Space 2 Talk – support groups for parents

If you are you the parent or carer of a young person with a disability or an additional need you are welcome to join us at our Space 2 Talk drop-ins.

Please note that since the pandemic started, Space 2 Be Me’s face 2 face drop ins have been affected but we are currently running virtual Space 2 Talk sessions as well as some face to face meetings, and our one to one family support service is available by Zoom/Teams, telephone, email and now in person. We are also introducing peer support groups run by parent volunteers who have come forward. If you need any help please contact support@space2beme.org.uk.

Virtual Space 2 Talk

If you would like to join in, please book via the relevant Eventbrite link.

Upcoming dates are:

Wednesday 20th April – 1-2pm BOOK

Monday 16th May 2022 10:30-11:30am BOOK

Tuesday 23rd June 2022 1-2pm BOOK

Take a break, have a mug of tea or coffee and meet other families on a similar journey. Space 2 Talk is a one stop shop for support in any area of additional/special needs, with a family support worker on hand to provide a listening ear over a coffee. Please note that no formal diagnosis is required for access to this service.

Each session is attended by a Family Support Worker, who is available to help with specific issues you may be facing, either at the drop in, or via a one to one appointment afterwards.

Maidstone

We are currently running some face to face sessions at the Howard de Walden Centre, Bluett Street, Maidstone ME14 2UG. These are aimed at providing support in any area of additional/special needs, with a family support worker on hand to provide a listening ear over a coffee. Please note that no formal diagnosis is required for access to this service.

If you would like to join in, please book via the relevant Eventbrite link below:

Thursday 5th May 2022 10-11:30am BOOK

Thursday 7th July 2022 10-11:30am BOOK

Snodland

We are delighted that our sessions in Snodland are now back up and running.

An informal drop-in coffee morning, an opportunity to meet with other parents and speak to one of our Family Support Officers.

These sessions are open to all parent/carers in West Kent (boroughs of: Maidstone. Tonbridge & Malling and Tunbridge Wells), who have a young person with additional needs. No formal diagnosis is required to access any of our services.

Snodland Youth and Children’s Centre, Malling Road, Snodland Kent ME6 5JG

Monday 21st March 2022 10-11:30am BOOK

Wednesday 27th April 2022 10-11:30am BOOK

Wednesday 18th May 2022 10-11:30am BOOK

Thursday 16th June 2022 10-11:30am BOOK

Thursday 14th July 2022 10-11:30am BOOK

Tunbridge Wells

We are attending new parent and parent coffee mornings at Oakley School starting in September 2021. Please contact support@space2beme.org.uk to find out more

Space 2 Be Me will also be attending drop ins for parents and carers of children/young people
with Autistic Spectrum Condition. These are run by the Specialist Teacher team in Tunbridge Wells, however one of our Family Support Officers will usually be in attendance for at least part of the session. See below for times and dates:

Please note that due to COVID, the session on 11th January has been cancelled.

Please note that due to COVID, the session on 11th January has been cancelled.

Peer Support Groups

Peer Support Groups are part of a new initiative for Space 2 Be Me, and are volunteer-led friendship meetings with like-minded peers who are also parents to children with additional needs. The groups aim to help people build connections, find out more about Space 2 Be Me and access support through our family support service. There is often a member of support staff on hand or else you can put in a request via the group for a support worker to contact you.

We are looking to roll out peer support groups across West Kent so if it is something you are interested in getting involved in please do get in touch with fiona@space2berme.org.uk

For more information about the drop-ins and peer support groups or if you would rather have a one to one chat with a Family Support Worker please call 01622 764566 or email support@space2beme.org.uk.