workshops and courses

Amaze offers workshops, courses, events and support groups for parents and for young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

Amaze courses and workshops during coronavirus lockdown
Ongoing covid-19 restrictions mean we are unable to run our normal in person events, courses and workshops. However we are running some online groups, drop-ins and information sessions. Please call our SENDIASS Helpline on 01273 772289 or check our events page for more details.

For information about other Amaze services during Coronavirus lock-down, including our PaCC Coffee Mornings, please read our Coronavirus support page

Amaze workshops and courses are an opportunity to share experiences of being a parent carer or young person with special needs and to learn more about useful topics.

We believe life experience is as important as professional expertise so we aim to co-deliver our courses for parents with parent trainers, and involve young people with SEND in running activities for young people.

The workshops and courses currently on offer varies in different areas and over time but includes workshops on EHCPs and annual reviews, claiming disability benefits like DLA and PIP and transition to adulthood.

Please check our events page for the latest Amaze workshops and courses.

We also publicise our courses and events on our Facebook page, and share information about courses and events run by other organisations but you may want to check out these other sources too:


We run workshops and information sessions for parents and young people. Our most regular sessions for parents are on education issues such as EHCPs and annual reviews and about claiming disability benefits like DLA and PIP. Other topics that come round regularly are Wills and Trusts, dealing with bullying, getting the most out of meetings and preparing for adulthood themes such as moving on from home or getting into employment.

Young people involved in Amazing Futures agree what skills and information they want and how to make that happen as a workshop or activity session. Find out more about our Amazing Futures advisory group.


Amaze can offer longer courses (see below), when funding allows. If we don’t have the course you want coming up soon we can note your interest and let you know if and when it next runs.

Insiders’ Guides courses

Our Insiders’ Guide courses focus on what it means to be a parent of a child or young person with additional needs. They aim to build parents’ resilience so you are well placed to enjoy the journey bringing up your children. The courses offer a mixture of practical skills for things like dealing with professionals or responding to behaviour as well as some time to look at how it feels to have a child with SEND and what helps us keep going as parent carers. All Insiders’ Guide courses are co-delivered by a professional and a parent carer who has been there too.

The courses bring together parents with things in common – either those who have children of a similar age (parents of teens, under 12s and under fives) or those whose children share a particular need (children with ADHD, autism, complex medical needs, anxiety or severe and profound learning difficulties).

Information about Insiders’ Guide courses for professionals and commissioners

Insiders’ Guide came about because parents told us that they wanted time to reflect on their experience, meet up with others in a similar situation, gather information and learn new skills and strategies to cope with the added demands of caring for their children.

Parent carers share in common a unique range of experiences. They tell us that they need different types of support at different times. This course is one approach to supporting parents with the task and joy of raising their children and building resilience in the process, that we know works. Designed to be jointly delivered by parents and practitioners, Insiders’ Guide models the capacity to work cooperatively together to create better outcomes for children, young people and families.

Insiders’ Guide is popular with parents and practitioners, well evaluated and the result of an ongoing collaboration between Amaze and the University of Brighton. Read more about Insiders Guide in the downloadable documents to the right.

Triple P courses

Triple P Courses are about managing behaviour through positive parenting. Nearly all the strategies covered by these courses will apply to your child even though they have additional needs. But Stepping Stones is a Triple P parenting course run especially for parents of children with additional needs who are under the age of 11/12 and have a learning need also. In Brighton & Hove Stepping Stones is often offered in partnership with Amaze so one of the trainers will be a parent of a child with SEND themselves.

Find out about Triple P parenting courses on offer locally:

Triple P in Brighton & Hove

Triple P in East Sussex

Groups, peer support and get-togethers

Connecting with other people in a similar situation sounds simple but can make a big difference and is often a chance to learn from each other. Amaze runs some groups and keeps up to date with others happening across Sussex. Visit our parent support groups page for more detailed information.

Amazing Futures brings young people together for peer support in Brighton and Hove and one part of East Sussex.


The course was outstanding and I feel I learnt so much about the education system and resilience and so much more about myself.


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