Outside agencies and useful information for parents and carers


Amaze works with parents and carers of children and young people with any special need or disability, aged 0-19 years. Amaze offers one point of access to information, advice and support on issues relating to education, social care, leisure, money matters and health care.

How Amaze can help

Please see the  subjects below to find out more about the help Amaze offers:

Telephone helpline – (01273) 772289

The helpline offers advice and support to parents and professionals about any issue relating to children with special needs. It is open Monday to Thursday 9.30am- 12 noon.

One to one help with education issues

The Amaze IPS Project provides support for parents in understanding SEN processes (special educational needs processes) and working with schools and the local education authority to get the right help for their child.

One to one help with Disability Living Allowance (DLA) applications

Amaze’s Disability Living Allowance (DLA) Project provides support for parent carers who are applying or re-applying for DLA for their child.

The Compass and the Compass Card

Amaze manages The Compass (Brighton & Hove’s ‘disability register’ of children with significant special needs between the ages of 0 and 19) on behalf of Brighton & Hove City Council. Each child on The Compass is given a free leisure incentive card called the Compass Card. The card provides discounts and special offers on leisure across the city.  To apply for a Compass Card please click here

Amaze welcomes enquiries from professionals about the data we keep. We can provide information on the numbers of children on The Compass for example, numbers with particular conditions, or proportions living in a certain area. We can also provide more detailed analyses on request.

Information and publications

Amaze produces a range of publications that are designed to give parent carers the information they need, when they need it.

You can find more information about this on the Amaze Brighton Publications section.

Workshops and support groups

Workshops are designed to provide parents with practical ideas and strategies for working with and supporting children and young people with special needs. A teen support group meets regularly, offering parents the chance to meet others and share experiences and mutual support.

Development work

Amaze works to influence the planning and development of services for children and young people with special needs.

The Parent Carers’ Council (PaCC)

Amaze supports the PaCC, a city-wide group of local parent carers that provides a voice for parents of children with special needs and works to improve local services. All parent carers are welcome to join the PaCC.

Amaze Research and Training (ART)

ART offers training, research and advice locally and nationally on good practice in work with families with disabled children, including parent carer participation, working well with parents and resilient therapy.

How to contact Amaze

You can find more information, advice and support on their website by clicking on  http://amazebrighton.org.uk/

Amaze telephone helpline: (01273) 772289
Open Monday to Thursday 9.30am- 12 noon

Amaze address: Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XG
Email: info@amazebrighton.org.uk
Web: http://amazebrighton.org.uk/

Family Lives website – information for parents and carers

Family Lives is a website which offers information, advice and support to parents about all aspects of family life including schooling, special needs, behaviour, discipline, bullying and many more issues. Click on this link to see what work they do and the resources they offer to families.


The Carers Centre has a specialist team of trained and experienced Support & Outreach Workers who can provide a range of support options to young carers and their families.

Click on this link Young Carers Brigton Website to access the website