Who Are We?
The Hampshire Parent Carer Network is an independent parent-led group set up to ensure that the families and carers of children and young people with disabilities or additional needs can participate fully in the development of services within Hampshire. Our shared mission is to improve and enhance the experiences and opportunities of children and young people with additional needs and/or disability by enabling parents and carers to be heard and be at the heart of decisions, development and delivery of services in Hampshire.
Meet Gail Bedding – HPCN Chair
I have been involved with Hampshire Parent Carer Network since the beginning of 2014. I have an eleven-year-old profoundly disabled son who has positively shaped the lives of everyone in my family; 13-year-old twins and two step children, so life is never dull! I have worked for Parent Voice and Cool2Care; have helped set up and run a music group for disabled children and their siblings and I’m a Parent Trustee of Short Break provider, Challengers.
I feel passionate about the role of Hampshire Parent Carer Network within Hampshire and that we can change the way the local authority and the NHS do things. Only we as parents know what our lives are like living with disabled or SEN children and how they can be improved. The more parents that can work with us and share their experiences, the more we can shape the services we need and make a difference to the lives of our children, parents, carers and their families.