Weekly Welfare Email 1.5.20
Welcome back to your weekly welfare email. Hope you are all safe and well and have had a productive week.
Just a reminder that I'll be sending this to all GPUTC students, parents and staff at about 2pm every Friday. Each email will include positive news stories, mental and physical wellbeing tips, links to interesting videos or online resources, and links to support services. If you have anything else that you think should be included, please email me!
Positive News Story: Captain Tom Moore has been recognised this week for his fund-raising efforts: https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-hero-tom-moore-promoted-to-colonel-on-his-100th-birthday-11980896. What a spectacular achievement!
Mental Wellbeing: Being kind or charitable towards others can be really good for your own mental health. Try this Random Acts of Kindness generator from the Mental Health Foundation (WARNING: contains some acts of kindness that need to be adapted for our current situation. For example, I got number 24: “Contact someone you haven’t seen in a while and arrange to meet face to face” which I will adapt to “Contact someone you haven’t seen in a while”): https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/blog/random-acts-kindness
Physical Wellbeing: This article, written by a Year 9 student, covers the basics of why exercise is important and rounds up their favourite apps, channels and websites for exercising during lockdown. This is a really thorough and well-written overview of each of the options, which will allow you to make an informed choice https://www.techadvisor.co.uk/feature/internet/best-online-workouts-for-kids-teens-families-3786042/
Interesting Links: If you have an interest in developing your cyber security knowledge and coding skills, Cyberschool might just be the thing for you! Available here: https://cyber-school.joincyberdiscovery.com/
Support: 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 every day to give feedback and help you with the work you have been set.
The student welfare team are available by email if you need further support, Emma Coleman: email@example.com and myself: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com email inbox will be checked on a daily basis.
If your family is facing a reduced financial situation, the charity Step Change can help. They have produced a guide (https://www.stepchange.org/how-we-help/reduced-income-guide.aspx) for those families who have a reduced income as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
And finally, 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 week. As always, please get in contact if you find anything that you think should be included in this email.