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Family Support

What I can offer you as parents:

My role is to support parents to be involved with all aspects of their child’s school life. I have attended various personal development courses, continued my personal education  and have gained life experience in many areas. Listed below are just some of the issues I can advise and support families on.


  • Mental or physical health issues
  • Getting to school on time and good attendance
  • Supporting parents and carers to get involved in school life

  • New starts and settling in

  • Training, education and employment

  • Housing and debt worries
  • Family relationship problems
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Training and education
  • Volunteering in the community 
  • Drug and alcohol awareness
  • Parenting skills and one to one support.
  • Counselling skills
  • Behaviour Issues
  • Lunchtime Concerns
  • Family Circumstances affecting your child​                                                                               Eg: bereavement, parental separation etc.
  • Concerns about playtimes/friendships
  • Medical/Health Concerns
  • Homework Concerns
  • Transition to Secondary School
  • Provide information about school procedures and policies​


I work closely with other members of staff, particularly the school Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo). I liaise with outside agencies such as School Nurse, CAMHS, Educational Psychologists and Parenting Support agencies. 

As well as offering individual support to families, I can help parents access courses in a variety of subjects within the local community and accompany parents/carers to various services if required.


  • Adult literacy and numeracy classes.
  • Parenting classes
  • Play Sessions during school holidays
  • Managing children's behaviour.
  • Stress management.
  • Self-esteem building
  • Literacy  project


If I can't help directly then I am able to offer support and point parents, and their families, in the right direction to the person that can.

  • South Gloucestershire Talking Therapies: Therapeutic interventions including counselling and group courses, in line with people’s differing needs, age 16+.

Self-referral via the website: Tel: 0117 378 4270.

  • Bourne Family Project: Offers parenting support courses, play therapy (for children aged 3-14 years, voluntary contribution to costs) for those experiencing difficulties, and adult counselling services. Free crèche facilities available for many of the services.

Tel: 0117 9478441. Website:

  • Samaritans: Free, confidential emotional support for those experiencing despair, distress, self-harm or suicidal feelings. Tel: 116 123 (free, from any phone, 24/7). Website: Email:
  • Bristol Mind: Mental health resource for people in Bristol and the surrounding areas, providing information, signposting, advocacy, low-cost counselling and a hate crime service.

Tel: 0808 808 0330 (Wednesday-Sunday 8pm-Midnight). Website: Transgender helpline: 0300 330 5468 (Mondays and Fridays 8pm-midnight).

  • HOPEline UK (Youth Suicide Prevention Advice): Confidential helpline service and website offering support and advice to anyone age under 35 who is having suicidal thoughts, or anyone who is worried about a young person who may be having thoughts of suicide. Tel: 0800 068 41 41. Text: 07786 209 697. Email: Website:

Local support groups

Useful Websites and links:



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Supportive Parents.

Tel:  0117 9897725

Supportive Parents  provide an independent and confidential service to parents of children with special educational needs (SEN)

  • Barley Close Community Primary School
  • Barley Close, Mangotsfield, Bristol
  • United Kingdom, BS16 9DL
  • Tel: 01454 867090
  • Email: