Amaze

For families of children and young people with SEN and disabilities helpline 01273 772289

the amaze team

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    • Rachel Travers
    • Chief Executive

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    Rachel Travers

    Chief Executive

    I am responsible for the smooth running of Amaze: ensuring our strategy and plans meet the needs of local families with disabled children and for securing the organisation’s future. I attend many city-wide meetings championing the needs of parent carers and their children in order to improve services. I work part time Monday-Thursday.
    Direct Email


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    • Ros Cook
    • Operations Director

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    Ros Cook

    Operations Director

    I manage Amaze’s advice , information and support services for parents including the helpline, one to one casework, publications, courses and outreach. My role is to help the Amaze team offer the best service they can to parents and keep things running smoothly. But I like to keep a direct link with parents so you may catch me on the helpline sometimes or meet me running a workshop or training course. I work part time usually Monday to Thursday.
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    • Lizzie Batten
    • DLA Project Manager

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    Lizzie Batten

    DLA Project Manager

    I manage the DLA volunteer team who offer parents one to one help with making claims for DLA and PIP. As well as being a bit of a disability guru, I am passionate about helping parents to get the support they deserve. I offer advice through our helpline and, as our longest standing member of staff, get involved in lots of different aspects of Amaze work. I work full time.
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    • Janet Poole
    • IAS Worker – Education lead

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    Janet Poole

    IAS Worker – Education lead

    I am a member of the Independent Advice and Support team. My specialism is education and I provide practical advice and support on education matters for parent carers of children with special educational needs. I also work on the helpline and do some direct work with parents. I work part time and am flexible in my working days.
    Direct Email


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    • Sue Winter
    • Preparing for Adulthood Worker

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    Sue Winter

    Preparing for Adulthood Worker

    I co-ordinate the Preparing for Adulthood Parent Support Volunteers. I run training, information and get together sessions for parents of teenagers. I update the handbook Through the Next Maze and am involved in strategic work in the city to improve the support for parents and young people as they become adults.
    Direct Email


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    • Zoe Brinkworth
    • Finance and Quality Controller

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    Zoe Brinkworth

    Finance and Quality Controller

    I am Finance Manager and Quality Controller for Amaze with responsibility for purchasing, invoicing, accounts and payroll. I work part time, usually Tuesday to Thursday.
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  • Charlotte Moroney, Amaze's Website and Publications Manager
    • Charlotte Moroney
    • Publications and Website Manager

  • Charlotte Moroney, Amaze's Website and Publications Manager
    Charlotte Moroney

    Publications and Website Manager

    I manage this website and all our print publications. My work is very varied and includes writing, editing, design and layout, but I am most passionate about giving parents information that is clear, accessible and friendly. I work part-time, generally Tuesday to Thursday.
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    • Tina Brownbill
    • Database Manager

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    Tina Brownbill

    Database Manager

    I manage The Compass and Amaze’s main database; oversee the IT; and manage the Office Administrator. My main work interest is monitoring and evaluation. I work part time hours, Monday-Friday.
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    • Nicola Keene
    • Projects Administrator

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    Nicola Keene

    Projects Administrator

    I am jointly responsible for the day to day running of the Compass and provide administration support with Compass development. I support Lizzie with her DLA administration and her team of DLA volunteers and I am also the office volunteer coordinator. I work part-time Monday to Thursday.
    Direct Email


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    • Ann Blackburn
    • Compass Card/Carers Card Development Worker

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    Ann Blackburn

    Compass Card/Carers Card Development Worker

    Ann negotiates and maintains all the offers on the Compass Card and the city’s Carers’ Card – all 100+ of them! She also sends out Compass Team News, Amaze’s weekly e-bulletin and develops and supports Compass Card Activities, Amaze-endorsed special needs-friendly activities. When she’s not working, she’s usually getting grubby on her allotment.
    Direct Email


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    • Paolo Boldrini
    • PaCC Parent Participation Worker

