What is Amazing Futures?
Amazing Futures is the name of our peer support project for young people with additional needs aged 14-25 in Brighton & Hove and East Sussex.
The project is for young people aged 14-25 who have any kind of special educational needs or disabilities (SEND). Many of our services are available in both Brighton & Hove and East Sussex, but some are only available in Brighton & Hove at the moment.
The project started in April 2017, and currently includes:
- Peer support activity groups, and one-to-one peer support (Brighton & Hove and East Sussex)
- Information through our website on a number of topics, including daily living, education, housing, and health & wellbeing. This section is still growing, so check back soon for more!
- Young people’s advisory group – so you can get involved and tell Amaze how we can help young people
- Casework support offering information and advice on a number of topics (Brighton & Hove and East Sussex)
- One-to-one support with DLA and PIP applications (Brighton & Hove only)
In addition to Amazing Futures, we currently offer two other services for young people:
- Looking Forward, a career support programme for young people with SEND in Brighton & Hove and East Sussex
- The Compass Card – young people with significant additional needs in Brighton & Hove and West Sussex can access special deals and offers through this leisure discount card
We also sometimes offer workshops, info sessions and other fun events!
Check out our young people area of the website for more information about these services.
How Amazing Futures works with young people
Amaze believes all young people have the right to be heard, respected and fully included in the community. This is at the core of all our work. Learn more about our ethos and values:
Amazing Futures paid internships
We offer paid 12-month internships helping develop and run Amazing Futures, in both Brighton & Hove and East Sussex.
We’re looking for enthusiastic people whose personal experiences help them understand the challenges young people with additional needs face.
It’s a great opportunity to gain work experience and develop your skills in a friendly supportive team.
Some facts about Amazing Futures:
Nearly 150 young people have been helped by the project so far.
We’ve trained 27 young people to be peer supporters.
58 young people have received help with their benefits.
69 young people have received peer support – either one-to-one or through the group sessions.
Young people have been involved in every aspect of the project, including:
- creation of accessible resources
- planning, running and reviewing peer support activity group sessions
- creating content for workshops and trialling them
- publicising the project
- helping an independent consultant (someone who doesn’t work for Amaze) to review the project
None of this would be possible without the support of our amazing funders! We’d like to say a huge thanks to:
- Big Lottery Fund
- Newman’s Own Foundation
- Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation
- Natwest Skills and Opportunities Fund
- American Express Fund at Sussex Community Foundation
- Global’s Make Some Noise
- East Sussex County Council