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Amaze’s new online coronavirus resource

20th May 2020

There’s a brand new section all about coronavirus and SEND on our website which aims to answer all your questions about education, health and wellbeing, social care, safety, money and more during the pandemic. There’s also a section just for young people. Visit our Coronavirus advice and support section Our SENDIASS and Comms staff developed...

Amaze services now offering online support

14th May 2020

Due to the recent Covid-19 pandemic, we’ve had to be creative with how we can continue to provide our support services during this time, that’s why we’re now offering online sessions with our various projects. Take a look below to see if you’d like to get involved in any of the sessions. Amaze online support...

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Local response to government’s proposed reopening of schools

13th May 2020

We know you will all be anxious and wanting to know more detail following the government’s recent announcements about the potential reopening of schools but we know all schools are planning how it can happen in safe and fair way. In Brighton & Hove, Amaze understands that Jo Lyons (Brighton & Hove Assistant Director, Families,...

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Brighton & Hove and East Sussex councils reach out to parent carers around temporary changes to SEND law

8th May 2020

You may have heard in the news last week that the government has made some temporary changes to the law in relation to local authorities’ duties regarding Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan processes for the duration of the Covid-19 crisis. In light of these changes, both Brighton & Hove and East Sussex County Councils...

Lockdown – what’s happening to education, employment and training for young people?

7th May 2020

Many young people are worrying about how the Covid-19 lockdown will affect their education, employment and training. Lots of parent carers are too! Here at Amaze we believe that it is vital for young people’s wellbeing that you continue to think about the future and to make plans for the end of lockdown. The Amaze...

Sussex teen ‘Trumpet Boy’ releases lockdown single in aid of Amaze

6th May 2020

A Brighton schoolboy has written and recorded a song about lockdown, on wide release, with all proceeds going to Amaze! Arthur Ward, 13, has already raised over £500 for us with his uplifting live trumpet performances in Hanover (where he is now a lockdown legend amongst residents) as well as reaching people live on Instagram (@trumpet_b0y).  This...

Parent Carers’ Experiences of COVID-19

1st May 2020

Thank you to all the parent carers who managed to complete our latest survey. This ran from 17-24th April and aimed to get a snapshot of some of the key challenges facing families with children and young people with SEND during this CV-19 crisis, and what support you most need.   We have shared these findings with...

Brighton & Hove Council thank you letter to SEND families

30th April 2020

As lockdown continues, Amaze staff and volunteers are hearing many examples of strength, courage and mutual support from the parent carer community across Sussex, so it’s lovely that the current difficulties many are facing are acknowledged in this thank you letter to Brighton and Hove families: 2020 04 29 Letter to Parents and Carers [PDF 104KB]

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COVID 19 Parent Carer Survey

16th April 2020

Amaze and your local parent carer forums (PACC and ESPCF) want to find out how the coronavirus crisis is affecting families. If you are an East Sussex or Brighton & Hove parent we would be very grateful if you can find time to complete this survey. We will use what you say to prioritise what...

LATEST – Amaze services during coronavirus/COVID-19

16th April 2020

Amaze is doing all it can to keep services going in some form during coronavirus/COVID-19, but things may be a bit slower than usual. This is because both Amaze and PaCC employ a large number of parents and carers who are being affected by school closures, or by sickness and self-isolation. We are finding different...

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Exercise and your child with SEND during lock-down

10th April 2020

We know the lockdown is difficult for many of us but it can be exceptionally hard if you have a child with an additional need who doesn’t understand social distancing, or wants to be outside more than once per day. Your child might: Need to be able to exercise away from familiar people as they...

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Easter update: opening hours and helpful resources

9th April 2020

Amaze services will be closed over the Easter weekend (Friday 10th April to Monday 13th April). If you’re starting to get cabin fever and could do with some resources to help you through, we’ve got you covered: Leisure, Learning and Lockdown – Our Compass team has been busy creating and regularly updating their guides for...

