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Heroes of 2021: Coralie Cross, Lincs Parent Carer Forum

Leo Jones

‘Heroes of 2021’ is IMPOWER’s annual end of year celebration, acknowledging the fantastic individuals and teams we have worked with this year. We are inspired by the passion and commitment of all our partners to deliver better outcomes for their citizens, but IMPOWER colleagues have nominated clients who have particularly stood out to them this year. 

Nominated by: Leo Jones, Director

Coralie is Chair of the Lincolnshire Parent Carer Forum (LPCF), and the parent of a child with a disability. We have worked with Coralie since early 2019, and she has been a huge positive force for change in the special education needs and disabilities (SEND) system in Lincolnshire.

Decision making around High Needs is often emotive, and can be confusing for parents who are trying to navigate the system and get the best possible support for their children. Having the support of other parents is essential, and this is why Parent Carer Forums are so important. Lincolnshire County Council and the Parent Carer Forum have a fantastic working relationship, and this helps to ensure that parents are genuinely involved in the planning of services in the county.

The relationship between local authorities and parents and carers can often become strained, particularly when changes to services are needed. Coralie has worked hard to build and maintain that relationship, and gives up so much of her time to represent the views of her fellow parents and carers tirelessly and effectively. Working alongside a capable and engaged team of volunteers at LPCF, she has ensured that parents and carers have a voice in every decision that is made in the county about support for children with SEND. This has meant that changes and improvements have not only demonstrably had impact, but have been shaped and owned by parents themselves.

We have appreciated Coralie’s advice and support throughout our work in Lincolnshire, and we know that parents in the county are lucky to have her representing them – she is truly one of our Heroes of 2021.

Written by

Leo Jones

Director, IMPOWER

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