About Us

Meeting of Minds 

 

Our Background

Meeting of Minds was initially formed in 2015 by a small group of like minded and passionate mothers who were struggling to find support in the local community and answers from professional agencies when trying to tackle the challenges of raising a child with additional and complex needs. We gained official charity status in 2016. 

 

Since then we are proud that our dedication, hard work and reputation has grown from strength to strength every year in our local area and we have managed to create and nurture a much needed support network for families and carers with children who have additional and complex needs.  

We are continually striving to spread the word about our ethos, provide more access to key professionals and agencies, more events to educate and inform and more opportunities to connect with others in similar situations. 

We are very thankful to all the local individuals, businesses and other charities who have shown us support throughout our journey so far and continue to generously donate to our cause. 

Our Philosophy

 C A R E 

C - CONNECT

With the help of coffee and cake we gather every few weeks in various locations to meet with similar families. We socialise, chat, share stories and strategies for living well with our children. 

A- ACCESS

Once a year we facilitate an opportunity for parents and carers to meet and feedback to key professionals that represent the various services our children use: Education, CAMHS, Social Work, NHS and others. 

R - RELAX

We regularly run various fun and inclusive activities for our children: dance, golf, badminton, swimming and arts with lots more to come.

E - EDUCATE

Meeting of Minds offers parents, carers and siblings events that help to "tool up" for the journey ahead, from mindfulness workshops to presentations by practicing experts in medicine, psychology and psychiatry.

Borders ASN Parent Carer Forum (NEW FOR 2020!)

 

Meeting of Minds and Borders Additional Needs Group SCIO partnership, have created

 Borders ASN Parent Carer Forum.


 Supported by Berwickshire Association for Voluntary Service (BAVS) are pleased to announce funding of £7,500.00 from National Lottery Supporting Communities Funding. 

Borders ASN Parent Carer Forum will use the 6 month funding to provide additional support for Parents Carers living in Scottish Borders. Meeting of Minds in partnership with Borders Additional Needs Group will develop coordinated regional support for ASN Parent Carers. The project enables both charities within the partnership to build on their existing support services and offer a robust, parent centred framework for ASN families and children within the Sottish Borders. We will promote the voice, representation and Parent Carers and ASN families, identify gaps in services and build support based on the needs of Parent Carers and ASN families.

 

We aim to: 

  • Have a dedicated ASN Families Website to allow families to access information in one dedicated space with the function to post information to families without facilities to do this.

  • The aim is to build on partnership with national organisations and local support services and make information accessible

  • Employ part time lead worker and part time coordinator to manage the volume of enquires, maintain the essential links into local and national decision makers

  • Launch a dedicated Peer support telephone support line and recruit peer to peer volunteers

  • Engage with Parent Carers and build online webinar and workshops with local and national organisations

  • Disseminate essential information to ASN Parent Carers on support services ie financial, food parcels, food vouchers, heating and all essential needs of ASN families

  • In addition to this we will continue to build knowledge and voice to ASN Parent Carers In Scottish Borders

This project allows us to connect ASN Parent Carers in Scottish Borders, the funding will allows MofM and BANG to work in partnership in a new Forum, reach more ASN families and provide them with support and information, connecting ASN families in each locality and create tailored locality groups of support with a regional voice.


We will develop one point of contact for all ASN Parent Carers and families, supporting the streamlining of national and local information, making access to information easier. The ASN partnership Forum will map out areas of need and design targeted support in regional areas depending on need ,linked to regional voice of ASN Parent Carers.

For further information please contact :
 Lauren Hamilton Meeting of Minds: laurenhamilton100@googlemail.com OR
Pauline Grigor CEO Borders Additional Needs Group: pauline@bang-org.com

Confidentiality is of course very important to us and our all our members and committee appreciate and respect that anything said within our group isn’t repeated.

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© 2019 by Meeting of Minds ~ Charity No: SC047048