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Riverwalk School

Early Help

What are Early Help and Early Interventions?

Early Help is support given to families when a challenge first develops, or if a new or continuing difficulty doesn’t meet the thresholds for specialist support such as CAHMS or Suffolk Children and Young People’s services (CYP)

Early help is always voluntary and it aims to support families to develop strategies and strengths, resolve difficulties and prevent problems escalating

What situations is early help available for?

  • Sleep
  • Behaviour
  • Understanding benefits
  • Incontinence
  • Isolation, particularly as a father
  • Specifics around diagnosis such as ASD, ADHD,

What types of support are available through early help?

  • Parent Workshops in a programme throughout the year
  • Links to local providers and agencies
  • Signposting to services for families
  • School Newsletter

Where can you find further support?

Suffolk Local Offer                  Incontinence Service               Family Fund

Activities Unlimited                 Children’s Trust                        Hope Foundation

School Nursing Team              SENDIASS                                KIDS

Family Support Workers

We are pleased to announce that Riverwalk School now have a family support team. Lucy and Jane are available to offer advice, signpost to services and support families with a range of topics. We work closely with external agencies, departments of the local authority and community groups. Family support can be reached by contacting the school 01284 764280 or email  

Useful links: 


Suffolk Family Carers - Supplying advice and guidance to unpaid family carers across Suffolk ensuring that they are valued, visible, supported and connected.

Suffolkonboard -

Actiities Unlimited - Short breaks open to all children and young people with SEND in Suffolk, plus Short Break Personal Budgets.

Family Fund

Suffolk info link

Suffolk Sendiass

POST 19 

Please see below for some information on Post 19 places which may be useful.

Inclusive Opportunities at Stonham Barns

Run by two people who have a combined 40 years’ experience teaching in Special Schools. It runs throughout the year, offering places just for the holidays as well. They run a 16+ day service provision.

Tel: 07754290701 


Facebook page:

Beyond the Wall – Thornham, Eye

Beyond the Wall is a charity based in the Walled Garden on the Thornham Estate. They work with people from 16 + upwards who have a disability. They offer garden based activities and are now developing a café.


 Tel: 01379 788700


Red2Green day service

Based in Swaffham, they offer a service called ‘Options’ which is largely activity based; arts and crafts, community visits, gardening, cooking, Thai chi. This is a service for adults with learning disabilities.



Leading Lives

Leading lives is run numerous ‘hubs’ around Suffolk. They offer day services for adults with learning disabilities

Stowmarket Community Hub – Leading Lives is just one of the hubs.

Achieving Aspirations

The Junction in Stowmarket offers a mixture of day services and evening groups for young adults with learning disabilities.

Website: Suffolk InfoLink | Achieving Aspirations – WeCan @ The Junction (

Poppies Care Farm

Based in Ipswich

Website: Poppies Care Farm | Community Directory (

Depden Care Farm

This offers adults with learning disabilities a chance to be outdoors, work on the farm, care for animals and the land etc.


Nowton Park Nursery, Realise Futures

Nowton Nursery is located in Bury St Edmunds. It is similar to Depden as it offers lots of outdoor activities and opportunities; gardening, growing vegetables, harvesting, serving customers. It is a day service for adults with disabilities.


 Cathedral View, Bury St Edmunds.

Short break service for adults with learning disabilities. Overnight stays.

Website: Cathedral View – Leading Lives