Support for Parents
Needing extra advice or support?
Life always throws up difficulties and challenges that you sometimes need additional support with, so who do you turn to? Below, you’ll find a list of agencies who may be able to support you with any difficulties you are facing. It is so important to reach out and ask for support.
healthy families programme - recruits needed
Families Needed for Research Study
on Healthy Lifestyle Choices
Are you a family with children under the age of 12 who would benefit from being happier and healthier?
*Better sleep routines*
*Healthier eating options*
*Reduced screen time*
Fliss Cornish and Arnie Bartlett are Family Practitioners working within Children’s Services who will be running an 8 week course to help tackle the above daily struggles that many families face in today’s modern world. It is part of a research study being undertaken by University College Dublin and the course (which is likely to be online) will be starting week commencing 9th January 2023. The ‘research’ part of the course is two 20 minute questionnaires to be completed prior to the course starting. They need some recruits 😊
You don’t need to be referred. Alternatively, please contact Arnie and Fliss directly.
Arnie – firstname.lastname@example.org / 07813 400942
Fliss – email@example.com / 07816 124979
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Activities for Babies and Toddlers
Simple, fun, free activities to try at home.
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Simple, fun activities for kids, from newborn to five.
Together for Devon
Together For Devon is a group of partners committed to supporting the speech, language and communication skills of children and young people.
Early Help is the extra support your family can get if you need it. It may be that you want to prevent a problem, or change things for your family before the problem becomes more serious. It is not a specific service or team, it’s an approach that brings together people from a range of services and teams who will work together with your whole family to help improve the situation for everyone.
Support with Parenting
Devon County Council has provided access to ‘Our Place’ - a collection of online courses to support ‘being a better parent’.
You will register and be able to access online courses immediately.
The passcode to free access is: Tamar.
Someone to talk to
There are many agencies who you can ring depending on you or your child’s needs.
Samaritans: 116 123
Anxiety UK: 03444 775 774
Mind: 0300 123 3393
Calm: 0800 58 58 58
Crisis Text line: (text) 85258
Child line: 0800 1111
NHS Volunteers: 0808 196 3646 (these can help with shopping and picking up prescriptions too)
Needing a little more
Talk Works, https://www.talkworks.dpt.nhs.uk/
A free, confidential, NHS talking therapy service, part of IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies), for people (aged 18+) in Devon, helping people to feel better and giving them the tools and techniques to improve their mental and physical wellbeing.
Domestic Abuse and Domestic Violence
Food and Financial support
- Torridge Volunteer service for food parcels: 01237 420130
- Okehampton food bank, www.Okefoodbank.org email: Okefoodbank@gmail.com
- Torridge District Council: https://www.torridge.gov.uk/article/18707/Support--Aid
- North Devon Foodbank https://northerndevon.foodbank.org.uk/
Encompass is a charity based in North Devon. Their work focuses on 3 main areas;
Homelessness and Rough Sleeping for adults and young people
Financial Inclusion (Money & Debt Advice)
01271 371 499
If you just don’t know which way to turn, contact your child’s school or your GP. If you feel you need more support they can guide you through the ‘Early Help’ process.
This is a holistic family approach working with multi agencies.
Information from the school nursing service:
The School Nursing Service provides information and support to school-aged children and their families who live in Devon or who attend a Devon school. We work in partnership with schools and other services to identify those children and young people who may be supported by the School Nursing service. This can also include working with schools to support their management of pupils with medical conditions, and contributing to policies which impact on health.
Working together with schools we:
· identify health needs across the school population and plan how we will work together to deliver the core offer over the academic year
· identify children and young people who may require support at transition
· deliver the National Childhood Measurement Programme (NCMP)
· identify children and young people who may be missing from education and where there may be a need for public health nursing support
· provide support, and advice in relation to toileting issues, healthy lifestyles, sleep routines and mental health and wellbeing
· work with Devon Partnerships as part of Early Help, SEND and safeguarding as appropriate
To contact the Nursing team for a chat or to make a referral you can either speak with Mrs Rowcliffe, the school Sendco or you can contact the Nursing Hub direct on 03332 341904.