This year the event is about empowering Parent Carers

FVS Annual Event – ‘Empowering Parent Carers’ at Leatherhead Leisure Centre, KT22 9BL

on Friday 24th November, 10am – 3pm (DOORS OPEN AT 9AM AND FIRST SPEAKER IS AT 10AM)

Book your place using this link: FVS Annual Event Tickets

The full programe for the day will include the following:

  • 9am – 10am – Marketplace* open
  • 10am – 11am – Keynote speaker and Q&As (Clare Truman )
  • 11am – 11.15am – Coffee Break
  • 11.15am – 12.15am – SOS!SEN workshop (Tribunal updates – fully booked with waiting list)
  • 11.15am – 12.15pm – Panel** (Q&A with key members of the Additional Needs & Disabilities Partnership)
  • 12.15pm – 1.30pm – Lunch
  • 1.00pm – 2.00pm – SOS!SEN workshop (EBSNA & EOTAS – fully booked with waiting list)
  • 2.00pm – 3.00pm – SOS!SEN workshop (Appealing an EHCP  – fully booked with waiting list)
  • 1.30pm – 3.00pm – Breakout Tables (with members of the Additional Needs & Disabilities Partnership)
  • 3.00pm CLOSE

*Marketplace tables

We have the following organisations and individuals taking a table in our marketplace:-

Action for Carers, Additional Needs and Disabilities Transformation SCC, All Age Autism Strategy, ATLAS, Jan Griffin (FASD), Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity,, NAS, Send Advice Surrey, SOS!SEN, Local Offer, Synergy Holistic Healing and Surrey Choices

SOS!SEN workshops

We are allocating one place only per parent carer on the workshops, but if you are interested in more than one, we will be running a waiting list.  If the workshop is not full, we will then allocate spaces to those on the waiting list.


There will be a panel Q&A discussion at 11.15am – 12.15pm.

Sitting on the panel we have the following:-

  • Rachael Wardell – Executive Director – Children, Families and Lifelong Learning
  • Liz Mills – Director for Education and lifelong learning,
  • Julia Katherine – Assistant Director Inclusion and Additional Needs NE
  • Liz Bone – End to End review
  • Eamonn Gilbert – Short Breaks
  • Mark Keiller – Alternative Provision
  • Jenny Brickell – Social Care
  • Kathrine Everett – PFA
  • Carol Savedra – Early Years
  • Kerry Clarke – EMWBH/ND

Breakout Tables

There will be 9 breakout tables for the session which will run from 1.30pm – 3.00pm.

These will be as follows:-

Early Years, EHCPs, Transport, FVS Trustees, Surrey County Council Leadership Team, PfA (social care & education), Mindworks, Social Care and Health

These will be run for sessions of 10 minutes and then an alarm will ring, and it is time to move onto the next table.  This is to accommodate as many parent carers in as many areas as possible.


We will be providing a buffet lunch for all attendees.  This will be in the form of platters of sandwiches, fruit, crisps, tea, coffee, juice and water.  There will be a break in proceedings for lunch (12.15pm – 1.30pm) to enable everyone to choose some lunch and mingle for a short while.

Meet your FVS Borough Coordinator

As part of the event, we wanted to let you know that we will be hosting a ‘coffee and chat’ area (located in the FVS Borough Coordinator corner of the main hall) for parent carers to meet and talk to others on the same journey as them and meet our Borough Coordinators, we hope that you will join us there.