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.

Face 2 Face befriending during coronavirus lockdown
Throughout the past year, Face 2 Face has continued to support families who have been referred to the service by telephone befriending, text and email.  Some of our befrienders have been regularly meeting their families on Zoom, and others meeting up for a walk and talk or for coffee in a café.

Although we are currently not doing home visits for new referrals, 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.

We have also continued to run regular Face 2 Face groups virtually via Zoom.

Brighton and Hove groups

  • Breakfast Club is for parents of any age child with any SEND.
  • Autism Group is for parents of children under 8 with a diagnosis of ASC,  or children awaiting diagnosis.
  • Dads Group is for dads and all male carers of any age child with SEND.

All these groups meet on Zoom, and stay in touch via WhatsApp.

If you would like to join a group or know more about Face 2 Face in Brighton & Hove, please email Louise, Face 2 Face project worker, at louise@amazesussex.org.uk.

East Sussex groups

We now offer three WhatsApp groups for parent carers in East Sussex:

  • Kids Squad – a group for parents of primary age children with a diagnosis of ASC or awaiting diagnosis
  • Escape – a group for parents of secondary age children with a diagnosis of ASC or awaiting diagnosis
  • Brunch Club – a group for parents of any age child with any SEND

Dads and male carers of children with SEND 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.

To join an East Sussex group or find out more, 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 Coronavirus support from Amaze.

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 07483 111654.

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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