Welcome

Family Outreach is jointly funded between Halesbury and Pens Meadow schools. Our aim to provide support for families within their role as a parent/carer.

Pens Meadow

FAMILY OUTREACH

We recognise that being a parent/carer of a disabled child presents its own challenges and that these challenges can impact on the whole family. When families are well supported and equipped to overcome these challenges we know that this can only have a positive impact on our parent/carers, their children and their engagement in school.

HAPPY PARENT/CARERS = HAPPY CHILDREN.

In recognition of this Pens Meadow and Halesbury Schools have worked in partnership to recruit their very own Family Outreach Team. The Family Outreach Team consists of a Family Outreach Coordinator and 2 Family Support Workers. The team work closely with our families to provide support, sign posting and engagement opportunities. Our service is unique to Pens Meadow and Halesbury Schools. The team work closely with services across the borough and aims to be a contact point for information sharing as well as providing direct support to our families.

The Family Outreach Team work with families in school or through home visits to support with advocacy, benefit forms, coordination of services, referrals for support, transition support, access to funding and much more. The team also facilitates courses such as ‘Triple P’ and ‘Time out for Parents of Children with Special Needs’ to support parents/carers along their journey.

The Family Outreach Team also coordinates events, family and adult learning programmes and innovative projects in school.

Friday mornings are our adult and family learning sessions at Pens Meadow Ridge Hill, Tuesday mornings at Halesbury and Mondays at Pens Meadow Post 16, please see the calendar of events for more information. We also hold events across all three sites which all of our families are welcome attend. Family Outreach also coordinate a one week summer holiday scheme for pupils at both schools.

Feedback has shown that our parent/carers find the support invaluable and the service has supported over 130 families to date across both schools.

In addition to all this the team has secured funding for individual families and school projects and to date have raised a fantastic £80,359.19