Community Resources

At Elm Grove, as well as working hard to support children’s educational needs, we also work hard to support the emotional well-being of our pupils both in school and at home.  Here we have compiled a page of useful resources including free school meals, local food banks, COVID information and wellbeing services.

If you have any concerns or queries please don’t hesitate to contact us on 01273 708004 or email admin@elmgrove.brighton-hove.sch.uk

UNIFORM SWAP

In a bid to become more environmentally friendly The Nest team have recently met with the PTA and would like to set up a uniform/coat library, whereby good quality used uniform can be exchanged and passed on.

If you have any uniform/coats you wish to donate, please could you put into the boxes out front of the school/car park at drop off/pick up.

SCHOOL SUPPORT

We know that this year, and last, have been very difficult for everyone. Whether you  have lost a loved one, are struggling financially or emotionally, we want all of our families to know that we are here to help.  We can assist in applying for financial aid, finding wellbeing support or just for some reassurance around your child’s academic and/or emotional progress.

Please do not hesitate in contacting the school, Louise Willard (headtecaher) or anyone from the Inclusion Team (contact details below).

INCLUSION  TEAM

We have created a new Inclusion Team email address to support anyone wishing to contact any member of the team. The email address is: InclusionTeam@elmgrove.brighton-hove.sch.uk (capitol I and T)

One of the team will get back to you as soon as possible during working hours if you contact them. The team comprises of: 

SENCO- Carla Kemp

Lead Inclusion Mentor- Millie Watts 

Inclusion Mentor- Sam Barfoot 

Inclusion Mentor- Tammy Bowles 

Coronavirus Guidance (NHS)

As of March 8th Elm Grove has fully re-opened to all of our pupils.

Regular symptom-free testing is now available for households, childcare and support bubbles of primary and secondary-age pupils. Everyone in these groups is recommended to get tested twice a week using rapid LFD tests.

Please go to this council web page for details on how to access the symptom-free testing: https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/covidtesting


Current Government and PHE guidance is that the main symptoms of Covid-19 are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms.

If you are not sure whether their / your symptoms could be Covid, please always err on the side of caution: call NHS 111 or speak to your GP and follow their advice.

If you believe these could be Covid-19 Symptoms, you need to arrange a test immediately, either:

In circumstances where you are unable to obtain a test the school does  hold a limited number of at home testing its. These are reserved for specific circumstances.


Support guides for managing during Coronavirus:

Wellbeing and mental health during Covid-19: A guide to looking after yourself and others

Brighton and Hove City Council- Emergency Help

If you need help with food, energy bills and other essentials the Local Discretionary Social Fund could help. For more information and online applications please go to the BHCC Emergency Help page. If you need any support at all- to discover your eligibility, assistance with applications or any other help please don’t hesitate to contact the Inclusion team via phone or email.

The Fund can provide help with:

  • buying food and groceries
  • paying for gas and electricity if you pay for it by key card or meter
  • essential items you need to live in your home such as beds, cookers or fridges
  • other support you may need in an emergency  

We will be prioritising help for people affected by Covid-19 who need emergency food and fuel assistance.

Parents Helpline

Worried about a child or young person? Contact the Parents Helpline for free, confidential advice via the phone, email or webchat.

We offer three different services to parents and carers who are concerned about their child’s mental health, up to the age of 25.

Go to: https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/parents-helpline/

OR for children specifically concerned about Coronavirus see the NSPCC website: Talking to a child worried about coronavirus (COVID-19)

Children’s Mental Health Week

The focus of this year’s children’s mental health week was ‘expressing yourself’. (Official Website)

Below are a number of children’s mental health resources: 

(All resources linked are free of charge. As always if your or your child/ren is struggling please do not hesitate to contact us 01273 708004)

Brighton and Hove Wellbeing Service

Who are we?

The CYP Wellbeing Service is the hub for all mental health referrals for young people in Brighton & Hove, including CAMHS. It is delivered by YMCA DownsLink Group.

What do we do?

We offer a range of short-term support options for children and young people with mild to moderate mental health needs. All referrals are looked at on a case-by-case basis.

Resources:

You can apply online or download an application form. If you need any help please contact the school office and we can assist you in your application.

Apply for free school meals here: B&H City Council Free School Meals

Is your child/ren eligible for free school meals?

You should only use this site to apply for free school meals if your child or children attend schools within Brighton & Hove and you are in receipt of one of the benefits listed below.

Your child might be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit – if you apply on or after the 1st April 2018 your household income must be less than £7400 per year

FREE SCHOOL MEALS- MAKE SURE YOU ARE NOT MISSING OUT!

Updated guidance for parents for supporting children’s remote education:

We have updated the guidance for parents to support their children’s remote education to provide more information for parents and carers as they support their children at home.

We have added top tips for supporting children during remote education, including links to information about the Reading Well booklist that supports mental health. We have also provided information on how to access online resources and services through your local library and online support for parents and carers to keep children and young people safe from online harm.

Emergency Food Assistance

The Brighton and Hove Food Partnership is a non-profit organisation helping people learn to cook, eat a healthy diet, grow their own food and providing ’emergency food’. 

Website: www.bhfood.org.uk 

Some useful resources offered: