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Translation Required: BBC One Show broadcaster set to launch Swansea forum for families of disabled children

Translation Required: Award-winning broadcaster Carrie Grant will be the guest speaker at the launch of a new peer led forum in Swansea that will give parents and carers of children with disabilities and additional needs a greater voice in the way services in the city are run.

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The BBC One Show reporter, who is herself a parent carer of four children, all with additional needs, will be at the event at the Grand Theatre on Friday October 18.

The Swansea Parent Carer Forum has been created co-productively with Swansea Council to make sure that the views of all parent carers are represented and taken into account.

The Swansea Parent Carer Forum has been set up with help by Swansea Council to make sure that the views of all volunteer parent carers are represented and taken into account.

The forum will work collaboratively in equal partnership with the council and others on developing and improving services in Swansea.

Heidi Lythgoe, the Chairperson of Swansea PCF, said she was expecting a fantastic turn out of parent carers, officials and professional service providers at their launch event at the launch between 9.30am and 2pm.

She added: "We are truly excited to share the forum's vision, purpose and aims and grow our membership.

"We believe passionately that working co-productively with Swansea Council and other service providers will put the voice of disabled children of all ages and their families at the centre of decisions and deliver services that work for our community.

"Our launch is an important part of connecting with the wider parent carer community and ensuring we represent our diverse community."

As well as listening to Carrie the launch will be an opportunity for people to find out about and influence the forum's work priorities and meet a number of organisations who work locally with disabled people and their families.

Elliot King, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Children's Services, said: "As a council we've got a strong commitment to ensuring that services like education and social services are meeting the needs of the people who use them.

"The new forum will bring parent-carers together so they can help shape and influence our efforts to update and improve the services we provide for them.

"It will be vital in representing the voices of all parent carers of disabled children and I would encourage them to come along to the launch."

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