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 Sensory Processing Difficulties
PLEASE NOTE THIS WORKSHOP IS NOT YET AVAILABLE TO BOOK. 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
Making Sense of Anxiety (Primary aged children)
PLEASE NOTE THIS WORKSHOP IS NOT YET AVAILABLE TO BOOK. Learning how to manage our feelings is an important life skill. While all children feel anxious sometimes, being worried, fearful or stressed too often can negatively affect their development. This session will provide: an introduction to understanding anxiety in children; ways to support them if they are worrying too much; and tips for loo
Making Sense of Support at School
PLEASE NOTE THIS WORKSHOP IS NOT YET AVAILABLE TO BOOK. This training workshop is aimed at parent/carers of children with additional needs/disabilities. SEND IAS will talk about what schools should be doing if your child has SEN (Special Education Needs). They will talk you through all parts of SEN Support, EHCP assessments and the Local Offer will also be covered. Our workshops are free but we
Making Sense of Issues around Food
PLEASE NOTE THIS WORKSHOP IS NOT YET AVAILABLE TO BOOK. This workshop will discuss children who display eating difficulties such as selective eating; in particular relating to children with autistic spectrum conditions, Sensory Processing Difficulties, behavioural issues and anxiety. You will learn about factors that affect eating and explore possible causes for Behavioural Feeding Difficulties.
Making Sense of Challenging Behaviour in...
PLEASE NOTE THIS WORKSHOP IS NOT YET AVAILABLE TO BOOK. This workshop gives you an insight into the way your young person’s brain works, how to avoid confrontation and how to respond when conflict occurs. 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
Making Sense of Challenging Behaviour (2-11 years)
PLEASE NOTE THIS WORKSHOP IS NOT YET AVAILABLE TO BOOK. An introduction to Challenging Behaviour which is aimed at parent/carers of children up to the age of 11 with additional needs/disabilities. You will explore ways to respond to your child so that positive behaviour is encouraged and challenging behaviour is reduced. Our workshops are free but we would welcome a small donation to the charit