Godalming Confederation of Schools

 

Support for Parents

This page contains the following (click to jump to the section you want to see):

Note

  • For childcare choices (information about local childcare, including pre-school, before and after-school clubs, holiday clubs etc click on the CHILDCARE link in the box to the left of this page.
  • For services to help and support parents of children with Special Needs, including Gifted and Talented children, click on the SWIFT AND EASIER ACCESS TO SPECIALIST SERVICES link in the box to the right of this page.

Help and Support for Parents

There are a number of organisations that aim to help and support parents, not just with their children’s education, but with many of the issues that parents face in their family lives.  There are also organisations that can help parents gain qualifications or improve their skills.

The Confederation supports the funding of HOME-SCHOOL LINK WORKERS (HSLWs) to work with families and children where needed.  Their details are below.

Also below are other contacts which you may find of help. You might also check out some of the services and helplines mentioned in the section headed "Swift and Easier Access to Specialist Services".

The Elstead & Villages Children's Centre supports 'Spooks'

Join one of our informative and practical sessions which run every third Wednesday

of each month during term time.We cover topics such as sleep, behaviour, puberty, family structure, nutrition, special needs dentistry, positive parenting, school transitions, benefits, coping with anxiety and issues our parents would like to explore.

Dates for 2015/2016 coming soon

For further information please contact:

[email protected] or  Milva Pearse on 01252 702446

Info also available on EVSSCC.org.uk

Spooks is a parent support group run by parents for those living with children with ADHD, ASD (Autistic spectrum disorders including Asperger’s), dyslexia, dyspraxia, OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder), ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder) and other kinds of neuro diversity.

CONFEDERATION HOME-SCHOOL LINK WORKERS (HSLWs)

The Confederation appointed 3 HSLWs, to work with families and children where needed, in our schools.

 

  SARAH DUTTON is working with The

  Chandler, Milford Infant and   Witley Infant.                   

KAREN SUTTON is working with

Godalming Junior, Farncombe Infant, Moss Lane

 and St Mary’s Infant School, Shackleford

 

 RACHEL JONES is working with Broadwater School.

 

 

 

  

In total, there are now 7 HSLWs working across the 16 confederation schools and 3 Children’s Centres:  Dani Cole (our lead HSLW) and Debbie Loveland at Loseley Fields, Sue Hanna at St Edmunds,  Kim Hughes at Green Oak and Sue Briggs at Rodborough,

 

Our HSLWs will help parents coping with challenging children, giving individual parenting guidance and support, with advice on how to develop and maintain positive discipline.  They will listen and offer support on problems and issues using counselling skills and give the child with difficulties a forum to talk about concerns in a confidential and non-judgemental environment. They will help families/the child/the school access grants and information.  They will make home visits to support families and children.

HSLWs are an important part of our drive for swift and easy access to specialist help in Godalming, both to bridge any gaps between schools and parents/carers and to ensure that any support works in a truly joined up way across our families.                  

PLEASE CONTACT YOUR HSLW THROUGH YOUR SCHOOL OFFICE, WHERE THEY WILL BE ABLE TO GIVE YOU CONTACT NUMBERS OR ARRANGE FOR THEM TO CALL YOU.   

Our Children's Centres run many support groups for parents and children...

At Loseley Fields Children's Centre

Reception open Monday to Friday 8am to 1pm.  Telephone: 01483 419325.

Email: [email protected]

Web: www.loseleyfieldscc.com (see 'What's Happening at the Centre' page)
Address: Green Lane, Binscombe, Godalming, GU7 3TB.

(The days of the week may change:  please click here, or call the centre on the number above to check)

Family Links Parenting Group (10 week course) - Wednesdays 9.30-11.30am, details and dates from the Children's Centre

Young Parents Group - Tuesdays 11.00am to 1.00pm . An informal drop in for parents of 24 years and under. Activities for children while you meet new mums and dads.

CAB (Citizens Advice Bureau) - 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, 11.00am to 1.00pm. 30 minute sessions, booking through the Children's Centre reception.

