Weekly Welfare - 3.4.20
Welcome to your weekly welfare email. Hope you've all had a good week and have discovered new ways of entertaining yourselves in these strange times.
Just a reminder that I'll be sending this to all GPUTC students, parents and staff at 2pm every Friday. Each email will include positive news stories, mental and physical wellbeing tips, links to interesting videos or online resources, a weekly challenge and links to support services. If you have anything else that you think should be included, please email me!
Positive News Story: This week, a ray of positivity from Wales, along with loads of other communities who are doing their best to cheer up their surroundings: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-52105079?intlink_from_url=https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/topics/cx2pk70323et/uplifting-stories&link_location=live-reporting-story. I’d love to hear how your local area are cheering people up or showing their support for the NHS and key workers.
Mental Wellbeing: Mellow Doodles is the creation of Spalding artist, Melissa Webb (https://www.mellowdoodles.com/). This doodle of hers was designed specifically with the current situation in mind:
Vivacity, the charity that operates leisure and fitness centres in Peterborough has launched an online hub offering lots of different ways to keep yourself healthy, active and occupied whilst at home: https://vivacity.org/campaign/vivacity-at-home/
I’ve been lucky enough to secure us (the whole GPUTC community, staff and parents included!) a free subscription to the National Theatre’s online library. The following performances are available to access until the end of May:
The log in details are as follows:
Go to: https://www.dramaonlinelibrary.com
(The log in button is in the top right-hand corner of the home page. Make sure you copy the username and password carefully and without any extra spaces before or after them.)
Nature is at its finest in Spring. Here are a couple of my favourite photos from this week:
I’m going to continue this theme with a twist this week, inspired by the photo on the right! This week’s challenge is to find the Maths in nature. That could be shapes and numbers in flowers, or the Fibonacci sequence in leaf patterns. Send me your photos, and I will share a selection after the Easter break.
As normal, you can contact the relevant mentor or Student Manager if you have any questions or queries. Subject teachers will also be online from 2-3.30pm every day to give feedback and help you with the work they have set.
The student welfare team are available by email if you need further support, this will continue through the Easter break. Emma Coleman: firstname.lastname@example.org and myself: email@example.com. We will call you back if you let us know the best number to reach you on. Students: we need written permission from your parents to call you on your mobile. In addition, the firstname.lastname@example.org email inbox will be checked on a daily basis.
If you are unsure about how the Coronavirus has affected you rights as an employee, there is a round up here of some of the main points (although rules for the self-employed changed yesterday!) https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/mar/24/coronavirus-benefits-sick-pay-and-lost-hours-your-rights-in-the-uk
Here are some external services which you can turn to for support:
Parents Helpline: If you are a parent who needs advice about your child’s mental health you can contact the Parents Helpline directly on 0808 802 between 9:30am-4pm
YoungMinds Crisis Messenger: If you are a young person experiencing a mental health crisis you can text YM to 85258 for free 24/7 support
If you are a member of staff or parent who works in a school, college or university, you can call the Education Support Partnership for free support on 08000 562 561.
Hope everyone has a lovely Easter break. I’ll be back in a couple of weeks.