Empowering families of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities

FACE-2-FACE West Sussex


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Face-2-Face training befrienders receiving their course certificates, Crawley - November 2019

Reaching Families are working with long-standing partners Amaze, to establish a new peer based befriending service in West Sussex for families of children who are undergoing or have recently undergone diagnosis.

Face-2-Face West Sussex provides emotional and practical support to parent-carers. The service is delivered by a team of volunteer befrienders who are all parents of children with additional needs. They have intensive training, undergo DBS checks and are given ongoing supervision. Initially the coordinator sets up a home visit and parents are matched with a befriender. The project is based on a successful Face-2-Face service delivered by Amaze in Brighton & Hove.

Face-2-Face is currently being piloted in Worthing and Crawley but will eventually be available to parent-carers across West Sussex. If you are interested in participating in the project either as a befriender or would benefit from using the service please contact Reaching Families' Face-2-Face Project Co-ordinator, Rachel Fielding on 07535 386687, or via email.

Outreach Volunteers

Like many small charities Reaching Families has a small team of staff who need help in maximising the number of families we can support across West Sussex. In particular we would really benefit from support with the following:

  • Providing help to parents and staff at our Umbrellas Support Groups
  • Promoting our work at various community events
  • Representing Reaching Families at groups in your local area
  • Distributing information to pre-schools, GP surgeries and other community venues

If you are interested in any of these opportunities please contact Rachel Fielding using the contact details given above.

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Face-2-Face training befrienders receiving their course certificates, Worthing - May 2019

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