School Closure Support

In these exceptional times we all require different levels of support. This page is here to signpost you to the relevant support organisations who can offer you that specialist advice.

If you cannot find what you are looking for please do not hesitate to contact school and speak to a member of staff - we will be only too pleased to help. 0151 423 3322

 

Local Offer 

https://localoffer.haltonchildrenstrust.co.uk/schools-colleges-post16/help-and-information-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak/

This contains a card scheme called Halton’s MAX Card Scheme. This card gives reductions for families with disabilities or Foster Families. The card is £2.50 to buy and it is valid for 2 years. 

 

Volunteers

One Halton are looking for people to come forward to work with to support our community. As one of the Street Champions, you will be matched up with people who live close to you who need a bit of help.

Carrying out the role of a volunteer is classed as essential work / travel, so is permitted as long as you continue to a keep 2m distance.

If you drive and have a car, that’s great, but if not, you can still offer valuable support from your sofa, by making calls to check people are ok.

To register to become a volunteer visit https://volunteering.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk or call 01928 592405

About One Halton

One Halton is not one organisation – it is a partnership between the Council, NHS Organisations, GP Practices, Fire, Police and Voluntary Organisations.

Under the banner of One Halton, we have made a commitment to work together to achieve one goal – a community living healthier, happier and longer lives, regardless of who they are, or where they might live. Visit http://www.onehalton.uk/ for more information about One Halton.

 

Useful accounts to follow on Twitter and Facebook

The following accounts are trusted sources of information and may be better placed to answer any questions.

 

Twitter

Facebook

GOV UK

@GOVUK

@UKgovernment

NHS

@NHSuk

@NHSwebsite

Public Health England

@PHE_uk

@PublicHealthEngland

Home Office

@ukhomeoffice

@ukhomeofficegov

Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service

@CheshireFire

@CheshireFRS

North West Ambulance Service

@NWAmbulance

@nwasofficial

Cheshire East Council

@CheshireEast

@CheshireEastCouncil

Cheshire West & Chester Council

@Go_CheshireWest

@cheshirewest

Warrington Borough Council

@WarringtonBC

@warringtonbc

Halton Borough Council

@HaltonBC

@haltonbc

Cheshire Police            @cheshirepolice       

@cheshirePolice

 

Bereavement

The website www.childbereavementuk.org has lots of information within
• Books, films and resources
• For Young People
• When a child or family grieves
• When a baby or child dies

If you need additional information or support please contact schools@childbereavementuk.org or the National Helpline 0800 02 888 40 or Live Chat via our website, available Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

Managing grief - emotions http://sabp.lgfl.org.uk/section_B3_a.html

Managing grief - behaviours http://sabp.lgfl.org.uk/section_B3_b.html

 

Child abuse and Safeguarding

If you wish to report a safeguarding concern about a child, please contact:

0151 907 8305 / 0151 5117722 (Office Hours Mon-Thurs, 9am – 5pm, 9am – 4.30pm Fri)

0345 050 0148 (Outside Office Hours and throughout Weekends)

NSPCC

Children's charity dedicated to ending child abuse and child cruelty.

Phone: 0800 1111 for Childline for children (24-hour helpline)

0808 800 5000 for adults concerned about a child (24-hour helpline)

Website: www.nspcc.org.uk

 

Council Tax Support and Welfare Advice

Your Council Tax bill pays for essential services that are delivered to all Halton residents. If your circumstances have not changed, you should continue to pay in accordance with the details shown on your bill so that provision for essential services can continue.

If your income has been affected as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak you should submit a claim for Universal Credit with the DWP on their website here: https://www.gov.uk/apply-universal-credit .

You should also claim Council Tax Reduction direct from the Council via the website: or https://www3.halton.gov.uk/Pages/CouncilandBenefits/Housing-Benefits.aspx .

If you are struggling to pay your Council Tax please contact us by email at council.tax@halton.gov.uk .

 

Dealing with family conflict

During the lockdown families are spending much more time together and in these uncertain times emotions can run high and arguments happen more often. There are useful resources which are listed below.

https://www.barnardos.org.uk/blog/coping-family-conflict-during-lockdown


The Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust has collated a valuable online library full of resources which can support professionals, parents, carers and children during the Covid-19 outbreak. Highlights include a family focused COVID-19 Self Care Kit.

https://www.sheffieldchildrens.nhs.uk/patients-and-parents/coronavirus-resources-for-children-and-families/


NSPCC Learning also has an extensive library of resources which can help parents, carers and professionals to support children’s mental health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 outbreak.

https://learning.nspcc.org.uk/news/2020/april/supporting-children-young-people-mental-health

 

Domestic Violence

https://www.openthedoorcheshire.org.uk

This link is the Police campaign to support those who are the victim of domestic violence. It is designed to protect those who need help most.

You can report an incident on 101 as normal and if it is an emergency call 999.

 

Foodbank

Your local foodbank supported by The Shaw Education Trust is:

Widnes: Trinity Methodist URC Church, Peel House Lane, Widnes WA8 6TJ

Phone: 0151 422 0031 / 49 Lugsdale Road, Widnes WA8 6TJ Phone: 0151 422 0031

Runcorn: 53a, Operations Centre, Russell Road, Runcorn WA7 4BH  01928 577679 

 

Mental Health and well-being

 

Information on child and adolescent mental health. Services for parents and professionals.

