Family Worker

My name is Sarah Bell and I am the Family Worker at Battledown. I am a mum of two boys, now both adults. My younger son attended Battledown which makes me an ex-parent and a lot of what I do stems from the things that made a difference to me at the time.Yet every family is unique and differs in the support they need. I make contact with all new families to see how I can help them during their time at Battledown.  I can offer advice and referrals on a wide range of needs including:

  • Disability related benefits e.g. DLA and Carers Allowance.
  • Applications to charities for specialist /adapted equipment.
  • Short Breaks and Early Help.
  • Continence, Behaviour Support and Sleep.
  • Parent Carer Support Networks and Forums, training courses and Carers Assessments.

I am also available to talk to if parents are struggling with their child’s condition, awaiting diagnosis or just need someone to listen who really does understand.

I am at the centre Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and I can be contacted via email, text or phone.

Sarah Bell
Family Worker
01242 525472 Option 3
07970 037939


INformal, Friendly Opportunities, Caring, Understanding Support

INFOCUS is coordinated by our Family Worker, Sarah Bell. It is an informal group for parents and carers who meet in our lovely Parents’ Room, usually once or twice a term. INFOCUS offers a safe and non judgemental space. We want to you meet and make friendships with other families which will hopefully continue long after you have left Battledown.  If you have felt lonely or isolated in a previous setting because your child has additional needs you will find a very different atmosphere at Battledown.

Speakers are invited to INFOCUS to  give informative talks on many subjects, all requested by our families. Previously we have looked at Feeding Issues, EHCPs, the Role of the Educational Psychologist, Toilet Training, Understanding Behaviour, Sleep, Fine Motor Skills, Sensory Play, Internet Safety and Parent Carer Wellbeing. Sometimes we have a General Coffee and Catch Up and get together for a chat, cake, occasionally tears but always laughs.You will be surprised there are lots of common concerns many parents and carers are experiencing which, when shared, can be tackled together.  We are always pleased to hear of anything you would like to know more about for future sessions.

Look out for forth coming events in the newsletters and flyers via the home/school diary.

Battledown Friends Group

Our Vision – Battledown Friends Group will enable parents and children at Battledown to be supported in leading happy and fulfilled lives at school and home.

Our Mission – BFG will raise money for the school and organise social events that allow families, children and the school community to have fun through a supportive network.

A message from the Committee

The Battledown Friends Group (BFG) is a charity set-up to support the school and in particular the children and their families.

The school plays a very special role in our community, providing much needed support for local special needs children, enabling them to have fun, learn and grow in a safe environment.

How you can help?

  • Support the events organised.
  • We always need help and welcome everyone.
  • Do you have any time to help support the school through the BFG.
  • Do you have any skills which could help us?
  • Do you have any contacts we could use to further our goals?
  • Get in touch.

Cheltenham and District Carers and Families was set up in 1990. The group is run by a committee of directors whose role it is to support staff and members. We are a family support group for parents/carers caring for a special needs child/children. Our children may have physical, mental or multiple handicaps. Others have developmental delay.
The group works on a membership basis of which the monthly subscription is £2 per month. When you have filled in your membership forms and joined as a member you are able to attend any activities/events we are running. This works by filling in a booking form and sending a cheque payment into our office. We will then send you a confirmation in the post and see you on the day of the activity.
We offer the following:

  • Support for the whole family – they are all special.
  • To enable parents/carers to share information and offer mutual support e.g. ideas on coping strategies, special diets, toileting etc.
  • Holiday activities eg. arts and crafts, horse riding, swimming, bowling, coach trips etc.
  • Information exchange.

The CADCAF office is open between the hours of 9.00am-1.00pm Monday to Friday.
Contact details are: 01242 525472 option 5 or email us on

Please note CADCAF staff are not responsible for looking after any children at CADCAF events. This is the parents/carers responsibility.

Battledown Centre for Children & Families. Harp Hill, Cheltenham GL52 6PZ Tel: 01242 525472 • Fax: 01242 257557

Battledown Centre for Children & Families. Harp Hill, Cheltenham GL52 6PZ Tel: 01242 525472 • Fax: 01242 257557