There may be times when families need a little extra support - financial or emotional. You do not need to feel alone. There are many local organisations and support services that can help. School is also here to support in any way we can.
Support for Families
There are also monthly drop-in sessions with navigators for additional support for families (see flyer below).
Courthill Food Bank
We have a food bank in school, including food for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as sweet items, snacks and toiletries. If you would like to pop in for items, please speak to your class teacher or the school office - we have plenty of carrier bags you can use. If you would like to donate items for Courthill food bank, please drop-off at the school office.
Family Hubs and Outreach Centres
Across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole there are six Family Hubs and two Outreach Centres (formerly called Children's Centres).
Hubs are based in central locations and cover a reach area to support all families that need Early Help services, ensuring that families get the right help at the right time. Any family can contact them and they will be able to signpost to appropriate support. For more information, click here to visit the website.
Community Food Support
There are a number of different ways you can get food support including foodbanks, family hubs, and other community food settings which can be accessed through the ‘Access to Food Map’.
Access to Food Map
The access to food map is a tool to enable families to find where they will be able to access food support in the community and how to access support as well as providing information on community meals, cooked meal delivery, cooking workshops, foodbanks and social supermarkets.
To access, please click here for the website.
Jimmy's Food Bank, Poole Quay and St Clements Church, Parkstone - support for households in crisis with three-day emergency food parcels and a space for additional advice and support that tackle route issues of crisis. Referrals are available from frontline services (eg GP, citizens advice). For more information, click here to visit the website.
Together We Can
Together We Can is an initiative led by BCP Council, working in close partnership with many other public, private and voluntary sector organisations. Families may be eligible for a food voucher if they are experiencing hardship and meet the two ‘Essential Criteria’ and one ‘Other Criteria’. Alongside this families might be eligible for financial support, support if you are clinically vulnerable or isolating, Mental health and wellbeing. For more information, click here to visit the website.
If your child receives Pupil Premium, they may be eligible for local authority funded free activities, which take place during school holidays. For more information, please click here to view the website.
For more information about holiday childcare, please click here for the website.
Visit the BCP Council Family Information Directory for awesome activities, holiday schemes and events happening over half term. Click here to visit the website.
Health (including mental health)
This NHS website offers support and advice for a range of health needs. Please click here to find out more.
Connection (Dorset’s 24/7 mental health helpline): 0300 123 544
SEND Support for Parents
Find support and talk to other parents at informal coffee mornings at Tesco Community Room, every Wednesday (10am - 12pm) during term-time, run by charity Parent Carer Foundation.
Talking to Children about War and Conflict
The following links may help if your child is asking questions about conflicts taking place in the world, such as Ukraine.