Child Health Clinic - Wednesdays 2pm to 3.30pm. Drop-in session. Family Room
Bumps & Babes - Wednesdays, 1.30pm to 3.00pm. For parents and babies under 6 months old.

Play & Learn - Thursdays, 1.00pm to 2.30pm. Drop-in session for families with under 5’s to meet other families (Includes messy play activity).

Childminders' Play & Learn - Thursdays 9.30-11.30am
Relate - Thursdays, 9.00am to 1.00pm. Booking through Relate on 01483 715285 or email: [email protected]

Relate Youth Counselling -Mondays 1-4pm.  Book through Reception, or through Relate on 01483 715285

Stay & Play - Fridays, 9.00am to 10:30am. Drop-in session for families with under 5’s to meet other families.
Fathers/Male Carer Sessions - 4th Saturday of the month, 10.00am to 11.30pm. Contact the Centre for more information.

And more: Monkey Music, Losely Youth Cafe, Antenatal classes, Pilates for pregnancy, Midwives Clinic, Child Health Clinic, Bumps & Babes, Godalming Toy Library,Nothbourne Theatre Group, Mother & Baby postnatal pilates - visit website or call the Centre for more details.

The Wharf Children's Centre offers:  Stay & Play parents & toddler sessions, Twins & Multiples Clubs, 'Parenting Puzzle' parenting courses, an outreach service for children with special needs, a speech & language therapist, a toy library, breakfast & holiday clubs.

Contact Carol Lowries (Manager) on 01483 418652    www.wharf.surrey.uk

Elstead & Villages Children's Centre offers: 'Help is at Hand' drop in listening & advice sessions, 'Play & Learn' messy play sessions, and  more.

contact Jill Beaumont (Manager)on 01252 706915       www.evsscc.org.uk

o Surrey County Council

The SCC website - provides lots of information and links to support parents. 

Check out the Learning and People and Community pages of the website: there is information and advice about

  • services in Surrey for Children and Families and Young People
  • Surrey's Children's Service for children and families (including education and careers, health and welfare, social care, safeguarding children and Child Protection, families and relationships support, consumer advice, Family Group Conference Services, funding and finance, information for carers, for those with disabilities, life events, benefits and other advice and many other areas of support). 

Click on www.surreycc.gov.uk to find out more, or click on a link below (highlighting some of the services which might be of particular help/support to parents).

IMPORTANT NOTE:

If you are concerned about a child or young person:

  • Contact Surrey County Council Social Care Services on 08456 009 009 Office Hours, or

              01483 517898 (Emergency Duty Team) outside of office hours, weekends and public holidays.

  • Or, in an emergency, you should report the matter to Surrey Police on 01483 571 212 or simply dial 101
  • or call 999 if you feel there is immediate risk to a child or young person.

www.surrey.police.uk/contactus.asp

Surrey County Council's

'Children and Families'

Information

including 'Family Information Service'

     

The Children and Families section of the Surrey County Council website provides lots of information and advice about the services provided to children and families in Surrey.  Click HERE to link to the Children and Families home page, where you will find information about the following:

(You can click on each of the sections below (blue writing) to link directly to that section)

Surrey Parenting

Education and

Support

Surrey Parenting Education and Support (SPES) provides support for mums, dads and those in a parenting role such as carers, step-parents, foster-parents and grandparents, throughout Surrey.  It includes information on:

  • Teenage Issue and Support
  • Parenting Courses
  • Practitioner Training
  • Supporting Surrey Fathers
  • Employers Workplace Training - parenting sessions
  • Special Needs Parenting courses

Click below for more information.

www.surreycc.gov.uk/surreyparenting

Surrey County

Council

Schools Services

Includes a schools database for a searchable list of Maintained schools in Surrey, and links to their inspection reports, plus keep up-to-date with the latest news about Surrey's schools. Information covers:

  • School term dates
  • School closures
  • School Admissions
  • Directory of Surrey Schools
  • School Transport
  • Schoo l Admissions Appeal
  • Parents school advice & support
  • Educational reform for 14-19 year olds
  • Surrey Virtual School - for children in care
  • Education consultations & plans
  • Future provision of school places
  • News & updates on education in Surrey

Click here for more information.

