“I’d like to say thank-you for helping fund the assessments for Poppy. Without this help I don’t know where I would be. I am so grateful and will forever be grateful for this help, this has gone on for so long and Poppy is such a sweetheart she’s desperate to learn. We were in a desperate place, knowing we needed to help our daughter get the right support. A year ago I didn’t feel like I could go on another day, Jill from SOS!SEN picked me up and made me see that there is light at the end of the tunnel. I don’t think there will ever be enough words to show you just how grateful I am that you all arrived in our lives when we needed someone to see that it wasn’t us and there was more help that Poppy so desperately needed. We were lost and you held out your hand and helped us find our way again. I want to thank SOS!SEN and PIN for helping me help Poppy.
All I can hope now is the Judge will make the right decision for Poppy.”
With all of our love Laura and Darren, Poppy and her big sisters Mollie and Emily xxx
“Thanks for considering my application, it would be great to get some help, I really am at breaking point now I’ve literally no reserve left in the pot. Will all be worth it if I can get Harry into the right school”.
“Harry is absolutely loving school, it’s already given him loads of confidence, he’s not the bottom of the class anymore he’s enjoying sports, something I never thought I’d hear him say, he’s finding new independence, he got the most house points in his class at the end of his first term and won a voucher, he’s absolutely thriving, it’s everything I hoped it would be. His first parents’ meeting was amazing too, the teachers couldn’t say enough good things about him and he always tries really hard even if he doesn’t like doing something. Life is good!”
“I cannot stress enough how reassuring it felt to have a charity like Parents In Need in my corner during the tribunal process. The advice and help was invaluable – but there is also a strong sense of camaraderie when you find yourself involved with PIN. I hope that many more families will be able to benefit from PIN the way that I did.”
“I am at breaking point. I am about to embark on my third tribunal to get my daughter Mollie, aged 10, into special school. Mollie has a long standing history of reflex anoxic seizures which meant prolonged episodes of hypoxia which they suspect has caused a significant brain injury. She is currently 4 years behind and is extremely vulnerable. I have already spent in excess of £2,000 on private reports and am about to do the same in January. However I cannot afford SALT, OT and EP. I am a part time oncology nurse with 4 children and my husband’s business has come across hard times.”
Several months later…
“WE HAVE WON! Surrey conceded this morning and Mollie will be going to Moor House in September. Without the help of the PIN I couldn’t have done it so THANK-YOU! We are just so incredibly happy and relieved! Parents in Need helped me to access and fund the best private therapists who would be able to assess Mollie from top to toe, left to right – I knew they were the ones to leave no stone unturned. Without their help we wouldn’t be where we are today!
Several months and lots of tears later, I am beyond elated to be a Moor House Mum. Moor House is a specialist speech and language provision with smaller classes and intensive therapy delivered by specialist teachers, which will give Mollie every chance for a positive future.”
“I can’t thank Parents In Need enough for the support they have offered me during this process. Already through your support of Thomas, it has been possible to identify needs that have previously been missed or ignored even though I have voiced concerns about them. We are now getting a much more detailed view of Thomas and how best to support him as he continues through education.”
Some months later
“I am so pleased to tell you that the hearing for Thomas went ahead at the beginning of March and we won about 95% of what we were asking for. I have to say that I don’t believe we would have been as successful as we were without the evidence provided by both of the expert reports that you funded for us. Throughout the hearing evidence given from our experts showed that Thomas has truly been misunderstood and looked over through the last 5 years at school. The recommendations from both the education psychologist report and the speech and language report have now been included in Thomas’ EHCP and include weekly speech and occupational therapy and specialist dyslexia teaching and it has been agreed to finally add Dyslexia to his list of needs.
I can’t thank you enough for all the support you have given throughout this whole process, it’s been so overwhelming and stressful but it’s been made better knowing there are organisations such as yourselves out there who are willing to help and support.”
“I am just emailing to say thank you so much for your help with getting the specialist reports that was needed for my son’s appeal.
If we didn’t have them we would of had a very different outcome. As it is we have now been awarded a placement at a specialist school and the changes on his EHCP that we wanted. This is going to make the world of difference to my son’s education, his mental wellbeing and it will have a very big impact on our family life for the better as well. Thank you so much, your help is so greatly appreciated. I don’t know what I would have done without the support from PIN and SOS!SEN.” Many thanks.”
“Just a little update, tribunal was Thursday and they have just adjourned it. I think they forget a small child actually behind all that paperwork. Sad isn’t it. Like to keep in touch as couldn’t do this without PIN”.
And from our sister charity SOS!SEN
“I saw yesterday a lovely family from Kent. The daughter is nearly 12 and quadriplegic with cerebral palsy. She cannot speak and has to access the computer with a joy stick. Parents went to Tribunal last Summer but without evidence. They could not believe that their daughter was to be sent to mainstream school.”