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our impact

Since its inception Amaze has been a parent-led organisation, innovative in approach and recognised locally and nationally as an example of good practice and excellence.

Generation Amaze – 20 years working with families with disabled children

Amaze turned 20 in 2017 and, as part of the celebrations, we produced this film highlighting our work with families of disabled children and young people in Brighton and Hove over two decades. Parents speak movingly of the huge impact our services and support have had on their lives.

Click on the cover below to read our latest Impact Report for 2016/2017

And you can read our Strategic Business Plan for 2015-18

The quality of our management and our work with parents is reflected in the following accolades:

Key achievements

  • Amaze achieves its Simple Quality Protects bronze award in recognition of its attention to safeguarding children and young people. November 2014
  • Amaze wins government contracts to provide ‘Independent Support’ to parents of children and young people with SEN and disabilities in both Brighton and Hove and West Sussex. This new programme will offer support to parent carers and/or young people who are going through the process of getting a new EHC Plan. July 2014
    Amaze team celebrates winning their GSK Impact Award at London Science Museum ceremony.

    Amaze team celebrates winning their GSK Impact Award at London Science Museum ceremony.

  • Amaze named as one of ten GSK IMPACT* Award winners for 2014 from over 400 charities all over the country who applied for this flagship UK community investment programme. Amaze’s award was in recognition of the work it does to improve the health and wellbeing of parent carers and their families in Brighton and Hove. March 2014
  • Amaze wins gold for ‘Biggest Impact’ in at the inaugural CVSF Sector Stars Awards. The awards, organised by the Community and Voluntary Sector Forum, recognised the charity’s work in Brighton and Hove with parents and carers of children and young people with special needs, some of the city’s most vulnerable families. October 2012
  • The Amaze project is recognised as an exemplar of good practice for families with children with special needs in the Ofsted report for B&H Inspection of Safeguarding and Looked After Children (p. 26) April 2011
  • The Compass is recognised as an example of good practice in Parent Participation in Contact a Family guide due to its independence and leisure card incentive. 2011
  • The National Association for Parenting Practitioners commissioned Amaze Research and Training (ART) to deliver a series of workshops around the country, focusing on ‘Good Practice Working with Parents of Disabled Children’. 2009
  • Our ART Director presented a workshop about building resilience with families at the international ‘Coping and Resilience’ conference in 2009.
  • Together for Disabled Children identifies Amaze’s Compass database and leisure card as examples of good practise in engaging with parents and children. 2008
  • Amaze was invited to consult with parents for the national Bercow Review into services for children and young people with speech, language and communication needs. Key recommendations in the final report reflected what parents said mattered most. 2008
  • Our website won Best Charity Site and a special accessibility award at the Brighton and Hove Web Awards. Dec 2007
  • Amaze was asked to build on its co-training model to deliver Triple P Parenting courses for Brighton and Hove’s Children and Young People Trust, one of 10 local authorities chosen as a DfES Early Intervention Parenting Pathfinder. Sept 2006
  • Amaze invited to join the National Pilot on Person Centred Transition Planning and to become a regional trainer for the project. 2005
  • Amaze assisted the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit to consult with local parents, ‘Improving the Life Chances of Disabled People’. 2004
  • Ofsted-SSI joint inspection, praised Amaze’s Parent Partnership work as ‘a model of excellence’. 2004
  • Audit Commission contracted Amaze to write parent fact sheets to accompany their national review of services for disabled children. 2003
  • Audit Commission cited The Compass as an example of good practice amongst local registers of disabled children. 2003
  • Amaze facilitated a parent group to work with Jenny Morris to write ‘The Right Place: A parent’s guide to choosing a residential special school’ Joseph Rowntree Foundation. 2003
  • Joseph Rowntree Foundation cited our newsletter and handbook for parents as models of good practice in ‘User-friendly information for families with disabled children: A guide to good practice’. 2001

We have grown significantly since 1997: our staff team has quadrupled, we have accumulated a wealth of experience managing numerous short and long term projects, our income has increased four fold and our core services are well established and secure.

A model of excellence
Joint Ofsted/SSI Inspection Report

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