Local Support for Families

Local Support Networks:

At St Mary’s we work alongside lots of agencies and groups who offer support to children and families. Some of this support takes place in school and some in the local community. If any of these agencies are of interest you can get in touch with them directly or come into school and we can help you to make a referral. The agencies logo should direct you to their own website:-

MIND North Staffs

Younger Mind offers emotional support to young people – Service available in school

Cheshire Young Carers

Support for children in a caring or supportive role

Cheshire Buddies Scheme

Support for disabled children and young people

Visyon – Emotional Health and Wellbeing

A charity that supports the emotional health of children, young people and their families in Cheshire EAST.

Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service

CAMHS have provided us with a list of useful websites and Apps relating to a variety of Mental Health concerns. The list can be found HERE.

Primary Respect Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service

Offering children the opportunity to take part in fun, practical and positive activities that help to encourage communication and citizenship skills – Service available in school.

Friends for Leisure

Helping disabled children & young people in Cheshire enjoy friendship & leisure

South Cheshire CLASP

Support for lone parents and single parent families

St Paul’s Food Bank

Referrals can be made by school for food parcels, please contact Mrs Murray


Talking PANTS teaches children important messages, like their body belongs to them and they should tell an adult if they’re upset or worried.


Counselling service for children and young people up to their 19th birthday in the United Kingdom provided by the NSPCC

Operation Encompass

Police and education early information sharing partnership enabling schools to offer immediate support for children and young people experiencing domestic abuse


The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) work with safeguarding and child protection partners across the UK and overseas.

School Nurse Team

Offer advice and support, and to act as advocates for all children and young people whether they attend school, or are educated elsewhere. 0 – 19 School Nursing Cheshire East


0808 1000 143 – a free phone helpline for children experiencing homophobic bullying. Open Monday to Friday 10am-5pm

Parentline Plus

0808 8002222 – a free 24hr phone helpline for anyone caring for children or textphone 0800 783 6783 for the deaf or hard of hearing

CEC Domestic Abuse Hub

A single point of contact, information, consultation, referral, triage and case allocation for families affected by domestic abuse and those who support them – formally or informally.


The Cheshire East Consultation Service is the ‘front door’ for access to services, support and advice for children and their families. 300 123 5012 (option 3, option 2)

Sal’s Shoes

Referrals can be made by school for free pre-loved school shoes and trainers, please contact Mrs Murray


Motherwell can provide free pre-loved school uniform and other items, they also offer a Baby Bank. Families can contact Motherwell directly or contact Mrs Murray

The Bread and Butter Thing

The Bread and Butter Thing offers weekly groceries at a fraction of high street prices, at the Underwood West Hub. For £8.50 they offer roughly £35 worth of food each week.

Bread and butter thing – sign up

The Dove Service – Bereavement Support

Providing services to people within the community from the age of 4+ who are experiencing issues relating to bereavement, loss or life-changing illness