Natalie’s Blog Part 5

So we have made it to June, at times days have been blurring into each other.

It’s not been easy juggling everything and at times I have had to step back and just breathe.

As a parent and working I decided to allow my little dude to return to school. I found this decision extremely hard to make, working out the best plan for my little dude in co-production with his school and medical professionals made it a lot easier.

Of course I was concerned how they would meet his EHCP needs, I still am due to the constant government changes.

With things constantly changing I feel as a parent I am on constant catch up, but talking through my concerns with his SENCO, friends and family have made it more manageable.

I have two teenagers at home who are now starting to struggle with the return to a somewhat normal life, they have been extremely anxious about doing something wrong and struggle to cope with the daily changes.

Over the past few weeks I have also seen the strain lockdown has put on their sibling relationships, which I’m sure we’ve all seen an escalation of some sort during lock down. I have been using NVR and the restorative questions to help resolve any upset which seems to be working.

I’m hoping the sibling escalation will now settle that everyone is having some time out and that they are socializing with young people their own age.

I’ve definitely been making the most of the all the social and emotional resources the school have been sharing online to help my little dude over the past few weeks, although as a parent I don’t think there has been much SEMH support for my daughters who are in college.

One thing I am hoping will continue is all the good that has come out of lock down.

I have enjoyed CAMHS dropping off my little dudes prescription and I think video call appointments are a good move for some appointments and some educational and health related courses.

PPV have spent the past month settling in to working remotely, there have been many pet and family appearances during Zoom meetings but that’s all part of working during the current circumstances.

PPV have now had our first drop in session and our first virtual training session which was really successful, don’t get me wrong there were the odd tech issues but I think the more we try new ways the more we learn.

This has been a huge team effect and with the support of our incredible parent carers we are starting to now find our feet.

We have recently submitted our Contact Grant Forms which we did in co-production with parent carers and we have now looked at other forms of funding to increase our parent carer support.

We have been busy working behind the scenes on the ND project to make sure we can start up the coproduction group and run the training as soon as its safe too.

We are running more SBFT and co-production sessions to keep up with the increase of work load, since lock down we have had over 20 Zoom meetings.

PPV are also planning to do a redesign of our website in the coming months.

Please keep checking our social media pages for updates, news and events.

Here Is the link to our website contact page you can reach our team or sign up to our mailing list here http://www.portsmouthparentvoice.org/contact/

Stay safe and well.

Kind regards, Natalie.