News and updates

See below for the latest news and updates from Supportive Parents. You can find all our periodically published newsletters here.


Focus on access to children's/young people's community paediatric and hospital services - Join our Weston Parent Support Group on 9 June


We hope you will join us at our next support group meeting which will be held on Tuesday 9th June 7 - 9 pm at The Firs, Drove Road, Weston Super Mare BS23 3NX

Tamar Sutton from Healthwatch North Somerset will be coming along to ask you for your experiences of using Bristol hospital services  for your children and young people.  In addition we will be asking for further feedback regarding North Somerset Community Paediatric Services. Following work carried out with the CCG last year around concerns parents were having in accessing services and diagnostic assessments we would like to know if parents have experienced improvements in these areas. We have also been in contact with CAMHS who are currently looking at ways to develop their service to reach more people in a more user friendly way, to achieve this they are hoping to engage with parents and children and young people, and we shall have some further information about this.

For further details of our other support groups in North Somerset and South Gloucestershire please visit


Thank you - Kingswood Support Group 

Thank you to all the parents who contributed last night to our discussion about anxiety based school refusal, its impact on attendance, and the variety of responses you get when you ask for help.



Kingswood Parent Support Group meets Tuesday 19 May


What is your child's experience of accessing help if they
are worried about going to school, if they are so anxious that it is
affecting their attendance.

Is it all about the exams or the SATs? What is school doing to help? What help are you getting from your GP?

Kirtsy and Kathryn look forward to welcoming you to Kingswood on
Tuesday from 7.30 'til 9.00 p.m. in the Children's Centre. This is in
the building behind "The Park" complex, on Hollow Road. You can park on
the road or there is some limited parking in the children's centre carpark.

We will be looking at what help is available and sharing ideas. If specific concerns come up, we will feed these back to the local authority and health.

We hope you can join us. 

If you would like to check anything out 1:1, Kirsty will be able to offer some time on a first come, first served basis.

Best wishes

Kathryn & Kirsty

Local Coordinator and IAS Team Worker, South Gloucestershire


Portishead Support Group Success

A big thank you to Mandy Stopard who came to our support group last night to talk with parents about children's behaviour, and thank you to all the parents who attended (over 30 of you). Many gave a brilliant talk providing us with some excellent strategies and ideas that we hope parents will find helpful. A happy and peaceful weekend to all!


Meet Mandy Stopard, Child Behaviour Specialist, at our Portishead Support Group

Supportive Parents Support Group meeting Thursday 14th May 7 - 9 pm St Barnabas children's centre, Portishead, BS20 6LN
A workshop with Mandy Stopard, Child Behaviour Specialist.

On Thursday 14th May we will be welcoming Mandy Stopard, Mandy is a freelance behaviour consultant working with parents and educational settings to effectively manage behavioural challenges that children and young people with additional needs may present, both at home and in school.  The session will be a talk, plus a Questions and Answers time to with the aim of providing parents and carers with further ideas for improving their child/young person's behaviour. Strategies discussed will be helpful for parents of children with a diagnosis or traits of ADHD and ASD/Asperger’s Syndrome, and Social, Emotional, mental health needs, or anyone who is finding their young persons behaviour difficult as a result of additional needs.

Extract from Mandy's website

I have a proven track record of gaining success in changing behaviour.
I have a wealth of experience, and my advice is based on positive and respectful management of children with appropriate boundary setting
I am parent and a qualified teacher
I have taught for over 30 years
I have had experience as a Head of House and manager in an SEN department
I've worked in two Local Authorities as a Behaviour Advisory Teacher
I am trained (and provide training) in a range of behaviour-related areas, including ASD, Attachment Disorder and ADHD
I support and advise adults (school staff and parents) to manage the behaviour of children and teenagers (4-16 years)

I work with young people to develop their emotional and social skills

Mandy is a revelation! ... She works alongside you, coaching and guiding in a supportive way to empower you ... Mandy helps you to develop a range of strategies to meet your and your child's needs - she knows that one size doesn't fit all!

We do hope you can join us and that you will find the evening helpful.

Best wishes

Jackie, Helen and Sarah
Supportive Parents
North Somerset SENDIAS service