Family Support

At Tannery Drift First School our Inclusion Team, led by Mrs Jo Crisford (Inclusion Leader), support the needs of children and their families. Mrs Crisford oversees our provision for children with Special Educational Needs (SEND) and liaises with external professionals and specialists where needed. Also on the team is Ms Beth Kerr (Family Support Worker), who works with the children as well as supporting parents and carers to manage a range of issues (for example, establishing healthy routines at home, improving attendance). If you need to communicate with the team at this time please email

We hope that our team, with their wide range of expertise, are able to offer the help and support that you need, however, we know there are times when you may require more specialist support. In order to help you find the right support we have provided some links below to organisations and people who may be able to assist at these times.


The Herts Sunflower website offers information on what to do and how to get help if you think that you or someone you know is being abused.

Young Minds is an organisation which aims to ensure that young people get the best possible mental health support and have the resilience to overcome life’s difficulties. Their website offers information on how to access further support.



 The NSPCC offers advice on how to keep children safe, support for parents and infomation about what to do if you believe that a child is being abused.

The Samaritans offer free, confidential support 24 hours a day to people who are going through diffcult times and need someone to talk to.

Helen Meridew is a parent coach based in the Royston area. She offers Positive Parenting workshops and also works 1:1 with families of children from 2 – 16 years.

Cruse Bereavement Care offer support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies.


Support at home 

Royston Foodbank

Royston Food Bank runs out of the Royston Evangelical Church. Tuesdays and Fridays will be for donations only and Wednesdays and Saturdays will be for food collection only. This will also help us limit the number of people in and around the church at any one time, opening times are 9am -11am. For further information contact them by email

Childline is here to help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. You can talk about anything. Whether it’s something big or small, our trained counsellors are here to support you.


Women’s aid has a chat feature open for domestic violence and lots of great advice on how to stay safe during COVID-19 

Some families may be worried about finances, employment, vulnerable family members / neighbours or friends.

Further information for families worried about finances and employment at this time.