Since its inception Amaze has been parent-led, innovative in its approach and recognised locally and nationally as an example of good practice and excellence. More recently, our direct work with young people with a wide range of additional needs has begun to have a significant impact.
Generation Amaze – 20 years working with families with disabled children
Our charity turned 20 in 2017 and, as part of the celebrations, we produced this film highlighting our work with families of disabled children and young people in Brighton and Hove over two decades. Parents speak movingly of the huge impact our services and support have had on their lives.
You can read more parent’s stories on the impact we’ve had on their lives.
We have grown significantly since 1997: our staff team has quadrupled, we have accumulated a wealth of experience managing numerous short and long term projects, our income has increased four fold and our core services are well established and secure.
Each year we produce a report that summarises the impact we have had on the lives of families with disabled children and young people. See our latest Impact Report below.
Download our latest Amaze Impact Report 2017
And you can read our Strategic Business Plan for 2015-18
- December – National contract manager of our Independent Support service was quoted: “Amaze apply extraordinarily high standards.”
- November – East Sussex commissioner was quoted: “Amaze has injected new energy into the SENDIASS service.”
- September – began delivering the SEND Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) in East Sussex – providing information, advice and support to parent carers and young people with SEND
- April – Amaze launches Amazing Futures project providing peer support to young people with additional needs in Brighton and Hove.
- September – Amaze is awarded the PQASSO Quality Mark (at Level 2) by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations. The PQASSO Quality Mark is a nationally recognised award offering external checking and reassurance about the quality and credibility of small charitable organisations.
- July – The joint Ofsted & CQC local area inspection for Brighton and Hove found that: “the local advocacy and support organisations, known as Amaze, and the Parents and Carers Council (PaCC), provide a particularly valued service to support families. They have strongly influenced the local area to improve services for families, for example in the development of a disability register by Amaze and commissioned by the local authority that is used by services to improve provision.”
- September – Amaze awarded contract to manage the children’s disability register and associated Compasss discount leisure card scheme for West Sussex
- Amaze achieves its Simple Quality Protects GOLD award in recognition of its attention to safeguarding children and young people, with particular strengths demonstrated like “excellent and robust induction process and continuous improvement plan for staff and volunteers”
July – Amaze wins government contracts to provide ‘Independent Support’ to parents of children and young people with SEN and disabilities in both Brighton and Hove and West Sussex. (we subsequently won the contract to deliver this service in East Sussex from September 2016). This programme offers support to parent carers and/or young people who are going through the assessment and EHC planning process.
- March – Amaze named as one of ten GSK IMPACT* Award winners for 2014 from over 400 charities all over the country who applied for this flagship UK community investment programme. Amaze’s award was in recognition of the work it does to improve the health and wellbeing of parent carers and their families in Brighton and Hove.