face2face befriending

Face 2 Face Befriending is a peer support service offering families in Sussex support around the time of diagnosis or new challenges.

Face 2 Face befriending during coronavirus lockdown

Brighton and Hove

We can’t currently offer face-to-face visits from our befrienders but we continue to work to support families who have been referred to our service by telephone, text and emails. We are continuing to match new families to befrienders if they have had an initial home visit. If the home visit had not taken place before the lockdown then we have contacted these families to reassure them and find ways to keep in touch.

During the lockdown, our Brighton & Hove Face2Face groups have moved to meeting virtually. The Breakfast Club, Autism group  and the Dads group are all meeting on Zoom. If you would like to join one of these groups, please contact Louise at the address below for further details.

How to contact us: 

Please email Louise, Face 2 Face project worker, at louise@amazesussex.org.uk.

East Sussex

We can’t offer face-to-face visits from our befrienders at the moment but we continue to work to support families who have been referred to our service by telephone, text and emails.

We are continuing to match new families to befrienders if they have had an initial home visit. If the home visit had not taken place before the lockdown then we have contacted these families to reassure them and find ways to keep in touch.

We now offer two WhatsApp groups for parent carers of children with ASC:

  • Kids Squad – for parent carers of children up to 10 years old
  • Escape – for parent carers of children aged 11+

Dads and male carers of children with special educational needs and disabilities are also welcome to join our Dads Group. Normally held in Brighton, the group is currently meeting over Zoom once a month, and dads from East Sussex are very welcome.

How to contact us:

Please email Kathy, Face 2 Face project worker, at kathy@amazesussex.org.uk

For information about any of our other services during the pandemic please see our Coronavirus statement

The project imother hugging young sons delivered by a team of volunteers, all parents of children with additional needs, who receive intensive training and ongoing supervision.

Initially the coordinator sets up a home visit and parents are then matched with a befriender. Face 2 Face can support parents flexibly for up to 6 months. This might range from weekly to less frequent visits or just keeping in touch via text and email.

When my son, Billy, 6, was diagnosed with autism my first thoughts were how will I cope, how will I stay strong, how am I going to do this? My befriender was there for me as another mother who had already been on this journey and to let me know it would be alright, I would cope, and there was light at the end of the tunnel.  Without her my son’s world could have been a very different place. Because of her, we face the future together strong and with hope.

For more information contact Debbie Collins debbie@amazesussex.org.uk or on 07983 598711.

Face 2 Face support groups

As well as one to one support, Face 2 Face also runs groups in Brighton & Hove and East Sussex:

Brighton & Hove:

  • dads group (monthly on the last Thursday of the month) – now also open to East Sussex dads!
  • club for under 8s with autism or going through assessments (on the second Saturday of the month)
  • breakfast club (once a month on varying days, normally meeting at Al Campo Lounge)

We also support a PRESENS (preschool special educational support service) group for under 5s every term-time Monday.

For more information or to get involved, contact louise@amazesussex.org.uk.

East Sussex:

  • Kids Squad for parent carers of children up to 10 years old
  • Escape for parent carers of children aged 11+

Our Dads Group in Brighton is also open to dads and male carers in East Sussex.

For more information or to get involved, contact kathy@amazesussex.org.uk.

Visit our parent support groups page for more information about groups for children and young people with SEND and their families.

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