peer support activity groups

Our Amazing Futures peer support activity groups offer a chance to have fun and make friends. You can also talk to our peer supporters about what’s going on with you.

The groups have a selection of games and activities, as well as trained peer support volunteers aged 18-25 for you to talk to. 

Covid-19 safety measures
We are continuing to meet face to face in small groups, as permitted under the National Youth Agency guidance.

To reduce risks as much as possible, we have several safety measures, including:

  • social distancing
  • windows kept open
  • lots of hand sanitiser provided
  • temperature check upon arrival
  • group agreement

If you have any questions about the ways we are keeping everyone as safe as possible from Covid-19, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Click on each group name for more info:

Brighton:

Mixed gender group
This is open to anyone aged 14-25 in Brighton & Hove with additional needs of any kind, for example autism, learning disabilities, mental health difficulties, or physical disabilities.
Group for young women and non-binary people
This is just for young women and non-binary people in Brighton & Hove with additional needs aged 14-25.

Non-binary people are people that aren’t just male or female. They may be both, neither, something different, or their gender might change from day to day.

LGBTQIAU group
This is a new peer support group in Brighton & Hove for young people aged 14 to 25 with additional needs who are LGBTQIAU (LGBTQ+ for short).

This stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans/Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Asexual/Aromantic, Undecided/Unsure.

It’s okay if you aren’t sure about your gender or sexuality, you don’t have to have it all figured out to come along. If you’re not sure if the group’s for you, get in touch.

East Sussex:

Eastbourne mixed gender groups
These groups are open to anyone aged 14-25 in East Sussex with additional needs of any kind, for example autism, learning disabilities, mental health difficulties, or physical disabilities.

There are three groups, and they each meet in Eastbourne every two weeks.

Bexhill mixed gender group
This group is open to anyone aged 14-25 in East Sussex with additional needs of any kind, for example autism, learning disabilities, mental health difficulties, or physical disabilities.

The group meets in Bexhill every two weeks.

Eastbourne Amazingly Active exercise programme
This new exercise programme is open to anyone aged 14-25 in East Sussex with additional needs of any kind, for example autism, learning disabilities, mental health difficulties, or physical disabilities.

Our peer coaches (aged 18-25) will support you to have fun while exercising and being more active. Or we can train you to become a peer coach yourself!

This group will meet regularly in Eastbourne.


All the groups offer a variety of games and activities, and are an opportunity for everyone to get to know each other and have fun.

You can talk to our trained peer support volunteers at the groups too. They won’t try to tell you what to do, just listen and support you to find your own solutions to your problems.

Check out our events listing to find upcoming sessions.

You can also get involved with creating our online magazine for young people with additional needs, Amazine. Learn more about Amazine.


How do I sign up?

Please note: group sizes are very limited at the moment due to Covid-19, so we may not have a spot for you right away, but get in touch and we’ll try to find a space for you as soon as we can.

If you think you might like to get support from the project, get in touch:

phoneIf you live in Brighton & Hove, contact Sue Winter on 07483 111 648 or email sue@amazesussex.org.uk

If you live in East Sussex, contact Claire Piper on 07484 915 038 or email claire@amazesussex.org.uk

Sue or Claire can tell you more and answer any questions you have.

Alternatively, you can call the helpline on 01273 772 289.

You will need to fill out a registration form before you can join the project. Spaces are free but you must book for each session.

Download Brighton registration form [.docx 257kb]

Download East Sussex registration form [.docx 133kb]

How do I volunteer as a peer supporter or a peer coach?
Volunteering as a peer supporter or a peer coach can be a good way to grow your confidence and learn new skills, as well as looking great on your CV. It can also be a lot of fun!

It’s rewarding and you get to meet lots of new people.

You must be aged 18-25 to volunteer as a peer supporter or peer coach.

Peer supporters support young people at our peer support groups.

Peer coaches support young people in our Amazingly Active exercise programme.

You do not have to have additional needs to volunteer, but we do encourage people with additional needs to join us. Many of our volunteers do have special educational needs and disabilities.

We offer a training course for volunteers a few times a year.

Find out more about volunteering with Amazing Futures.

 

 

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