face 2 face befriending

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

One to one befriending

Our Face 2 Face befriending is 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.

Due to ongoing coronavirus concerns, we are not doing home visits for new referrals, but we are still contacting parent carers by telephone to explain more about the service we offer and compete the initial interview. We are then able to match these families with a befriender for ongoing support.

For more information contact Debbie Collins debbie@amazesussex.org.uk or on 07483 111654.

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.

Face 2 Face support groups

As well as one to one support, Face 2 Face also runs groups in Brighton & Hove and East Sussex. Since the start of the pandemic we have continued to run our groups virtually via Zoom and are starting to slowly reintroduce in person meetings in some settings. See details below.

Brighton & Hove:

  • dads group (meeting on the last Thursday of the month in person at the Stoneham in Hove) –  now also open to East Sussex dads!
  • club for under 8s with autism or going through assessments (on Zoom for the time being)
  • breakfast club (The Breakfast Club is meeting once a month at Al Campo and for parents who still prefer to meet on Zoom there will be an online meeting once a month)

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+
  • Brunch Club – a group for parents of any age child with any SEND

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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