Amaze provides information, advice and support to families of children and young people with special educational needs and learning disabilities, such as Down’s Syndrome or Autism.
Many parent carers feel exhausted, isolated and simply overwhelmed by the challenges they face on a daily basis. But Amaze helps carers share their experiences, build their confidence, and create peer networks to support each other.
This life-changing charity recently won Brighton & Hove’s Community and Voluntary Services award for ‘Biggest Impact’. It runs a telephone helpline manned by trained advisors, helps carers with casework, and hosts information events, training courses and coffee mornings.
Amaze also provides after-school and holiday activities for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities, and short breaks for their families.
One parent carer started attending the parent carers group at Moulsecoomb School after her eldest son was diagnosed with Autism. She said:
“There are days at home when we really struggle and it helps to know that if I ever doubt myself, there is a wonderful group of parents I can share my thoughts with and who willingly provide non-judgemental opinions and valuable support. […] But above all else, it helps just knowing you are not alone in this journey.”
Global’s Make Some Noise is proud to help Amaze develop seven new support groups reaching into the most deprived areas of Brighton & Hove. These groups will deliver creative activities, family social activities, peer support and talks from professionals to the most vulnerable and isolated families.