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Family Support

Our Family Support Worker, Tina Mcgovern, and assistant, Shan Evans, are here to advise, listen, help and offer any additional support to parents/carers for all Linwood School campuses.

Contact details


07908 276892 (mobile)
01202 636804 (direct line)
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

Below is a list of support sessions and events offered at Linwood School. Please look at our Useful Links page for details of other charities/organisations offering family support and activities in the local area.

You can also find local childcare, services and activities in the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole area using BCP Council’s Family Information Directory.

Stay & Play

Unfortunately, due to class movement and electrical maintenance, Stay & Play has had to be cancelled this summer to keep all children & adults safe.

Parent/Carer Coffee Mornings

Meet the Family Support Team and other parents/carers with children with additional needs.
All parents/carers with a child who has an EHCP are welcome.

Date: first Thursday of the month – please see exact dates below
Time: 9.30-11.30am
Venue: TBC

Future Thoughts Coffee Mornings

Date: every third Thursday of the month
Time: 9.30-11am
Venue: please see flyer below

For parents of Year 7 students and above to meet the IAG & Family Support Teams.

Future Thoughts Coffee Morning – Summer 2023

‘My Child’ Support Group

My Child is the Linwood Support Group for parents/carers of children with SEND needs who present as dysregulated (behaviour that challenges).

Parents/carers can feel isolated, worried and unable to cope when dysregulation leads to physical and verbal behaviour that is challenging and presents safety risks.

All behaviour is communication, but it can be difficult to interpret dysregulated behaviour.

This support group provides an opportunity to share your worries with other parents who are experiencing the same concerns.

Andy Maher (Assistant Head at Springwood Campus and Regulation & Engagement Lead Professional) will share advice, information, strategies, or just a listening ear to help you support your child and family.

The group will meet once a month, at Linwood or Springwood Family Room. The day and time of the group will change monthly to ensure that the group is flexible and inclusive as possible.

First meeting: Friday 17 March 10:00-12:00 at Springwood Campus.

If you would like to join us, please contact Shan Evans (contact details above).

Talking Dads

The Talking Dads coffee mornings are for all dads/carers of children with special needs. This is a free parent-led group with the aim of providing a safe space for you to share parenting experience, build resilience and access support.

Next meeting: every first Wednesday of each month
Time: 9.30-11.30am
Venue: Linwood Family Room or in the community

Linwood Wellness Group

This is a free parent-led support group for parents/carers of children with SEND. The group provides a safe space to share any stresses or worries. The group focus is helping parents/carers enhance their own sense of wellbeing within a supportive group.

Date: every Monday
Time: 9.30-11.30am
Venue: Linwood Family Room or in the community

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