I’m Michelle Jones, Parent Rep for South Yorkshire. I volunteered as a Parent Rep in May 2015 after a year of helping to organise events where I saw first-hand the impact that these had on all the families involved.
SWAN UK events provide a fun day where you get to meet up with great online friends and make precious memories with our precious children. I love being able to catch up with old faces and meet new ones! We have a great network of members in Yorkshire and have developed some really strong friendships.
I was also very determined to help promote SWAN UK to local services so no other family lived in limbo like we did for over three years. We truly believed that we were the only family with a child that was undiagnosed.
One of the great parts of being a Parent Rep are the stay and play sessions I help run. Originally we booked a two hour session at Kiddy Winx Play Cafe every two months, but it was such a great success and members were commenting that they would love to come monthly so we booked more sessions.
The setting is perfect – totally accessible and allows everyone to spend time together chatting whilst having a coffee, and the children get to have fun.
Liz who owns Kiddy Winx Play Cafe always plans new and fun activities and the bubble machine and sensory disco are always firm favourites.
The feedback from parents has been fantastic. One SWAN UK member said:
‘This is our favourite SWAN UK event as we actually get to talk to other members and the kids are always happy to come along.’
We had a Christmas party there on 17 December with lots of Christmas fun and a visit from a very special person to get us all in the Christmas spirit.
We have the following dates booked for next year:
7 January, 1-3pm
4 February, 1-3pm
4 March, 10am-12pm
8 April, 1-3pm
6 May, 10am-12pm
3 June, 1-3pm
1 July, 1-3pm (summer party)
5 August, 1-3pm
2 September, 10-12pm
7 October, 1-3pm (messy play)
4 November, 1-3pm
9 December, 1-3pm (Christmas party)
Remember to keep an eye on the E-News to find out what’s going on in your area. Email Michelle: [email protected] org.uk