If you would like to add items to our parents forum events web page or get involved in upcoming Parents Forum activities call 020 7926 9743.
Families Together London
Families Together London is a London-based support group, run entirely by parent volunteers, for the parents of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth. They also support the parents of gender-atypical children. They are linked to the national organisation for parents of LGBT people: FFLAG, www.fflag.org.uk. They provide telephone support and information lines for parents.
Even if parents are relaxed about learning that they have a child who is LGBT, it is still helpful for them to meet other parents in the same situation.
Young people are coming out earlier, which means that they are often still at school. Schools can help by putting parents of 'out' young people in touch with Families Together London. Even if parents do not wish to join a support group, FTL's website is full of information for parents and family members, and there is a regular e-newsletter.
New resource for parents launched
Parentchannel.tv has been launched as a new online service for parents and carers of children aged 5-19. It features a range of videos tackling questions on the subjects of wellbeing, learning and behaviour.
Every pound counts - help to heat your home
We want to make sure you can afford to keep your family warm.
Claiming all benefits entitlements so that you can afford to heat your home, is an important part of keeping warm and well.
This could allow you access to a range of energy efficiency grant schemes as well as boosting your income.
To date the Every Pound Counts team have helped residents to claim over £9.5million, which has really helped to change lives.
You can access the warmer homes leaflet from the Every Pound Counts web page and further details about the campaign.
Have you arranged for your child to live with someone else?
Local authorities have certain legal duties and responsibilities to make sure that children who are privately fostered are protected. You therefore need to let us know if you have entered into such an arrangement so that we can provide support. Read more advice for parents on private fostering.
A new guide to help parents understand their children's online world, and keep them safe, has been launched.
The new Vodafone Parents' Guide explains that parents may be using the internet to enhance their daily lives - emailing; shopping online, looking for holidays and joining social networking, for children it is much more.
The Lambeth Parents Forum aspires to:
- act as a focus group
- provide access to senior managers
- improve access to the full range of Lambeth services
- are advocates for parents
- provide an opportunity for parents to network and exchange information
- pull parents groups together
- allow parental viewpoints to be heard and acted upon
- promote self-help groups for parents and carers.
Local Parent Forums
The Parents Forum has been in existence since January 2007 and has become the place where parents can find out what is going on, have their views and opinions heard and help shape future services.
Lambeth Primary Care Trust and the Team Around the Child Team have organised the borough into three locality areas - the North, the South East and the South West.
Following a period of consultation we are now at the very exciting stage of launching our three newly created Parent Forums, one in each locality. These forums will each meet three times per year - once per term. Meetings are very informal and refreshments and crèche facilities are provided at each one.
Information gathered from each of the locality forums will be taken to a strategic parent forum which is currently being developed.
There are many advantages to be gained by doing this.
- These locality forums will be part of the formal decision making structure but will also be better able to discuss local and neighbourhood issues and meet the needs of the community groups within them.
- The information from each locality will be carried directly to the main decision making group at Partnership Board level and news from there will filter back down directly to the locality groups.
- The strategic Parents Forum will become stronger, more representative and more empowered to make improvements to services.
Finding out about your local forum
Publicity for each forum is sent out to schools, libraries, churches and GP surgeries. Each locality has its own branding to make it easy to identify - the colour of this branding is as follows:
- South West locality is vibrant green
- South East locality is bright orange
- North locality is purple.
Look out for the publicity advertising the forum in your locality.
Lambeth Parents Advocate
More information on the Parents Advocate for Lambeth Council.
Information on our regular Parents Forum meetings, including dates, agendas and minutes.
Events and groups for for parents to get involved with in Lambeth.
Information for parents of children under five including: children's centres, childcare, pre-school activities and pre-schools in Lambeth
Information on all aspects of education and learning in Lambeth including: exclusions, family learning, school admissions, schools in Lambeth and training workshops for parents
Information on health, welfare and support for parents, including: benefits, child and teenage health, drugs and alcohol, looked after children, pregnancy, youth offending and police services
This section contains information on: afterschool care, children's information service, interpreters, family support services, grants and housing
This section contains information on: adventure playgrounds, holiday activities, leisure centres, libraries, museums and attractions, One O'clock clubs, socialising and travel
This section contains information on: community transport, respite care, Special Educational Needs (SEN), post 16 apprenticeships, special schools, statementing procedures
This section contains information on: apprenticeships, careers, Connexions, fostering, leaving home, mentoring, youth clubs and youth services.