“Staying Connected, Staying Safe”
The college has a team of specialists who are here to support you and young person while you stay safe at home. Get in touch if we can help you and/or your young person with any of the following:
If you need to talk to someone about learning support for your young person, simply email one of our Learning Support Managers:
If you need to talk to someone about therapy for your young person, simply email our Therapy Manager:
If you need to talk to someone about a Foundation course (entry level), simply email one of our Heads of Curriculum:
If you need to talk to someone about a safeguarding issue, simply email one of our Safeguarding Managers:
Resources, activities and ideas to support you and your young person to plan your time at home
Guidance on any exceptions to the Government rules for people with SEND
If your young person has a learning disability or autism and needs to leave the house to exercise for more than once a day, the government has said that they are allowed to do this and travel by car to a quieter area if they need to. To give you reassurance, please take a copy of this letter (click here to download) from Amaze with you.
Organisations that can you help you to manage your finances while you are at home
Turn2Us is a national charity helping people when times get tough. They provide financial support to help people get back on track during Covid-19 and in the future.
Lots of places are trying to support you to stay at home. See what's on offer in your area.
Groups and organisations that will give you the opportunity to talk with people who are in the same position as you
If you would like to talk to people who are in a similar situation to you, Carers O'clock could be the right place at the right time. Click here to download more information.
East Sussex Parent Carer Forum
East Sussex Parent Carer Forum is run by people who are experiencing similar issues to you. They make sure that the views of parents and young people with SEND are at the heart of all decision making. They also have some great resources to use whilst your at home with your family:
If you would like to stay connected with your friends or join the chat with East Sussex Parents and Carers you can use Zoom. This short tutorial is a beginners guide to using Zoom for the first time.
Groups and organisations that will be able to give you the support you need to look after yourself so that you can continue to look after the people who rely on you
Please see the latest information regarding the Southdown Peer Support Service here:
We recognise that during this challenging time connecting with others is an important part of maintaining positive health and well-being.
As well as supporting current clients, the ESCN Peer Service are also accepting new referrals for 1:1 support. This can be ‘light touch’ , supporting you/clients to manage their mental health and well-being during this challenging time, or more long term support for up to 6-8 weeks.
Support will be provided by a Peer Specialist who draws on their own lived experience and recovery journey to mentor and guide others. The Peer Specialist will enable you/your clients to identify strategies/tools to help manage your mental health and promote recovery and well-being. Where needed, they will also signpost to relevant services.
Support will be provided over the phone, however, our team are also exploring new communication platforms and methods to meet the current needs of the community.
To ease the referral process, we have adapted our current referral form (click here to download).
Please send completed referral forms to: PeerServiceESussex@southdown.org
For further support/ information about this service please contact Michelle Trunchion (Team Manager) on 07772 613945 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Eastbourne Volunteers have launched a telephone befriending service –if you know anyone who needs support get in touch with Helen Burton at email@example.com.
The contact point where residents of East Sussex can turn if they feel they need some extra help in coping with the effects of coronavirus or if they know someone else who needs help. Click here to download details.
Are you a parent or carer who is concerned about the mental health of your child or teenager? Do you just want some hints and tips on working with your young person while you are together 24/7 at home? Visit www.minded.org.uk
FREE courses that you can do while you are at home. Learn for fun, to gain a qualification or to simply pass the time
These courses are free if you are over the age of 19 and have lived in the UK or and EU country for the last 3 years. Please see the link below for information about all the courses, where to go for more information and how to apply. Please note that all applications and requests for further information are via Grasp Learning team on Tel: 030 300 39777 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, not the Community Learning team.
As part of the enrolment process, you will be asked to do a short Information, Advice and Guidance questionnaire and will also be asked to complete a short maths and English assessment. These should be nothing to worry about and are to assess that you will be able to complete the course independently.
Free course on autism which has been updated to include information about the coronavirus:
Supporting Parent Carers and Young People with SEND