Family Outreach is funded by Pens Meadow school. Our aim to provide support for families within their role as a parent/carer.
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 School has recruited their very own Family Outreach Team. The Family Outreach Team consists of a Family Outreach Coordinator and a Family Support Worker. The team work closely with our families to provide support, sign posting and engagement opportunities. Our service is unique to Pens Meadow School. 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 held at Pens Meadow Ridge Hill or Pens Meadow Post 16 site, However we hold activities and workshops for families on other week days too. Please see the calendar of events for more information. 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.
In addition to all this the team has secured funding for individual families and school projects and to date have raised a fantastic £118,026.15