Family Support

Family Support

Our Family Support Worker, Tina Mcgovern, and her assistant, Shan Evans, are here to advise, listen, help and offer any additional support to parents/carers for both Linwood & Springwood Campus.

Contact details

01202 636804 (direct line)
07908 276892 (mobile)
01202 525107, Ext. 227 (Linwood main reception)

Tina Mcgovern
Family Support Worker
Tina Mcgovern Family Support Worker
Shan Evans
Asst. Family Support Worker
Shan Evans Asst. Family Support Worker

Drop In Sessions

The Family Rooms at Linwood & Springwood Campuses are open to all parents/carers with a child with an EHCP.

Tina & Shan will be available to offer advice in various areas or you can just pop along for a coffee and a chat.

Linwood is open Monday – Thursday (mornings only).

Springwood is open on Fridays 9.45 – 12 noon.

Tina & Shan are also available at all campuses with booked appointments.

Coffee Mornings

Location: Family Room at Linwood Campus
Time: 10am – 12pm
Day: The first Thursday of the month (term time only)
Next dates: 12th September 2019
Guest: Lisa from Magdalen Farm will be talking about what they can offer families.

Parents/carers from all campuses are welcome.

Talking Dads Coffee Mornings

Location: Family Room at Linwood Campus
Time: 10am – 12pm
Day: The first Wednesday of the month (term time only)
Next dates: 11th September 2019

Dads from all campuses with a child who has an EHCP are welcome.

Sensory Differences, Play & Learning Difficulties Workshop

Play is a big part of how children learn social skills.

In this workshop we’ll be discussing and exploring how we use structured play routines to help encourage and develop our children’s communication skills.

We’ll be thinking about activities to help children learn about taking turns, sharing and responding to others.

There will be the opportunity to watch videos of children engaging in play routines and to analyse the techniques that adults are using to draw out these vital skills.

The workshop is aimed at the parents of children up to 9.

The focus will be on the specific difficulties experienced by children with ASD, but you are still welcome to attend if your child doesn’t have this diagnosis. Open to all parents/carers with a child with an EHCP.

Location: Linwood Campus
Cost: Free
Time: 10-12.00pm
Date: Friday 4th October 2019
Facilitators: Alice Stow and Alison Cleobury
Booking requirements: Contact Linwood Family Support (details above)

Book Exchange

Come along to the Parent’s Room and exchange a book you have read for a new one.

Arts & Crafts

Location: Littlewood Campus
Cost: Free for the whole family
Time: 10am – 12pm
Next session: 29th, 31st July; 5th, 7th, 12th, 14th, 21st August 2019
Booking requirements: There is no need to book, just turn up!

We welcome all families who care for a child with a statement of needs.

Swim & Play

Location: Linwood Campus
Cost: £1 per child
Time: 10am – 1pm
Next sessions: 6th*, 8th*, 9th*, 15th, 15th, 20th, 22nd, 23rd August 2019
* subject to pool maintenance – please call or text Tina to confirm (contact details above)
Booking requirements: There is no need to book, just turn up!

We welcome all families who care for a child with a statement of needs.
Please wear beach footwear or socks in the pool.
According to numbers attending, there may be a wait, but this will be as short as possible.
Each family will be given at least one hour in the pool.

Stress & Worry

This is a new parent-led support group where people can come and share their worries.

Location: Linwood Campus
Time: 10am – 12pm
Day: Monday mornings
Next sessions: 16th, 23rd September; 7th, 14th, 21st October; 11th November 2019


Linda Tee-Vides runs Co-motion dance sessions one Saturday a month. These 1.5 hour sessions are full of sensory fun activities with many different colourful props and lots of music! Parents/carers will be expected to stay, supervise and participate with their children for this activity.

Location: Linwood Campus (Malcolm Head Hall)
Cost: £3 per family
Time: 11am-12.30pm
Day: Saturday
Next sessions: 11th May, 8th June, 13th July
Booking requirements: Places need to be booked with Tina either by phone or you can text on her mobile number (numbers are above). Booking is on a first come, first served basis. If for any reason you are unable to attend your booked session, please contact Tina asap so that the place can be offered to another family. If fully booked, families may wish to call on the morning of the session for cancelled spaces.

Co-motion is open to all children with additional needs, EHCP or SEND.
Siblings are welcome to come along too.
If you are new to this session, evidence of need will be required for registration.


Longfleet Youth FC’s DSActive runs a football programme for children and young people (age 4+) with Down Syndrome.

The programme aims to develop social skills, confidence and physical ability whilst learning football skills and having fun!

Players will take part in fun football sessions delivered by FA qualified coaching staff focusing on dribbling, passing and shooting whilst playing plenty of games.

Location: Carter Community School (Sports Hall), Blandford Close, Hamworthy, Poole, Dorset. BH15 4BQ
Date: The first Saturday of every month (excluding August)
Time: 1.00pm to 2.00pm – DSActive Lions (Ages 16+)
2.15pm to 3.15pm – DSActive Cubs (Under 8’s)
3.30pm to 4.30pm – DSActive Tigers (Ages 8 to 16)
Cost: £3.00 per session (£10 sign up fee and £15 kit contribution also payable after first trial session)
Contact: Beverley Bowers, DSActive Co-ordinator
Tel: 07703744564
Website: or

DSActive Football Programme Flyer

Other Useful Links

Dorset Children’s Foundation supports sick and disabled children in our community.

Tel: 01202 390011 for upcoming family activities.

Ann Tynan, a Passenger Assistant at Linwood, is the owner of a hair salon and has kindly offered all staff and parents a 20% discount.

Identity Hair Salon, Columbia Road, Bournemouth, BH10 4EQ (opposite the Talbot Rise Social Club)   Tel: 01202 527948

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