Hi, my name’s Naomi Message and I’m the Pupil Wellbeing Lead at Morley Memorial. I’m here to offer pastoral support for you and your child. I hope you’ll find the information here helpful.
I am currently on maternity leave, but don’t worry, there’s still lots of wellbeing support available in school! If you have any specific wellbeing questions or concerns, please contact email@example.com
Returning to school post-lockdown
As we have welcomed children back into school in March, we have not forgotten that emotional health and wellbeing are important to foster in our pupils, alongside academic progress. In school we have thought about how we can use something called the PERMA model of resilience to help children settle back into school and to develop resilience. Parents can also support their children’s resilience at home through these five areas:
P: Positive Emotion – providing opportunities for children to feel good, calm & positive through creating safe & secure routines, and to express a range of emotions
E: Engagement – helping children to feel immersed in enjoyable activities, providing regular sensory & creative opportunities
R: Positive Relationships – helping children develop meaningful connections with others (including with their peers), communicating clearly with them, and giving them age-appropriate responsibilities
M: Meaning – developing a sense of purpose within children, helping them to set and achieve goals, for example through taking part in community-focused activities
A: Accomplishment – ensuring children have experiences of achievement, through manageable activities, and using positive feedback
Sources of self-help, guidance and support for parents and children
I hope you find this list of websites and organisations helpful. There are many other sources of support out there – these are ones I have been recommended, or have found to be useful. If you know of any others, please let me know.
https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/coronavirus – advice on Coronavirus-related topics including loneliness, mental health, working from home & parenting, finances, bereavement, and talking about coronavirus with your children
https://www.barnardos.org.uk/see-hear-respond-support-hub – information and advice on Coronavirus-related topics including emotional wellbeing, families, online life, SEND, and young carers
Support for parents
www.ahaparenting.com – Website, blog, book suggestions, online parenting course
Familylives.org.uk | 0808 800 2222 – Website for parents with information on topics such as bullying, transitions, discipline, step-families, relatives in prison. Confidential helpline, parenting advice videos, online forum, online parenting courses
Youngminds.org.uk | 0808 802 5544 – Website with information and advice for parents on a wide range of issues and topics. Confidential helpline for parents.
Gingerbread.org.uk | 0808 802 0925 – website for single parents, with financial and legal information, factsheets on a variety of topics, tips for single parents; freephone helpline; training courses; online forum; parenting support groups
cambridgewa.org.uk (Cambridge Women’s Aid) |Safe refuge: 01223 4609 | Community support: 01223 361214 – dedicated and specialist services to support women and children affected by domestic abuse (whether recent or in the past), including confidential information and advice, 1:1 and group support (including for children), Live Chat service, and helplines
Mindedforfamilies.org.uk – Website for adults offering training modules on a range of issues, including bereavement, bullying, family difficulties, substance abuse, school refusal, trauma, sexual orientation & gender, attachment, moving schools, eating disorders, risky behaviour, SEND
www.cwrc.org.uk (Cambridge Women’s Resources Centre) – A welcoming and accessible women’s centre, offering practical support and advice on many challenging day to day issues including guidance on career development, support and advice on debt and financial, family and parenting, together with a mix of fun and practical informal groups, workshops and networking events
P3 Cambridgeshire floating support service – Charity for people who need support to manage and maintain their accommodation if it is at risk, including support with mental ill-health or debt and financial issues
homestartcambridgeshire.co.uk – A voluntary organisation offering support to families who have at least one child under five, through weekly volunteer home visits, supporting with issues including parental mental health, isolation, postnatal illness, disability, bereavement, multiple births and parenting skills.
