1 Reaching Families, a parent-carer led charity
Reaching Families is a parent-carer led charity established to "empower, inform and support parents and families of children/young people with special needs and disabilities in West Sussex." We achieve this by the delivery of information, training and support groups to parent-carers.
What we do:
- Making Sense Of It All - this comprehensive parent-carer guide provides vital information across a wide variety of subjects including diagnosis, benefits, education, social and leisure activities etc. Also contains a directory of local and national groups
- Making Sense of Adult Life - this comprehensive parent-carer guide provides vital information on the subject of transition to adulthood for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities aged 14-25.
- Factsheets - we have published two series of factsheets (i) localised factsheets on major childhood disabilities that combine clinical information with local information on relevant local services (ii) a variety of localised factsheets on other issues
- Training Roadshow - we deliver a series of workshops at venues and locations across West Sussex. Subjects covered include Understanding Challenging Behaviour, DLA/PIP, Education, Sensory Issues and Stress/ Resilience.
- Umbrellas - we run 3 support groups for parents or carers of a child or young person with additional needs or a disability in Billingshurst, Littlehampton and Worthing
Our users say:
"Reaching Families offers a unique product in West Sussex. It is comforting to know that the organisation is parent carer led but offers practical tools to assist us in our day to day lives"
Making Sense of Education, Health, Care (EHC)...
What is an EHCP? What is it for? How does it work? SENDIAS will be giving an overview of what happens during an EHC needs assessment, what a good EHCP should contain, how needs and provision link together, and how outcomes should be ‘SMART’. Annual reviews, transitions from statements to EHCPs, and appeals will also be touched upon. To gain maximum benefit from this workshop it will help you to
Making Sense of Sensory Processing Difficulties
Find out about different sensory processing difficulties and learn about ways to help your child/young person. Our workshops are free but we would welcome a small donation to the charity (suggestion is £3). Please only book ONE TICKET per person by choosing EITHER a donation ticket OR a free ticket on Eventbrite. To book a place please go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/making-sense-of-sens
Making Sense of Personal Independence Payment...
This workshop is aimed at parent/carers of young people with additional needs/disabilities. Come and find out about applying for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and other relevant benefits. An informative session with a great opportunity to ask questions. This session will also include what will happen as your child approaches 16 and transfers from DLA to PIP and how you can ensure you are