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Could you befriend another parent of a child with SEND in East Sussex?

Our Face 2 Face project is all about parent carers using their experience and insight to help others who are just starting out on their journey as the parent of a child with additional needs, or going through particular challenges.

Could you be one of our volunteer befrienders in East Sussex? We’d offer you full training in the autumn and carefully match you with another family who has similar experiences and needs advice and support.

Need more info? We asked Kelly, one of our befrienders in Brighton & Hove, to tell us why she became a befriender and what it’s like.

I genuinely enjoy every minute of my role as a befriender.

When I saw Amaze were advertising for befrienders, I thought it was such a great service that I never knew existed and I wanted to get involved. I became a befriender because I knew what it was like to be in a very lonely, dark place, feeling totally lost, trying to take everything in when your child has just been diagnosed with a disability.

The befriending training was such an amazing experience, meeting other parents who had also gone through the heartache of their child being diagnosed.  We all just gelled.  For the first time I did not have to feel embarrassed or worry I might make people feel uncomfortable when talking about my own experiences with my incredibly unique daughter. As a befriender I give other parents emotional support and I am there to listen to all their concerns and feelings, empower them to challenge decisions and seek further information from the fantastic Amaze team.

I would totally recommend being a befriender as it is so rewarding. This service has helped so many families and I have seen first-hand what a huge difference it makes to families lives. I’m proud to be a part of it.

If you think you might like to be a befriender or just find out more, email debbie@amazesussex.org.uk. Or visit our page about Face 2 Face befriending.

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