How are Forums funded and supported?
Parent carer forums are set up in most local authority areas of England. The Department of Education provides a small yearly grant to each forum in order for them to carry out and support their work.
The grant application and monitoring process is administered by Contact who support forums to apply for the grant and provide advice and information about how to use the grant. Contact is a national charity for families with disabled children. They provide information, advice and support as well campaigning to improve their circumstances, and for their right to be included and equal in society. More information about the work of Contact can be found here.
As CaPa has given notice of closure, Contact will apply for funding for the financial year 20-21 on behalf of Thurrock families in order to support an associate to work in the borough and set up a new forum.