Online support for parent carers

Making the most of online support communities during lockdown

With lockdown and social distancing in full swing, it’s easy to feel detached from the outside world and the support that’s available, as well as feeling isolated from others. But social distancing doesn’t have to be this way – there are lots of support groups and communities online, including many local groups for parent carers, providing you with an opportunity to seek advice, talk to others in a similar situation or simply have a natter.

Brighton & Hove and East Sussex

Amaze – Facebook group for parents and others who care for children and young people who have any special educational need or disability. It’s a space to share ideas and information

mASCot – A local, parent-led peer to peer support network for families who have a child/children or young person with an Autism Spectrum Condition. To gain access to the private group, sign up for a free membership.

Brighton & Hove

Parent Carers’ Council (PaCC) – the Parent Carers’ Council is a forum for parent carers of children with additional needs

T21 Brighton & Hove – a friendly and inclusive Facebook group for parents and carers of children and young people Down Syndrome

Brighton Pebbles – a Facebook group for parents and carers of children with any disability, especially those who find it difficult to access mainstream activities, for instance, those with severe autism or challenging behaviour

East Sussex

Care for the Carers’ – a directory of support or advice services for unpaid carers’

East Sussex Parent Carers Forum – a forum for parent carers of children with additional needs in East Sussex

Embrace East Sussex Online Community – Facebook support group for special needs and disabled families offering advocacy, family support and respite services

Holding Space – parent carer support coffee mornings, programmes and wellbeing walks

iContact – support organisation run by and for parent carers of children and young people with autism, with a Facebook community group

imPACT – Facebook page/group for parent carers of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities

Staying Well Space – out of hours mental health crisis prevention service

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