Empowering families of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities
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Reaching Families delivers a wide range of high quality training workshops and courses designed to inform and empower parent-carers in West Sussex. Most of our training is delivered online via Zoom as parent-carers tell us this is the most accessible way to participate. Please see below for our latest workshops and courses, all of which are FREE. You do not need to be a member to attend. All of our training can be booked via Eventbrite. We recommend booking early as all sessions are highly popular and sell out very quickly.

Spring Term (2nd half) Training Timetable

We are delighted to present our new training timetable for the Spring second half-term 2024. As well as our one off workshops will be repeating our popular training course, THE SEND FOUNDATION COURSE designed to help parents get a grounding in all things SEND.

Summer Training Workshops

Making Sense of Universal Credit
This informative workshop for parents and carers will look at all aspects of this key benefit including criteria, application and allowances. It will also include information to support young adults applying in their own right.
Wednesday 22nd May - 7.30 pm via Zoom


Understanding Autism in Girls
Learn about the ways Autism presents differently in girls and how it can impact your daughter in the home, school and wider community. Exploring strategies to support your child and sharing information on local resources that are available to you.
Wednesday 5th June - 7.30 pm via Zoom


Making Sense of Wellbeing – Understanding and building resilience
This workshop aims to help parents and carers understand what resilience is and identify ways in which they can increase their ability to cope with stress and life's challenges and demands.
Tuesday 11th June - 10.30 am via Zoom


Understanding Sensory Processing Differences
Find out about different sensory processing differences in each of the eight sensory systems and learn about ways to help your child/young person.
Thursday 13th June - 10:00 am via Zoom


Making Sense of Sleep
During this workshop we will look at what is sleep and identify the types of difficulties that some children experience, exploring ideas and strategies to help improve your child’s sleep.
Tuesday 25th June - 10:30 am via Zoom


Making Sense of Education Health Care Needs Assessments and Plans
This workshop provides an overview of the EHC needs assessment and what a good EHCP should contain, including requesting an assessment and reviewing an existing plan.
Friday 28th June - 10.30 am via Zoom


Making Sense of Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
This workshop is for parents and carers of young adults aged 15 years+ covering how to apply for PIP, the various rates, understanding how decisions are made, tips for making a strong claim and appealing a decision.
Thursday 4th July - 7.30 pm via Zoom


Understanding Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
This workshop aims to help parents and carers gain an understanding of ADHD in children and young people and its impact on behaviour, relationships and day-to-day life.
Wednesday 10th July - 10.30 am via Zoom


Making Sense of Adult Life – Supporting Adolescents (11 years+)
This workshop looks at various aspects of adolescence in young people with SEND, what should we expect and how we can help them through this period of transition to adulthood. Covering topics including puberty, relationships, managing emotions and social skills.
Wednesday 10th July - 7.30 pm via Zoom


Understanding Demand Avoidance
This workshop aims to help parents and carers gain an understanding of demand avoidance in children and young people. We will look at the demand avoidant profile and explore strategies for supporting your child.
Friday 12th July - 10.30 am via Zoom


All workshops are via Zoom


How to book

To book a place on one of our workshops please click on the individual links above or visit our Eventbrite page (click the logo).

If you have any difficulty booking a place or would like any further information, please contact us on 01903 366360 or via email.

The SEND Foundation Course

This course has been designed to provide an introduction to all the key issues and challenges common to parents and carers. It aims to empower parents of children who are undergoing or have recently undergone diagnosis but it will be helpful to any parents who would like to learn more about how SEND processes work.

3-part Course Online
Wednesdays 12th, 19th and 26th March - 7.30 pm via Zoom

If you have any queries regarding the course or the booking please email us at admin@reachingfamilies.org.uk.

Commission Us

Reaching Families are also available to deliver tailor made training to suit the particular needs of schools, parent support groups, other charities, etc. If your group would like training on a specific subject we can manage and deliver this for you including sourcing and commissioning trainers, marketing, administration, booking venues, organising catering and refreshments, follow up evaluation, etc. If you would like to discuss training for your school or group please contact our Operations Manager, Donna Manwill, for an informal discussion of your requirements.

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