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Parents of children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 may not have registered before as their children are receiving a free meal through the universal infant free school meal offer.  Find out if you’re eligible herehttps://www.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals

  •  Understand free school meals eligibility by clicking  here

 

 

 

 

The Covid Summer Food Fund will ensure eligible children registered for free school meals by 10 July can continue to access support over the summer holidays.

 

 

  • School will support eligible pupils with a £90 voucher to cover the 6-week  holiday period 

 

  • Any child currently in receipt of benefits-related free school meals or who becomes eligible during the summer term is eligible for the Covid Summer Food Fund.  Schools can continue to accept and verify free school meal applications up until    the end of the summer term.

 

 

People are eligible for Lewisham's foodbank support if they are in financial crisis such that they                can't afford essentials like food. The crisis could be caused by increasing costs of having children          at home, loss of income, reduced income, benefits delays and so on. The foodbank primarily      provides short-term support and tries to make sure that people are linked with agencies that can  support them out of crisis. They understand that the Covid crisis has been particularly tough on      families and that the drain on resources increases as time goes on.

 

There is  a new national foodbank referral line run by Citizens Advice in partnership with Trussell      Trust.  As well as making foodbank referrals, the staff on the line will also be able to discuss the      caller's financial situation and signpost them to any agencies that could help with issues such as  benefits and managing debt. The number is 0808 208 2138.

 

Parents who are struggling to afford food and fuel because of the Covid crisis to apply for a new Lewisham Council Covid Hardship Fund

 

 

   

Whilst coronavirus is infectious to children it is rarely serious. If your child is unwell it is likely to be a non-coronavirus illness, rather than coronavirus itself.

 

Whilst it is extremely important to follow Government advice to stay at home during this period, it can be confusing to know what to do when your child is unwell or injured. Remember that NHS 111, GPs and hospitals are still providing the same safe care that they have always done. 

 

Click the document above for more information

Money worries

 

StepChange Debt Charity                                                                               

 

National Debtline

 

Debt Advice Foundation

 

PayPlan

 

Citizens Advice Web Chat

Free school meals

 If your work situation has changed due to Covid 19, see if you are now entitled to Free School Meals via this link.

https://schools.lewisham.gov.uk/SynergyWeb/Parents/default.aspx

See how Lewisham can help during this crisis

https://www.lewishamlocal.com/lewisham-community-meals-and-foodbank-provision-during-covid-19/

If you need further help and support to access services please just call the school on

0208 698 5755

Keeping well

 

Organisation

Contact information

Shout

Free, confidential support via text, available 24/7

Text SHOUT to 85258 in the UK to text with a trained crisis volunteer who’ll provide active listening and collaborative problem-solving

The Mix

Free confidential telephone helpline and online service that aims to find young people the best help, whatever the problem

ChildLine

Confidential telephone counselling service for any child with a problem

Mental Health Foundation

Provides information and support for anyone with mental health problems or learning disabilities

Website: www.mentalhealth.org.uk

 

Mind

A mental health charity

Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm)

Website: www.mind.org.uk

PAPYRUS

Youth suicide prevention society

 

Phone: 0800 068 4141 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 10pm, and 2pm to 10pm on weekends and bank holidays)

Website: www.papyrus-uk.org

Samaritans

Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair

Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)

Website: www.samaritans.org.uk

SANE

Emotional support, information and guidance for people affected by mental illness, their families and carers

Website: www.sane.org.uk/support

YoungMinds

A charity dedicated to children’s mental health

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

Website: www.youngminds.org.uk

Cruse Bereavement Care

Support for grief and bereavement

Phone: 0808 808 1677 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5pm)

Website: www.cruse.org.uk

 

For teenagers and grown ups

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus/

Keeping safe at home

https://www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk/Contact-us

The freephone, 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline 0808 2000 247

 

Refuge: Website: www.refuge.org.uk

 

https://www.mankind.org.uk/

Male Victims of Domestic Abuse – For Confidential Help, Please Call 01823 334244

 

NSPCC: 

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

0800 1111 for children (ChildLine’s 24-hour helpline)

Website: www.nspcc.org.uk

 

Women or men who need to travel, by train, from their homes to find refuge from domestic abuse can do so for free.  See here for details.

 

In an emergency always call 999

 

Need some parenting reflection time?

Why not try this FREE online parenting Course!

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If you are looking for support and can't find it, please email us and we will see what we can do to signpost you towards help

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