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

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Website
Address

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

Upcoming Events

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...
Thursday, 6 October 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 hannah@reachingfamilies.org.uk 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...
Thursday, 6 October 2022
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Making Sense of SEN Support at School

This online workshop is aimed at parents/carers of children with Special Educational Needs and /or Disabilities (SEND) who want to have an understanding of what schools need to be doing to support you and your child where there is no Education Health Care Plan (EHCP). Please note this workshop is not suitable for parents who already have an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) in place for their chi...
Friday, 7 October 2022
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Understanding Autism

Free online workshop for parents and carers of children and young people who may be or are on the Autistic spectrum. Learn more about your child/young persons diagnosis and how Autism and social communication difficulties may impact upon them in the home, school and wider community. We will look at the autism profile, sensory sensitivities and helpful strategies for supporting your child. You will...
Tuesday, 11 October 2022
Bognor Regis,

Handling Stress and Building Your Own 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: Tuesday 11th October Time: 9.45am - 12.30pm Venue: Southway Primary School, South Way, Bognor Regis, PO21 5EZ To book your free place, pleas...
Tuesday, 11 October 2022
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Making Sense of Wellbeing - Positive Thinking

Making Sense of Wellbeing - Resilience Skills - Session 5. 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, 12 October 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, 13 October 2022
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Making Sense of Challenging Behaviour (2-11yrs)

An introduction to Challenging Behaviour which is aimed at parent/carers of children aged from 2 years up to the age of 11/Year 6 with additional needs/disabilities in West Sussex.  You will explore ways to respond to your child so that positive behaviour is encouraged and challenging behaviour is reduced. To book your free place, please go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/375165629497 After b...
Thursday, 13 October 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 hannah@reachingfamilies.org.uk 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, 18 October 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. ...
Tuesday, 18 October 2022
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Making Sense of Wellbeing - Mindfulness: You...

Making Sense of Wellbeing - Resilience Skills - Session 6. 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...
Thursday, 20 October 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 hannah@reachingfamilies.org.uk 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, 1 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, 1 November 2022
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Making Sense of Wellbeing - Relaxation and self...

Session 7 Wellbeing Workshop - Relaxation and self care 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 worksh...
Wednesday, 2 November 2022
Burgess Hill

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-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 u...
Thursday, 3 November 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 hannah@reachingfamilies.org.uk 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, 8 November 2022
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Making Sense of Wellbeing - Mindfulness: Mind...

Session 8 Mindfulness Workshop - Mind and body relaxation 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, 9 November 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, 10 November 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 hannah@reachingfamilies.org.uk 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, 15 November 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. ...
Tuesday, 15 November 2022
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Making Sense of Wellbeing - Managing Anxiety

Session 9 Wellbeing Workshop - Managing Anxiety 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 desi...
Thursday, 17 November 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 hannah@reachingfamilies.org.uk 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, 22 November 2022
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Making Sense of Wellbeing - Mindfulness: Go...

Session 10 Mindfulness Workshop - Go with life’s flow 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 workshop...
Thursday, 24 November 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 hannah@reachingfamilies.org.uk 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, 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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Umbrellas Online

We are running virtual groups weekly as well as in-person events monthly at Billingshurst, Littlehampton and Worthing, contact hannah@reachingfamilies.org.uk 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
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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 hannah@reachingfamilies.org.uk 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!