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Jo-Anne Barber

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£2,120raised of £2,000 target by 13 supporters

Weʼre raising £2,000 to Help people living with special needs. To give clear guidance and to bring together families who are living with a special needs experience

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On 21st January 2016 I was informed my daughter had been placed on the Special Needs Register. I will never forget the date, it was my birthday, I collected Mia from wrap around, told her we were going home to get changed and going out for our tea.

Mia told me there was a letter for me in her bag. I just thought it would be about another school trip or a “donation day” at school. We arrived home, Mia ran upstairs and I opened her school bag. There was a letter, just folded up, not in an envelope. I started reading the letter, I didn’t take it in, I didn’t understand it. I read it again, thinking “was I reading it wrong”. At no point in the past had I been informed that Mia had even been assessed or that there was a possibility that Mia had these problems listed on the letter. I broke down. I was shaking from head to toe, I was alone with Mia and had no-one to ask “what does this mean”.

Of course the birthday tea was out of the question now!. I telephoned my parents and explained the letter. Of course, their first initial reaction was I had received the letter by mistake, but it had Mia’s name on. They arrived 30 minutes later and read the letter themselves, in dismay. We knew Mia struggled with certain things in school but had no idea that this was to be the diagnosis, especially as there was no forewarning that this was a possibility. By now I was angry as well as upset.

By 9.20am the next morning I was in a meeting with the schools SENCO. It was admitted that the process and handling of the matter had been dealt with incorrectly – I could have ranted and raved but this wouldn’t change what and how it had happened. I moved on realising that the important thing now was to get Mia the help and support she needed.

I must also say that since the initial mishandling of the matter Mia’s school has been outstanding at providing the necessary for her, and making Mia’s school life happy and enjoyable, how it should be for any child, no matter what their abilities are.

But, one day I realised that as a parent of a child with special needs I was also in need of help. I wanted to know who and where I could go to for information, advice, someone who would listen to me on a tough day and know themselves what I was going through and what I was having to deal with and how I had to cope with it alone.

Our children can struggle with school work, such as reading, writing, math and with motor skills, such as fastening their coat, using a knife and fork, riding a bike – all what we think are easy, normal everyday tasks. Children with special needs react so differently and you never know when their reaction can “flair” up. We think that going to the doctors, the dentist, the hairdressers is just a normal everyday activity but to them it’s not. They can be frightened, nervous and their reaction can be overwhelming. Parents require help, information, advice and in creating this website I am hoping to bring help and information together.

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  • Jo-Anne Barber11 months ago
    Jo-Anne Barber

    Jo-Anne Barber

    11 months ago

    Good morning all on this beautiful day. A big heartfelt thank you for your generous donations on my first ever event, Prosecco on ice. We had a fab day and the support has been phenomenal. Donations are now in excess of £1700, via sponor form and justgiving page. As a thank you for your support, all who have donated are going into a draw to win a bottle of champagne. Mia will pull out the lucky winners name on thursday 19th july. Good luck

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  • Dianne Johnston

    Dianne Johnston

    Sep 19, 2018

    Keep going my friend, you can do it xx


  • Abbie Davison

    Abbie Davison

    Sep 17, 2018



  • Bev & Rob Armstrong

    Bev & Rob Armstrong

    Jul 25, 2018

    Hi Jo, this is a matter close to home for us good luck. Much love Bev and Rob Armstrong.


  • Michelle  Carson

    Michelle Carson

    Jul 11, 2018


  • Ray Todd

    Ray Todd

    Jul 10, 2018

    Life's tough enough as it is. Good luck with your fundraising for a worthy cause.


  • Mark Knopfler

    Mark Knopfler

    Jul 8, 2018


  • Anna Smith

    Anna Smith

    Jul 7, 2018

    Sorry we couldn't be there in person Jo. Love to you and Mia xx 😘😘


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