Early Help

‘Early Help’ describes the type of early intervention and support that can be provided when a child or young person’s needs are not being met by routine universal services, but do not meet the threshold for a specialist service such as Children’s Social Care.



New…for Early Help is now Live…0345 678 9021

Single point of coordination into Shropshire Children’s Services at an Early Help level.  The aim is to make accessing support from children’s services simple, easy and clear. Compass will also provide a single point of contact for professionals to obtain advice and support. COMPASS is an integrated team approach with CAMHS Senior Primary Mental Health Practitioners, Early Help Advisors (Senior Social Workers) and Family Information Service co-located to triage cases on a daily basis to progress support.

You can call COMPASS on 0345 678 9021 or visit www.shropshire.gov.uk/early-help/


Children’s Centres

Children’s Centre services represents the bringing together of a range of services for children under 5 years and their families, including: Early years services, Family support and parental outreach, Child and family health services, Support for children and parents with special needs, Links with Job Centre Plus (Jobs, Training and Money).  Families can access one to one support and a range of groups and courses.

Please contact 01691 656513 for further information or call into Woodside Children’s Centre.


U & I Counselling

Voluntary counselling service in Oswestry run by professional counsellors. Six sessions are offered with a review at the end after which further sessions can be offered if needed. Sessions can be weekly or an alternative frequency by agreement.

Please call 07530 448000 for more information.


Women’s Aid

Domestic Violence Helpline operates across West Mercia and offers confidential support, information, advice and access to refuge or emergency accommodation.  Freephone number from landlines and is staffed 24 hours per day.
Punjabi/Urdu and Spanish speaking workers available by arrangement: 0800 783 1359.


Family Information Service

What is the Family information Service?
We provide free information, advice and support on all aspects of family life, whether you are expecting a baby, have young children or teenagers, we can support you in the role as parent, carer or any other family member.


The Shropshire childcare finder

Shropshire Family Information Service (FIS) now have comprehensive information on registered childcare providers in Shropshire.

Visit our website for more information.

Please also feel free to contact us by telephone (01743 254400)
or email and we can send you the information you need: shropshireFIS@shropshire.gov.uk

Woodside School Community Hub