Phone: Parents' helpline 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm)

Website: www.youngminds.org.uk

Further helplines for conditions such as Stress, Anxiety and Depression can be found on the following link to the NHS:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/mental-health-helplines/

Halton have also signposted lots of material on dealing with mental health.

https://www4.halton.gov.uk/Pages/health/hit/live/mentalhealth/covid.aspx

Mental Health - urgent help

Please call the dedicated local crisis lines and NHS staff will support you to access the help you need:

o          If you live in Halton, Knowsley, St Helens or Warrington call 01925 275 309

The crisis lines are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and are open to people of all ages – including children and young people.

The crisis lines are now the first port of call for mental health crisis help – it is operated by people in your local area who will know how best to support you. If you call NHS111 you may have to wait longer for help and will be redirected to this local service.

Please note, A&E and 999 are not the best places to get help for the majority of mental health problems – call the crisis line to be directed to the best local service to support you.

You should still call 999 or go to A&E if you have a life-threatening emergency requiring immediate mental or physical health assistance.

For non-urgent help and general wellbeing advice, North West Boroughs Healthcare’s website contains information and links to resources to support people with anxiety, low-mood, and worries relating to the current Covid-19 pandemic: www.nwbh.nhs.uk/coronavirus .

More information about the new helpline can be found at: www.nwbh.nhs.uk 

 

Online Learning FREE for adults

The Open University have made FREELY available a wide range of courses covering many subject areas during the COVID-19 lockdown.

https://www.open.edu/openlearn/education/free-courses

 

Free Apps found on the NHS Apps Library

**please do own diligence before using any Apps**

Well-Being Enterprise

Happyplace App

There are thousands of happy places near you that are waiting to be discovered. Join the happy place movement today by discovering and sharing happy places in your community that help you and others to feel good.

BIG WHITE WALL

Categories: Mental health, online community

Big White Wall is an online community for people who are stressed, anxious or feeling low. The service has an active forum with round-the-clock support from trained professionals. You can talk anonymously to other members and take part in group or one-to-one therapy with therapists.

BLUEICE

Categories: Mental health, Child health

BlueIce is an evidenced-based app to help young people manage their emotions and reduce urges to self-harm.

It includes a mood diary, a toolbox of evidence-based techniques to reduce distress and automatic routing to emergency numbers if urges to harm continue.

CALM HARM

Category: Mental health

Calm Harm is an app designed to help people resist or manage the urge to self-harm. It's private and password protected.

CATCH IT

Category: Mental health

Learn how to manage feelings like anxiety and depression with Catch It. The App will teach you how to look at problems in a different way, turn negative thoughts into positive ones and improve your mental wellbeing.

CHILL PANDA

Categories: Mental health, Child health

Learn to relax, manage your worries and improve your wellbeing with Chill Panda. The App measures your heart rate and suggests tasks to suit your state of mind. Tasks include simple breathing techniques and light exercises to take your mind off your worries.

distrACT

Category: Mental health

The distrACT App gives you easy, quick and discreet access to information and advice about self-harm and suicidal thoughts.

The content has been created by doctors and experts in self-harming and suicide prevention.

eQuoo:

Emotional Fitness Game

Category: Mental health

The eQuoo App uses adventure games designed by psychologists to help you increase your emotional fitness and teach you new psychological skills.

You'll also find tips on how to communicate more effectively and maintain your mental wellbeing.

FEELING GOOD: POSITIVE MINDSET

Category: Mental health

Relax your body and mind with a series of audio tracks designed to help you build confidence, energy and a positive mindset.

MEE TWO

Categories: Mental health, online community, Child health

The MeeTwo App provides a safe and secure forum for teenagers wanting to discuss any issue affecting their lives.

You can anonymously get advice from experts or other teenagers going through similar experiences in areas such as mental health, self-harming, relationships and friendships.

MY POSSIBLE SELF

Category: Mental health

Take control of your thoughts, feelings and behaviour with the My Possible Self mental health app. Use the simple learning modules to manage fear, anxiety and stress and tackle unhelpful thinking. Record your experiences and track symptoms to better understand your mental health.

THRIVE

Category: Mental health

Thrive helps you prevent and manage stress, anxiety and related conditions. The game based app can be used to relax before a stressful situation or on a more regular basis to help you live a happier, more stress-free life.

Files to Download

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"If you have any concerns around Special Educational Needs and Disabilities please visit www.halton.gov.uk/localoffer webpage for advice and information around different services available"

Contact the School

Lunt's Heath Primary School

Wedgewood Drive
Widnes
Cheshire
WA8 9RJ

Main Contact: All enquiries Mrs A Woodward or Mrs P Craig (Office) / complaints Mr A Williams (Headteacher) / Allegations Against Adults Mr A Williams or Mr P Busow (Chair of Governors)

Tel: 0151 423 3322
Fax: 0151 420 6977
sec.luntsheath@halton.gov.uk

SEN Contact: Special Needs Mr A Moore (SENDCO) via the school office