Local charity Amaze is doing all it can to help local families of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) during the coronavirus outbreak, by launching an Amaz-ing community postcard and providing lots of SEND-specific resources.
The Amaz-ing “community postcard” is based on the one that has taken off online elsewhere, but theirs specifically tries to help families who might be struggling with having their disabled, or ill, children at home. This helpful card is an easy way for people to offer extra support to friends and neighbours who have kids with additional needs.
If you know someone that lives near you who you think could do with some extra help with their disabled child(ren) then please print this out, fill it in and pop it through their door. You can download this here.
Please help share this scheme widely around the communities in Sussex and let’s pull together to help out some of our most vulnerable families at this difficult time.
Fiona England, Chair of Brighton’s Parent and Carers Council stated
“As a fellow parent carer already feeling a little isolated at home, I feel so heartened by the positive impact this campaign can have on our SEND community. A huge thanks to Amaze for kick starting this essential scheme.”
Amaze CEO, Rachel Travers, went on to say
“This is a very worrying time for everyone, especially parents of children who may be especially vulnerable because of pre-existing medical conditions but also for some children and young people who are experiencing higher than usual levels of anxiety or other mental health issues. Families are telling us they are really worried about the months to come and how long periods in self-isolation will be especially tricky for many families of children with additional needs. So it’s really important that the local community looks out for, and tries to offer practical support to them, where possible.”
In addition, Amaze has quickly pulled together a hugely detailed set of Frequently Asked Questions for families with disabled children in both Brighton & Hove and East Sussex. The two FAQ documents are being updated as news and information changes and are available on Amaze’s website now. See link here.
Amaze also manages a discount leisure card scheme called The Compass, and are particularly worried about families of children with additional needs who will be hit particularly hard as opportunities to access respite and short breaks providers cease. They have collated a brilliant blog of leisure ideas for families struggling through the lockdown. This is centred around helping keep families sane during social distancing and isolation, with a variety of ideas see here.