Wendy Schofield is St. Mary’s Home School Liaison Officer.
The role of a Home School Liaison Officer is to work in schools to provide advice and support service for parents/carers and families.
Wendy works closely with parents on issues that may be impacting on themselves and/or their child's well-being. She can offer support and advice on a wide range of issues and can signpost parents towards outside agencies if required.
Wendy also runs a free community breakfast club at Tesco, Great Harwood on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8am onwards. This is a great opportunity to meet other parents and join a good support network.
Part of Wendy’s role is to work closely with all staff, outside agencies and organisations to improve opportunities for children and their families at our school. An integral part of her role is linking families with other agencies, both statutory and non-statutory such as School Nurses, Parenting workshops/programmes, Young Carers, ADHD NorthWest, HARV, Winston's Wish, Children and Family Well Being Service, Child Action North West, Counselling Services, Finance Advice Services, parent support groups, to name a few!
Sometimes the stresses of everyday life can be overwhelming for all of us and you may feel you just need to talk these through with someone. You may need help with social and emotional wellbeing, including friendship issues, grief and loss, parental separation, parenting, absence and lateness, behaviour and other issues outside of these. Please feel free to come in and talk to Wendy either on the playground or through a prearranged meeting.
You can contact Wendy: -
In person through the school office or by the school telephone number 01254 231277
Below are some useful website that may be of interest to you: -
Children and Family Well Being Service - What's On Guide
www.netmums.com - General advice on any parenting issues, local social events
http://www.fatherhoodinstitute.org/ - Support for Dads
www.citizensadvice.org.uk - General advice on most subjects
www.shelter.org.uk/ - Housing and debt advice