My School Lunch

Surrey Schools Meals Service

The website all about school meals in Surrey schools.

  • Find out what's on the menu each day
  • Pay for school meals online
  • Kids section with fun and games
  • and more...

Click on the link below to find out more

www.myschoollunch.co.uk/surrey

Surrey Parent      Handbooks

Surrey County Council have developed two guides for parents and carers of children. These handy sized reference books, covering many important topics are aimed at parents and carers of the age groups in the title:

-  Surrey Parent Handbook: A guide for parents and carers of 6-11 year olds

-  Surrey Parent Handbook: A guide for parents and carers of 12-18 year olds

For more information about the topics covered and/or to order on line, click here.  Or call Surrey Family Information Service (FIS) Tel: 08456 01177, or pick up a copy at one of the larger libraries in Surrey.

Surrey County

Council Partnership

Services for

Families

Here you can find all sorts of information about the services available in Surrey to help parents and families, including

  • information about how you can help support your children
  • upcoming events such as courses, workshops and conferences for parents, carers and practitioners
  • the Children’s Information Service which provides information, advice and assistance to parents, child protection services. 

Click here for this information.

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o Other Sites Providing Support for Parents and Carers

Surrey Connexions

Is the organisation that provides information, advice and guidance on any issues that affect young people’s lives.

  • It provides impartial information, advice and guidance when and where young people want it by bringing together all the services that help them.
  • It gives every young person access to a Personal Adviser – someone they can trust and who really will help.
  • It encourages all young people to stay in learning from 13-19 so they achieve their FULL potential.

If you are the parent or guardian of a young person, Connexions Surrey wants you to be aware of the services that are available to your children – and to you. Please make use of Connexions Surrey – they ’re there to help you.


Here are some of the services offered, but if an issue you want help with isn't on this list, don't worry. Whatever it is, they will find a way to support and guide you/your child:

  • Careers advice and guidance
  • Information on employment, education and training opportunities
  • Support with applications for jobs, training, Further Education and Higher Education courses
  • Bullying
  • Problems at home or work
  • Health, personal relationships and sexual health
  • Drugs, smoking and alcohol
  • Housing
  • Transport and getting around Surrey
  • Money management
  • Personal development opportunities, leisure & hobbiesand advice on voluntary work opportunities

Click on the link below to access this website, then look for the parents pages.

www.connexionssurrey.co.uk

Help for adults - NSPCC child protection helpline 0808 800 5000

HELP FOR ADULTS  -  Worried about a child?

If you're worried about a child's safety or welfare or if you need help or advice, ring the NSPCC Child Protection Helpline on 0808 800 5000

This is a free 24 hour service which provides counselling, information and advice to anyone concerned about a child at risk of abuse.

Help by email, with response within 24 hours: email [email protected]

www.nspcc.org.uk

What is Change4Life about?

'Modern life' can mean that we're a lot less active. With so many opportunities to watch TV or play computer games, and with so much convenience and fast food available, we don't move about as much, or eat as well as we used to. Which means that 9 out of 10 kids today could grow up with dangerous amounts of fat in their bodies. This can cause life-threatening diseases like cancer, type 2 diabetes and heart disease - so it’s really important that we do something about it.

Click on the logo to the left to link to the Change4life website, where you'll findloads of ideas and help to give your family a happier, healthier future.  You can get tons of helpful information, games, tools, tips and a free welcome pack. You can also search for what is happening in your local community. The the site is updated all the time so don’t miss out, take a look!

Pages for Parents and Carers covering all sorts of topics including:

  • Childcare, Pre-School, Schools
  • Children's Health and Safety
  • Parents' and Children's Rights
  • Money and Work Entitlements
  • Divorce, Relationship Breakdown
  • Family Leisure and Recreation
  • and  more...

