Mum launches sup­port group

Let’s Talk to fill gap in help ser­vices

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

AN Ick­en­ham mum has launched a new sup­port group to help fill the gap in su­port ser­vices pro­vided in the bor­ough for par­ents.

Kam Par­mar came up with the idea of Let’s Talk, a Hilling­don sup­port group for fam­i­lies and car­ers of young peo­ple with pro­found and mul­ti­ple learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties (PMLD) and young peo­ple with se­vere learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties (SLD) from birth to 25 years old.

Mother-of-two Ms Par­mar, who has an 18year-old daugh­ter with pro­found learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties, got talk­ing to other par­ents when her daugh­ter ‘went through a really poorly stage’ last year.

It was then that she de­cided to start a group to con­nect par­ents, af­ter re­al­is­ing there was noth­ing specif­i­cally for par­ents of chil­dren with learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties.

She said: “Why don’t we try and get par­ents talk­ing to each other?

“We all some­times need a rant and feel low and some­times there’s no one we can talk to that really un­der­stands what we go through.”

The first ses­sion, an in­for­mal meet and greet, was held on Novem­ber 7.

Ms Par­mar said: “Par­ents can help each other out and we can get guest speak­ers in­volved such as di­eti­cians, com­mu­nity nurses and ther­a­pists, who have all of­fered to do this if that’s what peo­ple want.”

The aim of the group is to pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for par­ents and car­ers to share ex­pe­ri­ences, pro­vide a break for par­ents and car­ers, to pro­mote a greater un­der­stand­ing of peo­ple with PMLD/SLD and their par­ents or carer and to pro­vide a range of ac­tiv­i­ties for the chil­dren and young peo­ple to take part in.

Ses­sions will be held on the first Satur­day of ev­ery month from 10am un­til noon at Uxbridge Col­lege Chil­dren’s Cen­tre, Col­lege Way, Cold­har­bour Lane, Hayes UB3 3BB.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, or to find out when the group is next meet­ing, con­tact Kam Par­mar on 07984 086 656 or email let­stalkhilling­don@

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