Yvonne Newbold lives in South London, and is the mother of three children with disabilities, who also had to face long-term life-threatening serious illnesses. She knows how hard things can be for families like hers, and how much easier everything could be if small low-cost or no-cost shifts in culture and thinking could be adopted by everyone working within our Education, Health and Social Care Public Services.
She is passionate about working with professionals to enable them to adopt partnership working practices, so that parents are included and given an equal voice in any decision-making process regarding their children. Her vision is that kindness and compassion should be at the very core of all our statutory services, and that we prioritise humanity above the systems and processes which dominate the landscape of our Public Sector services.
Yvonne speaks at conferences, facilitates workshops and seminars, and works with both families and the professionals to help make things better for the next generation of children with disabilities, SEN, Autism or serious illnesses.
She has written for numerous publications including The Observer, The Independent on Sunday, The Guardian, SEN Magazine, Care to Share Magazine and national organisations including Scope, The Children’s Trust, Contact-a-Family and NHS England. Yvonne also writes a blog on her website mainly on disability, health, education and social care topics.
If you’d like to find out more about Yvonne, you can follow her on Twitter @SpParentsHbook, or visit her Special Parent’s Handbook Facebook Page, or connect with her on Linkedin.
Yvonne is also having on-going treatment for metastatic Stage 4 Breast Cancer, and you can read about how she copes with living with cancer on her other blog called Coke Floats & Chemo.
When she isn’t writing, speaking, undergoing cancer treatment or being a mum, Yvonne loves theatre, spending time with friends and family, good food and great company.