Worcestershire Parent & Carers Community
In 2006 a small but passionate group of parents set up a new group for the families of children with a disability or additional needs. Here, they tell us more about their work.
My name is Audrey de Garis and I am a part time, joint co-ordinator at Worcestershire Parent and Carers` Community (WPCC). My work role is shared with Sue Evans our other co-ordinator.
We have worked at the charity for nearly 6 years, three of those years as joint co-ordinators.
We have a small team of three who, in total work 32 hours a week, although we do many more hours as volunteers.
This role involves planning activities for our families, one to one support, attending meetings that will benefit our charity and our members, fundraising, and a hundred and one other jobs that it takes to run a small charity.
The charity was founded in 2006 by a small but passionate group of parents who had a child with a disability or additional need as they had found that there was nothing in the Worcestershire area that supported them as a family.
In 2008 they had registered with The Charity Commission and now over 11 years later we have around 220 families registered with us from across Worcestershire.
Worcestershire Parent and Carers’ Community (WPCC) is a Worcestershire based charity providing support and resources to nearly 220 families throughout the county who have a child with a disability or additional needs. We provide family based short breaks and activity days, ensuring that families who have a child with additional needs are able to enjoy quality time together within their community, having new, exciting experiences, and creating lasting memories.
We also provide a network of support to parent carers including training and workshops in areas of interest and need, as well as coffee mornings and 1:1 support. The average costs for providing these services and events is currently up to £3,000 a month; this varies slightly depending on the events and the number of families that attend.
We have a monthly youth group based in Pershore for any young person aged 14-19 with a disability.
All of our events are based Worcestershire, we have been to many local venues where our children and parent carers make friends with other families that are experiencing many of the same issues.
WPCC has an amazing fundraising team, many of whom are themselves parent carers. But as with any small charities, extra support is always welcome.
To access any of our events or training you do need to be a member of WPCC. It is free to join, but there is a small charge for the family events.
Our offices are based at Crossroads Care, Weir Lane, Worcester, WR2 4AY
If you would like more information on either joining the fundraising team, organising a fundraising event for us or to become a member of WPCC please contact Audrey -
Mobile: 07955 688031
Office: 01905 748278