Free School Meals / Tesco Vouchers
The school is currently providing supermarket vouchers via the government’s national scheme and you will have been contacted if you were already in receipt of FSM. If your circumstances have changed and you think you might now be eligible, please visit www.cloudforedu.org.uk/ofsm/sims-wirral. In addition to details about your child, you will be asked for your national insurance number.
Summer Holiday Activities
The Edsential Summer Holiday programme provides free meals and activities for eligible free school meal children and their families across Wirral during the summer holidays.
This year there are over 100 holiday clubs, offering a range of physical activities, diverse enrichment sessions, and a whole host of online resources too!
Wirral Council and community food providers have come together to make sure vulnerable residents don't go hungry during the coronavirus pandemic.
Feeding Birkenhead, supporting Wirral, Wirral Foodbank and other third sector food providers are coordinating efforts and centralising their bulk food collection and distribution operations at a new emergency food hub managed by Wirral Council.
Residents experiencing difficulties in accessing food can visit www.wirral.gov.uk/foodhelp to submit their details online using a simple form or call the Wirral Coronavirus Helpline 0151 666 5050 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).
Download the document here for full details.
CAMHS Mental Health Support
CAMHS now have a 24/7 Mental Health Crisis Line for urgent support for residents of Cheshire West, Cheshire East and Wirral on 0300 303 3972. The Advice Line number is still running but is diverted to the new Crisis Line.
If you would like to make an online referral both professionals and families can do this via the http://mymind.org website. CAMHS have also put some self-help resources on the website for children and young people at https://www.mymind.org.uk/coping/
There are various resources in relation to supporting children & young people around Covid 19 and their mental health. Along with the poster completed by young people at Ancora House (inpatients), there is now also a social story, link to Young Minds on mental health & self- isolating, and a link to Place2be which has information for parents.
Tomorrow's Women Wirral
A new Tomorrow’s Women initiative designed to benefit young women aged 14-17 to offer crucial support and specialist guidance.
The initial Virtual Launch will be delivered via telephone with an offer of support, signposting and targeted courses weekdays 9am – 4pm
They are now taking referrals to support young women so please feel free to contact them on firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 0151 647 7907.
If someone you know, a friend/family member, a client that you are working with between 14 & 17 could benefit from the support of Tomorrow’s Young Women please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Online Safety Advice for Parents
During the current Coronavirus (Covid 19) situation many parents are working from home including home learning with their children. Many children will increase their online activity time during this period due to being at home more, so it is important that families incorporate time to learn about how to keep safe when going online. It is highly likely that online offending will increase during this time, so it is important that children and young people know how to learn, socialise and play online in a safe way.
NW SEND Regional Network
Below is a link to a special issue of the NW SEND Regional Network Newsletter, collating resources from a wide range of sources to provide information for anyone to use as they feel would be helpful. The list includes tips if a child is worried about coronavirus, how to wash your hands, what self-isolation means and a whole range of ideas to have fun at home.
Read/download the full issue here:
Wirral Foodbank Extra
During the coronavirus outbreak, Wirral Foodbank is continuing to support people with emergency food, though please note the reduced service due to measures put in place to slow the spread of Covid19.
Full details of how to access support can be found on the Wirral Foodbank Extra website here: https://www.wirralfoodbankextra.co.uk/
Mental Health Support Services
Follow the links below for access to a range of free online resources:
Kooth - www.kooth.com
Online counselling service plus advice and guides on a range of mental health issues
My Mind - www.mymind.org.uk
CAMHS online advice and information for local 13-19 year olds
Youth 2 Youth - www.youth2youth.co.uk
Online information, support and live chat run by trained young people
Young Minds - www.youngminds.org.uk
Advice and information for mental health including getting urgent help
Mind - www.mind.org.uk
A range of workshops, self-help resources, booklets and services for mental health
Hub of Hope - www.hubofhope.co.uk
Apple/Android app, locates mental health services nearby any postcode