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Parent Support Groups

West Sussex Parent Carer Forum

The West Sussex Parent Carer Forum are an independent charity run mostly by parent volunteers; we represent parent/carer views to various organisations and professional bodies to improve county/health/social care services for disabled children, young people and their families. View more here.


Autism
AUTISM SUPPORT CRAWLEY are a group for parents and carers who are looking after someone who is on the Autistic Spectrum, or who has social communication difficulties. Everyone is welcome at our group whether you have a diagnosis or not.
AUTISM SUSSEX is a support group for parents and carers of children and young people with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. We offer a friendly, relaxed atmosphere and a social opportunity to meet and talk to other parents in a similar situation. All welcome, whether your child has been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder or if you are in the process of diagnosis. There will also be regular opportunities to talk to a variety of professionals who are invited to give talks to the group.
PARENTS FOR AUTISM is a Worthing-based group of people that meet bi-monthly who have one important thing in common: We are related to, work with or are parents of at least one child/young person on the Spectrum (with or without an official diagnosis.
SUSSEX AUTISM SUPPORT (Haywards Heath) is a support group for parents and carers of children and young people with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. We offer a friendly, relaxed atmosphere and a social opportunity to meet and talk to other parents in a similar situation. All welcome, whether your child has been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder or if you are in the process of diagnosis. There will also be regular opportunities to talk to a variety of professionals who are invited to give talks to the group.

Down’s Syndrome Groups
CHICHESTER DOWN’S SYNDROME GROUP The Group was started in 1987 to provide support for families of children with Down’s Syndrome. There are presently about 50 families in the local group whose children range in age from 5 months to over 24 years. We hold regular social evenings, as well as coffee mornings, summer picnic, Christmas and Easter parties, trips and other events.

General Support – all Disabilities
CARERS SUPPORT WEST SUSSEX Call 0300 028 8888 or www.westsussexcarers.org.uk Offering support and information on carers benefits, emotional support and more to all parent carers in West Sussex. Hold a variety of coffee mornings. Register with us for a regular newsletter and information.
LITTLE PACSO (Chichester) Contact Ruth Stewart on 01243 533353 / 07875 601157 or email [email protected] . A weekly group for children under 5 with any additional needs and their parents to play and meet others. Meet at Chichester Children & Family Centre in the Rainbow Room. Brand new sensory room.
SPECIAL FAMILIES EAST GRINSTEAD Contact Emma Bashford. Closed Facebook group. Special Families East Grinstead. Email [email protected] Informal, Facebook based support group for parents in East Grinstead and surrounding villages whose children have any kind of disability or additional need. Aims to provide social evenings every other month, monthly stay and play sessions at The King’s Centre and picnics/park visits in the holidays.
UMBRELLAS Worthing Email Rosemary Hudson on [email protected] Monthly meetings in Worthing for parents whose children have any additional needs and attend mainstream schools within the Durrington area.
WAM – WHAT ABOUT ME Inga – [email protected] or ‘What About Me Support Group’ on Facebook. For families living in Burgess Hill area with a child with any additional need.
WORTHING KIDS DAPPER SNAPPER [email protected] or www.wkds.org Supports families with children with any additional need. Offer a youth club, swimming school, after school music club and regular toddler get-togethers.

Other support groups
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