Supporting children and families

Cotswold District is home to numerous families and children. We work with partners through our Children and Families partnership to provide opportunities such as holiday activities, but also give support for when things aren’t going so well. Please see below for further details.

Holiday activities

Children and young people often say that there is nothing to do and nowhere to go, particularly during school summer holidays. We support an activities programme led by World Jungle which runs from end of July to end of August for children and young people aged 8 to 14 years. For more information please:

Youth activity funding

Gloucestershire County Council has delegated £50,000 each year to Cotswold District Council to spend on activities for young people aged 11-18. To apply for funding for youth activities, please:

Families First

The Council coordinates and leads on the work that is done locally on the government’s initiative to help families who need intensive and focussed support to turn their lives around. We lead the Local Delivery Group which pulls together key organisations -public and voluntary sector - to work cooperatively and imaginatively to help families.

We also have a smaller group that meets every two weeks to consider the issues facing individual families and to agree how we can provide help. Once the families have agreed to be part of the programme, we can work with them to tackle issues such as employment, housing, crime, and school attendance. 

Play areas

While Cotswold District Council does not own or provide playgrounds, we recognise the importance of play for children.  There are numerous play areas in the district, mostly provided by our town and parish councils. Over recent years we have implemented a play strategy, which has brought in significant investment in play equipment. We particularly encourage installation of inclusive play equipment, which can be used by children with a range of disabilities, and natural play, which encourages use of natural materials and the landscape itself to improve the play opportunities. 

We will continue to improve play provision, through advice and direct support – for example through:

Children's centres

Children's Centres work with children under five and their families. For details of the location and services available within Cotswold District please:


Homestart is a voluntary organisation offering support, friendship and practical help to families at home with children under the age of five. For further information, please:


Foodbanks provide food to individuals and families experiencing crises. For further details of foodbanks please:

 How it works:

  • Food is donated
  • Food is sorted and stored 
  • Frontline care professionals identify people in need
  • Clients receive food 

Cirencester Opportunity Group

Cirencester Opportunity Group is an independent charity providing integrated education for pre-school children and support for their families. They aim to provide a positive, happy and caring environment where children's individual needs are recognised and where each child is encouraged to reach their full potential. At any time, more than half of the children will have a special educational need. For further information please:

The Churn project

The Churn project works with the people and communities of Watermoor, Beeches, and Chesterton in Cirencester. It helps them to help themselves, in ways that are relevant to them, to improve their quality of life and sense of well being. They aim to provide the services and activities which will make the greatest positive impact for the people who need it the most. For further information please:


Turn2us is a national charity that helps people in financial hardship gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and support services

Other activities and information for families

For more details about things to do as well as information about money matters, housing, disability, education and childcare and more please:

Cotswold District Council
Trinity Road