Amaze is a charity that gives information, advice and support to families of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Brighton & Hove and Sussex. We also support young people with SEND up to 25.
What does the opportunity involve doing?
To provide information, advice and support to parents and carers of children/young people with special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities to help them ensure that they get the provision that they need to support their additional needs. Supporting the parent to enable their child or young person to give their views and be actively involved in decision-making about their lives.
The focus is on making sure parents are aware of what may be available for their child and family, supporting the parent and promoting their resilience as they work through processes and negotiations that can feel complex or difficult. But SENDIASS volunteers should also approach the role with the aim of good outcomes for the child/young person i.e. that they are healthy, included in their community, make educational progress and are happy at pre-school/school/college. This will involve promoting good relationships and partnership working between parents and the services they need to work with such as schools, health practitioners, the local authority etc.
What induction, training and support is offered?
The training programme will take place over four weeks for approximately 2.5 hours. We host regular supervision sessions, usually one each half term, where volunteers can meet, share cases they are working with and receive training updates. There is also an expectation that 121 volunteers complete the IPSEA training level 1 on line to update their knowledge on SEND law and practices.
What skills or qualities are needed?
To be a SENDIASS Volunteer you need to:
Have the skills to enable parents and young people to talk openly. Be skilled at listening and communicating with a wide range of people. Have a non-judgemental attitude. Have strengths in using basic IT, reading, understanding complex information and writing clearly.
For support to individual parents you need to be available about ten hours a month or more, usually during school hours, but with flexibility about days and times so as to be able to fit in with parents’ needs and availability.More info
Deadline for applications
31 Mar 2021
Children/families Disabled people