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    Paolo Boldrini

    PaCC Parent Participation Worker

    I support the work of the Parent Carers’ Council (PaCC). The parent led forum was set up in 2007 to give voice to parent carers so that services delivery across Brighton & Hove reflects and satisfies the needs of people who use them. I facilitate and enable parent representatives’ involvement by providing supervision and training. I am not a parent carer but have extensive experience of supporting various groups to access mainstream and specialist services.
    Direct Email


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    • Nicky Bagilhole
    • Fundraising Manager

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    Nicky Bagilhole

    Fundraising Manager

    I am the Amaze Fundraising Manager and I work Monday to Thursday. I would love to hear from you if you would like more information about getting involved as an individual, group or company. If you could you share an idea or contact, run a marathon, attend an event or volunteer to raise much needed funds and profile for our charity, please contact me.
    Direct Email


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    • Emma Parker
    • IAS Worker – Helpline and Personal Budgets Lead

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    Emma Parker

    IAS Worker – Helpline and Personal Budgets Lead

    As part of my role as an Independent Advice and Support Service worker, I am a helpline adviser and I enjoy the varied work that supporting parents brings. I am also an Independent Supporter, giving practical support to families during the Education Health and Care plan process and facilitate training with parents and practitioners in Brighton and Hove.
    Direct Email


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    • Diana Boyd
    • PaCC Vice Chair

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    Diana Boyd

    PaCC Vice Chair

    As Vice-Chair of PaCC, I support the Chair and work as a parent rep. Rep work involves consulting with parent carers and then feeding back their views to professionals at the local authority and in health services. I am also responsible for the Partnership Charter and the development of a co-production policy to help embed partnership working at all levels.


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    • Marie Baker
    • Leisure Development and Engagement Officer

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    Marie Baker

    Leisure Development and Engagement Officer

    It is my job is to develop offers for the new Compass Card West Sussex, a leisure discount scheme for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. I get to visit all sorts of leisure venues and negotiate the best deals for families. I also get the opportunity to meet with parent carers and young people to ensure we’re getting the right offers on the Compass Card.


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    • Ruhiya Yousuf
    • IAS Worker – Health and Social Care Lead

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    Ruhiya Yousuf

    IAS Worker – Health and Social Care Lead

    I am an Independent Support worker for Brighton. I am here to support parents as they go through the process of transferring from Statements to EHCPs. I help them understand the process, to support them and to enable them to have a voice. I work part-time and my working hours are flexible to work around parents and their needs. As a parent carer myself I can understand the confusion and difficulties parents face so I am passionate about empowering them.


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    • Gillian Kitchener
    • IAS Worker – Preparing for Adulthood Lead

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    Gillian Kitchener

    IAS Worker – Preparing for Adulthood Lead


  • fiona
    • Fiona England
    • PaCC Co-Chair

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    Fiona England

    PaCC Co-Chair

    I am very interested in the parent carers voice in Brighton and Hove. The new government guidelines stress the importance of parent partnership, which was a motivating factor in applying for this role.


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    • Karen Robinson
    • Leisure Development and Engagement Officer

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    Karen Robinson

    Leisure Development and Engagement Officer

    It’s my job is to develop offers for the new Compass Card West Sussex, a leisure discount scheme for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. I get to visit all sorts of places and negotiate the best deals for families.


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    • Jo Levi
    • PaCC Administration and Communications Assistant

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    Jo Levi

    PaCC Administration and Communications Assistant

    I work at the Parent and Carers Council supporting the team with administration and communications. This ever changing job can mean anything from organising PaCC events, posting news and information on social media, designing flyers and most importantly keeping Parent Carers informed and to date and involved with all the latest information and news that may effect them. As a parent carer myself I appreciate the need to have a voice supporting the parent carer community and ensuring that our needs are addressed, enabling the best outcomes for ourselves and our children.