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#BigCheerUp for Amaze 

31st March 2020

Need cheering up? Love funny videos? Amaze is hugely excited to be launching #BigCheerUp with some of the UK’s best-loved comedy names, to support our Amaz-ing community of children with special educational needs and disabilities.  Take a look at our launch video by the fabulous Angela Barnes who also happens to be an Amaze patron. Over the coming weeks, as...

LATEST – Support from BHISS during coronavirus pandemic

30th March 2020

Brighton & Hove Inclusion Support Service (BHISS) have just released the following advice about how their service will operate during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Dear Parent/carers We wanted to contact you to update you on how BHISS can continue to support you and your family during this unusual time. Everyone at the Brighton & Hove Inclusion...

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Amaze creates Community Help Postcard to help vulnerable SEND families during COVID-19 

20th March 2020

Here at Amaze we are looking at creative ways to help local families of children and young people with additional needs during the coronavirus outbreak. Yesterday we launched our Frequently Asked Questions resources, and today we are launching our “AMAZ-ing Community help postcard”.   This is based on the one that has taken off online elsewhere, but ours specifically tries to help families...

Home to school transport latest – BRIGHTON & HOVE

18th March 2020

An update from Brighton & Hove City Council’s Home to School Transport team. The article includes Important info regarding Home to School transport and Covid 19 Information around a commitment to improve provision ahead of September 2020 “Dear parents and carers Firstly, we are aware of the concerns parents and carers have around the coronavirus/...

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Amaze seeks Face2Face Befriending Project Worker

17th March 2020

12 hours per week Salary: Equivalent NJC 21, £24,340 pro rata. Amaze hourly rate £13.37 (based on 35 hours week) Fixed-term to 31st March 2021, with possibility of extension subject to funding Amaze is a Sussex-based charity that supports families with children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Face2Face is our...

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Amaze seeks Data and Performance Manager

11th March 2020

25-30 hours per week (flexible depending on experience and availability) Salary: Equivalent NJC 25-29 £27,698-£30,819 pro rata. Amaze hourly rate £15.22-£16.93 (based on 35 hours week) Fixed-term for 2 years, with likelihood of extension subject to funding Amaze is a Sussex-based charity that supports families with children and young people with special educational needs and...

Opportunities for accessing school until the end of the summer term for Year 11 pupils who have an EHCP

27th February 2020

Brighton and Hove County Council’s Health, SEN & Disability department have issued a position statement regarding opportunities for accessing school until the end of the summer term for Year 11 pupils who have an EHCP. This Position Statement covers funding for Year 11 students to continue with support until the end of the Summer Term. At...

Coronavirus update from Brighton & Hove CC’s Public Health team

26th February 2020

We are pleased to share some updated information on coronavirus, now also referred to COVID-19.  This has been prepared by the Public Health team at Brighton and Hove City Council.  We hope you find this useful. The risk to the general public is ‘moderate’ based on the World Health Organization’s declaration that coronavirus is of international concern. ...

Update for families from Brighton & Hove City Council about the coronavirus

12th February 2020

You may be hearing a lot in the news at the moment about the reported incidents of coronavirus in the city and we understand parents and carers may be especially  anxious and hope the following information will be helpful: Public Health England is the lead organisation responding to the situation. Public Health England is working...

SENDIASS Helpline news

30th January 2020

We’re really excited about two developments for our SENDIASS helpline that we hope will cut the time you have to wait to speak to an adviser. We have a new helpline assistant, Boo Vaughan, who will be contacting people who have left messages to book them a scheduled callback with a trained SENDIASS adviser to...

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Face 2 Face peer befriending launches in East Sussex

28th January 2020

Amaze’s Face 2 Face peer befriending service is launching in East Sussex. Face 2 Face provides emotional support to parents of disabled children during the very early days, around the time of diagnosis. We have a team of trained befrienders who are ready to support parents in most parts of East Sussex, particularly around Crowborough...

