My name is Sarah Bell and I am the Family Worker at Battledown. I am a mum of two boys; my younger son attended Battledown when he was younger, which makes me an ex-parent as well!
I contact families to meet up for a chat to see how I can support you during your time at Battledown.
For example I can offer help filling out forms including benefits, eg. Carers Allowance, DLA, Blue Card, funding applications; free nappies for children over 4 years; help with sourcing equipment and adapted clothing; arrange and accompany on visits to view primary schools or other appointments, general advice on parenting, accessing support groups, specialist services or external parent/carer training courses.
I am a parent representative on several panels within the Local Authority where I can feed back parents views on services and help to bring about positive changes for you and your child. I am also on the BFG (Battledown Friend’s Group) where I am keen to promote plenty of opportunities for families to come together socially to enable friendships to develop.
I am also available to talk to if parents are struggling with their child’s condition, awaiting a possible diagnosis or just want a friendly shoulder because sometimes it helps to share your worries.
I am at the centre Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and I can be contacted at any time via email or you can leave a message with reception and I will return your call.
INformal, Friendly Opportunities, Caring, Understanding Support
INFOCUS is coordinated by our Family Worker, Sarah Bell. It is an informal group for parents and carers to meet in the Parents’ Room, usually once or twice a term during a morning session.
Speakers are invited to give informative talks on many subjects, all requested by families at Battledown. Previously we have looked at Feeding Issues, EHCP’s, the Role of the Educational Psychologist, Sensory Integration, Potty Training and Behaviour Management. We also have giftware and book coffee mornings and are always pleased to hear of anything you would like to know more about for future sessions.
We try to address some of the difficult situations parents and carers experience by sharing ideas and offering support. As a result of this we now have; a visiting hair dresser for children who find visiting a salon too distressing; contacts with a swimming instructor who works one to one with children with Special Educational Needs; links with ex-parents to help you plan your child’s next school after Battledown and advice and information on equipment, eg. car seats/bigger buggies etc.
INFOCUS enables regular two way communication between parents and school. It is also a valuable link with the Local Authority to feedback and gather parent/carer views on current services and new projects via Sarah, who is a Parent Rep on several panels who value the voice of the parent/carer.
During INFOCUS you can meet other parents and enjoy a chat over coffee and cake. Share some tips, maybe pick up some new ones and let us know how we can support you and your child during your time at Battledown. 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 email@example.com.
Please note CADCAF staff are not responsible for looking after any children at CADCAF events. This is the parents/carers responsibility.
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Battledown Centre for Children & Families. Harp Hill, Cheltenham GL52 6PZ Tel: 01242 525472 • Fax: 01242 257557