Face 2 Face Befriending Service
All Parents discovering their child has a special need or disability should have access to emotional support.
Face 2 Face is a service for, and delivered by, parents of children with a special need or disability.
The Plymouth scheme will take referrals from any family of a disabled or special needs child and match them with a local volunteer parent, who themselves have disabled children, to act as ‘befrienders’.
Suitable volunteer parents will receive a fully accredited training package developed by Friends and Families of Special Children. Thiswill enable them to share and empathise with new parents drawing on their own experiences.
Objectives of the Face 2 Face service
- To ensure that parents who discover their child has a disability are supported, to understand their child’s special need or disability and their own feelings about the diagnosis.
- To communicate the long term benefits to be derived from the empathetic presence of a parent who has personal experience of disability.
- To enable parents to become empowered and thereby able to manage theirfamiliesnew situation.
- To inform and educate parents and service providers about the complex emotional issues surrounding the discovery of disability in a child.
“The emotional support I received from my befriender was fantastic and the opportunity to off load and reveal my concerns and fears was like having a huge weight lifted off my shoulders.”
– Gareth Allen (parent)