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Supporting children and families

Cotswold District is home to lots of 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.

Play areas

While Cotswold District Council does not own or provide playgrounds, we recognise the importance of play for children. There are lots 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:


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: