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Parental / Student Support

Please find a list of support websites and agencies in the local area. 

If you need any further help please contact your child’s Form Tutor.

Parent Info is a free service for schools. Here you'll find a collection of articles, tips, expert advice and resources designed to help parents keep up with what their children are doing online.

 

covid- 19 specific support

Transitioning post COVID- 19

Here is a useful workshop for parents to help children returning to school.

Workshop for Parents, Children and Young People: Transitioning post COVID- 19

Community Support during COVID- 19

Community Support Update Newsletter
Click here for helpful information

Corona Crisis Survival Kit for Men under Pressure
Click here for support and advice

Crisis Support Luton Beds
Click here for Crisis Support information

Explaining Coronavirus to Children
Click here to access a useful publication to help explain the current situation with your children

Groundwork East online Youth Clubs
Click here for contact with local youth clubs

NSPCC - Coronavirus support
Click here for advice and support for parents and carers, whether working from home with your children or supporting your childs' anxiety due to Coronavirus

Open Door (Front Door) - support for students aged 12 - 18
Click here for support information

SafeLives 
For supporting young people
Click here for help and information

The Noah Company - Staying well during isolation
Mental and physical strategies to manage anxiety and stress.
Click here for information and using online website or application courses.

Miscellaneous support including
utility providers

Pre-paid Gas and Electricity Meters

Please see the information below regarding pre-paid gas and electricity meters. Phone them if you have a prepay meter, tell them you are self isolating and they will send you 2 weeks worth of gas/electricity or if you have a smart meter they will top you up.

BRITISH GAS - 03333 202 9802
EDF - 0333 200 5100
EON - 0345 052 0000
N POWER - 0800 073 3000
SCOTTISH POWER - 0800 027 0072
SSE - 0345 026 2658

Click here for information about top-up gas/electricity meters

help and advice

Childline
Website: www.childline.org.uk

Dad talk
An online community where you can share ideas, find out information and talk about the issues of being a dad.
Website: www.dadtalk.co.uk

Families United Network/Family Voice
Offers support to Bedfordshire families who have a child with a disability, special need or additional needs.
Website: www.familiesunitednetwork.co.uk

Family Lives
Online advice and information on all aspects of family life with support groups/workshops.
Free 24-hour confidential helpline: (08088) 002222
Website: www.familylives.org.uk

Kooth
Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people. 
Website: www.kooth.com 

Marie Collins
The Marie Collins Foundation is the UK charity enabling children who suffer sexual abuse and exploitation via internet and mobile technologies to recover and live safe, fulfilling lives.
Website: www.mariecollinsfoundation.org.uk

Netmums
A social networking site connecting parents with each other with help from experts on specific issues through private on-line messages or conversations.
Website: www.netmums.com

NSPCC
Website: www.nspcc.org.uk 
Adult helpline: 0808 800 5000
Young person's helpline (Childline): 0800 1111

Relate for parents and families
Useful information and advice for parents, or anymore in a family to help with the most important relationships – the ones you have with your family.
Website: www.relateforparents.org.uk

School Nursing Service

The School Nurses are still here to support you with any health questions or worries you have. ChatHealth is their confidential text messaging service, text 07507 331450. Click here for more information.
The  5-19 School Nursing Service works in partnership with children, young  people and their families in Bedfordshire to ensure that children’s health and wellbeing needs are supported within their school and their community. They lead on the delivery of the 5-19 Healthy Child Programme and play a key role in addressing public health issues such as emotional health and wellbeing, sexual health, obesity and other health related issues.
Website: www.sept.nhs.uk/our-services/bedfordshire-and-luton/bedfordshire-community-health-services/childrens/school-nursing-service/

Shelf Help Reading Well
The Reading Well books have been chosen by young people and health experts to help you with difficult feelings and experiences that can affect your wellbeing.  The books have information and advice as well as personal stories about dealing with anxiety, depression or stress and experiences such as bullying. Shelf Help list

TeenIssues
It's hard to be a teen.We knew this when we established TeenIssues and recruited experts on all matters teen-related to contribute to the site.It is our hope that TeenIssues can address all of the perils and pitfalls that come with being a teen, and become the premier resource offering teens interesting features, practical advice, and basic answers to all of their own questions.
Website: www.teenissues.co.uk

The Hideout
An online space to help children and young people understand domestic abuse, and how to take positive action if they are experiencing it.
Website: thehideout.org.uk

UP - Unlock Potential
Supports 16-18 year olds to find their confidence and meet new people. Click here for more information.

apps

Click on the below links to find lists of useful mental health apps.

www.blackcountryminds.com/help-advice/helpful-apps/

www.liverpoolcamhs.com/websites-apps/

Austism advice

Autism Bedfordshire 
Website: www.autismbeds.org

Really Flexible Care 
Website: www.reallyflexiblecare.co.uk

The National Autistic Society 
Website: www.nas.org.uk

Young Carers (Central Bedfordshire Council)
Website: www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk

Bullying

Bullying
Website: www.bullying.co.uk

Anti-bullying Alliance (ABA)
Brings together more than 65 organisations with the aim of reducing bullying and creating safer environments in which children and young people can live, grow, play and learn. 
Website: www.anti-bullying.org

Beatbullying
Beatbullying is the leading bullying prevention charity in the UK and provides anti- bullying resources, information, advice and support for young people, parents and professionals affected by bullying. 
Website: www.beatbullying.org.uk

Counselling services

Bedford Open Door 
Website: www.bedfordopendoor.org.uk

CHUMS Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Service
Tel: 01525 863924
Website: www.chums.uk.com
Click here for support with bereavement
Click here for Psychoeducation Workshops which are offered by the CHUMS Family Wellbeing Team
Click here for Low Mood, Self-Harm and Suicide daytime and evening sessions 

