I understand that most of you now have the challenge of home learning with your own children and some of you will also need to continue working from home at the same time. Every Wednesday we will update the website with further tasks for the children. However, I want to hopefully alleviate any concerns that you might have, reduce the stress that might be happening in your homes and reassure you all.
A few points to note:
1. This is not home-schooling.
Home schooling is a choice, where you consider, plan and deliver your child’s education in whatever form you choose. Our current situation at best is distance learning and there is no right or wrong way to achieve this with your children, these are not normal times. We will continue to update our website with activities to support pupil’s learning but remember that there are many practical activities that the children can do at home.
2. You are, and always have been, your child’s primary educator.
If you decide that your child is not going to engage in the learning that day, then you make the decision for what is right for them. Do not feel pressurised! We have included work and links for you to look at if you choose too but please remember to have fun too. These activities are not to make sure that your days are completely full of tasks but to try and support you as parents. Do not worry!
Remember that you are doing enough. You are loving your children and supporting them through a difficult time. Please look after yourselves and ensure that the stress of distance learning is reduced in your home as it is vital to try and create harmony for you all and your families well-being.
Keep safe, stay inside your own house,
Mrs Wilson and the Bracebridge Team
Family pressures can sometimes be difficult to manage without emotional support and guidance to help. Many people feel confused by what information is available or struggle to access services close to home.
The free FamilyLine service tackles these issues in a new and innovative way by using a network of volunteers from across the country to support family members over the age of 18 through telephone calls, email, web chat and text message.
The service aims to:
How it works
A team of trained volunteers with the knowledge and experience of family issues to support service users via telephone, text, web chat and email.
They provide a listening ear, answer particular parenting questions or help with guidance around more complex family issues. We can also provide longer-term support through regular sessions with our Befrienders and Counsellors. All support takes place via telephone, text message, web chat or email and is free.
How to access the service
Family members aged 18 years old and over from anywhere in England, Wales and the Isle of Man can get in touch with the service for free via telephone, text message, web chat or email, using the details below.
Contacting us out of hours
Do you need FamilyLine but it’s out of our operation hours? You can either call back in our opening hours, leave a message on our voice mail for a call back in our operation hours or if you’re in crisis you can contact our crisis line to get in touch with a trained professional.
Our crisis messenger text service provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK. We know that getting the correct support at the correct time is so beneficial which is why we’ve introduced our crisis line. This service is delivered in partnership with Shout.
The link for the webpage is - https://www.family-action.org.uk/what-we-do/children-families/familyline/
Healthy Minds Support
We hope you are all well and adjusting as well as you can during the current changes we are all facing daily. At Healthy Minds we have been working on some resources to support your children and young people as well as parents/carers and professionals which we hope you will find useful.
Of course as always if you have concerns about a child or young person’s emotional wellbeing please contact us on the Here4You line which is operational as normal. Here4You line on 01522 309120 – available Monday to Friday 09.30 – 16.30. Alternatively, please visit https://www.lpft.nhs.uk/young-people/lincolnshire/home where you can find useful information and self-help advice.
Healthy Minds Lincolnshire
Relaxation and Mindfulness
If you scroll down on the link webpage below you will see lots of helpful information. If you click on the relaxation and self-soothing tab you will find some short relaxation videos which are around two minutes long. These can be used by not only children and young people, but family/carers and professionals who may be struggling and need some support :
· square breathing
· finger breathing
· colour breathing
· my happy place exercise
· progressive muscle relaxation
Online 'Managing Worries and Anxious Feelings' Workshop
On the link below you will find a recorded anxiety workshop that is appropriate for both Primary and Secondary aged pupils. We recommend that Primary aged children are supported by their Parents/carers/responsible adult to access this as they might need some help to understand or complete the activities. The workshop contains positive, supportive strategies that would be delivered to a group of children that are either experiencing some low level worries/anxieties or to provide education and support about some supportive strategies that are just good to know anyway on a day to day basis to help us to understand ourselves more and process our feelings.
On the link if you scroll to near the bottom of the page you will find the workshop. There are links to supporting workbooks for Primary and Secondary aged children to use alongside the workshop which are just about the video. There is also a parent pack to download under the video with advice and support for parents and carers. Please see the link below for the online anxiety workshop:
Coronavirus Support Page
On the link below you will find resources to support emotional wellbeing in relation to Coronavirus. This is a growing resource with contributions from both CAMHS and Healthy Minds Lincolnshire. On here you will find some new helpful videos:
· 5 Ways to Wellbeing during Covid -19 (found directly on webpage, scroll down)
· Top Tips for Young People during Covid -19 (found on webpage link under “Tips/Advice on managing anxiety and mental health during Coronavirus.”)
· Top Tips for Parents/Carers during Covid-19 (found on webpage link under “Supporting your child during Coronavirus.”)
· Top Tips for Teaching staff during Covid -19 (found on webpage link, right at the bottom)