What is FAB?
Our Fun and Breaks (FAB) trained volunteers support disabled children and young people in accessing social activities. This gives them an opportunity to increase their confidence and independence, make friends and learn new skills while having fun.
A volunteer may take the child or young person out to an activity - to a club, swimming or the park - or they may stay with them in the child’s home, playing together, baking, reading, doing arts and crafts or simply relaxing.
Parents, carers and siblings can use a couple of hours each week to have a rest, catch up on day-to-day activities or spend time with each other. Volunteers can also support families who need an ‘extra pair of hands’ for activities or going out.
FAB is part of West Sussex County Council's Choice Team, which is part of the Lifelong Disability Service. Our service was rated 'Outstanding' in August 2018 after an inspection by the Care Quality Commission.
How to request support
Families can request a service through the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH):
A social worker will discuss the child or young person’s needs and your circumstances and advise you about support options.
From these discussions, an assessment by a social worker in the Choice Team may be agreed and a home visit arranged.
Become a volunteer
If you have a few hours a week to spare, please consider becoming a FAB volunteer.