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

Please note that during the period of school closure, Family Support will only be contactable by mobile number 07908 276892. You can text this number at any time but we will only be available Mon-Fri between 8.30am – 4.30pm to respond to your calls/texts. Alternatively, please email:

01202 636804 (direct line) – please do not use this during school closure
01202 525107, Ext. 227 (Linwood main reception) – please do not use this during school closure

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).

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

Coffee Mornings

Location: Family Room at Linwood Campus
Time: 10am – 12pm
Day: 1st Thursday of the month, starting from Thursday 9th January 2020

Parents/carers from all campuses are welcome.

Talking Dads Coffee Mornings

Location: Family Room at Linwood Campus
Time: 10am – 12pm
Day: Wednesday
Next dates: 6th May, 3rd June

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

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: TBC
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.

Counselling support for parents & carers

Dorset Children’s Foundation has kindly offered access to counselling support for parents/carers in need of emotional support.

Sessions will be with a student counsellor, Genevieve Smith.

Genevieve is currently studying for her Level 5 qualification in Psychotherapy and Counselling at Bournemouth University.

Genevieve is governed by the National Counselling Board and BACP and works to both these ethical frameworks, including ethics, values, confidentiality and general data protection recommendations.

Counselling Support will be free of charge and become part of Genevieve’s accredited training hours. Each session is for 50 minutes.

We will be offering appointments at Linwood Campus and in the future, Springwood Campus.

If you would like more information, please contact Hayley Cheshire ( or Shan Evans (contact details above).

Well-being Group

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

Location: Linwood Campus
Time: 10am – 12pm
Day: Monday mornings, starting from 13th January 2020


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: 13th June, 11th 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


SIBS is a youth group for young people who have a sibling with a learning disability. These sessions are open to young people from 5 1/2 to 17 years old. They provide a range of activities each session including: computer games, cooking, arts & crafts, sports. SIBS also explores the issues that affect those with a sibling who has a learning disability. This is often supported by a range of professionals who provide expert advice on a specific issue or topic. SIBS is £7 per day for each child to attend, although more if they go on a trip. This is open to all Siblings of a special needs child from Bournemouth, Poole and East Dorset.

For more information on SIBS, please contact: Senior Community Nurse, Children’s Learning Disability Service, Tel: 01202 584353

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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