FACE-2-FACE West Sussex
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.
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.