After attending a Partners in Policymaking course, Michelle
Parry from Blackpool found the confidence to make a real difference
to families in her community.
Michelle's 17-year-old son Liam has learning difficulties,
dyspraxia and uncontrolled epilepsy. After struggling to find
the information and support she needed for Liam, she was determined
to make things easier for others and so she set up her own website
"Over my 17 years of being a parent, I have always wanted a
website, magazine or drop-in centre that would house all the
information I needed in one place. So instead of wanting one,
I am now doing one," said Michelle.
The website gives people information and advice about personal
budgets and support available in the Blackpool area.
"Taking part in the Partners course really made me see things
differently. I came away feeling motivated and empowered,
believing that I actually could make a difference," continued
"It's completely changed how I approach things and the
relationship that I have with the council. Instead of being
angry and frustrated about what wasn't happening I now look to
refocus that energy in a more productive way and look at what I can
do to help change things."
Michelle is now also actively involved with Blackpool Council
helping to shape how they implement personalisation and is
considering further training to enable her to help families with
their support planning.
So far Michelle's website as had 1350 hits and she's hoping that
it will continue to evolve and grow as more people find out about
it and get involved.
Find out more about Partners in Policymaking.