BEP’s Christmas message for families

A message below from the Birmingham Education Partnership.

The number of young people and families facing different levels of vulnerability and need is higher than ever right now and with holidays there is potential for things to get worse when people miss the normal support they may rely on in term time. So, a whole network of partners wanted to get the following supportive info out. We really hope you will pass this on via texts, letters and websites to your families:

For Parents/Carers
1. Urgent mental health help line: ring 0121 262 3555 for advice and support. This line is available 24 hours, 7 days a week and can be used whether you are known to the service or not.

2. Foodbanks: https://www.findfoodbanksbrum.org.uk/project_category/food-banks/

3. Domestic Violence: Birmingham & Solihull Women’s Aid www.bswaid.org
Helpline: 0808 800 0028. Open 7 days a week 9.15am – 5.15pm (closed bank holidays)

4. Finally, a reminder that there is a lot of other early help in the city for all young people and families.
Click here for see a whole range of offers: Birmingham Children’s Partnership – Resources | Birmingham Children’s Partnership – Resources | Birmingham City Council

For Children and Young People
1. Kooth: www.kooth.com (Online chat, resources and direct help for 10-25yr olds)

2. Pause (Mental health and emotional wellbeing support): to register and request support online via https://www.forwardthinkingbirmingham.org.uk/services/13-pause or call the registration line 0207 841 4470.

Hopefully by getting this out widely you will have helped more than you will realise, and the families you are most worried about won’t be in such a vulnerable place over this next period.

Now, get ready to have a very very very well-earned break. Please relax and have a hope-filled Christmas. And in the words of Charlie Mackesy…

The END.. look how far we’ve come!

An illustration from “The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse,” by Charlie Mackesy. (Charlie Mackesy)

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