Click on the link to the left to access this information.

relate

West Surrey

An independent charity providing a service to anyone who is dealing with a difficulty within their relationship, regardless of age, gender, marital status, ethnic origin or sexuality.

Experienced counsellors help you to talk through your thoughts and issues and help you to start communicating again, to identify problems and to help you consider the best way forward.

Counsellors are available who speak English, German, French, Russian, Polish and Urdu.

Family Counselling assists family members who may be experiencing difficulties in their relationships with one another; and there is a listening service available for young people between 11-21(see below) who have been affected by the breakdown of a relationship within the family.

Click below to link to the Relate website Homepage, or to the Relate 'Young People's Counselling' page) page:

www.relatewestsurrey.org.uk

www.relatewestsurrey.org.uk/children-young-people

and

Surrey

Family Links

'Transforming Schools and Families'

Family Links is a charity and a company limited by guarantee whose aim is to help everyone get the best out of school and family life. Family Links is dedicated to promoting emotional wellbeing, relationship skills and positive behaviour through the Nurturing Programme.

Family Links trains professionals across the UK and work in partnership with many different organisations. Teams of regional trainers are supported by local Area Co-ordinators.

Coverage:

  • The Parenting Puzzle
  • The Nurturing Programme for Parents
  • The Nurturing Programme for Early Learning and School
  • Training Course Options
  • Resources
  • Research and Evaluation

Click below to link to their local or their national websites:

www.surreyfamilylinks.org.uk

www.familylinks.org.uk

 

A confidential telephone helpline, whose professionally trained volunteers, all of whom have parenting experience, are there to listen to your problems supportively, without judging you and explore options with you without telling you what to do.  It is for partners/spouses, parents, young people, grandparents.

Click on the link below or on the logo (left) to get to the FamilyLine website,

or call the Helpline free on (Freephone) 0808 800 5678

www.familyline.org.uk

Thinkuknow.co.uk

A website to help make using the internet, mobiles and other new technology, safer.

Come in to find the latest information on the sites you like to visit, mobiles and new technology. Find out what’s good, what’s not and what you can do about it.

There are areas for children from 5-16. If you look after young people there’s an area for you too – with resources you can use in the classroom, at home or just to get with it. Most importantly, there’s also a place which anyone can use to report if they feel uncomfortable or worried about someone they are chatting to online. All the information here is brought to you by the team at the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre. We hope you like it!

Click on the logo to the left to link to this site.

www.thinkuknow.co.uk

Childnet

International

childnet international logo

ADDRESSING INTERNET SAFETY

Childnet International works in partnership with others around the world to help make the Internet a great and safe place for children. Taking a balanced approach, they seek to promote the positive and highlight the creative and inspiring ways children and young people are using the medium for good, whilst also responding to the negative aspects and dangers for children.

Childnet works in 3 main areas:

  • Access and Promoting Quality Content
  • Awareness and Advice
  • Protection & Policy

Click on the Childnet International 'Button' on the left to link to this site.

www.childnet-int.org

and

Beat Bullying - shaping attitudes, changing behaviours

Providing children, young people, parents and professionals those all important opportunities to make positive and lasting changes to their lives and outlook, in particular, those so deeply affected by bullying that they can barely face going to school that next morning.

www.beatbullying.org.uk

CyberMentors - is all about young people helping and supporting each other online.

If a child or young person is being bullied, feeling a bit low, or maybe troubled by something, then CyberMentors can help.  It doesn't matter if the problem feels big or small, or whether he/she is being targeted online or offline, CyberMentors can listen and support you.

The best thing is that CyberMentors are young people too.  It's never easy talking about bullying, and many young people said that they would prefer to speak to another young person if they could. That's why CyberMentors are young people , who have been trained and are volunteering their time online to help. It's still important however, that the child or young person talks to their parents or teachers if they can.