  • Debbie
    • Debbie Collins
    • IAS Worker – Independent Support Lead

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    Debbie Collins

    IAS Worker – Independent Support Lead

    I have responsibility for allocating independent support cases to the team and supervising the work of the Independent Supporter for Young People. I also provide independent support and liaise with the local authority and schools to promote the service.
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    • Aileen Welch
    • Trust Fundraising Manager

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    Aileen Welch

    Trust Fundraising Manager

    I am responsible for developing and managing relationships with trusts and foundations and other grant funders such as the Big Lottery Fund. This includes identifying and researching new funders, developing proposals for funding and completing applications and monitoring reports. I work part time Monday – Thursday.


  • Anne
    • Ann D
    • Independent Supporter – West Sussex

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    Ann D

    Independent Supporter – West Sussex

    I am part of the West Sussex Independent Support Team, working to support parents whose children are going through the EHCP process. I work flexibly three days a week throughout West Sussex, and offer support on the phone, via email and in person.


  • Shirley
    • Shirley Sutton
    • Independent Supporter – West Sussex

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    Shirley Sutton

    Independent Supporter – West Sussex

    I am a parent carer of a child with special needs. I am also an active member of the West Sussex Parent Carer Forum.


  • Sarah
    • Sarah Gathercole
    • Projects Administrator

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    Sarah Gathercole

    Projects Administrator

    I work at Amaze as a Projects Administrator. I support the Compass and Independent Support teams with a range of administrative tasks – including updating the database, sending out new compass cards and processing independent support referrals. My normal working days are Monday to Thursday each week.


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    • Liam Ryan
    • Independent Support Manager

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    Liam Ryan

    Independent Support Manager

    I have worked in education (Disability Services and Safeguarding) for 20 years and it’s a real pleasure now to be supporting families to access the new Education, Health and Care (EHC) assessments. Amaze has a highly experienced team of Independent Supporters working to ensure that the best quality EHC Plans can be produced with families in West Sussex and Brighton & Hove.


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    • Sally Cristin
    • Independent Supporter for Young People in Brighton and Hove

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    Sally Cristin

    Independent Supporter for Young People in Brighton and Hove

    I am an Independent Supporter for young people in Brighton and Hove. I support young people (aged 16 -25) as they go through the process of requesting, or transferring to an Education, Health and Care Plan. I help them to understand the process and support them with their paperwork and meetings so that they can feel their views are important and contribute to the content of their Education, Health and Care Plan.


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    • Mo Courtney
    • Administrator and Communications Assistant

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    Mo Courtney

    Administrator and Communications Assistant

    I am administrator and communications Assistant at Amaze. I provide administrative support to members of the Amaze team, including the CEO, and run the busy Amaze office including co-ordinating events and training, internal and external communication and HR admin. I also support management committee meetings and co-ordinate our Info Fair. I work Mondays to Thursdays.


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    • Diana H
    • Independent Supporter – West Sussex

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    Diana H

    Independent Supporter – West Sussex

    I very much enjoy helping parents and their children and young people to feel confident and supported as they follow the EHC assessment process through its course. I have a grown up son who has Down’s Syndrome and was one of the first people to have a Statement back in the 1980s. I worked in the area of special needs for 15 years until I moved to Sussex with my partner in December 2014. My usual working days are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays but I can be flexible to accommodate meetings on other weekdays if necessary.


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    • Hugh Clench
    • Chair

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    Hugh Clench

    Chair

    Being a parent or carer of a child with special needs brings many challenges and rewards. Whether or not you are a parent, being a trustee of a highly valued and respected organisation such as Amaze is a privilege which enriches the lives of all those involved. The role carries a number of set responsibilities, but also provides the freedom to contribute as and when best fits with your own busy life.


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    • Siobhan Cox
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    Siobhan Cox

    I joined the Board of Trustees in January 2011 and really enjoy making a contribution to the great work of Amaze. I am a Partner in a local firm of Solicitors.


