Advice and Information

Free Milk, fruit, veg and vitamins for you and your family - check to see if you qualify
Visit the Healthy Start website

Netmums working with Family Links to provide an excellent FREE online parenting course!
Visit the Netmums Parenting Course website

Are you concerned about your child's weight and don’t know where to turn?
Visit the Alive 'N' Kicking website for Parents

An upcycling website that distributes furniture to those in need
Visit the Gateway Church, Swindon website

Benefits and Free School Meals (FSM)

Not sure if you are entitled to Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support? Click on the links below and find out.

Visit Swindon Borough Council Benefits
Visit Managing your money
Visit here for advice on all manner of benefits

Is your child entitled to Free School Meals?
Visit the Swindon Borough Council Free School Meals Information website

Pupils are entitled to free school lunches if their parents or carers receive:

- Income Support; (or Guaranteed Pension Credit for over 60 years)
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Child Tax Credit, (but not Working Tax Credit) and who have a yearly taxable income of less that of £16,190
- An Income Related Employment & Support Allowance
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

The school will benefit from additional funding to support the education of children entitled to free school meals.

How to Apply
You can apply for Free School Meals by completing the online form here.....

Please speak to the Parent Support Advisor at Lainesmead if you have any queries on this, or need some help completing the forms.

Parenting

Swindon Parenting Handbook – A Guide for Parents and Carers of birth – 11 year olds in Swindon
Parenting tips
North Wiltshire NetMums
Days out in Swindon
A FREE course at New College called 24/7 Parenting

Home Alone

NSPCC Guidance for parents on leaving children on their own at home (what age, do they know what to do in an emergency? etc)....View Here

Children's Health and Safety

Anti-bullying

Anti-bullying Presentation

Keeping your children healthy
First Aid for Parents
nhs change4life
Children's Food Trust
Keeping your children physically fit!

New Swindon Children's Clinic
Access to health advice and treatment

Information on healthy lunchboxes
nhs uk change4life healthy lunchboxes

Keeping your children safe online
Introducing Swiggle! - Swiggle.org.uk is a website aimed at Key Stage 2 learners (aged 7-11). It links to a wealth of learning and e-safety resources and includes a safe search feature. It also provides children with easy access to key educational resources, either in the classroom or at home. Swiggle is provided by the South West Grid for Learning.
Click here to try out Swiggle!
Lots of information can be found on this link - Thinkuknow

Separation and Bereavement

Splitting up? Already separated or divorced?
Having difficulties sorting out finances or seeing your children?
Worried about a child or young person because of parental separation?
www.mediationplus.co.uk  provide solutions for family and community conflicts.  You can contact them by checking out their website or call Swindon 527285

Bereavement

Some information to help children cope with bereavement
Winston's Wish
Child Bereavement.org

Searching for Employment

Swindon New College may be able to help with their Job Club.  No appointments or bookings are necessary – just turn up - they can support you with advice and information on local job vacancies, training and career planning.

Drug & Alcohol Addiction

Paul Clarke runs a drug & alcohol addiction helpline covering Swindon. They assist parents who may have a child suffering from an addiction to various types of substances. Rehab 4 Addiction offers a free and confidential helpline for people suffering from substance addiction. If you live in Swindon, contact Rehab 4 Addiction on 0800 140 4690.