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.

Amazing Futures during coronavirus lockdown

Brighton & Hove

Our young people’s peer support groups are no longer meeting face to face, but we are still supporting young people remotely by Zoom, by telephone and by email.

Amazing Futures is holding small Zoom young people’s peer support groups regularly. Any young person already involved with Amazing Futures can be included in a Zoom group. Any young person who doesn’t want to be in a group, but would like to talk one to one, can call Sue on her work mobile: 07483 111648, or email sue@amazesussex.org.uk

How to access/contact us: 

Please contact Sue Winter on sue@amazesussex.org.uk  or call 07483 111648 (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays).

East Sussex

Our young people’s peer support groups are no longer meeting face to face, but holding small Zoom young people’s peer support groups regularly for any young person already involved with the project.

Young people can also be included in the WhatsApp chat group running within East Sussex.  Young people remain in contact with each other and post pictures of what they are up to.

Young people from the group are also actively contributing to the creation of the Amazine, a fortnightly e-zine which will be posted on our website, Facebook page and sent via email and text.

Any young person who doesn’t want to be in a Zoom or WhatsApp group, but would like to talk one to one, can contact Claire on the details below

How to access/contact us:

Email claire@amazesussex.org.uk or call/text 07484915038

For information about any of our other services during the pandemic please see our Coronavirus statement

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.


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.

Become an Amazing Futures intern


Some facts about Amazing Futures:

peer support volunteers and project manager Sue WinterNearly 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
  • recruitment
  • 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:

  • Pinned note saying 'thank you'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

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Sussex Community Foundation
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East Sussed County Council
Global's Make Some Noise