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Dear Parents/Carers,

In the Spring Statement at the end of March, the Chancellor announced that funding for the Household Support Fund would be extended to the end of September 2022 – helping support households who would otherwise struggle with energy bills, food and water bills.

The support available to families as of 16 June 2022 will include:

  • Community Pantries: Pantries are open to everyone in the community and provide access to food at a lower cost. They offer a range of fresh, frozen and general foods, which change each week. Access to the Community Pantry is by membership and, for a small weekly contribution, members can select food to a significantly higher value.

Many of these pantries have cafes and meeting spaces and offer other forms of support. They can put you in touch with organisations that can help with utility bills, health, employment, and education.
Details of local pantries can be found here:

Community pantries - Hampshire | Children and Families | Hampshire County Council (

  • Support for utility costs: Households struggling to meet the cost of their utility bills for water, gas or electricity can contact their local Citizens Advice.
    Details of local Citizens Advice offices can be found here: 
    Local CA offices |
  • Emergency housing support: This is available from district and borough councils. This does not include ongoing support for rent or mortgage payments. Details of how to access emergency housing support can be found here:

Support for housing costs - Hampshire | Children and Families | Hampshire County Council (

If you have any queries, please email

To find out what support and activities are available locally search the Hampshire: Family Information and Services Hub (

Yours faithfully

The connect4communities Team

Hampshire Learns - Free Online Courses for Parents Summer 2022

Free Online Courses for Parents!

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  • Positive Parenting Mondays 13 June – 11 July 18:30-20:00
  • Building Resilient Teenagers Tuesdays 14 June – 12 July 18:00-19:30
  • Let’s Get Ready for School Wednesdays 15 June – 13 July 10:00-11:30
  • Raising Resilient Children Wednesdays 15 June – 13 July 18:30-20:00
  • Starting Secondary School Thursdays 16 June – 14 July 18:00-19:30
  • How Children Learn to Read and Write Thursdays 16 June – 21 July 10.00-11.30


These courses are aimed at Hampshire residents aged 19+ Attendance is expected at each session to ensure that you get the most out of your learning experience and to minimise disruption for other learners. Please advise the venue/tutor of any absence you may have.


Participants will be required to use Zoom. No account is required, Not sure how to use Zoom? Check out these helpful videos:

Timid to Tiger: Is aimed at providing support with parenting an anxious child.

  • Starts: Wednesday 27th April 2022
  • Venue: Morelands School, PO7 5QL
  • Time: 9.30-12 - runs for 7 weeks
  • End date Wednesday 15th June 2022.


EarlyBirds: aimed at supporting parents of children under the age of 6 years with a diagnosis of likely diagnosis of Autism.

  • Starts: Tuesday 10th May
  • Venue: Waterlooville Community Centre, Maurepas Way, PO7 7AY (situated in Asda car park)
  • Time: 9.30am - 12midday - runs for 8 weeks
  • (please note there will not be a session on Tuesday 31st May or Tuesday 21st June 2022)


September 2022

Family Links Nurturing Parenting Programme starts:

  • Tuesday 6th September 2022
  • Contact Gill Stoll for more information
  • The aims of the FLNP is to help parents understand and manage feelings and behaviour while becoming more positive and nurturing in their relationships with their children and each other.


EarlyBird Plus:

  • Starts: Wednesday 28th September
  • Contact Gill Stoll for more information.
  • For parents whose child is between the age of 4yrs and 9 yrs and has a diagnosis of Autism.

Havant and Waterlooville Get Together

Havant and Waterlooville Get Together with parent carers of children and young people with additional needs.


Monday 9th May, Monday 13th June, Monday 11th July @ 10am to 12pm

Waterlooville Community Centre, 10 Maurepas Way, Waterlooville, PO7 7AY


"Our Get Togethers are a chance to share experiences, discuss local issues, and enjoy an informal session with other local parents. There will be regular guest speakers, tea/coffee/biscuits, support each other in your roles as parent carers."


By Hampshire Parent Carer Network (



Hampshire Parent and Carer Network | Calendar (

Hampshire Parent and Carer Network | Get Togethers (

THOMAS Training - Hampshire & Isle of Wight Educational Psychology Training

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Educational Psychology THOMAS Training (For supporting children aged five and under with social communication needs/Autism)

  • To develop and improve the educational experience of Hampshire children with complex social communication difficulties.
  • Suitable for parents and staff across a range of educational settings working with children throughout the foundation stage, run by two Educational Psychologists.
  • This course offers a balance of theoretical perspectives, including the nature of the Autism spectrum and in-depth practical approaches/supportive strategies.
  • If possible, it will be delivered in person (Covid-19 pandemic dependent - dates and times below).
  • If we are unable to meet in person, the course has been adapted to be delivered online via Microsoft TEAMS over three half days.


It includes:

  • Theories, strengths and needs for children with Autism/social communication needs
  • Structured approaches to learning and living (e.g. visual support systems)
  • Developing communication and interaction (including the supportive strategies of imitation, special time, picture communication systems and social stories)
  • Frameworks for assessing and developing play (including identiplay and play scripts)
  • Understanding and managing behaviour
  • Sensory issues and supportive approaches


BBC Article - Parents' Toolkit

Here is an article on BBC Bitesize if your child/teenager has questions about the war in Ukraine. Please read through and think about your own responses: 


How to talk to your teenager about the invasion of Ukraine: tips for parents and carers - Parents' Toolkit - BBC Bitesize

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