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Weekly Welfare Update - 15.5.20

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: Great Britain went for more than 18 days without using power from coal sources, breaking the previous record. Read more about how this was achieved and what more is being done to move us to 100% zero carbon power sources by 2025:

Mental Wellbeing:  If you are experiencing anxiety and poor mental health as a result of lockdown, school closure and all of the other ways our lives have changed recently, please be assured you are not alone. More than anything, it’s important that you keep talking: to family, friends and teachers at school. Make time this week to get in contact with someone you haven’t spoken to much recently – I’m sure they love to hear from you.

Physical Wellbeing: Although the rules on when we can leave the house have been eased slightly, it is still really important that we all understand how to keep ourselves safe if we choose to exercise for longer or more than once a day. This article from Runner’s World answers some of the most important questions:

Interesting Links: Clever Bot uses an artificial intelligence algorithm to have conversations with humans via: It will entertain you for a while and might even get you thinking about artificial intelligence (


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: and myself: 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 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 ( 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.