Amaze is the Information, Advice and Support Service for Brighton and Hove.
Amaze works with parents and carers of disabled children and children with special educational needs aged 0-25. We also support young people with special educational needs and disabilities up to 25.
Amaze offers one point of access to information, advice and support on issues relating to education, social care, leisure, money matters and health care.
How Amaze can help
Click on one of the subjects below to find out more about the help Amaze offers:
- Telephone helpline
- Information, Advice and Support
- Independent Support with EHC Planning
- The Compass and the Compass Card
- The Carers' Card
- Face to Face Befriending
- Workshops and support groups
- The Parent Carers’ Council
- Amazing Futures Peer Support for Young People
- How to contact Amaze
The Helpline is our first point of contact for parent carers or young people who want advice and support about any issue relating to special educational needs or disabilities. The Amaze Helpline is open Monday to Friday 9.30am to 2pm.
Our Information, Advice and Support Service (IASS) gives dedicated, one to one support to parent carers or young people who need extra help to sort out difficulties they might be having with education, health or social care. Our IASS workers can help you prepare for important meetings, speak to services on your behalf or just be there in a crisis.
Amaze produces a range of publications that are designed to give parent carers of children with SEN and disabilities the information they need, when they need it. The Amaze website also contains lots of useful information and downloadable documents that makes information available to parents even when the Helpline is closed.
Find out more about our handbooks, fact sheets and newsletter in the Publications section of the Amaze website.
Amaze Independent Supporters can give parent carers and young people extra support when they go through the process of getting an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan. Read more about EHC Plans.
Amaze manages The Compass (Brighton & Hove’s ‘disability register’ of children with significant special needs between the ages of 0 and 25) on behalf of Brighton & Hove City Council. Each child or young person on The Compass is given a free leisure incentive card called the Compass Card. The card provides discounts and special offers on leisure across the city.
Read more about the Compass on The Compass Card website
Amaze welcomes enquiries from professionals about the data we keep. We can provide information on the numbers of children on The Compass for example, numbers with particular conditions, or proportions living in a certain area. We can also provide a more detailed analysis on request.
The Carers' Card is is an incentive card that gives offers and discounts on leisure, health and wellbeing activities across Brighton and beyond. The offers are developed by the Compass Card/Carers’ Card Development Worker at Amaze. Parent carers whose child has a Compass Card automatically qualify for a Carers’ Card. Find out more about the Carers' Card.
Face 2 Face is a peer support service that offers befriending to families around the time of diagnosis or other challenges. The project is delivered by a team of volunteers, all parents of children with additional needs, who receive intensive training and ongoing supervision.
Workshops are designed to provide parents with practical ideas and strategies for working with and supporting children and young people with special needs. Programmes include Insiders Guide parent support courses and Triple P positive parenting courses and a new Amazing Futures peer support groups for young people up to 25.
Amaze supports the PaCC, a city-wide group of local parent carers that provides a voice for parents of children with special needs and works to improve local services. All parent carers are welcome to join the PaCC. Visit www.paccbrighton.org.uk for more information.
The Amazing Futures Project trains young volunteers with and without additional needs to provide peer support to disabled young people aged 14-25, helping young people to build their confidence, widen their social networks and improve their employment prospects as they move into adulthood. Peer support may be delivered one-to-one or in groups and the project also offers accessible information resources and workshops for disabled young people.
How to contact Amaze
You can find more information, advice and support on the Amaze Brighton website.
Amaze telephone helpline:
Open Monday to Friday 9.30am to 2pm