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


Stay Connected: e-Bulletin

We hope you are coping okay in these uncertain times. As well as our frequently updated FAQs providing links to a wide range of information, services and support, we would like to provide you with a regular e-bulletin with links and articles to relevant information at this time and details of what we have coming up each week.  Please see links below for more.

Free school meals

Families with children eligible for free school meals in England will be able to claim weekly shopping vouchers worth £15 a week per child while schools are closed.

West Sussex helpline 

Find help for vulnerable people or volunteer to support others during the pandemic.

Government strategy for disabled people

Information on government strategies to support disabled people through this challenging time.

Guidance on children and young people's mental health

From Public Health England, guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

Self employed

Claim a grant if you're self-employed or a member of a partnership and have lost income due to coronavirus.

Benefits and tax credits

The government has announced that reviews and reassessments for disability benefits are being suspended for the next three months.

Grants for charities

The Charities Aid Foundation have launched a fund to help smaller charitable organisations affected by the impact of Covid-19.

And finally...

A group of dancers with Down's syndrome have carried on performing via video-link after the coronavirus stopped them seeing each other in person.

We hope you found some of the above helpful. If you come across any articles or resources that would be worth including in our next e-bulletin, do please let us know.

Coming up next week

Live Chat on Making Sense of Anxiety in Children During Coronavirus

2pm, 7th April
Live on Reaching Families Facebook group

Umbrellas Video Conferencing

2pm, 8th April
Email: hannah@reachingfamilies.org.uk

Reaching Families: Coronavirus Action Plan

Owing to the Coronavirus pandemic Reaching Families has cancelled its programme of activities for the summer term. This includes all of our support groups, training workshops, Face -2- Face befriending and group counselling. Once the current lockdown has been lifted we will look to restart all of the above work as soon as possible.

However, Reaching Families is not closing during the Coronavirus pandemic, in fact we expect to be busier than ever. The times we so suddenly find ourselves in requires us to reinvent how the organisation works, to use technology and creativity to reach families in need, to find new ways of ensuring parents and families stay connected. With that in mind we have developed a Coronavirus Action Plan that will ensure we can still deliver key service during these difficult times. Please see the accompanying poster for the broad outline of our plan. For more detailed information please visit our Stay Connected page.

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Co-op Local Community Fund

Reaching Families has been chosen by the Co-op Local Community Fund to be one of their charity partners for 2020. Co-op members can choose to support Reaching Families every time they purchase Co-op branded goods, 1% of which you can opt to be donated to our charity. If you are not a Co-op member but would like to join please use the following link: https://coop.co.uk/membership.

Click on the logo below to view our Co-op Community Fund page:


Co-op Local Community Fund