Face2Face offers a free and confidential 1:1 befriending service for parents of children with a disability.
Have you recently learnt that your child has a disability? Perhaps the news came as a complete shock to you? Maybe you have known about your child’s disability for a while but are finding things difficult at the moment?
If you are the parent/carer of a disabled child, we can help.
All our befrienders are parents who have been trained to give the best possible support to others. They provide 1:1 support in your own home, without judgement or agenda. As the befrienders are parents themselves, they can remember how they wanted to talk to someone who understood what they were feeling at the time. Many people find it invaluable to have another parent who can simply listen and understand.
Monthly befriending groups are also available for Mums and Dads (these are seperate groups)
These groups are a great way to meet with others going through similar experiences. We hope the groups will help you to develop new friendships, socialise and gain emotional and moral support.
The groups are facilitated by two trained befrienders. Female befrienders for the Mums group and males for the Dads.
The monthly meetings take place at: Riverbourne Health Club, Herriot Road, Chertsey, KT16 9DR on the following dates:
Mum-2-Mums: Wed 22nd November, Wed 20th December, 24th January, 28th February and 20th March - all from 8.00pm - 9.45pm
Dad-2-Dads: Wed 8th November, Wed 13th December, 10th January, 14th February and 13th March - all from 8.00pm - 9.45pm
Could you help other parents?
There is also the opportunity to become a befriender yourself. You will get full support, and we run a training course to ensure that you are equipped with all the necessary skills.
For more information please contact our Face2Face Co-ordinator, Miriam Wichmann (Wednesday and Thursday – term time only).