Our main focus is in bringing parents and carers who support a disabled son or daughter together, to support each other. The feeling that you are not alone and others are in the same boat as you can be an immense sense of relief.
PIN visits parents and carers in their homes across Dumfries and Galloway. We connect families in similar situations and localities and enable them to set up their own ‘support network'. We organise informal get-togethers around the region that may be in a cosy hotel room, a pub or a café.
During school breaks, we organise family days where we book a venue for the use of our members and invite the whole family along, such as Dalscone Play Centre and Kirroughtree Forest Centre. Parents tell us what a relief it is to allow their child to play without fearing the ‘tuts' and looks of disapproval from others.
PIN provides valuable training and information on the various issues of concern that trouble parents, such as:
- Understanding and managing your child's behaviour
- Effective communication with schools
- How to produce a communication passport
- The use of power-of-attorney and guardianship
We also send out a regular newsletter letting members know of forthcoming PIN events as well as any other information, both local and national, that is relevant to supporting people with disabilities.
We provide opportunities for parents and carers to take part in relevant consultations and we provide the statutory agencies with vital feedback on how families are actually experiencing life with a disabled son or daughter.
We have two part-time coordinators, one in the east of the region and one in the west, who deal with connecting families and the day-to-day running and on-going development of PIN.