PSA – Topic of the Month

Every month, our Parent Support Advisor Mr. Dixon will publish information around a different topic/ issue. The idea of this is to give you some information & advice, and signpost you to places to support you further.

If you would to talk further around any of the topics discussed, please contact Mr Dixon on 01642 676768

January’s topic of the month is Alcohol.

December is a busy and hectic time for a lot of us. It is also hopefully a time of fun and cheer, and opportunity to make memories with the people closest to us.  Many people do over indulge at this time of year, and then look to slow down / get healthier in the New Year.

Dry January is popular for many people wanting to kick-start their new year in a healthy way, and it’s a chance to detox after a lively Christmas period.  There is some information in the below link to the benefits of this.

https://alcoholchange.org.uk/blog/2022/benefits-of-dry-january-and-when-you-can-expect-to-see-them

To read more information regarding facts around Alcohol, its health effects, the law, drinking habits, behaviours, and how it can affect our relationships, please click on the link below.

https://www.drinkaware.co.uk/facts

If you would like support to help you track and monitor your alcohol use, click on the following link for information and advice around thedrinkaware app.

https://www.drinkaware.co.uk/tools/mydrinkaware-app

If you do feel like you need some support around alcohol, please click on the following links

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/alcohol-support/

https://www.drinkaware.co.uk/advice/alcohol-support-services

If you feel you need support via Alcoholics Anonymous –“ Millions of men and women have heard or read about the unique Fellowship called Alcoholics Anonymous since its founding in 1935. Of these, more than 2 million now call themselves members. People who once drank to excess, they finally acknowledged that they could not handle alcohol, and now live a new way of life without it” – click below for more information

https://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk/

They also offer a National Helpline you can contact free on 0800 9177 650, or email at help@aamail.org

Change Grow Live offer support and advice around understanding your alcohol usage, cutting down, and support for people trying to quit, or prevent relapse

https://www.changegrowlive.org/advice-info/alcohol-drugs

If you would like any more information or advice relating to the contents of this article, or any of the previous ones, please contact Andrew Dixon, Parent support Advisor on 01642 676768, or email at enquiries@thevillageprimary.org.uk

For any more information about any of the above, or any other issue you need support around, please contact our Parent support Advisor, Mr Dixon, on 01642 676768.

PSA Topic of the Month

  • January's Topic - Alcohol

    January’s topic of the month is Alcohol.

    December is a busy and hectic time for a lot of us. It is also hopefully a time of fun and cheer, and opportunity to make memories with the people closest to us.  Many people do over indulge at this time of year, and then look to slow down / get healthier in the New Year.

    Dry January is popular for many people wanting to kick-start their new year in a healthy way, and it’s a chance to detox after a lively Christmas period.  There is some information in the below link to the benefits of this.

    https://alcoholchange.org.uk/blog/2022/benefits-of-dry-january-and-when-you-can-expect-to-see-them

    To read more information regarding facts around Alcohol, its health effects, the law, drinking habits, behaviours, and how it can affect our relationships, please click on the link below.

    https://www.drinkaware.co.uk/facts

    If you would like support to help you track and monitor your alcohol use, click on the following link for information and advice around thedrinkaware app.

    https://www.drinkaware.co.uk/tools/mydrinkaware-app

    If you do feel like you need some support around alcohol, please click on the following links

    https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/alcohol-support/

    https://www.drinkaware.co.uk/advice/alcohol-support-services

    If you feel you need support via Alcoholics Anonymous –“ Millions of men and women have heard or read about the unique Fellowship called Alcoholics Anonymous since its founding in 1935. Of these, more than 2 million now call themselves members. People who once drank to excess, they finally acknowledged that they could not handle alcohol, and now live a new way of life without it” – click below for more information

    https://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk/

    They also offer a National Helpline you can contact free on 0800 9177 650, or email at help@aamail.org

    Change Grow Live offer support and advice around understanding your alcohol usage, cutting down, and support for people trying to quit, or prevent relapse

    https://www.changegrowlive.org/advice-info/alcohol-drugs

    If you would like any more information or advice relating to the contents of this article, or any of the previous ones, please contact Andrew Dixon, Parent support Advisor on 01642 676768, or email at enquiries@thevillageprimary.org.uk

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  • December’s Topic - Financial support

    December’s topic of the month is financial support

    Citizens Advice

    Stockton and District Advice and Information Service is the local Citizens Advice for the borough of Stockton-On-Tees. They offer FREE, CONFIDENTIAL, INDEPENDENT, and IMPARTIAL advice, and provide help and information with a wide range of problems.

