Parents do not have to pay for school lunches if they receive 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 Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,040
- Working Tax Credit during the four-week period immediately after their employment finishes or after they start to work less than 16 hours per week
Children who receive any of the qualifying benefits listed above in their own right are also eligible to receive free school meals.
Contact your local school or children’s centre to find out more.
If your child receives Free School Meals, they could be entitled to extra support to access out of school and holiday activities.

Parent Link
The Parent Link Register hopes to link the voices of parents in Leeds to those who make decisions about the services that are available to families across the city. To register please click here to download the form, or look at the Family Hub page for more details. - is a new online service designed to support and encourage parents and carers of children aged 5-19, with a collection of videos addressing day-to-day questions and concerns spanning wellbeing, behaviour and learning. features a collection of short and engaging videos with links to existing services for further information and support, where needed.

The Family Hub
A resource designed to help parents, carers, children and young people to find out more about opportunities in the area.

Leeds Parent Partnership 0113 3951200
Offers advice for parents and carers on how to meet the special, additional and educational needs of a child including a helpline, information library, parent groups, choice advice and exclusion.

EPOSS Autism Support Group -

Wetherby Health Centre – 01937 585669
Boston Spa Surgery 01937 842842 Boston Spa High Street

Wetherby Children’s Centre
Hallfield Lane, Wetherby
Julie Brady, Children’s Centre Manager - 07891 270961

Boston Spa Children’s Centre
Deepdale. Boston Spa

Julie Brady, Children’s Centre Manager – 01937 841100 

- A programme for parents to meet in a positive environment to develop confidence, aspirations and remain positive when engaging with their children. We have a number of staff trained to deliver STEPS courses within EPOS. If you are interested, please contact us on 07816 494571 or email

Counselling Directory - Connecting you with Professional Support Find a Counsellor or Psychotherapist near you

Wetherby One Stop Centre
24 Westgate, Wetherby LS22 6NL
See leaflet for contact details of individual services.
Housing, Social Services, Benefits, Council Tax, Hate Incident Reporting Centre, Shopmobility.

Other Useful Contacts

ABC support
We aim to provide help, support and advice about services, facilities, education, care and welfare for parents and families of children displaying Autistic Spectrum Conditions including Asperger's Syndrome in the local community of residents in Leeds and surrounding areas.

Counselling – Contact Leeds Counselling on 0113 2450303 for parents and carers of children under 5 years.

Credit Union - The Leeds City Credit Union is an organisation that provides straightforward, affordable financial services to a growing number of people in Leeds. Credit Union staff are available on Monday and Tuesday from 8.30am to 4pm, on Wednesday from 10am to 2pm, and on Thursday and Friday from 8.30am to 5pm.

Crimestoppers – 0800 555 111
Call anonymously with information on crime.

EPIC Leeds – Empowering Parents Improving Choice. The forum for parents/carers of disabled children living in Leeds working to inform parents and improve services. Visit or find us on Facebook.

Frank – 0800 77 66 00
Free confidential drugs information and advice 24 hours a day.

Health Visitors – 01937 585 669 Wetherby Health Centre. Available Monday-Friday 8:30-17:00

Home Start Leeds – 0113 244 24 19 Volunteers offer support, friendship and practical support to families with children aged 0-5 years.

Housing Advice – 0113 247 69 19 Leeds City Council’s help and advice services for housing matters, homelessness or landlord and tenancy problems.

Leeds Children’s Holiday Camp Association Contact Mrs Verlie McCann 0113 2454281. A registered charity and was founded in 1904 by the very generous people of Leeds to provide holidays/respite for disadvantaged children of the city.

Leeds Women’s Aid – 0113 246 04 01
Provides confidential advice, support and information on domestic violence.

NHS Direct 0845 4647 Medical Advice Helpline

POLICE Non-emergency and anti-social behaviour 0845 6060 606

Relate Leeds – 0113 2452595
Relate Leeds can help families, parents and young people in their family life.
Relate Leeds can support you and your children through a divorce or separation with family counselling, or we can offer an appointment to young people on their own with a specially trained counsellor.

Samaritans – 08457 90 90 90
24 hour helpline, offering confidential and emotional support for people in crisis.

Support After Rape and Sexual Violence Leeds (SARSVL) - 0113 202 1844
is a feminist organisation supporting women and girls who have been affected by sexual violence at any time in their lives, promoting their needs and working towards the elimination of sexual violence.

Victim Support – You can book an appointment by telephoning 0113 3951260 for support and advice if you have been affected by crime.

Welfare Rights - 0113 376 04 52. Wetherby One Stop Centre. Advice surgeries for people needing help and advice with welfare benefits and rights. You will need to make an appointment for these surgeries. You can do this by either calling at the One Stop or by telephoning.

West Yorkshire Family Mediation Service – 0113 2452986
At West Yorkshire Family Mediation Service we believe the best way to sort things out when a relationship ends, or breaks down is in a calm, fair and sensible way - and we're here to help you do this.
Family mediation can also help:
- Grandparents seeking contact with grandchildren following parental separation.
- Other family members affected by parental separation.
- Parents and older children who are in conflict.
Family Mediation is the alternative to going to court, a better way to sort things out.

Women’s Royal Voluntary Service – Wetherby One Stop Centre. Giving general help and care in the community and providing hot and cold meals.

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