PODS (Parents Opening Doors)

Parent Carer Forum

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  • Dylan Harrison – Trustee
  • Linda Morris – Trustee
  • Jonathan Mills – Chairperson
    I am Jon, I am a social worker currently working in the fostering team in Telford. I have previously worked with disabled children and their families, in palliative care and with bereaved children and families. My wife and I adopted 4 children 25 years ago, three of who have learning disabilities and are on the autistic spectrum. We struggled when Continue Reading
  • We are Hiring…
    We’re looking to recruit a dedicated Project Officer to work with our team (16hrs/week); This role is funded through our BIG Lottery grant and we are looking for a self-motivated person, who is passionate about the work that PODS Charity does. For more information on the role of PODS Charity alongside our Face 2 Face Befriending Scheme, please visit our Continue Reading
  • Debbie Hart- Volunteer
    Debbie has been part of the Forum for 8 years. Since joining she has had many different roles including Committee, Chair, Fundraising, a Trustee and is now a Volunteer. She is married to Dave who is a Trustee. She has 4 children, which brings its own challenges, as she has more than one child with a disability and like many of you, they Continue Reading
  • Dave Hart – Trustee
  • Phil Gillum – Trustee
  • Jayne Stevens – Participation Co-ordinator
    Jayne has worked with PODS Parent Carer Forum since 2008, after being invited to be involved in a new project around Service Development and Participation. Jayne’s son Matthew (16) was originally diagnosed with a Sensory Processing Disorder at the age of 3 and then a couple of years later received a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder. A diagnosis of ADHD Continue Reading
  • Shashana Weare – Face 2 Face Co-ordinator
    Shashana started working for PODs in 2013 as the Face 2 Face co-ordinator when she launched the befriending scheme here in Telford & Wrekin. She was and continues to be excited and passionate about the emotional and practical support Face 2 Face befriending brings to the parent carers of Telford & Wrekin and believes the benefits peer to peer support Continue Reading
  • Liz Bickford-Smith – Project Officer
    Liz has been Project Officer for PODS since January 2017. She is Mum to two boys and her youngest son Josh has Down's Syndrome. When Josh was first born, Liz found it difficult to see beyond his "label" and the future did not look bright. Liz soon found that sharing information and experiences with other parents was really helpful and Continue Reading
  • Kerrie Seagrave – Project Admin
    Kerrie has been Project Administrator since June 2017. She is Mum to Jack (12) and Lilly who is almost 6 and attends The Bridge School. Lilly has severe autism, severe learning difficulties along with other additional needs. Kerrie became a member of PODS in January 2014, the first time Kerrie attended a PODS Family Group, she felt very alone and Continue Reading
  • Val Taylor – Volunteer – Fundraising Sub-committee
    Val has been a PODS member for nearly 3 years. She is Mum to two girls and her youngest daughter has ASD, ADHD, TICS and HIGH Anxiety. She was hard to get diagnosed, as she was a girl, but Val never gave up. Val met some PODS members out fundraising. She found the information inspiring after going to parent groups, Continue Reading
  • Kieron Warr – Volunteer
  • Simon Buckley-Robins – Volunteer
    Simon has been a PODS member for about 4 years. He has a daughter Emma (13) who is autistic with severe learning difficulties and has also been diagnosed with ADHD. He has been married to Mandy for 15 years. Simon got more involved with PODS to bring his and other parents concerns to the local authorities and to bring his Continue Reading
  • Angie Fidoe – Volunteer