Peer and career support for young people with SEND

Amaze’s Amazing Futures and Looking Forward projects

Brighton-based charity Amaze offers information, advice and support to under-25s with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and their families living in Brighton & Hove and Sussex. Originally, SLN Uni Connect provided funding to Amaze as part of its Emergency Learning at Home Fund; it is now supporting two Amaze projects as part of its Community Fund.  

Amazing Futures is a peers support service for young people with SEND that offers fun games and activities, a chance to make friends and to talk to trained peer supporters. Young people can also contribute to Amazine, the charity’s online magazine.

The second project, Looking Forward, provides career support for 14 to 25 year olds with SEND. This includes information and advice, one-to-one action plan support, job-seeking skills sessions and next-steps workshops.

The charity’s experiences with young people and parent/carers is also helping to inform SLN’s influencing work, which aims to ensure that Brighton & Hove and East Sussex county councils are aware of the challenges on the ground and shape services/educational support in response to these. Amaze is also helping SLN develop the SEND sections of its new website Learning4Life Sussex. 

Partners: Amaze

Funding source: Uni Connect

SLN contact: Debra Vice-Holt

Duration: Ongoing

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