If you’re worried a child may be struggling with their mental health or has anxiety about coronavirus (COVID-19), the NSPCC has advice to help you support them.
Parent Well Being Champions
We are really pleased to introduce our Parent Well Being Champions: Jen Andrews, Becky Buxton, Matt and Gabi Payne. Our Parent Champions are not experts, just parents who have had various experiences and are willing to listen.
Jen, Gabi, Matt and Becky will work alongside the Staff (Andy Leafe, Emma Bartlett, Penny White, Jo Lopez, Lauren House and Tracy Edwards), Governor (Andy Shepherd and Kate Frapwell-Roach) and Pupil Well being Champions to do all that we can to support our families.
Keep an eye out here for more information/ activities.
As well as this group of people, there are various other support systems available. Here are a sample of them:
Health Connections Mendip
Living and feeling better can start with a simple step – connecting.
Would you like to:
- improve your health and well being?
- Join groups who know what you’re going through?
- Connect to local community groups, services and organisations?
- Build your support network?
- Train as a Community Connector?
Health Connections Mendip can offer one to one support, group support, self-management programmes or signposting.
Give them a call – they are happy to help! 01373 468368 or visit their website: https://healthconnectionsmendip.org/
As parents and carers, we play an important role in teaching children and young people how to understand and manage their feelings as they grow up. Place2be has some great resources and ideas for starting those difficult conversations with your child.
Parenting isn’t always easy. Although it’s often amazing and rewarding to watch your children grow, and to help them learn to be independent, it can also be really hard work.
If you think your child is unhappy or if you are worried about their behaviour, it’s easy to be hard on yourself and think you aren’t doing a good job. Young Minds has a great parents survival guide which is worth a look.
Action for Children
Helping families with advice and practical support. The section on MASK is really helpful for spotting signs of possible mental heath concerns with your child.
Most food banks operate through a referrals system from organisations such as the Citizen’s Advice Bureau, Job Centre, local Church, Health Visitors, GPs, and Social Workers, etc.
Glastonbury Food Bank
Accepts referrals from BA6 and BA16 postcodes. Parcels are delivered to the home.
Contact them on: 07980 458600 or email: email@example.com
Langport Food Bank
The Ridgway Hall, Stacy’s Court, Bow Street, Langport. Open Wednesdays 14.30-16.00
Wells Food Bank
The Vineyard Centre, Unit 2, Keward Mill Trading Estate, Jocelyn Drive, Wells, BA5 1DA.
Open Wednesdays/Saturdays 10.30-14.30
Contact email is firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 07871 689 598
Bridgwater Food Bank
Mount Street Day Centre, Bridgwater, TA6 3ER
(Located to the right of the cinema, behind Bridgwater Ford)
Tel: 07804 119 273. Email: email@example.com
Opening times: Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 13.30 – 15.30.
Yeovil Food Bank
The Lord’s Larder, The Gateway, Addlewell Lane, Yeovil, BA20 1QN.
Tel: 01935 479 398 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Shepton Mallet Food Bank
The Salvation Army distributes food parcels in Shepton Mallet. A referral form has to be
made via the Citizens Advice Bureau.
The Salvation Army, The Old Magistrates Court; 21 Commercial Road; Shepton Mallet,
Somerset; BA4 5BU. Tel: 01749 343 168
Other sites include:
childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk February 2020 CMH Week
childrenssociety.org.uk – supports vulnerable children, including those experiencing mental health and emotional well-being problems. Online resources are available
twinkl.co.uk/event/childrens-mental-health-week-2021 2021 CMH Week.
PROMISEworks.org.uk mentoring for disadvantaged children and young people in Somerset
headstogether.org.uk runs projects to help people struggling with mental health issues
mindinsomerset.org.uk Yeovil, Taunton and Bridgwater offices- emotional support 24/7, training resources, Speak Up campaign for schools.
mhfaengland.org mental health first aid. Workplace resources, training and guidance.
mentalhealthatwork.org.uk Public Health England resources, toolkits.