Pinpoint is the Parent Carer Forum for Cambridgeshire. We support parent carers of children and young people aged 0 -25 years with additional needs or disabilities. As a parent carer forum, we enable the Local Authority to fulfil its statutory requirement to listen, engage and work together with parent carers for the benefit of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and their families.
- Provides information and signposts parents and carers to the services best suited to help them with their child’s needs.
- Engages and empowers parent carers by running free events, workshops and training, including an annual conference, and helps them ask for the services their children need.
- Works with statutory services as both a partner and critical friend; they both fund and provide support and services and Pinpoint ensures parents’ voices are heard and that parents help to shape services.
Formed in 2008 we were initially hosted within another charity. We have been an independent Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) since 2014, known as Pinpoint Cambridgeshire (1156920).
Each year we produce an Annual Report:
Working with parents around the county
We are based in St Ives and work across Cambridgeshire.
What our parents say ...
“These meetings feel like a real lifeline and when everything feels like such a battle to cope and get the help we need for our little one it is so helpful to have somewhere to come where everyone understands! I always go away inspired and ready to try new things !”
Thank you for all the hard work you’ve put in and Information you’ve provided over the past sessions I’ve attended. Pinpoint is such a great service and one of the few providers that “get” our children.
“The meeting was really helpful and everyone at Pinpoint was very welcoming, supportive and listened- such a difference when you feel alone in this process!”
Great to listen to other parents.
Really good to find support and assistance at this stage, as I feel like I’m in the dark.
I come to meetings to find out how to help my son – I feel the knowledge I have gained has helped settle him into the school environment.
This is a great service!
I have attended Pinpoint events for quite a few years now and have found the information very helpful and it has also enabled me to point other people in the right direction.
Pinpoint meetings are in sensible locations and provide really high quality speakers and resources.
Pinpoint have always been very helpful with and queries/problems that parents have. More recently, the help and support given to parents with home to school transport issues had been very useful and has helped parents achieve a positive outcome.
I think it’s important for professionals to hear parents’ opinions.
Many thanks for an excellent meeting – well run, good quality attendees who listened! Very helpful, on many levels.
Excellent range of specialists available to listen, and answers questions, good location, good to meet other parents.
The 2017 Pinpoint Conference was very empowering, a celebration of what parents can achieve.