Family Action – support and advice for families

Family Action

Norfolk & Waveney ASD/ADHD Support Service

Providing support and advice for families 

Family action is a charity committed to building stronger families by delivering innovative and effective services and support that reaches out to many of the UK’s most vulnerable people.


They provide:

  • Drop in support groups
  • Information sessions held on a monthly basis, e.g. understanding meltdowns
  • Plan Bee – a programme for families of children with differing needs. The course helps to think about the messages your child is trying to communicate to you and some practical skills and strategies to help you manage your child in a positive way
  • Cygnet – a 6 week course developed by Barnardo’s. It offers information on communication, sensory needs and understanding and supporting behaviour for your child with a diagnosis of ASD. Online sessions are available.


Contact details:

Web: https://www.family-action.org.uk/

Email: gorleston@family-action.org.uk

Tel: 01493 650220

Address: Headway House, Trafalgar Road East, Gorleston, Norfolk, NR31 6NX




Family learning

Fun and free learning for all the family!

We are Family Learning. We run free and fun sessions for you to enjoy with your children aged 0-13 years. Our sessions can be anything from sensory play, helping with homework to supporting your child’s health and wellbeing. Our sessions are delivered by an expert and friendly tutor who will provide a relaxed and supportive environment both in the classroom and online. The aim is to explore and discover fun and creative ways to help with children’s development and wellbeing and ultimately build happy families.

We are part of Norfolk County Council and work independently of Adult and Children’s Services. Please come and see us and take part in our online or face to face sessions! We are passionate about helping you and your child learn and grow together and would love to see you!





Family Voice Newsletter

FV newsletter March 2022




Have your say to help improve SEND provision in Norfolk.

Norfolk SEND needs the help of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), their parents and carers, and the professionals who work with them in filling out an important survey.


The wide-ranging survey has been put together by Norfolk County Council working in partnership with parents, parent carer groups, and a range of professionals to get views on education, health, social care, EHCPs, and wider support. It aims to find out what is working well and what needs more improvement.

This is a really great chance to make your voice heard about the issues which matter most to you and to be part of the drive to improve SEND support and services in the county.

Feedback from the survey will be used to help plan services and improvements in the coming year and beyond and will be published here.

The survey is divided into three separate sets of questions for each of these groups: children and young people aged 11 to 25; parents and carers; and professionals. It can be completed anonymously and should only take around 15 minutes.

It’s really important that as many people as possible respond.

The main survey can be found at

https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/SENDsurvey2022/ or by clicking here. An Easy Read version for children and young people is available. The survey is open until Monday 7 March.




Great Yarmouth Support group for families affected by SEND

Click on link below to find out more 🙂



Gt. Yarmouth Launch




Welcome back!

Welcome back Reception – we hope you had a lovely Christmas and are ready to get back to your learning!

This half term we are looking at lots of different Fairytales!

The children will be looking in depth at one story per week.

Parents info spring 1





Christmas is coming!

This week in Reception we have started our Christmas celebrations! A tree arrived in our Home Corner, with some lovely decorations. We have spent lots of time carefully placing the baubles and tinsel on.

We have also introduced our Advent celebrations, we have a storybook Advent Calendar where we unwrap one story a day, and a Makaton Advent Calendar where we are learning one sign a day! So far we have learnt ‘Snowman’, ‘Christmas Tree’, ‘Sleigh’ and ‘Family’.





Do you have a pre-school age child that may have additional needs?

If you are looking for any support or guidance with a pre-school age child that may have additional needs there is a free service that you can access 🙂  Please click on the link below to find out more.

Portage leaflet




Trip to the Moon!

This week, we read Whatever Next! by Jill Murphy. In this story, Baby Bear finds a rocket under the stairs and goes on a quick trip to the Moon!

We wanted to go too, so we built a Rocket ship and practised making some Space helmets. We had to work together to make sure our rocket was safe to fly.

We made sure to give a countdown…

10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1… blast off!

On the journey, we saw our new friend Owl. We invited him to join us and then carried on our journey.

We landed with a ‘bump!’, carefully got out and explored the Moon’s surface.

We realised that we were quite hungry so we decided it was time to get out our picnic. We sat and ate our picnics, sharing al the food, until it was time to get back in the rocket and go home. Luckily we made it just in time for bath time!




Vincent van Gogh

This week we learnt lots about the artist, Vincent van Gogh, and his famous painting ‘The Starry Night’.

The children made their own versions of the painting by drawing with chalk and then using their fingers to smudge it, creating a similar effect to Van Gogh’s original. The children also collaborated to create a whole class version, which is on display outside our classroom.