Welcome to the Parent Advocacy Network

Welcome to the Ashbrow Parents Advocacy Network, where our commitment to empowering parents and advocating for the well-being of every child forms the cornerstone of our mission. In the heart of Ashbrow, we recognise the profound impact that engaged and informed parents can have on the educational, professional, and personal journey of their children. Our network is a dedicated platform that unites parents, caregivers, educators, and the public sector in a collective effort to ensure every child’s potential is nurtured and supported.

Supporting Parents Throughout Their Child's Journey

The Ashbrow Parents Advocacy Network (APAN) recognises the many challenges parents face in supporting their children’s education and well-being. APAN offers a dedicated network of parent advocates who provide guidance and support across various areas.

  • School Navigators: APAN advocates support families with children in infant, secondary schools, and colleges.
  • Addressing Concerns: Advocates offer guidance on issues such as exclusion, teacher-parent-child relationships, discrimination, and curriculum queries.
  • Empowering Parents: APAN acts as a bridge between families and the school system. Advocates ensure parents understand the school culture and empower them to effectively advocate for their children’s needs.
  • Promoting Positive Communication: APAN’s approach fosters positive communication between families, schools, and the wider community, promoting a supportive learning environment for all.
  • Recognising Faith: APAN acknowledges the importance of respecting individual faith and religious beliefs, understanding how these beliefs influence parenting methods and shape student values.
  • Collaborative Partnerships: Advocates works collaboratively with organisations like the West Yorkshire Police Kirklees Division to address institutional racism and historical issues within the community. This fosters trust and promotes a more inclusive approach to public safety.
  • Supporting Family Stability: APAN recognises the impact of external factors like the cost of living, social media, and societal pressures on families.
  • Preventative Measures: APAN strives to equip parents with tools to navigate these challenges and mitigate potential risks such as substance use, gang affiliation, or mental health issues.
  • Local Ward Concerns: Advocates for APAN include Ward Councillors representing Individuals and communities within Ashbrow. These advocates can support existing policy and influence policy changes with the support of council officers
  • Holistic Approach: APAN acknowledges the importance of mental health alongside physical health. They recognise the challenges young people face and offer support in managing stress, anxiety, and overall wellbeing.
  • Signposting and Support: Advocates can connect parents and adolescents with relevant organisations and clinicians for ongoing mental health support.
  • Advocacy for SEN Students: APAN supports parents of children with special educational needs (SEN).
  • Referral Assistance: APAN can assist with referrals for professional assessments and connect families with Special Educational Needs Coordinators (SENCOs) to ensure their child receives the appropriate support for learning and development.

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The Crosland Moor Bread and Butter Thing 9 Months & 1 Award Later

Nine months ago we did a video about The Bread and Butter Thing (TBBT) and the opening of their new Crosland Moor hub. Since our visit, TBBT's work has been ...recognised by the community, after receiving an award from the Mayor of Kirklees.

TBBT offers a week's worth of food, including fresh fruit and veg, chilled food for the fridge, and cupboard staples such as pasta and cereal, for a fraction of the price.

The project gets its supplies from the stuff you hear about in the news going to waste: it comes from supermarkets, factories, and farms. Surplus food is good food; it's not anything about to go off or past its date.

There is no joining criteria to sign up, and anyone can sign up without long-term commitments.
TBBT is open every Thursday at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

To find out more about The Bread and Butter Thing, how to get involved, and to find a van near you, visit: https://www.breadandbutterthing.org/

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Get to Know Ashbrow Ward

Ashbrow is one of the most ethnically diverse wards in Kirklees where the White British population accounts for more than half the population.

According to population estimates, around 20,000 people live within Ashbrow Ward, making it the third-highest populated ward in Huddersfield after Greenhead and Dalton.

The ward covers Ashbrow, Brackenhall, Bradley, Deighton, Fixby, Netheroyd Hill, Sheepridge, Cowcliffe

To learn more about Ashbrow, check out our dedicated Newsdesk!

We want to hear from YOU!

The Ashbrow Parents Advocacy Network is always on the lookout for new members and volunteers. If you have a passion for parenthood and supporting your local community, we want to hear from you!

If you have an update you’d like to share, get in touch.

If you’re interested in volunteering or becoming a member of APAN, please follow the link below, answer a few simple questions, and a member of our team will be in touch!

Become an APAN member today!

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