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Embrace Legal

Introducing Embrace Legal

Embrace Legal

Embrace is well known for its Independent Support for Educational matters.  This service helps parents with filling out Disability Living Allowance forms, obtaining an EHC Assessment, the drafting of EHC Plans, and attendance at school meetings.

All our Independent Supporters are trained and mentored by Rebecca Whippy, who is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives.

Embrace is now very excited to bring you a new service, “Embrace Legal”.

Embrace Legal is run by Rebecca Whippy, CEO of Embrace and trained Legal Professional.  Rebecca offers a specialist law service that provides advice and representation in the following areas:

  • Unlawful Exclusions/Part time time-tables
  • Disability Discrimination and your child’s rights under the Equality Act 2010
  • Parental Requests for an EHC Assessment
  • Appeals to the SENDIST tribunal
  • Mental Capacity, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection matters
  • Disability Living Allowance Appeals
  • Drafting Working Documents

Why Special Needs and Disabled Families love Embrace Legal

The unique thing about Embrace Legal is that instructions can be taken by Rebecca in our therapy suite, either whilst in our sensory room or in our ball pit if it helps the client.  Our non-intrusive approach will put children and parents at ease. Our child-friendly staff and volunteers are experienced in taking instructions from young people with learning disabilities and communication needs, or from parents, whilst their children play.  Rebecca can also attend school meetings, hearings and provide general advice and support.

Rebecca runs two free law clinics each week where free general legal advice is available to parents.

How is Embrace Legal good for the business community?

Rebecca Whippy is also a speaker and can provide workshops and training sessions on Education, filing appeals, the Equality Act 2010 and the Mental Capacity Act.  Rebecca has obtained several accolades for her charity work.

If you run a business and you employ people with special educational needs and disabilities or would like to, Embrace can offer training to your staff in inclusion and Equality Rights.

Why should I use Embrace Legal?

Charities ask for donations all the time, often it is more than people can afford to carry on giving.  By using our legal service, members of the general public get to make an ethical decision about who they use to provide their legal advice.

Having a Lasting Power of Attorney is essential to any healthy person, you never know what is around the corner.  Rebecca Whippy can also make applications to Lasting Powers of Attorney or Deputyship Orders for members of the general public.  The great thing is that you receive affordable legal advice and also have the warm feeling of knowing that you have also helped a charity.

Rebecca Whippy

CEO Embrace – East Sussex

SLIME factory FUN

Slime Factory Fun

During half term, we held a couple of extra clubs, including our Slime Factory.

Lots of messy fun was had by the children and the parents too!

The session sold out very quickly but don’t worry if you missed out this time around.

Look out for another Slime Factory during the next school holiday.

Humphrey & Co

Thank you to Humphrey & Co

We are the Charity of the Year for Humphrey & Co.


Humphrey and Co. have chosen Embrace as their charity of the year and they started by handing over a cheque for £1,000.

What a great start to 2018! Thank you!

Pictured: Rebecca Whippy & Anthony Smith of Humphrey & Co.

Find out more here: Humphrey & Co appoint Embrace East Sussex as their Charity of the year 2018

Half term is here

Half Term activities at the Embrace Centre

Half Term is Here – What Are Your Plans?

The Embrace Centre will be open throughout the half term holidays, with a range of sessions to choose from. Alongside our usual groups and activities, we have a few extras, including a slime factory (messy play for older children). Due to the popularity of the sessions and limited spaces for each group, booking is essential. Unfortunately, we will not be able to provide tickets on the door. Take a look at our Ticket Source page:

For further information or to book a place and pay on the door, email

Embrace Advocate

Could you be an Embrace advocate?

We are looking for people who are interested in joining Team Embrace and being volunteer advocates for our families. Training is provided and you can work around your own family and other commitments. Contact Rebecca on for further information or to express an interest.

Birthday parties at Embrace

Hold your Birthday Party at the Embrace Centre

Birthday Parties at the Centre

We are now able to offer the centre for birthday party hire. Available on Sundays, there are two three hour slots to choose from. The hirer is responsible for the set up and clear up of their party and the three hour slot includes time for you to do this. There will be a member of staff on hand during the period of hire. For further information or to book a slot, email

The Mayor’s Charity

Thursday 30th November saw a charity curry night in aid of the Mayor’s two chosen charities: Embrace and Rebourne Corner.

A fabulous time was had by all at K2 Curry House, with wonderful food and a fabulous Elton John tribute act getting everyone up and dancing.

There are a few extra photos and videos of the event on our Facebook page if you want to have a little giggle.

Mayor’s Charity of the Year

We are so lucky and very pleased that Mayor of Eastbourne, Councillor Pat Hearn, has chosen Embrace to be one of her charities this year. The Mayor has hosted a number of events already, with two taking place last week. On Saturday, 18th November, there was a swimathon in the Sovereign Centre.

On Sunday 19th November, Embrace staff and volunteers served refreshments in Eastbourne Town Hall, during the Society of Eastbourne Artists’ Exhibition. Both were very successful events, raising money for the two chosen charities, Embrace and Rebourne corner.