Tell us what you think of our Compass Card and DLA/PIP projects!

24th January 2020

Many of you will have a Compass Card or have had some support from us to claim DLA/PIP disability benefits for your child or young person.  Can you help Amaze to continue to improve, and secure future funding for these important projects by filling in one, two or all three of our short surveys! The surveys...

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New Amazingly Active programme launching in Eastbourne

24th January 2020

Amaze is delighted that thanks to a generous grant from the John Jackson Charitable Trust we are now able to offer Amazingly Active – an inclusive healthy exercise programme for young people with additional needs in Eastbourne, as part of our Amazing Futures project. Phase one of this exciting new exercise programme begins in February,...

Brighton & Hove City Council update on Home to School Transport

23rd January 2020

This is the latest update from Brighton & Hove City Council on Home to School Transport: “Dear families, Many parents and carers will be aware that a problem last Thursday 16 January caused disruption to the journeys of eight children to school the following morning. We regret disruption caused very much and have apologised to...

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What now for the national SEND Review?

23rd January 2020

Last autumn it felt like SEND was high on the political agenda nationally. In September 2019, it was five years since the Children and Families Act brought in the current SEND system, including EHC Plans, and there was some honest discussion about whether these reforms had lived up to hopes and expectations. The Education Committee...

East Sussex Parent Carer Forum seeks Chair

21st January 2020

ESPCF is the new forum for parent carers of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in East Sussex. ESPCF’s aim is to ensure that every parent carer in East Sussex feels that their voice, their views and their experiences matter and contribute towards developing and improving services.  We do this...

East Sussex Parent Carer Forum seeks Administrative and Communications Assistant

21st January 2020

ESPCF is the new forum for parent carers of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in East Sussex. ESPCF’s aim is to ensure that every parent carer in East Sussex feels that their voice, their views and their experiences matter and contribute towards developing and improving services.  We do this...

East Sussex Parent Carer Forum seeks Engagement Co-ordinator

21st January 2020

ESPCF is the new forum for parent carers of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in East Sussex. ESPCF’s aim is to ensure that every parent carer in East Sussex feels that their voice, their views and their experiences matter and contribute towards developing and improving services.  We do this...

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The independent review of Brighton and Hove home to school transport is underway

14th January 2020

The Independent Review of Brighton and Hove Home to School Transport is now underway. A team from the Local Government Association will spend the next 3 weeks reviewing relevant documentation and 3 focus groups will take place (dates below) providing an opportunity for parent carers to share their experiences and thoughts. Amaze is supporting PaCC...

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Amaze’s East Sussex AGM a big success

10th January 2020

Amaze’s first ever AGM in East Sussex took place in December at the Lawn Tennis Association in Eastbourne. It was also our first AGM focused on our direct work with young people as we celebrated our first year of Amazing Futures in East Sussex.The peer supporters, interns and group participants from East Sussex took to...

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New Head of SEN Statutory Services for Brighton & Hove

27th November 2019

Welcome to Rhian Hughes who has very recently joined Brighton & Hove City Council as Head of SEN Statutory Services. Rhian has 13 years of experience in SEN management and has worked in four London boroughs. Rhian says “ I am delighted to have joined Brighton & Hove Council as the Head of SEN Statutory...

Latest on Brighton & Hove SEND Strategy

26th November 2019

Work is underway to develop a new Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Strategy for Brighton & Hove, to be launched next year. This strategy will be co-produced with parents and carers and there will ongoing scrutiny to make sure that the strategy is meeting its aims. Discussions with parents, carers and other professionals and...

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Colour Matching really is catching

26th November 2019

We’re delighted to report that our brilliant new Colour Matching is Catching coffee table book is selling like hot cakes – so much so that we’ve ordered another batch in time for all your Christmas stockings – so please order one and help support Amaze this Christmas. The book is hard backed, 230 by 180mm,...

