Parents / Carers Support

Parents / Carers Support


Rachel McAlpine



Rachel McAlpine is the Family Link Worker at Fordwater School. 

As part of her role, Rachel is responsible for supporting the wellbeing and act as a point of contact in school for families in need of additional support. 

Please contact :






A free, private and confidential service where you can talk about anything. They are available online, on the phone, anytime.


West Sussex County Council and its partners are there to help, offering practical support and advice to anyone who needs it.






As a school we are able to request food vouchers to distribute to families. If you are struggling and would benefit from a voucher, please email




A free, private and confidential service where you can talk about anything. They are available online, on the phone, anytime. Telephone: 0800 1111







The West Sussex Parent Carer Forum is a community of parent carers who all have a child (aged 0-25 years) with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities. Their aim is to offer information, support and training. By sharing their experiences and knowledge. - 01903 726188






PACSO create play and social opportunities for children and young people with disabilities and their siblings, and provide respite for parents and carers in Chichester and Arun districts in West Sussex. They welcome children and young people of all ages (0-25) and they do not require a diagnosis. 

They will support every child or young person, no matter how complex or challenging their needs.

For more information, please contact 01243 533353 or visit






The West Sussex Local Offer helps you find information about local services, support and events for children and young people aged 0 – 25 years who have special educational needs or disabilities (SEND). 

Local Offer: 





Early Help aims to support parents/carers who are in crisis or experiencing a number of worries that are impacting on the wellbeing of their family. You can refer yourself to an Early Help hub or you can ask the school to do so on your behalf.

To find out more, please visit:


                              Citizen advice

Citizens Advice in West Sussex provides a confidential and impartial service. You can contact them by telephone on: 0344 477 1171. Or visit one of the 11 centres located throughout West Sussex. Locations can be found either by ringing the advice line or visiting



Family hubs offer a range of support, information and guidance to parents, carers and young people. Hubs are open for you to drop in and speak to staff Monday to Friday during opening times on a whole range of issues affecting you and your family. They also have public access computers to use, free of charge, as well as social spaces available to meet other parents.




Christians Against Poverty (CAP) is a free debt counselling and advice service that offers a listening, non-judgemental ear for anyone struggling with debt.

Call 0800 3280006 (freephone) to speak to one of their friendly advisors. 
Visit for more information.



Free, friendly advice and support for a range of areas, including eating well, drinking alcohol sensibly, poor mental health and managing stress. Offers free online and telephone support for you or your loved ones to improve your health and wellbeing.

West Sussex Wellbeing: 




Safe in Sussex is a registered charity providing help and support for people affected by domestic abuse in West Sussex. Through refuge accommodation and outreach programmes, Telephone: 0330 333 7416




The Apuldram Centre is a local and independent charity based near Chichester, West Sussex. They provide over 2,000 hours of support activity per week through the services that they offer (daycare, community hub and supported living) to enable adults with learning disabilities to maximise their independence.

Telephone: 01243 783 370





Community Hub are based in central Chichester that provides a base for some of their community based activities, other activities including supported volunteering take place across the city.

The Community Hub activities are person centred and are formed from ideas from those who use the service.

Most activities are 90 minutes long, while a few are longer.  Sessions are booked and paid for in advance in a block of 6 or 8 weeks.

Telephone: 01243 967322



Supporting people with learning disabilities and / or autism to reach their potential across Sussex & in Portsmouth. We work alongside people to increase skills, live good lives and have great opportunities.

Country Centre - 01243 542075
Central Office - 01243 544607