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Support Bristol Parent Carers petition for Bristol City Council to fund Short Breaks Transport Scheme!

Short Breaks Transport Scheme

Dear parent carers, friends and support organisations,

The summer holiday's upon us! But we at BPC have not stopped trying to find more funding for our (beloved) Let's Go: Bristol! Short Breaks Transport Scheme that has helped so many families with SEND children access days out, short breaks and holidays for the last two years.

Yesterday we addressed the Place Scrutiny Panel (who fund Community Transport in Bristol) about our scheme, and we were very well received! In fact, they've asked for various reports and pieces of info to be circulated to every Bristol City Councillor!

Councillor Deb Joffe has invited us to the full Council meeting on Tuesday 21st July next week, where she will ask "Will the Mayor and Council work to find funds for this incredibly vital service?" and then let us deliver a statement with supporting signatures attached.

Here's What We Need You To Do Please...

ONE: We need your signatures! 

If you are someone who:-

·  has a child/young person with SEND and has used the scheme

·  has a child/young person with SEND and would like to use the scheme in the future

·  thinks this scheme is a valuable and important way of supporting families with disabled children in Bristol

Please click here to sign this petition by Monday 20th July.


We don't have long to get all of this information together before Tuesday 21st July, so please, please don't put it off - sign the petition now!


TWO: Tell Everyone You Know...

Please share this petition with everyone you know by: email, Facebook and Twitter.

Let them know how important you think the Let's Go: Bristol! scheme is for children/young people (0-25 years) with SEND in Bristol. This is YOUR scheme for YOUR days out with YOUR families - it's time to make some noise!


THREE: Turn up on Tuesday Evening...

It would be brilliant if anyone who has a bit of time on Tuesday 21st July could come along to the evening Council meeting to show support in person. You're welcome to bring your children along, too. The Public Forum begins at 6pm, and you're welcome to leave as soon as we've done our turn - we'd love to see you there if you can make it! It's being held in the Passenger Shed, by Temple Meads Station and you don't have to stay for the whole meeting.

We're hoping our petition will go far and wide, but especially attract a lot of signatures to show how important it is to our families and our friends on Tuesday when we address the City Council - please help us!

Thanks very much for your support!

Lou Paget and Caroline Temple-Bird,
Parent Carer Volunteers


Read here for our Information, Advice and Support helpline over the summer holidays 

Supportive Parents Helpline is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am to 2pm during term time. We operate a reduced service in the school holidays.

If you need information, advice or support during the summer break you can either

• Call our helpline on 0117 989 7725 and leave us a message on the answerphone

• Use the "contact us" facility on our website

• Email us at

Our Information, Advice and Support helpline will be open again on Wednesday 2nd September 2015 from 10am. and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.


Kingswood Parent Support Group Tuesday 14th July from 7:30pm

Eryl Daniels, Vulnerable Groups Team Leader, is coming to talk to us on the topic "What does good Practice look like in school?" with discussion to follow.

It is a chance for us, the parents whose children may have benefited from her support over the years, to say "thank you" and good bye. There will be cake.

I do hope you can make it.

We would also like to share any tips and hints you may have for managing the summer holidays whether you have toddlers or teens.

Join us from 7:30pm.

With best wishes

Kathryn and Sara


Portishead Parent Support Group on Thursday 9th July at 7pm

Supportive Parents next Parent/Carer drop in support group will be taking place on Thursday 9th July 7-9pm, at St Barnabas Childrens Centre, Portishead, BS20 6LN,  This will be the last meeting of the academic year and what a year! Come and join us celebrate 'surviving' this year of SEND changes.......


South Glos Support Group 

Thank you all who came to support group last night, our discussions strayed far from moving on and moving up! We covered everything from priority access to boarding a 'plane to reasonable adjustments that enabled a highly anxious student to access education!