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New ‘Amazine’ e-magazine for young people with SEND launches in the new year

26th November 2019

Amaze is launching an accessible new online magazine for young people with SEND, by young people with SEND. “Amazine” was the idea of young people in our Amazing Futures peer support groups, who’ve been working hard to put together the first edition. The e-magazine is being coordinated by our Student Project Worker, Megan O’Brien, who...

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Parents and schools at inclusion conference

22nd November 2019

This year’s ISEND Inclusion Conference on 19 November broke new ground as it brought parents and school staff together to look at the theme “Working Together for Better Outcomes”. All East Sussex schools were invited to book a place for their SENCO or head and one or two parents from their school to all attend together....

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Independent Review planned for Home to School Transport in Brighton and Hove – PaCC UPDATE

21st November 2019

It was a difficult start to the autumn term for many parents whose children rely on Home to School Transport to get them to and from school. Problems arose following changes in the way Home to School Transport is run which involved a new tender going out to multiple taxi companies with multiple new routes....

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New parent carer forum for East Sussex

18th November 2019

East Sussex Parent Carer Forum (ESPCF) is the new forum for parent carers of children and young people (CYP) with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in East Sussex.  Local parent support groups iContact and ImPACT are working together to set up ESPCF to ensure that every parent carer in East Sussex feels that their...

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‘Colour Matching is Catching’ – new coffee table book in aid of Amaze

7th November 2019

‘Colour Matching is Catching’ is a bright and beautiful coffee table book that celebrates Brighton’s colourful quirkiness, in aid of Amaze. Available now, ‘Colour Matching is Catching’ is stuffed with brilliantly witty pictures of local residents colour-matched to their home, their cars and each other. All proceeds from the sale of the book go to Amaze to...

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New Amaze patrons comedians Joe Wilkinson and Angela Barnes celebrate BIG CHEER success with Amaze

22nd October 2019

New patrons Angela Barnes and Joe Wilkinson are celebrating with Amaze following our BIG CHEER comedy night at Komedia on Thursday 10th october. Amaze’s flagship fundraising event sold out yet again and raised £5,600 for local families with disabled children. Over the last eight years, ‘BIG CHEER for Amaze’ has generated a whopping £70,000! Angela...

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Volunteer peer supporters wanted for our Amazing Futures Brighton groups for young people

22nd October 2019

We’re looking for more young people to join our friendly team of volunteer peer supporters at our Brighton peer support activity groups. Our next training course for new volunteers starts in November. About you You must be aged 18-25 and either have additional needs yourself, or have had experiences that help you understand what it’s like...

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Amaze burglary on Friday 18 October

21st October 2019

As you may have heard, thieves broke down our door on Friday night, and spent some time smashing the locks to every locked filing cabinet and drawer, walking away with hundreds of pounds of laptops and camera equipment. A small amount of petty cash was also taken.  It is thought someone somehow gained access to the...

Brighton & Hove home to school transport – council response to PaCC’s action plan

14th October 2019

Brighton & Hove City Council has published a response to Brighton & Hove PaCC’s emergency action plan on the home to school transport crisis, which was compiled following feedback from the parent carer community. Download the home to school transport briefing from Brighton & Hove City Council [pdf 69kb]. Within this document you will see that several...

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New Parent Carer Forum in East Sussex

11th October 2019

We are pleased to announce a new parent carer forum is being set up in East Sussex. Parent support groups iContact and ImPACT have been awarded a 3-year contract by East Sussex County Council (ESCC) and Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to develop a forum which effectively represents the views and needs of families with children...

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Amaze seeks Communications and Editorial Assistant

10th October 2019

15-20 hours per week (flexible depending on availability) Rate: £12.11 per hour, equivalent to NJC Scale Point 16 4 month contract (with potential to extend) Amaze is an award-winning local charity that gives information, advice and support to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and their families. We are looking...

