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About Oxfordshire Family Support Network

Oxfordshire Family Support Network (OxFSN) is a not-for-profit organisation run by and for family carers of people with learning disabilities – both children and adults. Oxfordshire Family Support Network (OXFSN) was set up in 2007 by family carers who wanted to use their experience to help others in the same situation, based on our belief that family carers are experts by their lived experience.


It’s G’s Birthday today. He’s 25 years old. It hardly seems possible that he can be 25 years old. He came to stay with me yesterday. I like him to wake up here on his special day and so far, … Continue reading

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Decluttering, chargers and memories

I’m trying to sell my house. It’s a lovely house. It needs some work to be fair but it’s priced (I think and hope) to reflect that. It’s been my family home for almost 22 years and I love it. … Continue reading

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Family Champions & Cake

Since January this year we (OxFSN) have been running a course for family carers of children and adults with learning disabilities. The course was called ‘Creating Family Champions’ and the aim was to work with families to help them better … Continue reading

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Saying Sorry

I had an amazing weekend with some good friends recently. They brought their kids with them. Gorgeous little kids they were too! I love having kids in the house, it’s been a long time. And, another bonus to having G … Continue reading

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’16 years old-restrained, handcuffed and detained’ – Why we need the LBBill and we need it NOW!

I met Lisa Perry over a year ago when running a course with Dimensions UK (in partnership with OxFSN) about employing your own staff. Like lots of parents Lisa was looking to the future. Recognising her then 15 year old … Continue reading

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All in this together?

Councillors in Oxfordshire will vote tomorrow (9th Dec) on whether they should have a 19% increase in their allowances despite facing a £11m budget ‘black hole’ ….yep! 19%…I kid you not! As someone who works for a small charity in Oxfordshire, … Continue reading

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Love, Empathy and Understanding

A child dying is every parent’s nightmare. Knowing someone who has lost a child is a relatively rare experience for most people but I’ve been to far too many of my friends children’s funerals over the years of being Mum … Continue reading

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Truly, Madly, Deeply

About 6 weeks  ago I watched Truly, Madly, Deeply – it’s one of my favourite films. It’s a film that hasn’t been on TV for a long time so I bought the DVD (it was bloody expensive, but I thought … Continue reading

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“Sometimes you get angels” – what a good support worker looks like

Many years ago a friend of mine said “Sometimes you get angels”. She was referring to those people who come into your life and support your kids. People who just get it – people who go the extra mile. Sara … Continue reading

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David Starkey, Justice for LB & Me #107days

I wanted to do something for the #107 days campaign because apart from the collective outrage that has been so evident it’s restored my faith in humanity. The sense of positivity it has produced is infectious, heart warming and gives … Continue reading

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