January 2023

Welcome to LPCF’s Latest news!

Happy New Year!

We have lots of exciting events coming up in January with our famous Week of SEND ( Details below) and the LPCF SEND Survey will be published on 9th January – please circulate to any parents you come into contact with so they can rate the services they receive. An email will be sent to you with more detail.



Monthly Free Workshops

Juggling the Joys of parenting

Date:       Thursday 19th January

                 Workshop 3: Effective communication

Are you a parent, grandparent, carer, relative or friend of a child/adult

with special needs or a disability? Yes?

…then these FREE workshops are a must for you!

Caring for someone can be a bit daunting at times. Often wonder if things could be

better? Of course, there is always room for improvement in everything we do and here are a series of workshops that can really help make a difference to our daily lives and to our families. This series is aimed at parent carers who wish to have fun, meet other parent carers that want to make life easier and learn new strategies that can make a very real difference.

LPCF proudly presents Hil Gibb to run these monthly workshops on Zoom for parents on the LPCF membership.
See the events page on the LPCF website to book a place.

Hypnotherapy with Nicole

Please encourage parents to join LPCF for a free 90-minute Zoom session to help improve  mental health & wellbeing.

Nicole from Hummingbird Hypnotherapy will be providing proven techniques to help us make positive changes to our lives.

Date:              Thursday 19th January       7.30pm – 9pm
Topic           What is Hypnotherapy and how can it help

Relax with like-minded people in a positive atmosphere.

These sessions are for LPCF members only. Please encourage parents to join up on the sign up page of the website.

Future Date for your diary –“LPCF Week of SEND”

Monday 23rd January to Saturday 28th January 2023

This is LPCF’s event of the year. 
Held specifically to signpost and support parents.
The aim of the event is give parents as much information as possible about what is available for themselves and their families.

Just click on the zoom link to hear about the services and help available.

All sessions are free and you can access them from your own home. If you can’t  make it to one of the many sessions held during the daytime, evening and weekend then send along a relative or friend to pick up the information.

Participants to the Week of SEND now include:-

Childrens Continence Lead nurse, SENSE, Hummingbird Hypnotherapy

Peeps, LCC Early Years and childcare, Bric, Family Fund, The Noro Project, County Care, Health watch, Holiday Activities Fund, Home from Home Care, Penderels Trust, Sensory Education & support team, Short Breaks, Special Olympics, The network, CWD Social Care and many more participants added daily.

Workshops confirmed so far include:-
Liaise- their role and SEN support,
Local Offer
Anxiety – Healthy Minds

Learning through music.
Benefits – Carers first,

How to help your childs learning at home,

Specialist Teaching team,
Plus many more.

It won’t be repeated for another year – so please make the most of this opportunity.

Keep checking this page for more details https://www.lincspcf.org.uk/P_Info_WeekofSEND.php?YrFilter=23

 Booking Required – for parents & professionals

Hot off the press – due to an overwhelming response we are holding another workshop on Promoting positive behaviour during the Week of SEND on Saturday 28th January from 1.30pm – 3.30pm.
To book a place please email :admin@lincspcf.org.uk

LPCF “State of SEND” Survey

Due to Covid-19 it has been 3 years since we measured the state of SEND in Lincolnshire. We do this by giving parents & SENCO’s the opportunity to tell us what more about the State of SEND from their point of view.
We ask a few questions which takes between 5 & 10 mins to complete and then we gather all of  this information to form a picture and then feedback to the Local Authority, Health, DFE , Ofsted and service providers in Lincolnshire.

The surveys will be released on 9th January – we have paper copies going to schools and an electronic version available on the website (for ease).

Please help us by asking parents you work with to complete it and also any SENCo’s you come into contact with.
This enables LPCF to accurately represent their views
and help to improve services.

Latest Question time – New person in the hot seat

Amy from the  Children and Young People Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Service ( LPFT)  For anyone new to LPCF, our Question Times give parents on our membership a chance to ask their questions to the organisations in Lincolnshire they most want to.

The first one was to the Designated Clinical Officer for SEND ( Details on the QT page) and our latest Question time was on Childrens Mental health.

Please see the answers to the questions posed by the LPCF membership here:-https://www.lincspcf.org.uk/P_Info_QTHome.php
For our next two Question Times we have Josie from the LCC SEND team answering questions on personal budgets and the Liaise team answering questions about their role, remit and the support they offer – so please keep your questions coming.

The question times will only take place when we have enough questions (approx. 20) so keep them coming!

To find the Question time page -go to the LPCF website Information>LPCF Question time.

Additions to LPCF  website (please see achievements page)

  • Not to be missed! “No Secrets” – the road  to co- production.
    Written by LPCF to explain a little bit more about LPCF over the last 16  years and where we are today.
    Thanks to those of you who have been along the journey with us.
  • Increase in Scarlet Fever – UK Health Security Agency bulletins from LCC – Scroll to find LCC for more information.
  • The Start for Life and Family Hubs Programme(see LCC in Library)

What’s On?

Please see this link https://www.lincspcf.org.uk/P_Events.php?Option=LPCF

Updated regularly -so keep a look out for things to do in the community & beyond.

Max Cards

Parents who join our membership and fulfil the criteria are offered a free discount card.
The Information page of the LPCF website contains more detail.

To apply for a max card please see the information page of the LPCF website

Please encourage parents you work with to join LPCF, as the earlier we can support them on their journey the better outcomes for the whole family in terms of engagement, signposting, information & support. It also gives LPCF a bigger voice in Lincolnshire to help improve the provision of services for families.
Please also encourage other professionals you work with to join our professional membership so they are kept informed too!
Our leaflet for parents has been updated so if you need any to give to parents please let us know.