Olton Primary School

Learning Together, Achieving More

Family Support



Family Support





Family Support Workers - `A Friendly Face'


Mrs Watkins – Play Therapist (Tuesdays, Wednesdays)

I have been working with children and their families around the world for 25 years. I have sensitively supported a diverse range of parents and carers in multicultural environments. I am extremely sensitive to the complexities that families face and treat everyone with the utmost respect. 

For more details - please refer to the ' Express Yourself - Play Therapy'  document below:


Family Support Worker – Drop-In Sessions


Our Family Support Worker Team is offering a weekly drop-in session for parents to come in and have time to talk to Mrs. Napier or Ms. Glover.  Parents are welcome to attend to speak to the Family support worker about any issues/concerns they may have regarding their children. If they need any help or support with paperwork and filling this in or just some general information/support for themselves or their children.

The sessions will be held on a Thursday between 9:00 am and 9:45 am.



In addition to the drop-in sessions, the Family Support Team are holding 'Coffee Mornings'  on some Thursdays with a specific area of focus or topic that parents/carers may find useful. For more information, please click the page link below:


July 2023



Dear Parents/Carers,


We are holding a parent coffee morning in conjunction with Solihull Parent Carer Voice (SPCV) and would like to invite you along.  This will be a great opportunity for you to meet with other parents and with representatives from SPCV.


If you would like to attend, please contact the school office and they will confirm a place for you.


Kind Regards


Mrs A Pimm



Olton Primary School

Family Support Worker Newsletter - October 2021

Our Family Support Worker Team of Mrs Napier, Ms Glover and Mrs Watkins will be sending home a termly newsletter with lots of useful information to support parents.

The newsletter will include :

  •  An introduction to the Family Support Worker Team and ways to make contact with them
  •  Updates about events happening in school or in the local community
  •  Free courses from Solihull approach
  •  Useful websites


Please scroll below for access to our newsletters.

Useful Websites & Helplines

Mental Health Services

When children's mental health needs more direct support from a professional we can refer to the likes of Solar or Forward Thinking Birmingham. 

Below are links to a useful video and websites from Solihull School Nursing Team aimed at Primary school aged children regarding emotional health and well-being. 


Supporting Children's Mental Health 

Wellbeing tips for Young People

The website links include self-help videos for young people with all sorts of tips on exercise, sleep, worry and how to take care on social media as well as advice and sources of support.



Bereavement Services

Losing someone is one of the hardest things to face but it isn’t something that you have to tackle alone.

Learn more about St Mary's Hospice bereavement support.

Community Bereavement Service - Birmingham St Mary's Hospice


Other bereavement services:

Edward's Trust

Winston's Wish


Family Support Services


Women's Aid provide support to women and their children in the Birmingham and Solihull area. 

Call their confidential helpline on 0808 800 0028



Act on Energy - Support for Solihull households struggling with energy bills and keeping warm.


Cost of Living Resources

The cost-of-living crisis is affecting us all. The council have developed a bank of resources and information to help families to get the help and support they need which can be accessed using the link below:

Solihull - Cost of Living Help


Here2Help goes live

Here2Help goes live with two events on:

Both events will have staff from a number of local and national organisations offering free and confidential advice and support on a range of topics, including energy and fuel, finance, work, housing and mental health.


Solihull Family Hubs Information Webinar

Solihull Council will be opening some new Family Hubs across the borough. These important new centres will give children, young people and their families access to the best health and family support services from pregnancy to 25 years, alongside social activities at places that are most convenient for them. We’re hosting a webinar from 4.30pm to 6pm on Monday 12 December so you can find out more about the services that will be available. There will be a presentation about the hubs – where they will be, what they will offer, and how they will work. There will also be time to chat so you can share your views, ideas and ask questions.


(Refer to the leaflet below in the Documents section)


Young Carers


At Olton we like to give special attention to our students who are Young Carers. Every half term we come together to acknowledge the children's roles, build friendships with other Young Carers and take part in some well-deserved fun activities. 


Young Carers - Carers Trust Solihull


Outside agencies:-


Solihull - Help with food and fuel

The Real Junk Food Project Birmingham 

Solihull – Hobs Moat - The Real Junk Food Project Birmingham



FREE Eat Well, Move More Programme


Eat Well Move More - Family Healthy Lifestyle Service - Solihull Active

Eat Well Move More is a FREE support service for children (4-16years) who are classified as overweight or obese (over 91st centile).

Eat Well Move More Self Referral - Solihull Active

Eat Well Move More Self Referral. Eat Well Move More is a family healthy lifestyle service for children and their families. Eligibility: Aged 4 (must be in Reception) – 16 years


HAF Programme

The Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme is for those aged 4 to 16 who are in full-time education and receive benefits-related free school meals (FSM).


The Solihull HAF (Holiday Activities and Food programme) aims to provide a range of activities and a nutritious meal, for children in receipt of benefit-related free school meals (FSM), during school holidays.



Household Support October Half-Term 2023

A payment of £15 per child will be provided as food support for families in receipt of benefit-related free school meals, for the October half-term period. Vouchers will be issued at the start of the holiday. Our Here2Help provides details of additional food provision and essential utilities to support families with children, other vulnerable households and individuals.


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Household Support – Summer Holidays 2023

A payment of £15 per child will be provided as food support for families in receipt of benefits-related free school meals, for the Summer holiday period. Vouchers will be issued by the start of the holiday. Our HAF Activities page


 provides information on activities which are free to children on benefits-related free school meals during the Christmas, Easter and Summer school holidays. You can keep up to date with future HAF activities by signing up to our HAF Stay Connected alerts I

If you or someone you know are on benefits but not registered for benefits-related free school meals, click for more information and to apply here


Our HAF Activities page provides information on activities which are free to children on benefits?related free school meals during the Christmas, Easter and Summer school holidays. You can keep up to date with future HAF activities by signing up to our HAF Stay Connected alerts accounts/UKSOLIHULL/subscriber/ new


 There will also be places available for children who are not in receipt of FSM but who are vulnerable or have additional needs. If you believe that this applies to your child, then please contact your chosen holiday club directly to confirm.





- Yogabugs In partnership with Solihull Council, YogaBugs are pleased to offer all families in receipt of benefit related free school meals, access to our online yoga and mindfulness platform, completely FREE from now to the end of Easter.


YogaBugs virtual gives you online access to hundreds of yoga & well-being videos for your whole family to take part in from the comfort of your own home! CLICK HERE to watch a short video to find out why it’s good for your family! Why sign up?

  •  It is FREE!
  •  It takes less than 60 seconds to sign up.
  •  Help your family feel calm, increase your child’s confidence & help get your family active.
  •  Suitable for children with SEN. Visit:

Click on parents, enter the unique eCode: solihull-1359 If you have any questions, please refer to these useful FAQs.



Well-Being Resources

We have put together a selection of resources and strategies to support the wellbeing of your whole family which we hope you will find useful. These can be accessed via the link below.

Click on the link below for Covid-19 information:

Covid-19 Information/Resources