Just drop a CyberMentor a message, or talk to them in the chat room.  The site is secure, and you can keep all your chats private, but there are also counsellors available for anything really serious.

www.cybermentors.org.uk

The Anti-Bullying Alliance

The Anti-Bullying Alliance was founded by NSPCC and National Children's Bureau (NCB) in 2002. It is hosted and supported by NCB. The Alliance brings together over 60 organisations into one network with the aim of reducing bullying and creating safer environments in which children and young people can live, grow, play and learn.

The page headed Children provides many useful links to services which might help if a child is being bullied.  The page headed Links also provides lots of useful links for children, parents, carers and teachers.

Click below for the Anti-Bullying Alliance website:

www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk

The Valley Trust

 

The Valley Trust is a non-profit-making, registered charity providing a counselling service for children and their parents/families in Surrey. It was formed to support parents and children who have experienced family break-up through divorce or separation.

                     

Valley Trust counsellors are fully qualified and highly experienced. They work with:

  • children from age of 4 years
  • individual adults
  • couples

Click on the link below or the logo (left) for more information, or call the Trust on

01483 454533, eMail: [email protected]

www.valleytrust.org

Parentline Plus

A national charity that works for, and with, parents. Sometimes family life can be challenging and difficult. There is after all, no one right way to parent.

  • Families come in all shapes and sizes. As well as parents, grandparents, foster carers, stepparents, relatives and friends, all contribute in raising children. Our services are designed to help anyone caring for a child.
  • You can contact Parentline about anything that is worrying you. We get calls about a range of issues affecting parents and their families from having a new baby, starting a new relationship and disagreements in the family, to issues with teenagers, school, homework, sleep or eating patterns.

Click below to link to the Parentline Plus website,  or call Parentline: 0808 800 2222

www.parentlineplus.org.uk

Youngminds - Parents

It is entirely normal to worry about your children’s personal safety and well-being. That includes their mental health. Children grow and develop, and family circumstances change too. There may be periods of time where things seem relatively calm, and others when everything becomes very stressful.

YoungMinds provides a helpline service to parents with a concern about their child's mental health, for instance bullying, eating problems, depression, drug and alcohol abuse, anxiety, family circumstances and other issues.

If you're a worried parent, click on the link below to link to this website, or call the YoungMinds parents information service on 0800 018 2138

www.youngminds.org.uk/parents

Waverley

Community

Learning

Partnerships  

(WCLP)

Part of the Surrey Lifelong Learning Partnership (SurreyLLP), the WCLP acts as a broker of information and networking opportunities in the local community & works to deliver specialist /voluntary projects for the benefit of the local community. 

The SurreyLLP has more than 50 research reports and over 25 case studiesdemonstrating good practice. Click below to link to the website.

New projects for Waverley are being developed all the time.  If you would like to discuss an idea or express your views contact Sian Sangarde-Brown (01483 831220, 07748 804078, e-mail [email protected]) or  Lucy Andrews, Community Learning Adviser Manager (01483 476632, e-mail [email protected])

www.surreyllp.org.uk

CAB Logo

at Loseley Fields Children's Centre, Binscombe, Godalming

Now providing f ree, confidential, independent and impartial information

and advice at Loseley Fields Children's Centre.

Sessions are available on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month (term time only), between 11.00am and 1.00pm. Sessions are 30 minutes and must be booked through Loseley Field's Childrens' Centre Reception.

Reception is open Monday to Friday from 8am to 1pm.
Telephone: 01483 419325. Email: [email protected]
Web: www.loseleyfieldscc.com
Address: Green Lane, Binscombe, Godalming, GU7 3TB.

