Amaze provides parents with information, training and support so they can help disabled young people make a smooth and positive move into adulthood.
We can also offer some direct support to young people up to 25. Read more about how we can support young people directly.
For parent carers of young people, our helpline advisers can give in-depth advice about any issues relating to planning for your child’s adulthood, and we can also offer more direct support.
Preparing for Adulthood Parent Supporters
Amaze can offer one to one support from a Preparing for Adulthood Parent Supporter to parents of teenagers in Years 10 and 11 who are disabled or who have special needs. Our Supporters are trained volunteers who can help with things like: talking over which is the best college for your child; attending meetings at college with you; helping your child to get their views across or finding out what sort of financial support is available. Having a Preparing for Adulthood Parent Supporter is a bit like having a knowledgeable friend. They are not there to take over or boss you about. They will ask you what you need help with, and give you impartial advice and the information you need to make decisions yourself.
Transition Development Worker
Amaze has a dedicated Transition Development Worker. As well as training and managing the team of Preparing for Adulthood Parent Supporters, she researches and maintains the latest information about all aspects of preparing for adulthood locally and also keeps in touch with what’s happening at a national level through the Transition Information Network. This is a way of finding out about good practice and information nationally, and influencing what’s going on at a local level regarding preparing for adulthood (sometimes called transition planning), for example introducing Person Centred Transition Review Meetings to schools in Brighton & Hove.
What if I’m not happy with my Parent Supporter?
Contact the Transition Development Worker via the Helpline 01273 772289 and we will try to resolve the problem. You can also give us your feedback on this website. Visit the contact us page and fill in our feedback form. You may also want to read our complaints procedure and policy.
Parents with Teenagers group
The Transition Development Worker also coordinates a group for parents of teenagers with special needs.
They meet every two months to share information and experiences. Issues parents want raised are taken back to Brighton and Hove’s Transition Forum and the Learning Disability Partnership Board. Parents of teenagers with special needs are representatives on the Forum and the Partnership Board. For details of the next Parents with Teens meeting see our calendar of events.
Preparing for adulthood information sessions
Amaze also organises regular information sessions for parents to help them prepare for the Annual Review in Year 9 when planning for the ‘transition’ to adulthood formally begins.
Through the Next Maze
Amaze produces a handbook full of information and advice for parents of young people aged 14+ called Through the Next Maze. Read more about our Through the Next Maze handbook.