Family Support

Welcome to the Family Support page.

Anything in red can be clicked on to find out further information

Our Family Support Advisor for the school is called Jacqui, who is based in the Acorn building. You can pop into the school reception or Acorn building or contact her on 525908

Useful Sites

If you would like us to help you complete a form, or just want to ask a question please pop in and see us. Also if you know of a good website, grant or scheme that others could benefit let us know so that we can share it.

Money

moneysavingexpert Useful site to find out any financial help, grants and information.

Free School Meals form (or you can pick one up from the office

Swindon Emergency assistance fund

help with paying water bills.

Housing and energy grants

Do you wear a uniform? could you claim back your tax

Tax credits

Benefits

Housing benefit

Foodbank

warm home discount scheme  Please click on energy suppliers and click on your supplier as different suppliers have different criteria.

Bristol Debt Advice Centre

Free Insulation and Boiler Grants

Council tax discounts and reductions

Money advice service

Gateway furniture  receive donations of good quality furniture, appliances and household items that are no longer wanted or needed. They then resupply these to local people in need, free of charge. If you have anything you could donate, please contact them.

Internet Safety

 Net-aware is a website that tell you pretty much all you need to know about social media and what ever craze the children are into! It also tells you the age limits of the platforms. It's worth a look.

Support

Domestic incidents swindon womens aidCyberstalking LeafletForced marriage

Dragonflies Supporting families in Swindon affected by cancer.

Separating or getting divorced mediation plus Separating parents leaflet

Autism Swindon Autism Information and Advice Service

Entitlement to early education funding

CAF (Common Assessment Framework) - A Common Assessment Framework is a way of looking at the strengths and needs of a child/young person at any time when the difficulties first appear. 

TAC (Team Around the Child) - A Lead Professional is the worker who supports you and your child/young person and helps sort things out. They will record your story on a form called a Common Assessment (CAF). You will need to tell them who is already involved with your child/young person.The CAF may have shown that your child needs support from more than one worker so the Lead Professional who wrote the CAF with you and your child/young person will suggest a Team Around the Child (TAC) meeting

Worried about a child? - Contact family contact point

Family support services

Are you a single parent? The following sites may have useful information

Gingerbread

Singleparents

Physical Health

Disabilities -Carers Allowance, PIP (Personal Independent Payment), Family Fund - Grants to help families with disabled children. 

Alive ‘N’ Kicking is a successful weight management programme that helps children and young people aged anywhere between five and 19 years of age reach and maintain a healthier weight. The service comprises of three age-specific programmes for infants and juniors (age 5-11), seniors (age 12-15) and young persons (age 16+), each of which delivers age-appropriate activities, messages and behavioural change strategies that will help benefit the whole family.

Mental Health

Lift Psychology Service Are you interested in any of these FREE courses: Stress and mood management, beating low self esteem, relaxation, managing panic, anxiety and worry, anger awareness, coping with low mood and depression, moving on from separation and divorce, effective relationships and good communication, bereavement support, handling stress at work, work smart, work savvy, opening doors to work,building confidence, developing skills in assertiveness,  managing sleep difficulties, post-natal anxiety and depression, managing type 1 and 2 diabetes, managing long term pain, managing IBS, asthma, MS, chronic fatigue, Fibromyalgia, fits and faints, chronic pelvic pain or Endometriosis, cardiac stress management, managing your weight and changing your lifestyle, living well after a  stroke, coping  with OCD, emotion regulation.   

Swindon Mind This site has information on a whole range of mental health issues, and where to get support in Swindon.   

Sane support This is a support forum online with lots of advice where to get help if you are struggling with a mental health issue including depression and self harm, and also has access to immediate emotional support.   

Time to change This site has a list of all the most useful groups and charities that support mental health in the UK. They promote the message its time to end the stigma of mental health and encourage people to talk about it. 

Looking after your mental health How to look after your mental health

Making better choices today can have a big impact on your health. One You is here to help you get healthier and feel better with free tips, tools and support. Whether it's moving more, eating more healthily or checking yourself – One You can help you make small, practical changes that fit in with your life.

PHE and the NHS launch Every Mind Matters to help people take simple steps to look after their mental health, improve their mental wellbeing and support others.

 

Legal Rights

Grandparents rightsGrandparents Association

Courses

 

 How to argue better - a free online course

Parenting courses - 24/7 - Anyone who needs help with their teenage children and their behaviour, or with younger children who are displaying adolescent behaviours

Adult community learning