Reaching Families, a parent-carer led charity

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Reaching Families is a parent-carer led charity established to "empower, inform and support parents and families of children & young people with special educational needs and disabilities in West Sussex." We achieve our mission through the delivery of information, training and peer support to parent-carers.

What we do:

  • Information: Making Sense Of It All - parent guide covering issues from birth to adulthood available in paperback and ebook format Factsheets and animations - covering a wide range of subjects and issues on SEND
  • Training: Free workshops on a range of subjects including anxiety, ADHD, ASC, behaviour, benefits, education, resilience, sleep, etc. Plus 2 courses - Making Sense of It All Foundation Course & Making Sense of Wellbeing. Delivered in person and via zoom
  • Benefits Advice Service: Supporting parents of children and young people with SEND applying for Carers Allowance, Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and Personal Independent Payments (PIP). 1-2-1 advice sessions and support with editing draft applications
  • Face2Face Befriending: Our team of specially trained volunteer befrienders provide emotional & practical support to parents during the period of their child’s diagnosis, help them find out about and access other services and prepare for the journey ahead
  • Umbrellas: Parent support groups monthly in Billingshurst, Littlehampton, Worthing and weekly, via Zoom Providing a supportive, relaxed and non-judgemental environment in which parents can swap experiences, share information and resources

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

07845 648 518

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Address

Dove Lodge,
49 Beach Road,
Littlehampton,
BN17 5JG

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, 29 November 2022
Littlehampton

Umbrellas Littlehampton

Umbrellas is a support group for parent carers of children and young people with special additional needs and disabilities. Children are welcome to attend with their parent/carer, but please note that child care is not provided. ...
Tuesday, 29 November 2022
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Making Sense of Wellbeing - Managing Low Mood

Session 11 Wellbeing Workshop - Managing low mood 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 workshops de...
Thursday, 1 December 2022
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Making Sense of Universal Credit

Introductory workshop on Universal Credit for parents and carers of children and young people with SEND in West Sussex. During this informative workshop we will look at all the basic details about Universal Credit, the criteria and how to apply, covering the following:- Issues around moving to Universal Credit from other benefits How it is structured, allowances and elements How income affects thi...
Thursday, 1 December 2022
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Umbrellas Online

We are running virtual groups weekly as well as in-person events monthly at Billingshurst, Littlehampton and Worthing, contact [email protected] Umbrellas is a support group for parent carers of children and young people with special additional needs and disabilities. What we do: Umbrellas is a great opportunity to meet other parent carers and share ideas. Talk freely and get inform...
Tuesday, 6 December 2022
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Making Sense of Wellbeing - Mindfulness: Mood...

Session 12 Mindfulness Workshop - Mood changing exercises 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 work...
Wednesday, 7 December 2022
Billingshurst

Umbrellas Billingshurst

Umbrellas is a support group for parent carers of children and young people with special additional needs and disabilities. Children are welcome to attend with their parent/carer, but please note that child care is not provided. ...
Thursday, 8 December 2022
N/A

Umbrellas Online

We are running virtual groups weekly as well as in-person events monthly at Billingshurst, Littlehampton and Worthing, contact [email protected] Umbrellas is a support group for parent carers of children and young people with special additional needs and disabilities. What we do: Umbrellas is a great opportunity to meet other parent carers and share ideas. Talk freely and get inform...
Tuesday, 13 December 2022
Worthing

Umbrellas Worthing

Umbrellas is a support group for parent carers of children and young people with special additional needs and disabilities. Children are welcome to attend with their parent/carer, but please note that child care is not provided. ...

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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!