Family Support Worker
Mrs Newman, DWJS Family Support Worker
As a Family Support Worker, I act as a point of contact for families who have any concerns about their child in relation to school, or are experiencing difficulties at home which are affecting family wellbeing. I provide emotional and practical support, advice and information to all families in the school community. As a parent myself, I know how challenging family life can be, especially in these uncertain times. A new situation at school or home can cause anxiety and changes in behaviour which can lead to frustration or conflict. I work with families, school staff and, when necessary, outside agencies, to help get things back on the right track. In times of stress, confusion, change or loss, having someone to talk to, who can offer a new perspective, may make a big difference and could stop a problem from escalating. I will listen without judgement and do my best to help, or find someone who can.
I work on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 8:30am - 3:45pm. If you need any advice or help on a family-related issue, or are worried about a particular situation at home or school, please get in touch. You can contact me by email: firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a private chat.
Family Support Worker
NEW: St Nicholas Church Community Larder
Rev Stephen Broadie has written to use from St Nicholas' Church, Orpington, to let us know that they will be operating a Community Larder. The St Nicholas Community Larder will run once a week at 11.30am on Tuesdays at St Nicholas Church, Leamington Avenue, BR6 9QB. The service is not means tested and is free for all.
There are no criteria for accessing this service. The Community Larder will be run in conjunction with a charity called ‘Fare Share’ (FareShare.org.uk) which distributes unused food from local supermarkets and wholesalers, with the aim of supplying a wide range of groceries and fresh food to the local community, while also reducing food waste.
Anyone coming to the Community Larder will need to bring their own shopping bag and the wearing of face coverings is compulsory.
Coping with Coronavirus
It is hard to imagine life beyond lockdown but this difficult time will pass.
Whether you are a single parent coping alone, a couple thrown together 24/7, a key worker facing unusual levels of stress, a worker who’s lost their job or an employee working from home, you have probably felt overwhelmed by the pressures of living in lockdown. Each family member will have their own anxieties so it’s important to keep talking to resolve tension.
If the pandemic has affected your physical or mental health, caused anxiety or depression, put a strain on relationships, or you are struggling with the loss of a loved one or facing financial hardship, here are some agencies who can offer specialist support.
6 C’s FOR COPING WITH CORONAVIRUS
Control - Focus on what you can control eg. following rules to stay safe and well and protect others. Worrying about things you can't change is a waste of your emotional energy.
Continuity - Try to stick to your usual daily routine so things feel more normal.
Care - Try to eat and sleep well. Exercise releases feel-good chemicals in the brain and spending time outdoors in daylight boosts your Vitamin D level which helps strengthen your immune system. Limit the time you spend watching news on TV or social media. If you are feeling low or struggling with anxiety, speak to someone and ask for support.
Creativity - Try some creative activities (eg. painting, gardening, DIY) to keep your focus on positive things and gain a sense of achievement.
Compassion - Remember to look out for others to see how family, friends and neighbours are coping. Helping others will make you feel better.
Communication - Keep in regular contact with family and friends by phone, social media, email, Zoom or Skype so you can all support each other.
Helpful Links for Health & Mental Wellbeing
- https://111.nhs.uk/ Call the NHS helpline on 111 for medical advice
- https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test To book a test
- http://www.youngminds.org,uk Support with child & adolescent mental health. Parents helpline 0808 802 5544
- http://www.samaritans.org.uk Confidential support if experiencing feelings of distress or despair. Call 116 123 free
- http://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk For anyone dependent on alcohol. Tel: 0800 917 7650 (24-hr helpline)
- https://www.al-anonuk.org.uk If affected by someone else's drinking. Tel: 0800 0086 811
- https://www.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals Check to see if you are eligible for meal vouchers
- http://www.bwca.org.uk Bromley & Croydon Women's Aid - Support for anyone suffering from domestic abuse (physical, psychological, emotional, financial abuse or coercive control) Tel: 020 8313 9303 (Mon-Fri 9am-4.30pm)
- https://www.hestia.org/brightsky App in 4 languages: English, Urdu, Punjabi and Polish with secure tool to record incidents of abuse via text, audio, video or photo form, without any of the content being saved on the device itself.
- Bromley Children's Project Helpline: Call 0208 461 7259 Advice on challenging behaviour from Parenting Practitioner.
- https://www.winstonswish.org Support for bereaved children
- http://www.gov.uk/civil-legal-advice Free confidential advice service on debt, benefits, employment & housing problems for those on low income or benefits (paid for by legal aid) Helpline: 0845 345 4345