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Family Support Advisor
Welcome to the Family Support page.
The Family Support Advisors for the school are Maggie and Jacqui, we are based in the Acorn building. You can pop into the school reception or Acorn building or contact us on 525908
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.
- Moneysavingexpert.com - Useful site to find out any financial help, grants and information.
- Free school meal form (or you can pick one up from the office)
- Swindon Emergency Assistance Fund
- Help with paying for water
- Housing and energy grants
- Do you wear a uniform? Could you claim back your tax?
- Tax Credits, Overpayments
- Benefits adviser
- Housing benefit
- Foodbank - You can get a foodbank voucher from the school office or from me. We also have a box in reception where we are collecting items for the foodbank. Thank you to everyone that has donated so far.
- Warm Home Discount Scheme - Please go to page 3. Eligibility, and click on your supplier as different suppliers have different criteria.
- Bristol Debt Advice Center
- Hardship payment
- Housing, energy and boiler grants
- Council Tax reduction
- The 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.
- Domestic incidents- Swindon Womens Aid, cyberstalking leaflet, Forced marriage
- Dragonflies - Supporting families in Swindon affected by cancer.
- Separating or getting divorced - http://mediationplus.co.uk/, Seperating parents leaflet.
- Autism - Swindon Autism Information and Advice Service
- 2 Year old funding / 3 Year old funding - If you think you may be entitled check out the website, contact your local Children's center or myself.
- 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. Parent leaflet, children's leaflet.
- 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. Parent leaflet, child's leaflet.
- Worried about a child? - Contact Family Contact Point
- Parenting Partnership - Swindon Parent Partnership Service is funded by Swindon Borough Council. It operates independently as a confidential service for parents and carers of children with special educational needs. Our aim is to develop closer links between parents and schools.
Are you a single parent?
These websites have some great information.
- Disabilities -Carers Allowance, PIP (Personal Independent Payment), Family Fund - Grants to help families with disabled children. SADIE is the Swindon area Database and Information Exchange, a voluntary register for parents and carers of children and young people up to the age of 25, who have any type of disability, impairment or long-term health condition.
- Alive N Kicking - is a free course for families with children aged 5-13 years-old, whose weight is above the healthy range for their age and height. It runs twice a week after school for ten weeks.
- Lift - 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.
- http://swindonmind.org/ This site has information on a whole range of mental health issues, and where to get support in Swindon.
- https://www.swindon.gov.uk/info/20024/health_and_wellbeing/214/mental_health_issues This is a site maintained by Swindon Borough Council with lots of links to useful sites all about mental health issues and support available in the area and online.
- http://www.sane.org.uk/what_we_do/support/supportforum/ 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.
- https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/mental-health-and-stigma/help-and-support 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.
- 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, primary age parenting course