Caring for a disabled child can be tough. When you’re juggling work, household tasks and countless medical appointments for your child, there’s little time left for you. Many parents feel alone and unsupported.
How we can help you
Face 2 Face in Cornwall is our free befriending service offering one-to-one emotional support for parents of disabled children or those with additional needs.
Is this for me?
If you are caring for a disabled child, it’s for you. You can also use this service if your child has not been diagnosed.
Who will I meet?
You’ll meet a befriender who is a trained listener, there for you if you want to laugh, cry or simply let off steam about your day. All our befrienders are parents of disabled children, so they know better than most where you’re coming from.
Face 2 Face is run by an experienced co-ordinator and all of our volunteer befrienders receive training and on-going support.
How do I start?
Just call or email and we will introduce you to a trained befriender. Sessions take place in your home, or at a nearby location of your choice, and last around an hour. You might want to meet your befriender just once or twice, or for a few months. You and your befriender will decide what’s best for you.
We also hold Oasis groups. These are for parents, carers or grandparents of a disabled child or young person, or those with any additional needs. The groups are free, friendly and informal, held regularly - some weekly, some monthly. You can attend with your child, their siblings or on your own. Please contact us to find out more about your local group.
Visit the Face 2 Face Cornwall Facebook group.
- Call our Mid Cornwall co-ordinator, Sharon Sproull, on 07748 986173
- Call our West Cornwall co-ordinator, Tamsin Blight, on 07887 873985
- Call our East Cornwall co-ordinator, Emma Shaw, on 07879 433866