Early help newsletter
We work closely with the Yardly Early Help Team. They have put together a newsletter of summer activities, resources, and support throughout the summer holidays.
There's information on places to go, places to eat, and support for families that may need that extra way to support their children or themselves.
Please feel free to access all the information in the newsletter HERE
Kids eat free or for £1 during six weeks
Keeping Children safe online during summer holidays
Looking after your Wellbeing online
Managing Device Stress and Anxiety
School Nurse Virtual drop-in clinic
NHS Chat health Flyer
Child and Adult support
Birmingham Children’s Partnership - Emergency and ongoing help for Birmingham
The Birmingham Children’s Partnership wants to ensure that any family in Birmingham which needs help is aware of how to find it quickly and easily. The attached is a list of information on where to get help including:
• Emergency Food Assistance
• Mental Health Support
• Financial Assistance
• Domestic Abuse
• Early Help
Roshni Counselling for Domestic Abuse
How to keep safe online
Birmingham Children's Partnership
Rubery Schools Community Swop Shop
Rubery Schools Community Swop Shop can help parents/carer with school uniforms. You do not need a professional to refer yourself in. Parents can complete the referral form and request school uniform with particulars (e.g. ages/sizes/colours). Rubery Schools Community Swop Shop will contact you regarding collection. Find out more on https://www.ruberyswopshop.co.uk/ or follow Rubery Schools Community Swop Shop on Facebook for more information.
Bring it on Brum
Bring it on Brum! is a programme for families in Birmingham to help children, young people and their parents have fulfilling, active, fun-filled and healthy school holidays. Part of the new Holiday Activities and Food programmes, Bring it on Brum! is the biggest scheme of its kind in the country.
Bring it on Brum! holiday clubs are designed for children who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals. School has already issued a Bring it on Brum! Code (Free School Meal Code) to each eligible child. You will be asked to confirm this code when you register. The website will also have paid activities for children who do not qualify for benefits-related free school meals. You can also find ideas for activities you can do with your children at home. The website is updated before school holidays with a list of holiday activity providers and booking process.
More Helpful sites
The Muslim Youth Helpline (MYH) is an award-winning registered charity which provides pioneering faith and culturally sensitive services to Muslim youth in the UK.
The Papyrus guide has been developed to support teachers and non-teaching staff to build a Suicide-Safer school or college.
Rapha has been set up by Bethel Health and Healing Network so that people suffering low level mental health problems can have someone local to talk to in confidence about whatever is on their minds and have someone sincerely listen. Listen in a way which is not judgmental and by someone who has been professionally trained to hear and understand.
The Mix is A free, confidential telephone helpline and online service that aims to find you the best help, whatever the problem.
Give Us a Shout Provides free, confidential, 24/7 text message support in the UK for anyone struggling to cope. They can help with issues including suicidal thoughts, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, abuse, self-harm, relationship problems and bullying. Text "Shout" to 85258 to speak to an empathetic, trained volunteer who will listen and work with you to solve problems.
If you're under 19, you can also call Childline on 0800 1111. The number will not appear on your phone bill.
The Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) is a national charity with a social purpose to inform, educate, safeguard and build digital resilience amongst young and vulnerable people. Helping them to make informed decisions and understand the consequences around gambling and gaming.
Cherished UK Provides a nurturing, accepting, confidential space for girls to build positive attachment and explore their emotions.
Forward Thinking Birmingham Stick Team - Do you have concerns about a child or young person’s mental health? If they are currently not receiving support from Forward Thinking Birmingham and are not in crisis, please consider booking a consultation with a clinician from our STICK team. The STICK team can offer support, guidance and signposting to organisations who can provide support.
Below are some useful websites most have free resources to support parents/carers and practitioners in guiding children’s safety online.
- www.saferinternet.org.uk: UK Safer Internet has many free resources to support the age 3-7 age group including a video of “digiduck” who believes what he read on the internet and got his homework wrong- it gives advice on how to check facts.
- www.nspcc.org.uk: National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children also has resources for safeguarding children online- did you know that Instagram was the most used platform in child grooming crimes during lockdown April-June 2020?
- https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/ Child Exploitation Online Protection Centre also has useful free resources.
- https://www.childnet.com/ Childnet has useful free resources for parents and children.
- https://www.skipseducational.org/safety-net/ Buy into a package of training support for staff and parents to help the support their children online.
Information for virtual courses…
- Virtual Courses will take place via Microsoft Teams and - to a lesser extent – Zoom.
- Links to join the course will be sent by the trainer before the course start date so please ensure that you check your emails.
- Please read the course information, confirmations and any follow up emails carefully during and after your booking process, and follow the instructions for receiving or locating the link to the course.
- Virtual courses have been re-designed from their usual face to face format, and so some alterations such as the requirement to complete pre-course work (in some instances) are in place for you.
- If your organisation allows it, Microsoft Teams should be downloaded on your device and you should know how to use it prior to training.
- For staff who cannot download Zoom (e.g. Birmingham Children’s Trust Staff), it will not be necessary to download the Zoom program in order to attend the virtual session.”
Birmingham Children's Partnership - useful resources
The Solihull Approach has launched a new course for Parents with Children with Additional Needs – this is part of the free online parenting courses that BCP offers. Worryingly there are reports that Emergency Departments are seeing a rise in visits from parents who are bringing in children who have behavioural rather than medical issues. It would be great if we could continue to promote these online resources to help with this issue. Link to the online platform – code is COMMUNITY