In line with Government guidance during the school closure period, we have been supporting families with children who are eligible under the scheme with vouchers towards their shopping. If you are currently not registered for Free School Meals, and feel you may be entitled to apply then all the information can be found at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals.

The Rising Brook Food Bank is there to support those in need of food or other necessities in the local community through the current crisis. They are based at Rising Brook Community Church Centre and happy for anyone to go along and chat to a member of their team. They are open from Monday to Friday 9.30am to 11.30am and can be contacted on 01785 214750. Email church@risingbrook.org

Please note that Government guidance is updated regularly. Rather than continually add new links each time there is updated advice, the existing links below should automatically take you to the latest published guidance.

27th August Update:

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (MPFT) have launched a local page on a ground-breaking website ‘Health for Teens’:  www.healthforteens.co.uk

This unique website is the first NHS website that has been created by and for young people, complementing and raising the accessibility of School Nurses.

Each area presents health advice through facts, quizzes and articles. MPFT have developed a “local page” which will enable young people to find a range of services in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent to support them.

The main website features a diverse range of health topics from mental health to puberty, sexual health to bereavement. The articles, quizzes, and interactive content has been written and overseen by experts from services including school nursing, health improvement, smoking cessation, dietetics, paediatricians and mental health.

29th June Updates:

The Local Authority have published a further letter following the wider opening of schools opening to a greater number of students. A copy can be found here.

Remember that a coronavirus test can be booked by anyone with symptoms of COVID-19. Use the following link:



Please see below the link to the autism provider Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust.



If you click on the link and then choose the workshops tab you will see several online workshops that the service have arranged for parents.

1st June Updates:

The Family Hub Newsletter provide some information on local support. A copy can be found here.

The Government has updated some advice on frequently asked questions about what you can and can’t do:


18th May Updates:

The Government has released a number of documents last week around school reopening.

What parents and carers need to know about schools, colleges and other education settings during the coronavirus outbreak


Opening schools and educational settings to more pupils from 1 June: guidance for parents and carers


11th May Updates:

The NSPCC continue to provide a huge amount of information to support children and adults through these challenging times.

NSPCC Helpline Campaign: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-icCAGIDMiA&feature=youtu.be&safe=active


NSPCC Helpline: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/our-services/nspcc-helpline/?utm_source=Adestra&utm_medium=email&utm_content=NSPCC%20helpline&utm_campaign=CASPAR-2020-05-04 NSPCC


Online Safety: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/talking-child-online-safety/?utm_source=Adestra&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Online%20safety%20and%20coronavirus&utm_campaign=CASPAR-2020-05-04


NSPCC Supporting Children’s Mental Health: https://learning.nspcc.org.uk/child-health-development/child-mental-health NSPCC


Lockdown and Separated Parents: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/support-for-parents/separation-and-divorce/?utm_source=Adestra&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Coronavirus%20%28COVID-19%29%2C%20lockdown%20and%20separated%20parents&utm_campaign=SIEU-2020-05-07


The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health have identified a range of useful websites and information to help children and parents at this time. https://www.rcpch.ac.uk/resources/covid-19-resources-parents-carers

4th May Updates:

The Government has cancelled all GCSE and A Level exams this summer. A range of ‘frequently asked questions’ around the cancellation of exams can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-cancellation-of-gcses-as-and-a-levels-in-2020/coronavirus-covid-19-cancellation-of-gcses-as-and-a-levels-in-2020

Managing Conflict at Home: Please following this link a fantastic resource aimed at 11-19 year-olds to identify and manage their anger while at home.


CAMHS Resources: www.camhs-resources.co.uk


Re-solv: For drug and alcohol online resources and support see: https://www.re-solv.org/

27th April Updates:

We have received a Newsletter that provides some information on home hazards and safety awareness advice. Please view by clicking this link.

The Anna Freud Centre has published a range of resources to help support the mental health of children, young people, and parents.

Toolkit 1 provides videos to provide practical guidance and tips to schools, parents and carers about coronavirus (COVID-19) and mental health. There are also activities to ease anxiety that can be done at school or at home and other helpful advice, helplines and resources for adults and children.


Toolkit 2 provides resources to help children with SEND and responding to the unique challenges that may arise for vulnerable children.


Toolkit 3 provides a resource from Stonewall for the LGBTQ+ community, and a resource pack for staff wellbeing and practical activities for adults and children to help stay mentally well during this time.


Public Health England have produced a really useful easy to read factsheet about looking after your feelings and your body. Use this link to view the factsheet.

The NSPCC have a COVID factsheet for parents that contains an extensive range of advice and links to a range of agencies that can help at this difficult time. Use this link to view the factsheet.

20th April Updates:

The Government has provided a range of materials that provide advice and guidance for parents through the coronavirus outbreak:

Supporting your children's education during coronavirus (COVID-19)


Coronavirus (COVID 19): list of online education resources for home education


Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for parents and carers to keep children safe online


Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak



Guidance for the public on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of coronavirus (COVID-19)



Advice for parents and carers looking after children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)


Some useful ‘frequently asked questions’ about what you can and can’t do during the coronavirus outbreak at:





Doctors and paediatricians around the UK are concerned that in the current COVID pandemic, many families are not receiving the health and social care support they need and are less willing to attend hospital for their children's health care needs. Please refer to this Newsletter for important advice.


We have been provided with some information on how parents can support their family’s wellbeing through this period. The ‘Pupil Wellbeing Parent Pack’ can be found by following this link.

The Children and Family Court Advisory Service (Cafcas) have produced information that provides advice on balancing effective remote working and a busy home life. The information can be found by following this link.


Autism Outreach have plenty of advice on their website and Facebook page should you need it. Use the following links:



The House of Bread are offering food hampers and prepared meals if required as part of their offer to the community through the current crisis. The contact number for House of Bread 01785 243492. Families can call direct and press option one. This service is available seven days a week.