Thanks to you, parents like Michelle can find a befriender

Michelle has benefited from one-to-one support for four years

Michelle holding her son Brodyn
At first glance, you wouldn't know that four years ago Michelle was, as she put it, "in a very dark tunnel".
 
That was when Denise, our parent befriender co-ordinator, first met Michelle and her family. 
 
Three-year-old Brodyn was particularly active, riding his tricycle one minute, playing football the next, creating all kinds of fun. He'd also just been diagnosed with autism. 
 
Michelle said, "When people see your child on the floor screaming or licking things, you should hear the comments. It was always me that was blamed."
 
From that first meeting, they progressed to practical help.
 
The whole family was exhausted through lack of sleep, so Denise helped her establish a sleep routine for her children. She placed her with a parent befriender; a trained volunteer who has a disabled child themselves and can offer one-to-one support. And Scope's drop-in days gave her and the kids a place where they could all simply be themselves.
 
Michelle has benefited from one-to-one support for four years and while it's still not easy, she now feels she has a real family life.
 
Every new befriender Denise places means Scope can support another family. Each Scope befriender must first complete 40 hours of essential training.

With your help, we can train more parent befrienders.

To help more families like Michelle's, Scope aims to recruit and train another 540 befrienders over the next two years. We can only do this through the regular gifts of donors like you.
 
Thank you again for your generous support.