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Eastbourne office on the move

24th September 2019

Amaze’s Eastbourne office is waving a fond farewell to Highlight House at the end of the month. From Tuesday 1st October, we will be located in a young people friendly space that’s better suited to our needs as we expand: the new YMCA Youth Advice Centre. This new location is only a 10-15 minute walk...

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Join the Union – Amaze’s new group for young autistic people in East Sussex

19th September 2019

Make friends, have fun and be yourself. Our Amazing Future’s project is launching a new community group for 14-25 year olds with ASC in East Sussex – the Young Autistic Union (YAU). The Young Autistic Union is all about empowering young people with autism to have a voice and have an active role in becoming an...

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Amaze seeks two Young People’s Peer Support Interns

9th September 2019

Paid Internship Opportunity Two roles available: in Brighton & Hove and Eastbourne Amaze Young People’s Peer Support Interns 12 hours a week for up to 9 months (in Eastbourne) and for 6 months (in Brighton) with the potential of extending this to a year, funding permitting £9 per hour (based on living wage guidelines)  Watch a...

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Home to school transport issues in Brighton & Hove – update

5th September 2019

[Scroll down for update from Brighton & Hove City Council.] We know that there have been some delays confirming home to school transport (HTST) arrangements, and mistakes made, for some families in Brighton and Hove in receipt of HTST for their child. We know how essential it is for both the child or young person,...

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Face2Face Befriending Training Opportunity in Brighton & Hove starting in September

28th August 2019

Are you the parent of a child with additional needs or disabilities? Do you feel you have knowledge and lived experience that could help support other parents and carers? Would you like to take up a valuable and fulfilling role as an Amaze face to face befriender? Face2Face offers emotional peer support to parents of...

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Amazing Futures in East Sussex want to hear your views!

15th August 2019

Our Amazing Futures project in East Sussex wants to expand and develop a group for young people with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). We’d love to know what you think and your opinions will help to design the project. Please take a few minutes to complete the questionnaire and share with anyone you think may...

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SENDIASS East Sussex volunteers wanted

13th August 2019

Would you like to help parents and young people with SEN and disabilities in East Sussex get the information and advice they need about education, health and social care? Amaze is recruiting now for volunteers to support parents who use our Special Education Needs and Disabilities Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) We are keen...

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Amaze seeks DLA volunteers

25th July 2019

Could you be a DLA volunteer? Amaze are recruiting volunteers to help our families make claims for Disability Living Allowance (DLA). We all need support to do the hard stuff… and DLA claims are tough! We’re looking for volunteers who are warm, approachable and have a non-judgemental attitude. You will be good at listening, enjoy...

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Amaze and PaCC chosen as beneficiary charities by new mayor of Brighton & Hove

9th July 2019

Introducing the new mayor of the city of Brighton & Hove! Congratulations to Councillor Alexandra Phillips, the youngest ever mayor of Brighton & Hove, taking up the ceremonial chains at 33 years old. Amaze and the Parent Carers Council PaCC are delighted to have been chosen as two of the beneficiary charities for her year...

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Amaze seeks Database Co-ordinator

1st July 2019

18 to 21 hours per week Location: Brighton Salary: NJC 25-26 £28,785 – £29,636 (pro rata) Fixed-term for two years, with likelihood of extension subject to funding Amaze is a Sussex based charity that supports families with children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).   We are looking for an experienced Database...

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Amaze seeks Monitoring and Evaluation Officer

1st July 2019

12 to 14 hours per week Location: Brighton Salary: NJC 23-24 £26,999 – £27,905 pro rata Fixed-term for one year, with likely extension, subject to funding Amaze is a Sussex based charity that supports families with children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).   This new role offers an exciting opportunity to maintain...

Looking Forward launches in Brighton & Hove and East Sussex

25th June 2019

Looking Forward is a new programme from Amaze for young people with special educational needs and disabilities aged 14-25 who are thinking about options for education, employment and training. We are based in Brighton & Hove and Eastbourne. As part of the preparation for adulthood young people need to think about their next steps in...

