1 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 - 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"

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Age Range: 0–25

Wheelchair Accessible?

Free to use?

Contact Details

01903 366 360

07470 005 734

Address

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

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, 2 November 2021
Chichester

Understanding Sensory Processing Difficulties

Find out about different sensory processing difficulties in each of the eight sensory systems and learn about ways to help your child/young person. Delivered by West Sussex Autism and Social Communication Team for parents/carers of children and young people with additional needs and disabilities. Time: 9.45am - 12.30pm Venue: Quakers Meeting House, Priory Road, Chichester PO19 1NX There is no ...
Tuesday, 2 November 2021
Littlehampton

Littlehampton Umbrellas

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, 2 November 2021
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Making Sense of Wellbeing - Relaxation and self...

Session 1 Wellbeing Workshop - Relaxation and self care This six 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...
Thursday, 4 November 2021
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Umbrellas Virtual Support Group

Virtual Support Group for parent-carers of children/young people with additional needs or a disability attending mainstream or a special needs school in West Sussex. The sessions are run on a weekly basis and are up to an hour and half long, but you are welcome to come along at any point to be involved and leave when you want to. Please contact Hannah Delmar-Addy at hannah@reachingfamilies.org.uk...
Tuesday, 9 November 2021
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Making Sense of Wellbeing - Mindfulness: Mind...

Session 2 Mindfulness Workshop - Mind and body relaxation This six 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 worksho...
Wednesday, 10 November 2021
Billingshurst

Billingshurst Umbrellas

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. ...
Wednesday, 10 November 2021
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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...
Thursday, 11 November 2021
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Umbrellas Virtual Support Group

Virtual Support Group for parent-carers of children/young people with additional needs or a disability attending mainstream or a special needs school in West Sussex. The sessions are run on a weekly basis and are up to an hour and half long, but you are welcome to come along at any point to be involved and leave when you want to. Please contact Hannah Delmar-Addy at hannah@reachingfamilies.org.uk...
Thursday, 11 November 2021
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Making Sense of Personal Independence Payment...

This workshop, delivered by Lizzie Batten from Amaze, is aimed at parent-carers of young people (aged 15+) with Additional Needs and Disabilities who would like to find out about applying for Personal Independence Payment (PIP). The session will cover the process of starting a claim, the rates at which PIP is payable and how decisions are made, strategies for making a strong claim, face to face as...
Tuesday, 16 November 2021
Worthing

Worthing Umbrellas

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, 16 November 2021
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Making Sense of Education Health Care Needs...

This is a workshop for Parent-Carers of children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities in West Sussex. Delivered via Zoom by West Sussex SEND Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIAS) What is an EHCP? How does it work? What is the guidance for EHC needs assessments and plans? If you are unsure about the process and would like to get more information, then you may benefit from...
Tuesday, 16 November 2021
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Making Sense of Wellbeing - Managing Anxiety

Session 3 Wellbeing Workshop - Managing Anxiety This six 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 designe...
Thursday, 18 November 2021
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Umbrellas Virtual Support Group

Virtual Support Group for parent-carers of children/young people with additional needs or a disability attending mainstream or a special needs school in West Sussex. The sessions are run on a weekly basis and are up to an hour and half long, but you are welcome to come along at any point to be involved and leave when you want to. Please contact Hannah Delmar-Addy at hannah@reachingfamilies.org.uk...
Friday, 19 November 2021
Worthing

Worthing Umbrellas

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, 23 November 2021
Roffey

Handling Stress and Building Resilience

A workshop for parents and carers providing an introduction to stress and an understanding of resilience and why it matters. Exploring how to recognise stress in yourself, strategies to reduce it and how to promote wellbeing and build your resilience. Date: 23rd November Time: 9.45am - 12.30pm Venue: Roffey Millennium Hall154-156 Crawley Road, Roffey, England, RH12 4DT Our workshops are aimed...
Tuesday, 23 November 2021
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Making Sense of Wellbeing - Mindfulness: Go...

Session 4 Mindfulness Workshop - Go with life’s flow This six 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, 25 November 2021
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Umbrellas Virtual Support Group

Virtual Support Group for parent-carers of children/young people with additional needs or a disability attending mainstream or a special needs school in West Sussex. The sessions are run on a weekly basis and are up to an hour and half long, but you are welcome to come along at any point to be involved and leave when you want to. Please contact Hannah Delmar-Addy at hannah@reachingfamilies.org.uk...
Tuesday, 30 November 2021
Littlehampton

Littlehampton Umbrellas

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, 30 November 2021
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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, 30 November 2021
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Making Sense of Wellbeing - Managing Low Mood

Session 5 Wellbeing Workshop - Managing low mood This six 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 design...
Thursday, 2 December 2021
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Umbrellas Virtual Support Group

Virtual Support Group for parent-carers of children/young people with additional needs or a disability attending mainstream or a special needs school in West Sussex. The sessions are run on a weekly basis and are up to an hour and half long, but you are welcome to come along at any point to be involved and leave when you want to. Please contact Hannah Delmar-Addy at hannah@reachingfamilies.org.uk...
Tuesday, 7 December 2021
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Making Sense of Wellbeing - Mindfulness: Mood...

Session 6 Mindfulness Workshop - Mood changing exercises This six 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 workshop...
Wednesday, 8 December 2021
Billingshurst

Billingshurst Umbrellas

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. ...
Wednesday, 8 December 2021
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Understanding Autism in Girls

A free zoom workshop for parents and carers of girls who may be or are on the Autistic Spectrum. This workshop reflects the latest research and understanding of the autism profile in girls, which can differ to the profile in males. You will gain an awareness of the impact of autism on females and learn about approaches and resources that can be of use to girls diagnosed with autism. After bookin...
Thursday, 9 December 2021
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Umbrellas Virtual Support Group

Virtual Support Group for parent-carers of children/young people with additional needs or a disability attending mainstream or a special needs school in West Sussex. The sessions are run on a weekly basis and are up to an hour and half long, but you are welcome to come along at any point to be involved and leave when you want to. Please contact Hannah Delmar-Addy at hannah@reachingfamilies.org.uk...
Tuesday, 14 December 2021
Worthing

Worthing Umbrellas

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, 16 December 2021
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Umbrellas Virtual Support Group

Virtual Support Group for parent-carers of children/young people with additional needs or a disability attending mainstream or a special needs school in West Sussex. The sessions are run on a weekly basis and are up to an hour and half long, but you are welcome to come along at any point to be involved and leave when you want to. Please contact Hannah Delmar-Addy at hannah@reachingfamilies.org.uk...

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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!