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Amazing Futures for local young people

13 June 2017

Amaze is delighted to have been awarded £198,734 from the Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities grant scheme to fund its new ‘Amazing Futures Project’ with young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Over the next three years the Amazing Futures project will improve the support available for young people with additional needs during the transition to adulthood. We will be developing information and resources specifically for young people, offering group activities, workshops and training courses to both young people and their parent carers.Amazing Futures_GRADIENT_RGB_150dpi

Amaze is also building a team of young people (18+) to be volunteer peer supporters for other young people with additional needs aged 14 to 25. If you are 18+ with or without SEND and would like to join the Amaze team of peer supporter volunteers, or if you are 14 to 25 with SEND and would like to have a peer supporter, please contact Sue Winter at

As part of the project, Amaze will also offer a part-time paid internship to one young person with additional needs each year. This year’s intern, Danny, is dyslexic and really looking forward to having “the opportunity to support young people who face similar challenges to myself”.

Amaze CEO, Rachel Travers, is particularly delighted to have secured the funding this year:

 “Amaze was founded in 1997 so we are celebrating our 20th birthday throughout the year and winning Big Lottery Funding is the most brilliant way to start us off.”

Rachel sees the Amazing Futures project as living proof of the impact the charity’s work with families has had over the last 20 years: “Amaze has supported a whole generation of children and their families with an ever-expanding range of services, and some of the young people whose parents we have supported over the last 20 years are now keen and able to start helping others.”

Generation Amaze_GRADIENT_RGB_150dpi “Eight of the young people we have recently trained to become peer supporters have a special educational need or disability themselves, and their parent carers tell us their participation in the project is a direct result of Amaze’s help over the years; they have been able to build their own and their child’s resilience, leading them to now feel able to volunteer their time to help other young people with disabilities.”

The Newman’s Own Foundation, NatWest Skills and Opportunities Fund, Sussex Community Foundation and the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation are also contributing funding towards the first year of this project.

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