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Face 2 Face Isle of Wight is a befriending service for parents of children with disabilities. The scheme offers one to one emotional support from assessed and trained volunteer befrienders who can support parents either at diagnosis of their child’s disability, whilst going through gaining a diagnosis for their child or at any time of crisis related to their child’s additional need. All befrienders are parents of a child with a disability themselves so can truly understand as they’ve ‘been there’ themselves. They are available to emotionally support, empower and encourage parents at any time that may be less than easy in relation to their child’s additional need. They can signpost to other more appropriate services if needed. Support can be either face to face, via email or telephone. Befrienders are supervised and supported and paid expenses.
Referrals to the Face 2 Face IoW service can be made by parents, family, friends or local professionals (with the parent’s consent).
If you feel you could benefit from this service, or are interested in becoming a befriender, please contact the scheme coordinator Ally Nordbruch-Goode on 07435 966750 or email email@example.com
Face 2 Face IoW’s official launch is on Wednesday 20th June from 10am – 2pm at the Riverside Centre, Newport, IoW. All are welcome to come along and find out more about the scheme particularly parents and professionals who work with families. A free buffet lunch will be provided.