PODS (Parents Opening Doors)

Parent Carer Forum

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Elaine joined pods in early 2017 after coming along to an event, she was inspired by the work and the support offered and this encouraged her to become more involved. She enrolled on the Parent Rep training and began to volunteer by means of attending meetings with the LA. She later went on to deliver more Parent Rep training alongside Jayne Stevens and then took on the role of Project Officer. She and her husband have 4 children, Kimberley who is nearly 15, Twins Ryan and Luke who are nearly 8 and 6 year old Ben. Ryan has many additional needs including Autism, Epilepsy, Sensory Processing Disorder, OCD, ODD and hypermobility plus a few others. She has a great understanding of the difficulties faced by families surrounding diagnosis and support as struggled for many years to gain a diagnosis and understanding for her son Ryan. She still also continues her volunteer role and attends Children and Families Board meetings as well as being involved in the development of the Autism Strategy.