    Their team of specially trained volunteers and staff offer advice on almost any issue – including –

    • money
    • benefits
    • housing
    • immigration
    • employment
    • consumer issues
    • family problems
    • social care and health services.
    They are based at Wellington Road, Stockton, open Monday to Friday 9am til 5pm.  The initial meeting will be a short interview with an adviser, to see what support you need and how they can best help you.  Home visits can be arranged if necessary.  Telephone advice is also available on 01642 633877. This is a call back service, where your details and enquiry are taken and passed onto an adviser who will call you back.  Email and web chat support is also available.  Click on the link for full information  http://www.stockton-cab.co.uk/  Emergency food assistance Emergency food assistance is available to people in Thornaby. The service is based at Thornaby Baptist Church on Thorntree road, and is available every Thursday between 12pm and 1pm.  Referrals may be provided by a number of means if you need support. CAB can be contacted by phoning 01642 633877 and asking for a referral for Thornaby Food Bank. Referral also available from School, and other agencies such as Stockton Welfare, Thirteen or Pathways etc. 

    Also, If you think your child might be eligible for free school meals you can apply at www.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals to or call 01642 526606

    COVID-19 Support

    There is lots of support available for those who are struggling financially because of the COVID-19 pandemic, such as Test & Trace support, Council Tax support, Support for Council Taxpayers on low income, Welfare Support, and Housing support.

    For more information, please click on the following link –

    https://www.stockton.gov.uk/our-council/coronavirus-covid-19-housing-welfare-and-financial-support/

    For any more information about any of the above, or any other issue you need support around, please contact our Parent support Advisor, Mr Dixon, on 01642 676768.

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  • November's Topic - Child Wellbeing/Mindfulness

    November’s Topic is Child’s Well Being / Mindfulness

    We can all struggle with our feelings, and emotions daily. For a child still developing, this can be quite tricky for them to understand.

    There are a whole range of resources available for you to support your Child’s Wellbeing. One of the more well-known is mindfulness.Mindfulness means paying full attention to something. It means slowing down to really notice what you’re doing. Being mindful is the opposite of rushing or multitasking. When you’re mindful, you’re taking your time.

    Mindfulness has also been shown to increase a child or teen’s ability to regulate emotions as well as feel compassion and empathy. It also is widely considered an effective treatment for people of all ages that deal with aggression, ADHD, or other mental health problems like anxiety

    The following websites have some great mindfulness techniques and exercises

    https://www.mindful.org/mindfulness-for-kids/

    https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/10-mindfulness-exercises-kids

    https://positivepsychology.com/mindfulness-for-children-kids-activities/

    There are some brilliant smartphone apps aimed for children, around emotional well-being, and mindfulness, such as –

    • Smiling Mind
    • Mindful Gnats
    • Breathe (by Sesame Street)
    • Think Ninja
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  • October’s Topic – Parenting Support – Routine / boundaries / behaviour.

    Parenting is the toughest job in the world, and it does not come with a handbook!

    However, devoting time to putting in positive routines, boundaries, and behaviour reward systems, can have many positive benefits.

    Mr Dixon can offer parents some support and guidance around Positive Parenting – Talking & Listening over the course of a couple of meetings. If this is something you would be interested in, please contact Mr Dixon on 01642 676768.

    For further, more in depth support, Thornaby Family Hub (formally High Flyers), on Tedder Avenue hold a while range of parenting support classes & workshops. Contact them directly on 01642 528947.

    Thornaby Family Hub Facebook

    Further parenting support, advice and guidance can be found on the following websites –

    Action for Children

    Family Lives

    NSPCC – Support for Parents

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    Mr Dixon, our Parent Support Advisor, is available to offer advice, support, and signposting to all parents/carers, on a variety of issues including –

    • child’s behaviour at home
    • routines/boundaries
    • child’s self-esteem & confidence
    • parenting advice
    • financial / housing concerns
    • support around drug / alcohol use
    • attendance issues
    • family bereavement
    • young carers
    • advice around potential safeguarding issues / concerns.

    Unfortunately, we cannot invite parents into our school at this time, but Mr Dixon can offer telephone appointments, outside meetings on school premises or doorstep home visits. If you would like to contact Mr Dixon, please ring the school number 01642 676768.

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