Amaze is seeking Compass volunteers (Brighton)

13th June 2019

We’re seeking one or two volunteers to help ensure the smooth running of the Compass Project at Amaze. The Compass Project has been running in Brighton & Hove for over 16 years, and in West Sussex for three years, managing the Compass ‘disability register’ and Compass Card scheme. With over 4,000 Compass Card holders across...

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Sue White retires from Jeanne Saunders Centre

19th December 2018

We’re sad to report that after 16 years working for the Pre-school Special Educational Needs Service (PRESENS), Sue White will be retiring as Head of the Jeanne Saunders Centre at the end of this term. Sue says, “I feel very privileged to have worked with such amazing children and their families, as well as alongside such...

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My favourite day – Renaissance Legal artwork competition for children and young people with SEND

12th December 2018

Our friends and partners Renaissance Legal have just moved to a lovely new office space and really want some bright new artwork to liven up their bare walls. They would like children and young adults (between 4 and 25) with disabilities or SEN to share a pictorial story of their favourite day. There will be...

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Amaze seeks Data and Performance Manager

15th November 2018

21-30 hours per week Location: Brighton Salary: NJC 29-34 £26,460 – £30,756 pro rata Fixed term contract for two years but with likely extension Amaze seeks a Data and Performance Manager to lead and develop the effective use of data and information within Amaze, to inform both our service improvement and the work of partner agencies...

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Amazing Futures for young people with SEND in East Sussex – peer supporters needed now!

8th November 2018

Amaze is really excited to be expanding our Amazing Futures project into East Sussex and we are now looking for Peer Supporters aged 18-25 who can help support young people with special educational needs and disabilities. Training is free and takes place on Thursday 15 and Thursday 22 November from 5 to 7.30pm at The...

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National Stress Awareness Day 2018

6th November 2018

November 7th is National Stress Awareness Day. Whether you’re a parent carer, or a young person with additional needs, the extra challenges you face can lead to extra stress. When you’re stressed out, everything is harder to deal with. On top of that, stress can be very bad for your health and cause all kinds...

Increase in autism and language support in Brighton & Hove schools

28th August 2018

Brighton & Hove Inclusion Support Service (BHISS) has announced an increased level of support across the city for children with autism. From September 2018, BHISS will have a combined Autism and Language Team which will include seven advisory teachers (including SEN Specialist Teachers), three family practitioners and an administrator. From the start of the autumn...

Give us your views on new standards for Information, Advice and Support Services

16th August 2018

Amaze is the Special Educational Needs and Disability Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) for Brighton & Hove and East Sussex. This means we are funded by these two local authorities to provide impartial advice and support to parent carers of children and young people with SEND and to young people themselves up to 25....

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New Assistant Director of Health and SEND in Brighton & Hove

7th August 2018

Brighton & Hove has a new Assistant Director for Health, SEN and Disabilities, Georgina Clarke-Green. We asked Georgina to introduce herself to parent carers in the city: “I am delighted to be the newly appointed Assistant Director for Health, SEN and Disabilities. I feel privileged and excited to have been given the opportunity to work...

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Sort out some fun activities for the summer

18th July 2018

If, like many of us, you’ve only started thinking about what to do in the summer, it’s not too late to get some activities sorted to keep the kids busy over the summer. Where to start? Amaze’s Fun Stuff leisure guide Amaze’s brand new Fun Stuff leisure guide [pdf 2mb] is a great starting point –...

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Amaze seeks Amazing Futures East Sussex Project Coordinator

12th July 2018

21 hours per week Location: Eastbourne Salary: NJC 29 £26,470 pro rata (actual for 21 hours £15,882) Fixed term contract for one year but with likely extension Exciting opportunity to set up a new project with well-regarded Sussex charity Amaze. You will have experience of working with young people with additional needs and the development...

