Photo collage created by warrior mum Jo Worgan.

Welcome to Warrior Mums, a collection of family journeys from parents of children/adults with special needs. Some of our mums are advocates or established campaigners, we also have a midwife, two nurses, four teachers, two solicitors and a GP....
Their stories have been a learning curve for parents and professionals alike.

Over the last two years families of vulnerable people have had to adapt to so many government cuts and heartless new policies, that it’s taken its toll on all of us. This blog has given parents the opportunity to share their experience. Some, like myself, have social workers who will do all that’s within their power (and limited resources) to make our lives easier, and there are families that have benefitted from great professional support and guidance. Other families, sadly, have had no such support. They’ve been lied about and deceived, blamed for their child's 'problems' by some who have no understanding of the disability. Facts about their family life have been distorted and manipulated into many untruths, making parents painfully aware as they drag themselves from one assessment to the next, that their reputation probably precedes them. They feel judged, disrespected and ganged up on, so sharing their story in Warrior Mums puts their truth out there for all to read.


Warrior Mums

To read individual stories please click on links below or links down right-hand side of blog and scroll down page.

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27 March 2014

Introduction to Warrior Mums

Thank you from Jan Tregelles

As Chief executive of the Royal Mencap Society, and also as a mum, I have the utmost respect for parents and carers, many of whom sacrifice a huge amount, but also gain a huge amount of joy and insight, from caring for loved ones with a learning disability.

Family is at the heart of the Royal Mencap Society. We were founded in 1946 by Judy Fryd, mother of a child with a learning disability and, 65 years later, family continues to be at the heart of everything we do.

We are honoured that Mencap has been chosen as the beneficiary of this book. We are also humbled by these amazingly brave women who have shared their stories so powerfully. It is only by harnessing the love, positivity and hope of all the people with a learning disability and their families that we will be able to change things.

In your name, and in the name of all people with a learning disability and their families, Mencap will continue to fight to ensure that everyone has the freedom to live a life without fear and without limit,

Thank you,


Jan Tregelles, Chief executive, Royal Mencap Society

Say it with photos –

"OMG I'm in a book!" The smiling face of warrior mum Justine Bailey

Wendy Hirst

Hayley Golenioska

Emma Murphy

Sandy Costall

Lesley Chan

Jane Raca

Clair Carbold

Justine Bailey

Julia Donal


Jo Worgan

And not forgetting our guest international Mums..

Jen Anderson
Mari Nosal

A special tribute to Australian Mum Marie Greening Zidan.. The Wonderful Mother She Was..

Other blog posts about Warrior Mums book Release

Hayley @Downsideup

Justine Bailey

Wendy Hirst at

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