about what's happening for children, young people and their families in the world of special educational needs and disability.
If you would like to speak to me further please contact me via firstname.lastname@example.org
Best Wishes, Linda
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