Helpful Links

Please find listed below a directory of local organisations that provide help and support for parents, carers and their families:

Holiday Activity & Food Programme (HAF)

Funded by the Department for Education, HAF’s FREE holiday activities and food programme has been a huge success, providing healthy food and enriching activities for primary and secondary school-aged children eligible for benefits-related free school meals.

The logo for Gloucestershire HAF (Holiday activities and food)

Visit: Gloucestershire HAF 

Household Funding Support

Visit: Gloucestershire County Council: Additional Funding Info

Family Information Service

Glosfamilies directory logo

This website signposts and supports young people rom 0-19, parents, prospective parents and carers to resources in Gloucestershire. Email:

Visit: Gloucestershire Families Directory


Home - Home-Start Horizons

A network of trained volunteers offering support to parents and carers (Tel: 0800 068 63 68):

Visit:  Home-Start & Families Online

Churn Project

Supporting the community in Cirencester and surrounding villages since 2001.

Their aim is to reduce isolation and improve wellbeing particularly for those who are lonely, at a point of transition or crisis in their lives or experiencing mental health issues. Running many adult courses, the Churn Project is a valuable source of support (Tel: 01285 380038):

Visit: Churn Project

Family Lives (Parentline Plus)

Family Lives Charity | CheshireEast MarketPlace

Free consultation and support for parents (Tel: 0808 800 2222):

Visit: Family Lives


Special Educational Needs and Disability Information, Advice and Support Service

SENDIASS Gloucestershire | Special Educational Needs & Disability Information, Advice & Support Service

SENDIASS Gloucestershire provides information, advice and support on matters relating to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). The service is offered to parents and carers of children and young people aged between 0 and 25 years old.

SENDIASS provides free, confidential, impartial advice and helps parents play an active and informed role in their child’s education (Freephone: 0800 158 36 03):

Visit: SENDIASS & Gloucestershire Parent Carer Forum

SEND Parent Support Sites


GCC Healthy Start

If you’re more than 10 weeks pregnant or have a child under four and you receive benefits, you may be able to get help to buy healthy start food and milk. You also qualify if you are under 18 and pregnant, even if you don’t receive benefits.

The Healthy Start scheme provides you with a pre-paid card to spend with local retailers and gives you access to free multi-vitamins if eligible.

Visit: Healthy Start

Nutrition Resources


Food Waste Apps