Reaching Families, a parent-carer led charity

Service

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 - our popular parent-carer guide is essential reading for parents of children and young people with SEND. We have just published an expanded edition covering issues from birth to adulthood (released January 2022).
  • Factsheets - Our factsheets library cover a wide range of issues including major childhood disabilities and associated subjects. They have been localised to ensure that parents can find out about relevant services and resources here in West Sussex.
  • Training Roadshow - we deliver a series of workshops at venues and locations across West Sussex and via zoom. 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. We also run weekly zoom Umbrellas meetings.
  • Befriending - provides emotional and practical support to parent-carers of children during the period of their child’s diagnosis. Our team of trained befrienders can help parents learn more about their child’s diagnosis and prepare for the journey ahead.

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"

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Age Range: 0–25

Wheelchair Accessible?

Free to use?

Contact Details

01903 366 360

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Address

Unit 16 Oaklands Business Centre,
64-68 Elm Grove,
Worthing,
BN11 5LH

Upcoming Events

Thursday, 8 September 2022
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Making Sense of Masking

People on the autistic spectrum often use the strategy of masking or camouflaging when responding to the demands of varying contexts. It is a coping strategy frequently used by autistic children and young people, particularly in the school setting, but can cause them significant stress. This workshop will help you to understand and recognise the signs and impact of masking, and look at ways to hel...
Tuesday, 13 September 2022
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Making Sense of Disability Living Allowance (DLA)

In this workshop, delivered by Lizzie Batten from Amaze, you will find out how to apply for Disability Living Allowance (DLA), how the process works, the various rates, understanding how decisions are made, tips for making a strong claim and appealing a decision. This workshop will also be useful to parents/carers who are facing completing a renewal as it will provide you with up to date informati...
Tuesday, 13 September 2022
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Making Sense of Wellbeing - Active Listening

Making Sense of Wellbeing - Resilience Skills and Strategies This twelve week course for parent-carers offers you the opportunity to explore some of the essential elements of wellbeing. Our personal and social wellbeing helps us to develop good relationships, feel connected to others and improves our resilience, empathy, and adaptability. The course includes a blend of wellbeing and mindfulness w...
Wednesday, 14 September 2022
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Making Sense of Adult Life - Supporting...

This workshop is aimed at parent/carers of young people aged 11+ with special educational needs and/or disabilities living in West Sussex. Adolescence is a time many parents approach with trepidation. Having heard all the horror stories, myths and rumours this is perhaps understandable. But what is really going on? Why are the teenage years so different from childhood and adulthood? Do young peopl...
Thursday, 15 September 2022
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Understanding Attention Deficit Hyperactivity...

This online workshop will help parents and carers to gain an understanding of ADHD in children and young people and its impact on behaviour, relationships and day-to-day life. You will leave with a basic toolkit of strategies that enable positive behaviour, successful relationships and reaching potential in and out of school and will be signposted to local, national and international resources ava...
Tuesday, 20 September 2022
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Making Sense of Wellbeing - Mindfulness:...

Making Sense of Wellbeing - Resilience Skills - Session 2. This twelve week course for parent-carers offers you the opportunity to explore some of the essential elements of wellbeing. Our personal and social wellbeing helps us to develop good relationships, feel connected to others and improves our resilience, empathy, and adaptability. The course includes a blend of wellbeing and mindfulness wor...
Wednesday, 21 September 2022
Shoreham,

Making Sense of It All Foundation Course

Has your child been recently identified as having additional needs? Do you find the systems and support for special educational needs confusing? Would you benefit from a broad overview of how it all works? This two day course has been designed to provide an introduction on all the key issues parent-carers will encounter as your children grow and develop. It aims to empower parents of children unde...
Thursday, 22 September 2022
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Making Sense of Meetings and Paperwork

This is a workshop for Parent-Carers of children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities in West Sussex. When you have a child with additional needs managing medical appointments, school meetings, disability benefits and all of the paperwork these produce can seem like a full time and very stressful job. In this workshop we will explore ways to help you keep on top of your child’s suppo...
Monday, 26 September 2022
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Making Sense of Anxiety in Adolescence (11+)

This workshop is aimed at parent/carers of young people aged 11+ who feel anxious, worried or stressed. It will introduce ‘anxiety’ and its symptoms, offer ideas for helping in the moment, suggest ways to support your young person to be able to manage, and provide a few tips for looking after yourself along the way. Please note our workshops are for parent carers, if you are a professional please ...
Tuesday, 27 September 2022
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Understanding Demand Avoidance

Free online workshop on Demand Avoidance delivered by Aspens. Demand avoidant traits can be a trait for some children with autism. Due to the high levels that any demand made (even those that they put on themselves), managing daily activities, tasks and settings can be extremely difficult and stressful for the child and adults. What makes it more difficult is that some of the usual strategies ass...
Tuesday, 27 September 2022
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Making Sense of Wellbeing - Problem Solving

Making Sense of Wellbeing - Resilience Skills - Session 3. This twelve week course for parent-carers offers you the opportunity to explore some of the essential elements of wellbeing. Our personal and social wellbeing helps us to develop good relationships, feel connected to others and improves our resilience, empathy, and adaptability. The course includes a blend of wellbeing and mindfulness wor...
Wednesday, 28 September 2022
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Introduction to Makaton

Makaton is a language programme that uses signs and symbols, alongside speech, to enable people to communicate. It has been developed to support essential communication skills, such as attention and listening, comprehension, memory, recall and organisation of language and expression. This introductory workshop will provide you with an overview of Makaton and who uses it, and you will learn over 30...
Tuesday, 4 October 2022
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Making Sense of Wellbeing - Mindfulness:...

Making Sense of Wellbeing - Resilience Skills - Session 4. This twelve week course for parent-carers offers you the opportunity to explore some of the essential elements of wellbeing. Our personal and social wellbeing helps us to develop good relationships, feel connected to others and improves our resilience, empathy, and adaptability. The course includes a blend of wellbeing and mindfulness wor...
Wednesday, 5 October 2022
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Making Sense of It All Foundation Course

Has your child been recently identified as having additional needs? Do you find the systems and support for special educational needs confusing? Would you benefit from a broad overview of how it all works? This three-part course has been designed to provide an introduction on all the key issues parents/carers will encounter as your children grow and develop. It aims to empower parents of children...

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  • Posted by childrenatheart.childminder on 30 Nov 16 08:49

    I attended the Reaching Families workshop on Sensory Integration in Worthing led by Helen Cottell yesterday. This was time well spent as it was an excellent workshop full of really interesting, useful and relevant information, that covered practical advice as well as the theory behind it. Highly recommend, especially if you have a child with sensory issues.

  • Posted by jacky on 27 Apr 16 17:53

    Great course today about send support at school. Feel I have many more strings to my bow

  • Posted by bashford00 on 23 Apr 16 07:31

    A very big thank you to Reaching Families for organising the 'Making Sense of Benefits' workshop. Lizzie from Amaze who led the course was absolutely brilliant. Even if your child already gets DLA this workshop is still very useful. I now feel much more confident about tackling my daughters forms when it has to be renewed. Can't recommend it enough!