I would like to introduce myself. I am Nikki Harrison, Cheslyn Hay Primary School's Family Support Worker. My working hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30am - 2:30pm, during which time you can contact me via the school office on 01922 667950.
However, the easiest way to contact me is via email on firstname.lastname@example.org
I can offer advice regarding school attendance, family well-being and safeguarding throughout our setting. I can be a link to many external agencies and can provide referral support and guidance.
Please let me know if you have any concerns, no matter how small, as I can provide the earliest help to prevent the need for further support in the future.
Cost-of-living crisis support
The last few weeks have been difficult for many people as they start to consider how their finances will cope through the cost-of-living crisis. Please find below a list of resources that may be able to support families at this time.
Staffordshire County Council has a free online ‘entitled to’ calculator that enables people to find out what benefits they may be entitled to. It takes about 10 minutes to complete, is anonymous and can be found here: https://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/Business/Workplace-health/Entitled-To-Benefitcalculator.aspx
Citizen’s Advice have advice if you are living on a low income or struggling with living costs: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/benefits/help-if-on-a-low-income/if-yourestruggling-with-living-costs/
Money Saving Expert blog ‘heating the human not the home’ gives advice on the most cost-effective ways to keep warm if you can’t afford to put the heating on: https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/utilities/heat-the-human-not-the-home-save-energy/
Contact have a short article with advice for families of children with disabilities on coping with the cost of living crisis: https://contact.org.uk/about-contact/news-and-views/cost-ofliving-crisis-6-things-all-families-with-disabled-children-can-do-now/