Meet Your Local Champions

Olivia King-Boateng

Olivia King-Boateng

CEO, Founder & Community Champion

I am a parent of a young person with Down’s Syndrome and Autism. I am a trained Parent Ambassador, Engagement Consultant and chief executive of SNC. I was one of the founding members of the DfE funded parent carer forum for Harrow called Harrow Parent Forum (formerly, Harrow Parents 4 Disabled Children, which was formed out of the Aiming High for Disabled Children initiative in 2008). I was the Steering Group Chair from 2010-2015 and the Secretary from 2017-2020. Parent carer forums across the country are part of the Nation Network of Parent Carer Forums (NNPCF), which is a powerful force in promoting the participation of parents and carers in the decision-making process which involves policies and services for and involving children and young people from 0-25 years of age.

My son, Joseph, who is now 18, has Down’s Syndrome, Autism and severe learning disabilities. He is passionate about music and drama, cooking and sports. Although he experiences a lot of challenges, he is quite simply his own person and assertive to boot. Joseph attends an independent special school and accesses various specialist play provision outside school where he interacts with his peers with learning disabilities. We are both well known in the community, him for his effervescent personality; and me for my community work and simply being his mum!

I am passionate about the SEND community, providing information and support for parents, working with professionals and other SEND organisations. I am also an entrepreneur and run several other businesses of my own. For enquiries on other projects, please email: info@oliviakingboateng.com Visit my website: www.oliviakingboateng.com

For enquiries about Special Needs Community CIC, please email: olivia@specialneedscommunity.org.uk

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Shukri Wais

Hello, my name is Shukri, I am a mum of an 11 year old son with ASD. I am from Somalia. I am an accountant and a director of Special Needs Community (SNC). I am also a Community Champion and interested in helping parents, especially from Somalia. You can share your experience of having a child with special educational needs or disability (SEND) I can provide information about what is available on the Local Offer and where to go to for support. You can ask me about the Short Breaks (respite), which includes playschemes and afterschool clubs. I can also tell you about how you can get the Max Card, which a special needs discount card, for your family to use at lots of different places such as Legoland, Alton Towers, and Thorpe Park.

You can contact me at Shukri@specialneedscommunity.org.uk

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Michelle Johnson

Michelle Johnson

Hello, my name is Michelle Johnson. I am a mum of two young children. My son, aged 6, has ADHD/Autism. I have been inspired to work with SNC, for a few years now. I received a lot of support during a difficult time fighting to access social care provision for my son. SNC has helped our family understand and navigate the SEND system to the stage where we were awarded the appropriate level of provision to enable my son and my family to cope with his condition.

My Knowledge and Expertise

I am a trained Drama Therapist and a youth worker and qualified as a General Nurse. I have worked with all areas and ages of the community as a Drama Therapist.  I have also worked in General nursing and paediatrics.  I am currently working as a Drama Therapist Supervisor and as a Drama Therapist.

I was inspired to become a Community Champion because of what I have learnt on my journey. I now live in Harrow. I hope to support other families across London and improve their quality of life in the same way our family has been greatly supported. I can provide information and support on various aspects of your special educational needs and disability journey. As a foster carer, I am particularly knowledgeable about the foster care system and would be able to help you liaise with key professionals to access appropriate support and provision for your family in any borough of London and Greater London.

My Other Projects.

I am passionate about supporting my community and also working on a project to create a centre where vulnerable people can go to receive support in difficult times, called The Healing Centre. The Healing Centre will have localised mini hubs in each borough around the country called the Caring and Community Hub (CCH). I am working with various professionals, stakeholders, and agencies to create the first one based at Harrow. I welcome other passionate community volunteers to share in my vision and help me make this happen. Please contact me for further information at thehealingcentre2020@gmail.com.

For support to find information and services in Harrow, please contact me at: michelle@snclondon.co.uk

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Randhir Singh

Randhir Singh

Hi my name is Randhir, Iam an IT engineer, and I wish to share details and ideas to parents so each kid could achieve their maxium potential. My motto is Happy Parents-Happy Kids, so as parents, we first we need to be happy😊

I can help parents understand conversations in Hindi, and help translate from English to Hindi and vice versa.

Email: Randir@snlondon.co.uk

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