We hope you all had a restful long weekend!
Our theme for this week is ‘Supporting Emotional Wellbeing’. We understand that the times we are finding ourselves in are unlike any other. As a result, we may be finding that our wellbeing is affected.
We’ve put together an Emotional Wellbeing document (link at the bottom of this paragraph) with further information on how, as staff, you can look after your own wellbeing and also how you can look after children’s emotional wellbeing during this time. There is also guidance on how parents can support young people at home. We’d like to draw your attention to the Catch it, Check it, Change it framework over the final pages. This is a fantastic way for children, parents and staff to see how their thoughts influence their wellbeing. If it would be helpful to receive this as worksheets or any other format please contact your advisor.
We hope you find the information and resources useful, and as ever, if you need any further clarification, please contact us. We are working hard to provide wellbeing support from afar so if there is anything we can do to help, please let us know.
Later in the week, we will be sending out information on our parents’ programme run by Bounce Forward. Their ‘raise resilience’ parent training is an example of how you can support your parents to achieve this. Over 100 Oldham parents have already completed the course, with a further 152 parents currently taking part in cohort 2. Cohort 3 will start on Monday 18th May. The feedback has been really positive:
“The course was really interesting and I enjoyed it. It boosted my confidence and gave me strength and helped me to deal or to handle my children during this period”
“I found the parental resilience course helpful and useful . Giving us useful tips specially in this hard time. When everyone is finding it difficult to cope with day to day life. And managing kids has never felt so difficult. It gave us tactics to deal with difficult situations with a positive approach”
More details will follow, but you can also check out https://bounceforward.com/bounce-forward-raising-resilience-oldham-open/
Next week is Mental Health Awareness Week (18-24 May), hosted by the Mental Health Foundation. The theme is ‘kindness’ so our theme will focus on kindness and gratitude. As always, we are keen to hear what is happening on the ground. If you have any ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ or things you are grateful for, please let us know! We love to share what our Oldham staff are saying. We will send out resources for staff, parents and children; however, if you want to have a look beforehand, https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week is a great resource.
Finally, for all schools involved in the Responsive Schools Programme and supervision in schools. We are currently in discussions about the final training but this will not take place until next academic year. Please remember that remaining one-to-one supervision sessions must be accessed this academic year, and we will keep you updated with future plans for the project. Also do not forget about the extended provision for any staff within your setting.
Natalie, Chrissy & Aimee (Wellbeing Team)