Children in Need … or Children we’re Failing?

By |2023-03-08T10:57:42+00:00November 8th, 2022|Categories: #bridgingthegap, Charity, community, family, mum of child with disability, parenting a child with disabilties, Uncategorized|Tags: |

November. It’s that time of year again when Pudsey is dusting off his eye patch and schools around the country are asking children to come in wearing spots (because we all have spotty clothes in our cupboards) to raise money for Children in Need. What could possibly be wrong with [...]

It’s not fair …

By |2023-03-08T10:49:14+00:00November 1st, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

I recently had a conversation with a head of SEN services in a local authority working incredibly hard to stretch scarce school placements for children with SEN. In the middle of our conversation, he explained how it simply isn’t fair for him to allocate resources based on who shouts the loudest. Rather, he has a [...]

Camping with a disabled child

By |2022-08-11T08:07:50+01:00August 11th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

Before having children, holidays often consisted of lazy pub lunches, afternoon naps, late nights and spontaneous decisions. After children – well, I guess we all acknowledge, it is a ‘bit different’. When you have a child with additional needs though, just going outside the front door for a couple of hours can take an operation of [...]

Happy 4th Birthday Camp Jojo

By |2022-08-02T21:05:43+01:00August 3rd, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

Four years ago, 3rd August 2018, we launched the first accessible camp at Ivy Farm. Tim (the husband) and I, Rachel, had dreamed of creating a place where family holidays with children who have complex needs could be a restful and fun for the whole family. We know our own family holidays are normally harder work [...]

MDTs or pre-schoolers in a sandpit?

By |2022-07-29T09:52:35+01:00July 29th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

Too many multidisciplinary teams (MDTs) work like a group of toddlers in a pre-school. Bear with me on this one. I’m not suggesting they aren’t fully toilet trained or have tantrums (although that isn’t entirely unheard of) but rather that their social interactions aren’t fully developed. Young children might think they have played with their [...]

Hospitals: Panorama and Particulars

By |2022-07-29T09:49:08+01:00June 22nd, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

There is a panoramic view of any hospital admission but step closer and the days are riddle with particular incidences creating a uniquely, stomach churning rollercoaster. Our time in hospital has highlighted it this week. Messages went out saying, “He’s getting better” “Doing well” “It’s been a success” These statements are all true. They are honest, [...]

Don’t call me Mum Initiative

By |2022-06-21T20:17:54+01:00June 21st, 2022|Categories: Don't call me Mum, Parents as partners|

Only a few people in this world call me Mum, and to everyone else I request that they, "Please don't call me mum." I have a few pet hates. They include; Hardened Weetabix that needs a chisel to remove it from the bowl. Finding my laundry mottled with disintegrated tissue. Someone parking so close to my [...]


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