Groundwork East online Youth Clubs
Click here for contact with local youth clubs

Hear2Listen 
Website: www.hear2listen.org.uk

Relate Bedfordshire and Luton 
Website: www.relatebedsandluton.org.uk

Sorted Counselling Services 
Tel: 01582 891435 appointments (Mon-Thur)
Email: admin.sorted@talktalk.net

Virtual Wellbeing Drop-Ins
Click here for information on finding ways to support children and young people

Cyber safety 

CEOP
Website: www.ceop.police.uk

Childnet International
The UK's safer internet centre
Website: www.childnet-int.org

Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) 
Website: www.ceop.police.uk

Internet Watch Foundation 
Website: www.iwf.org.uk

Safe4Me
Child Centered Policy. An initiative from colleagues in West Mercia who have produced a range of materials aimed to promote self-help and signpost support for families and young people around cyberbullying.
Child Centered Policy

Thinkuknow 
Website: www.thinkuknow.co.uk

Click here for information on Instagram, WhatsApp, Snapchat and TikTok

drugs and alcohol services 

ADFAM 
Website: www.adfam.org.uk

ASC (Alcohol services for the Community) 
Website: www.alcohol-services.co.uk

Aquarius
Website: aquarius.org.uk

CAN (PLAN B) 
Website: www.can.org.uk

National Drugs Helpline (FRANK)
Tel: 0800 776 600 (24 hrs free advice)
Website: www.talktofrank.com

NHS choices 
Website: www.nhs.uk

lgbt

Family Friends of Lesbian and Gays (FFLAG) 
Website: www.fflag.org.uk

Stonewall
The lesbian, gay and bisexual charity. 
Website: www.stonewall.org.uk

Educational Action Challenging Homophobia (EACH)
Educational Action Challenging Homophobia (EACH) is a charity and training agency helping people and organisations affected by homophobia. The website gives guidance, contact details and a freephone helpline. 
Website: www.eachaction.org.uk

Mental health

Chathealth
School Nurse text support service - Text 07507 331450 to speak with a school nurse for any emotional support or health advice (Mon - Fri 9.00am - 4.30pm, except bank holidays).
For young people aged 11-19.

Childline (children's telephone counselling or online) 
Tel: 0800 1111
Website: www.childline.org.uk

CHUMS
Website: www.chums.uk.com

Every Mind Matters has now released expert advice and top tips on how to look after your mental wellbeing if you need to stay at home during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. It also includes guidance if you’re feeling worried or anxious about the outbreak.
Please visit: www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/

Kooth
Free online counselling service for children and young people
Website: www.kooth.com

Mencap 
Mencap is a learning disability charity that provides information and support to children and adults with a learning disability, and to their families and carers. 
Website: www.bedfordmencap.org.uk or www.mencap.org.uk

Papyrus
Prevention of Young Suicide
Website: www.papyrus-uk.org 

Rethink
Rethink Mental Illness helps millions of people affected by mental illness by challenging attitudes and changing lives.
Tel: 0845 456 0455
Website: www.rethink.org

Samaritans
24 hour confidential listening and support for anyone who needs it. (Parents/carers included).
Tel: 116 123 (24 hours)
Email - jo@samaritans.org

Single Point of Access
The 0-19 service is operating an essential service Mon - Fri 9.00am - 4.30pm, except bank holidays.
Tel: 0300 555 0606

Young Minds 
Young Minds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. If you are a young person experiencing a mental health crisis, you can text the Young Minds Crisis Messenger for free, 24/7 support.
Text YM to 85258
Young person’s helpline: 020 7336 8445
Parent helpline: 0808 8025 544
Website: www.youngminds.org.uk

Sexual health advice

Brook Advisory Centres 
Website: www.brook.org.uk

The Grove Pregnancy Crisis and Post Abortion Centre 
(Care Confidential for pregnancy and post abortion support).
Website: www.careconfidential.com

Family Planning Association (FPA)
Website: www.fpa.org.uk

Single parents

special educational needs

Autism Bedfordshire 
Website: www.autismbeds.org

Bedford and District Cerebral Palsy Society
Website: www.bdcps.org.uk

Bedford Garden Carers 
Website: www.bedsgardencarers.org.uk

British Institute of Learning Disabilities
Website: www.bild.org.uk

CEREBRA
Website: www.cerebra.org.uk

Change 
Website: www.changepeople.co.uk

Disabled Living Foundation 
Website: www.dlf.org.uk

Dunstable and District Disabled Sports (DADDS)
Website: www.dadds.moonfruit.com

Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities 
Website: www.learningdisabilities.org.uk

Learning Disability 
Website: www.learningdisability.co.uk

Mencap 
Mencap is a learning disability charity that provides information and support to children and adults with a learning disability, and to their families and carers. 
Website: www.bedfordmencap.org.uk or www.mencap.org.uk

National People First 
Website: www.peoplefirstltd.com

On Track Education Services Ltd
Website: www.ontrackeducationservices.co.uk

Really Flexible Care 
Website: www.reallyflexiblecare.co.uk

Remploy (employment opportunities) 
Website: www.remploy.co.uk

SENDIASS
SENDIASS is a free, impartial and confidential service offering young people with SEND and their families information or support around all aspects of SEND.  
Website: https://cbsendiass.org 

12 The Disability Resource Centre
Website: www.drcbeds.co.uk

The National Autistic Society 
Website: www.nas.org.uk

Youth Inspired 
Website: www.youthinspired.org.uk