Becoming a Member

Our membership is open to all parent carers living in Thurrock who are responsible for children and young people 0-25 years with disabilities and/or special educational needs.

We welcome new members at any time.  By joining CaPa you bring your views and experience which could influence the decision making process in education, social care and health departments.  You don’t need any special qualifications – as a parent carer you are already an Expert by Experience!

There is a small registration form to complete, including name, address and contact details.  By including your email address you will go onto our online database and be emailed details of events, meetings etc.  If you would prefer to be contacted by post or telephone just let us know on the form. 

The form asks for details of your child or young person’s school/college and year group.  This information is used only to identify gaps in the membership of our group or for monitoring similar issues within age groups or schools.  If you would rather not tell us, please leave this blank.

Please rest assured your contact details will not be passed on to anybody else.

To complete an online registration form, please click here.

If you would rather not be on the database or give your contact details, but would still like to be involved, please like our Facebook page here or follow us on Twitter here.


Joining the Steering Group

If you would like to be more involved in the forum, and can spare some time to attend meetings, events and training, why not consider joining the steering group?

The steering group meets once a month to:

  • Look at local issues and priorities
  • Look at national campaigns and projects
  • Monitor feedback from parent carers about local services
  • Meet with professionals and practitioners about SEND issues
  • Arrange open events and meetings to support local issues
  • Consider how any grant monies should be spent within the agreed budget
  • Manage the grant application and monitoring process

The forum has an agreed set of Terms of Reference and policies governing finance and code of conduct.

Steering group members represent CaPa at various local meetings such as The Disability Partnership Board, Thurrock Autism Strategy Group, Thurrock Transition Strategy Group, Essex People’s Parliament and Family Reference Group, SENCO meetings  (nursery, junior and senior) and TARP (Thurrock Access to Resources Panel).  Training and support is given to parent carers attending professional meetings.

If you would like to find out more, please contact us for more details or speak to one of our steering group members.