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Free Family Learning Courses January 2021

Family Support


This is a challenging time for everyone and there is a lot changing and these changes are happening frequently due to Covid-19. With people being asked to work from home and people limiting their social interaction we felt it was important to make contact to inform you of how you can stay in touch and access support with the Family Support worker in September.


Due to Covid-19 and in line with Government guidelines, we are currently not offering drop-in sessions, however you can contact the Family Support Worker at the  school office or email

BENS works in partnership with The Old Needle Works Foundation and HeadGym so that we can reach out and give a holistic approach to young people and their families.


HeadGym Wellbeing workout is a virtual support group for adults.

The Steps to Success course is an accredited personal development course for over 18's who are currently unemployed or finding themselves on a low income due to the current situation with COVID 19.


They can offer keyworkers and young people (5 years+), 121 talking therapy. This is for people who have been affected by COVID 19, for example, not coping with a change in routine, a family member had the virus or worried about catching the virus. This is a completely confidential service and we are happy to take self-referrals if staff do not want anyone to know they are accessing the service. Appointments are through zoom for adults at the moment and can be arranged at a time.


Being a parent is the hardest job in the world and sometimes issues crop up where you just need a little bit of support. These issues might include but are not limited to:

- Behaviour management

- Emotional wellbeing

- Poor sleeping habits

- Lack of routine

- Separation and divorce

- Parental illness

- Child’s low self esteem 

- Anxiety and stress

- Loss of a loved one


It is hard to seek out support and sometimes as a parent you just don’t know who to turn to. At Matchborough 1st School Academy we hope to make it a little bit easier. You can contact me via the school office. Alternatively fill in the contact form below with you details and we will get back to you as soon as I can. 



Working together to help our families. 


Here at Matchborough First School Academy we want to help you in the best way possible. We work closely with other local agencies to provide you with the right support to achieve the best outcome for you and your family.


Carlene Taylor is our Early Intervention Family Support Worker. We can refer to EIFS with your permission if you feel further support in the home is needed. 


Annik O'Keefe is our School Nurse. We can refer to Annik if you have health queries or concerns about your child. Alternatively you can call her directly on 01527 488780.


We link up with the Redditch Parenting Team to run Family Links or Triple P parenting groups in school. If you cannot attend the groups run in school you can contact them on 01527 61360. 


Due to sad loss of life as a result of Covid-19, we understand that bereavement support will be needed now more than ever. Primrose Hospice offer 1:1 bereavement support and the link can be found below.




Useful Links

Family Support Contact Form for Parents and Proffessionals

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