Academy life

Support for families

We're here to do all we can for you and your family whenever you need a bit of support.

Every family faces challenges - and we're here to support you however we can. We want to help make sure you and your family stay healthy and well. Please let any member of our academy know if you ever need some advice or support.

Find a local foodbank

You can find your nearest food bank on the Trussell Trust website. They also have a free, confidential helpline for anyone in financial crisis. t: 0808 208 2138 (open Monday to Friday, 9am–5pm).

Money worries

Citizens Advice offer lots of support on all kinds of family matters. You can contact their Mid-Suffolk Centre for benefits, housing, employment and debt advice. They offer help in making Universal Credit applications and have a special Universal Credit support helpline t: 01449 676060. Citizens Advice can also refer families in need to the Suffolk's Local Welfare Assistance Scheme for emergency grants

Relationships and wellbeing

Refuge offer support for women and children experiencing domestic abuse. They have a 24/7 helpline t: 0808 2000 247

Lighthouse Women's Aid also provides lots of help and support to women and children affected by domestic abuse. t: 01473 228 270 for telephone support.

If you're concerned about your own, or a member of your family's, mental health and wellbeing, have a look at the Mind website which has advice about how to get help. You can contact their infoline t: 0300 123 3393

Housing advice

Shelter offers free housing advice and an emergency helpline t: 0808 800 4444

If you're in need of low-cost furniture, get in touch with Ipswich Furniture Project who can support low income families t: 01473 404004

Family support

Family Lives offers a confidential helpline and lots of practical advice on all parenting and family matters t: 0808 800 2222

The NHS Every Mind Matters website has lots of advice for parents and carers about looking after a child or young person's mental health, how to look out for the signs that something's wrong, how to get help if you need it and advice on looking after your own mental health.