Wellbeing and Family Support


We can offer a range of support and advice, signposting you to external services if you wish.

Mrs Gina Matthews is our Family Support Worker for specific family support. You will also find lots of helpful information by clicking on the links below:

Please see information below we would like you to pass onto all your relevant families regarding the Holiday Activity Food Programme (HAF), HAP and food hampers.

HAF and HAP are returning this summer!

Click here to watch our launch video!

Forest of Dean
If you live in Forest of Dean, you can book your food hampers now and up until 11 July using the link
Bookings will close at 12pm on 11 July

From 1 – 26 August, eligible children and young people of Gloucestershire will be able to take part in exciting and fun activities across the county in the Holiday Activity and Food programme (HAF). Through match funding we have also been able to extend our offer once again to all families through the Holiday Activities Programme (HAP).


Bookings for activities will open from 11 July. Make sure you’ve got your Children’s Activity Booking System (CABS) account ready in the meantime by following the link below:



For more information you can visit our website at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/haf where you can stay up to date on news.



Food Hamper information for the summer

During the summer HAF which runs from 1 – 26 August, families eligible for benefits related free school meals will be able to book and receive two weeks of food hampers.

If you are currently receiving vouchers from the Holiday Free School Meal Voucher scheme, you are eligible to receive food hampers too.

As well as our hampers, delicious and nutritious food will be available at all HAF activity sites for children to enjoy.

This year, we are releasing our food box bookings in waves according to district to ensure we get as many eligible families as possible to book their food hamper. Please see below for more information about your district offer:



Pro Stars Half Term holiday camp Monday 30th May



Interact free workshop for KS2 children during February half term 2022

Art Space Flyer – Showtime event during half term  22

Art Space Course for 6 to 11 years – Starting 2nd November in Cinderford

Parent course Information  Free 13 Week course to a Healthier, Happier Family

Beezee Family letter – free course for families – focused healthy lifestyle starting January 26th – in Cinderford

List of resources and useful links from Gloucestershire County Council:

Healthy Start – https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/children-young-people-and-families/healthy-start/
If you’re pregnant or have a child under 4 and you are getting benefits, you may be able to get Healthy Start vouchers to help buy some basic foods. You also qualify if you are under 18 and pregnant, even if you don’t get any benefits. This important scheme provides vouchers to spend with local retailers and also gives you access to free vitamins. Pregnant women and children over 1 and under 4 can get one £3.10 voucher per week. Children under 1 can get two £3.10 vouchers (£6.20) per week. Find out if you are eligible to get these benefits<https://www.healthystart.nhs.uk/healthy-start-vouchers/do-i-qualify/do-i-qualify/>. If you’re not eligible, click here to see the alternative grants and funds available<https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/health-and-social-care/children-young-people-and-families/healthy-start/if-youre-not-eligible/>. Once you have applied for your vouchers and your application has been approved, you will receive your vouchers for food and vitamins (see Spend your vouchers for more information on how to spend them).

Mental Health Support

Children and Young People https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/media/2101042/mental-health-zcard-2020-v4-final.pdf
Adults and Children – https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/media/2099657/mental-health-signposting-sheet-final-280520.pdf

Children and Families Covid – 19 Support Pages – https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/covid-19-information-and-advice/support-for-children-and-families-during-covid-19/

Family support poster – https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/media/2100691/whole-family-support-poster-final.pdf




Support Agencies

Children’s Mental Health Week 2021 Click the link for plenty of ideas.


Family first magazine – Coronavirus

GCC_2848 Free school meals A4 posters_Dev3 (2) Information about free school lunches

Gloucestershire Parents Carer Forum information –

 Parent Carer Forum information

Useful Information for parents from NHS Gloucestershire Health and Care

Mental Health Support Team 

TRAILBLAZERS: Positive Mental Health in Schools through NHS support

We are delighted that our school has been given the opportunity to take part in a new, national programme to help make mental health support for children and young people more available when they need it.

We  along with other  schools from Cheltenham, Gloucester and the Forest of Dean  work with the NHS in Gloucestershire to introduce Mental Health Support Teams into schools.   Valuable support is being provided to identified pupils to help them with the ups and downs of life, with issues such as anxiety, friendship, exam stress and challenging behaviour.  This may involve group work and/or individual, one-to-one support, either at school or elsewhere. Where appropriate, the Mental Health Support Team will also link up with the specialist mental health services in Gloucestershire. They will also support parents and teachers to help children and young people who are experiencing difficulties.

