Parenting Support

At Bushy Leaze we are committed to offering a unique blend of courses and parenting programmes aimed at meeting the needs of the area and of individual families.  The Children’s Centre has a programme of parent-baby or parent-toddler groups and can offer 1:1 family support. Please see their calendar of activities.

Courses / Adult Learning

We run a wide range of courses for adults, from cooking to managing your finances.  The programmes vary from term to term.  If you are interested, just ask what is on at the moment and see notice boards and the calendar of events (LINK)

Early Support

Early Support is a service for families with disabled children under 5 who have a paediatrician and at least one other service involved with care.  If you are juggling lots of appointments and meetings, an Early Support Co-ordinator can help you to identify and liaise with the key people involved with your family, to best meet your needs.  The Early Support Co-ordinator for East Hampshire is Sharon Farrier.  Please contact her here at the Centre for more information or see the Hantsweb Early Support Programme page.

The THOMAS Outreach Programme (TOP)

TOP is a flexible Early Intervention service for young children with impaired social communication/autistic spectrum difficulties and supports these children in their homes and pre-school settings. It is a supportive package delivered by qualified, experienced and friendly staff  who work in local TOP teams. The TOP team in East Hampshire are Sarah Brown and Audrey Murch.

National Autistic Society (NAS) Early Bird Programme

The local NAS group meets monthly at the centre to offer opportunities for networking and support. The Early Bird Programme is a three month autism-specific programme which aims to support and empower parents whose pre-school child has a diagnosis of autism. The programme is run by our TOP team who are both very experienced and understanding of autistic spectrum disorders.

Alton Buckle Parenting Support

Alton Buckle Local Children’s Partnership employs two family support workers who support families with children who are of school age.  They offer all sorts of support, such as parenting programmes, one to one support, home visits and support with transition – such as starting school or changing school.  If you would like to find out more about this service – contact us and ask to be put in touch with Sarah or Barbara, or contact them directly on 01420 542873.

Job Centre Plus

Your Job Centre Plus adviser is now located in the local Alton office where he can help with a range of queries.  If you wish to discuss looking for work; finding childcare locally; digital services (IT); In-Work benefits; getting the correct benefits, etc.  contact Rob Arnold on 07775 545424  or email rob.arnold@dwp.gsi.gov.uk.

Citizens’ Advice Bureau

We have good links with the Citizens’ Advice Bureau in Alton.  If you would like help in contacting them, please ask.

To find out more about any of these avenues of support please contact the Centre or ask on your next visit.