Your support changes lives

Scope parent befrienders make a world of difference

Charlene with her son Jacob

Every ten minutes another parent receives the news that their child is disabled. But thanks to your support, we can make a life-changing difference to parents through our befriending network.

Each befriender has a disabled child of their own and attends 40 hours of training with talks, exercises and role-plays to help them give the best support to other parents who have nowhere else to turn.
 
Charlene’s son Jacob aged 12 has cerebral palsy.
 
When Charlene got in touch with Scope, volunteer befriender Alison visited her.
 
Charlene told Alison how desperate she was to do the best for her son. And how angry she was at people’s reactions.
 
“I’m so proud of my son Jacob but I hate taking him out. People stare at us and make comments,” says Charlene.
 
Alison, whose daughter has Down’s syndrome spent a lot of time just listening and gave Charlene advice to deal with being out with Jacob. She also told Charlene about after-school clubs that would welcome them.
 
As Alison left, Charlene told her, “Without this service there would be nowhere for me to go for emotional support. I’m so grateful.”
 
Thanks to you, we can train more volunteer befrienders to be life-changers.