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Covid-19 update

As you are all aware, sadly we are heading back into lockdown on Thursday. I just wish to reassure my Embrace parents and clients of Rebecca Whippy SEND Consultants that both the Embrace Law Service and respite service will remain open, as will my own practice.

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Help – it’s magic

Don’t throw away those used printer ink cartridges and mobile phones – bring them to
Embrace and we can turn them into money!

Did you know that more than 60 million used ink cartridges are replaced in UK every
year, and 50 million of these are just thrown away in waste?

Yet even a single used ink cartridge is worth £1 to us – just drop yours into our
recycling box at the Embrace Centre and the unwanted items can be converted into
much needed funds to further our work with autistic and disabled children.

If you can’t get into the centre, just contact us and we can send you an envelope to
send them free of charge to the recycle centre, and we will still receive our donation.

Our box can’t accept laser toner cartridges, but you can still dispose of these through and if you quote our Charity ID (C76553) they will
donate the rebated amount to Embrace.

So, your used ink cartridges can help us improve the lives of needy children and
families throughout East Sussex.

But don’t stop there!
Unwanted mobiles are even more valuable. If you are an average household, you are
likely to have a few old mobiles around. Money Supermarket estimates that the
average UK person has at least two old mobiles and their total recycle value is a
staggering £1.4 billion!

So, drop your old mobiles into our box, and we can raise up to £70 for every one (the
average value is £25)

Birthday Party Hire

Our wonderful Embrace Centre is a great place to hire for birthday parties. Our Centre is available to hire on Sundays and we have two great Birthday party options available.

Option 1: Main room hire only – access to the main room and kitchen.

Option 2: Sensory Party – access to main room, art room, sensory room and kitchen. Two messy play stations set up by Embrace and party bags provided by Embrace.


Option 1: £30 refundable deposit on confirmation of booking. £40 hire costs to be paid by the day of the party. The deposit will be refunded at the end of the hire period as long as the centre is clear and clean, including the kitchen area. Any damages will be taken out of the deposit.

Option 2: £40 refundable deposit on confirmation of booking. £8 per child hire costs to be paid by the day of the party (minimum of ten children or £80 total). The deposit will be refunded at the end of the hire period as long as the centre is clear and clean,including the kitchen area. Any damages will be taken out of the deposit.

Fore further information or to book a slot, email

Become our fundraiser of the month

It’s the summer holidays – we bet you could do with a lovely bottle of wine!

Great news! If you become our fundraiser of the month we will buy you one!

The person who signs the most people up for our Eastbourne Lottery in support of Embrace this
month will win a bottle of wine.

All you need to do is encourage people to sign up using the link below and select us as their charity. When
you have them all signed up let us know and we will keep a log of who is our fundraiser of the month
on our special chart at the Centre. All you then have to do is email Anna on

You could win a bottle of wine and will of course be helping your favourite charity!
(Winning Fundraiser will have a choice of red or white wine or a box of chocolates)

Eastbourne Local Lottery

Join the Brand New Eastbourne Local Lottery and support Embrace too.

Just set up by Eastbourne Borough Council this is a no-profit lottery.

60% of all the money you invest goes to support local good causes.

You could win up to £25,000, tickets are just £1 and for every ticket you buy Embrace gets 50p, and a further 10p goes to support other local good causes.

The Jackpot Prize is £25,000 every Saturday. There are lots of smaller prizes too – every ticket has a 1 in 50 chance of winning.

Click on the link to have a go and support Embrace!


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