A newly founded Bushey non-profit organisation has made it their mission to support parents of Special Educational Needs (SEN) children.
Having only started their journey in March, serve the community, created by parents for parents.
Strive provide support and guidance in a non-judgemental environment to empower those to cope with the everyday challenges of parenting.
They address special educational needs such as ASD, ADHD, PTSD, school refusal and can offer information on the different types of specialist schools.
Set up by three friends, Becca Walsh, Sam Carey and Siobhan Bradshaw Williams, all three women understand first-hand how important it is to have secure support network.
Sam said: “We don’t want parents to be worried if their child has been diagnosed with something.
“It can be very isolating and sometimes you might feel like the loneliest parent in the world, I know I did, but being able to speak to parents going through the same thing is so nice and reassuring.”
Becca said: “We offer a friendly ear and comfortable space for parents to chat and have a cup of tea as well hold weekly workshops like first aid training.
“We aren’t here to diagnose but we are here for support and advice as we all come from a childcare background.”
Along with the founders, the Strive team have on hand, Lorraine, a child psychologist, Siobhan, a social worker, Abbi, a behavioural specialist, Suzy, a midwife, Sarah, a graphic designer who did all their branding and signage, and a local DSPL representative.
Becca added: “What we do is make sense of SEN, we understand it can be difficult to explain and you feel like you are always trying to justify everything, but at Strive, we can help ease the stress with friendly faces, our knowledge and experience and a nice cup of tea.”
To find out more about the work they do at Strive, you can email the team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call them on 07871 144812.
Picture courtesy of Jamie Harty