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Support Information for Families & Pupils

We have updated our support leaflet for families and pupils and made all links and contact numbers available on this page for easy access.

This is a difficult time for families, and you may be worried about not having access to the food you need.

If you are pregnant or have a child under the age of 4yrs, you may be entitled to vouchers:

www.healthystart.nhs.uk/healthy-start-vouchers

Food Banks

Bethel Christian Centre Food Bank

170 Bennett’s Castle Lane, Dagenham, RM8 3XP

Tel: 020 8595 8211

Mon 2 pm to 4 pm
Thurs 10 am to 4 pm
Fri 10 to 1 pm

DO NOT JUST TURN UP: the listed agencies below can refer you to food banks and offer other advice;

Independent Living Agency: ask for Karen Hope 0208 593 6677

Homes and Money Hub: ask for Corrina Kemp 0208 207 3540, 0797 037 0716 or Daniel Smith 0796 851 1864

The Source: 0208 594 2404

Hope for Barking and Dagenham: ask for Emma 0753 516 6256

Carers of Barking and Dagenham 0208 503 4422

General Support

These are uncertain times and in the event of a school closure, we still want to make sure our pupils and their families are safe and able to access any support they needed.

Who can I contact if I don’t feel safe?

For Police, Ambulance or Fire services: Call 999

Provides help for anyone under the age of 19: Call 0800 1111

There is also a free app by ChildLine designed by young people that offers chat, advice & tips

Barking and Dagenham MASH Team (Social Services): Call 020 8227 3811

Mental Health Support

Samaritans – A safe place to talk: Call 116 123

Advice and support on domestic abuse: Call 0808 2000 247

The Mix Free helpline for under 25's: Call 0808 808 4994

Culturally sensitive support with Mulsim Youth Helpline: Call 0808 808 2008

Papyrus, confidential support & advice if thinking of suicide: Call 0800 068 4141

BullyingUK (part of Family Lives): Call 0808 800 2222

www.youngminds.org.uk - Provides advice and info for young people, parents & carers

www.kooth.com - Online counselling

www.selfharm.co.uk - Support for young people with self-harming

www.ditchthelabel.org - Offer support with bullying and other topics

www.thinkuknow.co.uk - Advice about staying safe online

www.childnet.com - Information and advice for children using the internet

www.saferinternet.org.uk - Films, videos & games with tips on making internet use safer

ww.internetmatters.org - Helping parents keep their children safe online

www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk - Bullying support

Support Apps

You can download these apps for further support.

BBC Own It - Digital wellbeing app

Mindful Gnats - For mindfulness and relaxation techniques

SmilingMinds – Age 7 + - Meditation and mindfulness

Calm Harm – Help to manage the urge to self-harm

Clear Fear – Help to manage anxiety

MeeTwo – Talk about difficult things

Support Leaflet

You can download our Support Leaflet below.