Family workers

Family Workers

We have a team of very friendly, helpful and supportive family workers, who are available to support families in many different ways. A range of events are held, enabling parents and carers to meet others and chat in an informal, relaxed atmosphere.

Details of forthcoming events will be added here. In the meantime, feel free to contact Cath Legg or Gulnaz Altaf by calling in to the family hut or by phoning their direct line (01582 509279). Alternatively they can be contacted by using the email addresses listed below.

The family hut is situated at the rear of the main school building.

Organisations which can help

Luton Access

Luton Access, the project which has brought together the town’s most trusted and established specialist, independent advice providers, will give you the help you need, when you need it. Free, confidential, expert advice and guidance is now available under one roof from the following organisations:

  • Citizens Advice
  • Luton Law Centre
  • Luton Rights
  • Bringing the organisations together means you won’t have to move from one location to another   around the town. Support is available on a range of issues including:
  • debt
  • welfare benefits
  • employment
  • housing
  • relationship breakdown
  • immigration

AdvicelineTel: 0344 245 1285
Open: Monday to Friday
9.30am to 12.30pm

Families United Network

Support for families of children with Special Educational Needs, medical or physical disabilities. Days out, school holiday activities and support. Contact 01582 420800 or see thttp://familiesunitednetwork.org.uk

Autism Bedfordshire

Support, information and activities for parents and children on the Autistic Spectrum.

http://www.autismbedfordshire.net

Luton Children and Families Information service

Information on a wide range of topics including school holiday activities, childcare and health

Directory of Services for parents and children

Free School Meals

Information on free school meals and eligibility.

Online directory of services in Luton
Luton Borough Council has developed the town’s most comprehensive and user-friendly online services directory – the Luton Directory.

Luton Wellbeing Service

The service offers free and confidential talking therapies and specialist support. The service covers many aspects of emotional well-being including low mood, stress, anxiety, panic attacks, health related problems, agoraphobia, post traumatic stress, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder and bereavement. The support is available in a number of individual sessions, groups or courses depending on your needs.The service is self referral and their contact number is 01582 393130.
Toddler Time-Stay and Play for under 5s

Monday mornings at 9.00am – 10.15am Toddler Time for under 5s in the Family Room. Tea , coffee and snacks are available as well as weekly crafts for the children. We end each session with a sing -a- long!
Food bank

As Family Workers we are able to refer to the Luton Food bank. They are able to supply a family with food for three days and there are up to five referrals per year. There are five sites across Luton which are open at various days and times. Please contact us for more information either by popping in to the Family room or call us on 509279.
Families in Luton Autism Group

The autism spectrum team (part of the Special Educational Needs Service) run the Families in Luton Autism Group (FLAG). This was formed to address the needs of families affected by autism after an initial survey highlighted the parents’ wishes to link with families in similar circumstances, have access to a sympathetic listening ear and user friendly information about the autism spectrum.
Each meeting provides parents with an opportunity to discuss issues with other families and carers, teachers, early years advisors and support workers – all of whom have had experience working with autistic children and those with Aspergers Syndrome.
The autism spectrum team can offer advice on how to develop children’s social interaction, communication and flexible thinking skills and discuss what support is available from educational, health and social services.
Meetings will often have a themed topic such as ‘Coping with Christmas’ or ‘Managing Transitions’ and we invite speakers from other services to share information about support available.
We aim to provide a relaxed atmosphere where everyone is welcome, even if just for a coffee and a chat – but unfortunately we are unable to offer crèche facilities. We aim to hold at least one meeting a month during term times and alternate between mid-morning and evening to fit in with parents’ schedules.
There are four groups in Luton for families of children and young people affected by autism you can visit the other group pages here:
  • FLAG – a group for all families with children up to the age of 25
  • DADS – specifically for dads and male carers
  • CALM – for parents of children up to 7 years old
  • CAUSE – Carers for Autism Support and Education
Please contact the team on 01582 548151 for details of dates, times and venues.
Transition/New school checklist

The National Autistic society has compiled a useful checklist and “what to look for” list when choosing new schools or moving on to High School, college etc. It can be found on autism.org.uk and type school checklist in the search box. It is also useful for children with any kind of additional or SEN as often their needs and support can be similar.