PODS Parent Carer Forum

Contact us by Telephone: 01952 271532 or email: [email protected]

Address: FREEPOST RTGA-JGSL-ZUCH, PODS, P O Box 772, Telford, TF7 9FD

Charity Registration Number: 1150871 PARENTS OPENING DOORS

Welcome to our Website

PODS (Parents Opening Doors) Parent Carer Forum, is an independent Telford and Wrekin based charity for parent carers who have a child of young person between the ages of 0 & 25 years, with a disability or additional need of any kind – offering you the opportunity to have your voice heard and to help ‘Make A Difference’, for information and support to you at any time you need it via:

  • Direct contact (email or phone)
  • Family Groups (twice a month at Hadley and at Dawley)
  • Social media (Facebook and twitter)
  • Website

Our ethos is based around ‘Parent Participation’ and giving you the ability to share with us what you most want for the benefit of our children. Our overall aim is to improve the lives of families who have a disabled child or additional need, in the Telford & Wrekin area.

Our key principles include:

  • Parent/Carer Focus – Ensuring your voice is heard by service providers across all areas.
  • Participation – Support you to be involved in ways that you are comfortable with.
  • Training – Investing in parent carers by offering you training to meet your needs, building skills and confidence.
  • Development – Ongoing development of PODS to meet your needs and using an annual survey to determine this.
  • Information – Share information to develop services to best meet the needs of your family.
  • Funding – Seek funding to ensure future sustainability of our forum.
  • Face 2 Face – Providing resilience and the ability to copy by accessing emotional support.

Our Key Outcomes (linked to funding from Big Lottery and Dept for Education) are:

  • Parent Carers will have improved knowledge of services and legislation through information provision, creating a stronger and more active community.
  • Parent Carers will report an increased resilience and ability to cope through accessing emotional support, reducing isolation and improving mental health and well-being.
  • Parent Carers will have increased confidence, knowledge and opportunity to participate in joint decision making regarding service provision, resulting in improved services.

Find out how we do all these things and about the difference we are making by visiting our other pages . . .