Community Resources

At Elm Grove, as well as working hard to support children’s educational needs, we also work hard to support the emotional well-being of our pupils both in school and at home.  Here we have compiled a page of useful resources including free school meals, local food banks, COVID information and wellbeing services.

If you have any concerns or queries please don’t hesitate to contact us on 01273 708004 or email

Brighton and Hove City Council- Emergency Help

If you need help with food, energy bills and other essentials the Local Discretionary Social Fund could help. For more information and online applications please go to the BHCC Emergency Help page. If you need any support at all- to discover your eligibility, assistance with applications or any other help please don’t hesitate to contact the Inclusion team via phone or email.

The Fund can provide help with:

  • buying food and groceries
  • paying for gas and electricity if you pay for it by key card or meter
  • essential items you need to live in your home such as beds, cookers or fridges
  • other support you may need in an emergency  

We will be prioritising help for people affected by Covid-19 who need emergency food and fuel assistance.

Extra help is available until 31st March 2022 for Brighton & Hove residents struggling to pay for food, fuel or other essentials.
We don’t provide cash but can offer vouchers or other support to help you access essential goods and services.
To find out more and apply, visit
Or call the council’s Community Hub helpline on 01273 293117 and select option 2.
Help is also available through local advice agencies and community groups – visit the website for more information.


We know that this year, and last, have been very difficult for everyone. Whether you  have lost a loved one, are struggling financially or emotionally, we want all of our families to know that we are here to help.  We can assist in applying for financial aid, finding wellbeing support or just for some reassurance around your child’s academic and/or emotional progress.

Please do not hesitate in contacting the school, Louise Willard (headtecaher) or anyone from the Inclusion Team (contact details below).


We have created a new Inclusion Team email address to support anyone wishing to contact any member of the team. The email address is: (capitol I and T)

One of the team will get back to you as soon as possible during working hours if you contact them. The team comprises of: 

SENCO- Carla Kemp

Inclusion Mentor- Sam Barfoot 

Inclusion Mentor- Tammy Bowles 

Click here for The Nest Brochure 2021

February HAF (Holiday Activities and Food) Programme

FREE holiday clubs are available over February half-term for those aged 4 to 12 who are also in full-time education and receive benefits-related free school meals. Participants can expect fun enriching activities, the opportunity to socialise, and a nutritious meal. Please go to the HAF calendar to find your local programme or to HAF webpage for more information.

UPDATE: COVID-19 NHS Test and Trace service : Leicestershire and Rutland LPC

Coronavirus Guidance (NHS)

Please see our COVID Updates page for information on symptoms, LFT and PCR testing and claiming support under the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme.


In a bid to become more environmentally friendly The Nest team have met with the PTA and have set up a uniform/coat library, whereby good quality used uniform can be exchanged and passed on.

If you have any uniform/coats you wish to donate, please could you put into the boxes out front of the school/car park at drop off/pick up.

The next uniform swap dates are before school on Tuesday January 11th and after school on Friday 14th January.

Parents Helpline

Worried about a child or young person? Contact the Parents Helpline for free, confidential advice via the phone, email or webchat.

We offer three different services to parents and carers who are concerned about their child’s mental health, up to the age of 25.

Go to:

OR for children specifically concerned about Coronavirus see the NSPCC website: Talking to a child worried about coronavirus (COVID-19)

Brighton and Hove Wellbeing Service

Who are we?

The CYP Wellbeing Service is the hub for all mental health referrals for young people in Brighton & Hove, including CAMHS. It is delivered by YMCA DownsLink Group.

What do we do?

We offer a range of short-term support options for children and young people with mild to moderate mental health needs. All referrals are looked at on a case-by-case basis.


You can apply online or download an application form. If you need any help please contact the school office or the Inclusion team and we can assist you in your application.

Apply for free school meals here: B&H City Council Free School Meals

Is your child/ren eligible for free school meals?

You should only use this site to apply for free school meals if your child or children attend schools within Brighton & Hove and you are in receipt of one of the benefits listed below.

Your child might be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit – if you apply on or after the 1st April 2018 your household income must be less than £7400 per year


Emergency Food Assistance

The Brighton and Hove Food Partnership is a non-profit organisation helping people learn to cook, eat a healthy diet, grow their own food and providing ’emergency food’. 


Some useful resources offered: