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Community Cohesion at Oakwell Rise

01 May 2019   |   Oakwell Rise Primary Academy

Oakwell Rise Primary Academy is proud to work alongside a variety of partners to bring more services to our community. We have a dedicated Family and Community Worker who provides training sessions for our parents and carers, runs a Friday Toddler Stay and Play and holds Information Days (targeting key areas of concern; cancer awareness, medications in school and food poverty).


We are proud partners of Food Share, a national scheme for supermarkets to donate their surplus stock for distribution amongst our families and the community. We currently collect from Tesco on Wombwell Lane, Barnsley for sharing on a Friday during Breakfast Club and after school in the Hall. We receive a range of surplus food; fresh bread, fresh fruit and vegetables, tinned goods and seasonal stock.

Family Support

Lindsey Groom is our Family and Community Worker, working alongside parents/carers and families with a range of strategies and support programmes to assist and empower families to reach their full potential. She helps provide a foundation for all family members to flourish and reach their potential. Her purpose is to provide support to create a strong, stable and loving family network.

Lindsey can support children, young people, parents, carers and the wider family network to ensure the family is able to realise its full potential; working holistically across the extended family with complex needs and challenges – including domestic violence, substance and alcohol misuse and mental health issues. Support ranges from intensive family support, specialist therapeutic work, advice, sign-posting to numerous well-being services.

Family Learning Days

Each half-term, each phase invites parents/families into school to participate in a lesson. This provides an opportunity for families to see teaching strategies, to share learning skills and to promote a positive learning experience to the child.

Friday Toddler Group and Drop In

Every Friday morning between 8am and 10am, Lindsey holds a Toddler Group and Drop-In Clinic for anyone from the local community to attend. Children who attend Toddler Groups develop social skills at their own pace, build emotional confidence, encourage physical activity, support a child’s imagination and creativity and also allows children to learn through role-play.

During this session, we also offer support for families who require advice or sign-posting to different services. Appointments can be made for Early Help Assessments, food parcel collections, fare share food, school nursing information or other essential services.

Holiday Clubs

During each holiday, Oakwell Rise holds a variety of holiday clubs for our children to attend. The clubs are free to attend and feature a variety of activities for the children to enjoy. Through partnership funding, we are often able to provide a buffet lunch, providing a warm meal. Each club has a different theme; some of our holiday clubs are shown below.

Green Tree Schools Award

Oakwell Rise Primary Academy is proud to have achieved the Bronze Award from the Woodland Trust’s Green Tree Schools Awards. Our dedication to improving the community around us, by planting trees, running gardening clubs and educating our children about nature and the world around us, has been rewarded. We will continue to develop our outside nature areas and hold more gardening clubs as the weather gets better. Please speak with the school office if you would like to get involved.

Jamie Oliver’s Tesco Cooking School

Tesco and celebrity kitchen boss Jamie Oliver have teamed up to set up the Tesco Community Cookery School – a programme aimed at helping 1,000 people across the UK get creative with cooking to curb food waste. We were fortunate to be allocated two places for Mrs Beckwith and Mrs Groom to attend. Alongside Tesco’s development chefs, they were trained how to prepare healthy meals from the surplus food donations we receive from Tesco and Asda. They were trained with recipes designed by Jamie Oliver himself.

As part of the training course, Mrs Beckwith and Mrs Groom were taught professional knife skills, nutrition and recipes for versatile base sauces. Together, they will shortly be developing a programme to deliver to both families and our children. We are looking forward to tasting the recipes!

Adult Family Learning

Our parents/carers who were looking to develop their literacy and numeracy were invited to attend a five-week accredited course to evidence their learning. This course enabled parents/carers to further develop their education at College or provide a certificate for employment.

Our parents were invited to Phonics Workshops to showcase the different phonetic strategies used by KS1 in preparation for SATS. The workshop provides parents with skills to help children practice sounding, blending and with high frequency words. .

Oakwell Rise has delivered the Solihull Parenting course during the 2019/2020 academic year. The course was originally designed in 1996 through a joint venture with health visitors, clinical psychologists and child psychologists. The programme focuses on parent/carer-child relationships:- understanding a child’s behaviour, strengths and difficulties and depression/anxiety/stress. Upon completion of the course, attendees are awarded a nationally recognised certification.

Our parents have provided positive feedback on the success of the Solihull Programme:- “Solihull has helped me to change rules, routines and boundaries in my household to make family life easier” and another parent commented:- “Solihull gave me the confidence to change things in my house to help my children achieve”.

CPR/First Aid Parent Courses

On Friday 1st March, Yorkshire Ambulance Service worked with Oakwell Rise to deliver a CPR and First Aid accredited course. The course ran through: – choking, CPR, recovery position and identifying/treating heart attacks and cardiac arrest.


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If you would like any further information or would like to volunteer with any of our community projects, please speak with Lucy Donald or Lindsey on 01226 281943.

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