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*Suffolk Parent Carer Network (SPCN)

Coronavirus Support

Covid-19 / Coronavirus information pack for families

Families have told SPCN that the Covid-19 outbreak is a really worrying time for them and they have asked for resources to help them talk to their children and young people about it as well as needing strategies to support their mental health and emotional wellbeing.  Working with SENsational families in Norfolk and education, health and care services, SPCN have produced an information and resource pack for families that is available to download or be posted out in a printed format.  

Family support page and pack

SPCN have also created a page on their website dedicated to parent carer support and this includes a regularly updated SPCN support pack containing local and national support organisations and online resources for parents and carers is available to download or be posted out in a printed format. 

Support page

Online resources

SPCN have put together a mix of free online resources to help keep children and young people occupied at home over the coming weeks.

Peer-to-peer support

SPCN are providing peer-to-peer support if parents and carers need someone to talk to, or if they or their child/young person are struggling or if they have specific questions about where/how to access other support. They are signposting any health-related issues regarding Coronavirus to official sources.  Parent and carers can contact SPCN by emailing admin@spcn.org.uk, private messaging on their social media @suffolkpcn or calling them on 07341 126455.

Family Support boxes

The SPCN team are sending out family support boxes for children/young people with any additional need and/or disability, (diagnosed or not) and their siblings and also contain information for parents and carers about how to support children and young people and other support organisations that are available.  These boxes are personised to each family and can contain a range of items.  They are available free to any parent / carer / guardian / foster carers who are members of SPCN and they simply have to email admin@spcn.org.uk with the request.  SPCN are accepting new members who will then be able to ask for the free family support box.

  • Colouring/puzzle books for children and young people
  • Colouring books for adults
  • Stress balls
  • Pots of bubbles
  • Sensory bags



We are asking people across Suffolk to knit or crochet hearts for us. Two of these need to be identical so that one can be given to the patient or resident and the other sent to their family, in turn helping bring them together despite the circumstances.

We would like to reach every care home in Suffolk so need as many hearts as possible. Knitting and crocheting can have a positive effect on anxiety and mental health, so the project is a good opportunity to help you look after your own wellbeing. It could also give you the perfect chance to teach yourself or your loved ones how to knit.

You can find the templates here:  https://spcn.org.uk/parent-carer-support/hearts-for-care-homes-3/

The hearts should measure approximately 7cm x 7cm and can be sent to: Suffolk Parent Carer Network, 69 Woodbridge Road East, Ipswich IP4 5QL

If you have any questions please email admin@spcn.org.uk or phone 07341 126455 www.spcn.org.uk

General Details

Suffolk Parent Carer Network (SPCN) is a group of parents and carers of children with additional needs and/or disabilities who work with education, health and care services to make sure the services they plan and deliver are fit for purpose and meet the needs of children, young people and their families across Suffolk.

We have a management board of parent and carer volunteers who lead this work and who actively seek out the experiences and views of parents and carers across Suffolk to make sure we know what is important to them.  We aim to give parents and carers a collective voice and use our experience, knowledge and feedback from families to help commissioners and providers plan and develop the quality, range and accessibility of services families use. 

Through participation and co-production, we are working to create a culture across all services which places the needs of families at the centre of decision making.

A series of Training, Events and Mental Health Conferences this year for parents, carers and professionals.

Who to contact

James Nunn
SPCN Admin Team
07341 126455
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Virtual Office - Brightspace
160 Hadleigh Road

Where to go

Area served
All Suffolk

SPCN cover the whole of Suffolk

Other details

Age Groups
Pre-school, 16-25 years, Children (5-11), Young people

Anyone who lives in Suffolk who is or has been a parent, carer, grandparent, foster parent or guardian that cares for a child or young person aged between 0-25 with additional needs and/or disabilities, or someone with a professional interest in the provision these children and young people need.  We do not limit our members to children and young people with a particular need.  Your child or young person could have a number of issues from Autism to Down’s Syndrome.  Your child or young person does not have to have any kind of diagnosis for you to be a member of SPCN.

Service users involved in planning
We facilitate two–way communication between parents and carers and services and we work to provide feedback on services, offer constructive challenge to current services and have input into decision making and planning for future service provision
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Experience of including people with special educational needs and disabilities

SPCN will be a well informed, connected and empowered community of families of children and young people with disabilities or additional needs, offering support to each other and working in partnership with service providers to create quality services that meet the needs of these families.

Members of Suffolk Parent Carer Network will work collectively for all families, respect each other’s views & make best use of one another’s skills & resources.

We aim to provide opportunities for parent carers to influence the decisions that affect their families and to contribute to developing services that meet the needs of their children and young people.


SPCN Admin Team
Current Projects including SEND
Conditions Supported
Autistic spectrum conditions
Communication difficulties
Health conditions
Learning difficulties
Mental health conditions
Physical disabilities
Sensory impairments

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