Academy life

Support for families

We're here to do all we can for you and your family whenever you need a bit of support.

Every family faces challenges - and we're here to support you however we can. We want to help make sure you and your family stay healthy and well. Please let any member of our academy know if you ever need some advice or support.

Find a local foodbank

You can find your nearest food bank on the Trussell Trust website. They also have a free, confidential helpline for anyone in financial crisis. t: 0808 208 2138 (open Monday to Friday, 9am–5pm).

Money worries

Citizens Advice offer lots of support on all kinds of family matters. You can contact their South Essex centre for benefits, housing, employment, debt and relationships advice t: 0808 278 7877

Relationships and wellbeing

Refuge offer support for women and children experiencing domestic abuse. They have a 24/7 helpline t: 0808 2000 247

Changing Pathways is a local domestic abuse charity offering free, confidential support t: 0330 333 7 444 e:

If you're concerned about your own, or a member of your family's, mental health and wellbeing, have a look at the Mind website which has advice about how to get help. You can contact their infoline t: 0300 123 3393

Housing advice

Shelter offers free housing advice and an emergency helpline t: 0808 800 4444

If you're in need of low-cost furniture, contact Lighthouse Furniture Project Ltd who can support low income families t: 01277 222050 e:

Family support

SilverCloud offers an online programme for parents and carers of school-aged children on anxiety intervention. It aims to improve mental health by focussing on changing thoughts, feelings and behaviours.

Family Lives offers a confidential helpline and lots of practical advice on all parenting and family matters t: 0808 800 2222

The NHS Every Mind Matters website has lots of advice for parents and carers about looking after a child or young person's mental health, how to look out for the signs that something's wrong, how to get help if you need it and advice on looking after your own mental health.

The THRIVE service directory provides contact details and information on local mental health services and organisations to support children and young people and their families. The directory covers five categories of support: Thriving, Getting Advice and Signposting, Getting Help, Getting More Help and Getting Risk Support.