Rutland Rotaract Family Support Centre
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Meet the Team
Meet the Team
The Trustees are all volunteers with a personal or professional interest in the work of Rutland Rotaract Family Support Centre in Oakham, England
“I have been involved with the RRFSC from when it first begun.
I worked as a children's physiotherapist for 25 years. I have also been a Riding for the Disabled coach for many years which is why I take the lead with the RRFSC riding activity.
The importance of giving children with special needs the chance to access activities which they may not be able to do in a main stream setting and the achievements I have witnessed over the years is what has kept me involved with the charity.”
”I am a Trustee and Committee Member of the RRFSC and have been since the Charity was established in the late 1990’s. Within my role as Committee Member I also support the Treasurer with day to day finance related activities.
I first became involved with the Family Centre when the youngest of my three children was identified as a young person with complex needs. I I have a good understanding of the benefits of the activities, events and work of the organisation having experienced them myself.
Working alongside families and young people I am at ease with difficult situations and I also hope that others can embrace the opportunities offered to our young people that they might not otherwise have access to.
On a personal note I have a career background in HR although now work within an education based finance team and in my spare time I enjoy the great outdoors, particularly walking the dog, running and Pilates.”
“My involvement with the Family Centre goes back to the beginning when, as a member of Rutland Rotaract, I was part of the group who fundraised to set it up. Little did I know that many years later I would have a daughter that would benefit hugely from the services it and The Parks School provided.
Having seen the work RRFSC does first hand I was honoured to be offered the position of Treasurer where, using the skills and experience of 30 years in banking and managing various charities' finances, I can help to ensure that the Family Centre is still here in many years time supporting children and families when required.”
“I have a long history with the Rutland Rotaract Family Support Centre going right back to its beginning when I was a member of the steering committee.
I have four adult children, the youngest two being twins, one of whom, has Down’s syndrome. After attending the Opportunity Group, for families with children under 5 with additional needs, I eventually took over the running of it with a friend and former Treasurer of the Family Centre. This group is still going strong under new leadership and is now known as Sunflowers.
I and another parent went on to start a youth club for young people with additional needs which were handed over to the Aiming High Team, now named Youth Chaos before moving on (initially with some financial support from the Family Centre) to create Rutland Conquerors Inclusive Basketball where I am the manager/chair.
I believe every opportunity should be given to those with additional needs and their families to achieve their goals and this is exactly what we trustees of the Family Centre are all equally passionate about.”
“I moved into Rutland in October 2005 becoming a committee member of the Family Center a few years later and trustee in 2016 helping to support families behind the scenes to participate in various activities provided.
I have two young men, one of which has Down's syndrome, autism, learning disability, very limited speech and uses a communication aid along with sign language to communicate his needs.
I have experience in working with children with SEND as I was a Teaching Assistant and a Higher Level Teaching Assistant. I also have experience of working in partnership with other agencies such as the local authority and health officials.
I am one of Carers UK's Local Awareness Volunteer and a Healthwatch Rutland Board member promoting the needs of carers in and around Rutland and as a Trustee of the Family Centre I can continue helping to support the needs of the whole family, especially the needs of carers.”
“I have been a committee member and a trustee of the RRFSC for many years, dating back to the original Parks School, which my son attended from the age of four to seven.
My family is quite large and the dynamics very complex. As a result of my circumstances, I like to believe that I am able to help the parents and carers of autistic children in the County.
My other interest is to support those children and young adults, and their families, where the young person may be either fostered or subject to a Special Guardianship Order.
My professional career, over five decades, has always been in education, specifically mathematics and sport, within Rutland.”
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“I am a father to three children. My middle child has autism with moderate learning difficulties and goes to an out of county school. I work at the Leicester Royal Infirmary as a consultant and Honorary Professor in familial cancer.
I aim to work with the Aiming High team and the County Council and the Family Centre to improve access to services. I love singing and will sing at every opportunity I get!”
“I am the father of a very extraordinary young man who ...... has Down's syndrome and I couldn't be prouder to have him as my son.
I joined the RRFSC committee several years ago to try and support other families in similar situations to my own by helping the committee to continue providing activities and services to meet the whole family's needs.”
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All our staff are self-employed but provide essential support to RRFSC in delivering its services.
“I have a long connection with RRFSC as I was involved with fundraising when it first began. I have three adult daughters, one of whom has a rare genetic syndrome and uses a wheelchair.
My professional background is in special needs education and I am SEND governor at a local primary school.
I continue to be involved with RRFSC because I believe that children and young people should have equality of opportunity and, as a parent carer myself, I know how important it is for families to feel supported by people who understand their issues.”
Ben is an experienced Level 2 qualified swimming instructor who joined RRFSC in 2017 to teach both beginners and more experienced swimmers.
Ben is also a qualified fitness instructor at Catmose Sports Centre and works along support staff helping members to achieve their goals and fully benefit from their membership.
We work closely with our partners in Rutland, who attend our committee meetings.
The Aiming High team at Rutland County Council have managed children/young people with disabilities and their families in Rutland since 2010.
They are committed to supporting families in many ways, including improving access to short breaks, providing support networks, improving access to childcare, working with other organisations to improve services, increasing parent participation and developing appropriate services for the future.
The Short Breaks scheme provide opportunities for disabled children to spend time away from their primary carers and provide parents/carers with a valuable break away from their responsibilities to re-charge their batteries. A short break ranges from an hour at an activity to a weekend away.
The aims of the Short Breaks Scheme is to meet the individual needs and interests of children and young people who require additional support to either access or engage in leisure activities (also referred to as "short breaks").
Rutland Parent Carer Voice aka RPCV are a group of dedicated parents and carers of children aged from 0-25 with a disability or special educational need who live in Rutland.
They volunteer their time and are committed to help improve the quality of the lives of families dealing with all kinds of disabilities and additional needs.
Their forum is the official voice representing all of Rutland's parents and carers.
They work alongside Rutland County Council, health professionals, and education organisations. This ensures that the services that Rutland County Council plans and delivers meet the needs of disabled children and their families.
RPCV aim to promote parent participation, providing the opportunity to talk about and make positive changes to the service our children receive in Rutland.
Special Educational Needs and Disability Information Advice and Support Service Rutland is a service that offers free, confidential and impartial information, advice and support to:
- Parents and carers of young people aged 0-25 with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) who are concerned about their child/young person’s educational progress
- Children and young people aged 0-25 with SEND who are concerned about the educational progress they are making or the support they are receiving
- School support and special educational provision
- Education, Health and Care Needs Assessments and Plans
- Local policy, practice and the Local Offer
- Social care and health in relation to a young person’s SEND
- Helping you to understand complex documents and reports
- Listening to your views and concerns and supporting you to clarify your thoughts
- Supporting you to complete paperwork
- Putting you in touch with relevant agencies
- Attending meetings with you to ensure your views are heard