Darrick Wood Junior School

Family Support Worker

Mrs Newman, DWJS Family Support Worker

Hello Parents/Carers

As a Family Support Worker, I act as a point of contact for families who have any concerns about their child in relation to school, or are experiencing difficulties at home which are affecting family wellbeing.  I provide emotional and practical support, advice and information to all families in the school community.  As a parent myself, I know how challenging family life can be, especially in these uncertain times.  A new situation at school or home can cause anxiety and changes in behaviour which can lead to frustration or conflict.  I work with families, school staff and, when necessary, outside agencies, to help get things back on the right track.  In times of stress, confusion, change or loss, having someone to talk to, who can offer a new perspective, may make a big difference and could stop a problem from escalating.  I will listen without judgement and do my best to help, or find someone who can. 

I work on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 8:30am - 3:45pm.  If you need any advice or help on a family-related issue, or are worried about a particular situation at home or school, please get in touch.  You can contact me by email: fiona.newman@solamat.co.uk to arrange a private chat.


Fiona Newman
Family Support Worker

 NEW: St Nicholas Church Community Larder

Rev Stephen Broadie has written to use from St Nicholas' Church, Orpington, to let us know that they will be operating a Community Larder. The St Nicholas Community Larder will run once a week at 11.30am on Tuesdays at St Nicholas Church, Leamington Avenue, BR6 9QB. The service is not means tested and is free for all.

There are no criteria for accessing this service. The Community Larder will be run in conjunction with a charity called ‘Fare Share’ (FareShare.org.uk) which distributes unused food from local supermarkets and wholesalers, with the aim of supplying a wide range of groceries and fresh food to the local community, while also reducing food waste. 

Anyone coming to the Community Larder will need to bring their own shopping bag and the wearing of face coverings is compulsory.

Coping with Coronavirus

It is hard to imagine life beyond lockdown but this difficult time will pass.

Whether you are a single parent coping alone, a couple thrown together 24/7, a key worker facing unusual levels of stress, a worker who’s lost their job or an employee working from home, you have probably felt overwhelmed by the pressures of living in lockdown. Each family member will have their own anxieties so it’s important to keep talking to resolve tension.

If the pandemic has affected your physical or mental health, caused anxiety or depression, put a strain on relationships, or you are struggling with the loss of a loved one or facing financial hardship, here are some agencies who can offer specialist support. 



Control - Focus on what you can control eg. following rules to stay safe and well and protect others. Worrying about things you can't change is a waste of your emotional energy.

Continuity - Try to stick to your usual daily routine so things feel more normal.

Care - Try to eat and sleep well.  Exercise releases feel-good chemicals in the brain and spending time outdoors in daylight boosts your Vitamin D level which helps strengthen your immune system.  Limit the time you spend watching news on TV or social media.  If you are feeling low or struggling with anxiety, speak to someone and ask for support. 

Creativity - Try some creative activities (eg. painting, gardening, DIY) to keep your focus on positive things and gain a sense of achievement.

Compassion - Remember to look out for others to see how family, friends and neighbours are coping.  Helping others will make you feel better.

Communication - Keep in regular contact with family and friends by phone, social media, email, Zoom or Skype so you can all support each other.


Helpful Links for Health & Mental Wellbeing

Financial Advice/Support

Relationship Difficulties

Parenting Advice/Support



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