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 Havering centre for benefits, housing, employment, debt and relationships advice t: 0300 330 2179.

Havering Emergency Assistance Scheme supports families experiencing severe financial hardship t: 0330 054 2500 e:

The Council's Cost of Living online hub brings together all of the support available to local residents – from financial help with food and energy bills to free school holiday meals and mental health support. The website contains links to the Havering Helps assistance scheme, details of warm spaces, council tax support, debt management services, energy grants, food banks and community hubs, as well as online benefits calculators so residents can be sure they’re receiving all the support they are entitled to. Sign up for the Living in Havering email bulletin for details of any new support schemes, both local and national.

Relationships and wellbeing

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

Havering Women's Aid also provides lots of help and support to women and children affected by domestic abuse. t: 01708 728759 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 Lighthouse Furniture Project Ltd who can support low income families t: 01277 222050 e:

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.