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Reaching Families aims to empower, inform and support parents, carers and families of children with special educational needs and disabilities in West Sussex. We achieve our mission through the delivery of a range of projects and services including two in-depth parent guides (published bi-yearly), a wide-ranging series of factsheets, delivery of over 25 training workshops a year, three parent support groups (based in Billingshurst, Littlehampton and Worthing), an online Facebook support group of over 2,500 members and a new volunteer befriending service for parents of children undergoing diagnosis. We support over 2,250 parent-carers a year.
A key component of our training delivery is that it brings parent-carers together and promotes peer support through listening, sharing experiences, giving tips and advice and creating networks of mutual support that help improve parent’s emotional wellbeing and resilience.