Parent support groups and befriending

Amaze Face 2 Face offers peer support to parent carers through regular social groups, workshops, events and one to one befriending.

See our Events page for a full list of upcoming groups.

About Face 2 Face groups

Face 2 Face groups bring parent carers together. We have a range of online and in person groups that offer a way to connect with others, share ideas and mutual support. Sometimes there are themed sessions, speakers or events. Once parents get in touch we can link them to a group quickly. They can join in as much or as little as they choose. Face 2 Face workers and volunteers make sure all our groups are safe and friendly

Brighton & Hove groups

Find out more about all our parent carer support groups for families in Brighton & Hove.

East Sussex groups

Find out more about all our parent carer support groups for families in East Sussex.

One to one befriending

Face 2 Face befriending offers one-to-one peer support for parents who need a more individual connection.

Befriending is delivered by a team of volunteers, all parents of children with additional needs, who receive intensive training and ongoing supervision.

A Face 2 Face project worker will carry out an initial telephone assessment with new parents and explain more about the service we offer.  Following this, eligible parents will be matched to one of our befrienders who will continue to support them flexibly for up to six months.  This might range from weekly to fortnightly visits or just keeping in touch via phone, text or email. It may not be possible to match parents to a befriender straight away, in which case parents will be held on a waiting list and a member of the Face 2 Face team will keep in contact every few weeks.

For more information contact Marie Baker via [email protected] or on 07484 051755.

Be a volunteer befriender

Are you a parent carer? Do you have the knowledge and experience to support other parents? If so, why not become a Face 2 Face volunteer befriender? Find out more about becoming a volunteer befriender

Other local parent carer support groups

There are groups for parents of children with any disability and some groups for children with specific disabilities such as autism or Down syndrome.  

Find out about local parent carer support groups on your Local Offer or Family Information Service or Community Directory. 

Brighton & Hove’s Inclusion Support Service (BHISS) runs regular coffee mornings for parents of children with autism and in East Sussex, CLASS+ (part of the Communication, Learning and Autism Support Service) runs regular coffee mornings for parents of 5-16 year olds with autism. Get details of CLASS+ coffee mornings and services on the CLASS+ Facebook page or on Education East Sussex’s Facebook page. 

The local parent carer forums in your area may also run their own groups or events where parent carers can get together to find out about specific topics or just have a cuppa.  Brighton & Hove’s Parent Carers’ Council (PaCC) runs regular coffee mornings in Moulsecoomb, Hangleton & Knoll and Whitehawk. Find out more from: