Reduced funding means some changes to services at Amaze
We are sorry to share that Amaze is having to cut back in a few areas of our service delivery, due to not getting all our funding agreed.
Firstly, as our National Lottery Community Fund funding was not renewed for our work with young people with SEND, we have had to slightly reduce the number of Amazing Futures groups we run in East Sussex and Brighton & Hove. We have also paused production of our e-zine newsletter for young people and are currently unable to recruit for new intern positions, which are usually central to the project. We know how important our Amazing Futures services are to young people, so we are doing all we can to maintain the rest of the service. This is thanks to funding we already get from East Sussex County Council, Sussex Learning Network and Children in Need, and a small Covid grant from Brighton & Hove City Council. We are also using some of our reserves in the short term.
However, there is still a big gap in our budget, so we are working hard on a new bid to the Lottery and in bids to other funders in the hope that we can increase our support again soon. Please bear with the Amazing Futures staff team (Claire, Sue, Liam, Amy and Jade) as they have all had their working hours reduced – hopefully temporarily – until further funding is secured and hours reinstated.
Secondly, we have had a reduction to our nationally provided Information, Advice and Support Programme (IASP) funding towards our SENDIASS services. As this service was already massively oversubscribed, this means parents are having to wait longer to receive a call back from our Advice Line. We currently have over 100 people waiting for a call back, so please bear with us if you are one of them – we will get to you soon. Also, we are now only able to offer more intense casework to parents who have literacy difficulties, or English not as a first language. We know how important it is for families to be able to access high quality, impartial information, advice and support, so we are trying to offer essential advice to as many people as we can, as swiftly as possible. We are very sorry that we can’t offer in depth casework to more individuals at this time. Rest assured our remaining staff are working as hard and as fast as they can.
We thank you for your understanding and ongoing support to Amaze during these challenging times.