Family Support

Mrs Catterall is our Family Support Worker/Learning Mentor here at Buckshaw.  Below are a list of useful contacts for family support, however if these are not suitable, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Catterall on 01257 418862 (Monday – Thursday)

Community Team

Chorley Children and Family Wellbeing Service, Lancashire County Council

Sharie Mayren                                                   Abdul Logde

Senior Family Support Worker                  Senior Family Support Worker


T: 01257 517341                                                  T:  01772 538826

M: 07818510203                                                M: 07824434358  


Debt and money advice

Household Support Fund 

The government have made some short-term funding available to Councils in England to support those who are struggling to afford food, cover basic heating costs and access other essential items.

Local authorities have been asked to set up processes to distribute this funding by working collectively and with other community organisations. The funding is not directly linked to any other benefit or circumstance but is aimed at supporting those who are most in need.

In Chorley we have developed our approach based on the recently tested method of working with partner organisations, including many voluntary organisations, to provide this financial support whilst also linking residents with wider support.

The following type of requests will not be covered by this fund:

  • Any requests for items that are not essential
  • Applications from those with sufficient income or savings
  • Requests for support where this is the responsibility of the landlord

If you need help and want to discuss this fund with our delivery partners, please select the appropriate contact below based on your circumstances:

Fuel Poverty

Citizens Advice For help with fuel costs the best place to start is with your provider. If you have done this and still need further help, please contact:

Chorley Citizens Advice by completing their General Enquiry Form. Reference “Housing support Fund”


Food and Essentials


Please contact Homestart for support with food and essentials for families.


Telephone: 01257 241636

Chorley Gateway Help the Homeless

Please contact Help the Homeless for support with food and essentials for individuals and couples.


Telephone: 01257 220077


Well Being

Kids Safe

We are a registered Kidsafe school provider.  Mrs Catterall leads this in school.  Running sessions with all year groups (starting with Year 3). The programme consists of 6 sessions.   5 sessions covering a topic each week – understanding feelings, bullying, internet safety, keeping private places safe, domestic abuse and session 6 is a re-cap and mental health session.

Kidsafe is a great programme that does not shatter a child’s innocence in any way, is not misleading, and is child friendly. It provides schools with a robust safeguarding programme that was designed especially for children that adequately meets statutory requirements for KCSIE, PSHE and contributes to the RSE provision and Ofsted requirements for safeguarding children.

Further information about KidsSafe can be found here:

Lancashire Mind Wellbeing

Take a look at the Lancashire Mind wellbeing website for details about the mental health support booklet for young people.

Children’s Mental Health Week (7-13 February 2022)

It is children’s mental health week from Monday 7th February and we wanted to share some resources for our parents.  You can take a look at more visiting Place2Be’s website:

There are things we can all do to look after our mental wellbeing. Every Mind Matters can get you started with a free NHS online plan, showing you simple steps to help manage anxiety, to sleep better and boost your mood.

Click here for the the Every Mind Matters Mind Plan.

Other useful links for:


Low Mood




Advice for parents and children and young people.

Child Mental Health & Wellbeing- 10 Top Tips for Parents

Community Hub info Jan 2021

Free resources that will help transform the way kids (5-5) manage stress and worry.  GoZen is an online social and emotional learning programme that is loved by kids, parents, professionals and schools.

This site has lots of useful information to help young people on various topics – grief and loss, loneliness, anger, body image, bullying, exam stress, sleep issues just to name but a few.

“1 in 5 children and young people suffer from Mental Health/illness in any given year.  Kooth firmly believe that every young person has the right to thrive and access high quality mental health care. Kooth is commissioned by the NHS, LA and charities to provide anonymous and personalised mental health support for children and young people. There is no waiting list or referral process at Kooth and it is 24/7.  WWW.KOOTH.COM.UK

Lockdown Lunch & Meal Plans  Change4Life have created recipes and shopping lists for families which can be used to create lunches for around £15 each week.

Reach out!

If you are struggling with anything at present and would like support with your child, please remember our teachers are available via Dojo.  Alternatively you can contact Mrs Catterall (Family Support) with any concerns etc, Mrs Catterall works Monday-Thursday and available on 01257 418862 or email