The PARTICIPATE Parent Carer Forum

Michelle Hipkiss

Michelle Hipkiss

Forum Chair

Emily Turley

Emily Turley

Forum Member

Hi, my name is Emily Turley, I am currently a Teaching Assistant, working with children who have special needs at a local primary school. I am also a mum to Louis who is aged 7 and Lola-Grace who is 9 months.
Louis was born with a chromosome deletion (5q14.3), which has left him severely disabled. I have had lots of experience working with children who have special needs in a variety of settings. However since Louis was born I have experience on an every day level and I now also understand how important it is for me to be an advocate for Louis.

I wanted to be part of the Participate steering group, so that I can put my personal views across as a parent/career but to also fight for the specialist care and facilities that these children deserve and are not always provided with.

Andrea Thomas

Andrea Thomas

Forum Member

Esther Mandale

Esther Mandale

Forum Member

My name is Esther I am a mom of 2 lovely children. My daughter Florence has a rare chromosome deletion and also has Autism, so have been in this strange special needs world for 7 years now. I also help run a support group called Lifted Spirits which enables parents and carers to meet over tea and cake for support and chat. Because of my 2 roles I feel it is important to be part of this team so i can be a voice for parents and carers like myself and to also fight for important provisions needed for these children/adults and there carers.
Elaine Deeming

Elaine Deeming

Forum Member

I am Elaine and I am a proud mommy to Sam, who has autism and complex communication difficulties. Sam was condition was diagnosed 4 years ago, and I quickly realised how important it is to surround yourself with parents who understand. No-one should go through the heartache of discovering that their child is disabled alone. Esther and I set up a support group for parents about 18 months ago and we now have a great group of parents all supporting each other, in good and difficult times. I am proud to be part of the Participate team, providing a voice for parents and their disabled children, and ensuring the children and the Carers get the support they need.
Joe Weston

Joe Weston

Forum Member

Pete Coyne

Pete Coyne

Forum Member

Rachel Marrey

Rachel Marrey

Forum Member

My names is Rachel Marrey and I have lived in Stourbridge for the last twenty years. I have three children: Nathan 17, Joe 15 and Jude 7. My youngest has many challenges to face in his life and I feel I have learnt a lot over the last seven years caring for his needs. I work in a school working with Pupil Premium children. I would like to share the knowledge I have gained over the last seven years with others. I want to help other parents who face the many challenges that arise raising a disabled child.
Tina Cartwright

Tina Cartwright

Forum Member

Anne Davies

Anne Davies

Forum Member & Parent Liaison Officer

Rachael Gardener

Rachael Gardener

Forum Member & Project Director

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