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Below are a list of our current available volunteering roles at DPCC. Please click the button to view the details of each role, and use the contact us button below to let us know which one you'd be interested in applying for.
Parent Carer Representatives attend a range of meetings and events to share what it is like for parent carers in Dorset. They use anonymous feedback that we have collected to show the impact of services on families. Parent representatives are also vital in support the forum at events and within a range of projects.
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Parent Carer Representative
The role of the parent rep is to represent a wide range of views of parent carers from across Dorset (not BCP) at meetings with the local authority and health services. Parent reps attend groups on transition, education, neurodiversity, autism, EHC plans, and many more.
Meetings usually take place during school hours, and reps will normally attend one or two meetings per term. Induction required (approx. 3 hours).
Experience of being a parent or carer of a child or young person with a special educational need or disability (SEND)
Experience of accessing relevant services for children with SEND in Dorset
An ability to maintain confidentiality
Time to attend meetings, including meetings of relevant Dorset Parent Carer Council meetings.
An ability to represent a wide range of parents’ views and not just their personal experience
An ability to listen to others and express views in a constructive and polite manner
A basic understanding of the issues to be discussed by the group
Access to a PC, laptop, or tablet to take part in virtual meetings as required. If you don’t have access to any of those, we may be able to help, so please don’t let that put you off applying!
Training and mentoring (including shadowing of experienced representatives) will be provided – we promise we won’t throw you in at the deep end!
Approx. 4 hours per month during school hours, term-time only
Physical meetings usually take place in or around Dorchester.
Virtual meetings take place on Zoom or Teams; reps will need to have access to a quiet space.
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