Over the next few weeks during this time of change, school closure and different routines, some of us may need extra support with our emotional wellbeing. Here is the latest focus on wellbeing from the DofE
If you are feeling like this, listed below are organisations and contact information should you need to communicate with someone:
If any student or member of staff would like to speak to one of our school counsellors please contact them on the emails below.
Emma Knight EKnight@gvsc.org.uk
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Local online support and counselling
Kooth is an anonymous, confidential, safe, online wellbeing service offering counselling, information and forums available for young people in Herefordshire.
The service is available every day of the year during the following times:
Between 12 noon to 10pm (Monday to Friday) or
Between 6pm to 12 midnight (Saturday and Sunday)
Young people can log on to kooth.com on their smartphone, laptop or tablet.
Strong Young Minds -01432 269245 or e-mail email@example.com
School Nursing Team:
We are worried about our children and young people currently accessing support and the vulnerable children and young people who may need our support. Anxiety levels are likely to be very high right now. Reassurance can be given that we will still be accessible. From Monday 23rd March 2020 children and young people can text us on
Instructions for text contact to the school nursing service:-
Hereford Foodbank-01432 352674
SUPPORT FOR YOUNG CARERS
The BBC estimates that there are about 700,000 young carers in the UK
You’re a young carer if you’re under 18 and help to look after a relative with a disability, illness, mental health condition, or drug or alcohol problem.
If you’re a young carer, you probably look after one of your parents or care for a brother or sister.
You may do extra jobs in and around the home, such as cooking, cleaning or helping someone get dressed and move around.
You may also give a lot of physical help to a brother or sister who’s disabled or ill.
Along with doing things to help your brother or sister, you may be giving them and your parents emotional support, too.
It can be hard work being a young carer. Sometimes other children don’t understand your responsibilities and you have less free time than others.
Many young carers cope well with caring, especially if you have support from other family members and it’s important to look after yourself. You have the right to be looked after too and there are lots of places and people you can go to get help.
There is support for you if you think you are a young carer and would like to talk to someone. You can speak to a member of staff at school and they will arrange for Mrs Hart or Mrs Shilcock to talk to you. If you would like to talk to someone about being a young carer at the moment you could email one of your teachers and they will pass it on to Mrs Hart.
In Herefordshire you can also follow the link below to access young carers support workers
You can find information using theses links too
The most important thing is to know that you aren’t alone and that you can talk to someone.
YOUNG MINDS– www.youngminds.org.uk
HEALTH for TEENS www.healthforteens.co.uk
CHILDLINE 0800111 www.childline.org.uk
If you have, any safeguarding concerns about a student or their family please phone:
MULTI AGENCYSAFEGUARDING HUB- 01432 260800 Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
POLICE: Non-emergency 101 or if an emergency 999
If staff have a concern about a student please report on MyConcern
As a parent you’ll probably know how important the internet is to children and young people. They use it to learn, play, socialise and express themselves in all types of creative ways. This may be through sharing photos and videos, blogging, gaming, or even developing their own apps. It is a place of amazing opportunities.
By following this simple checklist, you can start to protect them and decrease the risks they face: