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LATEST – Amaze statement on Coronavirus 17.03.20

In order to protect you, our staff, and volunteers, Amaze is following the government advice and cancelling all face to face work and supporting our staff to work from home.

Please bear with us as Amaze and PaCC employ a large number of parents and carers who will be affected if schools are shut or they or their children need to self-isolate. But we know many families with children and young people with additional needs might be feeling especially anxious or vulnerable at this time so we will do our absolute best to help you as soon as we can.

Helpline

We recognise that the Amaze Helpline will become ever more vital to families with children and young people with SEND, if the availability of other services reduce, so we will be redeploying some staff to help keep our SENDIASS helpline open, offering information, advice and support on 01273 772289 or sendiass@amazesussex.org.uk. Please also explore our website. It has lots of useful information and resources for parent carers and young people with SEND.

Groups, workshops and courses

Amaze’s support groups, workshops and training will not be running until further notice. We will be investigating other options for virtual/digital training such as using webinars in the coming weeks. We also encourage parents and carers to continue to come together virtually using existing Facebook Groups e.g. in Brighton and Hove the Dad’s Group, F2F Breakfast Club, and PaCC, in East Sussex iContact and Impact and the more general Amaze group.

Casework appointments

Amaze will also try to continue to provide some casework appointments (SENDIASS, Looking Forward, Disability Living Allowance /Personal Independence Payment) but these will be provided virtually, online or over the phone.

If you have a specific question about one of our services, please email info@amazesussex.org.uk.

For further information please see:

BRIGHTON & HOVE Coronavirus FAQs for parents of children and young people with SEND

EAST SUSSEX Coronavirus FAQs for parents of children and young people with SEND

Or see the Healthwatch information for your area:

Brighton & Hove: https://www.healthwatchbrightonandhove.co.uk/newsflash/coronavirus-update-4-march-2020/

East Sussex: https://healthwatcheastsussex.co.uk/news/information-on-coronavirus/ 

West Sussex: https://www.healthwatchwestsussex.co.uk/advice-and-information/2020-03-03/information-coronavirus

 

 

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