My name is Lyndie Marsh and I am Family Support at Kitwell Primary School.
My role as Family Support:
At Kitwell we understand that many children and families experience difficult times which can make school and home life a struggle. If you have any worries or concerns about yourself or your child, however trivial you may think they are, one of the roles of a Family Support Worker (FSW) is to work closely with children and families who may be experiencing some sort of difficulty that is having an impact on them and their family. It could be a complex issue such as bereavement, separation or changes in family circumstances.
At Kitwell the emotional welfare of our pupils is of the greatest importance and having a dedicated FSW enables these issues to be given the care and time needed to be sensitively and compassionately worked through together.
Below are some resources that you may find helpful.
- Pause – (Forward Thinking Bham) If you are in crisis you can contact our Access Centre on 0300 300 0099 and speak to a member of our team.
- Alternatively, if you would like to speak to someone, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our trained Wellbeing Practitioners will contact you to discuss what help you need and when the best time is to call you.
Winston's Wish: Bereavement, Loss and Grief Support for Young Children and Families
Help 2 Make Sense is an online tool brought to you by Winston’s Wish, a charity supporting bereaved children and young people. It aims to help young people who have experienced the death of a loved one come to terms with their loss. Returning to school after someone in your family has died can be difficult. Some young people can’t wait to go back, see their friends and get back into a routine, while others might be worried about what people will say and how they will cope. However you feel, it can be helpful to have a think about what you would like to happen when you return to school, what support you might need and the kinds of things you might want to say to your teachers and friends. You’ll also find advice and tips on coping with your grief, resources and reading lists to help you come to terms with the death of someone close to you. Click here to access the Help 2 Make Sense website.
If you need urgent help, the Winston’s Wish Crisis Messenger text service is available 24/7 and is free and confidential – text WW to 85258.
SUPPORT for FAMILIES
For any parents or families needing some extra support
- Covid 19 Mutual Aid UK covidmutualaid.org Insert in your post code and it will list local groups. Support for the most vulnerable in our community. Volunteers supporting people in need.
- Autism West Midlands – email@example.com
Loads of resources to support children with specific needs. Look in the Covid19 section.
- Citizens Advice - call: 03444 77 1010
email: firstname.lastname@example.org – cover a large area of advice for families on areas such as:
- Deaf Advice Service
- Health and Disability
- Other problems
- Benefits Appeals Tribunals
- Universal Credit Help to Claim
- Food Bank – Reverend Ruth – 0121 476 5287 based at St Michael's Church Hall.
If families need any food then they can ring and arrange to collect themselves.
Kooth - www.kooth.com. is linked into the wider mental health support from Forward Thinking Birmingham and offers:
- Online mental health counselling and chat services from midday to 10pm during the week, and 6pm to 10pm at weekends
- Peer to peer support through moderated discussion forums
- Self-care tools and resources to build resilience
- Early response to and identification of emotional wellbeing and mental health problems
- And there are no waiting lists, referrals or thresholds to access the service
Childline – www.childline.org.uk or 0800 1111
Recognising the signs that a child may be struggling with their mental health can be really hard. We've got advice to help you support children who may be experiencing depression, anxiety, suicidal feelings or self-harm.
Samaritans – www.samaritans.org or 116 123 (freephone number) or 0330 094 5717
We're available by telephone and email, all day, every day of the year
Domestic Violence – 0808 2000 247
Domestic Abuse Team – 0121 303 0368
British Womens Aid – bswaid.org
Victim support – www.victimsupport.org.uk
Mind – email@example.com - 0300 123 3393
When you’re living with a mental health problem, or supporting someone who is.
NSPCC – www.nspcc.org.uk – 020 7825 2505
Living Well UK - 0121 663 1217
Offers lots of support not just for Mental health services.