• Meet the SEND Decision Makers Event Presentations











    It was great to see so many of you at our recent Meet the SEND Decision Makers Event.  For those that couldn’t attend here are the presentations given by the speakers.mark-hemmings-health-conference-presentation







  • New North Somerset Based Disabled Children’s Playscheme Launches This Half Term

    This half term see the launch of ‘Bubble Time’ a new disabled children’s stay and play type playscheme held in Churchill.  There is an introductory session to guage interest from parents at 10am – 12 noon on Wednesday 26th October at Churchill Methodist Memorial Church, Fore Street, Churchill, BS25 5NG.  Bubble Time hopes to become established and be available for longer sessions in all school holidays.  Full changing facilities with a hoist is available with ample onsite parking.

    All the family are welcome, go along to make the most of this new local resource.




  • Members Vote to Change Our Name to ‘North Somerset Parent Carers’

    The Our Voice Counts committee recently decided to ask its members their opinion on the name of Our Voice Counts as it was felt there may be other suitable options that would make our group easier to find and more visible to new parents.  There was also another local organisation using a very similar slogan to our name which may also cause confusion for parents, further highlighting the need for the name review.

    Following our recent members poll of the best name for our group the majority of voters opted to change our name from Our Voice Counts and the most popular choice was North Somerset Parent Carers.

    We will be working hard behind the scenes now to relaunch with our new name, changes coming soon…




  • Our Voice Counts Draft Constition


    We feel all members should be given an opportunity to vote on whether or not we adopt this as our constitution. Therefore, we are holding a General Meeting at Castlewood, Tickenham Road, Clevedon, BS21 6FW at 7.00 – 7.15pm on Thursday, 16th June 2016. Members are invited to attend this meeting or cast their vote beforehand by email.

    To vote by email please contact admin@ourvoicecounts.org.uk indicating whether you are in favour of adopting our proposed draft as our constitution or not. All email votes will be treated in the strictest confidence by our administrator, Kelly Herbert. Email voting closes at 11:59pm on Wednesday 15th June 2016.

    The Steering Group recommends, unanimously, members vote to adopt this constitution.

    Click the link below to view the Our Voice Counts Draft Constitution:

    OVC draft constitution (pdf) »

  • SEND Reforms 1 Year On – Where Are We Now? – Advance Meeting Question Responses

    In advance of our September ’15 meeting we gave people the opportunity to submit questions to the speakers.  We offered this to give everyone an opportunity to have their questions answered whether they could attend or not, or if they felt unable to voice their opinion in the meeting or preferred to remain anonymous.  Using this format also ensures that you are able to receive a full response to any questions that you may have. Please see the response to our advance questions from the meeting speakers below.


    Advance Questions Responses 240915 (pdf) »

  • Stay and Play Springboard – Mondays – 9.15 – 11.15am

    Stay and Play Springboard, for children aged 0-5 with additional needs and their parents/carers.

    Mondays – 9.15 – 11.15am

    Tel: 01934 426165

    Ashcombe Children’s Centre,
    Stepping Stone Walk,
    Weston-super-Mare BS23 3NA

    £1.00 per child (term time only).

  • Free Sign Language Course

    Weston College is offering a free British Sign language course, funded by the community learning programme. The course will be held on a Tuesday evening and will run from 15th September until 16th June.

    Course participants will learn to give directions, ask/answer basic questions, do numbers, finger spell and will also earn a Level 1 qualification.

    If you’re interested please get in touch with Emm Sharpe, course tutor, on 01934 411 411 ext. 385 or text 07780 701 556.