CAB Logo

Guildford

Guilford CAB provides free, confidential, independent and impartial information, advice and advocacy on every subject ,including

  • Employment Rights
  • Housing and Homelessness
  • Welfare Benefits
  • Consumer Issues and Debt
  • Immigration and Nationality
  • Family and Relationship Matters

1 in 7 of Guildford's adult population used their services last year.  Click on the logo to the left to link to their website, or visit/contact them at/on:

       Guildford Citizens Advice Bureau
15-21 Haydon Place, Guildford GU1 4LL

        Opening Times

  Drop-in - first come first served

By Appointment

Monday to Friday 10am-12 Noon 1pm - 4pm
Thursday 10am-12 Noon

1pm - 4pm

4pm - 7pm

Saturday 10am-12 Noon  

Telephone Advice: 01483 576699 ( Weekdays 10am to 12 noon)
Appointments : 01483 506886 ( Please call during open hours)

Surrey Police

Local 'Safer Neighbourhood' Teams

Safer Neighbourhood Teams

The borough of Waverley has been divided into neighbourhoods, each having its own dedicated Safer Neighbourhood Team, there to address the issues that matter most to you. They work with Surrey Police's partners such as the fire service or borough council and with the community to resolve the issues in your area.

Each Safer Neighbourhood Team has a webpage dedicated to their area which has details on how you can contact them, regular updates on the area they patrol and details of panel meetings and surgeries.

For details of  your Safer Neighbourhood Team (including contact details) click here to link to the Surrey Police Waverley page, then click on your area on the map shown on that page.

Your local teams are as follows.  They can be contacted on telephone number 101, or email [email protected], asking for the officer you would like to talk to:

Farncombe, Binscombe & Charterhouse

PC Barry Baldwin    FIN: 2774
PCSO Nicole Pearce   FIN: 14267


Ockford Ridge, Aarons Hill, Busbridge & Godalming Town Centre

PC Derek Fry   FIN: 3266
PCSO Nick Ring   FIN: 13713
PCSO Daniel Burrell   FIN: 14476


Milford, Witley, Hambledon & Brook

PC Tracy Taylor   FIN: 3071
PCSO David Boxall   FIN: 13228

Tilford, Elstead, Thursley & Frensham

PC Robert Hawkes   FIN: 2295
PCSO John Francis   FIN: 14088

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Learning and Skills Opportunities for Adults

Here are a number of sites where you can find information to about gaining new skills, helping you get back to work or tackling skills like reading and writing, or numeracy.

Surrey County

Council –

Adult Learning

 

Whether you want to develop a new interest, learn a new skill, keep fit and healthy or simply have fun and make new friends, there are courses for you. 

Click here to find out more.

Or you can pick up the Adult & Community Learning Prospectus, listing hundreds of exciting learning opportunities in north and south west Surrey, from your local library or from The Guildford Adult Learning Centre,  Sydenham Road, Guildford, GU1 3RX Tel: 01483 518 528

Surrey Learning

and Skills Council

The Learning and Skills Council can offer free information, advice and guidance on learning and work, including:

  • identifying opportunities based on your needs
  • signposting and referral as appropriate
  • childcare information
  • occupational and vacancy information
  • funding where appropriate

They can talk on your behalf to other people who might be able to help you, and offer support in identifying ways of overcoming barriers.

The Surrey Learning and Skills Council can be contacted at

48-54 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6LE

Tel. 0845 019 4145. Fax: 01483 803330

 www.lsc.gov.uk

Return2WorkMums

.co.uk

The return2workmums.co.uk websiteprovides up to date information and coaching tips on re-engaging with the work place after a career break, with signposts to other organisations which support working mums. Click on the link above for more information.

U3A (University of the Third Age)


The Third Age Trust is the national representative body for the Universities of Third Age (U3As) in the UK.  U3As are self-help, self-managed lifelong learning co-operatives for older people no longer in full time work, providing opportunities for their members to share learning experiences in a wide range of interest groups and to pursue learning not for qualifications, but for fun.

One in five of the population is in The Third Age. The Third Age is when you have time for yourself. 'University' of the Third Age is a loose term as there are no academic requirements for membership and no exams. U3A members help to provide stimulating study groups and recreational activities. No Qualifications needed, no pressure!

Click on the logo to the left to visit their website and find out how to find a local group.

www.u3a.org.uk


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