Please contact our Family Support  Worker Mrs. G.  Matthews  gmatthews@woodside.gloucs.sch.uk for more information or see links below

Trailblazers letter – Update (1)

https://www.england.nhs.uk/mental-health/cyp/trailblazers/Trailblazer Parent Information Sheet UPDATED (3)

EMHP Role and Training (1)

NHS’ Every Mind Matters contains invaluable tips for maintaining good mental health and wellbeing for children and adults

NSPCC pants-parents-guide-online The PANTS song is taught in schools-click on the parents guide to find out more.

Early Help Offer

Other useful  Links:

 Young Minds Matter – https://youngminds.org.uk/




Developmental Milestones for 4-5 year olds

Glosfamilies Directory

https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/ funding available

Family Lives

Green Square  – A short term intervention service to help address housing needs and promote independent living. Additional services include education training and work, budgeting, help with welfare benefits. www.greensquaregroup.com

Two Rivers Housing Welfare and Debt Advisors help tenants with a wide range of financial issues.www.tworivershousing.org.uk

Salvation Army –Support for families in need of furniture / white goods.

Gloucestershire Young Carers Provides a range of services for young carers who look after an ill or disabled family member  www.glosyoungcarers.org.uk


Toucan  for Children – who support children with counselling through play therapyhttps://www.toucanforchildren.org

Teens in Crisis Plus – who support the school with counselling for children and families.www.ticplus.org.uk

Art Space Offer after school creative clubs, and also the ‘Your Future’ Project that supports families who suffer domestic violence.www.artspacecinderford.org

Forest Pulse A local registered charity which supports families living in the Forest of Dean who have a child with disabilities  www.forestpulse.co.uk

Opportunity Centre Support for children from birth to 7 years with a special need/disability and their families www.fodopportunitycentre.org

PCSO’s –Local community police service – who support the school with a range of safeguarding strategies including road and internet safety that relates to CSE, cyberbullying and on line safety against grooming.

GHLL An umbrella organisation for Gloucestershire Healthy Schools and Gloucestershire Healthy FE (Further Education).

FSM/Pupil Premium Funding –This enables the school to provide additional support for disadvantaged and vulnerable children. www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/education-and-learning/school-transport-and-free-schoolmeals/apply-for-free-school-meals

Children & Young People’s (Mental Health) Service (CYPS)  –Support the school with a range of services that include counselling for children, and signposting parents to courses for advice.

The Advisory Teaching Service – Specialist support for children with a hearing, visual or physical impairment or difficulties with communication, interaction, cognition, learning and behaviour.

Educational Psychologists – A team of Educational Psychologists working for the Local Authority who offer a comprehensive psychology service for children, young people and their families.

Speech Therapy NHS – Speech Therapy Lead – who supports the school’s programme of SaLT (Speech and Language Therapy).

The School Nursing Service – who support the school by attending TAC meetings, visiting children in school and liaising with other agencies involved in complex cases.

Families First Plus – The Families First Plus Team is one of a range of teams within the Early Help Partnership. The role of Families First Plus Teams: They support the coordination and development of local partnerships, provide advice, guidance and support through Community Social Workers and Early Help Co-ordinators. Provide targeted support – a range of family support interventions including whole family intensive work, parenting groups, specific interventions linked to an assessment of need.


GDASS (Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse Support Service) – Offers support to anyone over the age of 16 who has experienced or is experiencing domestic abuse. www.gdass.org.ukIf you do need to talk to report domestic abuse we can accommodate you and find a private space within the school.

Positive Relationships Gloucestershire Leaflet 2020 (1)

SENDIASS (Gloucestershire Special Educational Needs and Disability Information)Advice & Support Service www.sendiassglos.org.uk

Forest of Dean Foodbank https://theforest.foodbank.org.uk/get-help/how-to-get-help/

Samaritans Call – 116 123 email – jo@samaritans.orghttps://www.samaritans.org/

Gloucestershire Counselling Support Self-registration via the websitewww.gloscounselling.org.uk

Rape Crisis 0808 802 9999 www.rapecrisis.org.ukMen’s Advice Line 0808 801 0327 www.mensadviceline.org.ukGloucestershire

Help Hub – providing help during the Coronavirus Outbreak https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/gloucestershires-community-help-hub/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=SocialSignIn Telephone – 01452 583519

Domestic Abuse Support – GDASS Phone – 01452 726570
Police – 101 or 999
National Domestic Abuse Helpline (run by Refuge) – 0808 200 0247 www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk

Safeguarding Concerns  If you are concerned that a child may be in danger or is suffering abuse phone Social Care on – 01452 426565 or the out of hours emergency team on – 01452 614 194If you believe that a child is at significant risk of harm call the police – 101 or 999.NSPCC – 0808 800 5000