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Parents Information

Dyslexia Workshop

Are you dyslexic? Is your child struggling with school work and you wonder if they might be dyslexic? 

Come along to these two FREE awareness sessions thanks to GoLexia by completing the booking form below. Spaces are limited and will be given on a first come - first served basis. 

The morning session is at 10.00am to 12.00pm in the Rivermead Community Centre, Rogerstone 
The Evening session is at Beechwood House, Beechwood Park, Christchurch Rd 

Click here to book your place.

Parents’ and carers’ guide to secondary school for children aged 11 to 14

The Welsh Government believes that giving young learners a sound foundation for the future will benefit children and Wales as a whole in the long term.

Parents and carers have a vital role to play in helping their children to learn and, more importantly, to enjoy school and learning. This guide will help explain what your child is learning in secondary school.

It will give you some ideas about how to help your child and where to get more information, and will explain how their progress will be measured and reported to you.

For further information click on the documents below or visit the website


Sparkle Helping Hands Service

What is Helping Hands?

Helping Hands is a Sparkle support service for families (parents/carers, grandparents and brothers or sisters) of children with disabilities and/or developmental difficulties, living in Newport, South Torfaen and South Monmouthshire. We offer the following services, click here for more information:

  • Friendly Faces Service
  • Individual Sessions for parents/carers 
  • Support following diagnosis
  • Workshops for parents/carers
  • Sparkling Sibs group
  • Serennu Dad’s group 

If you would like to come and talk to us please contact us in any of the following ways:

* Complete the self referral form and return it to us at the Serennu Centre or via a professional who is working with you and we will contact you.

* Please telephone Maisy Haines our Assistant Psychologist on 01633 748023; or email with your contact details (name, address, phone and email) and some details about how you heard about the service and what you are looking for support with and we will contact you.

* Talk to Jayne Jones, our Family Liaison Officer and she will help you to complete the necessary forms or pass on your details for one of the Helping Hands team to get in touch with you.

Kinship Carers'

In response to a number of concerns expressed by both schools and parents directly, GAVO has worked closely with the Kinship Care Development Officer at Children in Wales to facilitate this new support group for families in Newport who have full time care for a child that is not their birth child. These families will likely describe themselves as being in a ‘Private Fostering’ relationship or will be under a Special Guardianship Order (SGO) arrangement (or going through the legal process).

Social Services have surveyed known families in this situation and they have requested this support group. The families contacted so far have stated that it is better for them to meet on a weekday in the mornings. Therefore, the first meeting will be held on Tuesday 25th April at 10.00am here at the GAVO offices in Church Rd.

If you can't attend the weekday meetings, please contact Bernadette Byrne, Parent Participation Officer at GAVO. For more information click on the flyer below.