Growth mindset & resilience
Biglifejournal.com – Free resources/activities emailed every week to mailing list; blog; podcast for children; other resources available to purchase
www.mindsetworks.com – Information about growth mindset vs fixed mindset approaches
centre33.org.uk | 0333 4141809 – Local organisation. Free confidential services for young people aged 13-25 including counselling, advice and support
childline.org.uk | 0800 1111 – Free confidential service, online and by phone, for children (up to age 19)
Chums.uk.com – Local service for children with mild to moderate mental health difficulties. Website with information and advice for adults and children, including anxiety, bullying, diet & exercise, low mood & feeling sad, mindfulness, self-harm, sleep, tics & tourettes; parents can refer directly for group or 1:1 support for them and their children; also signposting and drop-in support
www.cogwheel.org.uk | 01223 464385 – Local organisation. Counselling for individual adults and children, and couples. Referrals can be made directly by phone
http://www.cpft.nhs.uk/services/pws/psychological-wellbeing-service.htm (CPFT Psychological Wellbeing Service) | 0300 300 0055 – Local NHS services for adults. Talking therapies for mild to moderate depression and anxiety. Adults can refer themselves online
Familylives.org.uk | 0808 800 2222 – Website for parents; confidential helpline; online forum
Keep-your-head.com/cyp – Website to support young people in Cambridgeshire. Information and advice for parents, children and young people on feeling good, staying healthy, taking time out, tips on being positive & happy, ideas around mindfulness, bullying
Kooth.com – Website for young people aged 11-19 in Cambridgeshire. Create a free account to access anonymous online counselling, information, online community, and a daily journal
Mindedforfamilies.org.uk – Website for adults offering training modules on a range of issues, including bereavement, child abuse & exploitation, bullying, family difficulties, substance abuse, school refusal, trauma, sexual orientation & gender, attachment, moving schools, eating disorders, risky behaviour, SEND
www.moodjuice.scot.nhs.uk – Website for all ages, with self-help guides on a number of issues, including mindfulness, exercise, diet, sleep, anger, obsessions & compulsions, anxiety, phobia, trauma, self-harm, bereavement
Moodscope.com – Interactive website for adults and children age 13+. Measure your mood daily, and share with a trusted friend, as a tool for its improvement
www.annafreud.org/on-my-mind/self-care/ – Website created by and for young people. Information on mental health support, including a self-care section with extensive list of methods to help young people
Youngminds.org.uk – Website with information and advice for parents and children, on issues such as anger, abuse, bullying, death, drug use, eating problems, school, online pressures, self-esteem, self-harm, sleep, suicidal feelings; and conditions such as ADHD, anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, eating disorders, mania, OCD, PTSD, psychosis.
childline.org.uk | 0800 1111 – Free confidential service, online and by phone, for children (up to age 19)
Familylives.org.uk | 0808 800 2222 – Website for parents with information on topics including bullying. Confidential helpline and online forum for parents
Keep-your-head.com/cyp – Website to support young people in Cambridgeshire. Information and advice for parents, children and young people on topics including bullying.
www.kidscape.org.uk | 020 7823 5430 – National website with support and advice for parents and children. Confidential phone line for parents; free workshops for children aged 9-16 who have experienced bullying, and their parents
Mindedforfamilies.org.uk – Website for adults offering training modules on a range of issues, including , bullying
www.cruse.org.uk/Cambridge |01223 633536 (local) | 0808 8081677 (national) – Local organisation. Free helpline; 1:1 support for children age 4+; drop-in centres; 1:1 and group support for adults; website with information and advice for adults and young people
www.hopeagain.org.uk – Website for children and young people, by Cruse [see above]
Talktostars.org.uk – Local organisation offering counselling for children and young people. Website with information and advice for parents and children
www.winstonswish.org | 08088 020 021 – Website with information for parents and older young people. Phone line and online chat; drop-in groups; 1:1 and group therapy for young people
help2makesense.org – Website for children and young people with information and advice, created by Winston’s Wish [see above]
centre33.org.uk/help/caring/ (Young Carers Project) – Local organisation. Group and 1:1 support for children aged 8+ who are young carers
Youngminds.org.uk – Website with information and advice for parents and children, including being a young carer
Mindedforfamilies.org.uk – Website for adults offering training modules on a range of issues, including SEND
www.autism.org.uk (National Autistic Society) | 0808 800 4104 – National website for adults with information including what is autism, diagnosis, benefits & care, behaviour, communication, strategies & approaches, health, family life, education, transition, adult life. Phone line; online community forums.
www.nascambridge.org.uk – Local branch of the National Autistic Society. Phone & email help; parent support groups.
Pinpoint-cambs.org.uk – Local organisation for parents of children with SEND in Cambridgeshire, including Social Emotional and Mental Health needs. With information and local support groups
romseymill.org/aspire/ | 01223 521270 – Local organisation offering weekly youth groups for young people aged 9-18 in mainstream education with a high-functioning ASD diagnosis
spectrum.org.uk – Parent-led local support for families supporting autism and SEND needs, learning difficulties and disabilities (including undiagnosed). Online community; family workers; and events, activities, days out and sessions for children and families focusing around social gains, sport, technology, the Arts, entertainment and interaction