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Face2Face – parents who understand parents

Face2Face is a volunteer-led group of parents and carers who have a child or young person with a disability who offer friendship and support to other parents or carers of children with additional needs or disabilities.

All our befrienders are trained in order to provide the best possible support to other parents. They know how important it is to be able to talk to someone who understands what you are going through, to be listened to, and to be reassured that what you are feeling is OK. Above all, our befrienders can help give parents and carers a positive view about the future of their child.

Gareth’s story

How can Face2Face help you?

Our one-to-one befriending service can be helpful to parents whose child has been newly diagnosed, but can be just as relevant to parents at any time in their journey of bringing up a disabled child or young person. Equally, we welcome parents who do not have a diagnosis at all but have concerns about their child’s development.

The befriending service is informal, flexible and free. Parents and carers can come to us directly or be referred to us via their GP, health visitor, social worker or school.

“When we met our befriender, it was clear she’d been through something very similar. We suddenly felt: here’s someone who understands.”

Social events

In addition to the one-to-one befriending service, Face2Face hosts a number of informal get-togethers which are friendly, free and an opportunity for parent carers to meet each other, exchange information and talk to others who understand.

Find out more

For more information about Face2Face’s befriending service and events, please contact Sandhya Gulati, Face2Face Coordinator. 

T 01737 229230
E face2face@ymcaeastsurrey.org.uk