Have your say in the big issues affecting people with learning disability or autism in Islington and North London.

At Centre 404 we offer many different ways for family carers to get involved:

  • Islington Parent Carer Forum (Talking Shop)

    The Islington Parents Forum is a group for parents of children with Special Educational Needs  and Disabilities (SEND) who live in Islington.  This important meeting takes place every two months and is a chance for you to discuss matters that are important to you, participate in consultations and comment on developments in local and national disability services. It is an active group which has the specific aim to provide service providers with the views and concerns of their service user group.

    Whenever possible, the meetings will be attended by one speaker from the council and/or other organisations. Attendees are encouraged to suggest what they would like to receive information about and Centre 404 will endeavour to make this happen.

    There are lots of changes going on at the moment with the implementation of the Children and Families Act and the Care Act, and it is more important than ever that parent carers help their local authorities and health partners to really understand the issues and views of those who use the services they provide, and to help shape what they look like.

    Jenny Buchan, a parent carer representative in the Islington’s Children with Disability Strategy Board, said “what makes me come to the Parent Forum meetings is the chance to get involved and participate in Islington’s disability services. By being aware of the current services and participating in the shaping of new ones I am helping my son”.

    Click here to see meeting dates for 2017 or download poster

  • The Islington Parent Action Group 

    A formal strategic group that acts as the steering group for the Parents Forum – Parents decide topic and speakers for the forum. Parents need to be elected onto the group and will represent the members in the borough strategic groups.

    If you would like to attend a Parents Forum meeting or are interested in being part of the Parent Action Group please contact Beatriz on 020 7697 1336 or email Beatriz@centre404.org.uk

  • ASC for Tea 

    This is an opportunity for you to meet other parents/carers of a child or young person with autism across North London. It is a place to support one another and to share information and advice.

    You don’t need to book for this group, just come along on the date. For more information please contact Beatriz on 020 7697 1336 or email Beatriz@centre404.org.uk

    Click here to see meeting dates for 2017 or download poster

  • Family Carers Reference Group (Islington)

    The Family Carers Reference Group is a group of family carers of adults with learning disabilities who live in Islington. We meet every two months and welcome new members.

    • We support each other in facing the many stresses and strains that family carers encounter
    • We provide opportunities for senior managers, elected councillors and other professionals to meet family carers, to hear about our experiences and concerns and to answer our questions
    • We elect representatives on to key decision-making groups in Islington
    • We provide updates about developments in government policy and local initiatives (e.g. changes to welfare benefits or housing issues) that may affect you and your relative or friend.

    Come along and have your say on the big issues facing people with learning disabilities and their families in Islington (such as Housing, Health Care Services, Fulfilling Lives/Activities, Personal Budgets, Staff Training, Social Care Management, Education and Employment).

    Click here to see meeting dates for 2017 or download poster

    You don’t need to book for this group, just come along on the date! For more information please contact Beatriz on 020 7697 1336 or email Beatriz@centre404.org.uk

  • Family Members Reference Group (Camden) 

    This is a group that meets every two months for family carers of an adult with learning disabilities or autism living in Camden. As a reference group, the voice of the carer is directly fed back to Camden Council through Planning Together, the learning disabilities partnership board in Camden. The meetings are held at Camden Carers Service, Charlie Ratchford Centre, NW1 8HF and provide:

    • A chance to discuss issues that are important to you
    • A unified and powerful voice for carers
    • Information about what the Council has been doing and feedback to them about your experiences
    • An opportunity to influence the planning, development and delivery of services
    • An informal place to meet and chat with other carers and share experiences

    For more information and to let us know you are coming please contact Philippa on 020 7697 1336 or email PhilippaR@Centre404.org.uk

    Click here to see meeting dates for 2017 or download poster

  • Camden Carers Voice (Camden)

    Camden Carers Voice (CCV) is the forum for all carers and former carers living in Camden, or caring for someone who does. It meets five times a year to campaign and lobby for carers rights. To find out more please visit Camden Carers Service’s website http://www.camdencs.org.uk/ccv-%E2%80%94-forum-carers-camden

  • Focus Groups

    We hold regular focus groups on services that matter to family carers to enable professionals to receive direct feedback from service users. This groups also allow family carers to make suggestions about the services that they use.

    All the meetings above are free for family carers. Call 020 7697 1336 or 020 7607 8762 or email family@centre404.org.uk for more information.

  • Centre 404 has been a life saver for me

    I was referred in 2005 when Max was only 10 weeks old and have received support since then. The Coffee Mornings and Carers Lunches which Centre 404 provide regularly were extremely beneficial to me as I received help in coming to terms with my son’s difficulties.  The groups and activities run by Centre 404 have been wonderful.

    Jenny, family carer