Celebrate Disability Pride with lots of Compass Card offers

4th July 2018

Disability Pride 2018 is from 11.30am to 7pm on Sunday 14 July on Hove Lawns and the Compass Team at Amaze is celebrating with six unmissable, time-limited Compass Card offers from our lovely Compass Card Partners. Catch them while you can! You can see more information about each of these organisations on our free Compass...

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More specialist nursery hours at PRESENS Jeanne Saunders Centre in Brighton & Hove

4th July 2018

From September 2018 children attending the Jeanne Saunders Centre (JSC) specialist nursery will be able to use all of their 15 hours of free early learning funding. And children entitled to 30 hours of free early learning will be able to use up to 15 hours at an alternative setting. PRESENS JSC will also be...

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Tell us why you’re proud for Disability Pride 2018

30th June 2018

Disability Pride 2018 is from 11.30am to 7pm on Sunday 14 July on Hove Lawns and the Compass Team at Amaze is celebrating with an invitation to enter our Pride Prize Draw by telling us what makes you swell with pride. We’ll be asking you on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/AmazeCompassCard/ and through our weekly e-newsletters...

Amaze seeks Amazing Futures East Sussex Project Coordinator

27th June 2018

Amazing Futures East Sussex Project Coordinator 21 hours per week based in East Sussex Salary: £26,470 pro rata (actual for 21 hours £15,882) NJC 29 Fixed term contract for one year but with likely extension This is an exciting opportunity to set up a new project with a well-regarded charity. You will have experience of working...

Important changes to support with EHCPs

20th June 2018

One of Amaze’s very successful projects, Independent Support, will be closing on 31 July 2018. After nearly four years supporting families with their EHCPs, the Department of Education is ending national funding for this project. We have received a great deal of positive feedback from parent carers and young people who have used the Independent...

Volunteers lead the way at Amaze

7th June 2018

As it’s Volunteers Week, Amaze would like to highlight the work of its inspirational Face 2 Face team. With 26 members, the Face 2 Face team offers emotional support to parents, particularly around the time of diagnosis. All of our volunteers (and our coordinator) are parents of children with SEND and the power of the...

Sussex Freemasons visit Amaze to celebrate £30k donation to our Disability Living Allowance project

23rd May 2018

We were delighted to be visited recently by representatives from Sussex Freemasons to celebrate their generous donation of £30,000 towards our Disability Living Allowance (DLA) Project. The funding will help Amaze provide a team of trained volunteers to support the most disadvantaged families in Brighton and Hove to complete disability benefit forms.  As part of...

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GDPR and Amaze: taking your data privacy seriously

21st May 2018

Amaze and GDPR You might have read or heard about something called GDPR, which affects data protection law in the UK from next Friday, 25 May. GDPR (or the European Data Protection Regulation) is a brand new part of EU law on data protection and privacy that relates to all countries in the EU, including...

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Tell the government what you think about SEND reforms

26th April 2018

The government’s Education Select Committee is embarking on a review of the SEND reforms introduced in 2014. They want to evaluate the success of the SEND reforms, how they have been implemented, and what impact they are having in meeting the challenges faced by children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. As...

New SEND hubs appoint headteachers

7th December 2017

Brighton and Hove City Council are entering the next phase of the SEND hubs plan. Adrian Carver has been appointed to lead the East Hub (which incorporates Downs View, the Cedar Centre and Downs View Link College) and Rachel Burstow will lead the West Hub (which includes Hillside and Downs Park). They are currently recruiting...

New corporate partners support Generation Amaze

30th November 2017

Amaze is delighted to announce we have three brand new corporate partners who have decided to support Amaze during our 20th birthday year. Sincere thanks to Currys PC World Hove, Madison Web Solutions and Pyramid Educational Consultants UK Ltd. They are the first of what we hope will be 20 local businesses who want to support our work with...

Amaze's first ever live Q&A

21st November 2017

Amaze held its first ever live Facebook question and answer session yesterday, together with Parenting Kids With Dyslexia / Dyspraxia / SPD / ADHD Sussex. Members of the group posted questions via Facebook, and Amaze’s Services Director, Ros Cook and IAS Coordinator, Emma Parker, shared their advice and knowledge. Ros says, “It was a great for...

