During these unprecedented times, we have all been affected by Covid 19 in many different ways, none of which we could have envisaged or prepared for. There are those of us who have lost loved ones, many of us have been separated from family and friends for extended periods, or had to adjust to working from home with children to look after; many of us have either been furloughed or have been made redundant leading to extreme financial difficulties. This truly is a testing time for us all
Polly and Kerry, our Learning Mentors are currently compiling a list of ways in which they may support you. This will be developed further in response to the needs of our families. You may contact them on the school phone number or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
Financial Support – Uniform Bank
In order to reduce costs for September we are in the process of setting up a school uniform bank. As the children have not worn their uniforms since March and are sure to have grown, we are positive that many of you will have lots of high quality uniform available that your child has outgrown, in a good laundered condition. You can donate them to Julian’s by dropping them off on our respective sites on Monday’s between 9.00am-9.30am at signposted designated areas. Streatham – table outside reception area, West Norwood area outside main entrance.
On our return in September Julian’s will be setting up our own food bank to support our families who are in need of essentials due to the current circumstances. We also still have the free breakfast foods available for pupil premium and vulnerable families. You may also be aware that, due to the efforts of Marcus Rashford’s school meal campaign, children will receive meals during the summer.
If you are unsure whether you are entitled, for example if your child is an infant and receives Universal Free School Meals, they may not be entitled to Free School Meals (FSM). We encourage all families to apply for Free School Meals, even if they are unsure if they are eligible. Eligibility can be easily checked by visiting https://pps.lgfl.org.uk/ and completing the online form, so that you may be able to access this provision over the summer.
Julian’s are compiling a list of helpful local and national organisations that can offer support and advice – Listed below are some organisations who can offer practical advice and support in areas relating to finance, welfare and emotional support. Please let us know of any others that our families may find useful
- workingfamilies/org.uk - An in-depth guide about welfare benefits and entitlements accessible to families.
- moneyadvice.org.uk – This guide will look at your rights to sick pay, what benefits you can claim if you’re self-employed or not entitled to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP). This page will help you find out what help is available to you based on your circumstances.
- The Directory from Brixton Advice Centre & Lambeth Larder
Bereavement Support – Useful Links
- Winston's Wish – a useful website offering practical ideas for helping those bereaved in the family and school community.
- Child Bereavement UK -a bereavement support service for children who have suffered a loss
- Sheffield Young Carers - Resources to support young children
- British Heart Foundation Small Creature - site to help children come to term with loss using cartoon creatures. An animated film and printed pack
- BBC Bereavement Support - Information on the way bereavement affects children
- Grief Encounter - an East end charity supporting bereaved children and young people
- Hope Again - helping young people to live again after loss
- Childhood Bereavement Network - a hub for those supporting bereaved children