Families come in all shapes and sizes but one thing that is universal is that being a parent can be tough!
As a school, we are always here to support you. Below, you will find lots of links to help you with common issues and the website at the bottom has even more.
If you are struggling (whether it be financially or in another way), please feel free to speak in confidence to me to see how we may be able to help.
Remember there is also lots of useful information about keeping your child safe online on this page of our website: https://www.ourladyofgracejuniors.co.uk/keeping-your-child-safe-online/
Barnardo's and Brent Family Support Helpline
Brent and Barnardo's have an evening and weekend helpline and webchat service to provide families in Brent with access to a Barnardo’s family support worker during evenings and weekends.
The service is part of Brent’s Family Wellbeing Centres. Their experienced and friendly team will offer information, advice and support and can help you with:
• Yours and your child’s family support and wellbeing needs during evenings and weekends.
• Registering with a Family Wellbeing Centre.
• Accessing other services in Brent, including support with the Cost-of-Living Crisis.
Who can access this service?
The service is free to access for any family living in Brent. Translators are also available on request. Please note that this is not a crisis service – if you or someone you are with is in immediate danger call 999.
Full information (including the website and telephone number) can be seen in the document above.
Brent have now started to run some BeeZee Families courses aimed at supporing healthy lifestyles for families. They are for any family with at least one child who is above the ideal healthy weight and are completely free of charge.
Full details can be found on the flyer at the bottom of this page or by clicking on this website
The next course starts on 8th May so sign up now for a fun way to engage your children in healthy eating habits for life.
Brilliant Parents are a lottery funded community group that are running some helpful online workshops for parents. They include workshops on how to develop a good bedtime routine, how to deal with aggressive behaviour and how to shop with young children to avoid the meltdowns.
Flyers for all three can be found below and it is easy to sign up for them via the link in the flyer.
What to do when mealtimes are becoming a battle field
What to do when your child is really anxious
How to help your child when someone dies
How to deal with sibling rivalry
How to use praise and rewards effectively
How to talk to your child about race and diversity
How to support your child who is struggling with peer pressure
Supporting Healthy Gaming Habits
What to do when your child thinks they need to be perfect
How to support your child if they have friendship issues
Brent Health4Life are running a programme of fun free interactive online sessions for children aged 5-19 who are overweight. Sessions include healthy eating workshops on food groups, portion sizes and label reading.
See below for details about how to book a place.
This half term, St Raphael's family centre (on the St Raphael's estate) are offering a number of activities including multi sports for families from Brent. You will need to register to join the wellbeing centre via this link.
All the information about the various activities throughout the week (including a Jubilee Party) can be found in the above documents.
The Brent Parents/Carers Forum have arranged an art therapy session for parents/carers on Mon 16th May at Chalkhill Community Centre from 10.30am-11.30am. Art therapy helps in accessing thoughts, feelings and memories in a safe and gentle way and the session will give you the chance to have an informal chit chat with the therapist and/or meet other parents in a supportive environment.
Full details about how to book are in the document above.