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Chailey Heritage Futures Life Skills Centre joins the Compass Card

16th November 2017

Our latest new Compass Card offer from Chailey Heritage’s Futures Life Skills Centre is great news for families of over 16s with physical disabilities and/or learning disabilities and a real plus for young people with complex needs. Once registered with the centre, Compass Card holders get a 15% discount on all activities (excluding gym packages). There’s...

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Compass e-newsletters get a new look

16th November 2017

Following feedback from our survey this autumn, we’re launching our revamped e-newsletters today! The Compass Team asked families and young people who get our weekly e-newsletters, ‘Compass News West Sussex’ and ‘Compass News B&H’, to let us know what they liked and what they didn’t like about the newsletters via a quick survey. We got...

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Help to raise money for Amaze by making some noise!

13th September 2017

This year, we are delighted to have been selected as one of the beneficiaries of Global’s Make Some Noise, the charity for radio stations like Heart and Capital FM. Funds raised by Global will benefit Amaze and six partner organisations who all support families of disabled children in Brighton and Hove: Extratime, Pebbles, T21, mASCot, Barnardos...

Council's SEN Team reassures parents on home to school transport

31st August 2017

We know that some parents are worried that they have not had confirmation about transport for the start of term next week. Anna Czepil, head of SEN has given Amaze and PaCC an update to share about what is happening:  “The SEN and Transport team are working hard to process all remaining transport application forms...

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Amaze extends advice services into East Sussex

30th August 2017

Amaze is delighted to announce that from 1st September we will be providing the SEND Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) for East Sussex. We are being funded by East Sussex County Council to provide an independent and impartial service that replaces the ‘SEN and Disability Advice Service’ previously run by the council themselves. Like...

Reorganisation of Special Schools and Pupil Referral Units

28th February 2017

Please see the latest summary briefing regarding the progress of the SEND review, from Brighton & Hove City Council, here: Special School Reorganisation Briefing Mar 2017 This includes the proposals for the reorganisation of Special Schools and Pupil Referral Units. The full committee report will be presented to the Children, Young People and Skills Committee...

Find out what parent carers at PaCC think about the Council’s budget-saving proposals by reading their new Position Statement

31st January 2017

This is in response to Brighton and Hove City Council recently publishing its latest budget position and plan stating that they need to make £24.3m worth of savings next year to balance their budget. Like other councils across the UK, Brighton & Hove has a tough job working out how it can make savings across...

Coffee meetings for parents of children with ASC in Brighton and Hove

31st January 2017

Brighton and Hove Inclusion Support Service is running several coffee meetings for parents of children with Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) in February, March and April. ‘Sibling Support’, on Thursday 9 February 10 to 11.30am, focuses on sharing ways to support siblings of children with ASC; ‘Puberty’, on Wednesday 15 March 10 to 11.30am, focuses on...

Kids Like Us – free Siblings Group for 8-13 year olds

25th January 2017

Amaze is delighted to announce that we’ll be running our group for brothers and sisters of children with special educational needs and disabilities again. The siblings group is for children age 8 to 13 and offers them a space for fun alongside thinking and sharing their experiences of what it’s like to be a sibling....

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Group for parents of children with selective mutism

11th January 2017

Do you have a child with selective mutism and would you like to meet other parents in the same situation? Kay Watson at St Luke’s Primary School is interested in setting up a parent group for families who have a child identified with selective mutism. Kay is happy to organise and host the group if...

Become a Volunteer Peer Supporter at Amaze

11th January 2017

Amaze’s new Futures Project is looking for young people aged aged 18 and over to be Volunteer Peer Supporters. Young people with and without SEND are invited to apply. Volunteer Peer Supporters will provide support to young people aged 14 to 25 with SEND. You will be part of a small team and receive training...

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