Think Ahead – Conference

BPV’s Thinking Aheard – Its never too early to start conference was requested BY parent/carers for ALL parent/carers with SEND families to start planning for their Son or Daughter’s future. It was held on Friday 10th March at the Warren.

Our Key note speaker was Yolande Burgess, Strategy Director at The London Councils who gave a National Overview of the 4 Aspiration pathways’.

* Education *

* Training and Employment *

* Creating Independence Friendship *

* Community Good Health and Wellbeing *

We also had a range of speakers for these 4 main aspirations to encourage parents to think about their child/young person’s future. Several relevant local organisations and charities also attended the event too to inform our families of the services and options available.

Read all the inspirational presentations below.

Annual Conference

Each year Bromley Parent Voice hosts a free conference for parents/carers of disabled children and young people.

The aim of the Conferences is to provide information to parent and carers of the range of services available , statutory, voluntary and national organisations, together with a series of workshops designed to inform and empower parents.

The 2016 Conference –  ‘Time for Me’ was held on Friday 7th October at the Warren.

Our Key notes speaker was Steve Broach. Steve is a barrister at Monckton Chambers specialising in cases involving disabled children and young people and children and young people with SEN. He is one of the co-authors of Disabled Children: A Legal Handbook and has been working with Council for Disabled Children on the Social Care Innovation Fund Project.

Prior to coming to the bar Steve worked for eight years in the voluntary sector, including the National Autistic Society, Ambitious about Autism and the Every Disabled Child Matters campaign.

In line with the ‘Time for Me’ theme, we also arranged for a series of therapists to come along where you were able to choose from an express manicure, express pedicure, mini facial, body massage or reflexology. Those who received a therapy said they thoroughly enjoyed it.  We finished off the event with a Yoga session.

Read all the inspirational presentations if you were unable to come along to to the Conference which we’ve added to our Website below.

Past conference themes given below

  • 2010 – Life Beyond the Disability
  • 2011 – Every Family Matters
  • 2012 – Raising Aspirations for the future

  • 2013- Their Rights Your Responsibility
  • 2014 – Achieving Aspirations
  • 2015 – The Power of Parents

  • 2016 – Time for Me

Here’s what the parents told us:

My first event with you – really informative and lovely to meet other parents.
Thought it was a very well put together conference, extremely informative and great to see it emphasised accessing the Local Offer and how it impacts on highlighting SEN legislation. Really good thoroughly enjoyed it !
I enjoyed the day. Found everyone helpful and informative. Learnt a lot too.

2016 – Conference Presentations

Wasn’t able to make the 2016 Conference or would like a copy of the presentations by the Speakers on the day?  We have listed them here.

Steve Broach –  ‘Short Breaks and Childcare – What does the law say?’
Caroline Bennett – Council for Disable Children – ‘National Learnings of Social Care Innovation Fund Project’
Kay Moore, Liz Lake, Mark Smith & Sarah Dowding – ‘Social Care Innovation Fund Project in Bromley’
Debi Christie – 16-25 Commissioning Manager (SEND) –‘Making the ‘C’ in EHC Count’
Michael Watt, Strategic and Business Support Services, LBB – ‘The Local Offer in Bromley’