A message from the Pastoral Team: Mr Lavin, Mrs Bhella, Mrs Shalvey and Mrs Payne.
To All our Parents, Carers and Children.
We hope that you are all keeping safe and well during this worrying time with the current coronavirus situation we are still facing. Unfortunately for some, we have been faced with the reality of the virus either in our families, friendships or our wider community. As St Bernadette’s family, be assured that we continue to keep you all in our prayers.
During the unusual period of enforced national lockdown, many children would have missed their school friends, teachers and the daily routine that school offers. As St Bernadette’s opened its doors in September, we had some tears and tantrums, love and laughter. For some children they were concerned that they were going to be behind with their work, their social skills would have taken a dip and their confidence knocked. Others were delighted (including parents!) to see their friends and teachers and appreciated that the ‘long holiday’ was over!!
As part of the Pastoral team we work hard with our children to overcome any barriers to their learning. We were delighted to reassure them and support them either individually or in small groups to recognise their emotions and help them understand what has happened over the past few months. We have worked hard with Parents to address their child’s emotional needs, as we know children who are not emotionally settled may struggle to learn. For some children further intervention may be necessary and we can signpost them to relevant external agencies. If you feel your child may benefit from extra support, please contact one of the Pastoral team.
As we continue in these uncertain times, we will continue to encourage the children to maintain class bubbles, promote hand washing, clean surfaces regularly and monitor and act promptly to any symptoms of Coronavirus.
A PRAYER FOR PRECIOUS CHILDREN AROUND THE WORLD.
Thank you so much for all the precious children in this world, we know they mean so much to you. We pray you will help us do all we can to protect and give them the start in life they deserve. Lord we bring to you all our families and ask for help at this special time of need as the COVID infection continues to affect our world.
We pray to St Bernadette and our Mother Mary to help and care for all of us.
Please take a look at the following websites where you will be able to access support from various organisations if needed.
BARNARDO’S – Support for children, young people and families in need. Contact details: www.barnardos.org.uk, Helpline telephone: 0121-550-5271.
SHELTER - Housing advise and homelessness. Contact details: www.shelter.org.uk, Telephone helpline number 0300-330-1234
MIND - Adult support for mental health, benefits and housing. Contact details: Birmingham mind.org.uk, Telephone 0121-262-3555
Support for key worker
practical advice for staying at home
taking care of your mental health support for work, benefits, and housing
talking to children about coronavirus
how to talk to your anxious child or teen about Coronavirus and much more
WOMEN’S AID - Provides front line domestic violence and abuse support to women and children in Birmingham and Solihull area. Contact details: https://bswaid.org/
Contact telephone number: 0800 800 0028 (freephone helpline)/ 07891 492327 for anyone who would have accessed the drop-in centres.
Any women at risk of homelessness as a result of domestic violence and abuse in Birmingham can call the Housing Options HUB. Telephone number: 0800 169 9604
EDWARDS TRUST - Support for Children and Families facing loss and surviving bereavement across the West Midlands. Contact details: firstname.lastname@example.org Bereavement telephone: 0121-454-1705
CRUSE BEREAVEMENT CARE - Support for Children and Families facing loss and surviving bereavement. Open Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm
Contact Telephone number: 0808 808 1677
BIRMINGHAM CHILDREN'S TRUST - https://www.@birminghamchildrenstrust.co.uk
COMMUNITY EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY - Offer family telephone support for those living in Solihull - 5 days a week
Contact telephone number: 0121 779 1734
How best to look after your own and/or your child mental and emotional wellbeing on a daily basis
How to talk with children about COVID - 19 and their worries relayed to it
How to support children to engage with learning at home
How best to maintain social connections whilst complying with social distancing
How to manage behaviour that can be challenging or difficult to manage
FOOD BANK VOUCHERS - These can be obtained from school.
Your local Children’s Centre will also be able to offer you advice and may sign post you to other appropriate organisations.
We also know that lots of children will be over hearing adult conversations, listening to the news, and have access to social media etc. all of which may leave them feeling confused and frightened. Please have a look at these links with your children to help them understand about coronavirus, social distancing and self-isolation as they may benefit from a simple explanation;
Further support can also be accessed through:
CHILDLINE- 0800 1111
SHOUT 24/7 - free text service for children- text to 85258
provides simple mindfulness activities to do with children
PAUSE - is a drop in mental health and emotional well-being service for under 25s it is currently offering telephone support from 10 am - 6 pm 7 days a week for children and their parents.
contact no: 0207 841 4470
OUR ROOTS CIC offers free telephone counselling (CBT or talk therapy)
Telephone : 0121 439 9045
For support, advice and information in a crisis please contact one of the following:
- YOUR GP or out of hours service
- SAMARITANS on 116 123 free 24hr support
- POLICE -Call 111 (open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year)
- SANELINE on 0845 767 8000 (open 4:30 pm – 10:30pm every day)
- CALM HELPLINE 0800 58 58 58 open 5pm – Midnight 365 days a year