North East Lincolnshire Parent Participation Forum
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Marie Fitzgerald – NELPPF Chair

I have been a member of the Parent Participation Forum since 2008 and for the past four years I have been the Chairperson. Within this stance I have become a part of the North East Lincolnshire Carers Centre tendering process, the Advocacy tender under the Care Act and a member of the interview panel for the Managing Directors vacancy within Focus, which was given to Joe Warner. I am involved in a lot of carers groups and forums, including the Carers Forum which I have been in for six years and I am now currently Vice-Chair. In this role I represent parent carers and adult carers who care for the mentally ill. I have an excellent professional relationship with Nicola McVeigh, the Service Lead for Care and Independence.

As well as a parent carer, I am also a carer for my partner who is mentally ill. I have personal links with Navigo as I receive support from the Navigo Carers group and my partner also receives support medically and mentally. I am now a Navigo Elected Community Representative in which I ensure the voice of people who use services are listened to. I have been in crisis five times as a carer and I have watched on as Section 136 of the Mental Health Act as become a part of my life.

I have been a member of the Enter & View deployment team within Healthwatch who observe and represent the 160,000 members of North East Lincolnshire to enable the most vulnerable and isolated within society are given a voice within all areas of their care and dignity. I am now an Executive Board Member for Healthwatch.

I have worked alongside many agencies to represent parents who are mentally ill, so their voices can be heard when they cannot communicate their wishes for their child’s education.
I have created the Parent Carer Assessment under the Children and Families Act for North East Lincolnshire Council. I have attended the SEND Tribunal as a parent to appeal my child’s Education Health Care Plan decision when it was rejected.

Latest from NELPFF


17 hours ago

North East Lincs Parent Participation Forum


What a fantastic day to be part of our special school! Our KS3 learners having been planning an Enterprise Day over the past 4 weeks and what they delivered in aid of raising money for charity was truly inspirational! 👌🏻

They planned and delivered these great activities throughout the day:-

🌟Jamie’s Carwash

🌟Sienna & Leon’s Pizzeria Cafe

🌟Reagan’s Raffle

🌟Robert Street Card Factory & raffle

🌟Matthew’s Tombola

🌟Sophie’s Hair Salon

🌟Splash the managers

🌟Orchard Bake off cake 🧁 sale 😊

🌟Charlie’s Charity penalty shootout ⚽️

It was great to see not only our learners excelling in socialising with their peers and adults but the amount of parents who came to support our group of superstars! 😊👌🏻

Thank you to everyone that attending, bought items and the amazing company’s that donated prizes for the raffle, together we raised...???


Wow and congratulations is all I can say to everyone involved, please take a bow 🙇‍♂️ 🙇‍♀️





Again thank you to:

Assisi Hair
Barneys Cafe
The Globe Cleethorpes
Gallagher's Cafe and Cakery
Magical Memories
Joanne Sellers
Inner Beauty Scartho. Lolajaine MUA
Laceby Manor Resort
Leonardos Pizza

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