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Recent Developments at HPCN

You may be aware that Hampshire Parent Carer Network has been undergoing a period of change recently. We want to let you know that the charity is very much still here, and continues to be the lead organisation for parent carer participation in Hampshire. We’d like to update you on the current situation our priorities over the coming months.

To enable us to refocus on our priorities on Parent Participation and engagement, we have undergone a restructure and we will be recruiting a Participation Manager with the appropriate experience to help us achieve our goals and objectives.

We are looking to end the lease on our office to reduce overheads, so the new role will be a home based one and we will continue to use community venues for meetings.

In the meantime, we will be supported by The Rose Road Association, who have a good understanding of Hampshire and much experience in supporting Parent Carer Forums. This will allow us to continue day-to-day operations, complete grant monitoring and to prepare grant applications. Jo Maxwell Heron, an HPCN Parent Rep and Family Services Programme Manager at Rose Road will be leading this work. We are setting up a Memorandum of Understanding which will set out how we will work together.

We’re Recruiting

We are currently recruiting two new trustees to replace Nicky Valmas and Juliet Annesley-Gamester, who have stepped down and whom we thank for their commitment to the charity. Our Chair, Anne Edward, will remain in post to support the completion of audited accounts for 2018/19, but will be looking to step away thereafter due to work commitments.

If you are interesting in applying for the role of Participation Manager you can find the job advert here APPLICATION FORM. The closing date is 24 May 2019.

Our Focus

Our ongoing focus will be on participation, communication to and from parents and our input to the co-production workstreams at Hampshire County Council and with Health Authorities. We will be looking to set up a parental steering committee to inform and lead this work. If you would be interested in joining or finding out more about the steering group, please do get in touch.

You can reach us by email participation@hpcn.org.uk or go to the GET INVOLVED page and complete the MEMBER SIGN UP form.