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    • Ian Elwick
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    Ian Elwick

    I am a parent of three young children, one of whom has special needs. Learning how to bring up a family without any previous knowledge of SLD or special needs made me realise that all parents and carers like us need the kind of specialist support which Amaze provides. My experience in design, consultancy, fundraising and business support gives me some of the skills which enable me to be useful to Amaze and to other parents. I am a trustee for Amaze because I want to help support them to raise the awareness of issues relating to special needs children and their families and to help support the direct help they offer to parents.


  • karen
    • Karen Smith
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    Karen Smith

    Prior to retiring 12 years ago, most of my career was spent working with children with disabilities at Chailey Heritage and subsequently with families with children with disabilities and special needs in the community. I developed respect for the children who took on, with great courage, some of the tasks required to maintain their health and the problems sometimes encountered trying to integrate into mainstream schools. Also for the parents who, with such good grace, love and determination cared for their children through ever-changing difficulties. Whilst working, I attended Amaze management meetings as a professional representative and was impressed by the respect that both parents and statutory services had for the organisation. I felt honoured to be invited to be a Trustee when I retired. My respect for the organisation continues.


  • Sally
    • Sally Howell
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    Sally Howell

    I am a parent of two children with special needs. I have experience in securing various services for both children over the years and have experience of special needs in mainstream, special and more recently residential schools. I am a trustee for Amaze because I believe in all the work they do to raise the awareness of issues relating to special needs children and in the direct help they offer to parent’s to negotiate the obstacles presented.


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    • Debby Norris
    • Treasurer

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    Debby Norris

    Treasurer

    I joined Amaze because I have an autistic daughter and also a background in Accounting. This charity has been a great support to my daughter and my whole family. Its a pleasure to be in a position to give back and support Amaze.


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    • Fungi Woolnough-Murau
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    Fungi Woolnough-Murau

    I enjoy seeing children smile and laugh. Every child has the ability to contribute to the community they live in. Children of limited abilities need support and encouragement to reach their potential. Amaze offers the platform for parents to navigate services to allow special needs children to lead a fully inclusive life, and it makes me proud to be able to contribute to such an inspirational organisation. An organisation that has supported me as a parent raising a wonderful daughter with special needs.


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    • Ray Knight
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    Ray Knight

    I was familiar with the excellent work that Amaze does in supporting parents of children with special needs during my 30 year career as a teacher and headteacher in mainstream and special schools in Sussex. Having recently retired, I decided to become an Amaze trustee because it would enable me to use my interests, skills and experience to make a contribution to the strategic direction of the organisation. I am also a trustee of Autism Sussex.


  • Julia Donaldson - Amaze Patron
    • Julia Donaldson
  • Julia Donaldson - Amaze Patron
    Julia Donaldson


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    • Henry Normal
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    Henry Normal

    My wife and I were approached to become patrons of Amaze and we were both delighted to accept. We had used their services and taken advice from them in the past when our autism journey (with our son) first began. They are such a positive and supportive organization. We help with the annual comedy fundraiser, The Big Cheer.


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    • Angela Pell
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    Angela Pell

    I have used Amaze many times since our son was diagnosed as being autistic, so I felt very honoured to be asked to be a patron of the charity. We continue even now to go on courses (excellent art classes) run by Amaze and see and hear from my own special needs community, time and time again, how people have been helped, lifted and supported by their services. I help Nicky with fundraising events and am mainly involved in The Big Cheer which I always find to be hilarious. It is the highlight of my year!


  • annabel
    • Annabel Giles
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    Annabel Giles

    I don’t know where I would be without Amaze. There is plenty of help available for our children with special needs, but virtually nothing for those who look after them. Many’s the time I’ve got into a panic about something or another, and Amaze have calmly helped me through. We are so fortunate to have this charity in Brighton; I will do anything I can to help keep it going. And if we can have fun in the process – well, all the better!


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