With the Handsworth Association of Schools Community Connector


    With the Handsworth Association of Schools Community Connector


Enhancing Life Chances by Bringing Communities Together in Handsworth

Our Community Connector team are helping to connect children, families and young people to additional support in times of need. Sponsored by Birmingham Children’s Trust and in partnership with Spurgeon’s Children’s Charity we are working to bring organisations together across our community in the Perry Barr Locality.

We are here to help families in need of support living in Handsworth, Aston, Birchfield, Handsworth Wood, Holyhead, Kingstanding, Lozells, Newtown, Oscott and Perry Barr.

All professionals or families have to do is fill in a Family Connect form so we can understand better what support you may need from the Early Help Team. If you need support with this, please contact us - Deborah Bonnique, Education and Engagement Manager & Community Connector, 07951 091415 (Mon to Thursday 9:30am to 4:30pm)


Some families need support from more than one professional. We no longer make referrals for early help, but connect and work together to support families, continuing to build relationships and supporting a range of needs of all family members.

To get support for a child, young people or a family, please complete the Family Connect form for Professionals.

Family Connect Form - for Professionals
(If you cannot download the form you may need to contact your own IT admin for permission to gain access or remove firewalls).

If you are a parent then please complete the Family Connect form for self-identification.

Family Connect Form - Self Identification

Please give us as much information as you can as this helps our team get you the right support.


We also offer a range of training opportunities for professionals working with families to inform further about the Early Help offer and an increasing range of other opportunities.

Perry Barr early help training
Perry Barr Early Help

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Please check our support directory for details of lots of free support available for children, young people and families in the Perry Barr locality. If you need help accessing support, please speak to your relevant nursery, school or college, or contact the Community Connector Team.

From Birmingham With Love is another great support directory, covering issues such as local food banks, mental health support, financial help and domestic abuse and more.


A grant guide for professionals working with families in need DOWNLOAD
The Birmingham Local Offer will provide you with support and information on special educational needs. VISIT
The ADHD Foundation works to improve emotional wellbeing, education, behaviour and life changes through a better understanding of ADHD VISIT
The ‘CDC resources’ inbox, CDCresources@ncb.org.uk is designed to enable parent carers, sector professionals and practitioners to share resources, to support families of children and young people with SEND CONTACT
Autism West Midlands use passion and expertise to enrich the lives of people on the autistic spectrum and those who care for them. VISIT
Resources for Autism provide practical services for children and adults on the autistic spectrum and for those who love and care for them. VISIT
The Girl with The Curly Hair: The Curly Hair Project was founded by autistic author and entrepreneur Alis Rowe to support people on the autistic spectrum and those around them. VISIT
Sibs is a charity supporting siblings of children with a range of difficulties including SEN, autism or other serious long term condition. They offer information and advice to parents and professionals on who to support siblings VISIT
Birmingham Carers Centre provides support, information and advice to people who care for friends and family with disabilities VISIT
For young people aged 11-25 there are forums, guides and counselling available at Kooth. VISIT
If your child 0-25 needs support, get in touch with Pause by email or by calling 0207 841 4470. EMAIL PHONE
Adults can get support from MIND by calling 0121 262 3555. VISIT PHONE
Bereavement support- get help by calling 0121 687 8010 or from Cruse. VISIT PHONE
For urgent help call Forward Thinking Birmingham on 0300 300 0099 VISIT PHONE
Family Lives.
This website provides support and advice to parents of children who have challenging behaviour. Click here for more information.
Children’s Information and Advice Service (CIAS)
A free, confidential and impartial advice, support and guidance on all aspects of child care and a wide range of services that support children, young people and families.
Birmingham Community Healthcare VISIT
Sense provide support in helping people communicating and expressing themselves no matter how complex their disability. VISIT
Multi-sensory resource pack An information resource for parents and carers of children who have a multi-sensory impairment. (This may be a large pdf file to download) DOWNLOAD
The charity SEED is and Eating Disorder Support Service and can offer a range of support and guidance VISIT
BID Services are a charity who work in partnership with children, young people, adults and their families/carers who are deaf, hard of hearing, visually impaired or have a dual sensory loss. VISIT
Cerebra This website provides advice on how to get a better night’s sleep.
Links to resources recommended by the UK government VISIT
Women’s Aid VISIT
Refuge VISIT
Samaritans: 01902 426 422 (24 hours a day) VISIT PHONE
Citizens Advice Bureau: 01902 572 006 VISIT PHONE
Male Domestic Violence Advice Line: 0808 801 0327 PHONE
We offer our own food bank for families in Handsworth but there are also food banks across Birmingham that are here to help. Click this button to find a foodbank near you. VISIT
Bernardo's Birmingham Forward Steps (Edgbaston) VISIT
Bernardo's Birmingham Forward Steps (Ladywood) VISIT
Erdington Children's Centres VISIT
If you are worried about a child, please call Birmingham’s Children's Advice and Support Service on 0121 303 1888. PHONE
In an emergency, including child abuse, contact the Police on 999. You can also chat to the Police by clicking this button. VISIT

Our Funding Partners

Handsworth Association of Schools thanks our generous funding partners

hm gov community fund
lottery funded
Police Crime Commission
Reduce Violence
Ernest Cook
Sandwell and Birmingham Hospital Trusts
NHS University Hospital Birmingham
near neighbours
Heart of England Building Society
Birmingham City Council
Energy Savings Trust
BBC Children In Need
Heritage Lottery Fund
National Grid

Previous Significant Funders

The Great Imagining logo
Commonwealth Games logo
Asda logo
House of Fairytales

Partner Organisation

Aston Villa Logo