News and updates

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


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


Our Coffee Morning at Bromley Heath Primary School, Fri 1 May

Supportive Parents’ Coffee Morning  at Bromley Heath Junior School 9am ‘til 10 am Friday 1 May 2015

This coffee morning is for you to find out more about your SEND Information, Advice and Support Service. We also offer a support group that meets monthly.  Come along and find out how we can help you.

What parents say about our support group:


"Not an evening has gone by without a giggle and something

 to think about on the way home. Knowing the support is

 there is very reassuring"

"My husband and I found the support group meeting very friendly and caring plus the discussion was very interesting  and helpful too."'


South Glos Support Group is Tuesday 21st April at 7.30-9pm, Room 1, Supportive Education Unit, Brimsham Green School, Broad Lane, Yate BS37 7LP

We look forward to seeing you at support group on Tuesday when we will be welcoming Mr Mark Nesden, Manager, 0-25 Service and Mrs Duane Chappell, SEN Team Manager, 0-25 Service.

They are coming to explain the funding changes for children and young people with statements of special educational needs or education health and care plans who attend special schools, resource bases, or other, independent, specialist provision.