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Friday, 21 December 2012

Anything planned for March 6th?

I just wanted to flag up for everyone that free tickets for the Bristol Parent Carers Participation event on March 6th next year can now be booked via this link.

Anyone who has attended one of these events before will be able to tell you what to expect, and as well as enjoying a free short therapy session (not sure what will be available yet, previous events have included reflexology and shiatsu massage among others), and finding out what changes might be coming in the future for our children, it's a fantastic chance to meet other parents and have a chat.

Speaking of chat, BPC run a monthly 'Parent Carers Support Group' at Barton Hill Settlement ~ the next one is on January 14th.  It might sound a little intimidating, but I promise it isn't!  Even if you are a brand new face, no one will throw wet sponges at you or force you to fill in a six page registration form!  It offers the chance to chat about any difficulties you are having (your child, their school, their doctor etc), get some tips from other parents on good places to visit with your child, nor even, shock horror, talk about something that has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with your child!  Yes, its true, you are allowed encouraged to chat about whatever you want.  There's tea, there's biscuits ~ give it a go! (Is it only me that has that 'doctor pepper, what's the worst that can happen' song in their heads from the adverts?)

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BPC (Bristol Parent Carers) have managed to achieve lots over the past year, and I find it really empowering, as a parent, to hear about the difference an organisation consisting of parents like me have made.  For a long time, carers (including parent carers) have been something of an easy target politically ~ after all, it's easy to take services and resources from a group of people that, by their very definition, spend a significant amount of time caring for someone who depends on them.  BPC is an organisation that is gathering momentum every year, and being consulted on numerous issues affecting parent carers ~ like any voluntary organisation, it can only be as strong as its members, so if you think you may have something to offer, please do get in touch!

Please do check out the website, and give some thought to coming to the event in March ~ even if you don't think it's your kind of thing, its free and you get lunch ~ come on, what's the worst that could happen ...!

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